Having healthy tresses is generally an important thing for most of us, but it’s not always easy to achieve, especially when you’re using harsh products and heat tools on a regular basis. There are many other factors that come into play regarding the overall health and vitality of your hair. To learn what you can do to improve the look of your locks, here is our guide to achieving healthier and longer hair.

Reassess Your Diet

If your hair is brittle with a dry and itchy scalp, chances are you’re not giving it the nourishment it needs through your diet. Just like with your skin, the foods that you consume play a major role in the health and condition of your hair. And one of the most important ingredients that your scalp and hair need is omega-3/fish oils. We recommend using a supplement to increase your omega oil intake to help condition and replenish the natural oils for your scalp and hair follicles.

Avoid Colouring it too Much

Dying your hair places your hair follicles and scalp under a lot of strain since many common brands contain harsh chemicals that irritate and dry out the scalp. If your scalp has a tendency to tingle after each dye session, we recommend stopping or sticking to a natural-base dye. A tingling sensation usually indicates severe dryness of the scalp, which can eventually worsen and cause dandruff, inflammation, and even hair loss over time. So listen to your scalp. If it’s tingling, then hold back on the dying and spend time nourishing it naturally for a few months.

Exfoliate the Scalp

Your scalp is similar to your skin in many ways, and that includes having a layer of dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface. This needs to be scrubbed away every once in a while to eliminate that buildup and allow your scalp to breathe, cleanse, and rebalance. You can try adding a spoonful of sugar to your shampoo the next time you’re about to lather up. Gently massage it into your scalp and rinse away.

Eat More Avocados

Avocado is a gem for achieving healthier and longer hair. This fruit is a rich source of protein that’s packed with nutrients, amino acids, and healthy fatty oils that go straight to work replenishing your scalp and hair. So if you haven’t jumped on the avocado toast train just yet, now’s the time. It’s also great to use for a natural hair mask. You can hop on YouTube to find some quick and effective DIY natural recipes that can greatly benefit your hair.

Keep Your Locks Trimmed

If you’re eager to grow longer hair, it can be frustrating when it feels like you’ve been waiting forever for it to grow a few measly inches. But if you’re not getting it cut every so often, it can do more harm than good. Getting your hair trimmed regularly keeps it healthy. It revives those dead ends and gives a boost to grow stronger. So make sure that you’re giving your hair the best chance at growing by getting it trimmed every 2 months.

Avoid Silicone Shampoos

Silicone is an ingredient that you can find in many different hair products, including shampoo. It’s great for making your hair feel soft and smooth, but it also coats and clogs your hair follicles. This coating makes it difficult for the follicles to breathe and grow. Always take a look before buying your shampoo or any hair products to make sure it doesn’t include silicone.

Haircare Treatments

If you’re suffering from embarrassing dandruff or thinning hair that’s impacting your self-esteem, then a specialize haircare treatment might be a good option for you to consider. Treatments like Revitacare Haircare can provide painless, micro-injection-based vitamins directly to the scalp to deliver the deep hydration it needs to revitalize and help restore and strengthen it.

Avoid Overwashing it

Are you overwashing your hair? Maintaining good hygiene is important, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be washing your hair every single day. In fact, if you are, that could be also be doing more harm than good. This strips the scalp and follicles of the natural oils which protect them. And without leaving a day or two in between washing, there’s not enough time to replenish those oils before they’re washed away again. This can make your hair look much greasier over time as it tries to compensate. Eventually, this can cause dandruff and clog up the follicles, which will hinder their growth. So stick to washing your hair once every two or three days instead. You can use a natural-based dry shampoo in the interim while your hair adjusts to this new schedule.

At The Ottawa Skin Clinic, our Revitacare Haircare treatment can rejuvenate and nourish your hair. To learn more, contact us today to schedule a consultation.