Even if you don’t realize it, chances are your hair is pretty dry after summer passes, especially if you spend a lot of time in the hot sun. Making a moisturizing pack out of ingredients you may already have at home can give your hair extra moisture, making it look thicker and healthier while potentially boosting hair growth. To make your own moisturizing hair pack, combine 1 mashed avocado and one tablespoon of mayonnaise in a small bowl. Gently massage the mixture onto your scalp and hair and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse the moisturizing pack out with warm water after 15 minutes and allow your hair to dry naturally.
Don’t Shampoo So Much
In the summer, shampooing your hair every day or every other day can be beneficial because you’re likely sweating a lot, even if you don’t feel it. However, when the weather cools down, you don’t want to shampoo your hair too much because too much washing can dry your hair out, leaving your hair looking dull and lifeless. If your hair is starting to look lifeless and dull, consider trying out products to help revitalize, such as vitamins for hair growth. Try to shampoo your hair every 3 to 4 days or after exercise in the fall and winter months to keep your hair looking its best.
Use a Leave-In Conditioner
During the summer, a leave-in conditioner isn’t really necessary. However, when fall comes, so does the cool air and low temperatures that cause dryness. A leave-in conditioner will help to protect your hair from the elements. If you have particularly dry hair, look for a cream-based leave-in conditioner. If you have normal to oily hair, a cream based conditioner could be too heavy. Instead, look for a lighter leave-in conditioner made with shea butter. Using a leave-in conditioner about once per week should be enough to keep your hair looking healthy.
Eat for Beauty
Having healthy skin and hair requires more than just using the right products. You need to eat right too. Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna and nuts promote healthy hair growth and skin. Eating a little bit of lean red meat – about one serving per week – can also keep help improve hair growth, as well as healthy nails and teeth. If you can’t change your diet, omega-3 and iron supplements can be beneficial as well.
Don’t Forget the Antioxidants
Most people think of food when they think of antioxidants, and while foods like berries are an excellent source of antioxidants, there are other ways to incorporate them into your diet and hair care routine. Green tea in particular can be used as part of a cleansing rinse for your hair to help promote a healthy scalp and optimal hair growth. Of course, you can still drink your green tea too, but using it topically has its benefits as well. Just keep the sugar, honey and lemon juice out of your tea if you choose to use it on your hair!
About the Author: Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Los Angeles, focusing on Health and Beauty. Her passion is helping women feel and look gorgeous. She writes about Skin Care products and enjoys doing yoga and meditation in her spare time.