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How to get healthier hair this year

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Here are a few ways to take better care of your 'do and bring the life back to those locks

Here are a few ways to take better care of your 'do and bring the life back to those locks

Achieving the perfect hairdo can be simple with help from the latest styling products and tools. But what are you doing to protect those luscious locks? Healthy strands set the foreground for creating that picturesque look you’ll need for your selfies, so it’s time to revamp your hair care regimen.

Here are a few ways to take better care of your ‘do and bring the life back to those locks:

1. Blow dry before you flat iron
Straightening your hair without a good blow dry isn’t only less effective. You’ll also be committing a hair care crime, according to Roopal V. Kundu, associate professor of dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg Schools of Medicine.

“Wet hair is more vulnerable to breakage,” she told The Huffington Post. “Either air dry or blow dry out soft, with a low setting, and then put the flat iron on. You shouldn’t put a flat iron on wet hair.”

If you’re not a fan of doubling up on the styling tools, just let your hair air dry before you use the flat iron.

2. Stop visiting the colorist so frequently
If you’re scheduling an appointment at the salon the second you see your roots, it’s time to hold back. Stretching the time between your visits will keep your hair healthier due to less exposure to harsh chemicals.

So how can you extend your color? Wash your hair less frequently. And when you do have to shampoo, make sure you’re using color-safe products and a shower filter.

“If you have hard water – and you’ll know you do if it’s difficult to make soap or shampoo lather – use a shower filter, as heavy mineral content can strip color,” celebrity stylist Marie Robinson shared with Real Simple magazine.

3. Give your scalp some TLC
Your curls may look their best when you use styling products, but the chemical build up isn’t doing anything good for your hair. Do your best to lay off the gel, mousse and cream whenever possible. When you can’t avoid them, just be sure to give your head some natural TLC once a week. There are plenty of foods that can bring your hair back to life, and they’re probably already in your kitchen. Style Craze recommended massaging coconut oil, eggs or mayonnaise into the scalp for a natural deep conditioning treatment.

4. Eat a healthy diet
You’ve been told that eating well benefits your overall well-being, right? Well that includes your hair. According to One Green Planet, following an unhealthy diet can make it hard to get enough of the essential collagen, keratin and elastin that provide strong and silky hair. The source suggested following a plant-based diet, or at least fueling your body with more raw nuts, seeds, leafy greens and oats.

5. Be proactive about taking vitamins
If you’re not eating the most health-focused diet, you need to make sure you’re taking vitamins and supplements to make up for it. Essential nutrients will ensure your body thrives, and they’ll also contribute to luscious locks.

“Iron levels are important for hair health,” Kundu shared with The Huffington Post. “There are some generic vitamins that we recommend: Vitamin D, omega, fish oils, a generic multivitamin with iron. Biotin is great in terms of hair strength and preventing breakage.”

If you want to take great care of your hair, choose a day during the week to lay off the styling products and tools. Instead, focus on accessorizing! Match your BABY-G watch, like the BA120SP-1A with a few bangles, studded earrings and a choker and work the natural hairdo.

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