There are as many fads for hair care as there are for losing weight. Some have truth to them while others are complete nonsense. Before following just any fad or taking any advice for the care of your hair, do the research.

Most hair care treatments are applied externally—but what you eat can greatly impact the health of your hair. Hair cells are the fastest growing in our bodies; however, they are also non-essential for survival, so when the body is not properly nourished, these are the first to be affected while the nutrients are routed to essential cells for survival.

Iron and protein are two of the most important things for your hair. Iron helps promote hair growth while protein helps to grow strong strands of hair. Iron can be found in leafy vegetables, beans, chickpea, and fish while protein can be gained by consuming sources like beef, lentils, soy, dairy, and quinoa.

In addition to eating properly, you can also keep in mind these other tips to maintain healthy hair.

  • Don’t freak when you find “a lot” of hair in your brush. It is normal to loose 100-150 strands of hair—everyday. It may just be more noticeable if you are brushing your hair out after having it in a ponytail all day. You are not “losing” your hair and clearing out a brushful of hair into the trash is not a sign of unhealthy hair—quite the opposite in fact. Don’t rush to the store to purchase products for fight hair loss, they may end up being too strong for what your hair actually needs and having the opposite effect you desire.
  • Avoid brushing your hair when it is wet. Like your nails, hair becomes fragile when wet and more prone to breakage. If you must brush out your hair, use a wide-toothed comb and brush as gently as possible and avoid tugging at tangles.
  • Get a trim every 6-8 weeks to remove any split ends. Removing dead ends will help your hair feel softer and look healthier.
  • Shampoo every other day, not every day. Many women have made this transition, but some may feel that their hair is too oily to do this. Instead of shampoo, try a clarifying conditioner to clean your scalp without being overly harsh and stripping away your hair’s natural, protective oils.
  • When applying conditioner, focus on your ends. Your scalp produces oil naturally, so conditioning your roots isn’t as necessary as it is for your ends. Also, rinsing conditioner out with cold water is good for strengthening your hair, encouraging shine and reducing frizz.
  • Check the labels of your hair products—you check the labels on your food, why not what you are putting on your body too? Sulfates in shampoo are what causes the soapy lather, but it is also excellent for removing dirt and hair care product “gunk” from your scalp. However, sulfates can be harsh on hair, stripping the hair of its natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and/or brittle. If an oily scalp is not your issue, try a sulfate-free shampoo.
  • Avoid dying your hair when it is dry/brittle as the chemicals to alter your hair color can further strip your hair of any oils, leaving it in worse condition. Opt for more natural methods of hair color alteration—like spritzing a lemon juice and water blend before heading to the beach to get highlights. Chamomile tea and honey can also be used as a natural hair lightener. Rise your hair with brewed chamomile tea after you shampoo it or add honey as you lather in your shampoo, then spend the day in the sun.

Routine visits to Brandon Essentials Spa and Salon can help maintain the health of your hair while also helping you to get extra tip from your stylist about the ongoing care of your hair.