I came across a hair article on Totalbeauty.com entitled “7 Habits of Women with Perfect Hair.” The article consisted of advice from women regarding how they maintain strong, shiny, healthy hair. Most of the advice applied to all hair types, but I decided to modify their list and rewrite one geared for those who want to achieve healthy natural hair.

Number 1—Eat healthy and exercise. We all know that exercise plays an import role in our overall health. Moderate exercise, including simply walking 20 to 30 minutes a day, promotes healthy hair. Eating a balanced meal, including fruit and iron-rich leafy green veggies also promotes healthy hair.

Number 2—Maintain a healthy scalp. Keeping your scalp clean—free from dirt and product build-up—will help prevent scalp conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis. A clean scalp promotes healthy hair growth.

Number 3—Protect your ends. Keeping your ends moisturized and protecting them by wearing “protective styles,” i.e. updos, buns, braids etc., all help to prevent split ends and length retention.

Number 4—Moisturize. Moisturizing your hair with water and sealing in the moisture with oil or a pomade also promotes healthy hair growth. Make conditioning and hot oil treatments a part of your monthly wash routine also.

Number 5—Avoid heat appliances. Also, whenever possible “air dry” or use a bonnet dryer to dry your hair. Using no or less heat on your hair promotes healthy hair growth.

Number 6—Keep your strands stress-free. Fine-tooth combs, rubber bands, tight braids, etc., all put stress on your hair strands and will cause them to break.  Staying away from these things will promote healthy hair growth.

Number 7—Know your hair. We all know that what works for some doesn’t work for everyone. Experiment and learn what your hair likes and doesn’t like. If your current hair regimen is producing good results, stick to it—be careful about trying the “latest” styling fads.

Any Good Habits to Share!?

– Laquita Thomas-Banks

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