1.Double check your home treatments and technique
When treating your own hair at home, it’s easy to be overzealous and damage your scalp without even knowing. Because you can’t easily view your scalp, you won’t even notice the difference. If you straighten, process, color, or heat your hair at home, try getting a second opinion from a professional to make sure you are doing it correctly. Paying a stylist to do it once is cheap in the long run, and may teach you some important techniques that you can use when you style at home.
2. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamins.
The modern diet of our society can be an insufficient source of vitamins and minerals that are used by the body to maintain healthy hair. For instance, Iron-deficiency anemia is common when the body isn’t getting enough iron. You can get your vitamin levels checked by monitoring your daily intake, or by having your physician run a test. Vitamin deficiencies can be easily resolved by supplementing your daily intake with a multi-vitamin.
3. Get rid of hairstyles that tug on your hair.
Braids and weaves that are made too tight often pull out hair that otherwise would be on your head. Keep your ponytails and braids loose to keep your hair from unnecessarily being pulled out.
4. Skip the flat iron if your hair is still wet.
Wet hair breaks easier than dry hair. Before doing any form of tugging on your hair, make sure your hair has adequately dried via air or a soft blow dry. Blow dry on the lowest setting and feel your hair over time. It will look and feel significantly healthier than blasting it on high heat all the time.
5. Do not leave products in for longer than advised.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, that tingling feeling you feel on your scalp by leaving products in for longer than advised may be significantly damaging your hair and scalp. Follow the instructions and recommended time to minimize hair and scalp damage.
6. Eat adequate amounts of protein.
Protein is one of the main building blocks of hair. Check your diet to make sure you’re getting enough. The more active you are, the more protein you will need in your diet to promote healthy hair growth.