How To Maintain, Grow & Care For Your Natural Hair

The Ultimate Hair Guide By Ms Hair

Your diet, nutrition and hair care routine heavily contribute to your hair’s health, growth and retention. Over time we all build bad habits and stopping these bad habits could have a huge impact. This guide will discuss several practises you should start doing and what you should stop doing in order to improve the overall health of your hair.

5 Things You Should Start Doing Today

#1 HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE

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Water is your hair’s best friend. So drink plenty and drench your hair too (using moisture-locking conditioners, serums and masks). The more you hydrate, the longer and bouncier those gorgeous curls will get.

#2 TRIM REGULARLY

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To ensure that your strands stay healthy and don't break off at the ends. Removing split ends is the only way to prevent further damage on other parts of the same hair strand where split ends are present. 

#3 SLEEP ON SILK OR BAMBOO

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It protects your cuticles by reducing friction between your hair and the pillowcase fabric. Both materials have antibacterial properties and offer a comfortable and relaxing nights sleep.

#4 WASHING YOUR HAIR & SCALP IS A MUST

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Your scalp is essentially skin. It’s living tissue that sweats, produces oils and sheds dead cells just like your beautiful face. Wash your hair regularly at least once a week to avoid oil build-up, dryness and itching. 

#5 BEWARE OF HARMFUL INGREDIENTS

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Take a close look at your go-to products. Ingredients that could strip - instead of nourish - your hair might be hiding. Avoid any on this list: propylene glycol, sulphates, parabens and silicone.

3 Things You Should Stop Doing

#1 PULLING YOUR HAIR TIGHTLY 

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One of the main causes of Traction Alopecia. The constant tension and pulling of the hair, in one direction for a prolonged period of time causes pressure on your hair follicle and scalp, over time this results in severe hair loss and balding.

#2 STYLING WET HAIR:

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When hair is wet, proteins form weaker bonds than when the hair is dry. This is why if you brush or comb wet hair it tends to be more prone to breakage. Wet hair is a lot more fragile and needs extra care to keep it in good shape. Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to gently detangle it. When combing start from the tips then progress to the roots. 

#3 AVOID HEAT APPLIANCES

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Too much heat can strip your hair of its natural oils and keratin proteins that give hair its strength. This typically leads to breakage. Try to limit using heat appliances as much as possible.  

4 Key Vitamins & Nutrients That Promote Hair Growth

#1 In Vitamin B We Trust

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One of the top vitamins for hair development referred to as biotin or vitamin B7. Biotin is an essential enzyme involved in influencing cell growth, metabolising fats and carbohydrates. Some studies have linked a deficiency of biotin with hair loss. Biotin aids the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. The recommended amount per day for children and adults is 50 micrograms (mcg). Foods rich in Vitamin B include almonds, eggs and onions.

#2 Did Someone Say Protein

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Protein is essential for healthy and strong hair. Your hair structure is made up of a protein called keratin. Keratin is a protective protein, less prone to scratching or tearing than the different types of cells your body produces. Because keratin is the structural building block of your hair when your protein supplies are low, production of this essential building block slows and hair is likely to become weak, brittle and dry. On average, men should eat 55g and women 45g of protein daily. Foods rich in Vitamin B include chicken breast, soybeans and yellowfin tuna.

#3 How Are Your Iron Levels

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Deficiency of iron is a major cause of hair loss for women. It supports hair growth by promoting healthy circulation and transporting oxygen and other essential nutrients to hair follicles. There are two forms of iron, heme iron and non-heme iron. Heme iron is a type of iron that comes from animal proteins. Non-heme iron is a type of iron that comes from plant-based foods and can also be found in animal proteins and dairy. Foods rich in Vitamin B include lentils, spinach and sesame seeds.

#4 A Little Omega-3 May Set You Free

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Omega-3 fatty acids are unsaturated fatty acids that are vital to the proper functioning of the body. They are essential to upkeep good health and good hair. Omega-3 has extensive benefits; not only does it nourish hair follicles and boost hair growth but it also increases strength and fullness. There are three important types of Omega-3; ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid), EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA(Docosahexaenoic Acid). Foods rich in Vitamin B include flaxseeds, walnuts and salmon.