Having a beautiful, healthy hair can do marvels for your confidence! But what's the secret? Well, even though today's world is filled with products that promise great results, there are a few science-backed basics that you should always keep in mind. Continue reading to find out what you should do to have great hair!

1. Make sure you eat healthy

Regardless of the products you use, the most important factor in hair care is your nutrition. You need to hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water (approximately three liters of water per day) and eat food rich in nutrients such as protein, amino-acids, and iron. Some of the aliments you might want to include in your diet are eggs, berries, nuts, fish, green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, cereals, cheese, milk, soy, peas, quinoa, and yogurt.

2. Wash, comb, and dry your hair the right way

Washing your hair every day is definitely not a good idea. If you have an oily scalp, it's best to alternate the days, but if your hair tends to be dry, two days of washing a week are more than enough! If you comb right after the shower, use a wide-toothed comb because wet hair tends to be more fragile and prone to breakage. Run it from the roots to the ends, as gently as possible. It's also advised to dry your hair naturally as often as possible. Even if it might help you look amazing, blow drying and any excessive heat styling will damage your scalp. The best way is to use it only for special occasions.

3. Condition and oil your hair

Conditioning is a crucial step in caring for your hair! It helps with manageability and it protects your hair from harmful environmental factors or the damage that can be caused by heat styling. Pre-shampoo treatments should also become part of your routine. You can try applying coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil to restore the moisture of your hair, nourish it, repair split ends, and help overall growth. You can massage the content onto your hair and scalp with your fingers, or you can use a scalp massager to enhance blood circulation on your scalp, relax the muscles, and improve the shine of your hair.

4. Get rid of your split ends

Split ends are a sign that your hair has been damaged by different stressors like heat styling, pollution, stress, smoking, and so on. Trimming your hair regularly (every 6 to 8 weeks) will ensure its health and pleasant appearance. Even though cutting your strands regularly will not necessarily encourage growth, it will definitely help your hair look better.

5. Avoid products filled with chemicals

It's very difficult nowadays to decide what kind of products are the best for our hair, especially with so many options on the market. However, choosing chemical free shampoos and conditioners will make a huge difference. If you're wondering where to start, try looking for products without sulfates and parabens as a first step. They can irritate your skin overtime and often increase the risk of hormonal disruptions. The more natural your products, the better!

Final words...

Caring for your hair can often be tiring and confusing, but as long as you keep these five principles in mind, your journey will be a lot smoother! So whenever you wander the web for products, remember that no magic trick will fix your hair if you don't eat healthy, wash it properly, condition and oil it, trim it regularly and stay away from harmful chemicals. The best of luck!

Author's Bio: 

Marina Pal is a renowned author and social media ethusiast.