Healthy hair is something we sometimes may overlook and forget about, after all, all you have to do to maintain is give it a good wash, right? Wrong! It's not always easy to achieve healthy, shiny, silky hair especially if you colour it, add heat to it or constantly add some type of spray to it.
Whether you're dealing with dryness or breakage, incorporating a few simple hacks into your haircare routine can make all the difference. Here are our five favourite hacks that will help you achieve that Jonathan Van Ness vibe.
1. Brush your hair before a shower
Take a few minutes to brush through your hair to remove any tangles and knots, which will make it easier to wash and condition your hair. It will also help to distribute the natural oils throughout your hair, keeping it moisturised and healthy (bye, bye dry scalp!).
2. Massage your scalp regularly
Massaging your scalp can stimulate blood flow and promote hair growth! You can get a scalp massager or use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp in circular motions for a few minutes each day.
3. Avoid using tight hair ties
Gone are the days where we would put our hair up into a tight little pony. If you're wanting to put your hair up, opt for a scrunchie or a claw clip which are much gentler on your hair.
4. Never go to bed with wet hair
It's important to let hair fully dry before you hit the bed, sleeping with wet hair can cause damage to follicles and result in hair breakage. If you don't have time to air dry it, use a hair dryer on a cool setting to avoid heat damage.
5. Sleep on a silk pillowcase
If you don't know by now, cotton pillowcases cause friction on your hair which can lead to breakage and split ends. Switching to a silk pillowcase can help to reduce friction, keeping your hair super smooth and shiny.
The New Year is always the best time to reset and welcome in new habits.
Having good sleep hygiene means having a comfortable place and a structured routine that encourages uninterrupted sleep. It’s important to create healthy sleep habits, so that you can sleep peacefully throughout the night and wake up well rested.
Here are 4 tips to get started on creating your best sleep routine:
1. Keep it consistent
Having a regular sleep schedule is essential in maintaining your circadian rhythm aka your body’s internal clock. It’s hard to adopt a healthy sleep routine if you’re constantly going to sleep and waking up at different times, set a fixed wake-up time and stick to it (even on the weekends!) and make sure you’re getting the recommended amount of sleep each night.
2. Unplug from electronics
It’s tempting to bring your device with you to bed, but the blue light from your screens can disrupt sleep and suppress the body’s release of melatonin. Try to wind down for at least 30 minutes by reading a book or doing some relaxation exercises to prepare yourself for restful sleep.
3. Inhale and exhale
In this fast paced world, it’s important to take a moment to breathe and unwind a little. Taking proper care of your mind and body will help you relax. Instead of counting sheep, try some simple relaxation techniques that help you focus on your breathing. Practice controlled breathing, do mindful meditation and progressive muscle relaxation to bring your body into a state of deep relaxation.
4. Comfort is key
Your sleep environment plays an important role in how you maximise comfort and minimise distractions in your sleep routine. Your bedding should be comfortable and maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the night. Silvi’s silver-infused bamboo not only stops 99% of acne-triggering bacteria, it's also hypoallergenic, temperature regulating and anti-odour.