Dry and damaged hair is very common especially since hair treatments are being massively adopted by girls and woman all across. Hair dyes, rebounding, frequent blow-drying and other such hair treatments on a regular basis cause the hair to lose their natural shine and lead to split ends, dryness and weakening of hair eventually causing hair-loss and reduction in hair volume. A lot of women opt for hair extensions to add volume to their hair; however, there are several home-based tips which can help you regain the shine and strength of your hair.

Here are top suggestions for healthy and shiny hair

Always Brush your hair before you shower: We often choose to brush our hair after taking shower, which in real causes a lot of breakage and damage to the hair. Experts advise that you must detangle all the knots in your hair before you shower to keep them strong and avoid breakage. Another benefit of brushing the hair before shower is that brushing distributes all the natural oils on your scalp down to the tips of your strands.

A Balanced Diet Is Important for Healthy Hair: Since hair is mostly made of keratin protein, it is important that you take a diet rich with protein. A good diet is very important for shiny hair and healthy skin. Make sure you eat fish, eggs and beans sufficiently and also keep yourself hydrated. You can also add avocados, spinach and berries in your diet as well as foods rich in Vitamin C to help boost the collagen production in your hair.

Apply Hair Masks Often: We remember to take care of our skin by applying masks and creams, but we ignore our hair in that regard. Apply moisturizing hair masks at least once a week and more frequently if you use straightening iron, blow dryer or other heat treatment tools.  Hair masks help keep your hair hydrated and improve the texture of your hair.

Condition Your Hair Often: Hair conditioning is very important and should be done at least twice or thrice a week. It improves the texture of hair and makes it stronger. However, conditioning should be done appropriately. Drain excess water from your hair and apply a conditioner like a moisturizer along the length of your hair strands. Apply a little to your scalp as well for hydration. If you are a fan of dry shampoo, increase the frequency of hair conditioning.

Oiling Helps with Nourishment: Add coconut oil, Argan Oil, Aloe Vera to your regular regime. Oil your hair at least once a week. You can also treat your hair with organic solutions like egg whites and yogurt as they help in maintaining hair texture and repairing dry and damaged hair.

Avoid Hot Water While Washing Hair: Who doesn’t love a steamy hot shower? While you might feel all relaxed with a hot shower, it isn’t too good for you hair. Wash your hair with cold water as it boosts the hair shine and maintains the hair health.

Avoid Long Exposure to Sun: As harmful UV rays are to the skin, they are equally damaging to the hair. Apply hair protectors, preferably anti-oxidant solutions in your hair to guard your hair against pollution and sunlight. Hair and skin care while travelling long distance is also important. Make sure you carry all the necessary moisturizers and hair care essentials with you.