Blog/Unlocking the Secrets to Healthy, Stronger Hair for Women
8/7/2023 | 3 min read

Unlocking the Secrets to Healthy, Stronger Hair for Women

Embrace healthy hair habits for strong and vibrant locks

Woman with long and healthy, brown hair looking in the mirror smiling while touching her hair.

Hair can be an expression of who we are and can serve as a powerful symbol of identity, self-expression and empowerment. For some, maintaining its health can be an ongoing battle. Various factors such as environmental pollutants, heat and improper hair care practices, can lead to hair damage and loss. 

Keeping your hair healthy and strong takes work, but the time and effort is worth the commitment. With some small tweaks to your diet and routine, maintaining great hair can be effortless. 

Regularly trim your split ends 

Don’t underestimate the power of regular trims in maintaining healthy hair—it’s  essential for maintaining healthy locks. Regular trims remove any annoying split ends, prevent further damage and promote healthy hair growth. Aim for a trim every 6-8 weeks to keep your hair in tip top shape. Embrace this simple addition to your routine and your hair will be less prone to breakage.

Protein, protein, protein

Have you heard the saying “you get out what you put into it?” Same goes for your hair! Diet is an important factor in hair and scalp health. Hair is mostly made up of keratin, which is a type of protein also found in your skin and nails. Eating a balanced diet of protein rich food is an important part of strengthening your hair. Consider adding these high protein items to your grocery list: fish, meat, eggs, low-fat dairy products and beans. Skipping out on protein can result in weak, brittle hair or hair loss itself. 

Get to know your hair

Everyone’s hair is different, and each type of hair calls for different hair care routines. It all comes down to individual needs which may depend on your hair type and texture, how often you use hair products and your activity level. Whether your hair is curly, straight, wavy or coily, knowing its characteristics helps you choose the right products and techniques to promote optimal health. Similarly to how you may use different types of moisturizer for dry or oily skin, the frequency of washing your hair may vary depending on how dry or oily your hair is. Consider asking your hair stylist or barber about the best hair products for your hair type at your next appointment, they’re an excellent resource.

Prioritize scalp care

A healthy scalp is the foundation of healthy hair. Find a hair growth oil that contains ingredients like coconut, argan, rosemary, tea tree or avocado oil and start regularly massaging your scalp. This can promote blood flow to the scalp, delivering essential nutrients to your hair follicles and leads to fuller and thicker strands. Keep your scalp clean and balanced by occasionally using a clarifying shampoo to remove product buildup. 

If you’re dealing with an excessively itchy and scaling scalp, it could be scalp psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. Those often require a dermatology visit and stronger treatments. 

Limit washing frequency 

It may be hard to believe it, but washing your hair too frequently can strip away natural oils and lead to dryness. For most women, shampooing every 2-3 days is sufficient to keep their hair clean. On days when you don’t shampoo, consider using a clean dry shampoo to give your hair a refresh and absorb excess oils. Finding the right balance to avoid over-washing can allow your hair to maintain its natural oil production for maximum shine and health. 

Condition correctly and with care

You don’t need a glob of conditioner in the shower. Funny enough, a nickel-size drop of conditioner is plenty for most hair types and lengths. Apply your conditioner evenly going from mid-length down to the ends of your hair. Avoid the scalp area to prevent build up, it can weigh down your hair or make it appear greasy. Allow the conditioner to sit for a few minutes to nourish your hair. 

A great routine to try, and help save a little water, is to shampoo and condition your hair first, wash whatever else you need to wash, and then rinse the conditioner out last. For added hydration, consider using a wide-toothed comb to distribute the conditioner evenly when applying. Regular conditioning not only softens and detangles your hair but also helps to repair damage. 

Use cold water for rinsing

Cold showers are a two-in-one benefit for your hair and skin health. Finish your hair wash with a cold water rinse. Cold water helps to seal the hair cuticles, making the strands smoother and less prone to frizz and damage. Cold water also helps to preserve the natural oils and stimulate blood circulation to the scalp leading to superb scalp health

As for the skin, cold showers can tighten the pores, reducing the risk of clogging and acne breakouts. Cold showers can improve the skin’s natural moisture barrier, locking in hydration and promoting a healthier and more radiant complexion. It’s also a great way to wake yourself up and give your skin and hair some love. 

Shield strands from the sun

UV rays can be a threat to the health of not only your skin, but your hair as well. To shield your hair from the sun’s harmful effects, look for hair care products containing UV protection ingredients. Some beneficial ingredients include UV filters like avobenzone and octocrylene, which create a protective barrier between your hair and the sun. Natural oils like coconut oil and argan oil can also offer a level of sun protection and nourishment for your hair. Before you head out for a beach day, apply these products to reduce the sun’s negative impact on your locks. 

How can Agile help with common conditions?

At Agile, we believe everyone should have access to excellent healthcare, regardless of where you are or when you need it. We offer convenient, virtual care across the U.S. for your most common medical conditions. Our network of providers are ready to address your unique concerns to deliver effective, personalized treatment in a timely manner. 

To tap into fast, cost-effective care now, schedule a consultation with one of our licensed clinicians!