Stuck inside? Your hair doesn’t have to suffer! In this article, we discuss how to improve your hair health while you are at home.
What was your reaction when you learned we would spend more time indoors?
If you’re like most people, your first reaction was to plan. To go out to the stores and get the supplies you and your family needed. To feel nervous or scared about what was to come in the next few weeks.
But then, as it became apparent that there would be significant, prolonged disruptions to routine, the questions and feelings may have shifted:
- How long will this strange time last?
- When will life get back to normal?
- How am I supposed to make progress on the goals and dreams I had before the pandemic started?
All of these questions are normal. What’s also normal is to feel frustrated or sad about the changes in your life that have occurred because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this article, we’ll address how you can continue to make progress towards your hair health from home. First, we’ll talk about why it’s okay (and even important) to continue to care for your hair amidst all that’s going on. Then, we’ll offer our best tips for making progress on your hair goals while stuck inside.
It’s Okay to Be Upset
With so much going on in the world, it might seem trivial to worry about something like personal hair care. But if you’ve been working towards improving your hair health (or even just hoping to improve your hair health), it’s only natural to feel frustrated and upset at a drastic change in your routine. Health, including hair health, matters.
As many experts have noted, the discomfort we feel in relation to the pandemic is grief: at the disruption of our daily lives, at the dissolution of events we’d anticipated, at the setting aside of goals and dreams, large and small.
It's normal to feel upset that you can’t get access to the same services and resources you’re used to. It’s normal to feel anxiety about getting back to your routine. It’s normal to feel worried that you might not be able to care for yourself and look and feel your best.
Before we dive into our list of home care tips, remember to give yourself time and patience to process, as well as grace and acceptance for all the emotions you might be feeling in this changed reality.
A Few Essentials: Home Hair Care Tips
After the long weeks of isolation, you may feel that your hair is looking a little, well, less groomed and healthy than normal. You may have had to skip your scheduled appointments at your stylist. You might not have the same products you’re used to.
That’s perfectly okay! Even without ready access to a stylist, there are steps you can take to improve your hair from home. Taking care of your hair from home doesn’t have to be complicated. By following these simple home hair care tips, you can make sure your hair is healthy and looking its best. You may also feel better
#1: Eat Well
Hair health starts with body health. If you eat a balanced, healthy diet, your hair will have the nutrients it needs to grow strong. While it may be tempting to binge on chips and cookies as you’re stuck inside (and we’ve certainly done more than our fair share of that, too), try to round out your diet with fresh, whole foods to stay healthy.
Consider adding (or keeping) the following foods in your diet to improve hair health:
- Eggs: Eggs are a substantial source of protein and biotin, both of which lead to healthy hair.
- Berries: Berries are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants that are good for your tresses.
- Spinach: Spinach is full of essential nutrients like Vitamins A and C which can help your hair grow stronger.
- Fatty Fish: Fish like salmon and herring are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which can promote hair health
Exercising regularly is another part of taking care of your body. Regular exercise can improve blood flow and circulation, which can cause healthier scalp and hair.
If you’re missing your gym or favorite workout classes, don’t worry! Taking a few laps around the block will help get your blood pumping and do wonders for your overall health and mood. In addition, there are numerous free online classes now to guide you and offer new routines.
#3: Prioritize Scalp Care
Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. If you care for your scalp while you’re at home, you’ll also be taking care of your hair.
During your time at home, your scalp may accumulate a buildup of oil, dead skin, and/or product residue, particularly if your normal hair washing routine has changed. Similarly, the stress of staying home can trigger less-than-ideal side effects for your hair.
By taking care of your scalp, you can keep your hair looking its best. Mereltä’s scientifically proven formula promotes stronger, healthier hair by taking care of your scalp, first. Learn more about Mereltä here.
#4: Keep Your Hair and Scalp Moisturized
Spending a lot of time indoors can make your hair and scalp dry out, particularly if you are in a home where the heat or air conditioning is constantly on and your normal haircare routine has changed.
Keep your hair looking its best by making sure it is moisturized. You might add a new oil or product into your routine.
Drinking water helps support hair health. Having a water bottle by your side can help you remember to drink.
#5: Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking enough water helps support hair growth and hair health. It can also help prevent split ends and keep your hair strong and flexible.
While you’re spending time at home, you may forget to drink the proper amount of water. After all, at home, there’s no water cooler to head to for a break from work! To encourage yourself to drink enough water, invest in a water bottle that you can bring with you around the house. Try to fill and drink it all at least twice during the day to stay hydrated.
#6: Try Out New Styling Options
Spending more time at home is a great opportunity to try out new styling options. If you’re home, you’re not seeing as many people, so you don’t have to worry about taming those pesky flyaways if you don’t want to.
Use your time at home to try a new trim or style. If you can, skip using hot tools to give your hair and scalp a break. Take this time at home to play around and try unfamiliar things. If it doesn’t look great… well, no one will see it, anyway!
If you decide to give yourself a home haircut, head over to YouTube to look for advice. Many hairstylists have shared tips and tricks for cutting your own hair to make sure you don’t end up needing to invest in a cute hat for your Zoom calls. Here’s a great video to get started.
Home Hair Care: You Can Make Progress
Your hair might look a bit different during quarantine. That’s okay! Even if your roots are peeking through or your stylish haircut grows out, you can still make progress towards having stronger, healthier hair.
By following the tips in this article, you can ensure your hair has the nutrients and tools it needs to look and feel its best. And don't forget to start with the essential, which is scalp care: treat your hair at the source. Try Mereltä Root Renewal serum to help regenerate your hair.
When the world goes back to normal, you’ve already built a strong foundation for your home hair care routine.