Brush before you wash
Give your hair a quick brush before you shampoo to help break up any product build-up so it's easier to wash out in the shower. This will also help stimulate the blood flow in your scalp. Remember to give your scalp a quick massage after you wash to give it an extra boost.
Limit the washing
Washing your hair every day can lead to drying out your strands and your scalp. Two to three times a week (or every other day) is best to allow your hair's natural oils to reach the ends of the strands. If you need a restyle, simply spray some water through your hair and let dry. If daily washing is an absolute must, make sure you choose the right product and opt for one that's specifically designed for daily use. Avoid brushing the knots out of your hair when it's wet as this can lead to breakages; rather use a leave-in detangling product and work a wide-tooth comb very gently through your strands.
Use the right products
Always read the labels carefully before buying your products and only invest in ones that are right for your hair type. You'll find that many formulas are specially designed for hair that's coloured, dry, oily, etc. Also keep a look-out for natural products and try to limit chemicals, which may strip your hair of its natural oils.
Limit the heat styling
Use a heat protectant spray before you use a blow-dryer, hair straightener or curling tongs, as all of these can damage your hair. Use a diffuser on your blow-dryer, make sure you only use it on damp (not wet) hair and don't hold it too close to your hair.
Use a conditioning treatment once a week to help repair any damaged strands. These products penetrate the hair shafts and will work to strengthen your locks so they can withstand heat styling and tough winter conditions better.
Use the right brush
Invest in a good quality brush that won't tear or snag your hair. Natural boar bristles are often recommended by hair professionals, and aim for a large round or paddle-shaped brush. If you've got knots, use a treatment product rather than trying to brush them out, as this may tear the hair.
Get a trim
Your hair grows about 1-2 centimetres a month, so book in for regular trims with your hairdresser to prevent the ends of your locks getting damaged and splitting. Split ends are never a good look!
Take care before and after procedures
If you're colouring your hair, getting foils or having it chemically straightened, it's important to ask your hairdresser what you need to do before and after your appointment to ensure you maintain optimal hair health. You may also wish to consider organic hair dye to cut down on chemicals.
If you have dandruff, don't just hide the problem with products -- treat it. Invest in a specialised dandruff shampoo and if the problem doesn't go away, see your doctor.
A balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals will boost your health inside and out -- and will show in your healthy, shiny hair. Fuel up on foods packed with omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and flaxseed, as well as protein like nuts, beans, eggs and cheese. Spinach, carrots and broccoli will also boost your vitamin intake.