20 Tips for Healthy Hair

If your hair is making you look older and is dry and thinning, these healthy hair tips can make a huge difference!

Tips for Healthy HairIt’s so easy to get caught up in the ‘next big thing’ or the ‘latest miracle cure’, but how many of us are doing little things all the time to ensure we have healthy, happy hair?

Protecting your hair from heat

Heat and hair are not friends. Heat can dry your hair and scalp making it brittle and susceptible to breakage. Now that it’s getting colder, it’s tempting to have boiling hot showers and keep the hair dryer on a little more than strictly necessary, but try to resist. If you must engage in these winter habits, take extra care to nourish and moisturise your hair and scalp.

Hair & Heat Tips

  1. Make sure your showers are not too hot.
  2. Use a heat protective spray when using blow dryers, straightens, curling wands etc.
  3. Ensure you keep the hair dryer at least 20cm away from your head.
  4. Wear a hat in the sun, especially if you have fine or curly hair as these hair types are more susceptible to sun damage.
  5. Use a diffuser on your hair dryer so that you don’t aim too much concentrated heat on one area.

Protecting your hair from chemicals

Our hair and scalp can easily be damaged by harsh chemicals, so it’s best to keep them to a minimum wherever possible.

Chemical Protection Tips

  1. Use chemical free hair products (read more). Especially steer clear of shampoos and conditioners containing sodium laurel sulfate. Try  the Carelli range if you want to go totally chemical free.
  2. Wet your hair with fresh water before swimming in the pool or surf, this minimises the amount of drying salt or chlorine you hair can soak up. Rinse the ocean or pool water out afterwards too.
  3. Use a clarifying shampoo around once a week to eliminate product build up. A good natural alternative is apple cider vinegar.

Condition, condition, condition!

You must be getting the idea by now that dry hair is definitely something to steer clear of, so making sure you condition adequately is very important. Remember dry hair is aging. Shiny hair is more youthful.

Hair Conditioning Tips for Shinier Hair

  1. Use a treatment around once a week.
  2. Apply a nourishing oil such as Carelli Recovery Oil or another good quality oil to damp ends after washing.
  3. Get a treatment at the hairdresser whenever you get something drying done e.g. dyes, perms etc.
  4. Choose shampoos and conditioners which specify ‘dry hair’, ‘deep conditioning’ or ‘coloured hair’
  5. Towel dry your hair between shampoo and conditioner to aid in the absorption of your conditioner (you don’t put face cream on a wet face for the same reason)
  6. Add a squirt of a good quality nourishing oil to your conditioner. (e.g. Carelli Recovery Oil or Argan oil)

Look after your scalp

It makes sense that since your hair grows out of your scalp, having a healthy scalp is important for healthy hair, just like good soil for healthy plants. It can be difficult to notice your scalp health unless you’re experiencing discomfort, so ask your hairdresser about the condition of your scalp (they don’t mind!).

Scalp Saving Tips

  1. Know the difference between dry scalp and dandruff and treat accordingly.
  2. Give yourself scalp massages to encourage blood flow and exfoliation (especially after adding in your conditioner)
  3. Use a scalp exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and promote circulation.
  4. Don’t wear your hair in tight hairstyles too often.
  5. Keep any visible scalp (including your part line) safe from the sun by applying sunscreen on a cotton bud, wearing a hat, or using hair fibres.

And finally, don’t rub your hair dry. Use a good quality microfibre hair towel and wrap your hair for 5-10 minutes after washing and conditioning your hair. This is a good practice to get into as it gently removes moisture from your hair while allowing time for your moisturising conditioner to soak in.

If all these tips are a bit overwhelming, try to introduce a new tip each week until they become habits, your hair will thank you! If you have any other healthy hair tips, please share them in the comments.


  1. I’ve recently had hip replacement surgery and also eating ketogenic in last 5 months lysine 20 kilos – hair loss has started again – it happened once after a previous surgery and now thinning again (hair fall stopped for a few years but happening again since surgery – could be weight loss too )

  2. Not a happy of my thinning hair, recently have a surgery-before the surgery i must lose weight and that’s the time and i noticed my hair is thinning.

  3. I have under active thyroid so my hair gets thinner with almost bald at temples what would help to condition my hair than you

  4. I have under active thyroid so my hair is very dull thin and dry what would work for my dry thinning hair thank you ☺️

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