12 Days of Better Hair for the Holidays
On the first day of Christmas Better Not Younger sent to me, a daily hair-care routine with healthy hair tips and products sulfate-free! In the spirit of this celebrated holiday carol, we curated our very own list of healthy hair-and-scalp essentials to transform your aging tresses just in time for the holiday season.
1st Day: Get to Know Your Hair—Issues and All!
Understanding your hair type and hair issues is the first step toward achieving your healthiest hair possible. Do you have thin, fine hair? Maybe you have course, dry hair? Or are you dealing with textured hair that’s curly and frizzy? If you need a little help, our Better Hair Quiz is the place to start. It will not only quickly identify your hair type and concerns but also recommend the products that are perfect for you. We designed our collection of cleansers, conditioners and styling products with the health of your hair in mind—this means no harmful sulfates or parabens. They’re also all cruelty-free and safe for color- keratin- and chemically-treated hair.
2nd Day: Detox Your Scalp for a Healthy Head Start
Now that you’ve defined your hair type and issues, to give your hair a fighting fresh start, let’s adopt the adage, out with the old, in with the new. This means ridding your scalp of all the gunk that has been building up to make room for your follicles to flourish. Make an exfoliating treatment like our New Dawn Activated Charcoal Cleanser a part of your daily hair-care routine. With its unique built-in massaging applicator, it’s designed to detoxify and rebalance your scalp—after all, healthy hair starts at the roots. The soothing and cooling formula will leave your scalp feeling refreshed, stimulated and ready for your healthiest hair.
3rd Day: Shampoo Mindfully to Avoid Over-Washing
Too much of a good thing can quickly become a bad thing—especially when it comes to your hair. And over-washing ranks high for creating unwanted negative side effects like a dry scalp, greasy strands, breakage and even hair loss. A good rule of thumb for your shampooing frequency when dealing with aging tresses is around two to three times a week, though your lifestyle and hair type (textured hair often requires different care than straight strands) can influence your personal washing schedule. Click here for our tips on how to fix over-washed hair.
4th Day: Start a Daily Scalp Massaging Ritual
Products are a fabulous way to treat your tresses with love, but TLC that you can personally provide is an essential part of your daily hair-care routine. Show your scalp some love by incorporating a scalp massage into your hair-care regimen. Using the pads of your fingertips, gently press and create a circular motion over your scalp to stimulate the follicles. This delicate motion is known to stretch the follicles to encourage stronger and thicker hair growth, not to mention it offers a super-relaxing sensation.
5th Day: Introduce a Hair and Scalp Serum
Now that you’ve got your daily scalp massage technique down pat, it’s time to up the ante with a serum designed to take your massage to the next level! In addition to all the micro-stimulation perks of a scalp massage, you can benefit twofold from the powerful scalp- and follicle-nourishing ingredients found in our Superpower Fortifying Hair & Scalp Serum, which include niacinamide, caffeine and oleanolic acid. Perfect for fine hair as well as textured tresses, this serum can be used with our Liquid Comb massaging applicator for a powerful duo like no other!
6th Day: Hydrate Your Hair Inside and Out
Congrats on getting in your eight glasses of H2O—yes, your gingerbread latte counts, too! But your aging strands need more than hydration from within to combat the dryness they experience during the cold winter months. Shampoos and conditioners that are fortified with ingredients to boost moisture while nourishing strands, and even repairing damage, are all they want for Christmas this year! Our Wake Up Call Duo does exactly this without weighing down strands and reducing breakage by 98%—a holiday miracle we can get behind!
7th Day: Treat Tresses to a Deep-Conditioning Mask
Moisture matters even more this time of year. And there’s nothing quite like a super-hydrating hair mask—think of it as an instant healthy hair treatment—to put the moisture back into your dry strands. We created our Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque with a proprietary blend of plant-based butters that deeply penetrate and protect strands to instantly smooth and repair damage to brittle, dry hair while reducing frizz and adding shine. Got gray hair or some highlights that have turned brassy? Our Silver Lining Purple Butter Masque is the moisturizing hair-care must for you!
8th Day: Boost Your Hair and Scalp Health from Within
You are what you eat—and this counts for your hair, too. Even the healthiest diets can fall short sometimes in delivering all the nutrients our hair requires. Especially as we age, our body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients it needs decreases, so supplements are an essential part of our better hair journey. Our Significant Other Hair, Skin and Nails Supplement + Retinol Boost is a terrific place to start for all the essentials while our Power Within Skin & Scalp Collagen Gummies are a go-to for giving your hair and skin the gift of elasticity and hydration.
9th Day: Slow Down and Stress Less
‘Tis the season for added stress—funny how the most wonderful time of the year can do that! Stress is a huge contributor to hair thinning and loss, we can’t say it enough. That’s why we came up with a list of ways to help you slow down this holiday season, so you (and your hair) will look and feel your best. From meditating and enjoying some “me time” to getting outdoors and preparing a nutritious home-cooked meal, we’ve got ideas aplenty to help you kick that stress away in favor of some silent nights in your future! Select your favorite or try them all to see which method works best for you!
10th Day: Adopt Good Hairstyling Habits
Especially during this frigid season, your hair needs extra love and protection from the elements. Cold dry air coupled with indoor heat leaves no safe haven for your delicate tresses—and blow-drying and flat ironing only make matters worse. How you treat your hair counts more than ever now and this means doubling up on products that boost and lock in moisture as well as protect strands from hot tools and harsh heat styling, like our No Remorse Heat Protection & Taming Spray, as air-drying is less of an option these days. How you style it can help, too. Click here for our hairstyling solutions for avoiding winter hair woes like static, hat hair, split ends and more!
11th Day: Take in Some Holiday Cheer
Your state of mind makes a difference when it comes to the health of your hair and hair growth. We can’t stress enough the negative effect actual stress can play on your hair’s health, strength and fullness. Happiness and a positive perspective not only make life simply more enjoyable but they can also help reduce stress in the moment and over time—which works wonders for supporting healthy new hair growth. So head out to that tree lighting, do some holiday shopping, join your caroling neighbors or whip up a batch of your favorite holiday cookies—your hair will thank you!
12th Day: Give Yourself the Gift of Gorgeous Hair
Who says holiday shopping can’t include items on your personal wish list! In fact, that’s half of the fun—treating ourselves! We made holiday shopping extra festive this season with our irresistible Holiday Gift Sets. We especially love our Holiday Cheer Tree Ornaments featuring mini sizes of our best-selling Wake Up Call Shampoo and Conditioner. Let them decorate your tree this holiday season then pop them in your travel bag for your next getaway!
Tell Us: Are you ready to begin your 12 days of better hair for the holidays? Share the progress of your daily hair-care routine in the comments below!
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Better Not Younger is here to help you get in the holiday hair-care spirit with our 12 days of better hair tips designed to show your hair and scalp love with instant healthy hair treatments. From heat styling and hot tool protection from blow-drying and flat ironing to products that moisturize your hair, stimulate your scalp and focus on your inner health, we’ve got everything your daily hair-care routine needs.