No question that healthy, beautiful hair that’s strong and shiny is an attribute we can’t completely control, but it doesn’t necessarily stop us from aiming for perfection. While hair texture and type is a “no return policy” gift from your parents, those ladies that do possess perfect hair must follow certain routines and practice healthy hair habits, don’t you think?

I have boiled down some of the best tips and tricks to help make the hair you have become the hair you want.

Read for the 7 Habits of Fabulous Hair:

Habit 1: Shampoo less often. Only shampoo and condition your hair every other day to two or three times a week. You could call it a secret, but it’s widely known that if you wash hair too much it dries out. If shampooing only twice a week will leave your hair an oily mess, fret not. Try only washing your hair every three days with gentle shampoos and conditioners that don’t contain sulfates. Or your could wash it every other day but use a leave-in product which still protects it from being “dry or over-worked.” I like to sprinkle baby powder on my roots at night and by morning my hair still looks fresh.

Habit 2: Switch up your products. Switching your shampoo and conditioner means hair never “gets used” to the same one. Try alternating between drugstore and salon products.

Habit 3: Go easy on the brushing. Only use a comb immediately after washing hair in order to avoid knots. Then primarily use natural fiber brushes after you dry.

Habit 4: Let hair dry naturally. Shiny, healthy and strong hair doesn’t like heat and styling. Try letting your hair air-dry overnight in a bun as you sleep. When using a hair dryer, limit blow dry time to once a week, mostly use the coolest setting or just blow dry the roots and let the ends dry naturally.

Habit 5: Trim regularly. The easiest way to get rid of split ends is, of course, to just chop them off. Perhaps this is why women with perfect hair don’t have any, because most say they have their hair trimmed religiously – every three months or even every six weeks.

Habit 6: Only color hair when necessary. I am a huge advocate of only going to a professional for hair color, but if you do color your own hair then really make the effort to just color what needs to be colored. Constantly putting color on the ends of your hair will damage it and can cause it to split, break and frizz.

Habit 7: Eat well and take vitamins. A healthy diet rich in vitamins and nutrients will give you gorgeous hair.