My hair has been through a lot. Ever since I discovered Sun In as a pre-teen girl, I’ve tortured my hair with chemicals, heat, and weird hair styles. Through different hair colors, highlights, lowlights, multiple blowouts, curling irons, crimping irons, and razored cut ends, I’m surprised my hair has stood strong through all of that. Heck, I’m surprised I have any hair at all!
It wasn’t until I had to chop it all off a few years ago that I started to take my hair care routine more seriously. What had happened was I had made the mistake of getting ombre highlights on my ends. The peroxide left them so dry they looked like straw. Damn Groupon for making those discounts so tempting! As some of you may already know, growing your hair out can take an excruciatingly long time and hair ends as dry as straw are definitely not cute. So how can you keep your hair healthy and still get away with styling your hair? Keep scrolling down for my tried and tested tips for beautiful, healthy hair.
My Five Tips for Healthy Hair
Don’t Wash Your Hair Everyday
Okay, so this may sound kind of gross, but I try to go as long as possible without washing my hair. And this even includes after a sweaty workout! At first, even the idea of not washing my hair every other day, which was my typical routine, made me cringe in horror. I have a pretty sensitive scalp so I wasn’t sure what would happen if I left it “dirty”. Well, after I started to notice my hair starting to get frizzier than usual, I decided I’d take the plunge. You know what? It totally works! My hair is definitely softer, smoother, and get this, it even feels clean! To keep this clean feeling, I recommend using a good dry shampoo on your roots, especially before your workout and know your scalp. Some people can go without washing their hair for a week. My oily, dandruff prone scalp can only get away without washing every 3-4 days.
Air Dry as Much as Possible
I’m going to take a moment here to say just how much I love my curling iron! Nothing makes me feel prettier than soft waves created by the 1-1/2″ barrel of a curling iron. Unfortunately, after years of curling my hair using direct heat, all of that abuse has started to take its toll. The best thing I’ve done to keep my hair healthy is to give the heat styling tools a rest. Most days of the week I just let my hair air dry. To give my hair a natural wave without the heat, I spray my hair with a texturing spray and section it into seven sections (two on either side of my face, one on each side, two at the back, and one at the crown). I roll those sections away from my face and loosely put them in pin curls. After my hair is dry I take the pins out and my hair has just the right amount of volume and the same loose, beachy waves I love from using my curling iron. I really like this texturing spray from Living Proof. It smells amazing and it doesn’t use sea salt which can really dry out your hair.
Use a Hair Mask Once a Week
A couple of days ago, I posted about getting a full-sized jar of Briogeo’s Deep Conditioning Mask in POPSUGAR’s Must-Have Box*. I’ve used it three times now and I love it. The hair mask uses biotin, keratin protein, avocado oil, argan oil, and almond oil to rehydrate and repair dull, damaged hair. I’m definitely going to start using a hair mask once a week. My hair feels softer, shinier, and less frizzy after doing so. Plus, isn’t it nice feeling pampered in the middle of the work week?
Massage, Brush, Comb, Repeat
In between washing my hair, I make sure to take care of my scalp. I comb out any tangles with a wide tooth comb and I use a boar bristle brush from root to tip. Massaging your scalp promotes hair growth and healthy hair. In addition, it’s a great stress reliever. I usually massage my scalp at night. I follow that by brushing my hair from the crown to the ends to help distribute my natural hair oil. In the morning, as soon as I wake up, I carefully comb my hair starting from the ends and working my way up. Doing it this way prevents breakage and accidentally pulling your hair out.
Take Care of Those Ends
After a shower, I always dry my hair with an old cotton tee. Using a towel tends to rough up the cuticles in my hair, leaving it frizzy. When it’s damp I squeeze into my hair a few drops of oil and a leave-in conditioner with keratin. Squeezing instead of just smoothing hair conditioners into your stands makes sure it gets absorbed deep inside. I have very thick, frizz-prone hair so I can use a generous amount of cream and serum into my hair without weighing it down. I even reapply these products when my hair is already dry and in need of extra TLC. If your hair is medium to fine in texture, I’d recommend just using one to two drops of oil on towel-dried (or tee-dried!) hair. Only apply a light serum if you have a bit of frizz after it’s dry. I love this Monoi hair serum from Carol’s Daughter. It seems heavenly! A lighter alternative, which leaves my hair smooth and shiny even in humid climes, is this one from PHYTO.
So there you have it, I hope you find some of my tips helpful to getting and maintaining strong, healthy hair. If you have any tips you’d like to share with us, feel free to leave it in the comments section below.
*Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair Hair Mask came as part of POPSUGAR’S Must-Have Box. This post has not be sponsored by Briogeo or POPSUGAR. As always, all opinions are my own.