Though I have always prided myself on having healthy locks, I made some significant hair whoopsies a couple years back that lead to multi toned locks that were uneven and broken. It’s been a long journey back to healthy hair, and I still have a ways to go before it’s as long as it once was, but I am happy to say I’ve made some great improvements since the day I realized my right side of my hair was three inches shorter than the left. Today, I’m going to share some of the things I’ve learned over the past year that have helped bring my hair back to life.
Get it cut! It may seem counter-intuitive, but getting your hair cut regularly actually helps with growing it out. Trimming off dead ends regularly keeps your hair looking healthy and prevents split ends.
Don’t wash it too often Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. Washing your hair daily can dry out your scalp since shampoo washes away essential natural oils along with the dirt. If you’re someone who regularly styles their hair, washing it daily and heat styling it will lead to further damage. I aim to wash my hair and heat style it only twice a week, using braids or buns to fill the gaps. I am also a huge believer in dry shampoo – I don’t know how I ever lived without it.
Use oils and conditioner I noticed a big difference in the health of my hair when I started using a leave in conditioner and Moroccan oil after every shampoo. I also use a heat protectant before any heat styling.
Two words: Tangle Teezer I received a Tangle Teezer in my stocking a couple years ago and it was such a game changer for my hair! With my fine hair I end up with a birds nest any time I walk outside and there’s a breeze. I cannot tell you how many times I would struggle brushing my hair with my old brushes, usually ripping out some strands along the way.
Alcohol free hairspray I would have never though about hairspray having alcohol in it, or that it was killing my hair. I am aware that hairspray isn’t the healthiest thing for your hair, but I figured that my limited use of it wasn’t doing me much harm. One day while speaking to a hairstylist about my issues with breakage, she suggested finding an alcohol free hairspray, I made the switch and it helped! My favourite is Pantene Air Spray.
Invest in good hair ties have you ever slid a hair tie on your wrist to be tickled by all of the broken hairs wrapped around it? I know I have. Those broken hairs felt like a failure every time they unknowingly slid over my hand. Recently I was introduced to Invisibobble and have been loving that they don’t leave any creases or kinks in my hair!