How to Keep Your Hair Healthy

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.

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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.

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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!

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How Do I Wear That Wednesday: Barely There Makeup

With a nine to five job, running this blog, and running around with my puppies life is busy. I also really love sleep, and don’t love a full face look, so I prefer to keep my makeup routine pretty simple. I just follow a few simple steps to achieve a fresh faced look and I’m ready to head out the door in five short minutes.

Khiel’s Daily Reviving Concentrate to moisturize and refresh my skin in the morning

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream or Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer to even out my skin tone and smooth out any fine lines. I like sticking to a BB or CC Cream to keep my skin moisturized and feeling fresh

Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define fills in and darkens my ultra-light and fine brows. Without this stuff I don’t even look like I have eyebrows 🙁

Benefit Cosmetics 24-hr Brow Setter setting gel sets my brow colour and shape in place for the day

Benefit Cosmetics roller lash super curling & lifting mascara on the days when I don’t have lash extensions on. If you live in the GTHA area go to my girl Danielle for lash extensions, she’s the best!

Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Wear Waterproof Concealer corrects any dark circles or small imperfections

Cargo_HD Picture Perfect Blush/Highlighter, Pink Shimmer dusted along my cheekbones, chin, and forehead for a warm healthy glow

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Budding Blossom if I want to add a little extra to the look or a darker shade to take it from day to night I’ll use Pudgy Peony or Chunky Cherry