A few weeks ago, I posted on my Instagram feed that I was pretty impressed with how my hair has grown in the past year and a half. While for some people it might not seem like the greatest change, for me it’s something I’m happy with. In December 2021, I cut it the shortest it has been since I was in primary school. It needed it, and it turned out to be the best thing I could have done for my hair. Last year I was on many rounds of antibiotics that took such a toll on my hair. Add in stress and extra health issues plus frequent trims, it’s not doing badly. I’ve always been obsessed with hair care and wanted to share 5 things that have helped my personal hair health.
1. Hair Oils are Your Best Friend
Using an oil as a treatment is something I’ve advocated for years. It’s one of the best types of hair care for me. The one that I’ve used the most and will continue to repurchase, is the Native Child Hair Growth Castor Oil but coconut oil, olive oil, and argan oil are also all popular choices for hair oiling. I wrote about the Native Child oil in this blog post last year. It’s so easy to apply with the nozzle attached and because the Castor oil makes it so thick, a little bit goes a long way. Oiling can help nourish and protect it from damage. Simply massage a small amount of oil into your hair and scalp and leave it. Even if you only have 10 minutes before you need to wash your hair, apply the oil and let it just saturate. It’s better if you can leave it in for longer though.
2. Push Out Your Hair Wash Days
Washing my hair is a process, so I push out my hair washing days as far out as I can. This partly because I’m lazy but more for the fact that it actually helps. Over washing your hair strips of it’s naturals oils and dries out your scalp, this then leads to your scalp producing more oil and your hair becoming greasy much more quickly. I can go a week in between washes but if you are someone that washes their hair everyday, start training it by just skipping a day in between washes and then take it from there.
3. Shampoo Twice
What do I mean when I say shampoo twice? Isn’t once enough? Well the first wash, can help remove excess oil, dirt, and product buildup that may accumulate on your scalp and hair over time. The second shampoo is to properly cleanse your hair and scalp. When I shampoo my hair, I focus on only the scalp area so it doesn’t dry out the ends. I’ve even read some articles that say you can wash 3 times but I think twice is enough for me. This is something I implemented years ago and you’ll easily get into the routine of shampooing twice.
4. Switch To A Sulfate Free Shampoo
Switching to a sulfate -free shampoo is another great tip to stop your hair from drying out. I’ve always swapped my shampoos and conditioners frequently while testing out different brands but since 2021, the one constant that I feel has really made a difference to my hair is the Hydrate range from Pureology. I chat about this range often with my hairdresser. It’s top quality and the shampoo is concentrated so you need only a tiny amount for your washes. When you find the range that works for you it’s great! Many shampoos contain sulfates, which can strip your hair of its natural oils and leave it feeling dry and brittle. So switching to a sulfate-free shampoo can help protect your hair’s natural oils and keep it looking soft and shiny which is what we all want!
5. Brazilian Blow Waves
I did this twice last year and what a game changer it was for me! Brazilian blow wave treatments can help smooth frizzy hair, add shine, and reduce styling time. I would just do a quick power dry on my hair and wouldn’t even need to use my straightener afterwards. This has led to me using less heat on my hair. If you have exciting travel plans coming up – this is a lifesaver! These treatments use a protein-rich formula to coat your hair and protect it from damage, leaving you with smooth, healthy-looking locks. These treatments usually last about 3 months but if you look after your hair and use the correct products, I can push mine for 6 months. You need to use sulfate-free shampoos with this treatment so it will already encourage you to change your shampoo.
I really hope some of these tips helped, it’s just what has seemed to work for my personal hair care journey. Let me know if you have any questions or any tips of your own?