All girls want good hair. Plain and simple. Whatever your hair type, its achievable! All hair types come with their own challenges. I personally have a ton of fine hair, so it can get greasy in a matter of seconds. (Kidding about the seconds, but if I skip more than a day of washing, I call my hair “grease city” haha). Many of my friends only wash their hair twice a week. While this is great because you aren’t stripping your hair of all of its natural oils, some of us just can’t pull it off. *Raises my hand* I used to be a wash-my-hair-every-day kind of girl, but lately I’ve been trying to go every other day. I still prefer my freshly-washed locks, though.
*disclaimer: I am not a hair care professional*
- Skip the Extensions. I know a lot of girls do extensions simply to create a thicker appearance to their hair, however, in the long run this could be making your hair thinner. Here’s why: Extensions pull on your hair and damage the area of the hair that the extension is placed on. Additionally, extensions could lead to traction alopecia, which is hair loss caused from continuous pulling of the hair. If you must have your extensions, keep up with them or opt for the clip ins so you can wear them for special occasions and give your hair a break most of the time.
- Skip the Wash. Like I said above, this is a hard one for me. I love going to bed with wet hair, probably because it keeps my body cooler, which helps initiate rest. Be sure as you are skipping washes, however, that you invest in a clarifying shampoo. These shampoos help eliminate build-up on the scalp and should be used once a week. When you do wash, use warm (not hot) water and rinse with the coldest water you can stand. This will help to close your hair cuticle and add shine to your hair. I also like to only wash my scalp most of the time; sounds kinda weird, but shampoo still gets all the way down your hair, just not in a lather.
- Skip the Hot Tools. 99% of the time, I don’t use any heat on my hair. This is partly because I am lazy/have no time, partly because I love my waves that I get when I let my hair air dry and don’t brush my hair out, and partly because I don’t want to inflict damage on my hair follicles. If you have a hard time with this, skipping your washes will help because you can style your hair after washing it and keep it that style for a few days as long as you’re skipping your washes.
- Skip the Bleach. Okay, before you call me a hypocrite for getting highlights, let me explain! I do not mean skip the bleach entirely. This year, I decided I wanted to go very blonde, so I did. My hair got over-processed and I am still trying to recover. Luckily, my hair lady moved back to town and is helping me get back to the color I prefer. I only highlight my hair 3-4 times a year to try to avoid damage as much as I can, and also to save money. I would rather have the worst roots and silky hair than always be perfectly blonde with terrible hair. However, my mom called me a couple of days ago to tell me its time to get my roots done. haha
- Find Yourself a Good Hair Lady. I adore my hair lady, Casey. I was so upset when she moved away last year, and am so happy she’s back! All my blondes reading this know the struggle, it is so hard to find the perfect hair lady! I’ve made plenty of hair mistakes in the past with different stylists (think: asking for brown and getting black hair, going back blonde too quickly and ruining the integrity of my hair, and asking for highlights and lowlights and leaving the salon with grey hair) but when I go see Casey, I always leave happy! She will tell me “no” to going dark and cutting my hair very short, and I later appreciate it. *side note: if anyone in Galveston County needs a new stylist, message me and I will give you her info*
- Invest in Good Products. Like I mentioned already, get a good clarifying shampoo to use once a week. Also, get a good quality paraben and sulfate-free every day shampoo and conditioner, along with a deep conditioner. I also use a leave in conditioner to help tame my tangles. I use Infusium, its cheap and you can pick it up at Sally’s. I also like the It’s a 10 leave in conditioner, but its a little pricier. Another thing I have been doing is using Invisibobble hair ties to avoid hair pulling and breakage. I also highly recommend the Wet Brush for brushing wet hair.
- Sleep Like a Queen. And by that I mean get yourself a silk pillowcase! This is a step I haven’t attempted, but have been meaning to. Silk doesn’t absorb moisture like cotton does and it is softer on your hair and skin as well.
What is your favorite hair product? 🙂