I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! With the 4th of July holiday on Tuesday, I decided to spend time with my family instead of blogging as I hope you all did too. I just got my hair done last Friday so I thought now was the perfect time to share this post. Before I go much further, let me give you the back story. I had 2 babies in 2 years. My hair grew quite a bit in that time but pregnancy wreaked havoc on my hair. My hair was long (elbow length to be exact), blond and extremely unhealthy. By September 2015 I decided to cut my hair to shoulder length and try to restore my hair health. It has since taken me an approximate year and a half to get to where it is today.
Going from elbow length to shoulder length hair was HARD! I was so used to my long hair and I almost instantly regretted it. The good thing about hair is that it will (eventually) grow back. My stylist is very impressed every time I see her with how far my hair has come. I am actually even bleaching it more heavily AND more frequently now. Here are the steps I took to restore my hair health.
Restore Hair Health with These 10 Tips
1. Don’t Wash Your Hair Everyday. Washing, blowdrying and heat styling your hair on a daily basis can be very damaging. I now wash my hair 2-3 times per week and only blow dry and/or heat style when absolutely necessary. For the in between days I use a high quality dry shampoo.
2.Use High Quality Sulfate Free Shampoo. Cheaper definitely isn’t better when it comes to hair products. You don’t need to use the most expensive products on the market but try to look for a shampoo that is at least sulfate free. Since I only wash 2-3 times per week, I don’t mind the cost as the product lasts quite a while. I alternate between Unite 7 Seconds, Paul Mitchell blonde (purple shampoo to brighten my blonde) and Dry Bar Dry Shampoo
3.Condition, Condition, Condition. I have fine hair, but I have a ton of it. I used to feel like deep conditioners weighed my hair down so I would use only a detangler. That just isn’t enough to keep your hair healthy! Now I alternate between Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (as soon as I’m out I want to try the Unite 7 Seconds -it’s seriously the best shampoo ever so I’m assuming the conditioner is good too) and Enjoy! hair mask. This stuff makes your hair so soft! I use it every time I wash for the first 3 weeks after getting it highlighted then switch to once a week or once every other week. I also have very tangly hair so I use the Unite 7 Seconds detangler every time I wash my hair. This helps prevent me from unnecessarily ripping out or breaking hair.
4. Rinse Hair with Cool Water. This helps to close up the hair follicle and some research says it can increase shine.
5. Properly Detangle Your Hair. I use a WetBrush (pictured below) and it is absolutely amazing. I used to use a wide tooth comb but that didn’t adequately detangle my hair thus resulting in excess breakage. Also, most standard brushes have firm bristles which will also break fragile wet hair. The WetBrush has flexible but sturdy bristles to gently detangle your hair.
6.Invest in Quality Styling Tools. I used to use a $30 Revlon hair dryer from Target. I thought it worked fine but it was severely damaging my hair. With a blow dryer you want to look for one that has a high wind output and multiple heat settings. I currently use a T3 Featherweight 2 and love it. Sometimes you can even find them for cheaper at Costco. I also purchased the Sultra Bombshell curling wand and that is my go-to styling tool. I liked that it supposedly uses infrared technology to mend hair while heat styling. I’m not exactly sure how it works, but I have noticed improved hair health and the curls last for several days so either way, I’m happy.
7. Protect Your Hair. Before every time I curl my hair I apply a heat protectant spray. I love the Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal spray. It doesn’t weigh my hair down or have a sticky texture at all. In between washes I also use HBL Shine Serum to seal and protect my hair. Keep in mind that a little goes a very long way.
8. Eat a Good Diet. When trying to grow my hair out I tried several hair, skin and nails vitamins that promised to help me grow 1″ per month. None of them worked. Once I began my fitness journey and started properly nourishing my body, my hair really started to grow. I also supplement with a good Multivitamin and Fish Oil to make sure I’m getting the proper macronutrients needed to help my body function at it’s optimal level. I like the 1st Phorm line because everything it made in an FDA inspected facility so I know I’m actually getting what is stated on the bottle. Also the capsulated formula as opposed to tablets are digested easier and are more readily available for my body to use. It’s also equally important to make sure you are getting enough water. I’ve noticed that doing these things also improves my skin clarity.
9. Avoid Excessive Heat Styling. As I stated in step one, I only heat style when absolutely necessary. Most days I will brush my wet hair back into a bun or braid and air dry. If it is completely unruly I will curl or flat iron my hair the next day to make it look presentable. If you must heat style, be diligent in using heat protectant. Wearing a hat in the sun to protect your hair from damaging UV rays is also a good idea.
10. Get Regular Trims. No cutting your hair doesn’t make it grow faster. That’s ridiculous. This statement is about as absurd as “what weighs more: a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?” Both weigh a pound. Cutting your hair regularly helps remove damaged ends which can quickly split and break. Ultimately this may cause you to need to cut even more length off later. Regular cuts/trims help maintain your hair health by eliminating damage.
If you liked this post and would like to read more about my low maintenance beauty routine, click here: Simple Summer Beauty Routine
What do you do to maintain your hair health? Comment below and let me know!