Today we’re totally switching gears for a minute. No baking. No eating. Just hair health. I know it’s so random, but over the years, I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on my hair, so I thought I’d talk about what I do to make sure it stays healthy and taken care of. I tried something new the last couple of months and am so pleased with the results that I just needed to share it with you.
My hair is so freaking thick, and I have so much of it that I’ve really had to learn how to properly take care of it, which is hard when you have hard-to-manage hair like I do. It generally takes about 15 minutes total to blow-dry. If I’m to straighten or curl it, that’s another 20 minutes. That’s a whole lot of heat on my hair! Protective measures are definitely a must. So let’s get started with the things I do for my hair’s health.
Brush as Little as Possible – I rarely brush my hair. I know brushing stimulates hair growth, but at the same time, it also promotes possible breakage. The times I brush my hair are at the end of blow-drying (once it’s mostly dry) just to smooth things out and then in the morning when I’m going to style my hair. There’s really no need to brush more often.
Never Brush Hair when Wet – This is a big no-no. When your hair is wet try to use a wide-toothed comb in order to prevent breakage. Never use a brush on wet hair or you will see more breakage.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day – I used to be an every day hair washer, and there are times when I’m working out hardcore every day that I need to wash on a daily basis, but for the most part, I try to keep my hair-washes 2-3 days apart. Your hair will produce the healthy oils it needs in order to stay moisturized, but if you’re washing it every day, it doesn’t have time to work its way to the ends unless your scalp produces a high amount of oil. The longer, thicker, curlier, and more processed your hair is, the longer you can go in between washes.
Use a Heat-Protective Spray – Like I mentioned, a lot of heat goes into my hair-styling, even though I’m very minimal. So it’s imperative that I protect it from the heat elements by using a protective spray. I have been using this spray from Garnier for quite awhile and am pretty happy with it. It seems to really create a barrier between my hair and the heat.
Use an Oil Product – Using an oil on my hair has been really beneficial to increasing the shine and smoothness. I’ve been using this hibiscus oil from Matrix when my hair is still wet before I blow-dry it. And then sometimes when I’m done straightening it, to smooth it even more, a small amount of oil goes into the ends. This oil is specifically for color-treated hair like mine, but this line offers plenty of different varieties for your hair.
Take Your Vitamins for Your Hair – We take vitamins for just about every other part of our body, so why not for our hair? I know a lot of women take prenatals to ensure their hair stays healthy, but that’s not formulated just for your hair. I started taking these Hairfinity vitamins 2 months ago, and let me just tell you about the results I’ve seen. First of all – let me start off with the shedding. Anyone else feel like they lose a ton of hair in the shower?? Yup, I could probably have made a wig out of the hair I was losing in the shower each wash. Not anymore! Hairfinity has drastically reduced the amount of hair shedding.
Also – the fullness of my hair. The shininess! It’s amazing. Even my wife noticed about a month ago. She asked if I was still taking those pills. I told her I was, yes. And she said because my hair looked really shiny and full of life. Woohoo! That’s a compliment I’ll take any day! It’s one thing for me to notice a difference, but for other people to as well! Awesomesauce!
Also, let’s talk about hair growth. My hair generally grows pretty quickly, but not like this! Within the 2 months I’ve been taking these vitamins for my hair, it has grown 1.5 inches… Let me take that back… I got a 1/2 inch trim in the meantime so we have a total of 2 inches of hair growth in 2 months! I know a ton of people who would just love to get that kind of rapid hair growth.
So there you have it. Those are the few simple things I do for my hair to keep it as healthy as I can. I don’t do anything fancy. It’s all just some simple things that I try to keep in mind as I go about my day-to-day. I hope this has helped you and given you a few tips and tricks for your hair health.