A few months ago, I walked into my hair stylists salon with a major problem. I was growing my hair out for my wedding, which was working because my hair was long, but the problem was that it wasn’t healthy. It was dry, frazzled, I had split ends out the wazoo and I just felt like my hair was never clean.
I needed some major TLC.
Basically, what I found out was that I have been doing everything wrong. I was using very harsh products, I had a lot of product build up, I wasn’t using a heat protector before styling and the brush I was using was causing my hair to break.
We made a few ( a lot ) of changes to my daily hair routine and I have to say, I am so happy with it so far!
This was back in June and since then, my hair has never been softer, shinier or healthier. I finally feel confident knowing that I am growing strong healthy long hair as opposed to dry and weak. Which is a big deal in my book!
Pick a Sulfate Free Shampoo & Conditioner. One that will not strip your hair but instead nourish it. Whenever you color or heat style your hair, it causes your hair particles to tear, which is what causes dullness, dryness, breakage and split ends. This is why picking a shampoo and conditioner that restores and prevents these side affects is so important. I love Caviar products because they truly transform your damaged hair and is extremely nourishing. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, which is a huge deal, and actually, has Omega-3 Fatty Acids in it to help restore and repair each strand of hair. I have been using the Caviar Shampoo & Conditioner Repair Duo and ever since I started, my hair has been softer and healthier than it has been in a really long time. Also, this post is so #notsponsored. It has just really done amazing things for my hair.
Eat right & Drink A lot of Water. I feel like I sound repetitive, but I’ll tell you again and again that everything you eat & drink directly affects your body. From your skin to your hair, to your nails it not only affects your weight but everything else as well. The more leafy greens and healthy fats you eat will help to grow out your hair. For extra boosts, try adding in collagen or fish oil supplements into your diet! Both are really great for growing your hair.
Use a Heat Protector. As I mentioned above, heat styling really does cause your hair particles to rip and tear. While I would love to do “heat free” up until the wedding to ensure the healthiest hair imaginable, that’s just not possible. Which is why a good heat protector is so important! My stylist introduced me to this heat protector and hands down it is the best one I have ever used. It makes my hair so soft and keeps my hair healthy through every blow dry and curl.
Cut Back On Washing Your Hair. While washing your hair with the proper shampoo and conditioner is vital to your hair, if you wash it too much, your hair will start to lose all of its natural oils that help it grow. If you wash your hair every day, try cutting back to every other day or every two days. If you workout a lot and your hair is prone to get greasy like mine does, start using a dry shampoo and make it your new bff. This Dry Shampoo is my favorite and to prevent my hair from getting greasy, I like to spray a little bit in my hair before my workout and before I go to sleep.
Get Yourself A Wet Brush. If you have not gotten yourself a wet brush yet, please do so ASAP. Wet Brushes are everything. They are so soft and gentle with your hair and get knots out like you wouldn’t believe. I honestly feel like it is a miracle brush. Brushing my hair used to be a disaster but ever since I got a Wet Brush my world has changed.
Silk Pillows: This is something you wouldn’t normally think about, but silk pillows can actually help grow out your hair. Other pillow case fabrics like cotton tend to pull at your hair, causing it to break while you sleep at night. Silk, on the other hand, keeps your hair smooth and tangle free. Silk Pillowcases will also keep your hair from getting overly oily as well! I have these silk pillowcases and love them! Colton hates them…..but he’s also not worrying about split ends lol.
Use a Clarifying Shampoo Once A Week. I don’t know about you guys, but every once in awhile, my hair does this thing where no matter how many times I wash it, it never feels 100% clean. This my friends is what I like to call product build up, which is why a clarifying shampoo is so important. After a while, your hair starts to build up all of the products you use on it and your everyday shampoo has a hard time getting it all off. This was one of my biggest problems last time I went to my stylist and he introduced me to the idea of using a clarifying shampoo. The idea behind it is that if you use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week, this will prevent any product build up from happening!
DIY a Hair Mask. So what if you have product build up already? Well, I have the perfect DIY hair mask for you! This DIY hair mask is kind of messy, I’m not going to lie, but it is hands down the best DIY hair mask I have ever used. I tried it for the first time in college and I honestly can’t even begin to describe how shiny and clean it made my hair feel. It also gets rid of all of your product build up. So, if you do not want to get a clarifying shampoo just yet, try this DIY home mask first!
Cold Water Rinse. I remember my roommate from college telling how when she was little, she thought these girls in her grade school class were trying to be mean, by telling her that washing her hair in cold water would make her hair shinier. The truth is though, they were not being mean at all and were actually telling the truth! Rinsing in hair in cold water closes your hair particles and seals in the moisture from your conditioner. Warm or hot water, on the other hand, opens your hand particles. So while it is great to start your hair care process with warm water, make sure you end it with a cold rinse to really lock in the products you used on it. Otherwise, it’s almost a complete waste.
Stop Cutting Your Hair: Growing up, I was always told that in order to grow out your hair, you should cut your hair every month. When actually that isn’t true at all! The truth is, it could take up to 3 months for your hair to grow even an inch & a half so in order to really grow your hair out best, you should only get a small trim every 3 months.
Heat Protector: Keratherapy KERATINE 2-in-1 Miracle Leave in Treatment
Clarifying Shampoo: On The Rocks Clarifying Shampoo
Detangling Brush: Wet Brush
Silk Pillows: Slip For Beauty Sleep
Dry Shampoo: Batiste Dry Shampoo
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