Since I’ve been gone for a while I really want to make it up to you by uploading as much as possible. I was going to make something more creative today, but I guess my flu decided to stay a little longer so I have no energy today.
But this is a topic that I’m very educated in. Not really, but I started dying my hair when I was around eleven and it was at that same age that I started straightening my hair everyday too. My sister is a professional hairdresser so she always tell me to take care of my hair and in the beginning she practically took care of my hair for me. So since I’ve been pretty bad with my hair I’ve learned a lot about it, and how to keep it healthy. So I thought I would share some of my own best tips.
DISCLAIMER! I am in no way professional or can tell you for certain that these things will help. I’m only here to tell you what has worked for me and what professionals have told me to do.
Don’t wash it a lot
I know that this might seem scary and terrifying for some, I know it did for me, but easing up on the washing is good in so many ways for your hair. By not washing your hair as often, your hair won’t have to produce as much oil and it will make your hair stay fresh longer. This is because when people, like I did before, wash their hair everyday or very often, your hair will start increasing the producing of the natural oils you need in your hair since shampoo wash away all the natural oils, resulting in oily hair much faster. It can be really hard for some to do this, like when I didn’t wash my hair everyday and my hair got oily I felt really gross and dirty, which isn’t true. And since your hair is so used to producing a lot of oil it will take some time for it to settle down. But I promise you it’s worth it. Your hair won’t have to work as hard and your hair will feel much better when it doesn’t get all dry and damaged by as much shampoo.
Ease up on the heat
This doesn’t mean that you should never ever ever use heat on your hair, but convince yourself that it isn’t needed. I have really thick, curly hair and I’ve always had such complex over it. I was really young when I started straightening my hair, and It didn’t go a day when I didn’t straighten it. And since I also showered every morning I had to blow dry it too, which also heats up the hair. Now I know that if I don’t want to straighten my hair, I don’t need to. And I’ve learned to embrace it the way it is. If you really want to fix your hair with heat, make sure you find a really good heat protection. I’ve learned this the hard way, it’s taken years for me to finally have somewhat medium length hair and still keep it somehow healthy. Just know that some people have more heat resistant hair than other, but if you overuse heat it will cause problems and damage.
Brush it (but not too often)
Hair is really complicated, because there isn’t a single thing that won’t do damage to your hair. Like brushing. I’m not good with brushing my hair, and only do it once in a while, but it can be quite important. While brushing your hair also damages it, not brushing your hair is pretty bad. This statement changes from person to person, but if you have hair as thick, curly and tangly as mine it causes more damage not to brush it. As I said, I’m not good with the brushing, and if you don’t have curly hair, ask someone who has and they will probably tell you the same thing. I only brush my hair the times I’m planning on straightening it. But going around with tangles and knots in your hair tears on it a lot. Don’t over-brush your hair, but take time to brush it.
This is probably the most important. I’ve had people tell me that they don’t want to cut their hair because they want to grow it out and they never do anything that damages it. Like I said before, everything you do damages your hair in one way or another. Brushing your hair damages it, showering damages it, sleeping damages it, wearing ponytails, pulling it and stuff like that damages it too. Just because heat and dye may be a little bit worse, you can’t do anything that doesn’t damage your hair at all. I’ve also heard people say that there’s no need to cut the ends of your hair since it’s the roots that grow. Now, okay, one part is true, but how your ends look affects the growing of your roots. How often you need to cut your hair depends on how well and healthy it already is. If you never do anything to really cause damage, than you won’t need to cut it often at all, but trim it a little bit once in a while to get rid of the split ends or they will start damaging more of your already healthy hair. Hair is very individual, and nobody can tell for all people how hair is and needs to be taken care of. I know for a fact that some people can’t grow their hair long when it’s damaged, while I have friends that have the longest hairs but it’s so unhealthy because they never cut it. Cutting your hair will not only get rid of the split end and help with damage, but it will also make it grow faster.
Know what it is you’re doing
I won’t telling anyone to do their hair professional or with someone who knows, because I have both dyed and cut my own hair. I’ve actually never dyed my hair in a salon even though I haven’t had my own natural hair since I was 11-12 years old. I am all for doing what you want with the hair that you yourself has control over. After all, it’s just hair, it will probably grow out, nothing that you do to your hair is permanent since it always keeps growing and hair is just hair. Cut it at home if you want to save some money, dye it at home if you want to, do whatever you want to do, but make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. Know that you shouldn’t cut your hair with bad scissors, like kitchen scissors. Make sure you know what will happen to your hair, but don’t be afraid to take changes. If you want to bleach or dye your hair and you are a person who doesn’t want to go out of your comfort zone, go to a hairdresser and let them help you. I’ve always loved living in the moment and just doing spontaneous things, like deciding that today, right now, I want to dye my hair. Know that doing things like that will damage your hair, but you should also know that doing things, like bleaching your hair, won’t always cause your hair to fall out or break. I’ve dyed my hair more times than I can count in my head, ever since I was eleven six years ago, and bleaching it has been one of my favorite hobbies. I’ve never, ever lost any hair due to dying it, even though I’ve been doing it for years. Though, it’s damaged my hair a lot and now that I’m trying to make it healthy it takes a lot of time and patience. If you want healthy hair to the max, don’t dye it at all and do everything professional, but whatever you decide to do, your hair has done nothing wrong to you so make sure you know what you’re doing.
Use good products
If you use products in your hair, use good products. When it comes to hair and hair products, most of the good ones are expensive, and cheap ones aren’t as good. Make sure you use the right shampoo and conditioner for your own hairtype and know what your hair needs and what it don’t. If you have damaged and/or dry hair, I would suggest you start using argan oil. It’s sooo good for your hair and depending on brand, it smells really good. I take argan oil in my hair after every shower when my hair is wet, not matter what I’m doing with it.
Make sure your heat protection really protects and help your hair, and take it easy with the hairspray. Your hair doesn’t like hairspray. How much you decided to do to your hair and how many/what products you use depends on how much you care about your hair. I really want my hair to be healthy, once and for all, so I’m picky with my shampoo and conditioner, I always use argan oil and antifrizz and a lot of heatprotection when styling it. I also drown my hair in coconut oil every once in a while and keep it in over night before washing it out. My hair looooves it, and I can assure you that your hair will too.
That was it for today, hope you learned something new. As I’ve already said, I’m in no way professional or educated what so ever, but I have a lot of experiences and I’ve learned a lot the hard way. Every hair is different and there’s no guarantee that this will work for you but it worked for me. Have a good day!