I am dedicating this post to hair care and hair love, as I’m sure we all agree that hair, or healthy hair I should say, is one of the most feminine and glamorous features of a woman’s look.
After years of trying different products, visiting different salons and working with a number of stylists, I came up with a few tips that have proven to have remarkable benefits for the overall health and look of the hair — regardless of hair type, length or whether it has been treated with color.
Those simple but effective tips have helped revive my color-treated, frizzled and very damaged hair and have given me hope that I can continue getting as many highlights as I want while still having glamorous, beautiful, long hair.
I remember looking at my hair in the mirror one day after I had washed it. I didn’t like what I saw. Frankly, I was even worried. My long, thick, blond locks had lost a lot of their their shine, length and volume. They even looked chopped off in some of the areas where I was frequently using my curling wand. That was the turning point when I decided to do whatever it takes to revive my hair.
So here are my tips, I hope you find them useful:
1.Use minimal heat
Try using as minimal heat as possible when you can. Let your hair air dry completely, or just do a few finishing touches with a brush and a hairdryer when it’s almost dry. Do the same with your curling or flat irons if you have to. The dryer the hair, the better. Also, never forget to to apply heat protectant.
2. Apply hair masks and nourishing oils regularly
Not all masks are the same, and what I have found is that it’s worth investing in a brand with a reputable name that specializes in hair products, rather than just buying any mask from the drugstore. Another thing to consider are the ingredients — try to stay away from sulphates and parabens. Some of the brands that I like are Phyto, Redken and Pureology.
One of the products that has definitely changed my hair health is without a doubt Olaplex. I always ask my hair colorist to add it to my hair color at the salon, and at home I use the Olaplex 3 treatment before I wash my hair. I leave it on for several hours. The result is silky, shiny, gorgeous hair.
Pure, organic coconut oil is another of my at home go-to treatments. It is so gentle and hydrating not only for your hair, but your face and whole body. I usually apply it on my hair, cover it with a cap, then wash it after 15-20 minutes. I highly recommend it!
3. Sleep on a silk pillowcase
I recently discovered that sleeping on a soft, smooth silk pillowcase is so much gentle on my hair and my face. If I had my hair up on a bun for the night, after I wake up there are much less sticking hairs, and the bun is not as messy as it would have been if I had slept on a regular pillowcase. Bonus: a silk pillowcase prevents unwanted wrinkles on your face, so definitely worth trying.
4. Try adding hair vitamins to your diet
Sometimes it’s difficult to maintain a balanced diet, especially if you have a busy schedule and you are always on the go. If that sounds familiar, it might be a good idea to add some vitamins to your diet – vitamins designed for hair growth and health specifically or even just regular one-a-day type vitamins for overall health.
Cocoa Locks sent us some of their delicious Chocolate Hairshake to try. It combines hair growth vitamins with hot chocolate — perfect for the colder months. The formula is vegetarian, gluten free and cruelty free, and has only 26 Kcal per serving. Who knew hair vitamins can be so tasteful!
5. Don’t wash it too often, use dry shampoo
Washing the hair too often and all the styling procedures that we do afterwards inevitably cause additional damage to the hair. Think of it a a piece of fabric — the more you wash it, the more worn off it looks and feels. One way to add extra time between washes is to use dry shampoo.
You can also check out my blog post on workout hair secrets and how to still have perfect hair after the gym.
6. Be gentle to your hair while it’s still wet
The hair is most fragile when it’s wet. Often, the most breakage can occur if you are trying to brush it thorough right after you came out of the shower. Instead, put it up in a towel and let it sit for a while. Then apply a heat protectant and the rest of your leave-in products. Now you can start brushing slowly and gently from the bottom up.
7. Don’t twist and tie it too tight
One lesson that I learned recently is not to tie my hair too tight when styling it in a bun or a pony tail. Several stylists have told me that the more “folds” you add to your hair, the more breakage can occur. Especially if some of those hair styles are part of your daily routine and you are folding your hair over and over in the same areas. Wear it down as much as you can or clip it loosely. Brush it through regularly with a quality brush.
And that’s it! Those were my tips for healthy hair. Let me know in the comments below if you have implemented any of them in your hair routine and what worked for you.
See you in my next blog post!