The battle for healthier hair is one that will probably never end. And the older we get, the more we realize how important it is to start taking care of ourselves now, so that we are not trying to make up for lost time later. Lately, skincare has gotten all the attention, which is definitely important. And after years of coloring, pulling, straightening and curling – our hair could use a little love.
- NO HEAT
It seems like common sense that exposing the hair to heat over and over again would damage it, but it’s so hard to eliminate it from our routine. Blow drying and constantly curling and straightening eliminates all the moisture you need for healthy strands. Overtime your mane will become rigid and brittle, which nobody wants. So, what’s the alternative? Let your locks air dry whenever possible. Also, experiment with styling substitutes like texture spray, top knots, and even scarf styles. Try to go with air-dried hair more often, and it will slowly but surely making a difference. If you are daring enough, throw out your hair straightener – messy hair is in, people!
- CHEMICAL-FREE PRODUCTS
Have you ever taken the time to look at the ingredient list of your hair care products? Yeah, those words are long and I have no idea how to pronounce many of them. It’s a little scary to think we are using those products every day, so we should try to pay closer attention to toxic chemicals and making sure they’re not in our shampoo and conditioner (along with our skincare products). A few of the worst chemicals to look out for include: Sulfate, Potassium Sorbate and Retinyl Palmitate.
- LIMIT COLORING
I’m not going to tell anyone they shouldn’t color their hair anymore because that’s a massive lifestyle change, not just a small tweak. However, with side effects ranging from dryness to hair loss to toxic exposure, putting some more thought into how frequently you color is a great first step. I’ve been on the natural ‘slayage’ train for a couple of years now and it’s been such a blessing. My wallet is happier too if I do say so myself.
- WASH AND WET LESS
You have got to do you here, but just remember that you likely need to wash your hair less than you think. I actually have oily hair and have trained it to produce less oil by washing it less. The more you can go au natural, the better. My hair dresser told me to wet it less too. On the days that you are not washing it, do a top knot before getting in the shower. Less brushing/breakage and exposure to warm water.
- SMALL CHANGES
If you’re not ready to make a drastic change, baby steps are the way to go. Take a few days a week off from heat, deep condition your hair every once in a while to avoid dryness, and do an audit of all your products so you can start to swap things out when you’re ready. Your hair will thank you!
What healthy hair tips are you hoarding? Share with the class please!