[ 1 ] Let’s talk dirty. Don’t wash your hair everyday. I struggled with this concept at first since my hair looks nasty by the end of day ONE, but following this routine has helped nurture my hair back to health. At the least – wait to wash your hair every other day. Your body produces natural oils that will help repair your hair on its own. Magical. Dry shampoo plays a big role here.
[ 2 ] Opt to air-dry. Some of us battle with awkward and untamable textures of hair, but blow drying everytime you wash it is only causing more damage. I noticed a drastic difference when I stopped blow-drying my hair regularly. After two kids, my ‘air-dried’ hair is an absolute mess. Kinky waves, not the good kind. I’ve found ways to tame it and look good in various styles without having to blow it out. I also realized my hair holds better curl and texture once it’s air-dried, so it’s sort of a win-win. You don’t need to cancel your next blow-out appointment, just limit the amount of times you reach for the dryer.
[ 3 ] Easy on the heat. Try to limit your rods, curling irons and straighteners. This is a tough one, especially for me when I’m obsessed with the beachy-waves that my rod creates. Again, I’ve learned creative styles that work for my hair in the interim so I don’t have to irritate my hair with scorching heat, of which I’ll be sharing with you in an upcoming post.
[ 4 ] Choose your comb wisely. Through trial and error, and with numerous experts’ advice, I now reach for my wide-tooth comb to detangle after a shower, or to liven-up my hair midday. Avoid harsh brushes, especially when your hair is wet or damp since it’s most vulnerable in that state. Tip: don’t brush from your root to your ends – that’s a big no-no! Start at the ends and work your way up as you detangle. It’s less damaging (and shocking) to your hair.
[ 5 ] Science of Shampoo + Conditioner. Did you know there’s a ‘correct’ way to shampoo and condition your hair? Yep. Shampoo mainly your roots. Rinse. Condition mainly the ends of your hair and let sit for at least 3 mins. Try and avoid too much conditioner at your roots, since this will make your hair look greasier, faster.
[ 6 ] Leave and let it be. Whichever leave-in-conditioner brand is your go-to, find a good one + make it a routine every time you wash your hair. The name is pretty straight forward // just leave it in and let it work magic. I swear by L.I.C. and I feel naked if I’m traveling and leave it behind. Essential for the babes with color-treated or dry hair! You can find them at nearly every price range.
[ 7 ] Snip snip. I chopped my hair off 6 months ago. I miss long hair, but how sexy is long hair when the ends are all gnarly and broken? It’s recommended to trim your hair every few months to help it grow, and prevent split ends. Healthy hair is sexy hair, so don’t be scared to snip the ends. I’m told by the experts that it’ll actually grow faster when it’s trimmed – sounds counter intuitive right? I believe it. My hair is inching back to the lengh it was before, only now it looks much stronger.
[ 8 ] Run away from rubber. Ok, head out of the gutter. We’re talking rubber bands, ladies. Anything with similar properties as a rubber band will wreak havoc on your hair and create split ends. Simply put, find the smooth, soft elastics that are gentle on your hair. If you have fine hair like me, I enjoy the colorful thin plastic ones that I use for my toddler’s hair.
[ 9 ] Air drying = avoid elastics. A NYC hair stylist asked what I do when air-drying my hair. I explained my “ballerina bun” trick using a hair elastic and she immediately paused. “Never, ever air dry your hair using an elastic. Use bobby pins or clips if twisting into a bun. As the hair dries the elastic will tug on the hair and cause it to break. Exhibit A: these gnarly split ends you see here.” I’ll never forget that advice, and will never use an elastic when air-drying again. Thanks Cassidy.
Tell me which of these practices you’ve tried // what worked, what didn’t?