I’ve been researching a lot lately about hair care and hair growth methods so I thought it would be nice to share my basic hair care tips.
Everything in this post is based on my experiences and my own research over the years.
1. Hair treatments
Use a deep conditioner, treatment, or mask once a week or bi-weekly. This will help keep your hair healthy and shiny. It can give your hair a big boost especially if you do a lot of heat styling.
I recommend: Coconut oil. I posted about this last week. Coconut is the best conditioner for your hair. Massage 2 teaspoons onto your scalp and run your fingers through the ends of your hair to that all your hair is covered. Don’t over do it. Your shouldn’t be dripping or soaked. it should just look slick. Leave it on for at least a half hour. If you can, leave it on over night. Be sure to wrap your hair so that the oil doesn’t go all over your bedding. Once you’ve left it on for the amount of time you wanted, shampoo your hair at least twice to make sure all the oil comes out.
2. Comb (don’t brush) wet hair
Lot’s of people forget this. You should never brush wet hair!
Whenever you comb or brush your hair, start from the ends of your hair. E.g. Brush the last 5cm of your hair gently until all tangles are out. Then move up another 5cm and brush from there. Carry on until you get to the top of your hair. If you hair is tangled or there are knots and you start brushing from the crown of your head, you risk breaking and damaging the lengths of your hair.
I recommend: The Body Shop Detangling Comb. Make sure you use a wide-tooth comb on your wet hair. I like this one from the Body Shop. This comb can be used on wet or dry hair. I’ve had it for about a year now and it’s still in good condition. Don’t leave it in the bathroom as it is made of wood and could soften. You can really use any wide-tooth comb you want.
3. Cut down on chemicals and heat
This is a difficult one for me and I know many people feel the same.
I’ve loved dying my hair since grade 7. I have mainly used permanent hair dye. Right now, the top quarter of my hair is my natural dark hair and then the next quarter is a lighter brown and then the last half is a red auburn colour which is from the time I did a red ombre style. I also like to blowdry and heat style my hair. All of this damages your hair by drying it out and making it weaker.
1. Using a lower heat setting on your hairdryer, curling iron, and flat iron.
2. Always use products that will protect your hair against heat.
3. Try using other methods to colour your hair besides permanent hair colour.
I recommend: L’Oreal hot and smooth hot straight cream (before blowdrying), L’Oreal Elnet Satin Heat Protect Styling Spray – Straight (before curling, straightening with hot tools). I wrote about these in one of my favourites posts so you can check that out for more information.
4. Sleep on satin
Slip a satin pillow case over your pillow and sleep on it at night instead of your usual pillow case. It won’t absorb and oil or creams so your skin will stay hydrated. It prevents wrinkles and creases of the skin as well as reduces puffy eyes. It prevents hair breakage and minimises frizziness since is doesn’t absorb moisture.
I recommend: You can get satin pillow cases for the ridiculous amount of R140-R150 or you can go to Mr. Price home and get a few for R39.99 each.
5. Don’t shampoo every day
Unless you have an unnaturally oily scalp, shampooing your hair every day will dry your hair out as it removes a lot of the natural oils from your scalp and hair. Wash your hair every other day and it you really want to shampoo try using dry shampoo (Batsiste is good). When you do shampoo your hair, try to use one that is sulphate free and without much chemicals.
I recommend: Nu-hair treatments shampoo. It’s free of sulphates, chemicals, fragrance, and colourants. See more information in a post I wrote last year.
I hope these 5 hair care tips will help you keep your hair in good condition this festive season.