5 Simple Tips to Long Healthy Hair
My hair has experienced it all. Dark coloring, blonde breakage, split ends, thinning baby hairs, and dryness…you name it. Recently, I finally decided to get back to my roots (pun intended) and keep my hair long, natural (with a little balayage of course), and healthy! Melissa from Dean Anthony Salon in Long Beach, California came to my rescue and helped me bring my vision to life. I can say that I am finally on the right track to getting my hair shiny and healthy again.
Although there are already is a major difference to my hair in the before and after pictures, I have recently been using a variety of products to make my hair strong again.
Here are my 5 simple steps into getting healthy hair:
1. Take Your Vitamins!
Hormones can really take a toll on a woman and primarily her skin/hair. And oh boy I have experienced a big change in my hormones these past few years. I have found that in order for me to balance my hormones, I should balance my diet and nutrition intake. Every morning I make sure to take Biotin, Primrose, Vitamin C, and Iron.
Here are some vitamins I am OBSESSED with:
2. Wash you hair less
This is probably not your first time hearing that washing your hair is bad for it. I am a clean freak so being told that I shower too much drives me nuts. I love showering and hate going to bed feeling gross so this was a major adjustment for me. The first week I decided to wash my hair every other day and to my amazement my hair didn’t get gross and greasy like I thought it would!
So here’s the science behind it: washing hair everyday strips those natural oils that make our hair healthy and beautiful. Shampoo’s main purpose is to trap the oils on your scalp, but it won’t differentiate between “good” and “bad” oils. While the bad oils include nasty things like dirt and product residue, the good oils that you naturally produce can provide moisture and protection for the skin and hair. Too frequent washing can dry your hair out, making it prone to breakage and split ends. The hair itself is dead, so washing it won’t kill it or cause it to fall out. It will make hair look more and more lifeless. Washing hair everyday should be avoided for the most part.
To fight the greasiness you have to invest in a good dry shampoo. I have tried all sorts but I actually have loved Dove’s Dry shampoo the most. Here is a list of my top favorites at the moment:
3. Use the right products, invest in your mane!
So on the bright side of washing your hair less, at least you will use less products, right?
Melissa at Dean Anthony Salon knew right away that I was not using the proper haircare products before I got my hair done by just looking at the ends of my hair. Whoops. Before I went to the salon I was cheap and used only Dove Shampoo and Conditioner, the occasional purple shampoo, It’s a 10 spray, Brazilian hair oil, and a Trader Joe’s coconut oil mask. Sure, that might be more than what the average person uses but they were not the proper products to use on my particular hair. I have long, sometimes thin hair that can be sensitive to heat so finding the right products for my hair type is SO important.
Here are some of the products that I use now and swear by:
4. Avoid certain hairstyles
When I work out, I love to have my hair in a tight ponytail because I guess in my weird brain I just feel like I’m more aerodynamic or something haha. What I didn’t really understand was the damage it was inflicting to my hair. I am a sucker for tight ponytails and beautiful braids but sometimes we have to give our hair a break from these styles. Everything in moderation!
Elastic hair ties can grip the hair too tightly and cut into the hair shaft, causing fraying when they are repeatedly used in the same spot. So throwing your hair up in a quick pony for the gym every once in a while is okay, but when you’re using the ponytail as your go-to hairstyle every day, it can become a problem. And yes, this policy applies to buns, too. However, if you absolutely cannot go a day without your beloved pony or bun, don’t worry—your hair isn’t totally doomed. Try using one of these elastics to keep your hair from serious breakage:
Here are some hairstyle ideas that are healthier for your hair:
And if you aren’t a fan of those, I found a great article here that gives really great hairstyle ideas.
5. Wash your hair the RIGHT way
Now I know most of you are probably like, really? Like I don’t know how to wash my hair already? Well hear me out. I found out little tricks/methods to add to my shower routine.
When applying conditioner, make sure to apply it to the ends of your hair and not put it at the top of your head. If you put conditioner on your scalp, it can make your hair very greasy and weigh your hair down. Work the conditioner into your hair with your fingers, leave it on your hair for a few moments, and then rinse it out. You do not necessarily need to use conditioner every time you wash your hair, particularly if you are prone to oily hair, but it can help to protect your hair against split ends.
Use cool water to wash and rinse your hair. Taking a hot shower can cause heat damage to your hair, much like using a blow dryer can. To avoid this, try turning the heat down to a lukewarm or cool temperature while you wash and rinse your hair. Cool water can also help to make your hair look shinier. Since I love taking hot showers, I typically start with hot and then use cold water to wash my hair.
If you guys have any other suggestions on how to repair damaged hair, I would love to hear your tips/opinions! Please comment below if you have any. Also, if you have any questions regarding hair care, Dean Anthony Salon are your hair experts!