Hair is one of the touchiest style/beauty topics out there. We all have our specific preferences about hair, and for the most part aren’t easily swayed. I believe that you should spend as much time (or more) caring for your hair as you do for your skin; your skin will regenerate in a month’s time- your hair could take two or more years to regrow to the length that you want it at. I’m a firm believer in going to the same stylist who knows your hair and can give you correct and informed options for your hair! Today I’m sharing my tips on how to give your hair some love!
Know Your Hair
Ahhh, hair. I find that there is less information on the whole out there about hair, so it’s not so easy to simply take a quiz or few to figure out what you need. Your hair can actually change fairly quickly as to what it actually needs- I can go from needing a deep cleanse to intense moisturising in the span of four to six weeks. If it’s possible, keep a hair journal and pay attention to what your hair is doing and reacting! Your can give it the love it needs without continual expensive treatments if you stay on top of it.
Also, in the knowing your hair category? Being realistic on the length that you can reasonably maintain. Most of us can’t maintain 18+ inches of healthy, mermaidy hair. As someone who lets their hair grow longer than they should, your dead hair that needs a good cut is not doing you any favours trailing down your back like dried out plants…
No matter what kind of hair or routine you have, pre-washing is for everyone. When you get into the shower, “wash” your hair with just your hands for thirty to sixty seconds. It will remove any products or residue from your hair, including the general grime of the world that builds up! This gives your shampoo and conditioner (especially your shampoo) a better chance at cleaning your hair and scalp itself, rather than simply removing the layer of dirt. It doesn’t have to be anything insane, just gently washing your hair in warm water before shampoo and conditioner will go far!
Oh, hi, 2017. The time when 98.7% heat style our hair on a weekly basis, if not daily, with most of us giving little thought to what actually happens when we do that. Find yourself heat protector spray/product and use it. If you only rarely heat style your hair, you are probably fine. Any regular heat styling? Invest in a protector. Tools can reach 400°F and higher when styling your hair- imagine applying that to your skin. Just because you don’t have nerves in your hair doesn’t mean that you aren’t doing damage to it. I personally either flat iron (straight or curl) or blow out my hair three to four days a week, and I’ve accepted that in order to do that I will have to shell out for a good heat protecting spray. This comes back to me not wanting to fry my hair and take two to three years to regrow it again…
Invest in a Good Brand
I cannot stress enough how much a worthwhile brand can do for your hair. Yes, I pay $32 CAD for a bottle of shampoo, but it lasts for 8-10 months. I pay approximately $6 less a month for shampoo and conditioner than I did when I used drugstore brands. Most drugstore brands will work by coating your hair rather than cleaning it, doing you no favours. I personally use Eufora products (seen above) as that is what my salon uses, and I love the results that I get. However, find a good quality brand that works for you and invest in it. Do your research and find out what is actually good for your hair and you, and what isn’t in shampoo. Drugstore shampoos are often full of fillers that provide little value. If you are willing to pour money into luxury make up, there’s no reason to treat your hair like the unwanted cousin!
What are your hair “secrets”?? Please leave them in the comments!