This past year I had the “brilliant” idea of dyeing my hair from blonde to brown. BIG mistake! I hated the color and immediately wanted to go back to blonde. After weeks of re-highlighting my brown hair, my hair became over-processed, dry and eventually broke off in some places. Yes, the horror of it! I’m now in the long process of re-growing new and healthy hair.
Even if you haven’t damaged your hair like me, here are some of the best ways that I’ve found to keep or get the healthy hair you want.
CHANGE YOUR WASHING ROUTINE
Wash your hair about 3-4 times a week vs. everyday. Over washing your hair can dry it out by stripping it of its natural oils. If your hair gets oily quickly, try using a dry shampoo. I love the brand Batiste.
The great thing about this product is that it comes in a variety of “hair colors.” I love using the blonde dry shampoo because it makes my hair look fresh, clean, as well as adds volume.
Rinse your hair in cold water. The heat from hot water can cause breakage. I wash out my shampoo with warm water and then finish rinsing out my conditioner with cold water. The warm water opens up the hair’s cuticle shaft, while the cold seals the cuticle and locks in moisture.
USE HAIR MASKS
Because my hair is damaged, I’m sleeping in coconut oil about every other night. It is extremely moisturizing and has done wonders to combat my dry ends. This is my favorite product to use as a mask because it’s all natural and also great for so many other things that I will touch on in another post.
CHOOSE PRODUCTS WISELY
I choose hair products based on the ingredients in them. I avoid shampoos and conditioners with any of the following toxic ingredients listed in this article.
USE APPROPRIATE HAIR TOOLS
The best way to untangle your hair is to use a wide-tooth comb. Always start at the ends and gently work your way up to the roots.
Don’t brush hair when it’s wet. However, I have found that the one exception is to use a Wet Brush. I’m obsessed! It’s also great for brushing out extensions.
USE HEAT SPARINGLY
I typically air-dry my hair instead of using heat. If I use a blow dryer, I’ll first apply a heat protecting spray. Also, I try to protect my hair from the sun by wearing a hat.
WATCH YOUR DIET
You can nourish your hair from the inside out too. Foods with omega 3 such as walnuts, salmon, and avocado can help as well as taking Biotin supplements or prenatal vitamins.
In conclusion, always listen to your mother… she warned me not to dye my hair brown in the first place. Oops. Thankfully hair grows back and with these tips it can be healthier than ever.