Keeping my hair healthy is something I only started worrying about recently! I have always been fairly lucky with my hair – I don’t dye it and I could use ANY old hair products in it and it wouldn’t make a difference. This was until around 3 years ago…
I started to notice it feeling a lot drier and more brittle. The front of my hair became extremely thin and I had so many flyaways due to my hair breaking.
I have spent the past few years experimenting with different treatments and products, and after lots of questions on my hair, I thought I would share the 4 things that I feel made the biggest impact to getting my healthier locks back.
1 A GOOD CHOP IS NEEDED
When I started to notice my hair changing, I booked in for a good cut (I am usually that girl that has a hair cut once a year and asks for ‘just a little trim please’ – having heart palpitations looking at my hair on the floor). I went to my hairdresser, Erminio, explained my concerns and he took off what was needed. I left with my hair just past my shoulders (shock horror at the time) but it was the best thing I could have done to get my healthier hair back.
Since then, I have been growing my hair back to its original length, it is now nearly there and feeling fuller and a lot more conditioned than before.
6 – 8 weeks maintenance trim is said to keep your hair healthy.
2 MINIMIZE THE HEAT
This I would say has had the biggest impact on my hair!! I refrain from using any heat on my hair apart from when it’s just been washed.
The undone, less polished hair trend is definitely kinder to our hair than the previous polka straight trend through my college years. I try to keep it as natural as possible throughout the week and only restyle when necessary.
I used to apply heat to my hair everyday! Whether that be straightening, curling or even just blow drying the front section. I now try to only style my hair when washed, and set with a good hairspray (I like the gold Elnett hairspray) to hold onto the style before the next wash.
I blow dry my hair after it has air dried for around half an hour. I then add rollers to the top section for a smooth, bouncy finish and tie the rest in a low bun whilst it cools. This gives a soft wave without having to use straighteners or tongs.
3 THE POWER OF A SCRUNCHY
I wear my hair up quite a lot, whether that be a pony tail or top knot. I use a classic, elastic bobble during the day to keep my style in place (I haven’t resorted to a scrunchy in daylight YET) but switch to a scrunchy of an evening which has been a game changer!
Each night I always sleep with my hair tied up. A scrunchy is not only comfier it sleep in, it minimises pull on your hair resulting in less breakage.
Also, as I wash and style my hair of an evening before bed, using a scrunchy keeps the bounce to my hair style overnight – avoiding any unwanted kinks you get from an elastic bobble.
4 GOOD HAIR PRODUCTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Although I do still keep the apple scented Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner in my bathroom cupboard (ever since the desperate housewives sponsor in 04) I am now an Aveda and Bumble and Bumble hair product addict.
I go to Aveda for my core products – The ‘Brilliant’ range Shampoo and Conditioner is my all time favourite! The shampoo gets super foamy and deep cleans the hair of any product build up, and the conditioner leaves my hair so smooth, and isn’t too rich so keeps the greasiness away.
I also use the Aveda Paddle Brush post washing to detangle without breaking my hair.
I shop mainly with Bumble and Bumble for my treatment products. My favourite being their Invisible Oil range, it is well worth a purchase just for the smell alone!! I use the heat protector primer before adding heat to my hair. This is also great for protecting against UV damage around the pool during holiday season.
Talking of holiday season, they also do a great salt spray to allow your hair to dry naturally with minimal frizzing. (I am like Monica on holiday, if it can keep my hair calm I’m sure it can yours).
What are your must have hair products?! would love to know! Share below…
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