When y’all asked me to do a post about my hair, I panicked a bit. Me, giving advice on hair?! I feel like I am the biggest hair dummy. Like honestly, if they offered a hair styling 101 class, I would DEFINITELY attend. Every time I see my hair dresser (who by the way, is THE only person on the planet I trust touching these locks), I beg her for styling tips. What products do I use? How do I use my curling iron the right way? Well, with LOTS of practice, advice from a very trustworthy professional, and tons of research over the years, I finally feel like I have my hair routine figured out.
Keeping my hair hydrated, healthy, and styled are my main priorities, but it can be a MAJOR struggle! (Anyone else out there in the same boat?!) Because I only get my hair colored about every six months, and go way too long between trims, I need a hair care routine that’s low-maintenance, but keeps my hair going between visits to my hair guru, Cristina. And I’m the absolute worst at buying into every little hair tip I find out there. I’ve tried so many different products that I could probably open my own beauty supply store with all the unused products that just sit in my bathroom cupboards. But what I’ve realized is, it’s not about how many products you use, but finding the right ones that work for your hair type and what you’re trying to accomplish. My main goals when looking for products are these: cutting down blow dry time, adding volume at my roots, washes that last me a few days, and hydration for my ends!
Thank god for my big mouth that goes around asking every hair expert I know for advice and tips. Oh, and thank god for YouTubers who give easy hair tutorials and product reviews. With all their help, I feel like I can actually share some tips with you guys on how I keep my hair healthy, thick, and hydrated.
Keep scrolling to read my tips and see my favorite products.
My favorite healthy hair tips:
-LET YOUR WASH LAST A FEW DAYS. I know that this is a lot easier said than done. It’s only natural to feel like you need to wash your hair everyday to keep it from getting greasy and grimy. I get it. But really, your only doing your hair more harm than good. Everyday washing can leave your hair dry and brittle. Try to go 2-3 days between washes to let the natural oils build in your hair. If you really can’t stand it, use a dry shampoo at the roots to soak up some of the excess oil that causes that greasy feel. Schedule your workouts accordingly and throw the right products in your gym bag. You’ll get used to it once you see the difference in your hair.
-TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE COCONUT OIL TREND. One of my favorite things to do for my hair is to soak it in a coconut oil hair mask. On one of my days off or when I’m just running errands, I will lather my hair in organic coconut oil, tie it up in a bun, and let it sit for a couple hours. When I’m done with my errands, I will come home, wash it out, and style as usual. I like to double shampoo on days I do this, just to make sure I’m rinsing out the extra oil. Your hair will feel silky soft!
-USE A HYDRATING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER. This is especially true if you have color treated hair or spend a lot of time in the sun. Your hair deserves the same hydration that your skin does. Look for a hydrating shampoo that’s silicone-free to give your hair some extra hydration without weighing it down. This one is my favorite.
-REFRAIN FROM HEAT WHEN YOU DON’T NEED IT. I understand that for some people, it may not be possible to go au naturale, but if you can try to do this a couple times a week! Especially during the summer months, I like to let my hair air dry and throw in a texture spray or sea salt spray to give it that beachy look. When you don’t need to blow dry, curl, or flat iron your hair, let it air dry to give it a break from heat damage. I swear this is one of the things that has saved my hair.
-OPT FOR A BALAYAGE THAT WILL LAST LONGER THAN FOUR WEEKS. Choosing a more natural looking color that doesn’t start right at the root allows your hair to grow out more naturally, extending the time between color treatments. For me, I only get my hair colored twice a year…yes, that once every SIX months. The roots grow in darker, but in a natural looking way that doesn’t bother me. I let it grow out until the sun-kissed honey color hits below my eyes. Then I know it’s time to bring that lightness back up. Letting more time go between coloring prevents damage from the bleaches and dyes that can be harsh on your hair. If you are covering grays or dye your hair a color that’s far different than your natural that needs frequent touch-ups, just make sure to use good quality shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair and take good care of your hair by following the steps above.
Here are some of my favorite products that I use each week.
Do you guys have any hair tips to share? I love hearing new ways to take care of my hair. Leave me a comment below with tips or questions. 🙂