If you visit the blog regularly, you may have noticed I change my hair fairly often. One day I'm blonde the next day I'll have it dark brown. Some days I'll curl it and other days I'll straighten it with the flat iron. Sometimes I'll even dye it pink or go multi-colored.
The point is…I can be rough on my hair with all of the styling and coloring and constant changes. But that's ok because I make an effort to take care of it so it won't get damaged! Today I'm going to share some of my best healthy hair tips in case you like changing your hair a lot, too.
This picture makes me laugh because I can see a strand of pink hair from 2 summers ago when I dyed a couple strands pink with Kool-Aid and I thought it would wash out. It didn't!!
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Trim Hair Regularly:
Hair needs to be trimmed by approximately half an inch every 6 – 8 weeks. That will get rid of dead ends so they won't split any further up or cause tangles. Hair will also look and feel bouncier when it's freshly trimmed. Once you've trimmed away the split ends, you can then focus on keeping the trimmed ends healthy.
I had about 4 inches trimmed off shortly after this picture was taken bc I was beginning to see split ends. I seriously can't keep my hair the same for very long! 🙂
Turn Down the Heat
I'm not going to suggest that you not use heat on your hair, because I do it all the time. However, I do try to limit the amount of heat whenever possible. When I use a hair dryer, I never put it on the highest setting! I usually try to let my hair dry naturally, but if I'm in a hurry I'll set the hair dryer on a mid-range setting and I hold it at least 5 or 6 inches away from my hair.
Add a Heat Protectant
Whenever I use any type of curling or flat iron, I always make sure to spray a heat protectant on my hair first or add oil to the ends. My favorites are TRESemme Keratin Flat Iron Smoothing Spray, Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, and Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil. The Kerastase is more expensive than the other two, but it goes on sale fairly often. (It's also an Allure magazine “Best of Beauty” award winner.) I probably use the Macadamia one most often, because I just love how amazing it makes my hair smell.
Avoid Brushing Wet Hair
Hair is more fragile when it's wet, so that's the worst time to brush it. I wrap mine in a Turbie Twist as soon as I get out of the shower and then comb it using a wide tooth comb once it's mostly dry. I use the time while it's drying to moisturize my skin, brush my teeth, or do a mani or pedi touch-up. (Sometimes I'll just catch up on old Friends episodes!) The wide tooth comb I use is made of wood, which I prefer because they break less often, they're better for the environment than the plastic type, and they smell good!
Eat a Healthy Diet
One of the most important things I recommend doing on a regular basis is to drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet. What benefits your body also strengthens your hair! It's important not to restrict calories too much, because you will starve your hair of important nutrients by doing that. The average female needs at least 1,200 calories each day — more if you're extremely active. Hydration is key, so be sure to get 8 glasses of water daily!
Ease Off the Shampoo
Try shampooing less frequently so the natural oils from your scalp can work to protect and repair hair. On the days you must shampoo, add a small amount to the scalp area only and let the leftover suds wash through to clean the remainder of your hair. Excessive amounts of shampoo in the lower portion hair can cause drying and possible breakage or split ends. Apply conditioner to the bottom of hair only, where it's needed most. (This will also help prevent the pores on your scalp from clogging.)
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Try to avoid bleach since it is extremely damaging to hair. If you insist on lightening hair, it's better to stay within a few shades of your natural color and avoid extreme changes — which are more damaging. Brunettes who want to go blonde (or vice versa), should go to a professional to ensure a minimal amount of damage. It's also important to avoid chlorine and similar chemicals that are known for damaging hair. If you have to go in a pool, coat your hair first with a heavy conditioning treatment and rinse it well immediately afterward swimming.
My attempt at a “happy hair commercial girl” look came out goofy. Ha!
OK, before I go, here's what you've been waiting for. It's one of my most colorful hair looks of all time! I used chalk to color my hair in every color of the rainbow.
You might as well have fun with your hair, right? Hope you're having a great week!