Keeping your hair healthy can seem like something only for movie stars and people that can afford their own personal beauty squad. But that’s not true! You and I – everyday women – can have beautiful, healthy hair as well! And it’s really not that difficult nor expensive. So for this year’s resolutions let’s take it one step farther than the ‘I swear I’m gonna make it to the gym every day’ or ‘I just need to lose 15 pounds!’ and commit to a resolution for an overall healthier you. Just follow these 8 tips for keeping your hair healthy and you’ll see the difference in no time!
8 tips for keeping your hair healthy this year
Go longer between washes
Believe it or not – keeping your hair healthy does not involve washing it everyday! I don’t know where people got this idea in their heads, but it’s just not true. In fact, I didn’t even know there were people that washed their hair every day!! Ain’t nobody got time fo dat! Try washing 2 or 3 times a week. It may seem like your hair will just grease up immediately, but give it time. When you wash your hair, you’re generally stripping all the natural oils out of your hair as well and therefore your body thinks it needs to produce more and thus oily hair. It will take time to regulate but you will see that you can go longer in between washes.
Find the right products
This is super important! Everyone has different types of hair! So what worked for Sally or Lisa might not work for you. You can try products based on suggestions of people that may have similar hair to yours, but make sure you look into discovering products that work for you. Example – my mom has thinner, finer hair. One time I tried to use my Orofluido oil that I love in her hair before blow drying it and it was limp after the first day. She needs products to add volume not shine.
I really love Madison Reed shampoo and conditioner. They have some that comes with the hair color that I usually use, but I just ordered my first shampoo/conditioner set from them today. It’s sulfate free, which is something to look for in a shampoo. It has worked great with my hair and I’m happy to get back to it! Oh and you can use the code REFRESH to get 20% off any Madison Reed purchase through the end of January!
Try to work into your schedule, maybe once a week or once every two weeks, a time to deep condition your hair. Your hair will thank you for it. You don’t have to buy those expensive treatments either, there are plenty of ways to make your own! I’m working on some recipes for the blog that will be coming soon! Another easy way to make sure you deep condition regularly is to have the deep conditioner already in your shower and just switch it out for your regular one once a week. Leave it on while you shave your legs or wash and then rinse. No extra time needed!
Dry brush before the shower
Your hair is weakest when wet and we should avoid brushing through it right after the shower if possible. Solution? Brush your hair before you get in! This breaks up the oils and distributes them through the hair and makes them easier to wash out completely. If you still need a little help getting your hair combed through or you have curly hair, you can always comb through it with your fingers or with a wide tooth comb while you still have the conditioner in your hair in the shower. Then you shouldn’t have to brush it after you’re out of the shower!
This one I am absolutely horrible at. I mean, it shouldn’t be hard, right? Just make an appointment every 6 weeks or so! It’s important to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy to just snip off those dead ends! You will definitely notice the difference once you start doing it consistently! *Note to self… I need to make a hair appt!*
Be easy on the color
Products that you can buy at your local drug store or even the ones that are used in salons aren’t always the healthiest for your hair. Trust me, I used to use them! They usually include ammonia, resorcinol, and PPD, with parabens added. I have recently (since the summer) been using Madison Reed which has none of those things just mentioned. Not only does it not have those negative ingredients, it includes keratin (to help repair damaged cuticle layers), ginseng root (to improve strand strength) and argan oil (to restore shine). I’m still coloring my hair and getting 100% coverage but it’s not as harsh and therefore not doing as much damage on my hair. They also have a touch up kit & revive gloss to help you go longer in between hair color treatments! (Don’t forget the code REFRESH for 20% off!)
Believe it or not, your pillow case can make a difference! Sleeping on a satin pillow case can reduce hair breakage and you will wake up with softer, less frizzy hair! I have a satin pillow case from Savvy Sleepers and I love it. I mean, love it like I hate sleeping with out it! My husband, who makes fun of some of my silly attempts at beauty, tries to steal my Savvy Sleeper case almost every night. I should just get him one! *Bonus – sleeping on satin also helps prevent wrinkles!*Or you can try hair replacement systems!
I have heard amazing things about Hairfinity. I haven’t personally tried them because the bottles I got from BlogHer this past year my husband promptly grabbed when I got home. And for him, they were working! So much so that he is dying for me to grab another bottle. Even though I have thick hair that grows relatively quickly, it’s made me want to try them as well!
*Some (not all) of the links above are affiliate links. That just means I am recommending something I already use & the company has agreed to give me a tiny slice if you purchase something as a ‘thank you’ for recommending them. The price is not at all different for you! In fact, use the code provided and it’s even cheaper! Thank you for supporting Ma Nouvelle Mode, you are awesome!*