Mar 3, 2021

The Haircare Edit: Tips For Healthier Hair

I've been on a long journey with my hair. From religiously straightening it every day to embracing my natural curls, safe to say I've learnt a lot a long the way. While I do have lots more to learn, the health and the length of my hair now is evidence that I've picked up some amazing tips and techniques along the way. Want a little insight? Here are a few of my best;

Leave In Conditioners Are Your Best Friend

Depending on your hairs porosity, leave in conditioners can be amazing for adding extra hydration and nutrients. Because my hair has suffered from a lot of heat and styling damage, I use a leave in conditioner near enough everyday on my curls after I've refreshed them. Depending on your hair type and how often you wash / refresh your hair, you should be using leave in conditioners at least once a week to help lock in moisture. Make sure to not apply too much at once though as this could weigh down your hair and leave it looking greasy.

Use Quality Ingredients

You'd like to think that all haircare products contain ingredients which are healthy for the hair. Wrong. A lot of haircare products contain harsh chemicals, silicones and fragrances that can actually be doing your hair more damage than good. As a rule of thumb, avoid products that contain sulfates, parabens, alcohol and silicones - you'll see a huge difference in the appearance and texture of your hair. 

Always remember that what works for others may not work for you. For example I used to think coconut oil would do my hair wonders since it's branded as the "miracle oil" for hair skin and nails and near enough everyone bangs on about it. After buying a tub of organic coconut oil and lathering my hair with it, I soon realised it wasn't for me when I was left worse off with extremely dry, brittle hair. No two peoples hair are the same - you need to use trail and error to find what works best for you.

Eat Quality Ingredients

Everybody knows the phrase "you are what you eat" but it's true. Every 35 days your skin replaces itself. Every month the cells in your liver renew. Your body makes these new cells from the nutrients and minerals you consume so you literally become what you eat - choose wisely!

Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet does wonders for your hair. Iron is an energy source to help it grow. Water gives it the nutrients it needs to be shiny and full. Protein is what your hair is made up of. What's important to understand though is that your hair is classified as a non-essential tissue, so your body won’t send the proteins, minerals and vitamins you eat up to your head/hair first, it will be sent to essential tissues. If you’re eating a balanced diet you wont need to worry about this as you will have plenty to go around to nourish everywhere.

Embrace Your Natural Hair

I'm sure a lot of us can agree that our hair has suffered as a result of heat tools. If you're wanting to see a rapid change in the health of your hair then ditch the heat and embrace your natural hair! I honestly wish I did this sooner because once I ditched the heat, that's when I saw real transformation. If you're not used to wearing your hair natural, then lockdown is the perfect time to start experimenting in finding new ways to style it and get used to it. You don't have to wear it down - try a slicked back bun, plaits, a high ponytail, etc. I used to hate my natural curls but that was because I didn't know how to look after them and style them. Now I prefer my curls to when it was straight!

The weekends are also a good opportunity to let your hair be natural. If you absolutely must use heat, make sure your tools are set to low and you use a quality heat protectant as a barrier.

Build A Haircare Routine

Hands up if you have a vigorous daily or night-time skincare routine? Or both. Okay, well do you place the same amount of importance on having a haircare routine? 

Haircare routines should go far beyond just shampoo and conditioning. Hair oils, exfoliating shampoos, hair masks, mousses, gels, creams. There are several steps you should be following and products you should be using to help the overall health of your hair and your scalp both on wash days and when you are styling.

Don't forget the wonders of a good scalp massage too! Have you ever noticed that when you go to the hairdressers they massage your hair and scalp while washing your hair? This is to ensure a deep clean and also has benefits of stimulating the hair follicles and encouraging healthy growth by helping the blood flow to your scalp. This is such a simple tip that everyone can do at home and who doesn't love a good massage after all?! 

Get Regular Cuts

I've made sure to leave the most obvious until last, but if you want your hair to grow and be healthy you need to be getting regular trims! I can't remember the last time I went to the hairdressers because of lockdown but what I did instead was teach myself how to trim my hair! Now I'm not on about a full on haircut because quite frankly that would be a disaster, but just trimming off the dead ends at the bottom of your hair is so easy! The longer your go in-between haircuts, the drier and more damaged your hair will become leading to more and more split ends which work their way up the hair shaft. Taking a tiny bit of length off your ends every now and again is a subtle change that can improve the health and look of your hair so much!

So there are my top tips that have helped me transform my hair the most! What are some of your favourite haircare tips or products? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. I love using hair oils and I try to avoid heat as much as possible, which is a bit easier as we're in lockdown and I'm barely leaving the house haha.

    xo Sarah | Oomph London

    1. I'm the same! When I have nowhere to go I like to leave my hair as natural as possible!

  2. Your tips are awesome! As my hair is curly (not as curly as yours though) I'm always looking to improve the way I look after it. I need to use leave-in conditioner now!

    Julia x
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    1. Leave in conditioner is the best or curly hair!x


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