My hair is quite long, -almost getting in the way of going to the bathroom- long. Almost everywhere I go, if my hair isn’t in a pony tail I get comments on it. From the generic “Wow, your hair is so long” to the kinds that make me blush - “Wow, beautiful hair”. Some have asked how I keep my hair so healthy, so here it is for all to see. My tips on healthy hair.
Minimize the heat/sticky stuff – I know so many women that flat iron their hair on a regular basis. Sorry girls, your hair will never be healthy. Other women use hair spray, gels, and even mouse on their hair every day – again this is not the path to healthy hair. Blow drying – bad. Any heat like that applied to your hair – on a regular basis – is going to damage your hair. I have hardly any split ends – how do I accomplish this? I rarely if ever apply that kind of heat to my hair. Seriously folks, I use a straight iron on my hair – maybe – 3 times a year, same with the blow dryer. I never, ever use hair sprays or gels. I don’t expect every woman to do this – but just try to minimize the heat! If you do it every day – cut back to a few times a week, whatever you can do – do it.
Maximize the Moisture – There are so many kinds of shampoos and conditioners out there, some for volume boosts, others for color boosts – the best kind – moisturizing. I don’t care if you never dye your hair – or like me hardly ever do anything to your hair – it craves moisture. If you give your hair what it wants – it will thank you by being healthy and beautiful.
Conditioner is KEY! – Yes shampoo is important, but I find I can get by with a cheap shampoo as long as I have a really great conditioner. I use Proteplex by Nucleic-a, you can only find it in salons, and it is expensive – but it is worth it. Just make sure your hubby isn’t sneaking any – get him the cheaper brand.
My little trick – Every womans hair is different. However I find this works out well for most women. Use conditioner mostly – sometimes even ONLY on the ends of your hair. Especially if you find your hair gets oily quickly. The roots are the ones that get the natural oils – the ends end up dried out – especially if your hair is long like mine. If you have dandruff or a dry scalp in the winter months, you can use some on the roots as well – but the ends will always need more. This will also make your hair seem lighter – as conditioner can weigh hair down.
Let it all hang out – up there at least. Pony tails are your enemy in general. Of course we all use them especially if we have small children. But try to use them only when really necessary. Pulling them out yanks at your hair and can cause a lot of damage – never sleep with a pony tail, and never ever put a pony tail in wet hair.
Don’t brush – too much. Constantly brushing your hair can also damage it. If you find, as I do that it gets the “rats nests” if you aren’t constantly brushing it – invest in a good leave in conditioner and use it before you brush – this will help keep the rats nests at bay.