Hi Owlets! 🦉
Today’s post is on hair! Which I happen to have a lot of (a curse and a blessing lol). I often get asked about my hair and how I manage to keep it so shiny, long and healthy, so I’ve put together 10 tips that I use myself to keep the locks looking fly and sexy most days. Note that I naturally have silky, straight, fine hair – so keep in mind your genetics, these are general tips that work for my hair and can work for most even if you don’t have my type of hair. Here it goes:
1. How often you wash your hair – make dry shampoo your bff
It is recommended that we wash our hair 3 to 4 times a week and so I do. Reason for that is so we don’t dry out our scalp with shampoos and chemicals, we need the natural oils our scalp produces to keep our hair healthy and strong. 💆🏽I am also guilty of using hot water in the shower, as I believe most women are, but when you do wash your hair, rinse out the shampoo with lukewarm or cool water, as hot water dries out the skin and scalp which could cause hair loss and breakage. When you’re not washing your hair, find a good dry shampoo brand, this product will be your best friend! I love using my dry shampoo, it works wonders – I use the Batiste brand that has a volumizing formula, which I need since my hair is fairly flat. They carry many different types of dry shampoo for your needs, but it’s kept me from washing my hair until I have to.
2. Types of Shampoo and conditioner
I believe the brand you use makes a huge difference to the quality of your hair – organic shampoos and conditioners are also very great as they don’t have a lot of the drying, damaging and unnatural ingredients found in non-organic shampoos and conditioners. To list a few: Parabens, Sodium Chloride, and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Based on your hair type, try out different brands to see which work best for you – some I like to use are the Clear brand, Vatika Brand, OGX, and Dove.
3. Type of brushes
Ever brush your hair and see a whole bunch of hair in it and think “oh SH@!, I could make a cat with this!” Well I’ve had that moment many times. What I noticed was I wasn’t being very gentle when brushing my hair AND which brush I used made a difference with how much hair came out. Use a brush specifically made for detangling and/or wet hair. Using a detangler comb or the WetBrush Brand brushes are good for brushing your hair wet or dry. I’ve noticed less hair being pulled out when brushing with either of those – but I’m also very gentle and patient when brushing my hair through – put some TLC in it.
4. Hair ties
I’ve got more hair ties than I can count and of course with hair this long, I need them all the time (aside from having extras because I lose them or lend them to another girlfriend because she didn’t bring hers and I never get them back – it’s like lending a pencil to a friend in school back in the days #firstworldproblems). I like to tie my hair up in a bun, because 1) it’s easy, 2) gets all my hair out of my face and, 3) did I mention it’s just easier? And of course I use my hair ties to help with that – but the issue is that those hair ties pull really hard at my hair, and when I want to untie, I pull at the elastic band and when I look at it, whole bunch of hair has been pulled out or broken – not cool! So, I have started to use plastic coil hair ties. They don’t leave creases from tying your hair and they don’t pull out my hair or get tangled into my hair.
5. Applying Heat
I don’t curl, blow dry or straighten my hair very often, so that is also a reason why my hair stays healthy. However, when I do, I try to put in products that will protect it – Heat protectors, serums etc. Fortunately, I don’t really have to straighten or blow dry my hair all that much because of how straight and silky it is – also a blessing and a curse! Lol but for those that do it often, using heat protectors is always a good option – OR I am a big believer in natural hair, maybe reducing the amount of heat you apply is always the best option.
6. How often you’re dying your hair
Often I get asked if my hair is virgin, due to its soft look and silky shine, but the truth is, it’s not virgin hair. In fact, I’ve dyed it many times with box dyes – I know, boxed dyes have a bad reputation, but my hair is long and box dyes are cheap. However, how often I die my hair I think has a lot to do with how much it’s NOT damaged, also, I’ve never bleached my all of my hair, which I am sure has added to the longevity. So basically, don’t bleach your hair or dye it more than 2 or 3 times a year – if you do, use said tips to keep your hair as healthy and pretty as possible.
7. Hair care treatments
Using special serums, shampoos for dyed hair, oils and hair masks are always a nice little pick-me-up, just like taking care of your skin to keep it moisturized and plump, the same love is required for your hair. Organic or homemade masks/pastes are always better – less preservatives and chemicals of course. Oils like Argan oil, extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil are just to name a few, these are all great for hair growth, glow, strength and moisturizing. There are even hair masks that have similar ingredients and more – you can even DIY.
8. Braiding when you sleep
I find that braiding my hair when I go to sleep keeps it from getting tangled and prevents breakage 😴. I am guilty of forgetting to do so and usually roll my hair up into a little bun, which has caused breakage to my hair, so I recommend this simple tip of braiding.
9. Getting it cut often
The duration of how often you want to cut your hair, really depends how short or long your hair is or want it to be. Hair growth for everyone is different, but as a general guideline, cutting your hair between 3 to 6 months will keep the spilt ends at bay, promoting healthy growth and prevent breakage.💇🏽
Lastly, vitamins! 🙌🏽 Biotin or multivitamins are best, they play an important role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails. It’s very common for must women to have an iron or vitamin B deficiency, which can lead to thinning of the hair, so be good and take your vitamins! Since I’ve been taking my vitamins, I’ve noticed my hair loss has decreased and feels stronger.
There you have it! Hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped me 😊