I recently got asked if I would do a blog post about my hair. I was flattered and giggled to myself as I read the comment that my new friend thinks I have shampoo commercial hair. 😉 I wouldn’t go that far, but it got me pretty excited! It’s been a long time since I’ve talked hair! I went to Cosmetology school and after I graduated I got married and just never got a job. A short two years later we had our first baby and I knew I wanted to be a stay at home Mom. While I don’t work, I would still love to share some tips and tricks about maintaining your beautiful locks!
Beautiful hair is healthy hair. So here are some things that I do to keep my hair long and strong!
1 Get Regular Trims
Getting regular trims helps the health of your hair because when the hair strand is damaged and split it can keep damaging the hair even more by splitting farther up than if you cut it and made it strong at the end. Some people don’t trim their hair when they are trying to grow it out, but getting it trimmed to stay healthy is best way to make sure your ends are strong so it can keep growing and looking good!
2 Don’t Wash Your Hair Everyday
This one really grosses some people out. “My hair gets way too oily!” This is because you are over stimulating the oil glands on your head by washing it everyday. Not only that, but it’s really drying out your ends (especially if you are blow drying then straightening/curling it every time.) It will take a couple of weeks for the oil to settle down but if you can control the urge to shampoo every day, you will only have to wash your hair a couple times a week. I generally only wash my hair about 1 time a week. My hair used to be super oily until I learned this trick in hair school. Now my hair doesn’t get oily at all!
3 Keep Use of Heat Tools to a Minimum
I hardly ever ever blow dry, straighten, or curl my hair anymore than once or twice a week. I will blow dry on Saturday nights preparing for church in the morning (since having little ones makes my morning routine harder to actually get ready myself.) I do still very much love the volume the blow dryer gives you! Then I will either curl or straighten my hair in the morning.
4 Use Heat Protectants
Whenever you use any sort of heat on your hair, you need to use a heat protectant. Even if you aren’t a hair product person, this is something I recommend you have if you use any sort of heat.
Paul Mitchell Heat Seal is good to put in damp hair for when you blow dry and Paul Mitchell Hot Off the Press is good for when you are using a straightener or curling iron. (I went to a Paul Mitchell School can you tell? 😉 ) There are lots of other great products out there to play with as well!
5 Don’t Sleep in Pony Tails
What I mean by that is don’t sleep in elastics. I did this for so long and I noticed that my hair was shorter in places and I had all of these baby hairs flying everywhere. The hair was pulling and breaking under the pressure from the elastic around my bun. I have read that sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase helps reduce breakage. I need to try that because I am a tosser! This brings me to number 6.
6 Use Braids and Buns to Create Heatless Waves and Curls
I love the actual look of curling or waving my hair with my heat tools, but for day to day when I don’t have anywhere special to be, I sleep in braids or a bun. Just make sure you use bobby pins instead of the elastic for the bun. Elastics at the bottom of the braid are ok. If your hair doesn’t do a good job at holding it’s shape on it’s own, try a soft style serum that won’t harden to help hold the curl and put in your hair while it’s wet. I use Paul Mitchell Round Trip. It is for curls but I found that even with my straight hair, when I put it in my damp hair then put it in a braid or bun, it holds the curl much better. Again, there are lots of products out there that you can play and experiment with.
7 Take Vitamins
So this might sound weird, but I suggest taking a prenatal vitamin. It’s just a wonderful all around women’s vitamin. Your hair, skin, and nails need nutrients just like every other part of your body. I take Garden of Life’s Organic Prenatal Multivitamins. You could also take Biotin.
8 Try Professional Products
Now, although I am a Cosmetologist, I don’t have as many hair products as you might think. They are expensive, right? I love having different hair products to play with for when I want to wear different styles, but most of the time I just have my heat protectors and my shampoo and conditioner. If you are having problems with your hair whether is be frizziness, dry, weak, or maybe super oily like we talked about earlier, go in and talk with your stylist about it. They should be able to help give you a prescription, if you will, of things to mix together to help your problem areas. For example, since my hair is lightened, I need to use a violet shampoo to help tone my natural warmth down and then use some strength and moisture shampoo or conditioner since my hair is bleached and weaker from that. Professional products really do help. I tried going back to using cheap drug store products not that long ago and I found that my scalp started to break out. Not only that, but they don’t clean and moisturize the way the professional products do.
So there you have it. 🙂 That is how I take care of my hair. If you have any questions don’t be shy and send them my way!
I want to end by saying this, while we talk about beauty and admire one another’s features, remember that God made You Uniquely Beautiful! Just like every wildflower in the field is unique and beautiful in it’s own way, so are you! The bouquet just isn’t as pretty without you! (Wildflowers are my favorite! 😉 )
“There Could Never be a More Beautiful You!”