Having long, color treated hair has taught me the importance of good hair care. If I neglect my strands, things get dry, damaged, and lackluster pretty quickly. Here are my top tips for maintaining my best hair.
- Don’t overwash. Thankfully, we’re living in the era of dry shampoo, where skipping a wash (or three) is feasible. I consider the health of my hair by thinking of a single strand: if I soak, scrub, dry, and iron one strand of hair 365 times in a year, it’s bound to show some wear… multiply it times an entire head full and that’s the health of my hair! I always skip a day between washes, sometimes two, depending on my workout schedule.
- Only blow dry 90% of the way. I always have to use a dryer on my hair – I was not blessed with texture that dries well naturally. Because I’m always using a dryer, I focus on my roots and work my way down until my hair has just the slightest feel of moisture left to it. This way, I know I’m not drying it out until it feels like straw.
- Avoid ironing the ends. Hair is generally dryer at its ends where it doesn’t get much natural oil from the scalp. When I’m using an iron on my hair, I try to leave the bottom 1/2 inch untouched, so I’m not sizzling the tips. And because I skip washes, I’m able to extend the style an extra day or two.
- Condition, condition, condition. I swear by the results of a great hair conditioner. In the shower, I use a moisture-rich, deep conditioning formula like the Pantene Expert Pro-V Intense Hydration Conditioner and leave it on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing – the concentrated formula makes my hair instantly soft. Bonus: you can snag a coupon for this conditioner and other P&G products here!
- Get your vitamins. Whether you consume them through foods or supplements, adding some hair-friendly vitamins to your diet can make a big difference in hair health. These include Biotin, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E, and there are lots of hair/skin/nails specific vitamins out there – some come in gummy versions!
- Be cautious with color. In the past, I have done some serious damage to my hair with color processing – specifically with bleach. I’ve made the mistake of wanting to switch my color up too frequently, from lighter to darker back to lighter, and the process wreaks absolute havoc. Once, I went from dark to light and there were literally chunks falling out as the bleach took its toll – YIKES. I try not to switch my color up too often, and if I’m getting roots touched up, I make sure my stylist isn’t pulling the bleach down through my strands.
What are your top tips for maintaining great hair?
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