In general, I think I’m a pretty good-natured person–but when it comes to my hair, I’m borderline abusive.
I have really fine, thin hair to begin with. So it’s already super fragile and damage-prone. Then on top of that, I dye and color it all the time (I even get bleached highlights–yikes!) and heat-style it, whether I’m curling or straightening, every single day. I also do more damage by giving myself trims with non-hair scissors, picking at my dead-ends with my finger nails, and wearing clip-in extensions.
I honestly deserve to have the crunchiest, most-damaged, scarecrow hair. But somehow, people still compliment me on my “super soft” locks. How do I save my hair from all the damage I’ve caused? Read on for tips on how I keep it silky-soft and looking healthy:
- Heat protectant serum. This is something I use every day–anytime I use any sort of heat on my hair. It’s inexpensive, but it’s super important!
- Shampoo. I try to only wash my hair every 3rd day. Washing your hair too often is a sure-fire way to dry it out, because it strips the hair of its natural oils. Also, I read shampoo labels like they’re the Bible. I always try and find the perfect shampoo for my hair’s specific needs. Right now, I use a special shampoo for bleached hair. (I’ll never do bleach again, it really killed my hair)
- Moroccan oil. After letting my hair air-dry, I put some oil on my fingers and run them through my hair. I put extra emphasis on the tips of my hair, to avoid split-ends. Moroccan oil is kind of expensive, but a little bit goes a long way, and it really makes a big difference in the health of my hair.
- Deep conditioning. Once a week, I use a deep conditioning hair-mask which I let sit in my hair for 15 minutes between my usual shampoo and conditioner. I promise it will change your hair! Deep conditioner is amazing, and your hair literally gets softer with every use. This is a step most people skip over, but it’s a worth-it investment!
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- Try not to blowdry! -Everyone has different opinions on this, but I personally find my hair to be healthier/softer when I haven’t blown it dry in a while.
- Ponytail holders = breakage. This is common sense, but we ignore it. Keeping your hair in a tight pony or throwing it into an adorably messy bun will break hairs. “Ouchless Ponytails”? Lies. And I nevvver sleep in a ponytail. If I need to, I’ll sleep in a loose braid (having the fastener at the bottom causes less breakage).
- Maintain your manicure. This might sound random, but I promise it affects your hair. When your nails have rough edges, or your polish is chipped, your hair gets caught in them without you realizing. This is an easy way for damage to sneak into your mane.
- Don’t brush wet hair. This is my personal thing. My hair (because it’s so thin) is super delicate when it’s wet. I wait till it dries before I brush it. Once I made this change, I noticed a lot less damage.