It can become quite easier to neglect your hair, we always concentrate on our face and body when it comes to beauty products. Recently, I have been making more of an effort with pampering my hair by changing my shampoos and conditioners at home and at the gym from cheaper brands to high end brands like L’Occitane and OGX, as well as taking supplements. Another new thing I have started to get into a routine with is applying a hair mask at least once a week.
I have had so many lovely compliments recently from friends and family who keep telling me how healthy and great my hair looks. I have had many years of dull, thin and unhappy hair but I have finally found a great balance and routine with my haircare! In this post I want to share all the things I do to keep my hair looking and feeling healthy and happy!
It is just as important to look after your hair from the inside as it is to look after your hair from the outside. By making sure you eat well, lots of leafy greens such as spinach and kale which is high in iron. Eggs, nuts and seeds are full of protein and Omega 3. Avocados, carrots and citrus fruits to get plenty of Vitamin E, A and C into your daily intake. These are all great within a balanced diet and will ensure healthy, fuller and luscious hair!
If you find it hard to keep up your daily intake of vitamins and minerals, I have found that taking daily supplements can help. Combined with a healthy diet, supplements guarantee you are getting all the nutrients you need into your body and hair. I have a post here and here all about the daily supplements I take and that work for me.
GET YOUR 2 LITRES OF WATER IN
Make sure you are getting your daily intake of least 2 litres of water. Don’t forget this includes herbal teas; Camomile and Cranberry tea are my current favourites. If you get bored with the taste of plain water, you can add your favourite fruits or citrus flavours such as slices of lemons and oranges or even cucumber and fresh mint leaves. Keep hydrated, you hair will thank you for it!
DON’T OVER WASH
I found that washing my hair too often makes it weaker and oilier, so I now wash my hair once or twice a week if necessary (dry shampoo will become your best friend!) This has helped my hair stay stronger and more shiny instead of dry and brittle!
LIMIT THE PRODUCTS YOU USE
Sometimes using too many hair products can suffocate the hair and hair follicles, so limit how often you use hair sprays, gels or even heat protecting sprays.
LIMIT HOW OFTEN YOU USE HEATING TOOLS
Following on from limiting the amount of products you use, it is important to use a good quality heat protecting spray or shampoo when styling your hair with heating tools like hair dryer or straighteners. I try and leave my hair ‘au naturel’ after washing and treat myself to a blow dry or straight/curl hair when I go out or for an occasion. This limits the damage heating tools can have on your hair.
I have limited what hair products I have been using and I have found that more natural, or products with less chemicals in such as no sulphates or silicones, are better for my hair. I often treat myself to more premium/expensive brands such as OGX, L’Occitane and Aveda. This is a great way to treat your hair to some gorgeous beauty bits!
WEEKLY AND MONTHLY HAIR TREATMENTS
Hair treatments are relatively new to my hair care routine, this month I have been trying out some great hair masks. My favourites are the Lush Roots hair treatment which I use at home but when I am at the gym, before I go into the steam room/sauna, I use coconut oil and a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil. The coconut oil helps seal in moisture and stops my hair from frazzling in the steam rooms heat and it helps keep my hair strong and shiny!
THE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS I’VE LEARNT
When washing your hair, it is better to rinse your hair with cold water to finish to lock in the moisture keeping the hair smooth and shiny.
I have recently learnt the art of towel drying your hair. DO NOT rub but pat your hair to drain the excess water before leaving it to dry. Rubbing the hair between the towel can pull the hair out where as patting is more gently and less aggressive, leaving more hair on your head!
DO NOT brush your hair when it is wet, leave your hair to dry before using a brush and make sure you use a brush that is gently on your hair and scalp. My favourites are the Tangle Teezer and WET brushes.
I hope these tips I have shared are useful and if you have any tips that you swear by, please let me know in the comments!