I picked up quite a few good tips over the past year about growing out my hair and keeping it healthy and in the best shape possible. I thought the new year would be an opportune time to share my hair care secrets! So here it goes:
Do not over wash your hair! This is especially applicable if you’re working in the office and sitting under the air conditioning all day. Shampooing it actually strips your hair off it’s natural oils and it causes the hair to dry out and get frizzy. While there are ways to control that, I personally feel that it is best to wash it minimally. More over, only apply shampoo to your scalp and massage gently. Do not pile your hair on top and scrub it as this will only create knots. Instead, work the shampoo gently down to the ends and rinse thoroughly.
Another tip for you is to NEVER brush your hair when it’s wet as that is when your hair is the most brittle. Instead of using a brush, you can opt to use a wide comb to gently smooth your hair and detangle it. I know I rave a little too much about mythic oil but it is a great way to keep my hair protected from all the styling and heat I put it through.
Lastly, I use my ever-trusty Dyson Supersonic to blow dry my hair. I tend to get quite impatient with fully drying it even though the dyson takes less than half the time compared to a regular hair dryer so a big tip here is to ensure that your roots are completely dried. Going to bed with wet hair and damp roots is not only bad for your scalp and could potentially cause hair loss, but it is also gives you flat hair when you wake up the next morning. As the fan speed and heat levels are adjustable with my hairdryer, I like to opt for the medium or high fan speed and low heat to blow and up lift my roots, working from the crown to the mid-section of the hair before going to the tips. The high speed really quickens the entire drying process while protecting my hair and scalp, keeping it in it’s best shape possible.
Growing out my hair honestly has not been an easy feat as a lot more time, patience and care is required in maintaining those tresses and keeping it healthy, but I guess once you’ve found that magic routine and tips to live by for yourself, it is actually quite easy and motivating to follow through.