Alright, let’s be honest, the way your hair looks can make or break your day. Ladies who wear short styles aren’t entirely exempt from the universal bad hair day, but the odds are more for than against them. My hair is just so heavy, I am prone to flat hair. Once your hair hits shoulder length, it tends to have a mind of its own. Longer hair is also more prone to damage and breaks, which is never a good look. Therefore I came up with a list of my top tips to provide -- coming from a girl who has had hair of all lengths and styles!
Put down the straightener, curler, or whatever your weapon of choice. Heat styling sucks the life out of your hair at any length. I have thin hair, but a lot of it! I typically shower at night, put my hair into a twist bun, and blow dry in the morning when it is half way dry. If you absolutely must use heat to style your hair, do it once every few days instead of every day. I literally do so about twice a week, MAX. I use dry shampoo to absorb any oils on days in between.
Wash less frequently, definitely not every day. Shampooing too often strips your hair of its natural protective oils, which both dries out the lengths and ends and urges your scalp to produce more oil. there are plenty of dry shampoos on the market that will absorb grease and add a fresher scent. Not to mention a bit of grime also gives hair texture and makes it easier to style.
Switch your shampoo to one that doesn’t contain sulfates. These harsh detergents are commonly listed in the ingredients as sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, and ammonium lauryl sulfate. Many people opt out of them because of the rumored carcinogen properties; I don’t use them because they strip color from hair. My hair is currently highlighted, so very cautious about it! If your hair is damaged or color-treated, or you’re susceptible to a sensitive scalp, steer clear of formulas with these chemicals. Yes, shampoos that don’t contain them can be significantly more expensive, but it is so worth it when you think about how often you need to RE treat/color your hair.
Try a supplement like biotin. Biotin is a B vitamin necessary for cell growth and the production of fatty acids, both of which are hallelujah for your hair. Fish oil pills not only work wonders for the growth and quality of hair, but they also are believed to have countless other health benefits. Both of these of supplements can be purchased at any drugstore or pharmacy. There is also an all-natural treatment called Viviscal which is significantly more expensive — I’ve never tried it but heard good things about it!
Use a deep conditioner weekly for soft, shiny hair. If you make a routine out of slathering your hair with a rich cream and hanging out with a shower cap on for a half an hour every week, your hair will be that much better for it. Such a habit can even help to get rid of split-ends before they even begin so you’ll need less haircuts to keep ends healthy and able to grow.
There are a lot of little things you can do to make your hair healthier and keep it that way. A silk pillowcase may sound over-the-top but it will put an end to nighttime pulling and breakage, and also good for your skin/wrinkles! Flip your hair around to get blood flowing to the scalp. Give yourself a head massage for a couple of minutes; you’ll look weird but your hair won’t! Get a trim to part with your dead ends every 6 to 8 weeks. Whatever you do, don’t get frustrated and cut it all off, because chances are you will regret it! Been there, done that… more than once, I’m sorry to admit.
I will list some of my "Holy Grail" products that seem to keep my hair just how i like it. Long, lustrious, volunious, and split-end free. :) Felicia's Shopping Guide:
Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo [$5.49, Walgreens.com]
Rene Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo [$24, Dermstore]
Swissco Tortoise Wide Tooth Wet Comb [$12, Amazon]
Pureology Hydrate Shampoo [$29.99, Target.com]
Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo [$7.99, Drugstore.com]
Solgar Biotin 5000mcg [$14.38, Amazon]
Res-Q High Grade Fish Oil Pills [$41, Amazon]
Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplement [$38.69, Amazon]
Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask [$5.03, CVS.com]
Spasilk 100% Pure Silk Beauty Pillowcase [$19.99, Amazo]
Let me know if you have tried any of these, or would like to even add to the list! I am always open to trying new products out! Thanks for reading loves!