Healthy hair has always been elusive for me. I was born with a crown of curls which have been almost like a crown of thorns. I remember my mother not knowing how to brush, style, or even remove those oh so popular barrettes back in the 90’s. I have chopped, burned, dyed, and chemically treated my hair to “look” a certain way. Most of the time it just looks worse. Recently I have decided to not work against my natural hair but to work with it and get my hair healthy in as little as one week. Below are the tips and tricks I used and worked.
Coconut oil has many health benefits. You can read about 101 Uses For Coconut Oil here. Coconut oil was the first step in my process for getting healthy hair in 1 week. Before I take a shower I slather on coconut oil all over my hair and let it sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing. After my hair has dried I do use it sparingly on the end of my hair to combat frizz and dryness. It has made my hair amazingly soft and has near eliminated my spilt ends.
Not shampooing every day
Shampoo can cleanse your hair of impurities and grime. But there is too much of a good thing. Shampoo, is used excessively, can strip your hair of the oils it needs to stay shiny and soft. I shampoo my hair every 3 days (of course rinsing/showering as normal everyday). If your hair leans towards the oilier side, try shampooing every other day.
Banning hot tools
For the last 6 years I have fried my curls straight. Since mid summer I have learned how damaging the straightener can be! Hello inches of hair lost every month due to excessive heat. I have now reduced my daily straightening session to just once every few weeks. I do use a curling wand to make my curls uniform and tidy and is no where near hot tools for more than a few seconds.
Cold rinses are a godsend. Curly hair has an open cuticle unlike straight hair, meaning that is more susceptible to frizz. To “seal” the hair cuticle and protect it from damage, the last rinse in the shower should be cold. This is one of the easiest tricks to do to make your hair healthy again.
This is something I have always done! Why expose hair to more heat when you can simply air dry it then style.
What are some of your tips to healthy hair? Please let me know down in the comments below!