Wednesday, 10 October 2018

8 Tips For Fantastic Hair

My hair! It was in need of a cut and it was so dry that it needed it all cut off. It was frizzy and very much uncared for. I knew something needed doing, so instead of having a full head colour, I went for weaved highlights. It covers some of the roots and it is much kinder for my hair. Then came the big cut. I knew it needed it, but it broke my heart to see it so short. Then I looked at it again in the mirror, felt how soft it was and played about with the style. You know what? I love it! Now comes the hard part of keeping it in tip-top condition. I am going to share my new tips with you that I have been doing for the past few weeks that I have had my hair cut.

  • Don't wash your hair every day! Two or three times a week is enough. Washing your hair too much will strip the hair of the natural oils and it's the natural oils that keep your hair looking healthy. The natural oils help to condition and protect our natural hair, keeping it soft, easy to manage. I usually wash my hair every three days, on the first day it is perfectly styled. On day 2 it is usually still good enough to be styled but on the third day, I usually need to tie it back, tuck it behind my ears or not leave the house.

  • Using a dry shampoo between washes will help to keep your hair feeling fresh and clean. This is perfect if you go to festivals or somewhere that you can't wash your hair. Make sure you shake the can before you use it, then you spray it about 6 to 8 inches away to get an even coverage and it stops it looking so greasy. It is a powder and if you spray right at the roots, you will get volume, which is perfect for an updo for a night out.
  • Do you go to the hairdressers and get your hair washed? I love it when the hairdresser massages my scalp when she washes it. A massage gets right into the scalp and it helps you to remove the dirt from the scalp as well as encouraging the blood circulation in your scalp.
  • Overusing products isn't very good for your hair, it will lead to a build up in products and your hair will feel heavy and will be hard to style. If you get too much of a build-up of products in your hair, its best to use a clarifying shampoo to clear it. 
  • Condition your hair. There are so many conditioners on the market from leave in conditioners to expensive hair masks. I always try and condition my hair after washing as it is so dried out but if I am in a rush, it's easy to skip it. I use a hair mask every so often but try not to use them all the time because they leave my hair feeling heavy. I usually pop some normal conditioner on and leave it for a few minutes to work. I use a leave-in conditioner on Tilly's hair because her hair gets so knotty and it needs all the help it can get. If you leave conditioner in your hair for a little while, wrap a towel around it and the heat will help it penetrate your hair shaft. People often make their own deep conditioning treatments with store cupboard products like eggs, coconut oil (this can be found in hair aisles now) and olive oil but to be honest, I haven't had the time to do that in years. Also, try to condition the ends of your hair and not the scalp, it doesn't need conditioning.

  • When you wash your hair, try not to wash it with water that is too hot. Hot water can make your hair frizzy, whereas cold water will close the cuticle on your hair shaft and make it look shiny and smooth. Always try and make your last rinse with cold water if you can. 
  • Be careful when you brush your wet hair. Hair is elasticated and when its wet, it is more fragile and elasticated, but if your hair is over processed then it has lost its elasticity and it will snap when you brush it harshly. Try to use a comb on wet hair, rather than a brush. A detangling brush is also really good to use as its better than a normal brush. 
  • Get your hair cut regularly, I wish Tilly would listen to this tip because she thinks that if she leaves her hair, then it will grow as long as Rapunzel's hair. But as much as I explain that she needs to keep her hair tidy as it grows. Regular cuts will get rid of split ends and make your hair look straighter and less damaged and frizzy. 

I am always looking for new tips for hair care, so if you have any tips, please drop them below. 

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