Since quarantine has started I have set myself some hair goals. Yes, goals for my hair! These are the tips and tricks I use to maintain healthy, long, and shiny hair.
- Regular trims
The key to growing your hair long is regular trims. I have been trimming my hair at home.
You need to use salon scissors. Regular scissors can damage your hair and cause the ends of your hair to split. I trim my hair every 3 weeks. I section my hair and twist the sections of hair, from the root to the tip. Then I cut off all of the split ends. I set a repeating reminder on my phone for every 21 days.
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2. Minimal Heat Styling
I minimise heat styling my hair. Now that we are in quarantine I have decided to completely stop heat styling my hair. Instead, I have found alternative hairstyles to manage my hair.
Heat styling is damaging so it is important to use protective sprays. I personally use the VO5 heat defence spray for wet and dry hair. Dry shampoo is a great way to maintain your heat-styled hair without losing volume.
Small changes in your regular routine like using a cold setting on your hair dryer can make a big difference to your hair. I have frizzy hair so blow-drying makes my hair wild – so I use the Babyliss Big Hair Styling Brush to tame my frizz and keep my hair smooth. After I heat style my hair I also apply a small amount of oil on the length and ends.
Embrace your natural hair! I have curly hair and I use products to keep my curls looking cute, without the need for heat styling. One product I love is Cantu Curling Cream. You can also use a diffuser with your hairdryer if you have curly hair to define your curls.
3. Sulfate-free Products
Sulfate is drying, it causes breakages and split ends. I use sulfate-free products on my hair. This is the easiest change you can make to your hair care routine. Switching products means natural oils in your hair follicles can work their magic over time!
Look at labels that say SLS Free.
There are many products on the market which are available at different prices. OUAI is a great brand that has tailored products for different hair types. A more budget-friendly set I like is from Cole and Lewis.
This is a technique where you use your conditioner in place of your shampoo. So instead of shampoo, you use the conditioner twice.
The first time to remove the dirt and oils from your hair, and the second to condition your hair as usual. It dries out your hair less than using a shampoo and conditioner combination.
I do this as often as I can and alternate between this and the regular technique. It seems like it would not work to remove oils from your hair, but it is actually an amazing trick.
- Oils and Hair Masks
This is great for improving the texture and shine of your hair. I use a hair mask once a week – either one that I have bought or a DIY mask.
Here are some great DIY Hair Masks:
- Egg, avocado, and honey.
- Coconut oil, sugar, essential oil.
Aside from hair masks, I use coconut, amla oil, and castor oil on my hair. I use these oils separately. I like using castor oil only on my baby hairs and around my hairline because it is thick. I leave the oil on overnight and wash it off the next day. This improves shine, texture, and boosts hair growth.
Make sure to massage your scalp when you apply the oil to stimulate your hair follicles. If you have time you can heat up the oil – hot oil treatments are amazing for hair growth.
I hope you enjoyed this post.
What are your favourite tips for hair growth?