I don’t know about you but I dream of having long, thick, strong, beautiful hair, but stupidly I have bombarded my hair with a barrage abuse and neglect over the years and then moaned when it wasn’t as beautiful as I wanted it to be.
We’ve all done it haven’t we haven’t we, We have blasted our hair dry on the highest heat setting to dry it quickly, curled it, crimped it and straightened the life out of it, Dyed it, Bleached it, even permed it, the list just goes on and on.
I once had my hair permed and then chemical straightened within a month, all because I got bored with all the maintenance the perm took.
But I wanted to change all this, I wanted to change my ways and grow the hair I longed for so I started working on how to take care of it properly not just slapping on a hair mask once a month in hope it would help.
I personally use a mixture of Natural and Mainstream products mainly because I love them but also It helps limit the amount of chemicals that my hair gets exposed too.
I honestly believe the tips below will give you great hair, it’s working for me and my friends so why not give it a try.
25 Simple Hair Care Tips
1) Eat a healthy balanced diet – 101 for healthy, strong anything !
2) Take hair supporting supplements I personally take Holland and Barrett’s one for Skin, Hair and Nails and they have seriously made a differnce.
3) Wash your hair in lukewarm water, because the hotter the water the more stripping to the hair it will be.
4) DON’T wash your hair everyday, If you have greasy roots like me use a dry shampoo between washes, you can either buy one I personally love both Batiste and Superdrugs own dry shampoo’s or you try out making your own. But don’t go for more than 2 – 3 days maximum before washing it out as it will clog up the hair follicles restricting growth and could cause it to fall out over prolonged use, dry shampoos are a quick fix only, not away to avoid washing your hair.
5) Wash your hair with a natural shampoo if possible – As SLS’s are so drying to the hair as they remove all the hairs natural oils. Check out Love Lula, they have loads of fantastic ones to try.
6) Use a shampoo that suits your hair type or if you hair is particularly weak and damaged you could try Hair Bursts Shampoo and Conditioner set, for creating longer stronger hair or Roots double effect products
7) Remember to condition your hair – I have greasy roots so I only condition my hair from the middle down. Check out Love Lula again if you want natural conditioners to match the natural shampoo or use what you feel works best for your hair.
8) DON’T rub your hair with the your towel to dry it as that motion causes split ends and damage to the hair, Instead squeeze your hair in the towel.
9) DON’T comb or brush your hair when its wet, this can break the hair strands but if you really have to only use a wide tooth comb. I like this one from the BodyShop
10) Leave your hair to dry naturally.
11) Avoid going to bed with wet hair as this can damage your hair as your head moves around on the pillow.
12) Wear a satin/silk bonnet (this ones pretty cute) to bed or uses a satin/silk pillow.
Did you know – Sleeping on luxury silk pillowcases will help keep that bed head under control. The natural properties of silk, including its smooth surface, can help reduce friction on your hair which often causes damage, like spilt ends.
13) If you have to wear your hair up all day, then leave it down and loose in an evening.
14) Don’t tie your hair up the same way each day as the hair band will rub on your hair and cause breakage. So if one day you wear it in a high ponytail, the next day wear it as low ponytail or even a plait.
15) Ditch those ugly elastic hair bands as these can damage you hair and cause annoying kinks, instead opt for elastic ties like these cuties by popband.
And what ever you do NEVER NEVER tie your hair up with standard elastic band you know the ones you find in the stationary section.
16) DON’T back comb your hair for lift and volume as it will break and damage your hair (Think split ends at the roots). Why not try Giovanni Root 66 Max Volume Spray or Batiste Boost It Up Plumping Powder for instant lift.
17) Use the right hair brush at the right time (Hair Brush 101 in the making).
18) Deep condition your hair once a week, twice if it’s very dry and brittle, Either with oils like Weleda Rosemary hair oil or Dr. Hauschka Revitalising Hair and Scalp Tonic or a mask like Superdrug’s hair therapy deep conditioning sachet, But pain old Coconut oil or Argan oil work just as well.
19) DON’T use heated curlers or hot irons to give yourself gorgeous curls instead use a none heat curler instead such as the Aurora Band they even do a kids one or try out the curlers by Curlformers by hairflair ( I love these I’m slowly building up my collection of styles) But a simple plait done on damp hair creates cute beachy waves.
20) If you have to use and hairdryer or straighteners then make sure you use a heat protector product, I like these Batiste ones
21) Try using natural styling products as they are gentler on the hair but work just as well why, not try Giovanni More Body Hair Thickener , Giovanni Shine Of The Times Finishing Mist, and Giovanni L.A Hold Hair Spritz.
22) Use a bristle brush on long hair to distribute the hairs natural oils from root to tip.
23) Use Natural hair dyes or at least ammonia free ones, I have personally used Naturtint or how about trying out one of these natural brands. I love Superdrug’s own brand hair dye it’s ammonia free and leaves my hair in great condition.
24) Have your hair trimmed regularly : Hairdressers recommend getting a trim around ever 2 to 3 month.
25) Give yourself an oil head massage or ask someone nicely to do it for you – add rosemary essential oil to the base oil as Rosemary is good for stimulating the hair follicles to grow health hair. Although Cedarwood is good for dry scalps & thinning hair and Peppermint is good for oily scalps
- Argan oil: Best for dry or frizzy hair.
- Coconut oil: Best for all hair types.
- Macadamia oil: Best for extremely dry or damaged hair.
- Kalahari melon seed oil: Best for sensitive skin.
- Almond oil: Best for beating dandruff.
- Baobab oil: Best for boosting growth.
- Marula oil: Best for holiday hair.
Abyssinian oil: Best for fine hair
Good luck on your Healthy hair journey, If you have any great tips I’ve missed drop me a line or two below and let me know.
Lots of Love Berry xx