Let me just start by saying I am an expert in killing my hair, so this post is a long time coming.
In high school my best friend and I would straighten, perm, dye, (you name it) to our poor locks, all in the hopes of finding our ‘style’ and what suits us. I’m happy to report we have both found out that shoulder length, wavy hair suits us best (at least for now) but getting there was not easy. I stopped straightening and dying my hair years ago, which resulted in the healthiest my hair has ever looked. However, earlier this year I was very naughty and got a awful digital perm that ruined my hair. I also backcomb it quite a bit for volume so my poor locks is in dire need of a detox. Here are my tips to getting your hair back in shape… Good luck!
1. Trim Dead Ends
Really, the only way for your hair to look and feel remotely healthy again is to get a trim, no matter how painful it may be! Snip off at least 2 inches of dead ends and it’ll really start to make a difference, promise.
2. Lay Off The Chemicals
You can do it! This means no dying, and God forbid, no relaxers or perms – they are horrible to your hair. If you must dye it once again to get back to your root color, do so. After that, give your hair a serious break.
3. Lay Off The Styling Tools
Just like chemicals, heat is absolute death to your hair as well. Try to keep styling tools to the bare minimum, if not cutting it out completely. If you do continue to use them, consider these tips: air dry instead of blow dry, apply heat protective styling lotion and use warm setting instead of burning hot. When using the styling tool, don’t keep it in the same place too long a time, for risk of burning off your hair. When you’re done, apply leave in conditioner to the ends.
4. Shampoo/Condition Like Crazy
Shampoo gently with moisturizing shampoo. Don’t scrub too hard. Wash your scalp and let the shampoo run into the ends, and rinse until the water turns clear – no extra rinsing is needed.
Follow with weekly deep conditioning masks. When my hair was at its worse, I would deep condition it 3 times a week. One of my favorite is Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle. For super soft hair, rub in a teaspoon of coconut oil into towel dried (but still damp locks) once you’re out of the shower. I did this for the longest thing and it’s amazing – it made my hair very soft and strong. I hear Morrocanoil is fantastic as well, though I haven’t tried it out yet.
5. Protect From The Sun
If the weather is really hot, wear a hat. Also, there is sunscreen for hair, so use it! If you have spray sunscreen, that works too – just hold it above your head and spray it on a few times. This also protects your scalp from sunburn.
Bottom line? Take care of your hair and give it a bit of a breather. Have a good trim and then leave it alone for awhile, and I promise in no time your hair will be back to normal. But the most important tip is to cut it first! I always used to skip this ’cause I wanted long hair, but it really makes a difference. Trust me.
What do you think of my list – anymore points to add to my list? How do you get your hair condition back to its healthy state? Please share!