This post was written in collaboration with Waterl
Does your hair feel limp, dull, lifeless or dried out? I have been there! While I may be known in part for my golden locks, I need to keep my hair looking and feeling healthy.
For years I fought with split ends and breakages – leading to extremely choppy and fibrous layers. It took quite a bit of experimenting and figuring out what works best for my hair to get it in its current state. Does this sound like you? Here are my tips for growing healthy, longer hair!
Whether you want to grow your hair longer or are just looking for ways to improve the integrity and overall health of your hair – here are my “hacks” for healthier hair!
Wasn’t every day
First things first: you don’t have to wash your hair every day.
When you wash it, it removes natural oils from your hair that help to cover the hair follicle and keep it healthy. However, if you’re anything like me and struggle with fine, oily hair that doesn’t look so cute when the roots are oily, dry shampoo is a lifesaver!
Less washing will significantly improve the overall condition of your hair.
I am a huge fan of the Waterless Dry Shampoo No Residue! The fast absorbing formula absorbs oil instantly and keeps my roots looking fresh. Plus, the light + airy scent is absolutely delicious!
Made with Tapioca Starch, along with Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin B-3 to moisturize hair, this formula is ideal for fine + oily hair. It’s free from sulfates, parabens, and dyes too!
Dry condition between washes
You use dry shampoo to absorb the excess oils from your scalp and keep it looking fresh … but what about the ends of your hair?
Did you know that you can also take care of your hair dry? Yes! Dry conditioner is one of the best-kept secrets when it comes to hair hacks.
This is what my usual washing routine looks like:
- Day 1: After I wash my hair, I usually wear it down and straight (and let it dry naturally without heat)
- Day 2: A little bit of dry shampoo goes a long way! It gives my roots a bit of lift and I usually wear it straight or run a curling iron through it on low heat
- Day 3: My hair is oily, can’t get around it at the moment. I hit my roots with dry shampoo then apply dry conditioner to the ends to keep them from getting brittle. A braid or any kind of updo is great for the third day.
- Day 4: Hats and scarves are my best friend on Day 4 – and then I repeat the wash cycle.
My go-to solution for extending the days between washes? Waterl
You can find these and more from their collection online or in-store at Sally Beauty.
Learn how to wash your hair again
This may come as a shock, but it took me nearly thirty years to learn how to wash my hair the right way – or at least the right way for my hair type!
Since my hair is both fine and lighter, my hairdresser told me to always wash only my roots and then nothing but condition the ends. For me, this has been a game changer and has significantly reduced breakage.
So the main hair hack here? Consult your hairdresser to find out which washing routine is best for your hair type.
Brush your hair properly
How are your hair brushing habits? Did you know that if you can optimize both way and time, you brush your hair to avoid breakage?
Hello, its hack!
To brush correctly (as in to avoid breakage), work from the ends to your roots and don’t pull tangles too much! The best time to comb your hair is with conditioner in the shower and while using a Wet Brush.
One thing to note: if you’ve chemically treated fine hair like yours, NEVER brush it when it’s dry. You immediately cause tons of breakage.
Be careful with hair bands
Avoid hair bands as much as possible, or opt for non-damaging options (think scrunchie types!). While I’m a huge fan of fun updos and braids – especially when it comes to no heat hairstyles, the little elastics almost always cause breakage … which isn’t a good thing!
Years ago, someone gave me this sage hair advice: Treat your locks like a delicate silk scarf – this means you realize it can be permanently damaged by everything from tiny snags and eyes to intense heat.
I usually bring a silk pillowcase when I travel because they make so much of a difference.
Opt for a silk pillowcase
One thing I swear by is sleeping with a silk pillowcase!
Silk pillowcases are healthier for your hair than cotton. Why? Cotton tends to ‘grab’ or hold onto your hair, causing it to twist at the root all night long. The result? Damaged hair and severe bedhead in the morning. Cotton also tends to draw moisture out of your hair.
However, silk pillowcases are more sensitive to your hair and will keep you from both stripping your beautiful strands of essential oils and preventing them from sticking – meaning much less breakage.
Minimize your heat usage
I totally choose to go for hairstyles without heat as often as possible. Nice fishtails, sweeping French braids or messy Dutch braids – I’m a big fan of the no-heat looks.
But sometimes I can’t get that mermaidish waves without a bit of heat. So the best way to keep your hair healthy while still applying a little heat?
Use a heat protectant!
Find a hair mask for the home
How often do you have your hair treated? And I don’t just mean color!
In between highlight and cut appointments, I like to come into the salon for a professional strengthening treatment. While they are a bit of an investment, it does help my hair in the long run! However, if going to the salon is not an option, you can find excellent hair masks for home treatments!
Look for the ones that repair and strengthen your hair.
Take care not to overwork your hair
I get highlights every few months to make my hair * pop *, but for me I have found a good spot where it is quite close to my natural color, and I am able to divide my appointments to maintain the integrity of my hair. hair intact.
The truth is, any kind of editing your hair will damage it – essentially you have to choose between extremely healthy hair or over-treated hair. If you are a natural brunette but lighten your hair to white blonde, there is no solution to that much damage.
You can apply and cut hair masks to avoid split ends, but your hair is much, much more susceptible to damage. My suggestion is to find a happy medium with your hair color – something close to your natural tone, or try to color it less often.
Hair Hack # 10: Take Supplements! Some people swear by certain vitamins to help their hair, skin, and nails.
What hair “hacks” do you have to make your hair healthier? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!