If our hair was a meme, it would probably be “Grumpy Cat.” Let’s just own up to it, we put our hair through a lot. Even if you are avoiding heat and color damage, there are a number of other things we do (like sleeping on cotton pillow cases and washing our hair with warm or hot water) that causes hair damage. Well, we want to make it stop! Save the hair, please. But if like us you think your hair is past the point of no return, then keep reading. We have some worthwhile tips to give the strands their groove back.
Hair Masks & Treatments
Hair masks, treatments, and deep conditioners have skyrocketed in the beauty industry. The reason is because they make our hair feel amazing! With just a little bit of time and effort (what it takes to run to Starbucks every morning), we can transform our hair in a matter of weeks.
Though hair masks, deep conditioners, and treatments are all great for the hair, they’re all very different. They provide varying degrees of moisture or hydration and create different results. Follow the guide below to see which treatment we recommend for your hair type.
Healthy hair should be treated with a mask and a deep conditioner once a month. A great, fragrant mask that we recommend is the SheaMoisture Rose Oil Silken Treatment Masque which is perfect for mild hair repair. We also love the It’s A 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin. It smells great, diminishes tangling and split ends and smooths everything out.
Hair with mild damage should apply a mask twice a month and do an oil treatment once a month. The Lush Tangled hot oil treatment will maintain the strength and shine of your hair, or try the Organix Coconut Water Hydration Oil. For an easy mask twice a month we recommend the Organix Intensive Treatment from the argan oil line.
Those with substantial hair damage should consider oil treatments their best friend. Reduce hair washing to once a week, and apply a hot oil treatment during that process. We prefer making our own hot oil treatments – it’s easy and more natural. We use equal parts coconut, olive, and honey. We warm it up, apply it to our hair from the ends up the hair shaft and leave it on to soak it. You can do this before or after washing the hair. It may or may not be necessary to rinse out depending how much you use. It may also be helpful to incorporate a hair mask or deep conditioner into your routine. Lush makes a product called R&B which is essentially a leave-in conditioner and styler all in one. It is great to use on the ends and after washing for protective moisture. For a hair mask, we’d try something like the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque which smells and feels like a tropical getaway.
Vitamins & Supplements
Another way we support the health of our hair is by taking vitamins and supplements. Single vitamins that are great for hair would be Vitamins E, C, B-complex and iron. Maintaining a balanced diet with all of those in hearty supply will have your locks looking super luscious. We can also wholeheartedly recommend hair vitamins like Sugar Bear Hair or Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails. These vitamins taste like fruit snacks but trust us, the results are even better.
Some General Recommendations
Now that we’ve covered the products, we have a few tips on how to avoid damage in the first place.
Let your hair down. Putting your hair up in buns and ponytails results in pulling, pressure, breakage and split ends. We may feel like a lion with a mane, but it saves us a headache later.
Don’t wash your hair with hot water. Slightly warmer than lukewarm is the hottest that our hair can take before damage occurs. And actually, washing with cold water stimulates hair growth and shine.
Instead of using cotton on the hair, like wrapping it in cotton towels or sleeping on cotton pillowcases, use something that doesn’t agitate the hair cuticle. Sleep on satin and silk and dry the hair with a hair drying towel. You’ll notice a huge difference in the softness and glisten of your hair.
Scratch your scalp! It feels good and stimulates hair growth. It also assists in distributing scalp oils throughout the hair for essential nutrients and moisturizing.
Overall, hair health is just about listening. If your hair or scalp feels dry, add moisture. If it looks or feels oily, use a dry shampoo. Be flexible, stick to wholesome, healthy products and you’ll see results!