If you’ve followed along for a while, then you know I’m a big fan of easy, effortless hair, but all of that starts with taking care of your locks. In all my years of styling my hair, the number one thing I’ve learned is that for your hair to look healthy, it actually has to be healthy! I know it sounds easy, but for busy women always on the go, I know it can be a challenge. With that said, I feel like I’ve learned how to make my hair a priority and have worked out a pretty effective formula for taking care of it. Here are 10 things that if done regularly, will lead you to have healthier hair!
1. Regular trims
Yes, that myth about how trimming your hair actually helps it grow/be more healthy is true! I try to get mine trimmed about every six to eight weeks for optimal health. I got to Nadine at PR Partners in DC and when I am in LA I go to Nick at Sally Hershberger.
2. Hydrating hair mask
You don’t have to go crazy here and start masking your every day. That can actually have the opposite effect. Try this hydrating mask once a week and I guarantee you’ll see some positive results.
3. Heat protectant
If you’re using hot tools of any kind, always use a heat protectant. It will save your hair from getting damaged and prolong its healthy shine. Bonus points if you can let it air dry before styling instead of using a blow dryer. I love using this dry hair oil. Nadine introduced it to me and it cuts down so much on drying time!
4. Know what kind of hair you have
There are different kinds of shampoos and styling products for a reason – because there are tons of different types of hair. Knowing what kind of hair you have will help you choose the right products. For example, if you have fine hair you should be using a clear volumizing shampoo, or if you have curly textured hair, you should always be deep conditioning, etc. I tend to have colored dry ends so I love using Oribe’s Gold Lust collection for extra hydration.
5. Wash less
Washing your hair too frequently can strip the natural oils your hair needs to be healthy. Try to aim for twice a week unless you’re working out and getting seriously sweaty and oily. Use dry shampoo or baby powder in between to keep all the oil out that you don’t want! I love this R+Co dry shampoo. Also, when I do dry it twice a week I do a quick blowout with this Revlon blow dryer brush. I first saw it on instagram and now it literally takes me 10 minutes to get a smooth blowout.
6. Rinse with cold water
And speaking of washing your hair, I definitely recommend rinsing your hair with cold water when you’re using your shampoo and conditioner. It helps seal in all the conditioning ingredients and promotes more shine!
7. Scalp scrub
Keeping with the scalp theme, it’s SO important to maintain good scalp health. It’s a major contributor to the overall health of your hair. Do a clarifying scalp scrub every so often to remove product buildup and gently exfoliate. I love Oribe’s Serene Scalp shampoo line.
8. Be patient and color less
This one is tough for me, but coloring your hair less can help it keep that shine we’re all always trying to achieve. This is especially true if you’re coloring your hair blonde or using bleach. Know what color to ask for and work with your stylist to build up to that color. It can’t happen overnight and can take years to get the exact color you want. Since brunette hair can sometimes turn too brassy I asked Nadine what colors she uses on my hair and she said she typically uses EQ at the level 4 to blend my base and a level 9 on the ends. The tone changes depending on what we like.
9. Be gentle with it
This might sound silly, but it’s so true! When combing your hair after a shower or tying it back when you’re hot, whatever the situation, be gentle with your hair. I also suggest using a comb with wide bristles. I recently discovered this new brush brand called Rain Cry and instantly have become a fan. Their brushes help prevent breakage and adds shine. It can be pricey but so worth it and will last you years!
10. Pay attention to your diet
Yes, your diet can definitely affect the health of your hair. Just like the rest of your body, your hair needs certain nutrients to grow, so make sure you’re getting plenty of iron and staying hydrated. I always make sure to take extra biotin supplements to promote healthy hair growth and nails:)
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What do you do to keep your hair healthy?