If there is one question I get asked over and over and OVER again – it’s about my hair. I’ve had long hair pretty much my whole life as I don’t believe any other length would suit me. I did go through a shorter, side fringe stage during high school (anyone else?) that I deeply regret. Although not as much as when I bleached it to an orangey-blonde – really not sure what was going on there but I’m glad my hair made it out alive. Sort of.
Since then, I’ve taken more care into how I treat my hair and today I’m sharing my favourite tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way.
Go natural where possible
There are brands I’m quite loyal to when it comes to hair products, but for the most part, I love using natural ingredients. This includes OILS! My absolute favourite thing. I used to avoid oils for my hair completely because I thought it would only make my hair oily, but oh how I was wrong.
+ Argan / moroccan oil: Argan oil, sometimes known as moroccan oil is a product of the Moroccan argan tree. It can act as a moisturiser for the scalp to fight dandruff and dry scalp. I use it as a deep conditioner and overnight treatment. It promotes the growth of healthy, strong hair as opposed to thin, brittle hair. It can even undo some of the damage done through chemical treatments and dyes, and can be used to treat split ends. This one is my ride or die.
+ Coconut oil: My one true love. I use coconut oil for deep hair conditioning because it’s comprised mainly of smaller medium-chain fatty acids, the oil of the coconut penetrates hair more deeply and faster than other conditioners. It helps repair split ends, moisturizes your scalp, and adds a healthy glow. I usually wash my hair, comb through a small amount and leave it for a few hours, or even overnight, and then rinse. Always use raw, organic & unrefined coconut oil. A lot of brands trick you into thinking they’re all natural.
P.s. here’s other genius ways to use coconut oil for your hair.
Only wash your hair 1-2 times a week
I’ll let you in on a little secret: I hardly ever wash my hair. Yes I know what you’re thinking – most people look at me like I’ve lost the plot when I tell them I only wash my hair once a week. If you’re washing your hair every day, then you’re stripping the natural oils your hair needs to stay healthy. My hair is long, thick and wavy, so washing it is a real chore. Plus I have to wait a couple of days for the frizz to lie down and it’s able to be styled properly.
Besides doing it for personal convenience, I much prefer how my hair looks when it’s not freshly washed. The secret? My favourite dry shampoo. How I ever lived without this stuff is beyond me.
Quality shampoo & conditioner
I always tell people if they’re going to invest somewhere with their hair, it should be your shampoo and conditioner. I still fail to understand when people go out & buy $80 hair masks and serums when they’re using cheap $2 conditioners.
I just don’t get it.
That’s right, you protect your skin but what about your hair? Not only will sunscreen for your hair protect your beautiful locks from becoming brittle and dry, but these products will also add an extra shine and moisture. I use the Clarins sunscreen spray and just spritz it throughout the day or at least in the mornings! It goes with me everywhere and I’ve not found one that beats it.
Trims every 6-8 weeks
I’m really slack when it comes to cutting my hair. I purposely avoid the hairdresser due to some previous horrific experiences (like getting rollers stuck in my hair and having to cut them out, giving me a fringe when I never asked or cutting 3 inches too much off my length). I’m sure I’ll let you in on my wonderful hairdresser experiences one day.
Basically, there’s no special formula for removing split ends. You just have to get them cut off. Getting a trim every 6-8 weeks ensures hair grows out evenly and healthy.
Let a professional colour your hair
Simply put, don’t trust yourself to apply your own colour. The major difference between store-bought and salon color is that a professional colorist mixes shades to give your hair depth.
And don’t even think about bleaching your own hair. It’s honestly just a nightmare waiting to happen. I’m speaking from experience here.
Take extra vitamins
I’m all about taking supplements for extra health benefits, but there are also some essential to hair growth and health. I take these omega-3 fish oil supplements for healthy hair, skin and nails. Also Biotin is a miracle worker for hair (read all about it here). I’ve noticed my hair grows faster and shinier when I’m taking it daily.
Use a heat protection spray
I can’t stress how important it is to use a proper heat protector on your hair before applying ANY kind of heat (blow drying, straightening, curling, etc). Heat protection sprays add moisture to your hair and prevent the natural moisture to evaporate. It also forms a protective barrier over the cuticle on the hair strand, preventing heat damage and enabling your hair to keep its high shine. You’d be amazed at just how much damage heat can do to your hair. It takes a real beating.
Look for heat protectors that contain obliphica Berry, argan oil and/or coconut oil. The Schwarzkopf Bonacure Oil Potion is a great choice, as well as the Amika Obliphica Heat Defense Serum because it has anti-frizz agents and it helps fight humidity.
And on that note, I also try to restrict heat on my hair as much as possible. For example, I’ll air dry my hair and spray some of my beloved texturizing spray instead. Plus, it’s not really necessary for me to blow dry my hair since I’m going to style it with my straightener afterwards.
Only condition your ends + shampoo your scalp
You only need to shampoo the hair at the scalp and condition your ends. Do not condition your scalp. Your ends need more moisture (we develop “split ends” for a reason), and your roots need a little less of it so they can maintain volume.
Now it’s your turn! Do you have any hair care tips and tricks? Would love to hear in the comments!