How do I keep my hair healthy? The answer is simple… I take vitamins, I do regular treatments and masks, I wash it twice a week, and I eat my fruit and veg.
Ever since I was a young child, my mum and my grandmas would always give me hot hair oil treatments and make sure my hair was healthy and long. I kind of regret cutting my hair (it was up to my bum cheeks 2 years ago). I had to though. My ends were all split and half of it was straw-like, and cutting my hair has made me want to keep it as healthy as possible this time. My goal is to bring back the thick, luscious frizzy mess that I used to have.
This year i’ve made it all about haircare, I’ve invested in some vitamins from Hairburst and I’ve created a routine, something that takes a while to get used to, but is so worth it though.
1. THE KEY TO GOOD HAIR IS NOT WASHING IT TOO OFTEN
I have so many friends who wash their hair everyday and I can’t stress how bad it is. Washing your hair everyday strips your hair from the natural oils and leaves it looking and feeling dry and brittle. I once conducted a little experiment where I didn’t wash my hair for a week to see what would happen and can I swear to the hair God’s up above, after I washed it, it didn’t get greasy so fast. However, I am all about keeping my locks clean, so I wash it twice a week: Monday and Thursday. Good hair is about routine. The more you wash your hair, the more your scalp is going to panic and create more oils than needed which, as a result, will leave your hair constantly greasy and continue the cycle of washing it more often.
2. INVEST IN SOME HAIR VITAMINS
Hairburst sell some tasty chewable vitamins in strawberry and blackcurrant flavours, which include nutrients that help maintain healthy hair. It works from inside out to leave hair looking gorgeous, whilst reducing breakage. I take these twice a day, usually as soon as I wake up so I don’t forget.
3. DO A HOT HAIR OIL TREATMENT AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, IF NOT, ONCE A MONTH
The feeling of applying hot hair oil onto your hair is so satisfying. I was born with a head full of thick hair, whereas my sister, her hair was so thin it’d slip through my fingers. She used hot hair oils on her hair almost every week and her hair is so thick, it’s shameful to say it’s thicker than mine. I like the oil to be extra hot so I tend to use boiled water and let the oil get really hot for a couple of minutes before applying it. Once applied, I wrap a bag on my hair and wrap a towel around my head to trap the heat and leave it on for 2-3 hours , sometimes I leave it overnight then wash my hair out thoroughly.
4. EAT YOUR FIVE A DAY AND DRINK WATER!
I hate to say this, but drinking water and eating your five a day will do wonders, not just for your hair, skin as well. Fruit and veg are rich in vitamins and so are many other foods. Eggs, Salmon, Nuts and many more foods are good for maintaining good hair and producing growth.
5. PROTECT IT FROM HEAT
Hair should be valued just as much as your skin. Just like you need to wear SPF, you also need to protect your hair from the sun and any electrical equipment. My advice is to cut down on the amount of heat you use on your hair. I have stopped blow drying my hair, instead I leave it to air dry and then apply oil to the ends to seal the shine and keep it feeling healthy. Every time I use electrical appliances, I apply a protecting spray to stop my hair from being damaged by the heat. And when I am outside (especially when I am on holiday), I use an SPF30 Clear Hair and Scalp Protecting Spray by Malibu for extra protection.
REMEMBER: the higher the SPF number, the better the protection.