If there is one thing on my body that I take tons of care of, it is definitely my hair. I wasn’t always this way though, in fact I hated my hair so much growing up. I had horrible hair. It was always so dry, frizzy, and THICK! My mother made me use baby shampoo until I was 8. It was so embarrassing. I smelled like a baby everyday. I was so embarrassed that she had to put my hair in a braid every morning before school because I had so much hair that it would get in everything. My mouth, my lunch, my friends lunch, my friends mouth, everywhere.
One day while watching Smurfs, a Pantene Pro V commercial came on. I saw this gorgeous woman with beautiful shiny hair and I was sold! I took my piggy bank, took a few dollars out, got on my bike and went to the mini mart. In the distance I saw it, it was a line of Pantene Pro V bottles. I thought to myself, this is it! The start to a new beginning! Good bye crazy hair, hello hair that was sent from the heavens! I was so excited! I felt like a new person! I hurried home and took a shower. I was quite disappointed because being 8, I thought it would instantly make my hair beautiful, but then I realized that there was a lot more to it than just shampooing it with a great shampoo.
As I got older, I found different ways to manage my hair. I tried just about everything on it but didn’t really have an idea about what I was doing. Everything was trial and error until I met the most amazing hair dresser in the Philippines. He taught me how to take care of my hair and gave me tips on how to keep it from going crazy, and getting dry. I have been following this routine since I was 16 and all I can say is, I am now blessed with hair that is still a bit crazy, but way better than it was when I was younger.
So here it is, for all you beautiful people that need some help, here are my hair care secrets!
Wash hair with lukewarm or cold water.
I love hot showers, but when I told my hair dresser this he looked like he was going to slap me into another dimension. Apparently that was one of the main reasons why my hair was so dry. He suggested I use lukewarm or cold water instead.
Wash hair every other day.
This is very important. I wash my hair every other day, but on certain days when my hair gets really gross I either give in and wash it or use dry shampoo and dry conditioner on it if its not that bad. I was told that washing it every day strips our hair of all the natural oils that keep it healthy, and that’s a big no no!
Rinse the build up away once a month.
My hair tends to get really gross when oils start building up, but rinsing it once a month with baking soda and apple cider vinegar removes all the icky build up and leaves my hair soft and light. I mix 1 part of baking soda to 3 parts warm water, massage through my hair and scalp, leave it on for about 5 minutes then rinse it off. After the baking soda I take a mixture of 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar and 4 parts water, mixed in a spray bottle and spray it on my hair. Again leaving it on for 5 minutes before rinsing with water.
Apply an egg and olive oil mixture to hair to strengthen it once a month.
I do this when my hair needs extra love due to styling. I mix 2 eggs with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, apply it to my hair, leave it in for 20 minutes then rinse. This has helped my hair become a lot stronger.
Use the right shampoo for your specific hair needs.
Because my hair tends to get frizzy, I use shampoos and conditioners that focus on this specific problem, I still use Pantene from time to time, but my favorite shampoo and conditioner is Dove Nutritive solutions with anti-frizz oil. This is by far the best shampoo that I have found so far that really works with my hair. I also use Finesse Deep conditioning Keratin Treatment once a week for a deep conditioning.
Air dry hair when possible.
Life gets busy, it’s a lot easier to just take out the blow dryer and dry your hair with heat, but if you can dry it without the heat or just let it air dry on its own, it will keep your hair from drying out.
Use the right brush.
Again, another important tool for great hair. For the longest time I was using the wrong type of brush on my hair, I recently discovered FHI’s Unbrush and have been hooked! I also try to only brush my hair when it is dry to avoid split ends.
I am not a professional, and cannot guarantee anything, but these are the tips that have helped me tame my hair and keep it healthy. I am not saying it will work for everyone but it is definitely worth giving it a try!
Have you tried any of these tips? Do you have any advice? Leave a comment below!