hair care tips
Getting your Hair to Grow & Shampoo!
The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product build-up, but most shampoos are filled with harsh soaps called sulphates, which strip away natural oils you need for long, healthy hair. When you do need to cleanse your hair, make sure to choose a sulphate-free shampoo (I swear by ALFAPARF & OLAPLEX) only lather up at your scalp, letting the suds slide down the rest of the hair as the water rinses the formula away.
* Washing your hair with cold water at the end of your shower can give an added boost of hair-growing power & shine! Cold water lays down the outer layer of your hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags, and heat damage! You only need to do it for a few seconds, but this one extra step can make a huge difference over time.
Let's just say your conditioner should be your best friend when you’re trying to grow your hair, or just keep it healthy. You should moisturize your hair every single time you get it wet in the shower. Over time, colouring and heat styling cause strands to get thinner at the bottom, which can lead to more breakage and shorter lengths.
So, to get your ends back to good health, load up on conditioner, which helps replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft as well as seal the outer cuticle. Basically, it is your first defence against damage!
Pressed for time to do a wash? Try some dry shampoo or baby powder to soak up the oil in your roots. You will save yourself an entire shampoo and blow-dry event.
Extra Hair Tip: An additional benefit of the dry shampoo or powder is the added texture that it brings to your hair. If your hair is newly washed and too slick for an updo or creative styling, add some dry shampoo to help your new ‘do stay and last.
Overnight Deep Treatments
Strapped for time to make it to the salon? You can do plenty of great deep conditioning treatments at home. Opt for a leave-in deep conditioning treatment and let the product do the work for you while you sleep!
The benefits will be instant!
Brushing or combing your hair is essential, obviously, but just keep in mind that aggressive brushing can cause physical damage to your hair. Basically, if you can hear the sound of the brush crunching through your strands, you are being too rough. And be especially careful when your hair is wet as this is when it is most fragile.
When you detangle wet hair, be sure to start from the bottom and work your way up slowly. We often instinctually brush from the scalp down, but that just pushes small tangles into one large knot and can cause you to lose a lot of hair. Reach for a natural boar bristle brush, which helps gently distribute your scalp’s natural oils down the hair shaft (which means healthier, more moisturized hair!).
Make Waves Overnight
For gorgeous, loose waves the good news is you do not have to invest much time. Braid damp hair before bed and you will wake up with beach-worthy waves. Make sure your hair is braided tightly so your hair does not frizz.