I went to my stylist for a trim on Wednesday only find out that I need much more than a trim for my hair. She showed me the back of my head and underneath my right ear, I had broken off 4 inches of my hair. I guess all those nervous moments of twirling my hair around my finger paid a price. I have thin hair and not a lot of it, so breakage happens often and quickly. But there are many things I could have been doing to avoid this situation (besides the twirling thing of course). My stylist gave me a ton of tips that I’m going to share with you for better hair care!
- Don’t wash your hair every day. I’ve been doing a great job of this. You might be thinking, “well what do I do when I work out and am sweaty?” or “it was 97 degrees today and I’m disgusting– why can’t I wash my hair again?” If you wash your hair too often, your scalp works harder to produce more oil. Solution:
- USE DRY SHAMPOO! I will often shower after a work out and put my hair up in a bun to avoid washing. Then I’ll let it air dry down and throw some baby powder in it. I just bought this dry shampoo that I’m going to try out. I’ll let you know how it goes :)
- Get hair cuts often. I’m one of those people who thinks that in order to grow my hair out, I need to avoid getting it cut. Logical thinking, right? But what I didn’t realize is that as soon as your hair starts to break and you don’t cut it, the breakage starts to climb up the cuticle of your hair. The higher it climbs, the more damage to your hair it causes. I’ve been recommended 6 weeks for routine hair cuts but its 8 weeks for most people. I know that sounds quite frequent (and possibly expensive) but if you care about your hair, it’s a must (and man do I care. I really do).
- Use the right products. I hate when I leave a salon and they try to sell me all of their products. Listen, I’m not going to buy a $45 dollar shampoo. I’m just not. That’s insane to me. Research hair products that work with your hair type. I prefer less expensive salon brands that I can buy on Amazon or in the grocery. I love Redken shampoo & conditioner but there are a million out there.
- Know how to condition. My hair is naturally dry but my roots often get oily. When I condition my hair, I condition the ends of my hair. I don’t rub the conditioner into my scalp. This ensures that I’m conditioning the part of the hair that needs it most!
- Brush from the bottom. Say what? When your hair is damp and you’re brushing it out, you need to start with the bottom strands. Get it untangled and then brush from a little higher. You’re avoiding massive detangling and hair pulling by not brushing from the top all the way into a huge mess. This prevents more breakage.
- Don’t put your hair up into a bun while wet! This one’s for you Lili! Haha. I don’t usually throw my hair up when its damp. Because fro. But a lot of people do that to get it out of their way. My sylist explained to me that as your hair starts to dry, the cuticles swell. And if you’re hair is in a tight knot, it’s going to start to break. So avoid tying it up too tight my friends!
- Last but not least, take care of yourself. Your hair is another part of your body and if you take care of yourself through your dietary choices and excercise and sleep, it will help your hair just like it helps everything else!
Over & Out, <3 Dr. Marg
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