OK the end of Summer is finally over! That means Autumn is fianlly here!! And with every season one thing is always in style, healthy hair! Summer always means salt, sun, chlorine & hair styling for all those silly season parties (heating tools)... And that means the end of summer = hair that is on it's death bed!! Now I've been growing my hair for my upcoming wedding (July) so I've got some tips to keep it healthy or if it's a little unhealthy, how to get it back to being luscious... And some of you have asked for these tips, so well lets start... :)
- Book into your trusted hair dresser to get all the dead ratty looking hair chopped off!! (I TRY to get a regular trim every 6 weeks... It keeps my hair looking fresh & healthy!) After my wedding I will be a it cut shorter well not super short like still past my shoulders, but just so it can become healthier again & to get rid of the dead yucky hair...
- Use a good quality shampoo. At the moment I am currently using Sunsilk 'longer & stronger' (black bottle from Woolworths!) I LOVE it... It's cheap & my hair always feels & looks so healthy after it!!
- Buy a good quality hair treatment. I normally buy 2 different ones & swap & change them (as I find my hair can get to familiar with hair treatments & they stop having any affect on it) I am currently using, Schwarzkopf 'Intensive Nourishing Mask - Shea Cashmere' (from Woolworths about $12 & makes my hair feel GREAT!), my second one is one I just got for free from Herbal Essences, I actually like it. It's in a red tub and is called the 'long term relationship' it is a split end protector mask & is made with red raspberries & satin... I don't really see the sense in paying lots of money on hair products, I've tried a lot & the highend ones in Groceries stores are just as good as the ones at the Hairdressers. And I've tried out tons of hair products, I use to buy expensive 'hair dresser designer ones', I'm sorry I see no difference except the price!
- Brush your hair before you get in the shower & wash your hair. Brushing it first removes all tangles and knots. This makes washing your hair easier & keeps the hair healthy.
- Wash your hair only a few times a week. Try to stretch it out, I wash mine probably 2 or 3 times a week. For the first few times you go without washing it, it'll look really bad (so maybe plan to go an extra day without washing when you have nothing on & are staying at home hiding). But the natural oils that your scalp produces are the best for your hair... And constant washing can strip your hair of that. My normal hair washing timetable is Sunday (treatment), Wednesday & Friday (treatment if I have an event on the weekend). But sometimes (like if Trents on nightshift for the weekend) I skip Fridays hair wash.
- Try not to dye your hair to often... I went from being bleached blonde in Highschool to a brunette not only is it loads cheaper but my hair has really benefited as well. It's heaps healthier & is way less damaged & I now dye it myself (well Mummsie does!) only a few times a year (well for my wedding it will be professionally done!!)
- Lay off the heating tools!! Heat = Hair Death!! Only use when REALLY needed!! I style my hair by pin curling it, it's much safer for your hair & last way longer than any heating tool I've ever used... Check out my tutorial HERE!
- Get a hair, skin & nail vitamin to take (these really do work!)
- I've heard the hair product Nioxin is a wonder product! I've personally never used it & it is really REALLY expensive like $99 for like a little 3 pack!! I want to try it really bad, but I really can't justify spending that money on a product that may or may not work on my hair!! But please if you have tried it, let me know!!
- I've heard of a lot of strange old 'wives tales' for helping keep your hair healthier; plaiting your hair on a full moon & trimming the split ends, washing your hair in beer, making a hair mask with raw egg, putting natural yoghurt in your hair (this I've tried, it's ok, but kind of weird... ). I don't know if I want to smell like a brewery LOL. But if you have any tips let me know! But think about it before you go & do something wacky to your hair!
- Use common sense, if you need to straighten your hair use a heat protectant spray! If you need to dye your hair make sure you use hair treatments the week before to prepare you hair & continue keeping your hair healthy with treatments and just regular maintenance.
- Try to take care of your hair... If it's summer try to keep your hair up & out of the water (chlorine & salt is bad for your hair), you can buy leave in treatments to be used before swimming (personally never used them, but they could work? If you've tried them let me know...) in Winter it's often windy so try your best to keep your hair tangle free. Wear it in braids or buns. And always use treatments!!
- At night I either sleep with my hair in a bun or a braid (or 2!), this keeps it knot free (I find leaving it loose when sleeping it goes all gross & knotty!). I've also heard sleeping on a silk pillow case keeps your hair all shiny & smooth.
Let me know your tips!!
My shampoo & conditioner...
My hair treatments...
My hair. Blonde in grade 11.
My hair in grade 12... still blonde.
My hair short'ish in 2007.
My hair here was just over my shoulders end of 2007 or beginning of 2008 I can't remember.
October 2008, I really like my hair here. Yes the pink is an extensions... It just looks cool.
My hair after a good hair cut at the end of 2008...
May 2009... It was starting to look healthier... :)
Easter 2010... Getting LONGER!!
In Sydney 2010...
It looks really long here!! :) End of 2010...
Keeping my hair braided keeps it knot free & makes it healthier & protected from the elements... :)
Feb 2011... See it's longer... :) My hair length now is half way down my back easily & hangs over my boobs FINALLY!! And it's still growing... I will be getting it professionally dyed shortly, so it will be trimmed then... :)
Oh and PS: if you have used this let me know... I just can't see myself spending $100 on a bottle of shampoo. Lol
Anyway guys, let me know what you think... Do you have any tips on growing your hair that I could try out (I am open to anything LOL)... I am trying so hard to grow it out for my wedding! It's slowly getting there.
Sorry this blog took so long to post I just had some drama for the past couple days as some moron hacked my email account, but silly her I got back in. Because I will always be smarter than her... Silly girl.
Anyway, love you all...