Colder weather is approaching, and our hair can’t hide for much longer. The cold can put a lot of stress and damage on our hair, and overall just dry it to the bone. It is so easy to focus on other parts of our body, and completely forget that our hair needs attention too! After a long summer of sun, your hair is crying out for help. We have some expert tips on how to prepare your hair for the cold, and ways to treat already damaged and dry hair.
One of the best ways to get healthier hair is to wash your hair less often…I know you’re thinking I’m crazy, but it’s true! When you wash your hair more, it strips your hair of the good oils and causes your hair follicles to produce more oil to try and compensate for all that it has lost. If you train your hair to washing it every 2-3 days or even every other day then your hair gets time to breathe and will help get it back to the perfect balance of natural oils. If you don’t think you can go without washing your hair, try using dry shampoo to eliminate any signs of oil or grease.
When it comes to shampoo, you could be harming your hair without even realizing it. Shampoos have a mix of detergents that can completely strip your hair of color and natural oils. Look at the ingredients in the shampoos and try and find one that has proteins in it which will strengthen your hair rather than breaking it. For conditioners, there’s a few ingredients to keep an eye out for. You want conditioner that contains natural oils such as olive and coconut oil, and proteins such as Keratin and Wheat Protein. Major red flag ingredients in shampoos and conditioners are parabens, sulfates, and fragrances. Yes… fragrances are a big fat NO. If the bottle says “fragrance” on it, that means the manufacturer can use whatever ingredients they want to make that scent. So who knows what they’re hiding, but we don’t want to stick around to find out! Moral of the story is do your reading on the ingredients list before you make that purchase. This goes for your extensions too, make sure you're getting natural products without alcohol so that your color and texture stay good as new! You can find the best care products for your extensions on our website.
Try to keep as much heat off of your hair as possible. If you don’t have to blow dry your hair, then by golly don’t do it! Air drying your hair will minimize the damage that heat can put on your hair. Also, many of us straighten or curl our hair almost everyday and continuing to use heat tools causes our hair to be fried and damaged. Try and wear your hair natural more, and on the days where you have to use a heat tool put a heat treatment spray on your hair before! We suggest using the Heat Treat Thermal Spray by Jon Renau which can be used on both Human and Synthetic hair.
Is your hair already dry and damaged to where you’re wondering if it’s at the point of no return? One of the best ways to treat this is to try homemade hair masks that contain very natural and rejuvenating ingredients. We suggest this one for damaged hair: 1 egg yolk, 2 tbsp coconut oil, and 1 tbsp of honey. Leave this mask on for 30 minutes and repeat weekly and you'll see results in no time! Lastly, another easy way to ensure your hair stays healthy is to get periodic haircuts. Many people cringe when they hear the word haircut, but getting trims is actually extremely good for our hair. It cuts all of the dead ends off and allows the new and healthy part of your hair to grow.
Follow these rules and your hair will look AND feel amazing!