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Tips & Tricks for Long, Strong, Beautiful Hair

May 15, 2018

I’ve had relatively long hair all my life but from my early teens into my early twenties it was thin, full of breakage, frizzy and just simply damaged. I straightened it daily, washed and dried it once or even twice a day, wore extensions to add thickness and didn’t apply any sort of product.  The breakage was BAD. I knew that it just wasn’t healthy; it fell out like crazy, looked frizzy and straggly even after styling it. Finally, I made the decision to cut it all off after my wedding in October 2014. I went from waist length hair to right under my chin. Talk about an adjustment but I really fell in love with it. Shortly after I got pregnant with my first child is when things really changed for me. Here are a few things that I have learned over the years to keep healthy, strong, thick and long hair. *For current photos of my hair scroll to the bottom of this page.

 

  • Get pregnant, your hair will grow like wild fire….I kid, I know this can go both ways. I’ve heard of woman having horrible hair loss from pregnancy but hey you have a 50\50 chance. My hair grew extremely fast and thick from my pregnancy hormones but improved in quality from the care.

 

Ok here are the real tips. 

 

  • Start a supplement. I take the Nature Made Prenatal + DHA.  Prenatal vitamins are magic for hair growth, Biotin or even a regular daily multivitamin.  These are essential  for new hair growth and maintenance. *Disclaimer: if hesitant about starting a new supplement, consult with your doctor.

  • Eat healthy. This goes for all things in life, a healthy diet is everything. Not only does it effect your hair, it affects all aspects of your body. I admit I try my best but like most, struggle with this at times.

 

  • Stop washing your hair everyday. I really think this is the hardest adjustment for most woman who feel like they struggle with oily hair. It takes time to train but you have to bare with it until your hair adjusts to not washing daily. When you wash your hair everyday you are washing away its natural oil production so it compensates and produces more. So by only washing every few days the oil production slows down. I wash 2-3 times a week depending. 

 

  • Use a dry shampoo. Now that I’m a mom this is my everything. Batiste is my FAVORITE; I’ve tried a ton of different brands but this guy knocks them all out of the water. It leaves your hair feeling fresh and clean. I use this in between washes to help absorb any excess oil. It does leave a white cast on dark hair so let it sit for a minute or two and just use your fingers to fluff it out

 

  • Reduce the heat. This is super important to the health of your hair. If you don’t have to blow dry your hair, DON’T. Let it air dry. Heat causes damage and breakage. I only blow dry my hair if I absolutely have to. 

 

  • Use a heat protectant or hair oil. If you decide to style your hair (straighten or curl) you want to protect your hair from that high heat. Use a heat protectant or oil to coat the hair and help prevent heat damage. 

​       Recommendations​:

       Garnier Fructis Style Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray

       TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray

 

  • Deep Conditioning Mask. Using a deep conditioning mask a few times a month is a great way of revitalizing your hair. Deep conditioners are made to improve overall health of your hair, repair damage, improve shine, etc.

​         Recommendations:

​         L'Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm

       Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask        

 

  • Use a detangling comb/brush. Always start from the bottom of your hair and work your way up. Never rip through tangled hair. Softly work it out especially if wet, wet hair is much weaker than dry.  Aggressive brushing will cause breakage and in turn thinned hair.

 

Here are some images of my hair over time and today after making changes to my hair routine.

 

 2011/2012. I straightened and teased my hair daily. It was colored, thin, had horrible breakage.

 

2015. I cut most of my hair off when I got pregnant with my first son and loved it! From this point on is when my hair totally changed and I really improved my hair care routine. *probably because I got tired of all the time it took to blow dry and style everyday.

 

Present. My hair has never been better! It’s long (passed my hips), thick and strong. Minimal split ends and doesn’t get oily for 3+ days. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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