For those who have known me since I was young, I have certainly gone through transitions with my hair. While you think it may have been with color, it actually wasn’t. It was solely the texture, thickness and health of my hair that has drastically changed from different periods of my life.
There were so many factors I blamed my hair transition(s) on – my diet (cutting our dairy was a sad time in my life), shower temperature and pressure (just weird, Haley)… I even bought a ton of high-end hair ties because I swore my normal Conair ones were ripping the hair out of my head. Yes, I am dramatic – but I realized in my early 20’s that it was simply finding the right products and routine for my hair that will allow for it to be the healthiest & strongest. I’m happy to write this blog post where I would consider my hair at it’s best, and I wanted to share some of my tips and advice of what has really worked for me!
1. Stay Away from COLOR
Trust me, I had my phase. I NEEDED highlights or balayage when it was trending. My last hair coloring was in Nov. 2016, and likely will be my last for a long time. Almost three years later, I can still see my balayage and my hair has gotten so much more stronger since I’ve avoided hair coloring. We all know this is bad for our hair – but I’m proof to say since I stopped, I trulllly have seen such a difference.
2. Silk Pillowcases are Your New BFF!
SO I recently discovered this around the holidays – but I originally wanted silk pillowcases for wrinkle prevention. When I was doing some research, I found that regular cotton pillowcases create heavy friction and breakage – whereas SILK smoothness allows your hair to slide, not getting the matting effect.
3. Choose Products with the Right Ingredients
I realize that everyone’s hair is different – but the best thing you can do with your products is check the ingredients to ensure it’s a strengthening formula. Amino acids (aka protein) are amazing hydrators for the hair, and you want to make sure you’re using shampoo, conditioner, etc. that have these in them. My easy advice: if you see “strengthening” on the bottle – I’d purchase it. I also LOVE moisturizing shampoos, which give my hair the silky texture. My current favorites are from R+CO, listed below:
4. ULTIMATE TIP: Minimize Use of Hot Tools (or Upgrade Them)
This is my HOLY GRAIL, if you get anything from this article. I started taking note of my hot tool usage my first year in NYC, and realized I was using a straightener or curler EVERY DAMN DAY. Woof, the damage I was doing to my hair. Now, if you have to use your straightener (especially on those crazy bed head days) there are ways to prevent the damage. Straightening sprays that have heat protectant in them, so your hair and ends won’t break as easily. Below are a few products I would recommend, that I have loved:
5. Leave-In Conditioners = A MUST
I know what you’re probably thinking… I already use conditioner in the shower so lyke Y do I need to use a leave-in product when I get out? These products help replenish your hair of the moisture you loose when you towel off (absurd I know) but also help with detangling so you don’t pull out a ton of hair when brushing. These two below I will NOT leave the house without:
HOPE YOU ENJOYED! Feel free to comment or DM me on my socials if you have any questions! 🙂