“What do you do with your hair?” is one of the most repeated questions I get. Women ask me how do I make it so “full and shiny.” Firstly, I would say that genetics definitely come into play with my hair being so accommodating. But I gladly tell them anyways, and then they are very shocked to hear how simple my routine is. That’s the beauty of it though. The less steps the better.
I will say for starters that I have virgin hair, meaning it’s never been dyed before. I also do not regularly use a straightener or curling iron. However, I will usually blow dry my hair. I get my haircut about three times a year to maintain its shape.
If your hair has been dyed before or has been damaged through constant heat, it will take some time for the new hair to grow and replace the damaged parts. That will just take a little patience. But in the meantime, this is what I do to take care of my hair.
1. Wash Every Other Day
I cannot stress this enough. It’s actually not good to wash your hair everyday. For the most part, I will even tell this to a person who has naturally more greasy hair. I think that our hair will balance itself and learn to adjust to a every other day washing. Personally, I will even push it to 3 days sometimes instead of the 2. When you over wash your hair, you strip your hair of the natural oils in it which keep it moisturized. At least every other day is a must.
2. Add Tea Tree Oil When Washing
Tea tree oil is a powerhouse. It’s what makes my hair shiny and super clean. It is antifungal, which means that it prevents lice or dandruff and balances out the “problems” in your hair. Funny enough, it also can moisturize your hair because it prevents excess oil buildup on the scalp. It also helps your hair grow and become thicker by improving the health of your scalp. All you need is a few drops in your shampoo.
3. Use a leave-in conditioner
A leave-in conditioner is the perfect product to “top it all off.” This helps with frizz and to have less hair breakage when brushing. There are quite a few out there, but the important thing is to make sure it has some vitamins and natural ingredients to assist with your hair. Some good ingredients include olive oil or honey. It depends on what your skin and hair can take. I like using a leave-in that uses mostly natural and moisturizing ingredients. This usually includes a set of vitamins and oils.
4. Brush from tips to the roots
When I grew up, I kept brushing my hair the wrong way. I kept brushing from the root to the tip. But to have less tugging and pulling, you have to start from the tip to the root. This helps decrease shedding. It can be a little more time-consuming, but it’s worth it. Especially as you get older, you lose more hair, so you must be kind to it. It's also good to have some boar bristles in your brush. You can use a pure boar bristle brush or a mixed-bristle brush that contains nylon and boar bristles.
5. Take your beauty multivitamin
I’d suggest taking a multivitamin as a woman. It is really important to make sure you get the additional minerals that your body needs, just in case you don’t get some of them through your food. Your food should be your main form of nutrition, but this is a nice extra. It’s important to make sure that the multivitamin has all the basics, but also good dose of biotin and Vitamin E. I prefer my multivitamin in gummy form.
Be sure to research more into these different aspects of good hair maintenance, because it can be different for you. Everyone’s hair is truly case by case, but I would say this is a good starting point.