There are many reasons why I would have preferred 2020 didn’t happen the way it has thus far, but if I am being really honest…. My hair really needed the break.
For years, and as long as I can remember, my hairs health has suffered. This is really no one’s fault but my own, so I am raising my hand in humility saying, yep.. should have done better!
Here are a few areas I really lacked in… I never used to give my hair breaks from heat, for years I washed my hair everyday using cheap shampoo and conditioner from the grocery store, I never gave my hair conditioning treatments, and I went from blonde to nearly black and back to blonde more times than I can remember!
And I wondered why my hair never wanted to grow?
Up until quarantine happened, I was still putting heat on my hair NEARLY every day. Even if it was just a little touch up. Additionally, I certainly wasn’t doing the regular deep condition treatment!
But when I was forced to stay home, I was “forced” to create new, healthier habits for myself. This took on MANY different forms, but the one that I wanted to talk about today was the intentionality of improving the health of my hair.
I wish I could say my original intentions behind this idea were for the purpose of living out the truth I was preaching as a stylist, but admittedly it began out of sheer laziness and the “no one is going to see me today” attitude.
Now? I don’t mind what my initial intentions were… I am just happy with the results!
One of the biggest habits I have established is only using heat on my hair once every 4 days.
On the days that I wash my hair, I will use heat protectant and then I will dry my hair and style it. That will be the style I try and maintain for 3 days following. Typically, on the last day, my hair will be pulled up.
Now, I understand some of you may be saying “my hair would never hold a style for 4 days!”
Here is where you have to take this concept into your own hands, into your own personal experience, and develop a routine and style that works for you and your hair type.
If you have thin, fine hair and it never wants to hold a curl, can you smooth it out with your flat iron and re-wear straight hair? Maybe every other day you pull it back with a scrunchie and pull some pieces out around your face for added style.
No “one” hair type is the same so I understand I am speaking from my own personal experience, but the truth remains the same that the less heat THE BETTER.
The second habit I formed is using a deep conditioner every other wash. (Recommendations below)
I will let it sit on my hair in the shower for 5-10 minutes while I shave and do other things that need to be done.
Whether you are blonde, brunette, or a natural red head, our hair takes on unique challenges that often result in dryness, brittle strands, and split ends; all of which need hydration and protein.
Especially when our hair is long, we have to give back, fill, and hydrate it if we want healthy and longer hair.
Okay so these two habits are new to me and you may be wondering well…. what really happened to your hair over this long period of time off?
I have felt for the longest time that my hair was stuck at a length that I was just not super excited about.
The last thing I wanted to do was give up my easy routine and spend money on a new product. But let me tell you, quarantine made me do crazyyyy things!
I am so glad I did because now I have learned to work with the hair I have and have learned how worth it it is, to invest in a quality product that fills my hair with all it is lacking.
The best truth is that these two simple habits have given me the results I have been looking for.
Strong, long, healthy hair!
There is always a silver lining isn’t there? You just gotta find it…
Until next time,