You might be starting to read this blog expecting a list of products…however, I don’t believe that hair care is in itself down to the specific shampoo or conditioner you use. Hair care is about what you do with your hair, and the way in which you do it. And, equally importantly, what you don’t do.
Here is a snappy list of my top tips for keeping your hair healthy, which will help it to grow long and strong (I didn’t mean for that to sound dodgy, but alas..)
- Take note of heat protection. I said I wasn’t going to list products and I’m not, but I can’t stress the importance of a heat protection product enough. Use it before blow drying hair, or using heated styling tools like straighteners or curlers.
- Have small trims. If you’re trying to grow your hair, you might feel like this is step backwards, but it isn’t: split ends are going to keep on splitting, which isn’t good, and a fresh trim really makes your hair look healthier.
- Keep your diet in mind. Drinking lots of water and eating good food really helps your skin and nails, but it also helps your hair!
- Consult a professional. Hairdressers/stylists/colourists know what is best for your hair, and good ones will be reluctant to do things which will damage your hair, but that you might ordinarily do yourself.
- Over-use the heated tools – using heat protetion sprays will help to some extent, but common sense says that using heated tools on your hair every day isn’t a smart move.
- Go crazy on the colour if you want long and healthy-looking hair. Even when I had lots of pink in my hair, I still only had it done every 3 months.
- Opt for hair bobbles/ties with metal fastenings – they can really damage your hair when it is tied up. Lots of brands now do ‘metal-free’ bands, which are much gentler.
- Brush your hair when it is wet with a regular hairbrush. Combs are good, but my favourite thing to use, EVER, is the Tangle Teezer – if you google them, you can buy one online. Using a hairbrush can break your hair when it is wet and at its weakest.
I hope these tips are helpful – share any of your own in the comments below!