I’ve been growing my hair since I’ve been about ten years old, so considering I’m now twenty one you’d think I’d have lovely, long, Rapunzel-esque hair. Well, no such luck. Daily heat, frequent highlights and constant rough brushing have caused my hair to break as soon as it touched my shoulders. Not only that, but it lacked the gorgeous, natural gloss of healthy hair. When my tresses started to resemble actual rats tails, I decided it was time to rethink my hair care routine, so after doing some research, I put in place the following measures to restore my hair to its former glory.
Sink back the pints– (Of water). Drinking loads of water initially seemed like a huge chore but I got used to it pretty quickly. It makes sense though. If you’re putting goodness into your body then it’s going to show on the outside- hopefully in the form of stunning, shiny locks. Plus the added beauty benefits are endless.
Cutting out heat– Out of all the things I tried to change about my hair routine, this was by far the most difficult. The natural texture of my hair is monstrous. Truly hideous. Frizzy, poofy and constantly tangled. I won’t lie, I haven’t completely ditched the straighteners, but I’ve definitely cut down- and my hair has thanked me for it. Pinterest ‘no-heat styles’ is a life saver.
‘Faux Blow-dry’– Wrap hair in doughnut bun maker. Leave for a few hours. Voilà. A bouncy, smooth, no-heat ‘blow-dry.’ Set with hairspray and off you go. Saves serious time and prevents serious damage.
Going easy on the highlights– A year ago I was going to my hairdressers every three months to get my roots bleached a brassy blonde. Now, I prefer Balayage, a French highlighting technique that’s not as harsh on the hair and isn’t as high maintenance. It’s also a lot more modern and fashionable. This alone has improved my hair texture significantly. It’s smoother and sleeker with the colours themselves being softer and more natural.
Careful brushing– Previously I’d have got out of the shower and torn through my hair with a hair brush- a big no no. Now, I religiously use a wide tooth comb in the shower, starting from the ends and gently working my way up. When my hair is dry, I do the same with a tangle teezer. Using the proper tools is vital.
As well as adhering to the previous steps, I’ve found that several ‘wonder products’ have improved the condition of my hair massively…
Despite only starting to take these steps about a year ago, I believe I’ve seen drastic results. My hair is finally longer, thicker and shinier and I haven’t had to cut it as much, due to it’s improved condition. I’m interested to see how it continues to grow over the coming year as I continue to treat it with care. I’m not quite at the Olivia Palermo stage of glossy, bouncy, perfection…but I’ll keep trying!