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I often get complimented on my hair both here on the blog and on Instagram. I’ve actually had a long, rough journey with my hair, so the kind words are extra special when I hear (/read) them. Throughout my 28 years, I have learned a lot about my hair, how to manage it, and how to keep it healthy. My hair is naturally curly, so it takes a lot of work–and a lot of heat–to get it to look how I want. It’s kind of a catch 22. If I want my hair to be styled nicely, I have to damage it with heat. But if I want it to look healthy, I have to avoid heat damage. It’s not fair! But there are a few tricks I’ve learned to ensure healthy hair that actually looks good.
Change Shampoos Often
One thing I’ve noticed is that the first bottle of shampoo and conditioner work great, but after a while, my hair seems to become immune to the silky smooth results. Because of this, I switch my shampoo brand after every bottle. I usually alternate the types of shampoos I use as well. So one month I’ll use a smoothing formula and the next month I’ll use a strengthening shampoo.
Use a Recovery System
I’m currently using Infusium 23 Color Defender Collection and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten my hair colored, but the damage exists nonetheless. This collection blends Infusium 23’s scientifically formulated i-23 complex® with naturally derived Macadamia Oil to repair damage, restore moisture and restructure for beautifully healthier, vibrant hair. Macadamia Oil has the highest Omega-7 content of all nut oils for natural nourishment and superior moisture without greasy build up, so I’m able to treat my hair and still avoid washing it too often. Totally a win in my book! In addition to the deliciously fragrant shampoo & conditioner, the collection also includes a dry shampoo and a leave-in treatment, which is an essential to any good hair recovery system.
I’ve used the shampoo, conditioner & leave-in treatment regularly for the past month or so and I’ve noticed my hair feels stronger, is shedding less and is more vibrant. Sometimes when I use a new shampoo, my hair rejects it and is still oily after. That is not the case with Infusium 23. I also think winter is the perfect time to use a recovery system since the cold air can be so harsh. I’ve been able to avoid that dry, brittle winter hair thanks to Infusium 23!
Limit Heat Damage (& Washing!)
On average, I only blow dry and style my hair once per week. Sometimes it’s none and it’s rarely two. On the days where I wash my hair and don’t use heat to style it, I just let it dry naturally and go curly! If you don’t love the way your hair dries naturally, try twisting it into a low bun while it’s still damp and securing it as it dries (anti-frizz serum is always a good call as well!). Let it down every once in a while to air out, but the end result is usually a wavy, carefree look. Another thing I limit is washing my hair. I try to only wash it twice a week, but in truth it’s probably closer to three on average. I’ll wear my hair down for the first 2 days then on the third day, I’ll put it in a ponytail or bun or throw on a hat.
These simple steps have helped me keep my hair long and healthy. A no-brainer is to get it trimmed regularly, but I have a little trouble keeping up with that. [insert embarrassed emoji] Oops!
How do you keep your hair healthy?
Photos by Courtney Woodham.