Something people always ask me is how I keep my hair so long. The answers always been pretty simple for me but I guess I never look at it from another side. To me having long hair is just who I am and is something easy to achieve. I mean I’ve debated cutting it a fewww times, but I just don’t think I could do it! I’m attached. But if I did I would cut it like Selene from Underworld because everything about it is flawless!
When I was in my teenage years I would bleach it a lot. Not my whole head but maybe half at a time to get those Manic Panic colours to stay in. Did anyone else go through that faze? I had blue, green, purple, red, pink, blonde.. but eventually all the bleaching became to much to manage so I stopped. I think it was mostly because at that time I was leaving to Australia for 6 months and I didn’t want strangers touching my hair. Or I was just lazy.. Probably the latter!
But here we have the hair I have today! Unbleached, untreated, all natural hair.
These are my simple tricks to keep my hair long and healthy so you too can get the locks you want!
6 Simple Tricks To Keep Your Hair Long And Healthy
1. Say no to bleach
Bleaching is the number one thing that will kill your hair quickly. While professionals do an amazing job your hair will become thinner and eventually break away. You’ll notice your hair never really seems to “grow” when you bleach your hair.
2. Stay natural
For the life of me I can’t figure out how to use a curling iron. I have tried a thousand times and my brain can just not comprehend what is happening. So I just leave it alone. But you know what? That has worked to my advantage! It’s not good for your delicate hair to be constantly attacked my heat. I mean curling irons go to the same temperature as the oven does when we bake cookies. That’s nuts!
I also don’t like blow dying my hair because it gives me split ends, drys it out and makes my hair frizzy. I can almost feel my hair being sad whenever it comes in contact with a blowdryer. What I like to do is shower before bed, split your damp hair into two sides, do the twist (split your half into two, and then twist them around each other), and then let it dry overnight in Princess Leia buns! By morning you’ll have unheated, all day staying curls that are just as good as heated curls!
If you’re going to be using heat on your hair in any way make sure you use a heat protecting spray. It’s a lot harder to fix damaged hair than it is to prevent it.
3. Shower editate
Coming from the land of -40 and snow I know how tempting a nice hot shower is. But as I mentioned before heat is harmful to your hair so warm showers are best in order to keep your hair, and your skin, from dying out.
When I use conditioner I like to leave it in my hair while I wash my face, body, shave my legs, and all that other stuff before I rinse off my conditioner. A tip I learned is to not put the conditioner on your roots because that is where you are naturally more oily. Putting conditioner by your roots with leave your hair oiler quicker.
For conditioner I honestly just use Pantene
When you shampoo don’t rub it throughout your hair. Only target your scalp with shampoo because as you rinse the shampoo that is being washed out is enough to clean your hair! This is less harsh for your hair because you are cleaning it – not stripping it of its natural oils, etc. Do not get a moisturizing shampoo! Your hair will be greasy. Conditioners job is to moisturize!
I love Philosophy’s shampoos because they smell amazing and can be used as shower gels and bubble bath! Yessssss
4. Hair treatments
I have only started doing hair treatments but I love them. They leave my hair feeling soft and refreshed like a face mask would! I like to use oils like macadamia nut, aragon and coconut oil because they leave my hair feeling extra soft and hydrated. Like your skin, moisture is the most important thing to keep your hair from splitting and looking damaged.
5. Get it cut
If your hair is damaged I am sorry but it’s not going to “heal” itself. Products are a band-aide to help make your hair look like it’s healthy but if you have split ends you’re going to need to cut them off. You can’t bring hair back to life since hair is technically dead.. So all that marketing stuff saying “bring your hair back to life!” just means were gonna put lots of oils on it so it sticks together and looks alive again.
I know from experience that cutting damaged hair is hard because you want to keep your length but you’re hairs just going to plateau because it will break as it grows.
6. Plant-based diet
You need a healthy diet of plant based vegetables and proteins to help keep your hair strong and healthy. I have been a vegetarian for 10 years and I don’t eat dairy (only when abroad) and I truly believe a plant based diet is what keeps my skin clear and my hair healthy. My hair is naturally shiny, strong, and soft. It has no trouble growing and seldom feels dry. Make sure you are eating a well balanced diet so your not lacking any nutrients and pay a little more attention to what you’re putting into your body. Trust me – once you start a plant-based diet you will see – and feel – the difference!
Blueberries, walnuts, spinach, dark chocolate and sweet potatoes are all hair happy foods!
What are some tricks you use to keep your hair healthy? Do any of you use hair masks I’m looking to try out some new ones!? Let me know in the comments <3
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