09 Mar How I got healthy-looking hair
Lately, I have had a lot of questions about my haircare routine and how I have managed to get my hair looking so healthy. I can’t say that it’s been an overnight trick, secret, or magical product, but rather a change in habits over the last year or two which have resulted in longer and fuller hair. So, to answer your questions, I am sharing everything I have done with my hair.
I wash my hair less often
I used to wash my hair daily – every. single. day – and by midday, it’d be oily and gross. Of course, when I became a mom it was hard to maintain this routine, so I kept my hair in a bun and trained my hair so that it would only need to be washed once a week – or every 10 days. This seems a little bizarre, I know! But your hair actually needs oil and every time you wash it, you are stripping it from oils, so it produces MORE oil to protect your scalp! The first month was a greasy mess – I went from washing every day to every second or third day and then from there, I would add a day or two in between. Slowly, over time, I could go longer and longer without needing to wash my hair and now I can go 10 days between washes but usually cap it at 7 days for my own peace of mind.
Use sulphate free products
A big change that I have made is, choosing hair products that are free from any nasty stuff, mainly sulfates. I personally get the best results from Noughty Haircare and Marc Anthony Haircare. With their products, I find that my hair feels clean. I know that you’re thinking, “Duh Megan, all shampoos do that!” But that’s not really the case! With a lot of products, my hair feels sleek and almost too soft like I can’t even tie it up. I find that these products are usually packed with silicones and sulfates which leads to product build up and the feeling of “heavy” hair. Since choosing products that are free from nasties, I find that my hair feels lighter and healthier and surprisingly, have also noticed a huge difference to my skin which was prone to breakouts on my back and hairline.
Use a hair-oil
After every wash, I detangle any knots by brushing through my hair and then applying Dove’s Hair Oil to my damp hair. I am not kidding when I say that I have a bottle of their oil that has lasted 2 years and probably has another year in it! I use such a little (1-2 pumps) and work it through the ends of my hair. At first, I thought that there was no way that such a little bit of product could really make a difference, but it does! It makes my hair so much more manageable and leaves locks looking glossy without feeling oily and weighed down.
Minimal Heat Styling
I used to straighten my hair every time I washed it, but over the last year, I have really started to embrace my natural waves and prefer to towel dry my hair and keep heat styling to the minimal. To be honest, once I had started using the right products on my hair, I no longer needed to style it. There are still occasions when I’ll curl or straighten my hair but for the most part, it’s just natural and I am loving it!
Heat Protectant Spray when Styling
For those times that I do straighten or curl my hair, I have made it a point to use a heat protectant spray. I don’t use a hairspray or holding mousse as I still try sticking to my weekly wash routine and find that by using too many products, I am bound to create a build-up, but that heat protectant doesn’t leave an awful residue and my hair still feels soft and healthy.
Using Herbatint to Dye my Hair
For the last 5 years, I have replaced my usual box-dye routine with henna, and most recently tried Herbatint. Box-dyes are packed with harsh chemicals like ammonia which can result in allergic reactions. I really don’t like risking it and prefer using something gentle that won’t leave my hair feeling dried out, so opted for henna which is a natural-clay that stains the hair. Henna is dirt cheap (R5-R10/packet) and leaves my hair looking vibrant but it can be quite messy, so I was interested to try the herbal permanent hair-dye called Herbatint, which really impressed me! The gel-like dye applies easily to hair, has no harsh scents or fragrances, contains 8 different organic herbal extracts including Aloe Vera and is available in 36 colour shades. Herbatint is also cruelty-free and vegan.
Herbatint retains for R199.95 and is available from Wellness Warehouse.
I don’t cut my hair often
This isn’t really a choice but more about #momlife, and not having the time to go to the salon. I usually go about once a year to have my hair trimmed which is more than enough for me, and because I am not using products that damage my hair, the hairdresser always comments how I don’t have much to trim off. It is said that the more you trim your hair, the faster it’ll grow but I can’t say that applies to me!
And that rounds up my current haircare habits and how I have gotten my hair to look healthy, full, and vibrant. What are your haircare secrets?