How to Get Healthier Hair
1. Cut down on bleach or dying your hair.
One surefire way to get healthier hair fast is to stop dying it. Bleach and hair dye strip your hair. Those intense chemicals are damaging. One way to cut down on how often you dye your hair is by going ombre. Ombre hair will allow you to embrace your roots and skip a few of those hair dye sessions.
2. Put down the heat tools.
We all already know this hair tip, but it is a hard one to follow! Find heatless styling tutorials and use them to style your hair rather than using heat tools. Get started with my heatless curls tutorial!
3. Deep condition your hair once weekly.
Nothing will help you get healthier hair faster than a good deep conditioning treatment. If your hair is dry and damaged, try to maintain a deep conditioning routine to help improve the look and feel of your hair. I have found keeping up this “TLC retreat” treatment weekly has helped my hair become more manageable, less knotted and healthier.
4. Lose the harsh shampoo.
Very sudsy shampoos dry out your hair and can damage it if you have fragile or compromised hair. Instead, try a gentle sulfate-free shampoo. Gentle shampoos will clean your strands without the damaging drying effect of sudsy shampoos.
5. Try a slicked-back bun or ponytail.
I often wear my hair in a low-slicked-back bun, and I cannot even begin to tell you just how much it has helped to improve the condition of my hair. Aside from it being a great way to skip heat styling for a few days, I also find it a great way to wear a conditioning treatment. Yes, you read that right. – I often will put a conditioning or oil treatment in my hair before pulling my hair into a bun for the day, and rinse it out at the end of the day.
6. Air dry your hair.
Whenever you can, let your hair air dry or allow it to dry almost entirely (around 80%) and then use your blow dryer on warm heat rather than hot.
7. Say goodbye to split ends
If you have split ends the best way to get rid of them is to chop them off. If you’re trying to grow out your hair, it may sound counterproductive to get your hair trimmed but actually, it’ll help prevent your hair from becoming fragile and damaged so that it can actually grow longer rather than breaking off. I trim my own hair but if you’re nervous to do that yourself then just schedule an appointment with your hairdresser.
8. Use a hot oil treatment after dying your hair
When you’re dying your hair, especially lightening it, you’re putting it through a damaging process and afterwards, you should give it a little extra care. Typically when you go into the salon your hair will be dyed, dried and styled so when it comes around to the day when you need to wash it, try using a hot oil treatment on it.
Oiling your hair is basically the same as deep conditioning your hair but it’s a bit more intensive; you want to allow the oil to sit in your hair for as long as possible to really condition and strengthen your hair, I like to leave it in for about an hour, or sometimes even overnight. My personal favourite treatment is this coconut oil + peppermint mixture that promotes growth & health. *You may need to wash your hair twice with shampoo to get all the oil out afterwards**
9. Use a leave-in treatment.
A leave-in hair treatment is something apply to your hair once you’re out of the shower to reduce tangles and make your hair more manageable. I use a leave-in treatment each and every time I wash my hair because my hair tangles quite easily.
10. Invest in a good serum.
If you feel your hair looks a bit dull or feels a bit dry after washing, drying, and styling your hair then you’ll want to add a hair serum to your hair care routine. A hair serum is something I use after styling my hair, and before bed when I am braiding my hair or using a heatless hair styling method.