Updated January 7, 2019
We constantly go through a lot of changes that may negatively affect our hair. Hormonal shifts (having kids will do a number on your hair), environmental factors (pollution and dry or humid climates), and how we treat our hair. Coloring, heat styling, and more can all affect our hair’s health.
When I found myself in my mid-thirties, my hair was feeling pretty dry and lifeless. It’s particularly frustrating having fine hair that is also damaged. Since then, I’ve tried a number of things to train my hair to have a strong, healthy look to it. I’ve found a few things that really work!
How to Train Your Hair to be Healthy Looking
Switch to Cold Pressed Hair Care Products
This is the first thing I did when trying to hydrate my dry and lifeless hair. I’ve recently switched my shampoo and conditioner to Nature Box™ Coconut Oil Shampoo and Coconut Oil Conditioner and couldn’t be more happy. These products are formulated with 100% cold pressed oil, which preserves the natural colors and fragrances to moisturize and nourish (learn more by clicking here). Cold pressing also ensures that all nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins are retained. These Nature Box™ beauty products are formulated without sulfates, silicones, parabens, or artificial colorants. They ensure intense hydration without any harsh chemicals that will strip the hair. My hair feels so soft, hydrated, and shiny after just one use.
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Take it Easy on the Dry Shampoo
I do like a good dry shampoo to space out days between hair washing, but sometimes the product will leave an unwanted build-up in my scalp. It can also dry my hair out, which can be frustrating. I recommend using dry shampoo very sparingly and only on the parts of your hair that need it the most. Only stick to the root of your hair to avoid drying out your ends.
You won’t believe how much of a difference air drying your hair makes. For me, it’s an immediate way to see a difference in moisture retention. The constant heat and stress of the hair dryer damages and dries out hair. A great blow-out is totally worth doing from time to time, but try air drying your hair the majority of the time you wash. Thank me later!
Limit Heat Styling
On that note, try to avoid those flat irons, curling wands, and curling irons as much as you can. When you’re dedicated to hydrating your hair, take some time off from those styling tools you love the most. If you just can’t quit it, use them sparingly and choose styles that can last. For example, I like to curl my hair into tight curls and then the next day they will fall and be a little bit more like beachy waves. I like getting as much mileage as I can when I heat style.
Choose Low Maintenance Color
I am not a natural blonde, so regular visits to my salon are a must. But when I say regular, I mean I only go 2-3 times a year for color. Getting a “rooty” blonde look is not only on-trend, but it is less damaging to the hair. Salon visits can get expensive and cause damage to the hair. Next time you’re at the salon, ask for a “rooty” look to your color so that it can grow out and you don’t have obvious lines of growth. I will also sometimes ask for baby highlights underneath the crown of my head so that my part line doesn’t have obvious growth. Cooling it on the hair color has made a huge difference!
What has made the biggest difference in making your hair more healthy looking? I’d love to know!