Hair Care 101

August 01, 2015

Last year I decided to get a LOT of my hair chopped off which was one of the scariest decisions of my life because it was so long, but it was also getting really dry at the ends and I felt like I needed a really good cut as well as also wanting to try out a new style. Having short hair was also a lifesaver when washing and styling because it took me half the time than it does now. I actually can't believe how fast it's grown to the length it is now. I was happy with short hair but I am so much happier having long hair, even if it does take me hours on end to wash, dry and style it. I figured that the reason it's grown so long so fast must be because of something that I've been doing, so I thought I would share some of my tips as well as products that I use if you are having trouble growing out your hair.

1. I never wash my hair too often
This is such a basic and cliché tip but it's honestly so true. I can't think of anything worse than washing my hair every day. Mostly because its so thick and long that it would just take too much time out of my day to get ready. It would literally be time for bed before I finished getting ready for the day. Okay, so maybe I was exaggerating a little, but it still takes me so much time to dry and style it after I wash my hair, which is why I can never be bothered and always let it air dry.

Washing your hair every day also strips away your hairs natural oils which you need to keep your hair looking healthy. I don't have a strict schedule for washing my hair and generally just do it when I feel like it and when it looks like I have no choice but to wash it. I also don't get oily roots easily so I can get away with for a couple of days. However, if you want something to stick to then every other day is perfectly fine. One of my favourite shampoo and conditioner sets are the Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Total Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, but I can always do a separate post on them to avoid this post turning into a little novella.

2. Buy hair products that are formulated and targeted towards YOUR hair type
There wouldn't be different shampoo's and conditioners for people with dry hair, coloured hair and oily hair if they weren't formulated differently to suit each one. They all have different ingredients in order to do exactly what you want your shampoo and conditioner to do. If you have dry hair then there is obviously going to be more moisturising properties in them than those that are targeted towards people with oily hair. People who colour their hair can also suffer from terribly dry hair and are going to need products with richer moisturisers, as well as ones that keep the colour lasting.

3. Keep away from heat as much as possible
I know, I know. As I write this post, I am soon realising that these tips are so generic and you have probably all heard them before, but I swear that they have all helped me and if they work then why not promote them all as best as we can so that we can all have hair like Jennifer Aniston? I try to stay away from my hair dryer as much as possible and always allow my hair to air dry unless I have somewhere to be and need it to be dry as quick as possible, but who am I kidding, it's impossible for me to stay away from my straighteners. Not using my hair dryer all the time is my excuse for using my straighteners pretty much all the time. A hidden extra tip is to make sure that you protect your hair with heat protecting products before you apply heat. It will make all the difference and save your hair in the long run.

4. Take care of those dry ends
The reason for getting trims is to trim off all of those darn split ends which look absolutely awful if you leave it too long. However, if you take care of your hair ends then you won't have to get a trim too often. Remember, your hair grows from the roots, not the hair ends and as healthy as getting your hair trimmed is and I fully recommend it, it still chops off that couple of inches that took you months to grow. Split ends are caused by lack of moisture which have probably been stripped away by heat or hair dyes. So try a deeply moisturising hair mask now and then and make sure to particularly focus it on those ends.

5. Get your 8 glasses a day
Last month I made the decision that I would try to drink 2L of water every single day and you'll be surprised to know that I have reached that goal every single day and come to think of it, I should probably drink some after I've finished this post so that I don't ruin all of my good work. I wouldn't have been able to get as far as I have done without my trusty water app which tracks how much I've drunk and how much I still need to drink before the end of the day. I am now starting to see the results of drinking more water and my hair and nails have never looked healthier. It's encouraged me to keep going with my little water detox and I feel so good for doing it. Download a tracking app and fill up a water bottle because you will not be sorry.

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  1. This was such an informative post. I trained my hair (sounds silly) to be washed every third day a while ago and it made such a difference. Like you my hair is thick and takes forever to dry so that was a bonus too! I'm intrigued by this water app. I never drink enough so think I need to give it a go!

    Beating Around the Blush

    1. Thats such a commitment!! You GO girl!! You should definitely check out some apps that have a water log because it has encouraged me to drink lots more water than I used to. The app that I use is called Waterlogged :) x


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