My hair gets hopelessly dry and at this time of year I just despair. I can't make it look right EVER, the ends are literally the frizziest things in the whole wide world and it's made worse by the fact that I never have a flipping clue what I should be doing to make it better. I had never learned how to blow dry my hair (I would literally just hold my hairdryer near my head), I never put in any products and I wasn't entirely sure what a split end was let alone how to fix it. But ENOUGH. I've decided that it's time to take better care of my hair and am taking it on as a personal mission. I have started with a bit of shopping and have been using the things listed below for the last two weeks and, IT'S WORKING.
Listed below are the tips and tricks that I have learned and some of the products that I recommend. Anything else that I learn along the way, you will be the first to know. Oh, and also, I'm going to start doing homemade hair-masks too and I will review them as I go! But in the meantime...
1) Get the right hairbrush.
There is a reason that everybody is talking about Tangle Teezers right now, they're SO good. I hadn't used one before and was guilty of ripping my hair out every day with a huge 'normal' hairbrush. My hair was coming out in clumps and it was making it SO frizzy. It was only when I borrowed a friend's Tangle Teezer that I realised that my life could be different, I DIDN'T need to rip my hair out once a day.
The other brush that I have just discovered the importance of is a round brush for drying my hair. There are a couple of reasons for this. a) If you are using a paddle brush when your hair is wet and at it's most fragile, you're asking for trouble and it will break and snap and basically die. b) If you can style your hair whilst you are blowdrying it then you no longer need to straighten it (this changed my life) and hey presto, your hair has only been exposed to half the heat.
Basically soft brushes are the answer, ones that won't rip your hair out or make you look like the Queen of frizz.
2) Change your shampoo and conditioner regularly.
This is to do with the balance of your hair, if you use the same ones time and time again, your hair will suffer. Since discovering this I have started to mix it up a LOT and have seen some good results. I've also seen some bad ones though because, as with most things, different things work for different people. I would suggest trying some depending on your hair type. The ones that have worked for me though, with my wavy/curly/dry hair is Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo & Conditioner, TRESEemme 7 Day Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner and John Freida Frizz Ease Shampoo & Conditioner. I replace them when I remember and if I have more than one brand in the shower will switch every time I wash my hair.
Think about it like this: you wouldn't want to eat the same thing every day, so why would your hair?
3) Find yourself a hair mask
There are LOTS of treatments out there and as far as I can work out they are all used in slightly different ways. I haven't tried enough to comment on ALL THE HAIR MASKS but I was recommended one by my hairdresser that I absolutely love and want to recommend to you. It helps your hair to grow AND conditions it so well. It's by Phillip Kingsley called the Elasticizer, both my sister and I use it religiously. There are hundreds out there and I would definitely recommend getting into the habit of using at least one.
4) Protect your hair from heat
I'd always thought that 'heat defence' bottles were just full of water and something that hairdressers put a fancy label on to fleece us, but I've had a total 180 and now swear by it. Again I'm a Phillip Kingsley gal for this (it smells SO good) but I know TRESemme do one that is cheaper and that is available everywhere and that smells good too!
5) Find an oil or leave in conditioner.
I've got two to recommend here, both do different things. So I've got very frizzy, dry hair, hence the post, and have recently appreciated how useful these are. I love this one by Kerastase, you are put it on to damp hair and then activate it with the heat from your hairdryer, it's great and a little does go a long way. There are again, SO many of these on the market and I don't think any two of my friends use the same one, and loads of them have really great hair so I guess most of them work pretty well! The best thing you can do is get trying...
6) Brush your hair BEFORE you shower
I touched on this above but if you brush your hair when it is wet, you are yanking it all out and attacking it when it is at it's most sensitive. You are much better off brushing it (gently) before your shower so that when you come out of the shower it feels so much softer. I don't know the science of it but I know it's better for you.
7) Throw away all of your elastic hairbands.
I'm serious. These things literally rip out of your hair and I hate them. You need scrunchies. We all need scrunchies. They are so much softer and less damaging and I noticed a difference really quickly.
8) Watch how you hold your handbag
The hair on the right side of my head is much more broken that that on my left. As a result it is shorter on that side and my hairdresser was so confused for ages. In the end we worked out that I carry my bag on the right side and it has been pulling out my hair. It's still more damaged on that side but I am working hard to concentrate on that and have noticed a difference! (It's the same story with seat belts!)
9) Get it cut regularly
I know you hear this ALL the time and it seems SO counterintuitive and annoying but I have to admit, since I started to do this my hair looks so much thicker and healthier. You won't even notice 1/2 an inch every six weeks or so I promise.
10) Don't wash your hair every day!
Sometimes it's necessary, I get that, but if you can help it try not to do this. It strips your hair of all the right oils. Let it get a bit grubby first, much more satisfying that way anyway!