Wellness Tips for Healthy, Shiny and Strong Hair
Helllooo my beautiful friend,
Today I am giving you the run down on one of my favorite topics. Well, my favorite topic to talk about is “self-care” and that can be expressed through eating well, taking care of yourself and through your beauty regimine since it makes you feel good. We’re talking about how to get healthy, shiny and strong hair!
I actually get a ton of questions about this through Instagram, email, Snapchat and just in everyday life. Women always want to know what are the best products to use or tips, and some of my most-loved social media posts have been about natural beauty care such as my Avocado Honey Hair Mask.
I will confess that not all of my tips/products are all natural but I have been making a much bigger effort to switch over to natural beauty and home cleaning products. Just last week I shared three recipes for all natural home cleaning products using essential oils!
I have to admit it… my hair has been through A LOT! Heat styling, flat ironing, curling iron, lightening the ends, countless pony tails and headbands, tons and tons of products and more. Since I am constantly learning about how to make things better, over the years I have picked up some tips and tricks and I am excited to share them with you and hope that they help you achieve strong, healthy hair!
Anyway, let’s get to the GOOD STUFF!
Here are my top 9 tips for strong, shiny and healthy hair the “wellness way”:
#1 Eat for strong, healthy hair - look for foods that are naturally high in Omega-3 fatty acids , zinc and biotin such as dark leafy greens, walnuts, cashews, almonds, Chia seeds, wild caught salmon, lentils and black beans. Cage-free organic eggs also provide a good source of biotin, a vitamin of the B complex, that help keep hair healthy, growing and strong.
#2 Hydrate with Coconut Oil – I use coconut oil two ways to treat and condition dry and over processed hair. First, once a week I will slather the bottom 3 inches of my (dry)hair (and a few flyaways my face) with a handful of coconut oil then put my hair in a bun and wait for 20 mins. Then wash out in the shower. You’ll need to wash your hair two times to get excess oil out. Test it out but depending on your hair type and condition you might not need to use a conditioner after the two washes (I do because my hair is fairly thick, colored and heat styled often). Next, I’ll use a small dab of coconut oil on dry ends after styling. Just warm a small amount of oil in your palm, rub hands together and lightly pinch dry ends for instant moisture and shine.
#3 Use a Clarifying Shampoo – I recently learned this trick and it’s made a huge difference to improve my hair texture. If you’re a dry shampoo girl or even any kind of hair product lover, using a clarifying shampoo is a MUST for vibrant hair. I use a lot of products throughout the week and using a clarifying shampoo (like this one) really gives my hair the deep clean I’m after for a completely fresh start with my strands. I no longer have that bulky feeling with my hair since all of the remaining products gets completely cleaned away (when you just use a moisturizing shampoo you’re actually putting product on top of product, make sense?). Since my ends are colored and often heat styled, I’ll follow the clarifying shampoo with a moisturizing shampoo to replenish the shine and strength of my hair.
#4 Get Frequent Trims - Just like exfoliating takes off the dead skin cells to reveal healthier rejuvinated skin, frequent trims (every 6 – 12 weeks) allows your hair to stay healthy and strong by removing dry, brittle and split ends. Split ends often give the appearance of “straw-like” hair and getting regular trims can help stimulate hair growth and keep your ends healthy.
#5 Upgrade Your Products. Look for sulfate-free, paraban-free and silicone-free products. These harsh agents actually strip away strength and add unnecessary chemicals to your hair follicles (which in turn can affect your overall health and hormones – no Bueno!). I haven’t fully replaced everything in my beauty regimen with all natural products but I’ve been on a mission to replace beauty products as much as possible and at the very least strip these major ones from my products. It’s a process!
#6 Cold Water Blast - This one I learned from my hair dresser. After your shampoo and condition right before you’re shower is done, turn the water as cold as possible and blast your hair/scalp for a few seconds under the cold water. This will feel a little crazy to do at first (especially in the colder months) but you will quickly love the feeling. Blasting with cold water stimulates the scalp and closes the hair follicles to help strengthen the hair, stimulate hair growth and creates a beautiful shine once dried.
#7 Supplement with Biotin - A supplement of the B complex that is known to help with the condition of your hair, skin and nails. Many people experience hair and nail growth, so this is great to incorporate if you’re growing out your hair or want to keep it strong.
#8 Trade in Your Brush for a Wide Tooth Comb - years ago I threw out the brush and traded it in for a wet comb. Now this tip will depend on your texture. I keep a wet comb in the shower and lightly comb after I condition and then I have one more in my vanity and comb my hair once when it has hair dried a bit, that’s all. Harshly brushing your hair can damage the texture and create flyaways. If you’re a person who needs to use a brush I’d say this is an area to invest in a professional brush that will cause minimal damage and use a light leave in conditioner to help smooth the process.
#9 Limit Washes to 2-3x a Week - This is where some of my favorite products come in…dry shampoo! If you can, start washing your hair every other day or every third day (or 4th, even better!) if possible . Washing and styling your hair can be damaging, cause breakage and create a brittle-look. A healthy hair trick is to limit the washes if you can. On day two, I’ll spritz some dry shampoo on my roots, blast my hair with the dryer and then add a little argon or coconut oil to the ends and you’re good to go. Day three, you can get creative with a top knot, slicked back pony tail or loose braid. Just make sure when you do shampoo to use a “clarifying shampoo” to get all that product out and give your scalp a good massage in the shower!
Some products I LOVE at the moment…
Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo - Clarifies and Renews
amika Nourishing Mask – paraban-free, silicone-free, sulfate-free
Macadamia Professional™ Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment – use on ends of clean hair to strength and shine
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – great for adding volume on day two hair
amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – spray underneath sections at root then blast hair with a blow dryer to refresh next-day hair
TONI&GUY Prep Heat Protection Mist – spray on dry hair before heat styling to protect from damage