I'm a big fan of silky, shiny locks you can run your fingers through. I do not tease my hair EVER, and I'm religious about my hair routine. I steer clear of scissors as much as I can, and I only trust my mom to come near me with a pair. You could say I'm an obsessive compulsive hair freak who treasures her hair like it's made of gold.
But I haven't always taken good care of my locks. Two years ago I tried the awful ombré trend that EVERYONE fell into, and my hair really suffered. My ends were fried from the bleach and repeated use of heating tools. I quickly went back to my solid, rich brown, but it took a while for my hair to grow out enough so that I could cut off the dead ends. Then I had to wait for it to grow back to my pre-ombré length.
I'm incredibly impatient, but thankfully these four hair commandments (yes, commandments) healed my hair the right way so that it grew quickly and stayed healthy. Clearly I'm not a hair professional, however this routine worked for me and I still follow it.
1) Coconut Oil.
I can't express enough how much I love coconut oil. Really. It does everything. I soak my hair in it once a week for about 30 minutes. It's also great to do after a super sweaty workout. Just wet your hair, ring out the excess water, and saturate it with coconut oil. Twist your hair up into a topknot and let it sit. Then wash your hair as usual. One wash should remove all of the oil, just make sure to get the soap all up in there and rinse well.
2) Always, always, always wash your hair with cold water.
I've been doing this since I was 12, and it seriously works. Hot water dries out your hair - and your skin - which is why you have to add so much conditioner to be able to comb through it. Cold water doesn't sap the moisture from your hair and makes it shine like satin.
Stepping into a cold shower can be a little jarring, so turn it on warm to heat up the bathroom before you get in. After you've gotten in the shower and before you've ducked your head under the water, slowly turn down the temp. This allows your body to adjust to the cool water.
I take a biotin supplement every single day. It promotes hair (and nail) growth, and is good for your skin too. It takes about a month of taking a daily supplement for it start working, so stick with it. After two months you'll be pleasantly surprised by how much your hair has grown and how strong your nails have become.
Warning: You will have to cut your nails more often, and your roots will appear much sooner than normal.
4) Skip the daily wash.
I only wash my hair every three days, even when it's been soaked through with sweat. Frequently washing your hair dries your strands out and thus makes it produce more oil in an attempt to replenish that moisture. Take two weeks off of daily washing and you'll notice you have less oil in your hair. You can hide your dirty hair with clever up-do's or a chic hat (my personal favorite).
5) Avoid heat tools like the plague.
Similarly, do not use heat tools on your hair every day. I like to style my hair because my natural curls be crazy, but I try very hard not to use my straightener/curling iron excessively. I aim for three days between styling to match my washing schedule, with the exception of minor touch ups, and I always let my hair air-dry over night. It makes a world of difference.
I hope these hair commandments work as well for you as they have for me!
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