Living by the beach, I am constantly sweaty (from working out) or drenched from head to toe in salt water; this can do a number on ones hair. I use to be the kind of girl that would just throw my hair up in a top knot and not do anything to it. I mean, no cuts, no color, no TLC..period. It wasn’t until recent, that I decided to be a grown up, throw my tomb boy shorts out (temporarily of course), put my girly-girl skirt on, and decide to schedule regular haircuts to get rid of the straggly ends, fix the layers, and arrange the occasional highlight to update my look. Taking care of your locks, I realized goes way beyond your scheduled visits with your therapist, I mean hair stylist. It’s what you do in-between appointments that really matters.
I began to research some different hair products and remedies that would take care of my mane concerns:
- Protection from heat (both styling and sun)
- Hair growth
Here’s what I came up with…
Throw Away Your Shampoo
That’s right, stop shampooing your hair. The sudsy stuff is terrible for your hair and scalp, stripping all of its natural oils, causing your hair and scalp to overproduce these oils in order to make up for what it has lost. Those of you with dandruff, super oily hair, dry/brittle hair, hair that won’t stop falling out, and/or frizzy hair… take notes. Replace your shampoo (and conditioner) with a co-wash or cleansing conditioner. You will notice when you are massaging this treatment into your scalp and hair, it won’t get sudsy; this is a good sign. The sudsy-ness is tricking you. It is full of chemicals, stripping your hair, making you feel like you are in an Herbal Essence commercial (oooooh! aaaaaah! yes! YES!).
My picks for a co-wash/cleansing conditioner:
Wen – Yes, I jumped on the band wagon. I tried it, and now I can’t go without it. this cleansing conditioner has made my hair stronger, less strands show up in my tub, it’s shiny, soft, touchable, and is getting its bounce back. I pump 4 pumps in my hand and massage it into my scalp first. As I rinse I, continue massaging until it is all rinsed out. Then I pump 4 more pumps and massage from the middle of my strands to the ends and leave in while I finish my shower.
Ojon Rare Blend Moisture-Rich Cleansing Conditioner – This was the first cleansing conditioner I tried, and what got me to throw away my shampoo. Again, this does not lather when you apply it to your hair, but a little goes a long way. Massage into your scalp, and work through to your ends. Leave-in while you finish showering, and rinse out thoroughly.
Filter Your Shower
Go to Home Depot and get a shower water filter. You have no idea how much gunk is in our shower water, especially if you are living in Southern California. You will see a huge difference in your hair AND your skin.
When it comes to natural beauty, I am all in. They are inexpensive and are, in most cases, better for you. I always keep a jar of Organic Coconut Oil and a bottle of Castor Oil in my beauty cabinet.
Coconut Oil Hair Treatment:
Coconut oil is one of the best ways to provide nutrients for you hair. The Medium Chain Fatty Acids penetrate your hair strands, providing a deep conditioner full of protein, eliminating dandruff, and aiding in regrowth.
Simply Naked- Apply the coconut oil by itself and let sit on your hair for 30 minutes.
- Add Rosemary oil to your scalp with the coconut oil to stimulate hair growth
- Add Lavender oil for a calming hair mask
Simply Sweet- Mix coconut oil in with 2 tablespoons of honey for a rich moisture repair hair mask
- Add in 2 teaspoons of olive oil and half of an avocado for an extra moisture rich hair mask
Castor Oil Hair Treatment:
Castor Oil is full of vitamin E, triglycerides, and proteins, just like coconut oil. It has been proven, as a natural remedy, to grow stronger, longer, and thicker hair, treat split ends and dandruff, moisturize your scalp, and add shine when used as a hair treatment regularly. Why not give it a go?
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Product
I got the It’s A 10 Miracle Leave In Product as a free sample from Ulta, and thank god I did. Now I am addicted to the stuff. After you get out of the shower, spritz a couple sprays all over hair and comb through. This leave in conditioner repairs dry, damaged hair, adds shine, detangles, controls frizz, seals and protects hair color, prevents split ends, stops hair breakage, creates silkiness, enhances natural body, and provides flat iron and thermal protection. My favorite part is that it is so light, you hardly know theres anything in your hair. It’s your one stop shop to all over hair goodness!
Ojon Rare Blend Oil- Oil Total Hair Therapy
I started using this hair oil a couple of years ago, and I love how dynamic, potent, and simple it is. Ojon gathered oils with “great healing powers” from Tahiti to Central America to create this amazing concoction. You only need a small drop of this liquid to provide nourishing benefits to your tresses. It protects, repairs and transforms dull, dry, or damaged hair. It gives your hair a healthy glow, making it look glossier (without being greasy), shinier, softer, silkier and more luxurious! Remember a little goes a long way- this little bottle will last you a long time!
Lush Roots Hair Treatment
If you aren’t in to making your own hair masks, or are in a hurry, Lush’s 10 minute hair and scalp treatment will do the trick. It’s for my fine, thin hair friends, that need a quick pick-me-up. Apply this hair and scalp treatment to dry hair before you shower. You will feel a cool, refreshing sensation, stimulating your scalp and working its way through your hair strands. They use mint infusions to promote hair growth, and extra virgin olive oil and honey to condition and give it shine without weighing it down. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse out. You will immediately see and feel the difference!
Some other tricks of the trade…
Braid Your Hair- Start experimenting with different braiding styles, especially if you are trying to do less heat styling to your hair. It’s a fun and easy way to change your look, and gives you the best hair the day after.
Put your hair in a loose low bun while you sleep- this is especially good for the girls (like me) that are always running late. When you wake up you will have large, rolling curls ready for the work day. The bun will protect your hair from all the movement your head does on your pillow. Hair will be less frizzy and ready for the day.
Put coconut oil on your hair while you work out- at least on your ends. This is a great time to do this, because you will be showering after anyways, and the oil will have plenty of time to seep in.
Ask your stylist to use Olaplaex in your hair color when you go to get it done- This has changed my life. I no longer have breakage and damage from color treatment. If you like to be blonde, I highly recommend giving this stuff a shot!
Don’t blow dry your hair everyday- your hair needs a break, pick a couple days out of the week to go au natural, or to put your hair in a top knot. Your hair will thank you.