Last month I wrote about my hair dilemma and I know you’ve all be waiting with baited breath to see how I am getting on in this difficult times! OK so I may be being a tad dramatic but your hair is the crown that you never take off so you need to try and make it as glorious and fantastic as possible! the photo on the left shows my hair after being blow dried today, the photo on the left shows my hair after being blow dried 1 month ago. There is obviously very little difference in the length, but it’s easy to see the difference in volume and texture!
So last month’s test was using the Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight , which felt and smelt lovely! This month I have upped my game! Here’s what I’ve been doing and I think I’ve finally hit on my solution and don’t plan on changing my routine for the foreseeable future. Why not give some of these tips a go yourself:
1. Condition your hair first – This is coco-nuts right?! I certainly thought so until I started seeing results. I was finding that the roots around my hairline, especially near my ears was getting greasy really quickly and for some reason no matter how much I rinsed my hair after conditioning this kept happening. I love dry shampoo and it’s great in those emergencies but I didn’t want to rely on it and it made my hair feel dry and chalky. So I swapped my lathering sequence. I now condition my hair first, I massage it into the lengths of my hair and leave it on whilst I shower, shave and wash and then rinse it off. This leaves my hair feeling silky smooth, I then shampoo around the roots and give me scalp a lovely massage and this helps to get rid of any residue left from the conditioner, and leaves my tresses squeaky clean!
2. Down towel dry too vigorously – Squeeze out the excess water and then wrap your hair in a towel. If you’re lucky to be able to let your hair dry naturally do it, otherwise if you suffer from crazy frizzy life of its own hair like I do, leave it wrapped in the towel as long as you can and then finish it off with the hair dryer.
3. Kebelo Velvet Curls – This is quite possible the best de-frizzing balm I have ever used. My hair is naturally thick and wavy but I tend to blow dry it rather than curl it because at its current length it’s just not looking all that great when it’s wavy! I use a little bit of these curling cream and I smooth it through my hair all the way down to the tips and I comb it through. It smells FANTASTIC! It combines Coconut oil with Chamomile and Organic Quinoa to inspire defined, frizz free curls. With easy ‘apply and go’ application, the deeply nourishing treatment will leave you with stand-out, camera-worthy curls; soft, lightweight and bouncy – It definitely does what it says on the tin
4. Blow dry with a sock – Now it gets a little bit weirder! My Lee Stafford hairdryer came with a sock like diffuser attachment. This has been a life saver. My hair is so thick that I just cannot get it dry by using the cool setting on my hairdryer. But the blasts from the hot setting damages the hair follicles. This amazing little sock device allows me to blow dry my hair using the heat but it isn’t blasting the hair shaft and breaking it! Amazing! up until now I’d noticed that my hair was growing (my dark roots showing were telling me that!) but the ends were getting weak and snapping off so I wasn’t getting the desired length. This is changing now!
5. I blow dry around my hair line and blast into the roots to begin with and then tie it up in sections and blow dry each section at a time.
6. Where possible I tie my hair up. I love having it down but I find I play with it too much and whilst I am so so desperate to get my hair back to its longer length I am doing everything in my power to keep it healthy. So tying it up means that it’s not getting damaged by the pollution and environment so much, I’m not playing with it and making it greasy, which means I am not needing to wash it so much, and that means I don’t need to blow dry it so much! Yay! I bought a load of bandannas in different colours from eBay which means I can make the hairstyle a bit cuter and match it to what I’m wearing 🙂
It would be daft to think that only washing it and using products is saving my hair, it’s really important that you nourish it from the inside out and not just from the outside in! I have been eating lots of healthy foods and taking various supplements to help give my hair the boost that it can’t get from my diet:
1. Simply Supplements – Hair Care Plus – I have been taking these daily for the last month. I take one with every meal and I have noticed a huge difference in my hair quality and strength. The supplements contain Vitamin C and Iron which promotes and healthy scalp and supports circulation to the follicle as well as amino acids which aids against hair loss. My hair is also shining a lot more than it used to so I am confident in saying that it’s having it’s desired effect!
2. Chia Seeds – I am eating lots of chia seeds – I am adding them to anything I can possibly get them in to! They are packed with protein, fibre and omega 3 which is great for hair and skin health.
3. Linwoods Organic Milled Flaxseed, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame Seeds and Goji Berries – this is great for adding to homemade granola bars, breakfast pots, yoghurt, again anything I put chia seeds in I am adding this too. It’s packed with all of the essential nutrients and healthy fats for healthy skin and hair.
4. Omega 3, 6 & 9 supplements – I unfortunately do not like fish. I really want to like it because of the health benefits but I can’t simply cannot stomach it, so I am taking this supplement daily to try and boost my bodies omega levels which it cannot product naturally.
5. Broccoli & carrots – I am getting plenty of vitamins and iron from my veggies (these 2 in particular) again to try and boost my skin and hair these have all of the healthy micronutrients needed to help!
6. Eggs – And finally the other thing I am making a conscious effort to eat more of is eggs. Again these have essential good fats and protein to help promote a healthy body.
Love Roo xx
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