Start Treating Your Hair Better
I have probably dyed my hair every colour you can imagine... so my hair hasn't been the "healthiest" for quite some time now. Having such dry and damaged made it difficult to style it the way I wanted. Here are some tips for restoring your hair to health and keeping it healthy once you get there.
Shampoo & Conditioner
You might think all shampoo and conditioner is the same and how you apply is doesn't matter, but you would be mis informed. When using your shampoo, focus on the scalp rather than the ends of the hair. In contrast, when using your conditioner, focus on the lower parts and tips of the hair. As far as what the best brand to use is, it can depend on your hair type. If you have dry or frizzy hair such as myself, avoid brands with sulfate. Don't get me wrong sulfates do a great job at removing dead skin and grime off of your scalp but they also can remove natural oils that your hair needs to stay hydrated. I also suggest a brand with natural ingredients such as argan oil or tee tree oil.
Hot or Cold
This is a very good question! Should you be washing your hair in cold or hot water? The answer is both, now before I confuse you let me explain. Hot water should be used initially because it actually helps open up those pores on you scalp and lets the shampoo get in there and do its job. The cold water comes into play when it is time to rinse out your conditioner, let the cold water help re close those pores.
When it comes to brushing hair people usually start from the scalp, however you should actually start from the bottom and work your way up. This technique causes less stress on the scalp and helps prevent more breakage. I will also add that I personally like to use a soft brush, it's more gentle on the scalp and pulls less on tangled areas.
STOP USING BOX DYES! I cannot stress this enough. I am someone who was guilty of using box dyes until I realized just how bad they really are. Yes, I understand salons can charge and arm and a leg for hair colouring services but a $13 dollar hair dye kit from your local grocery store isn't your only other option. Do some research and find a beauty supply store that sells salon grade hair dyes (they can be confusing because you will have to buy the colour and the mixing agent separate but the workers are usually really helpful).
There are lots of other things you can do to help your hair get back to being healthy but we will touch on those in future blogs (ie. rice water), so stay tuned! Don't forget to check out my instagram @lifewith.adi for updates