Before I get into today’s post, I’d like to take this moment to give thanks to my new and old followers. There’s now at least a 101 of you, and it makes my little heart happy to be writing all these things that I’m into and not feel like I’m shouting into an empty brick wall, LOL. I’m hopeful to grow more audience this year by promising to continue writing pieces that are close to my heart and something I’d like to share with the world. Cheers, and read on! ♥
Like my skincare routine, I’d have to give you a fair warning that I’m no hair expert at all. I’m just one of those girls who have developed their own little routines over the years and have found something that worked for them, and want to share some of them to you.
Believe it or not, I used to hate my hair a LOT. It’s an understatement even to say that I was often teased (usually by my sister, LOL), that it made me take some really bad decisions just so I can sport it the way others do. I’ve never done anything that requires heavily dousing my hair in chemicals, but I’ve done some treatments here and there to temporarily straighten and manage my hair. My verdict? I would probably not do most of them anymore.
Now I absolutely love every inch of my natural hair. I may be wishing for it to be a little bit softer, have lesser damage or lesser hair fall BUT I have taken a lot of loving ways to take care of it so much better than before.
Here are some steps that I took:
- Washing my hair less. I’m 100% sure you’ve heard about this more than once before, but it’s always been recommended not to wash your hair daily or as often because it depletes the hair of its much needed oils. Coming from a tropical/dry country where showering everyday is more of a necessity, it was difficult for me to subscribe to the idea immediately. In the recent years however, I’ve tested it out and discovered that it actually rings true. Washing your hair on the daily makes the hair more brittle and susceptible to damage since we’re exposing it to chemicals everyday, and since it washes away the natural oils of the hair, it also takes out the moisture and nutrients it needs. Nowadays, I only wash my hair at least 3 times a week when it’s absolutely necessary.
- Doing away from doing Hair relaxers/re-bond. Unlike my sister who has stiff straight hair, I have a hard-to-manage frizzy and curly hair growing up. Because of that, I used to always nag to my mom to get my hair straightened out in the salon. Every summer for a couple of years then, I had to scout for the best summer offer for hair relaxers in our salons back home. I later realized how pointless that whole ordeal was, and how it was just an unnecessary expense. Not to mention, it won’t make my hair permanently straight, and straight hair doesn’t look flattering to me, anyway. But the most important reason why I stopped it is because I realized that I’m putting my hair in a lot of stress and possibly even damaging it more by going under these kinds of treatments.
- Giving my hair TLC. In contrast to the second point, going for a hair treatment once in a while is nothing bad. Sometimes the hair does need some extra helping hand to keep it in tip-top shape. I wouldn’t go into the nitty-gritty of hair treatments as every type of hair has different needs but the treatment I give myself is often a Keratin which smooths out the frizz. Do be mindful only to do these when it is needed, especially when the process involves a lot of chemicals.
- Lessening the use of Hair Dryers and Heating tools. I know you’ve seen it in the commercials too, but heating tools are not necessarily your hair’s best friends. I‘ve lessened the use of hair dryers and curling irons in the recent years and only use them when I’m heading out to somewhere special and I feel the need to be dolled up. More often I just let my hair dry freely on its own, or with cold air. If you’ve noticed as well, when I got my first curling iron in college, I’ve displayed my hair into curls more often. I used to do it fresh daily but nowadays, I just give the curling iron a whirl when I feel like it, and I keep the curls for at least 2 days.
- Also doing away with tying hair constantly. I’m still quite guilty of this because I do not do my hair as often anymore, and have resulted to putting my hair up most times. This resulted to my hair being put in a lot of stress lately, and experiencing heavy hair fall often. I try to combat this by only putting my hair up when I’m going out, going to work or when it’s necessary.
- Being hydrated. You will always see this point all across my care tips for anything body. Consistently being hydrated with water is helpful for our body, more so to the hair. If you know already, being dehydrated dries out the skin, and our scalp reacts the same way too. It will start to become itchy and dry, probably become flaky too, and our hair becomes dull. Hydrated body will have healthy hair that grows naturally, has full volume and has shine to it.
- Some of my favorite products. In comparison to other cosmetic, I don’t use as much hair care products but I do have a few things I like, which is mostly for hydrating and rejuvenating the moisture in the hair such as Etude House’s Silk Scarf Hair Treatment, OGX’s Biotin & Collagen Conditioner or natural Argan oil.