The Ten Commandments of Hair Care
I've been lucky enough to be blessed with an abundance of hair, that has persevered through times of heat styling, dying, stripping, spraying, scrunching and scorching. Resilient would be an understatement. Be prepared for a small portion of what I call, the hair commandments.
1. Thou Shalt Not Self Bleach
I grew up wanting to be blonde. After all, Barbie, Madonna, Baby Spice and even at one point, Britney Spears all shared the common bond of being blonde. I know some people have these success stories of taking the box dye and doing some crazy ombre, or suddenly being Gwen Stefani platinum but, for the most part, self bleaching is a hair death sentence. I am all for DIY, but there is definitely a limit!! Once you've damaged your hair, you really can't undo that damage. No brazilian blowout, keratin treatment or deep conditioner can repair, it will only slightly mask the truth. Now you've got broken, damaged, unhappy hair! Leave this to the professionals ;)
Putting conditioner on your roots can really weigh them down and everyone wants a little volume (think less of Jersey shore and more of that model in the shampoo commercial). Next time you wash your lovely locks, only place conditioner from ear level and down. This will condition the tresses that need a little more TLC, but avoid the ones that are fresh and don't need the extra attention. You can even splurge a little more on that great conditioner since you won't have to purchase as frequently! I am personally obsessed with this product from Aveda.
Stylist's don't recommend a trim every six weeks to guarantee their clientele (although I'm sure it doesn't hurt), they do so because you've got to maintain a split-end-free mane. Ends will continue to split, which will then tangle, which will then split more, and so on in a vicious cycle. Without the regular trim the 1/8 inch you may have had to get cut off could be 3-4 which, if you are trying to grow out your hair would be horrible! Kitsch Tip: Stylists often offer discounts for clients who refer or prebook and oftentimes you can get bang trims for FREE! It never hurts to ask!
4. Thou Shalt Eat Clean
Too much sodium, sugar and other processed ingredients are horrible for your whole body, not just your hair. Every part of you will thank you for giving these things up.. even diet soda is a definite NO! Instead indulge in hair and skin healthy foods like salmon, avocado, dark greens, almonds, whole grains, and other natural foods! It's not rocket science, treat your body like a temple and you will look like an angel. I've recently cut all of those dirty culprits out of my diet and am amazed at how much better EVERYTHING is. You can do it!
5. Thou Shalt Be Coconut-y
Coconuts are good for other than producing coconut water and drinking out of with an umbrella straw, they produce COCONUT OIL! Incase you aren't ware, Coconut oil is a gift from the hair gods. It helps restore the protein and fatty essentials to hair and is especially potent on porous hair, and most anyone who has chemically treated their hair falls into that category. Go to your local health food store and buy a tub, you will not be disappointed!
6. Thou Shalt Stress Less
Stress levels and healthy hair, relation? Why yes! As a matter of a fact, not only can hair loss be attributed to stress but so can dandruff! One of these two pesky problems have probably effected everyone at some point, but reducing stress can help! I know stress reduction can be easier said then done, but try to find a way to restore tranquility to your schedule. One of my favorite was is through yoga, particularly Bikram or Hot Yoga. Namaste!
7. Thou Shalt Avoid Alcohol
Gel, mouse and aerosol hairsprays don't have the same punch that they used to- but be warned, anything with alcohol that you put on your hair will leech it's moisture! Even if you use a little spritz, it's better to pick up something that will hold without drying.
8. Thou Shalt Embrace Individuality
Once upon a time I wanted pin straight, perfect hair however, my hair had a different idea entirely. I've realized that although some of us may need help from time to time the idea of minimal effort is beautiful. If your hair will straighten, wonderful and I'm glad you are so lucky. I've noticed the grass is always greener on the other side, those who want curly hair have straight and vice versa. I will embrace my wavy, crazy hippy hair for the time being and savor the lack of heat damage!
9. Thou Shalt Not Wash Daily
Sounds weird, but it's totally true. Don't wash your hair every day. Please don't let this interfere with your regular hygiene though! You just want to avoid over-stripping your hair of it's natural protective oils. Everyone's regimen will differ after day one, but keep it no less than every other day of washing.
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