Hair Game Strong
Changing weather and hair woes is something that plagues us all!! Especially in a country like Canada which is super dry and has extremes of temperatures! I'm talking -35 to + 35 degrees Celsius. The wedding was a really good motivator for me to get into hair health!
I have fine and dry hair naturally that is prone to breakage. I blame most of my hair woes on my vegetarian diet! No matter what I try to do, I swear I don't get enough protein. So it is... hair game in a nutshell...
Tip #1 : Protein & Vitamins
Get enough protein in your diet. If you eat meat, you got this easy. For the veggies out there - you got to double up on the quinoa, beans & falafel! 6 months before the wedding I also diligently, key word: diligently, starting taking the following vitamins: Biotin & Silicone.
Now there are hundereds of hair brands out there, promising to work wonders on your hair and its really hard to sort through the clutter. So here comes...
Tip #2: Know your hair & its needs
Whether its assessing for yourself or going to a family doctor, figure out what problems plague your mane. Is it thinning, hair loss, split ends, no hair growth or what? For me, I was for sure thinning ( thanks to internalizing wedding stress - bad idea) and getting tons of split ends, probably due to constant styling. So when wedding time was rolling around I wanted two things: long, soft hair! Other than the vitamins, the #1 game changer for me was stopping heat styling on my hair. It worked wonders to strengthen and grow it.
Its hard to stick to something if you do anything extreme, so just as an update: I now stick to a once a week heat styling rule! And offset it with once a week hair mask (See Tip #4).
FYI: I don't dye my hair, but if you do - you need to take extra steps to nourish it or stop dying it all together and be au natural for your wedding day!
Tip #3: Cut your hair if you want it grow. I know... errbody says it, but its true!
If your hair is splitting at the bottom, even if its growing, it will eventually break off aka the growth will go to WASTE. So trim them split ends. I don't follow any particular time rule. You should be able to look down at your hair and feel the ends and know when its TIME for a trim. My hair as I mentioned before is fine and dry! I try to go for a hair trim every 6-8 weeks to keep it healthy.
Since I was growing it out for the wedding, I did reduce the frequency to only every 12 weeks but I was extra indulgent at home to make sure it doesn't get dry... which brings me to...
Tip #4: Home remedies are best
Yes, home remedies are cheap & work the best. I put organic oils in my hair bi-weekly. This is great for moisture in your strands and stimulating blood circulation in your scalp. And no, your hair doesn't stay oily after the wash. All you need to do is apply your conditioner rule to your shampoo-ing as well. Here are the steps I follow for my fine hair:
Step 1: Heat 2 tsp organic coconut oil + 1 tsb amla oil + 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil in the microwave for 25 seconds.
Step 2: Apply generously while doing circular motions on your scalp. Once done with the scalp, apply remainder oil to your strands.
Step 3: Make a braid or a bun and leave in hair for 1 hour. ( I usually do my laundry, watch a show or write blogs - like this one... during this time since I can't leave the house!)
Step 4: Wash out the oil. Use volumizing shampoo - apply generously on your scalp and lather. Leave it on for 2-4 minutes before rinsing. Use conditioner as usual aka leave on for 2-4 minutes and rinse off.
Step 5: Squeeze out excess water in the shower and dry your hair with a t-shirt.
Step 6: Put in hair products according to your hair type & desired result. (See Tip #5)
Tip # 5 MM top shelf
Its important to use hair products that suit your hair type and your desired results. For growing my hair out for my wedding and even post that, this is whats on my hair top shelf:
Shampoo: Evo, Gluttony volumizing shampoo
Conditioner: Davines, Nou Nou Hair Mask
Treatment (weekly): Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 (make sure you leave it in for an hour, same way I did for organic oils in the steps above)
Before any styling:
- DRYBAR: Southern Belle Volume-Boosting Root Lifter
- MOROCCANOIL: MoroccanOil Treatment (light)
- MOROCCANOIL: Mending Infusion (for split ends)
Leaving hair natural (my hair is wavy!):
- MOROCCANOIL: Intense Curl Cream for curls or
- BUMBLE AND BUMBLE: Surf Infusion for waves
- MOROCCANOIL: Perfect Defence (protective spray is a must before any hot tools are used!)
- DRYBAR: Flexible Hair Spray to finish
Lazy hair days:
- MORROCONOIL: Dark tones dry shampoo
That is all from me! My natural hair at my wedding was in good shape. Giving the hair artists a healthy canvas was important, they then built up different looks for every event. I still used extensions to add fullness as my hair is naturally really fine, but i was really happy with the condition of my hair. It was able to take the wear and tear of wedding styling like a champ because it was healthy!
Has there been any hair game changers in your life? Products or rituals? Share with me by using the 'contact' tab! I would love to hear from you.
Love and Light,