My natural hair waivers between curly and frizzy. Depending on the time of year (and how blonde I’ve died my hair) determines how frizzy versus curly it really is. As someone with a “difficult” hair type, the two months of “good hair weather” we get in the South have me dancing for joy that I’m about to enter a season where I don’t have to heat style my bangs before leaving the house. In preparation for this time of year (which naturally occurs about mid-October to early November and late March to mid-April) I gear up my hair care routine so that I can have the smoothest and shiniest hair ever.
A note about all of the specifics of my hair for you to adapt as personal preference allows: I have a lot of fine hair that is a mix between wavy and curly. My curls tend to be tighter towards the back of my head and my hair has been colored/ lightened since I was 15 on a regular basis. I get trims every 3 months, and I wash my hair every other day- every day if I have a particularly intense workout. Although these tips work for me, they may not work for everyone.
7 Healthy Hair Care Habits That I Live By
- Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to reduce buildup. Dandruff and product buildup can prevent new hair growth, so I like to use Head & Shoulders once a week to refresh my scalp. I’ve spent a small fortune experimenting with expensive clarifying shampoos, but nothing beats Head & Shoulders for me so this is what I recommend.
- If you lighten or bleach your hair, use Olaplex once a week to prevent additional breakage. Olaplex no.3 is a length saver and helps my curls bounce back after a particularly intense week of heat styling.
- Sleep on Silk Pillowcase and use a silk tied top knot bun to keep your hair from getting tangled. silk sleep bonnet. I find that if I want to wake up with some of my natural curl from the day before, this helps preserve them the best. You can also sleep with your hair loose in a
- Use a large wide tooth comb to brush tangles out of wet hair before using a paddle brush. That ripping noise you hear every time you run a paddle brush through your hair is all the tangles and healthy strands of hair being pulled out. Try using a wide-tooth comb first before a paddle brush to save a few hairs!
- Take a multi-vitamin or a hair vitamin to keep your hair shiny. I notice that the quality of my hair growth is better when I’m actively taking vitamins. I do take Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins (which are delicious by the way) and have noticed better quality hair growth. I haven’t noticed my hair growing faster, but I have noticed that my new hairs are sturdier than existing strands. The best thing, of course, is to have a diet full of fat and protein to promote great hair growth.
- Avoid over-washing and over dry-shampooing. This causes color to fade quicker and your natural oils to be stripped out. If you’re not using a clarifying shampoo, dry shampoo will build up on your scalp and cause dandruff issues and dry your hair out in the process.
- Do a hair mask treatment or get a hair mask treatment once a month or every other week. Every week I condition my hair with Kerastase Smooth in Motion Hair Masque and let it sit on there for about 7 minutes while I finish my shower routine. One time between hair coloring/highlighting, I will go to a salon nearby and have them do a Kerastase treatment on my hair and we’ll focus on different issues that I’m trying to fix like dry and dull hair, lack of curl, etc. You can take their hair quiz here and get an online assessment before booking your appointment. Kerastase has always exceeded my expectations for products and the in-salon treatments leave my hair feeling extremely healthy.
My Go To Hair Care Products
I felt that I should share my hair care habits with you in case, like me, you may struggle with worn out tresses and loose curls from all the heat styling and sun exposure from the Summer. Fall is a great time to spend some time revitalizing your hair because the lack of humidity prevents the need for multiple hair products and the moist air still provides an environment for tamed tresses- unlike in winter when hair tends to turn into a current conducting plasma globe.
Photos by Dasha Crawford Photography