So I'll admit, I'm not the best at practicing what I preach when it comes to hair. I know I shouldn't over-brush or over-shampoo. I know I shouldn't blow out my hair every day, or avoid monthly trims, yet I do it. And worst of all, I sleep with it in a ponytail every. single. night. Yikes. So I've made it a personal challenge lately to gradually start changing my ways and here's what has been working.
Vitamins - I've started eating Biotin Chews every day. Usually around 3pm when I need a little sugar rush (they taste just like Starbursts). A Harvard study established biotin as one of the essential nutrients for preserving hair strength, texture and appearance. Fish oil is another great option as well. Can't hurt right?
Shampoo - So I've really tried not to, but not washing my hair isn't an option. It's too fine and when I wake up in the morning my hair is completely tossed to one side à la Donald Trump. I have however started to use Sulfate-Free shampoos to protect my natural oils. Sulfates are meant to cleanse hair and get rid of dirt and oil. This cleansing can often strip fragile hair of the oils and proteins needed to keep it strong. The fact is, sulfates are not a must-have ingredient for taking care of your hair. So why bother right? My absolute favorite Sulfate-Free products are the Hair Expertise: EverPure Repair & Defend line from Loreal Paris. It keeps the good oils in my hair and smells amazing.
Wet Brush - After countless recommendations from friends, I finally got a Wet Brush and will never look back. As someone who is pretty rough when brushing my hair, the Wet Brush has more give and helps getting out the knots without tugging at the hair. When I misplaced my Wet Brush the other day, I used my old brush and it actually hurt my scalp. I've also noticed a difference in how often I need to "empty" my Wet Brush. Before using it, I had to empty my brush once a week because it was pulling out so much hair. With my Wet Brush, it's more like every 2 weeks.
Turn Down the Heat - For years I would blow out my hair with high heat. It was quick and easy, and gave my hair the volume I thought I needed. It might seem like a small step, but it's made a difference - I simply use medium heat now. Sure it takes a bit longer, but I've noticed a huge difference in the way my hair looks and feels when I use a lower heat setting.
Argan Oil - If you have dry, brittle hair like me, once a week do an overnight deep conditioning treatment with Moroccan argan oil. I'll warm about 4-6 drops in my hands before massaging into my scalp. I usually apply it all the way to the ends, twist, and place in a sleep bun before bed. This is probably my favorite product/scent ever. Don't settle for the other brands, please.
Sleeping Bun - So I haven't been doing this long, but Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential swears by it and even posted a fun tutorial on how it she does her sleep bun. All you need are these fun Crocodile Clips which you can find at your local Drybar or Sephora. For someone like me, who cannot sleep with their hair down, this is a great alternative to a ponytail.
Biotin Chews | Moroccan Oil Light | Sepora Hair Ties
Redken Anti-Snap Fortifier | Croc Clips | Gold Wet Brush
EverPure Repair & Defend Lotion | EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo | EverPure Repair & Defend Mask
What do you do or use to get your hair back on track?
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**Special thanks to Influenster and L'Oréal Paris for sending me the EverPure Repair & Defend hair line. All opinions are my own.