Tips for Maintaining Healthy Hair & Growing your Hair

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Whatever Wednesday
Hello Beautiful People!

Happy Whatever Wednesday! I hope you are all having a wonderful week. I’m currently working on getting rid of a cold, so I’ve been doing a lot of sleeping and tea drinking. Lately I’ve been thinking about the kind of things I not only put into my body, but things I’m putting into my hair. My hair lately has felt drier and more deprived of hydration than ever and I did tons of research to see how I could learn to maintain healthy hair naturally. So here are some tips for you guys that I learned from my research and from some personal experience!

TIPS ON MAINTAINING HEALTHY HAIR

DON’T DIE YOUR HAIR/DON’T DIE YOUR HAIR AS OFTEN
I’ve been dying my hair for about five years now and I’d have to say I regret making the decision to constantly die it. I currently have a bit of ombre left over at the ends of my hair from last year and the ends of my hair really feel horrible. Now, I’m not saying I would never ever dye my hair again, however, I know that if I want my hair to feel healthier, my natural hair will feel the best! Stop dying your hair, or stop dying your hair as often and you’ll likely notice the difference in texture between your natural hair and your dyed hair.

TRIM YOUR HAIR OFTEN 
Although I don’t know much about the science behind trimming your hair in order for your hair to grow longer, trimming your hair can definitely give your hair a healthier feel and look. I’m sure we all know that feeling our ends have when we first get a trim…this might sound lame, but it’s definitely one of the best feelings ever. Try to get your hair trimmed slightly every few months. This will get rid of the dead ends and leave with with healthier feeling and looking hair.

PAY ATTENTION TO HOW OFTEN YOU WASH YOUR HAIR 
I am DEFINITELY a culprit of everyday hair washing. I know….it’s bad, but I can’t help it. My hair is so fine/thin that it gets greasy after one day. However, I’ve been trying lately to only wash my hair about three times a week. In between washes i’ll wear my hair up, put it in a braid or even a bun! Washing your hair every single day strips it of it’s natural oils (not good). At first your hair may get greasy easily, but as you get into the routine of only washing it every few days, your hair will get used to it too! (but please continue to shower everyday…haha)

tip: hats are also an awesome solution to a ‘bad’ hair day or for in between washes!

WHAT IS IN YOUR HAIR PRODUCTS? 
Have you ever actually looked at the back of your hair products (shampoo, conditioners, sprays, etc.)? Well if not, start looking! Most shampoos contain sulfate, silicone, paraben and many more harmful ingredients that you definitely don’t want in or near your body! Organic shampoos, conditions and other hair products can be a bit pricier, but definitely a benefit for you and your body in the long run. Some of the best organic products I’ve used are by a company called Calia (also awesome because all the products are made in my country!). If you don’t want to spend money on a completely organic product, then try looking at your drugstore, but make sure to read the label! Remember, once you’re not washing your hair as often, you’ll actually be saving more money by using less product, so go organic! Also, if you’re looking to do a hair treatment every so often, create a hair mask using natural oils such as olive oil and coconut oil and other things such as honey and avocado!

GO HEATLESS 
Although sometimes it’s fun to curl, straighten and convenient at times to dry your hair, trying going heatless! Use little to no heat on your hair to keep it growing and feeling healthy. I notice the difference between my hair when I use a lot of heat and when I don’t. If you are going to use heat, try a heat protectant! (preferably an organic one). There are also tons of heatless hairstyle options that you can find on youtube and pinterest!

CHANGE YOUR HAIR BRUSH 
Try using a hairbrush that doesn’t strip your hair or pull at it. I personally use a wooden hairbrush and a tangle teezer and both these brushes are really good to my hair (especially when my hair is wet). A great thing about bamboo/wooden brushes is that they basically soak up any oils from your hair and evenly distribute them when you brush through all of your hair! This will help make your hair look and feel more hydrated and healthy.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPING! 
I know what you’re thinking…how the heck do I take care of my hair while I’m sleeping? Well…I’ll tell you. Before going to bed, make sure your hair is safe from matting and getting tugged on. Choose a loose braid or pony tail rather than a tight bun or your hair down.

TAKE YOUR VITAMINS, EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HYDRATED! 
Taking vitamins, eating healthy and drinking tons of water will increase your overall health, but will also help you maintain healthy hair! Fish oil pills and many other daily vitamins while also maintaining a healthy diet full of tons of fruits and vegetables will help with your hair health!

I hope these tips were helpful to those of you who are wanting to maintain healthy hair or grow out your hair! Although I’m just starting as well, I know making a few changes will automatically have your hair looking healthier and feeling better! Let me know how it goes!

Ali Grace xo
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