Haircare Truths And Secrets

As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that even the things I thought I’ve had under control, I don’t. In fact, if we are getting real honest here- I’ve had to overhaul many of my routines lately that are just not effective for me anymore. Skincare, workout routines, and haircare routines…you name it. For a curly girl like myself, haircare is always something at the top of my mind and requires more attention than I would like to admit.

As a child, it seemed like I could get away with using whatever products were under the sink that day. Suave shampoo and Pink Oil seemed to yield the same results as today’s Olaplex and Sulfate-free creme conditioners. Somehow that childhood combo is not quite as effective these days, and I have to be very meticulous about what I use in my hair, how I use it, and when. The good news is if you are dealing with any problems relating to your hair- you’re not alone. Let’s break down some of my favorite tips, ticks, and resources to help combat some common hair concerns.

Preventing Buildup

Not a sexy topic, but a real one, ya’ll. With curly hair comes a lot of products needed to keep frizz at bay. With all of that product can come product buildup that often times resembles dandruff. It’s not fun to maneuver and it’s not a product that solves itself. Luckily, you don’t need any expensive products to combat this. One of my favorite and cheapest ways to give my scalp a break is to make an apple cider vinegar rinse. I like to fill up a large cup with water, add in 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar, and a few drops of tea tree oil and then scrub my scalp. From here, I follow up with a regular shampoo and then a very hydrating conditioner. With clean hair, I like to then add in some hydrating oils to my scalp and omit any heavy products for 24-36 hours afterwards.

GOING GRAY

Oh, we are going there. Believe it or not I got my first gray hair at three years old. And as the years start coming and they don’t stop coming, neither do pesky grays. Obviously, the easy route to go here is to just let them do their thing and/or commit to covering them up with dye. It’s up to you and whatever makes you feel confident is what’s best. For me, I originally decided to cover them up with highlights, but even that has become too much upkeep. I’m still not quite down to go au naturale, but now opt to use Henna hair dye to tame the situation. As I will need to be doing this for, well, the rest of my life until I don’t want to anymore, Henna is just the healthier long-term solution. It promotes better scalp health, PH levels, and hair strength. If you’re one of those people who can confidently rock gray hair: please do it. I think there’s something so sexy about people that embrace the silver.

HAIR LOSS

While hair loss is not something that I currently battle, it is something I like to try and prevent. For me, this is about being really conscious about the products I use on a daily basis. I keep my routines sulfate-free and paraben-free, while maintaining a commitment to use as many plant-based products as possible. To prevent unnecessary breakage, I only brush my hair when wet and only use microfiber towels. I like to think that these little routines go a long way. Now if hair loss is something you are currently dealing with, I recently found out about this amazing service called scalp micropigmentation that is a non-surgical procedure that mimics healthy hair follicles on your head. I think it is absolutely beautiful how there are options for everyone. Picasso Scalp Micropigmentation  are some of the leaders in the space and can give you some great information on the service. If you’re looking for scalp micropigmention in Los Angeles, they are an awesome team that can answer all of your questions. 

DRY LOCKS

Every winter, no matter if I live in Colorado or California, it seems as though my hair goes into shock. It’s frizzy, unmanageable, and dry beyond belief. I recently dove into protective styles and found that putting my hair into box braids has been a great way to give my hair a break at its most fragile time. I would recommend not making them too heavy, or they could put more unnecessary strain on your scalp. If box braids aren’t in the cards for you- weekly deep conditions are a necessity. Coconut Oil, Manoi Oil, and Rose Oil are some of my favorite healing and hydrating ingredients to give my hair some extra love. While most deep conditioners say to leave in for 10-20 minutes, I tend to leave it in as long as possible, which can sometimes be a full day. Another key part of tending to your dry locks is to manipulate your hair as little as possible. Limit brushing, don’t use harsh rubber hairties, and opt for a silk pillowcase at night.

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