Beauty - July 13, 2018

How to Take Better Care of Your Hair

Y’all, I have to apologize. I’ve been promising more hair content for months, and it’s taken me SO long! Sometimes I struggle with posting beauty content until I feel like I’m a pro with the style or topic – because I actually want to share quality content instead of me figuring something out, ya know? Also, I’m just a perfectionist like that.

I’ve been sharing quick tips on Instagram (like my volumizing ponytail that you can find in my Highlights!), and now it’s time for a big ol’ hair post here, too! I get a lot of general questions on hair health, so I thought that’d be a fun one to dive into. And after working with the freaking amazing (and genius) experts at Beauty Brands, I felt like it was the best time. Because I’m kind of a pro now thanks to them! Here are some of the best tips I’ve heard along the way that keep my hair in its best shape. Hope they help!

Get personal

One of the biggest mistakes I made with my hair for YEARS was using whatever the heck was on sale at the drug store or my salon. Moisturizing shampoo? Sure! Balancing shampoo? Fine! Color-care shampoo? That works! Well, big mistake.

Just like we should all be using personalized skincare products based on our skin, hair is no different. We’re all born with different textures, colors, and hair issues, and we need to take care of each personal combination. Basically, one size doesn’t fit all.

I’ve worked with my stylist and the gals at Beauty Brands to find my own arsenal and it’s been SO life-changing. Figure out what type of hair you have, and then find products that work best for that, aka “cocktail” your products. TRUST.

Wash less

Washing your hair less isn’t just a time saver, it’s actually really healthy for it. I’ve been doing this since high school and I truly believe it’s part of the reason my hair is so healthy. Even if you have oily hair, washing it daily strips natural (good!) oils and basically puts oil production into overdrive. Not good. Washing less means less striping your hair of nutrients (plus let’s be honest, it’s so much easier in the mornings).

And the best news is that you can actually train your hair into washing it less and less. I usually wash mine 1-2 times a week and have a hairstyle scheduled based on what day it is. I’ll do one big blowout the first day and can then wear it down for a couple days in a row. By Day 3, I usually start relying heavily on dry shampoo and go with a top knot or half up. By Day 4, it’s pretty full of dry shampoo and works better up (and the texture for pony’s on these days is amaze, y’all). So my point is to switch up your hairstyles depending on how dirty it is, and remember that braids and top knots can really hide dirty hair.

P.S. Beauty Brands taught me a really cool trick about utilizing dry shampoo that I wanted to share! Instead of spraying it in in the morning and then brushing it out, there’s actually a much better technique. Before bed, spray in dry shampoo and then sleep on it! It gives your hair all that time to soak up oils and really set in. If you have oily hair or went to the gym that day, this will help so much.

Get regular trims

I thought this was unnecessary for years, especially when I was trying to grow out my hair, but I was wrong. Getting regular trims won’t make your hair grow faster, but it will keep it healthier. By cutting off split ends, your hair will not only be healthier but it’ll look WAY healthier. You’re essentially cutting the dead ends off (just like when you get rid of dead skin on your face or whatever). Even if you’re trying to grow our hair out, schedule trims every 8-12 weeks.

Go pro

If you’re really working on healthier hair, it’s worth buying good shampoo (not the really cheap stuff at the grocery store). Here’s why! The good stuff (ones from salons) blend customized formulas that can do a lot more than the cheap, one-size-fits-all options. The salon products can get more specific and tend to contain better quality products. IMO, this is an area to invest if you don’t have healthy hair and want it (or want to maintain it). It can do SO much.

Recent Favorite Products:

If you’re wondering about some of my favorites (or ones I’ve heard great things about from friends), here they are:

Redken High Rise Volume Shampoo

Such a good everyday shampoo (and when I say everyday I mean whenever you wash…not every single day, because remember that’s not ideal!).

Redken High Rise Volume Conditioner

Goes with above. This is lightweight but moisturizing. I like to keep it on the ends while I wash my body or shave or whatever. I promise that extra time helps lock in hydration.

Biolage Cleanreset Normalizing Shampoo

I use this 1-2 times a month to deeply cleanse my hair and get rid of buildup from products like dry shampoo and hair spray. Game changer y’all, just don’t overdue it because it can be drying when used too often. Just a couple times a month will do the trick.

Joico Color Balance Blue Shampoo

My hair tends to pull brassy/orange shades, and the blue combats that which is SO cool right?

Redken Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate Free Shampoo

Sulfates strip color, so this stuff is amazingly healthy for y’all who color.

OK y’all those are my best tips! Special thanks to my friends at Beauty Brands for teaching me SO much of this stuff. I love learning techniques and little tips and then sharing it with y’all, so hopefully you enjoyed. P.S. If you’re not familiar with Beauty Brands, you need to. They have stores all over the US with the best products around, and y’all can shop them online too. I really fell in love with them while working together and am so excited about the current sale – check it out if you want to take the next step with healthy hair. Thank me later ;)

Let me know if you have any other healthy hair secrets to share with the group, k?

Thanks so much to Beauty Brands for partnering with me on this post. As always (!), all opinions are mine!