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I am obsessed with straight blonde hair, and that’s because I am naturally a frizzy brunette. That’s how it goes right? If you are brunette you want to be blonde.
Salons are my enemies: they never get my hair color right and they are too expensive.
For some reason, the people from the salon could never get me the shade that I wanted. I used to spend hundreds of dollars on salon services and I would go home and pour black boxed hair color to cover the mess.
I am pretty sure many of you resonate with this.
So coloring my hair is one damage.
Another damage would be flat ironing it. I straighten my hair every day (the same way I put makeup on every day) and that’s because where I live is high humidity.
In the past, I also tried Japanese Straightening which totally and absolutely ruined my hair. But I plead guilty: first of all that is for professional use, and second of all it should be applied on virgin hair only, otherwise, it will create severe damage. Learned that lesson first hand!
Hair coloring, flat ironing, occasionally blow-drying, history of strengthening treatments equal damaged hair.
How come I still have hair?! I use good products to restore it.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT I DO AND YOU CAN TRY:
- Protein hair products: they will always do the trick if you have brittle stretchy hair.
- Sulfate free products: sulfates strip away all the natural hair proteins and oils.
- Natural hair products: this one does not even need any further explanation. The more natural the better.
- 100% Vegan hair products: I am currently using Pureology products and I absolutely love them. You feel the difference on the first wash.
- Heat protectant: my absolute favorite is this one Paul Mitchell Serum because it looks very oily but amazingly it leaves no buildup on the hair.
- Gentle brush: I use one with boars bristles to achieve smoother, shinier hair.
- Lukewarm showers: hot water promotes hair breakage and dryness, always rinse it with cooler water at the end
- Flat iron comb: I have had this for so long I can’t even remember. I don’t think I would know how to straighten my hair without it. It makes straightening faster and more efficient with less breakage.
YOU CAN ALSO TRY HOME REMEDIES
My top pick is coconut oil. This one never failed me. I usually put it on my hair (I put a ton because my hair absorbs it quickly) before bedtime, I leave it on overnight and wash it in the morning.
A trick that I have learned is to apply coconut on your ends before shampooing to prevent dry ends.
TIP: Coconut oil is good for everything as the label says “head-to-toe” (hair mask, cuticles, hands, face, body) and has amazing healing properties. Moreover, it is the only oil that does not strip hair color (a hairstylist mentioned this to me).
* Egg yolks and avocado are also a good choice of homemade hair masks.
MORE TIPS FOR YOUR DAMAGED HAIR
Use a good flat iron. A good one will make your hair straightening faster without too much damage. I particularly use Remington Smartpro (per a hair stylist recommendation) and for the price, you pay it is way worth it.
Don’t wash your hair every day. I wash my hair every other day to prevent it from becoming too dry. But I was reading that your hair adapts based on how often you wash it: if you do it often it becomes greasy/oily fast. So now instead of washing it every other day, I am going to try to wash it every 5 days.
*Use dry shampoo in between washes. Batiste Dry Shampoo is by far the best out there.*
Last but not least, I want to mention something that I started using recently and I like it. Have you heard of Olaplex? A hairstylist used it on me the last time I went to the salon and even though she bleached it, my hair was still pretty strong.
This product is supposed to tremendously limit hair damage. I bought No.3 and No. 5 and so far my hair looks good.