My natural hair is black, curly, and very frizzy. I gave it no TLC and I always straightened my hair. Basically, hair health was never my concern then.
However, going blonde has changed EVERYTHING for me. I now check the labels of my shampoos and conditioners for the ingredients and I pay attention to how much heat I put on it. With being the youngest sibling I’ve learned a lot about going blonde. My sisters have both experienced hair snapping from going blonde. I’ve now been blonde for a year and I’ve not experienced any snapping (touch wood). So thank you sisters for being the guinea pigs.
Even if you don’t have colored hair these steps are still great to keep your hair happy (just miss out on the purple shampoo stage if you’re not blonde).
Let’s start at the top!
- Hair washing
I’ve found that washing my hair weekly has made a huge difference to the health of my hair and I rarely get greasy hair or a dry scalp. It’s also great for styling curls and waves near the end of the week because the curls seem to stick better and last longer.
- Heat and Styling
I think you know what I’m going to say- the less heat the better. If you really have to use any heat just remember to use heat protection sprays. I’ve trialed a lot at the moment- but to be honest with you there is not one that I absolutely love yet, so I will get back to you when I have found my holy grail.
Buns, buns, buns- don’t you just love to get the hair away from your face and just shove it on top of your head? Well curly heads, this is a no go. For some reason, it makes my hair drier and frizzier. It is also not my favorite thing to brush out either- so definitely try to avoid styling your hair in a bun. I think the best way to keep your hair out of your face and kept tidy is by styling them in good old fashioned plats or a headband. I absolutely love this headband from Amazon (click on the link for more details). It’s comfortable, so soft, and doesn’t hurt my head. You could easily sleep with this headband on.
- Hair treatments and purple shampoo
Okay- so I definitely have a holy grail hair treatment and that is Olaplex *queue the angelic chimes.* This has been an absolute game-changer. I know this because I had done a little experience: use a clean hairbrush to brush your hair before using Olaplex and see how much hair comes out. (You’ll find an unpleasant amount). Then follow the Olaplex routine and brush your hair once it has dried and… my days there is barely any hair on the brush! This is the only instant results you will see because the results for Olaplex happen over time, so be patient! I’m not sure what the magic formula is, that helps to repair my hair but the results are amazing, so I won’t be stopping! Only one downside… it is on the little pricey side and there are no dupes at the moment. It is still cheaper to buy your own bottle and do it yourself than booking an appointment at the salon though. If I do come across any cheaper alternatives, you have my word that you will be the first to know.I’ve tried two purple shampoos at the moment. I first tried the Provoke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo. It did do the job at erasing the brassiness in my hair, however, it made my hair feel dry and it made my hair more cool tone blonde. I bought this at first because I knew it worked and it came at a good price because turning blonde literally took my savings. If you are on a budget I do recommend it but accompany it with a hydrating conditioner or treatment. Now, I use the Pureology Strength Cure Best Blonde Shampoo. Though it is more on the pricey side it is more hydrating and helps to keep my hair a warm blonde shade.
- Hair ingredients
It sounds like high maintenance having to read the labels of everything. But nowadays more and more products have on the front ‘no silicone, no parabens, and sulfates.’ These ingredients have been listed to have short term effects on your hair and basically do more damage in the long term. (Let me know if you want me to do a blog going into more detail about this- because I know it can be boring, but informative). I have stopped using these ingredients and it’s helped a lot with my hair growth and the smoothness of my hair, so definitely give it a go. Here’s a top tip when you find yourself getting bored with reading ingredients- it is usually the first few ingredients to worry about because those ingredients have been used the most. They tend to be in a big font or in bold. I must mention though, if you’re happy with what you already use and you’ve been using it for a long time, I’d say to just continue to use them because you know what is best for you more than anyone else.
A little disclaimer– I’m no hair expert, this is just what I have learned throughout my hair journey. All hair is different, some things may work better for your hair than someone else’s, so don’t forget that!
As always, let me know if there are any other products or tips that have transformed the health of your hair in the comments below!
I hope this helps to keep your hair happy. 🙂