I’m in a major flump with my hair. One part of me wants mermaid-esque hair that even Ariel would be jealous of, then on the other hand I just want to cut it all off and live the short hair life. One thing I know I need to improve is how I take care of my hair. I came across Madison Reed’s ‘hair do or hair don’t’s’ and thought why not share them? Needing to up my hair game meant I was all ears! I probably won’t end up with Victoria Secret hair over night, but a girl can dream, right?
Use heat protectant – A bit of a no brainer, but heat products can cause lasting damage. Find one you like and stick to it. Mum taught me to always use the classic Tresemme one, and I can’t be without a bottle now.
Shield hair from sun exposure – Sunlight helps to fade hair colour and weakens the hair, which means breakage is more likely. Look out for products with UV protection for this reason. I’ve got a post with an amazing hair oil that protects your locks coming soon.
Trim hair often so it grows faster – I’ve always seen this as a bit of a myth, but apparently it’s true. Trimming every 6-8 weeks helps to reduce split ends which can cause hair to thin and break easier.
Ease the tension – too tight buns, braids and ponytails strain the scalp and can cause hair loss. I always find scrunchies or those fabric hair bobbles not only stop the classic hair bobble indent, but also make any tight feeling non existent.
Blow Dry all winter long – My mum always told me that wet hair in winter meant I was more likely to get a cold. Turns out this isn’t actually the case, and drying hair constantly will obviously damage your hair. I prefer to wash my hair when I know I have plenty of time to let it dry.
Shampoo every day -Washing daily (something I am guilty of) strips hair of it’s natural oils and causes colour to fade if it’s dyed. If your hair is dry, frizzy or unmanageable, then it’s probably a sign you’re washing it too much. Try dry shampoo/talc powder to avoid washing.
Rinse hair in cold water to add shine – If you can honestly stick your head in cold water, you’re a braver woman than I, but hair cuticles don’t open or close dependent on the temperature. Use a nice conditioner or shampoo aimed to add shine instead, or opt for a hair dye that does.
Tie wet hair in a ponytail – the chemical bonds that hold hair proteins together are temporarily broken when hair is wet (told you I earned that B at AS Chemistry). This in turn weakens each strand, so when your hair dries it shortens which can lead to breakage. Plus is anyone a fan of that horrid bobble line?
Madison Reed also have a fun hair colour quiz that you can take too, if you’re in town for a new colour, or if you just love to take quizzes like I do. They also have a hair dye that’s filled with argan oil, ginseng and keratin to help strengthen the hair. If I dyed my hair, I’d be into all that goodness.
What are you hair care do’s and don’t’s?
*This post was not sponsored, I just wanted to share hair tips with you because I’m naturally hopeless at caring for my own locks