Heads up: I love my hair. I love playing with it, trying out new hair tools, and buying new products. I tend to think that a good hair day can change your entire mood! I’ve spent years trying to make my hair thicker, longer, silkier, you name it. Unfortunately, not everything I have tried has worked…shall we remember the episode of purple hair in Fall 2015? That being said, because I’m so heavily invested in my hair’s well being, I have learned a few things over the years. I’m always up for sharing the wealth, so here is my 5 best haircare secrets for you to use, test, and, hopefully, love
1. Use the right Shampoo & Conditioner
I’ve been a Herbal Essence girl since I was little. A little while ago I noticed that my hair was getting brittle and dry even though I was getting regular hair cuts. My stylist, Erika, begged me to start using better shampoo and conditioner, promising me that I would notice a difference. And hello, healthy hair! Note that you only need to use a small amount of good shampoo/conditioner, no need for the big blob of Herbal Essence that you’re used to. I use a few different shampoos and conditioners based on where I am, or honestly, what smell I’m in the mood for. Here are a few of my go to’s:
Basic Everyday: Eva Hair
Combat Frizz: Bain Satin
Extra Volume: Bain Volumifique
2. Find an amazing hair stylist and go at least every 3 months
Speaking of incredible stylists, I found mine about a year ago and haven’t looked back since. If you’re looking for someone in the Oakville area, hit up Erika at Venere Salon in Burloak. Erika has taught me so much and helped bring my hair back to life. She’s also made me a believer in getting your hair cut at least once every 3 months – this is the best thing I could have ever started doing for my hair! Thank you Erika!
3. A brush can make or break your hair (literally)
A bad brush can rip your hair out and cause split ends. A great brush can leave your hair looking voluminous and shinier than ever. Be gentle when brushing; start from the bottom, work your way up, and never tug. This is my favourite brush (literally life changing) for a blowout. I’ve also heard great things about this little guy.
4. Know what your hair is capable of and don’t push it past its boundaries…everyday
My hair is straight with a slight wave thrown in. Sounds dreamy, but looks less than in reality. As much as I would love for my hair to dry looking like a Victoria Secret Angel, its just not possible. It’s also not capable of holding curls in damp weather. Instead of frying it every morning and getting frustrated when it falls flat, I’ve learned to work with it. When it’s damp out, throw it into a bun. To get Kate Middleton curls to stay over night, sleep with a high bun. Let’s be honest, a bun is often the answer.
5. Above all else, protect your hair with great products
If you haven’t heard, heat, sun, and dye can cause terrible damage to your hair. If you’re not willing to give up any or all of the 3 (i’m not), enjoy them in moderation, and use good products! You can prep your hair for heat with great heat protectants, oils, and creams, can buy sunscreen for your hair, and use dye’s that won’t completely strip your hair. I don’t dye my hair anymore because of the damage it caused, but if I ever go back to it, I’ll never use boxed dyes again and I’ll be doing my research on what will and will not kill my hair before I jump back in.
So, now that I’ve shared my secrets, what are some of yours? I’d love to know, so comment below!