Long Hair Don't Care
Long hair don't care. Well actually I do care, I care a lot. Everybody questioned whether I would cut my hair short and get a 'mum' bob when Hunter was born, and ah...NO. No, was and still is the answer. There is no way I'll be cutting my hair anytime soon. So many people ask how I keep my hair looking so healthy and how I get it to grow so here it is, my hair care blog. My little tips and tricks and hair regime that allows me to keep my hair so long that it gets caught in my pants, in car doors, in Hunter's nappy and seat belt buckles (just to name a few).
Virgin Hair. I've never dyed my hair. I think this has a lot to do with how strong my hair is. I get it cut regularly, about every 2 months. My beloved hair dresser, Wilma, is the only person who has ever cut my hair. She is a family friend and I trust her to take an actual inch when she says that's what needs to come off! She comes to our house to do my hair and I have to sit on the kitchen bench so she can comfortably reach the ends.
No heat. I could probably count on one hand the number of times I have straitened my hair and used a hair dryer. After I wash it I sleep on it wet and let it dry overnight. This prevents my hair from becoming dry and brittle.
Sleep with it up. I always sleep with it up, either in a top bun or in plaits. Plaits are best as they don't leave a hair tie mark and leave it with a nice curl for the following day. Sleeping with it up not only prevents knots but it means I don't get tangled in it during my sleep and Michael or Hunter don't lie it. Yes, these are all really issues that I have to think about.
Hair products: I use Biologika Shampoo and Conditioner, both fragrance free. I add my own essential oil blends into both products to assist with dry/normal hair. These oils are from my favourite essential oil company Amazing Scents. I learnt all about the right oils to use for my hair at one of their Skin and Hair Care workshops. The oils I use are Lavender, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Geranium, Lemongrass and Thyme. Funnily enough it's a similar blend I use on my Labrador to keep her coat shiny! When I do wash it, I shampoo my hair twice, and then condition it.
Less is more. I rarely wash it. I'm not talking 5 or 10 days, I'm talking 20-30 days at a time. If I have an event on I'll wash it the night before so it's nice and fresh but you wont ever see me opting to wash it. I let the natural oils do the talking and so far, they seem to be doing a great job. The more you wash you hair the more of the natural oils you strip away. Your body frantically tries to replace these oils resulting in oily greasy hair, which leads to you washing it again and so the cycle continues - see how long you can last. I promise it's better for your hair!
Add Oils: Every couple of days I run some oil through my hair...shock horror I know, I actually add oils to my hair. I use the essential oils I mentioned above by adding a few drops of them to some almond and argon oil and simply rub it on my hands and then all through my hair. It helps to tame the frizz and prevents breakage. If I don't want my hair to smell of essential oils then I either use the almond and argon oil on its own or some Go To Exceptional Oil. Every month or two I will also do a big coconut oil hair mask. I melt down some coconut oil, add in the above essential oils and rub it all through my hair until it looks wet. I try to leave it in for as long as I can before washing it out and sleeping on it wet. I will also add some aloe vera to my hair which helps it keep it's shine and keep it soft. I have an aloe vera plant that I cut open and use.
So there you have it. No dye, no heat, minimal washing and add oils. Everything you've been told not to do for your hair.