Having healthy, shiny and glossy hair can be down to a number of things – you might have bloody good genes, you may get your hair styled at the hairdressers everyday because you are the Queen, or you might be a Barbie (poor you, you are plastic).
I’m kidding, for most people their hair isn’t how they want it to be and people are constantly on the lookout for the newest and best products to make your hair FABALUTH.
I’m pretty lucky with my hair – I’d say good indian genes are one of the factors my hair is shiny and smooth (my friend Geri always used to tell me Asian people have flatter hair follicles…and you can trust her, her mum is a lovely hairdresser :)). Aside from this, I’d say that there are a few things that I do regularly to make sure that my hair stays soft, shiny and manageable on a day to day basis.
If you are washing your hair every day…STOP. I used to be really, really bad at this and used to hate the feeling of having unwashed hair. Washing your hair everyday with harsh shampoos can strip the hair of it’s natural oils and shine – I’d recommend washing it one evening and then skipping a day at first (this is just about what I can deal with lol).
At some point in your life, invest in a natural bristle brush! I use the Denman’s Natural Bristle Brush which is one of the best! I don’t use this EVERY day but after I’ve washed and dried my hair sometimes I use a natural bristle brush on it to smooth the hair down – it helps to calm down frizz, especially if you dry and wash your hair in the evening like I do and then sleep on it (because I’m lazy and can’t get up in the morning).
My usual hairbrush for every day is from the Body Shop and it’s a wooden brush with bamboo pins– it’s my favourite ever, it doesn’t tug and it doesn’t break the hair!!
Quick note – I used to have long hair but then cut it into a bob. When you have long hair, don’t expect to brush your hair from the scalp to the root and not encounter a painful tangle. When I had long hair, I’d firmly hold my hair halfway down and brush the ends out, THEN go back to the roots and brush gently. This protects against breakage.
Every now and then, I’d recommend either sleeping in a hair mask (a decent conditioner is good enough) OR apply a hair oil. To be honest, even if you don’t sleep in a hair oil but just apply some to the ends of damp hair that’s good enough – my favourite is MorrocanOil – you can’t beat it! It’s very thick, a tad on the pricey side but it’s worth it…smells amazing too.
If you want a healthy scalp, I’d recommend massaging your scalp as much as you can when you shampoo your hair! Healthy hair starts at the root and having good blood circulation to the roots is the perfect way to encourage healthy hair growth.
My favourite hair shampoos/conditioners are:
- The OGX Coconut milk shampoo and conditioners
- Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Shampoo (for when your hair is really dirty)
- Lee Stafford’s Hair Growth Treatment Mask/Leave In
- Umberto Gianni Indulgent Beauty Secrets Mask
After washing my hair, I always use a heat protectant spray. My favourite one is by Dove, it smells A M A Z I N G (like sweet fruit!) and it does a great job of protecting my hair from heat damage.
After blow drying and straightening (I use GHD’s but try not to use them every day)…I like to smooth down any flyaways and run the Body Shop Brazil Nut Define and No Frizz cream, which helps your hair stay soft and smooth!
I hope you find some things in this post useful!
On another note – I’m thinking about doing a ‘Hair History’ where I do a post with pictures of hair styles I’ve had throughout my life (however good or bad) and tell you a bit about them – is this something you’d wanna see? 😀
Thanks for reading lovely people,