Hair, made up from 91 percent protein, amino acids and about 3% water and whether it’s brown, green, blue, black, red, ginger we as lassies take out hair for granted!
We comb it harshly, we back comb it, we curl, straighten and blast it with the hairdryer because we are in that much of a rush that we just need it dry, we bleach it, dye it and have it all sorts of funky colours!
Our poor hair! If hair could talk I’m sure it would be saying “excuse me but I’m feeling a little run down! Could you treat me please!”
Healthy hair should look glossy, full of life and shouldn’t really have any split ends. A bit like us, if we run ourselves ragged then it shows just like our hair so it is only fair we treat it once in a while!
So let me introduce you to my tips.
The number one tip to healthy hair is of course getting the split ends cut but how often depends on how long.
For long hair it should that breaks and is prone to split ends as much as 6-8 weeks this will keep your hair strong and healthy or for a trim 6-12 weeks, for medium hair hair 6-12 weeks or if its short and your keeping it that way it’s 4-8 if you want to keep that “just cut” look.
Coloured hair is going to suffer more, I dye my hair red every say, 6-8 weeks because as all girls will know, roots are horrible! If you color, highlight, perm, or chemically straighten your hair on a regular basis, you may notice that your hair needs trimmed more frequently due to breakage, split ends etc. Chemical processes can cause all the problems us girls face with hair from breakages,split ends or become very dry. More frequent haircuts may help prevent over-drying and breakage and like I said, it makes your hair appear more healthier and stronger
Growing your hair out! Now this is important. There is a myth, a rumour if you shall, that not getting your hair cut will enable it to grow faster when in actual fact there is no truth to this. The main key to growing your hair out is communication to your hair stylist or hairdresser. Regular small trims will keep it healthy, strong and free from breakages and split ends which causes the “oh, we’ll have to take a couple of inches off” comment and it ends up being like 10 inches instead and your back to square one. So open a dialogue, talk to your hairdresser, tell her your plans and take care of your hair!
Conditioner! I’ve heard people say they don’t use it, me, personally if I don’t you have more chance of getting a brush through highland cattle’s coat than my hair! It’s just impossible! So I need to use conditioner. Now I know there’s always that question of how long should we leave it in for. Really it can be anywhere from two minutes to twenty and it also depends on what kind of conditioner as well and if you want a deep conditioning treatment or just a general conditioning. If you don’t have time to do a deep conditioning, leaving the conditioner on for roughly about five to ten minutes under a shower cap to maximize the heat from the scalp will help the conditioner penetrate a bit better. This is also a little tip (especially if you dye your hair red because hot water makes red hair dye rinse out quicker especially when it comes to conditioning!) if you rinse the conditioner out with cold water (I know it sounds and is horrible but if you grin and bear it I promise it’s worth it!) this will help seal the cuticle of your hair tightly, sealing in the proteins from the conditioner, making your hair more manageable and shinier.
However girlies, this is only isn’t a long term solution, this is a temporary remedy for damaged or dry hair however the conditioner helps to add strength, manageability, shine and luster shine to the damaged hair while it grows long enough to be trimmed at your next salon visit.
So I hope that helps a little.
Also, if you do use shop bought conditioner, use sparingly, concentrate on roots rather than tips and if you want it to do its job properly, use clingfilm or shower cap whilst in the shower, do the rest of your business and then wash out. The heat will help the ingredients.
Hair can also benefit from some home made stuff too and it doesn’t have to break the bank. So here’s a few to try:
(You’ll find because avacado is such a wonderful fruit it gets used alot!)
- 1/2 mashed ripe avocado
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 3 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil
Mix well together and apply to hair focusing on the tips, leave on for 10 mins and wash out and ta-da! Lovely hair!
(sorry I’m terrible at names ha-ha!)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp tea tree oil
Mix well together, massage into scalp leave in overnight. To save your pillows, I’d reccomend sleeping with a breathable shower cap.
I was suggested this one ages ago. Some of it I’m like really?! But it works! So here ye go!
- 1 avocado (peeled and mashed)
- 1 small ripe banana
- ½ cup of coconut milk
- ½ cup of beer (flat)
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
- 2 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 2 drops of lavender or rose essential oil for fragrance (optional)
Mix up all ingredients together until smooth and has the consistency of a paste. You can adjust consistency of mixture with more/less coconut milk if necessary.
After shampooing and rinsing your hair, rinse out extra water in the hair (so its wet but not soaking!), part your hair into small sections and then apply the conditioning treatment from hair roots to tip.
Put shower cap on and cover with a towel to seal in treatment. Leave in for 20-30 minutes, which is enough time to watch eastenders or corrie or whatever or maybe even do one of my masks or scrubs! Or even ead a good book and listen to your favorite music or just savor the peace and quiet.
Once done, unwrap your newly conditioned hair. Rinse out the mixture and then lightly shampoo and condition as usual. Store left over all-natural conditioner for the next time.
This sweet smelling treat is wonderful as a conditioner and polisher (but dont eat it now ha ha!)
You’ll need :
3/4 tablespoons of plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon of unsweetened coca powder
1 teaspoon of coconut milk or oil
Mix all of these together into a smooth paste and apply to hair, leave in for 20 mins and then wash out. Ta-da!
What you’ll need:
1 egg white
2 tablespoons natural yogurt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
First you have to mix!
take the banana and mix it and mush it down into as a pulp with the smaller pieces the better ( you could possibly use a blender or a food processor or something to that effect) just try not to leave too many junks, then in another bowl mix the egg white dont over mix it just enough to have some air to them then add the egg white to the to the banana and add in the other ingredients too and mix thoroughly, once you’ve done that shampoo your hair, rinse, towel dry and brush it through. (Now whether you want to do the next bit whilst your in the shower is up to you or you can just wash your hair over the bath tub, dry it and wear a very old t shirt or something you are due to wash because you will get messy!!)
Completely cover your hair from root to tip with you hair mask. And bring out that good old shower cap and put it over your hair, or wrap your head in cling film. Get a towel that you’re just about to wash and wrap it around your head to prevent any further dripping.
And either continue on with your shower or go make a cup of tea, listen to music, chill out, watch the tv or read a book,whatever you want, just leave it in for 30 mins and then wash it out, shampoo (you may have to do this twice if you’ve mushed it down really well) and comb your hair with a fine tooth comb to take out any excess chunks. Now you dont need to use conditioner but if you feel the need to a very small amount can be used but generally once dry many have found that all they needed was a heat protection spray!
And last but not least for deep conditioning, if you use full fat mayo, leave it in for 10-20 mins and wash it out! You’ll have fab hair in no time!
So there you go! Hope you like one of them!
Ok for some final tips before I wrap this up because you must be getting bored of me! I’m getting bored of me! Ha ha ha !
Do you know that washing your hair every day is bad for your hair? You’re hair needs the essential oils that it creates to protect it from the environment. So, if you feel the need to wash it, pin it back, put it in a bobble or use some dry shampoo.
Massaging your head helps these essential oils occur and it also helps the blood circulation to the follicles which helps promote healthy hair growth and prevents hair loss
Brushing hair distributes hair oils. Natural bristles are best because they absorb and distribute the oils and trap dirt and dust.
Minimize blow dryers, hot rollers, curling irons, and chlorinated swimming pools. If you use a blow dryer hold it at least 6 inches away from the hair and use a low setting. It’ll minimise the damage.
And there you go, all I have to offer on hair!
Hope you like it!