How to Maintain and Grow Healthy Hair

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I suffer from massive bal- okay, no I don’t.

Throughout my years of haircare, I realized a few tips that can make the hair look salon professional on a daily basis.

Now, let’s skip the dilly-dallying. Here is my routine on how I maintain long healthy hair:

1. Scissors are your friend:

Getting a regular trim on your split end doesn’t make your hair grow faster, it will keep the tips looking healthy and glowing. I trim my hair roughly twice or three times a year to keep it healthy and sane. I don’t go to hair stylist unless I want a full haircut – instead, twirl some strand of hair around my fingers and cut out the part that is sticking out. This works and saves me money!

2. Use conditioner every time you shampoo:

Using a bottle of shampoo is not enough anymore. Using a conditioner provides a variety of benefits, such as preventing hair breakage and tangling – and gosh, I am not too fond of tangles. After I wash my hair with only a bottle of shampoo, it feels somewhat crunchy and extremely tangled. The conditioning agents smooth the cuticle, providing soft hair that looks healthy.

I always towel dry my hair for roughly five minutes enabling the condition to absorb. Whenever there are excessive water present, the conditioner won’t be able to penetrate the hair shaft allowing the moisture to keep the hair looking healthy.

I feel that shampoo and conditioner combination is equally as good as the separated ones. Here are the two brands of shampoo and conditioner I use:

*Note: Honestly, the foam doesn’t really change anything, but I like using it…that’s all.

My boyfriend use this product, so when I ran out of Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner, I stray towards his products. It works as equally amazing and on certain days, even better!

My hair is odd.

3. Minimize on the Hairwash:

The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt from everyday physical exposure and product buildup. The downside is that it can also take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy. When you do need shampoo, be gentler on your hair by only lathering up at your scalp and then just letting the suds slide down strands, hitting the rest of the hair as the water rinses it away.

Of course, each hair type requires different care hence a different amount of wash.

I only shampoo and condition twice a week, at the most! Every other time I shower, I would tie up my hair and wash my body.

4. Cold-water Rinse:

The cold water helps to seal your hair cuticle, where the surface will look smooth. The cold water lays down the outer layer of hair more smoothly, which helps prevent moisture loss, snags and heat damage. It is also good for your skin!

When you wash your face, it’s suggested that you rinse with fresh water, as the chill contracts your pores, making them appear smaller.

5. Hair Brushing:

Notice the bristles on your hairbrush can put pressure on the strands resulting in a breakage which is why you’re losing alot of hair. Too much brushing is especially dangerous for long hair. To minimize damage, start at the bottom of the strands and gently work your way up. Brushing from the scalp to the ends can cause small tangles to turn into knots, which is the reason why your head hurts when you brush your hair. Constant brushing can cause physical harm to your hair, so I generally brush only when necessary to de-tangle my hair. Note to hold the top of your head then brush to minimize the pain!

6. Good Tool Usage Rule

Your hair is like your skin, where it requires treatment and care. I suggest investing in good products instead of a bunch of cheap ones. The product doesn’t have to be well-known, but it has to be specifically for you.

For example, after showering, I wrap my hair up in a towel for roughly five minutes to soak in all of the water then air dry it. Whenever I dry my hair, I would dry at the lowest power and at least three inches away.

Another good product you should invest in is a good brush. Although some might have a heftier price tag than others if they’re looked after they will last forever.

Note: keep your brushes clean by washing them in a mixture of baking soda and warm water once a month. Think of your hairbrush as your make up brush – it needs a little cleaning once in a while!

7. Hair Care Products:

UV and heated tools can damage hair. Heating tools can be straighteners, tongs, and hairdryer, so it’s important to give your hair as much protection as possible.

*Ouai is a product I stand by!

Whenever I decided to blow dry my hair because I do not have any time to allow it to air dry – I would always use a hair protector.

I try to avoid using a heated tool as much as possible by naturally curling my hair or crimping it with braids.

8. Hair Break:

When it comes to hot tools, chemical relaxers, or any other tool or service that causes a lot of damage to your hair. The healthier your hair is, the longer it will grow. Sometimes, you need to give your hair a break from all the showering and haircare, allowing it to naturally grow!

There you got! My tips on how to maintain healthy long hair! If you have any secrets, feel free to share! I would love to try it out!