I’m not gonna pretend like I have this whole perfect hair thing figured out. If you follow me on Snapchat then you know my hair can be a bit of a rat’s nest when I don’t take care of it.
I’m working on getting more comfortable with wearing it curly (I’m sure you guys have seen a few pics every now and then), but if I’m going out into public it’s almost always straight or curled with a curling wand.
After years of dying it blonde and straightening it far too often, my hair entered it’s mid-20s in a bit of a crisis. I’ve spent the last 2-3 years trying to help it recover. My hair is now healthier, more nourished and just all-around less dead looking.
Here’s what I’ve done to establish my healthy haircare routine:
I swear that a once-a-month hair mask is what totally saved my hair. I used to do it every other week but these days it doesn’t need such an intensive intervention. I’ve tried every hair mask under the sun, but they either made my hair too greasy (I’m looking at you coconut oil), too dirty (defeats the purpose of a hair mask when you have to wash it 3 times to get the egg out…) or just didn’t work at all. That is until I discovered the avocado + banana hair mask that has totally changed the game.
Watch this video to learn how I make it and the benefits of avocado and banana for your hair!
ONCE A WEEK WASH
I know this might sound gross or unattainable to some of you, but I only wash my hair once a week. Unless I have a super sweaty workout, I’m pretty consistent about sticking to this. It took me about a year to train my hair to last this long, but if you’re committed to the process you will both save time, money and your hair sticking to this method.
Start slow by washing it every other day, then every three days, five days etc…In time your hair won’t be nearly as greasy as it used to be, and the natural oils will actually help nourish your hair!
USE A NATURAL SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
Some people swear by the “no-poo” method, but I found it dried my hair out. Instead I use a natural shampoo and conditioner from my favorite local company, Sudsatorium. They’re made without sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, DEA, TEA or parabens. They’re all-natural, made from organic, vegan, cruelty-free ingredients that are cleansing and nourishing for your hair. When shopping for S & C, lookout for the ingredients I listed above.
I used to straighten my hair everyday. No joke. My hair was completely fried at the ends and everytime I went to get it cut they would tell me they needed to take off like 6 inches. I would cry. It was a mess.
Now that I wash my hair once a week, I ONLY use heat once a week. Unless I have a random fancy event, I wont’ even go near the hot tools for the rest of the week. It’s challenging to not iron that one rogue strand or curl that one straight piece, but I found that once I started I suddenly was ironing or curling my whole head. The heat from your tools can be so damaging so try to use them as little as possible.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Want shiny, long, voluminous hair? Then eat a healthy diet rich with leafy greens, nourishing fats and LOTS of water. It’s not just what you do on the outside, but what you do on the inside. Some foods that are especially rich for your hair include:
-nuts, seeds, oils
-salmon and other omega fatty fish
-spinach and dark leafy greens
Many of these foods are rich in biotin and keratin, which help promote healthy hair growth along with iron, folate and a whole slew of other vitamins that help support cell regeneration. Don’t forget to load up on water to keep your hair hydrated!
I’d love to hear your healthy hair tips so feel free to drop them in the comments below!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Avocados from Mexico – Canada. I’m so excited to continue our collaboration in 2016 as a Canadian Ambassador. Looking forward to bringing you more avotastic posts!
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