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Today I’m sharing with you guys my TRIED + TRUE ways of protecting and repairing my hair. I’ve mentioned this before on here, but I was not blessed with thick, luscious locks. More like stringy and frail. So, it’s a constant battle to nourish my mane and fool the world into thinking I have rapunzel-like tresses.
So when my hair starts to really struggle, I break the situation down into two components. First, I look at ways I can absolutely HALT all damage being done to my hair. And second, I look at ways I can revive and repair my hair to it’s truest form.
Y’all know I am totally obsessed with living in San Diego. But. It has definitely taken a toll on my hair, and here’s why: It’s almost always sunny when I’m outside hiking. I swim a lot (salt water pool life holllaaaaa). And to top it all off, I radically changed my hair this fall and joined the color treated hair lifestyle. And then because I like to cause my hair even more misery, I dyed it back to brunette a couple weeks ago. Whoaaaaa.
Since moving here I noticed for the first time in a while that my hair was becoming incredibly brittle, dry, breakable, and dull (see here). So it was time to put my hair damage prevention + repair protocol into overdrive. These methods WORK. Seriously. Try them and lemme know! Let’s get to ittt:
LET’S TALK ABOUT ELASTICS
This has been major for me. I’ve caused my hair so much damage by using too tight elastics. Whenever I run I HAVE to wear an elastic headband. It’s just a weird thing that I have to do to get my focus right, ya know? But it undoubtedly causes hairs to break because of how tight it is. The solution? Honestly just cut back on tight elastic headbands! I mean I get it, when I wear an elastic headbands it’s like my workout is ready to GO. But by giving your hair a break for a few weeks, you let some serious (and much needed) repair begin.
Elastic hair ties can also cause a lot of damage.If you have a lot of hair, putting your hair in a ponytail when you work out can put a lot of strain on the strands that are in contact with the elastic — this ultimately leads to breakage. The solution? Opt for any kind of braid over a ponytail. With a braid, whether it be french braids, dutch braids, or a regular braid, there is no heavy weight on the strands that are in touch with the elastic because the elastic is secured to the end of your tresses.
Chlorine is notoriously hard on hair. Salt water (whether it be salt water pools, or the ocean) can also take a toll. OBVI you shouldn’t avoid having fun but just make sure you wash your hair as soon as possible after you’re done swimming. I’ve noticed my hair gets the most brittle after I’ve been to the pool a lot and only rinse after swimming. Shampoo is necessary to get all the salt/chemicals out IMO.
HEAT PROTECTION/NO HEAT
Oh yes, heat styling. The hair killer. That is, if you don’t protect your hair correctly. Always always use some kind of heat protectant before you even blow dry your hair. This is a must! I try to use as little heat as possible. I literally don’t even own a blow dryer — which is a bit extreme and inconvenient at times…but you catch my drift.
SILK PILLOWCASE LIFESTYLE
Yessssss this is one of my FAVS. Michael got me a silk pillowcase for Valentine’s Day and it’s life changing. Guys, you have to try it. There has been a lot of hype about silk pillowcases lately. At first I was skeptical — but after literally one night of sleeping on a silk pillowcase, I am a firm believer. Silk pillowcases reduce friction, which reduces frizz. You’ll wake up the next morning with hardly any cowlicks or creases. I find I can get away with making my curls last a lot longer.
REPAIR CENTRIC SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER
It’s KEY you choose a shampoo + conditioner that is geared towards repair and recovery. The Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Ultimate Repair Shampoo + Conditioner was made exactly for that. Gliss was made with patented technology to repair your hair when it’s in rough shape. It actually replaces keratin (which in case you don’t know, keratin is MAJOR if you want strong and smooth hair) and repairs hair up to 10 layers deep.
Gliss repairs hair that’s needing TLC and it’s also an everyday shampoo + conditioner situation (not just for hair damage emergencies). IMO the best way to take care of your hair is to prevent damage in the first place with regular maintenance and quality, proven products.
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Schwarzkopf Gliss shampoo + conditioner actually won the Allure Best of Beauty Award – best shampoo & conditioner for damaged hair. The Ultimate Repair Masks won Product of the Year – Most Innovated Hair Treatment of 2018 & also won People® Beauty Award for Best Hair Mask in 2017. So you KNOW it’s legit.
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LET’S TALK BRUSHES
Did you know your hair is more fragile when it’s wet? This is actually when it’s weakest, so it’s important to keep this in mind when you’re going through your post-shower routine. For years I have used a wide-tooth comb to detangle my hair when it’s wet.
This comb is so gentle on my hair and easily detangles it. Highly recommend you get yourself a wide tooth comb! It will make your life so much easier. I actually use this comb most of the time, especially when I’m brushing my hair after I’ve curled it.
GO BEYOND SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER (MASK IT UP)
In addition a quality shampoo + conditioner, adopting a regular mask regimen is best for optimum repair. Schwarzkopf Gliss has an Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Mask that is literally (see above^^^) award winning. Yes please. They say to use a mask 2-3 time a week, and I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week, so I use a mask almost every time I shower lol. Living my best life.
If you’re like me and don’t wash your hair everyday, sometimes your ends can start to look brittle because they haven’t been conditioned in a day or two. When this happens I put oil on the ends to give them some much needed moisture.
OKay y’all those are my tips that I swear by. I can always tell when I slack off and start neglecting my hair — it let’s me know that isn’t cool by turning into straw. I hope you guys enjoyed! I was really excited to partner with Schwarzkopf for this post — thank you for supporting brands that support this blog! Xx.