Like many, I have coloured hair. Over the years, it’s been various shades of blonde and brunette (and even green once by accident), and it can easily get dry and damaged if I don’t look after it properly. Over the last year I’ve really focused on looking after the health of my hair, so I thought I’d let you know what I do to maintain my mane.
- Tie it up at night. Now I don’t mean scraping it back so it’s sore, but I’ve found that twisting my hair round into a top knot and securing it with an crease-less hair tie works wonders. This helps my hair for different reasons; it keeps my hair off my face which stops it getting so greasy during the night, but it also keeps it out of reach. I have a terrible habit of pulling at my hair during the night and pulling the ‘underneath’ hair out when I’m stressed. I’ve often woken up covered in my own hair and it’s also really sore on my scalp. Twisting my hair into a bun on top of my head may make me look ridiculous, but it reduces my hair-pulling!
- Wash it less often. For yeaaaaaaars I was an everyday hair wash type of girl. With oily skin, exercising a lot and washing it constantly, my hair felt as if it was constantly oily, and over washing it really didn’t help. I’ve gradually weaned myself off, and I now wash my hair every 2-3 days (depending on what I’m doing each week). This has benefited me in numerous ways: my hair takes much longer to become greasy now, I spend far less money on shampoo and conditioner, I take less time to get ready in the mornings and I’m not damaging my hair by having to blow dry and style it every day. Dry shampoo has saved me throughout this transition, so I thought I’d give a quick shoutout to my favourite brand – Got2B. They have a fantastic dry shampoo for blondes, but I love the scent of their Texture Dry Shampoo too.
- Embrace the oils. After talking to my colleague about my desperation for Rapunzel-esque locks, she recommended castor oil to promote hair growth. I’d started using coconut oil on my scalp, so gave castor oil a go. I picked up a bottle of Ayumi castor oil and I haven’t looked back. Essentially, I massage castor oil into my scalp, then apply some coconut oil into the lengths and ends of my hair, then I wrap my entire head in cling film, followed by a towel turban, and sleep with the oils in. (I always put a towel over my pillow in case the cling film slips during the night.) It’s not an attractive look by any means! In the morning, I hop in the shower, shampoo twice and then condition my hair as usual, and my hair is left feeling super soft and it looks shiner than usual once it’s dry. I’ve been trying to do this ritual 1-2 times per week, and it’s making such a difference to my locks – give it a go!
- Use the right tools. It may sound really basic, but take a look at the type of hair brush you’re using. If your brush tugs, or scratches your scalp, ditch it! Opt for a ‘cushion’ brush or simply one that it gentle on your hair. My personal favourite is The Wet Brush. I’ve been using the ‘viva violet’ Wet Brush for a fair few months now and it’s really reduced the amount of hair fall I’ve had. It’s gentle on my hair, no matter how many knots I have! They’re about to launch a beautiful floral design for summer, so I have upgraded my favourite lilac brush for the one below.
- Step away from the heat. Embrace your natural hair and reduce how often you use hot tools on your hair. Let your hair dry naturally when you have the time, and step away from the straighteners or curling wand when you don’t need to use them. I now only use my straighteners or curling wands on nights out or special occasions, and I ensure my hair dryer is on a cool or warm setting too.
Do you have any additional tips for looking after damaged hair?