I have super straight, long hair. It gets super dry in the summer because I’m outside in the sunshine so much. It’s a common fact that long hair needs extra care and sometimes mine seems to need intensive treatment.
Since natural hair care has been on my mind (actually it’s always on my mind…always on my head), I thought it’d be fun to do a post about natural hair care.
I’m not a fan of hairsprays, mousses, gels…really any hair products, actually. I don’t like to use hairdryers on my already dry hair and well…let’s just say that I keep my hair super boring. It’s usually just in a ponytail all day long. Actually, one of my new years goals was to learn to style my hair in more ways.
- Don’t ever blow-dry your hair – it doesn’t do anything but hurt your hair. If you really need to use a hairdryer, use a low/cool setting. I never touch the hairdryer…if I’m in a hurry to have my hair dry I go outside and let the wind blow it. It’s my wind dryer and it’s zero electricity, for those who care.
- Try to lay off the curling iron. This summer I’m trying to curl my hair only 1-2 a week, instead of every day. I’m also experimenting with the sock bun method – if it goes well, I’ll give you an update!
- Make your own hair products – I’m excited about trying this beach hair spray and maybe some sugar hair spray…a little googling and we can totally forgo all these nasty chemicals by making our own products.
- If you like a little extra blondness in the summer you can bleach your hair with lemon juice – I’ve done this for years and it totally works. I just mix some lemon juice with water and dump it on my head once I’m outside.
- Massage your head with a Chinese massager – mine came from the Dollar Store and I love to use it before bed while I’m reading. Massaging your head will help with circulation and help your hair grow faster. Check out this link to see what they look like.
- Use a silk pillowcase – mine ripped and died, so I haven’t used one in a while…but it’s gentler on the hair and lets the hair slide on the pillow, rather than tugging. Bonus: It also eliminates all those pillow lines that we can wake up with on our face!
- Trim your locks regularly – ‘nough said.
- Use sulfate-free, natural shampoo and make sure to condition your hair (helps SO much with dryness). My sister-in-law and I are toying with the idea of the No Poo Method – and using baking soda and apple cider vinegar on our hair instead. We’ve almost convinced ourselves to do it and if I do it and like it, I’ll let you know!
- Rinse your hair with cold water after you wash it – it’s my new ritual and I love how it makes my hair shiny!
- Use coconut oil on your hair – now that I’ve started, I will NEVER stop. I get my coconut oil from Tropical Traditions because they are simply the best brand I’ve tried.
On that note I want to share with you one of my new favourite hair products that Tropical Traditions sent me.
Okay, people…I’m not lying…after using it consistently for about a week my hair has never ever felt that soft. Seriously, I couldn’t stop touching it. It was amaaazing. My hair didn’t feel dry anymore, but soft, tangle free, and left with a light lavender scent. It’s been so busy lately I haven’t used it, but I tell you, I notice the difference. When I skip the coconut oil, my hair isn’t as soft and tends to be drier.
I mainly use it as a night treatment. I start at the ends of my hair and work the oil up the scalp. Then I’ll wash my hair in the morning. It works as a conditioner as well.
You can also use it for a hair shine by adding the most minuscule amount to your fingers and lightly running it over your hair.
I just love that all the ingredients are completely pure and natural.
Hope you enjoyed this girly post…I had so much fun putting it together! Come back tomorrow because I’ll be having a giveaway so that you have a chance to try this wonderful hair product!
What’s your best hair care tip? Do you blow-dry your hair?
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