TLC for Your Tresses
Ladies, let’s talk Hair. I always say one day when I’m Royal Crown Diamond for Young living, I’m going to have a personal stylist style my hair each day. And I am only half kidding. While I actually enjoy applying makeup, I find spending time on my hair incredibly tedious sometimes with mixed results. Nevertheless, Mom and Grandma always made it a priority to maintain well styled tresses and taught me to do the same from a young age. Growing up in the eighties, hair commercials were big and the hair… it was bigger. Remember Salon Selectives? Your perfectly feathered hair had to be on point or why continue on? While the styles have changed, and the definition of great hair looks like has expanded, the pressure to have some serious hair game hasn’t. This can cause some pretty intense frustrations in the morning. It doesn’t matter if it’s thick, thin, curly, or straight, everyone has a love-hate relationship with their hair for some reason or another. Well, I’m here to give you some tips and recipes that I have learned to curtail those bad hair days and how to show some love to those beautiful locks of yours. Good hair days, here we come!
Avoid the chemicals. Chemicals like alcohol and sulfates can strip your hair of their natural oils leaving it dry and dull. Silicone, a commonly found chemical and hair products, can also make your hair heavy causing you to have flat, lifeless hair. Try to pick more natural products. I love Young Living's Copaiba Vanilla Shampoo. No harmful chemicals and it adds some pretty killer volume.
Revise your conditioning routine. Rinse well after cleansing, condition, and rinse again with cold water. Cold water will seal in the moisture, giving your hair tons of shine. It also closes the cuticle layer, great for those with an oily scalp. A cold-water blast at the end of your shower is actually good for your skin as well. It reduces redness, tightens up pores, and all sorts of good things.
Be bougie and sleep on a silk pillowcase. If it’s good enough for Kim Kardashian, it’s good enough for you. We both know that you’re extra, so give in and try it. It prevents breakage, moisture loss, and helps keep any frizz and bedhead at a minimum. This was a game changer I invested in for my daughter who has thick, curly hair. Goodbye Rosanna Danna Anna.
How you wash your hair matters. When your shampooing, avoid your ends. Only hit your scalp to the midsection of your hair. As you rinse your other hair will be come clean without stripping it of it natural oil. Remember your scalp tends to produce oils, leaving your ends dryer. Because I tend to have oily hair, I skip conditioner closer to my scalp, so I can squeeze another day of not washing my hair. Which leads us to the next tip…
Washing hair every day is a big no-no. I know, I know, you’ve probably heard this one before, but it bears repeating. I seriously struggle with this some days. But all that washing is harder on your hair and if you struggle with oily hair, it can make it worse. The good news is you can buy a day or two with dry shampoo. Seriously, I don’t know what my life would be without that little miracle. I have a great natural recipe for one as well.
Supplements and food can help make a difference. Making sure you’re eating clean will definitely help the vibrancy of your hair. Leafy greens and good fats are phenomenal for hair care. Also, certain supplements like Sulfurzyme from Young Living support healthy hair, skin, and nails like no other.
Watch those hot tools gals. I love beachy waves just as much as the next girl, but it really does a number on your hair so be careful you are not overdoing it. If you can get by a day or two without putting heat on your hair, that helps. Just like I think you should treat your face to a mask once a week, I believe you should treat your hair just as good. I have a great hair mask recipe to try the next time you are soaking in the tub. This isn’t your mom’s old school V05 hot oil treatment ladies... no need to break out the Jordash jeans just yet. Combining avocado with olive oil through those tresses will really pack a punch. Olive oil smooths the hair and avocado 🥑 actually contains biotin, helping your hair and nails stay strong.
Even your towel can make a difference. Using a special towel will help calm the frizz and not deplete your hair of all its natural moisture.
Get yourself a wet brush. They are the best invention since mascara. No seriously. They are more gentle and effective getting through those knots so now I don’t have the desire to drink a glass of wine after I get done combing out my daughter’s hair anymore.
Less ponytails and tight up does. I tell my daughter all the time she’s going to look like Danny Divito one day because it’s constantly up in a tight rubber band. Pulling and tugging eventually wears on the hair follicle. So, definitely rotate your styles.
Ultimately, no matter your hair type, take time to keep your mane happy and healthy. Long term, this will do well in knocking out most of those bad hair days. If you forget why you are combing a perfectly delicious avocado through your hair and not making guacamole for tonight’s binge watching of Game of Thrones, just remember those old-school L’Oréal commercials, “because I’m worth it.”