If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I am absolutely obsessed with my hair. I’ve gone through at least five shades in the past year and a half, and have cut it short, grown it out, and experimented with all kinds of ways to wear it.
These days, it’s back to black, and my latest focus has been on getting the shiniest and healthiest hair possible. My hair is naturally coarse, thick, and wavy/curly, so it’s always been difficult. It doesn’t fall in those gorgeous curly ringlets, it has a tendency to frizz something awful, and I haven’t done it any favors with all the abuse I’ve heaped on it. But I’ve discovered a secret way to get shiny and healthy hair, and now that I have it perfected, I’m ready to share it with you.
Like any good beauty routines, you have to actually do it consistently. You know, kind of like graduating school consists mostly of showing up. Make a commitment, and you’ll see results in less than a month.
Step One: stop washing your hair so much. I know, I used to be an everyday washer, too. But trust me – even if you’re using the most gentle shampoos out there, you are still stripping your hair of the natural oils which give it shine. Three times a week is more than enough, and if you can get it down to just once, you’ll be ahead of the game. Dry shampoos will help you with particularly rough days, and the longer you follow this routine, you’ll find the the less your hair feels like it needs washing. This is even more important if you are serious about the heat tools (I’m talking to you – yes, you – the one with the flat iron).
Step Two: Faithfully apply oil to your hair every single night. Gently comb out your hair and use about a dime sized amount of oil from the mid-length to the ends, paying close attention to any damaged areas. I’ve tried many different kinds of oil, and these are my personal favorites:
- Huile de Palme by Leonor Greyl: the mac daddy of hair oils, if you will. Just a tiny amount will go a long way, and the smell is divine.
- Organic Argan Oil by Josie Maran: the oil that all those silicone based treatments are trying to be. The wonders of this argan oil will be apparent in your hair too, especially with repeated use.
- Carol’s Daughter Hair Balm: this is a mixture of sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and wheat germ. Like all Carol’s Daughter products, this is totally natural and still manages to smell wonderful.
- Desert Essence Jojoba Oil: jojoba oil was in just about every hair product in the 1980’s, and there is a good reason for it. It’s economical, and it works.
- Olive oil: yes, the kind you probably already have in your kitchen. It’s truly a multi-tasker, and does an excellent job of leaving hair soft. Add a few drops of essential oil or fragrance if you can’t deal with the smell.
Step Three: wrap it up and go to bed. Seriously. Wrap that hair around your head, put on a scarf, secure it with a couple of bobby pins, and go to bed. Haven’t you ever noticed in vintage photos, women often wore some sort of head gear to bed? This is why. A large cotton scarf that you can wrap easily around your head twice will work perfectly. I have one I picked up at a thrift store for about $1. Or, you can pick up a fancy hair wrap at Sally’s that has ties and is dead simple for about $4.
What do you think? Will you take up the challenge?