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All my best tips to have healthy hair after years of mistakes

Ciao, welcome back to my blog fine people!

Today I am sharing with you my best hacks to maintain my hair healthy, shiny and glossy.

Since I started to dye my hair 4 years ago, I noticed that they slowly became thinner, drier and frizzy.

As a result, they are also prone to breakage and falling down much more than before. I could find a huge amount of hair in my shower after every shampoo and they were dull and lifeless even when clean.

I was desperate to know why!

Now, you might think: just stop dying your hair.

Yes, that could be an option but, unfortunately, I am not ready yet to show the world how many grey hair I have got already.

I then started to make some researches online, I asked with my hairdresser what to do and I collected tips from friends and family.

The reality was that I was doing a lot of mistakes on a daily basis, plus I wasn't aware of some major hacks that could help to save my hair.


-Wash your hair once, maximum twice a week.

I used to wash my hair every other day since I was a teenager but I have learned one simple fact: the more you wash them, the sooner they will be dirty again.

Not to mention that they will be more damaged, especially on the ends.

The first month it was a real struggle avoiding my usual shampoo, now I can see a massive difference. My hair stay clean for much longer now and after 4/5 days my hair are not super fresh but still presentable, even when I am working out!


-Swap to a bar shampoo

I used to buy the biggest shampoo bottle I could find for 2£ at the supermarket.

Big mistake.

Sulphates and silicones present in cheap shampoos are extremely damaging as they are too stripping for the scalp so they can cause dryness and itchiness.

A bar shampoo made out of natural ingredients is a much healthier choice for you and for the environment.

I also learned that if a shampoo doesn't foam it doesn't mean that it is not cleaning enough. It just has less harsh and nasty chemicals, therefore it should be preferred.

Moreover, less is more when it comes to the dose utilised.

No matter how long your hair are, you only want to clean the scalp, which is where the oils and dirt are.

Most women will spread the shampoo on the length too but this cause dryness and split ends.

Last but not least: be gentle when massaging your scalp: no deep circular motions (they will tangle your hair), only gentle side ways motions.


Conditioner first

Apply a deep conditioner on the hair shaft before the shampoo if you hair are super dry and damaged. This will protect them but they will still be clean after.


Water's temperature

It is super important: neither hot (too stripping) or cold (not cleansing). It should be lukewarm.

I you like me love a hot shower after a long day, shower your body separately. Wash your hair either before or after so you can adjust the water temperature and not being cold.


Rinsing

After shampoo and conditioning, rinse you hair with a solution of 3 tbs of apple cider vinegar in a cup of cold filtered water to balance the PH of your hair (massively important if you have hard water at home like I do).

When an alkaline substance (the shampoo and the hard water) is applied to the hair, the cuticle opens up and causes the hair to swell. On the other hand, acidic hair products (our ACV + filtred water) close the cuticle layer and cause the hair strand surface to be flattened out, thus making hair smooth and shiny.

Please don't skip this step: it is definitely one of the most crucial!


Use rice water every 2 weeks to promote growth

According to researchers, women in the Heian period (794 to 1185 CE) in Japan had floor-length hair they kept healthy by bathing it in rice water.

A modern-day equivalent of this story can be found in China. The Yao women, who live in a village called Huangluo in China, are famed for having hair that averages 6 feet long.

Soaking is the quickest way to make rice water.

To use this method:

  • take ½ cup of uncooked rice

  • rinse thoroughly

  • place rice in a bowl with 2–3 cups of water

  • leave to soak for 30 minutes

  • strain the rice water into a clean bowl

Rinse your hair with the rise water at the end of your shower.


Coconut oil is not always the best choice

I often have been using coconut oil on my hair to prevent damage and make them softer.

The problem is that it is very hard to wash off (sometimes I had to wash my hair twice in a row because they were still greasy) which in my opinion does more harm than good.

Then I came across this eye opening article from Glamour:

"If your hair has been damaged from over-processing from colour, or is weak and fragile, you need to get amino acids into the hair shaft, so definitely don't want to coat your hair in oil.

Hair oils - and especially coconut oil - tend to seep into every tiny hole in your hair shaft and disguise the real problem to act as a quick-fix; this won't help your hair in the long-run and is one of the main reasons I advise against using oils in your hair."

Instead of using oils to fight frizz, always use low PH products on your hair."

If your really want to nourish your hair, I would recommend olive oil and Argan oil instead. I found them easier to get rid off once in the shower and it is still hugely beneficial for my hair.


No plastic brush, yes to wooden combs

Brush your hair starting from the ends first and then proceed to the scalp.

This will prevent pain if you have tangles and also breakage.



After washing

Wrap your hair in a large microfibre towel or in a T-shirt rather than using a rough cotton towel. They will dry faster!

Do not rub or forcefully massage your hair when it's wet as this will damage them.


No heat:

Let your hair dry naturally or if you can't, make sure to use a heat protectant and then blow dry at warm temperature.

In addition, never blow dry your hair upside down: it opens the hair cuticles again causing frizziness.

When your hair is fully dry, you can occasionally apply some flaxseed oil on the strands to extra protection against split ends.


No strict or super tight hair styles

Opt for scrunchies instead of normal hair ties or let your hair down.

Also, sleep with a silk night cap or invest in a silk pillowcase: you skin and hair will immensely benefit from it and I found a big difference right after the first try.


Grey hair:

If you really want to dye your hair, make sure your hairdresser is using Olaplex, which is a treatment which is formulated to protect hair from the process to get a desired colour, but it also makes the hair strong, healthier, shinier, and also helps mend some of the previous damage.



Top up for winter:

Try a vitamin D and biotin supplement if you need an extra push.



Be patient: it will take time to see result but if your are sticking to these advices, you'll have amazing hair!


Hair mask for damaged hair (only for the length)

1tbsp of honey

1tbsp of olive oil

1 egg


Mix the ingredients together until smooth then apply on your hair except for the scalp and wrap it with foil.

Leave it for 20 minutes then wash your hair.

Tip to avoid your hair from smelling: after shampoo and conditioner, rinse your hair with the cider vinegar and water mentioned above that will also add shine.

Thank me later!

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