There’s nothing worse than damaged hair. Trust me, I’ve been there a lot! During my career, I’ve had every treatment, every style, and every color imaginable. My personal hair stories might scare you but they’ve also taught me a thing or two about what it takes to build strong, healthy locks from the inside out.
If your hair is feeling like it will never recuperate (or want to maintain), it will! All it takes is a little time, patience, and these tricks:
- Supplements: I’m a big believer in taking supplements for your skin and hair. Prenatal vitamins work well here. Also, when I was a model, I took something called Visiscal. It’s an over-the-counter fish oil supplement that can be easily found online and in health stores. Models take it because it works! Studies have proven that protein and essential fatty acids (EFAs), like those found in fish oil, effectively help to regulate hormones and stimulate hair growth. Biotin and silica supplements have also been proven to promote healthier hair and growth. Nutrafol is also a great option.
- Hair Washing: Stop overwashing your hair. Drop it down to at least every other day. Always use a gentle shampoo designed for color treated hair even if you don’t color yours. This is especially important if you’re a redhead or have darker hair. Tracey Cunningham, from Meche Salon, always reminds me: “You wouldn’t wash a delicate cashmere sweater with a harsh detergent. Same goes for your hair.”
- Hair Conditioning: I use two different conditioners. It seems complicated, but it’s not. I use a lightweight conditioner meant for processed hair on my entire head. And then, just on the ends, I use Terax, a very heavy conditioner. I don’t mind spending more money on a conditioner because it stays on your hair the longest and it’s meant to penetrate. For a more budget-friendly option, a mayonnaise mask also does the trick.
For those with color-treated hair, the line Olaplex is especially important for you. If you feel like a bleach treatment left you with broken ends, Olaplex bonds the hair as well as helping to keep that vibrant color.
- Heat Hiatus: You’ve got to do it. Avoid using too many heat tools on your hair and occasionally take a break from blow dryers and the like. Whenever using heat tools, first work a heat protectant into the hair. Topknots, ponytails, and braids are a simple way to look stylish without excess styling or using heat.
For some heat hiatus hair ideas, check out these links:
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