My Healthy Hair Tips

25 Jan

My HairThroughout my life, I’ve always gotten comments or questions about my hair. “How do you keep your hair so long and healthy?” or “It must be hard taking care of all that hair!”

Honestly, my hair has ALWAYS been long (ever since I can remember) so I am just genetically programmed to take care of it properly. Well, I’m assuming what I do is “proper” considering it stays in pretty good health all year round :) Considering I have never had hair above my shoulders, I can’t really compare what it’s like caring for long vs. short. But I would imagine that the way you care for your hair depends more on the TYPE of hair you have (curly/thick/fine/etc.) rather than length. Obviously if you have chin-length, super curly tendrils all over your head that is far more work than having ass-length straight hair.

SO… onward to my list of hair tricks and tips that has kept my very long hair in very healthy condition over the years!

  1. Sulfate-Free ShampooAvoid sulfates!!!!!! I can’t stress enough the importance of using sulfate-free shampoo! I have been sulfate-free for about three years now and my hair has never looked better. Sulfates are a harsh chemical detergent that can cause hair thinning, folicle damage and some tests show sulfates may even cause cancer. If you color your hair, sulfates are the culprit that are stripping that expensive and beautiful dye job from your locks. Look for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Ammonium Sulfate (anything that says Sulfate) on the top of the ingredients list on your shampoo bottle. You can get sulfate-free shampoo anywhere these days… Walgreens, Walmart, CVS and of course beauty stores. Some of my favorite brands are RenPure and Organix.
  2. While showering, the first thing you should do is shampoo. Immediately follow your shampoo with your conditioner but don’t rinse. Massage the conditioner in from root to tip for a couple minutes, use a little water to help you distribute the conditioner, and leave it in for the remainder of your shower. The very LAST step before you get out will be to rinse. This allows the conditioner enough time to penetrate the hair shaft. If you are worried about getting conditioner in your eyes, pickup some shower caps from the dollar store and wear it over your conditioned head while you finish your shower.
  3. Don’t wash your hair with super hot water. I know it’s tempting because it feels so good, but your hair will do much better in cooler water. The cooler the water, the shinier and less frizzy the hair shaft :)
  4. Always use a leave-in conditioner, at least on your ends. I have fine hair so it doesn’t take much product to make my hair look greasy. I’ve mastered the technique of leave-in conditioner. Start with towel dried hair. I use a quarter-sized glob and work from the bottom up. Make sure your ends are really saturated and then move up your length. Whatever conditioner I have remaining on my hands (which usually isn’t much) by the time I get to my scalp, is what I use for the top of my head. I like to make sure I get my part where the frizzies pop up. I like all of Wen’s cleansing conditioners as leave-ins (but I don’t really like them as a shampoo/conditioner substitute… just as a leave-in) and SunSilk makes pretty nice leave-ins too.
  5. If you can, air dry. I have naturally straight hair so skipping the blow dryer isn’t a biggie for me. But if you have waves or curls, work with your natural texture and skip the hot tools 3 or 4 times a week, your hair will thank you for it.
  6. Dry ShampooAgain, if you can, only wash your hair every other day. The natural oils that your scalp produces work wonders for your mane. I personally have to wash my hair pretty much every day because it’s fine and blonde, so you can really notice when it’s dirty. Sometimes I spray a little dry shampoo and throw it into a poofy ponytail.

That’s all I’ve got. I hope this was a useful read for you and your hair :) Feel free to leave your own hair tips in the comments! I’m always looking for new tips.

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12 Responses to “My Healthy Hair Tips”

  1. Jennifer C. February 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    I always leave my conditioner in my hair during my shower…it has always seemed to keep it healthier looking~!!

  2. Anne Taylor February 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    I didn’t know about the cool water shampooing! Thanks! I usually leave conditioner on my hair for my entire shower time and barely rinse it out as my hair is super thick!

  3. Rachel Anne Palma February 5, 2011 at 3:49 am #

    Aww. Thanks for this now I can take a good care of my hair better! This is super helpful! Thanks!

  4. Nicoline February 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Hey thanks for the tips.
    I’ve never really paid attention to sulfates.
    I’ve always had long hair too, and in the winter it’s so frizzy. I found that John Freida’s Frizz Ease Serum works really well for me. It’s sort of a leave in conditioner.

  5. Kasia February 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Very useful tips! And your hair… Gorgeous :)

  6. Vittoria February 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

    i always keep the water cool for my hair…and that treseme product is a life-saver!

  7. Emma March 24, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Get tip on the conditioner. I’m going to try it. You got me off the sulfates a couple years ago. LOL!

  8. sajida June 11, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    very useful tips……….

  9. Shannon November 30, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    Have your tried the WEN Sixthirteen? I loved the WEN products but didn’t feel like my hair was clean enough. I switched to the Sixthirteen and it is great. It get my hair clean without making it feel weighted down. I would like to know how you get such pretty bouncy curls having straight hair! Please share!

    • Chelsey November 30, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      To be honest I’ve never even heard of sixthirteen, gonna have to google that!

      I get these bouncy girls with hot rollers and a few products. The BEST rollers I’ve ever used have been some vintage steam rollers that my mom had from the 80s. You had to add water inside the roller compartment and let it steam up for about 15 minutes. But she wouldn’t let me take them when I moved out so I’ve been using an electric set by Conair and they work pretty well. I take about a 1 inch section of hair and spray it generously with Tresemme Curl Activator spray. It’s hard to find it in stores nowadays but you can find it online. It’s basically a watered down hairspray with more elasticity. It bonds the hair into the curl while it’s sitting in the roller and gives a longer lasting, bouncier curl. I do my whole head like this and I try to leave the rollers in for AS LONG AS POSSIBLE (sometimes upwards of an hour) because I want the hair to cool off while it’s still in rollers because the cooling is what locks in the curl. If you take the rollers out while they are still warm then the curls won’t last as long with stick straight hair like mine. After I take all the rollers out, I don’t brush, separate or play with my hair at all for at least 5 minutes so the curls can settle. Then I’ll go in and lightly spray them with hair spray and smooth out any bumps with water that the rollers might have left behind. Hope this helps! :)

  10. Kim April 9, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    Can you please recommend the best shampoo for long, blonde, fine hair to get volume that is free of sulfates? Thank you x

    • Chelsey April 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      Hi Kim! I really love the new line from Burt’s Bees called GUD. They are sulfate free and the entire line smells AMAZING :) and they make my hair look really nice. I’ve seen the line sold at my local Walgreens http://www.gudhappens.com/

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