I’m not sure if it was the tale of Rapunzel or a Pantene commercial that triggered this in me, but ever since I was young, I wanted to have amazing hair. But growing up in the Florida humidity, made it almost impossible to have good hair days. During my early years, I rocked the chopped bangs and high pigtails. Most of elementary school was lived in a low, messy, frizzy ponytail. Middle school was the era of crunchy hair (hair gel) and awkward layers. Praise the Lord for YouTube and hair gurus! When I was about 15, I started experimenting with braids, hair straighteners, curlers and even hair extensions at one point (no shame!). I have dyed my hair, burned it with hot tools and spent way too many hours in the pool and beach…all of this left it dry and lifeless. I made five simple changes to my hair routine and have seen wonderful results. I am finally the girl from the Pantene commercial…or at least I like to think I am! Haha
- Conditioner > Shampoo. I was in a salon in Colombia last year, when the hairdresser suggested something that revolutionized my routine. She challenged me to wash my hair only with conditioner, no shampoo, just once a week. This sounded crazy to me! No shampoo? How on earth was I supposed to clean my scalp?! I gave it a try and OMG!! I loved it! Not only did it cut my wash time in half, but it was much softer and had a lot less tangles. I went a little crazy and now only wash my hair with conditioner. I wet my scalp completely, flip my head upside down and “shush” a generous amount of conditioner all over, as you would with your shampoo. I leave that in for a couple of minutes and then rinse! If my hair is extremely dirty, like after a beach day, I’ll take a quarter-size amount of shampoo and mix it with a greater amount of conditioner. I don’t even use a fancy conditioner; I have been using Suave’s Almond & Shea Butter Conditioner from Walmart! The reason this works, according to the hairdresser, is because conditioner still contains cleansing products like the ones found in shampoo. Your hair is cleaned, but not stripped of the natural oils it needs to grow and stay healthy. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Suave-Professionals-Almond-and-Shea-Butter-Conditioner-28-oz/13269710
- Ditch the towel! (Shoutout to Madi Sibley for this one!) I noticed her hair was always super soft, easy to style and rarely frizzy, even in the heat of Florida’s summer! She told me she never towel-dried her hair, and that’s why it was so soft and silky. Since then, I have not wrapped my hair in a towel or used one to dry it. I noticed an immediate change in the texture and frizziness of my hair, it was so easy to style! I brush it as soon as I get out of the shower and let it air dry, once it’s damp, I braid it and leave it like that until the next day to get some heat-free waves!
- Five Dollar Brush! My cousin bought a detangler brush and loved it! I got mine for 5 bucks at Walmart and it’s probably one of my favorite purchases of 2017! I definitely recommend this for easier brushing and less breakage. It works wonders on wet and dry hair, here’s the link! 🙂 https://www.walmart.com/ip/25826957?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=42423897272&wl4=pla-51320962143&wl5=9011853&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla_multichannel&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=25826957&wl13=&veh=sem
- BubububuBIOTIN! I never believed in hair growth vitamins until I decided to give Biotin a try. I’ve been taking them for a couple of months and have seen my hair grow faster and look healthier. The vitamins obviously don’t work overnight, so don’t expect them to. However, if you are consistent in taking them, it’s very likely you’ll notice the difference. The day after I took them, I had a strong headache, but I took some vitamin D and was fine later. If Biotin does not work for you, there are other great options to look into. https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=biotin&cat_id=0&facet=brand:Spring%20Valley
- Cuckoo for Coconut Oil! I love to be a part of the coconut oil generation, I specifically love it for my hair. I did this a lot more last year, but once a week, the night before washing my hair, I do a coconut oil mask. I put on a good movie or sermon and section my hair into thin chunks. I melt the coconut oil in my hands and then drench my hair from root to tip with it. It usually takes me about an hour to apply the oil, once I’m done, I braid it and sleep in it. *It’s best to use an old pillowcase on your pillow because oil stains! 😉 In the morning, I wash it–with shampoo this time to avoid greasy roots. You may have to wash and rinse a couple of times, then apply conditioner and leave it in for a couple of minutes before rinsing out. I lightened my hair twice within a two month period last year, and coconut oil has been helping me restore it from that.
Alright ladies, there you go! Just a disclaimer, I am in no way an expert. I just wanted to share the five things that helped bring my hair back to life. Try it out and let me know how they work for you! 🙂
Your friend, Nadia Kay ❤