What I Do To Keep My Hair Healthy (And How You Can, Too!)

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Let’s talk about hair. My hair is probably the number one thing I receive comments on – both here, on Instagram and in real life. This cracks me up because while I love my hair, I don’t see it as anything special. My hair is long and straight, and I sometimes manage to style it in some way besides it’s natural state. What I do pride myself on when it comes to my hair is how I take care of it. So, grab a cup of coffee and settle in – I’m spilling all my secrets on what I do to keep my hair healthy!

What I Do to Keep My Hair Healthy
 
If you’re new around here, I’d describe my hair as fine-to-medium thickness. I have A LOT of hair! It’s also super long and color-treated aka easily prone to tangles and damage.

Embrace the no ‘poo.

First things first – I don’t wash my hair every day. I know that everybody and their mom preaches this as one of the most important things to do for healthy hair. Your hair needs it’s natural oils – that’s just a fact! This does take some getting used to, and you kind of have to “train” your hair to go longer between washes. I used to only be able to get away with washing my hair every other day, but now I can go three maybe four days! Dry shampoo is the greatest friend that you’ll ever have – especially on gym/workout days – so stock up.

Blonde highlights with shadow root

Cut back on heat styling and/or turn down the heat!

I try to use as little heat on my hair as possible. Since I only wash my hair once or twice a week, that means I only use a blow dryer on those same days. If you’re blessed with beautiful air-dried hair, then you’re the luckiest person I know. When/if you do blow dry, only use the medium heat setting and finish with the cool blast button. Never EVER dry on high heat. And, don’t forget to douse those strands mid-shaft to ends with heat block spray.

When I use other heat stylers, I turn the temperature way down. My flat iron is set at 380 F, and I use my 1.25″ curling iron on level five or six. This all depends on your hair texture and thickness, but try not to overdo it.

No heat straight hair

Take a daily vitamin.

I’m a firm believer in the phrase, “beauty starts from within.” I can’t stress enough how important a daily vitamin supplement is for not only your overall health but hair health, too!

Nature Made® Hair Skin & Nails Adult Gummies have been a part of my regular daily beauty routine for quite some time now. The gummies provide 2500 mcg biotin and 100 mg vitamin C per serving. I have difficulty swallowing regular vitamins and pills, so anything in gummy form makes my life easier! The delicious mixed berry, cranberry and blueberry flavors also make these taste more like a treat than vitamins.

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Extend time between hair color appointments.

Since I color-treat my hair, I typically try to only see my hairdresser every eight to 12 weeks. Bleach and color chemicals can do a real number on your hair and scalp, so I like to give everything adequate time to recover before my next treatment. Nobody likes the over-processed look anyway! I know that 12 weeks can seem like a long time when those roots start to show, but just remember that the “rooty” look is in. Plus, ponytails, braids and top knots were created for a reason!

Blonde highlights with shadow root
 
These are my best tricks of the trade of what I do to keep my hair healthy! Hopefully now you, too can incorporate a few hair health tips into your daily routine and put your best head-of-hair forward!

What tips or advice do you have when it comes to hair health?

Want more about hair? Check out how to get the hair that you want and a seasonal hair color change: platinum to lived-in blonde.

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure prevent any diseases.
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  • Debra Stachelski

    Good tips, your hair always looks great! Wish I didn’t have to wash and style my hair every day, but if I don’t my short hair looks awful! 🙁

  • I love your health hair tips, babe- and I’m with you: I do not wash every day! Dry shampoo is my bf.

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • your hair always looks fantastic, so i should just copy everything you do 😉 i try and go every other day or more with my hair, but while i love dry shampoo, surely it’s not good to use it as much as i do, you know? especially because i work out often and my hair gets super gross and the only way to save it is dry shampoo or washing. which is worse? you know? like there was that one girl who reckoned she went bald from it. sweet. just what i want to know lol. i do let my hair air dry but it is not pretty. i need to blow dry it more, it cuts down on the frizz for sure.

    • Wait … SOMEONE WENT BALD FROM DRY SHAMPOO?! Don’t tell me these things, now I’ll be terrified to use it lol. On my workout days, I definitely have to play it by ear on whether or not I’m going to wash it after – depends on how much I sweat! Sometimes I can get away with dry shampoo and throwing it up in a messy bun. Other days when it looks like I’ve just jumped in a pool I obviously wash it. And, since my hair is way long now it gets weighed down/oily a lot easier so I can’t go as long between washes.

      • i don’t know if it was the cause, or if she used it a ridiculous amount, but it was all over the internet a year or two ago. my bestie is a hairdresser and she uses it, so i do too. she just says not to use it ALL the time and hardcore rely on it, so that’s what i do.

  • I am with you on trying to be nice to your hair and not damage it from styling! #client

  • Such great tips! Your hair looks so healthy!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Biana Perez

    These are all tips that I stick to as well – especially the no heat styling and taking a vitamin. Even better when they are in gummy form like these! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Your hair always looks amazing, so I’m going to have to just copy your routine down to a science! I used to wash my hair every day because it’s so fine and got oily so quick. But in the past year, I’ve gone down to every other day and while it took some getting used to at first now I’m seeing a big difference. Definitely worth it <3

    Green Fashionista

    • Yay! Being able to skip a day or two of washing does take some getting used to, but I think the hair benefits are worth it in the long run. I will say that now that my hair is way long, I can’t go as long as I used to between washing it. Mine is so fine, too!

  • Lauren Scorzafava

    Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls