Want to healthify your hair?
I know, healthify isn’t really a word. But why would you not want to healthify your hair?
I was questioning if I should chime in on this whole hair thing and all. I don’t have naturally long, luxurious, thick hair. My hair is very fine, and as the years pass, I find I have less of it than I once did.
But I have to tell you: the hair I have now is WORLDS healthier than the hair I had when I was younger. It’s not even close.
I figured out these well-earned secrets like I have learned most of my hard-earned lessons in life: from 40 years of doing the wrong thing.
I am GIFTING YOU my 40 some odd years of trial and error here. So, save yourself a couple of decades and read on!
1. Don’t wash your hair every day
My friend on Instagram, who has GORGEOUS hair, by the way, validated this for me last week. If you wash your hair every day, you’re asking for breakage.
Do you remember the movies in which the actress would say they can’t do anything that evening because they were “washing their hair?”
That used to kill me, because I used to wash my hair every single morning. I was so paranoid that my hair would look greasy and oily that it became just the opposite.
I used to have ridiculous split ends that no amount of conditioning could fix.
It wasn’t until I became an entrepreneur that I figured out that washing my hair less frequently helped it stay healthy.
When you work for yourself, you delegate all your time very judiciously. There’s no one else to do it for you, so you have to really regiment your time well…right down to the amount of time it takes to make a meal, to work out, to commute to work, to get ready for bed.
In the beginning, when I wasn’t yet very good at it, my choices started to look like this:
I can either shower or eat breakfast.
When faced with that choice, if I showered/washed my hair the day before, unless I did something extremely body-intensive that morning, breakfast won.
My hair started to get healthier without my even noticing.
I wash my hair two…maybe three…times a week now. I actually schedule my high-intensity exercise around my wash days so that I don’t have to wash my hair more.
2. Make sure your diet is healthy and includes healthy fats and proteins.
I know. So obvious, but it has to be stated.
If your body doesn’t have proper fuel for its nervous system, your bones, muscles, etc…It’s going to conserve its energy and allocate resources from “expendables,” like your hair. Less effective nutrition = nasty hair (skin and nails, too).
Before I really knew something about nutrition, back in the 80s and 90s, I used to get my eating tips from popular books and vegetarian magazines. It’s not that they were wrong all the time – a lot of their advice I still use today. But back then, fats – all fats — were considered evil.
The covers of these magazines almost always featured a big plate of pasta tossed with colorful nightshade vegetables and silken, “low fat” tofu.
Make sure you get a healthy balance of Omega 3-6-9-7, fats and foods rich in proteins in your diet. If you work out, use undenatured minimally processed whey protein or, if you’re a vegetarian, use an appropriate pea-hemp protein.
Run from saturated, processed, hydrogenated fats and deep fried carbs.
Here’s an overall lifestyle tip: if you’ve seen it in a commercial, chances are that you shouldn’t eat or use it.
3. Use hair products that are all-natural, and sourced organically.
You have to do your homework here. It’s hard to find products that don’t have cancer-causing chemicals in them. Two brands I can recommend off the bat are Acure and Aubrey Organics.
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If you want to geek out on this stuff like I do, this is a MUST USE source: Environmental Working Group.
I refer to this site all the time. They have a database that details exactly how toxic a chemical is, so you can go to the store armed with knowledge. YOU MUST make this one of your go-to pages!
4. When you wash your hair, towel dry it BEFORE putting conditioner on.
This has been huge for me. I don’t know why, but one day it dawned on me that my hair was so wet, the conditioner just thinned out. So I towel dried my hair before I put the conditioner on, in the shower.
While my hair was in a towel, I shaved my underarms. I took the towel off, I saturated my hair with the conditioner, and I went about shaving my legs while the conditioner was on my head.
That leads to # 5:
5. Leave the conditioner on for 5+ minutes, then rinse for 10 seconds.
Don’t just do the 60-second wait. Schedule your shower tasks around the conditioner. Leave it on for at least 5 minutes, and when you rinse, don’t rinse your hair until it squeaks! Rinse for 10 seconds (give or take a second). You know… one Mississippi…two Mississippi…etc…
Here’s a bonus round:
[pullquote align=”normal”]Let your hair dry about 85% before you put a dryer to it. Use a high-powered ionic hair dryer and dry it completely. [/pullquote]
When you’re out of the shower, towel-dry, brush your wet hair, and go about putting your lotion, deodorant, perfume, makeup…let your hair dry on your head.
When its about 85% dry, use a hair dryer that is over 2000 watts strong. If you want straight hair, use the flat head funnel adaptor; if you want curls, use the round knobby adaptor. Dry your hair COMPLETELY. Then use the cold-shot button to set your hair with the cold air.
If you do these things, you’re going to see immediate improvement and obvious results in 3-6 months.
I know you have a tip. Please share!