Post # 1
I have been avoiding cutting my hair (except for trims) because I like it long. But I had bad color damage especially after I did the oh so popular ombré style. My goodness did that dry my hair!
Im getting married in December of this year. I decided I needed to cut my hair and remove ALL the split ends so I lost about 4 inches.
My ends look so much better of course! But now i need to start nourishing my hair so it’s nice, healthy and long by December. I’m not a high maintenance girl in the beauty dept so if you tell me to do 5 steps with 5 products, I will not do it.
What is a SIMPLE way of keeping my hair alive until then? I’m going to try not to blow dry as much or use the wand as much. I dont ever straighten it so that’s not a biggie.
I do use a heat protectant but if there’s one you swear by, let me know? Anything else you did over a long time that worked?
Post # 2
– Consider taking prenatal vitamins or biotin supplements. People are divided on how much they really help, but I’ve personally found that prenatal vitamins really helped to strengthen my hair during my platinum blonde days.
– Limit shampooing as much as possible; rotate in days of just using dry shampoo or co-washing (washing with only conditioner).
– Use sulfate-free shampoos as much as possible – they strip your hair less.
– Use a silk or satin pillowcase, and loosely braid your hair at night so it doesn’t tangle and cause breakage.
– Do at least weekly hair masks with a super hydrating product like Queen Helene’s Cholesterol Cream.
– When summertime comes, use hair products with UV protection built in.
Post # 3
You can wash it in either egg or Mayo once a week which have natural oils in. My hairdresser told me that . I’ve done the Mayo a few time and seems to help. There are plant extract oils you you get to that you run through your hair wet before you blow dry.
Hope that helps
Post # 4
loreal power dose with lactic acid for damaged hair every week to ten days. Its a little expensive but it has saved my hair through color changed, highlights gone bad…and an unfortunate episode of curling iron mania…lol
Post # 5
I have really long hair with super unhealthy ends. It’s been colour damaged (home hair colour 🙈) The two things that have saved it from being chopped are my wet brush and shea oil:
Saryna Key Pure African Shea Oil. The whole line is reeeallllly amazing – a bit pricey, but worth it:
The Wet Brush – painless brushing with dry or wet hair:
Post # 6
I have really long hair and a blonde balayage ombre, but I keep my hair healthy with moroccan argon oil, air drying post shower, and only washing my hair twice a week. My best friend swears by Biotin supplements and her hair grows insanely fast. She cut it just under her ears last June and it was halfway down her back when I saw her in October. If I have hours to spare, I’ll put coconut oil in my hair and leave it in for an hour or too as well.
Post # 7
We are in the same boat! Unfortunately I had highlights that bleached the shit out of my hair. So I got it lopped off to chin length. Since then, I’ve been taking Viviscal 2x a day with plenty of water, using Mane ‘n Tail Gro shampoo and conditioner, hair stimulating conditioner Crecepelo from the DR, aaand black casteroil to stimulate hair growth 🙂
And after I shower, I spray detangler & a dime sized amount of Schwarzkopf Bonacure Repair Rescue Sealed Ends throughout my hair.
It’s definitely more healthy and growing for the wedding most importantly haha.
Post # 8
Keep it simple… It’s less about the products and more about the hair care.
had some great tips!
Also learn some go-to heat-free styles.
Post # 9
I have hair to almost my butt, and it’s remarkably healthy. FWIW, it’s naturally wavy, and incredibly dense on my scalp but the individual strands are relatively fine. There are several things I do, all of which are probably completely feasible for you.
I wash my hair every other, or every three days. I use sulfate-free shampoo – and I have two or three different kinds I cycle through, but that’s more to keep my scalp from getting oily than anything else. My hair and scalp get tempermental when they know what to expect.
Every third or fourth hair wash, I use It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask, and leave it on… essentially as long as possible.
I let my hair air dry as much as I possibly can – when it air dries, I use It’s a 10 Leave-In product. I use the regular one – but they also have one that’s keratin infused (which I thought just made my hair crunchy), and a lighter formula that my bestie swears by.
When I do blow-dry or straighten, I use Red Ken Smooth Lock Heat Glide Serum. It looks like they might be changing their packaging or something, but this is what mine looks like… http://www.amazon.ca/Redken-Smooth-Glide-Unisex-5-Ounce/dp/B008KVJQNS
Hope this helps! I’ve never tried oils, though my hair stylist gave me a few individual package things I might give a go. I have a friend that swears by coconut oil, wrapping her head in plastic wrap, and watching Netflix once a month as a PP suggested.
Post # 10
I just cut my hair to get rid of damage and would like to grow it out as quickly as possible. I purchased a heat protectant for when I blow dry and biotin as its worked well for me in the past.
Post # 11
I wish I didn’t have to wash my hair everyday but i have thin hair. It gets so greasy the day after I wash it that I have to wash it. My sis can go 3 days without washing hers and it still looks awesome. But mine gets greasy soooo fast!! I tried a dry shampoo and I didn’t like it.
Also, when I work out, I sweat, bad!! And guess where I sweat the most from?!? My head! I hair looks like I showered after I work out. Gross!!!
I started using sulfate free shampoo/ conditioner so I’ll stick to that. And I guess if I don’t absolutely have to wash it, I won’t.
Post # 12
Coconut oil! I put a very light layer of it after every shower from root to ends and it keeps its very healthy and soft. I was very into pomades and cremes and sprays but now all I do is use coconut oil. Nothing really compares for me, I don’t need any other product anymore.
Post # 13
I have hair that is mid-butt and incredibly healthy. I haven’t even trimmed it in over a year and you’d be hard pressed to find a split end. What I’ve found is that less is more. I do almost nothing to my hair. I wash it, shampoo and conditioner. I guess the general consensus is to shampoo less, but I still do shampoo everyday or every other day with no issues. That’s it. I don’t use any product in it, I don’t dye it, I only use a flat iron or curling iron on special occasions. I let it air dry. If necessary, I blow dry just the front if I don’t have time to air dry all the way.
Post # 14
When I was young and foolish, I went through a “goth” phase and bleached my hair for about a year and a half. As a result, a giant knot developed, which caused my always-long hair to be chopped off.
Fastforward eight years later to now, and my hair is down past my waist and in perfect health. I did away with bleaching other than the occasional highlights. I only shampoo it every three days, using dry shampoo in between.
I’ve learned that the key is good conditioning and a wide-tooth comb. I wash my hair the moment I get in the shower, and then apply the conditioner, which I promptly run through with my wide-tooth comb and then leave to set for the rest of the shower.
Hair masks are amazing, too! You can make one at home by using coconut oil, honey, and egg. I highly recommend applying the mask to dry hair and letting it sit for at least half and hour before shampooing & conditioning as normal. Dry hair is more porus than wet hair, so it allows the mask to absorb better.
As I wrote in a previous post, I HIGHLY recommend Lush products. Since you are concerned about your ends, I would suggest Lush’s Rehab shampoo and Retread conditioner. Both are lightweight, yet really help to prevent damage on the ends.