Anytime a new hairstylist touches my hair they are surprised with how silky and healthy it is despite being overly processed. My hair has had its fair share of different colours – some being box dyes (cringe), semi-premanent to bleaching by the pro. I am definitely not a professional in the hair department but I must be doing something right that helps me grow long shiny hair that is fine and straight but abundant! (don’t get fine mixed up with thin!) First lets talk about what my hair has gone through and then what I do (+ my must have products) to keep my hair healthy.
The first time I ever dyed my hair was at my cousin’s house – I believe I was 11 or 12 years old. I remember calling my mom to ask if we could put red streaks in my hair…little did she know we had already done it (sorry Mom). I then started box-dying my full head a burgundy red. At one point I even had what I like to call “candy cane stripes,” which was blonde + red streaks, alternating. Yah, are you picturing it?? Its horrible I know! From candy cane I went to box-dye bleach blonde (or more like straw yellow), my poor hair. I kept the blonde, but eventually moved to highlights by an actual hair professional.
I’ve had some fun with my hair beyond the blonde! I rocked a short dark brown bob with blonde streaks and then would trend back to blonde. The closest I got to my natural colour is when I moved to Vancouver and couldn’t afford to see a hair stylist, so I let it grow out. Luckily for me I started working at an Aveda salon and got really affordable hair dos, so went to a beautiful beige blonde (more bleach = more damage!) I’ve had pink ends and then mint green hair. Well the mint was first teal but it faded nicely 🙂 It was also really hard to get out of my hair!
I stuck with the basic blonde for a bit but I always got an urge to change up my hair so I dyed it silver. I loved the silver, it was definitely me! Girls would stop me all the time to compliment my colour but eventually I noticed that there were a lot of girls going silver so I went back to blonde. I admit I do get a little silver envy from time to time.
I’ve put my hair through a lot, and not only the dying and bleaching but the frequent blowdrying and other hot styling tools. No wonder hairstylists are amazed by the silkiness of my hair! Here’s what has helped me grow long locks despite my frequent hair abuse!:
I’ve chopped my hair off when I’ve gone drastic. When we dyed my hair dark brown, we chopped it into a short bob. When I first started going silver, we chopped it into a long bob. Don’t hold on to those frayed ends thinking your hair will look longer!
I try not to wash my hair everyday. I say “I try” because sometimes I just have to wash my hair. I can only go 2 maybe 3 days max without washing or else it gets greasy, but better than daily stripping my natural oils.
I keep my scalp healthy. Having a healthy scalp that isn’t flaky will help your hair grow.
I don’t really backcomb my hair. When you’re excessively backcombing you’re putting it at more risk of breaking. There is the occasion I throw a bit of back comb at the root but I’ve kinda accepted my fine flat hair.
I eat a well balance diet full of real whole foods. When I was quite a bit skinnier, meaning underweight, I noticed my hair was thinning. This was a side effect of me not getting enough nutrients that supported the growth of strong healthy hair. Just like how our diet affects our skin health, our diet affects or hair as well.
I choose natural hair products free of harsh chemicals. Two of my favourite hair products: Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel Wash to keep my colour a tone I love; and my daily go-to, Aveda Damage Remedy Hair Repair, which I use in damp hair before blowdrying and in dry hair before straightening.
I’m currently happy with this blonde I have now and really don’t mind the roots. I’m also loving how my hair feels and how fast it grows! I continue to learn how to take care of my hair from the hair stylists I work with. What do you do to keep your maine healthy?