Spot the signs

A lot of you might be reading this blog and thinking, why should I worry about my hair getting damaged. It still has volume, natural shine and it doesn’t frizz. Well lucky you, however although your hair might look and feel good when left naturally or styled the damaged will slowly appear over time and we should work towards avoiding that as much as we can.

There’s more to signs of damaged than fizziness and split ends, and the solution does not always have to involve scissors. So ladies this is what you should look out for and if you can relate to 4 or more, you should really consider your current hair care regime and have a read through my previous blogs on how you can change it for the better.

– Hair falling out
– Lack of moisture
– Tangles
– Overuse of chemicals such as hairspray and styling gel
– Constantly dying your hair
– Reduced elasticity
– Colour fading
– Stagnant and uneven growth

 

Woman Examining Split Ends

So wether you can relate to them or not its worth reading through my easily to follow tips of natural remedies to strengthen and repair mildly damaged hair.

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Dry shampoo, its like hand sanitiser for your hair

Lets face it oily hair is inevitable. For so long it’s been associated with unhealthy or unhygienic hair. Little did we know it’s actually the opposite? It’s a natural part of the hair repairing process that our hair follicles and scalp go through. I hate it when my hair has dried nicely and when I attempt to wear it out and style it there is an unattractive gloss. Ahh! Why? I used to get extremely frustrated at this, until I did some research and realised that it’s completely normal.

I’ve mentioned this before but the recommended routine for washing your hair is 2-3 days a week, so basically let the oils out, it will restore natural hair chemicals and maintain shine and strength. But it doesn’t look good and it sure doesn’t feel good, you might say. This is why I am proud to introduce you to my new friend. Dry Shampoo.

About a year ago after my hairdresser got sick of my complaints; he recommended I try dry shampoo. Can I say it’s probably just as essential as having shampoo for me as I use it 2-3 times a week. The non- greasy and easy to use spray makes my hair feel smooth and dry, and the one I buy has a great smell too. It’s my favourite and the best thing is you get a free funky shower cap with it. Cheering!

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Here are the top 3 causes of oily hair:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Constantly running your fingers through your hair
  • Brushing too often. This, strips out the oils towards the roots
  • Oil lubricates the hair and protects it. Finer hair gets oilier quicker because there is more exposure to natural chemicals in the air and bacteria of fingers through your hair
  • Lack of hydration

Scrubbing your hair in the shower too hard can increase oil production

How to straighten without heat

Here it is girls, your saving grace. (Well almost.) We are all aware of the immense empowerment YouTube gives us but how many of us actually make use of it as a learning tool rather than purely for entertainment purposes. After being consumed in hours of interesting and educational videos about natural hair care and styling tips that don’t require heat I really wanted to share these videos with you. All the work can be done while you’re asleep, or even doing the house- work.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlMsMFKo9lo

The procedure in this video can take up to a few hours to show results depending on the thickness of your hair.Tip: Try it on a family member or friend, to get the hang of it before trying it on your own hair.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYIbXdYiB1U

Forget the old fashioned time consuming rollers and be inspired by this tutorial for those of us who have nice curls, but unfortunately they don’t always sit right, and after failed attempts with the curling iron we revert back to straightening. So this is a great video that provides easy tips and tools to help with the heat free styling that will surely make you look and feel great.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCXpdTlTsH4

These are great imitations of runway hairstyles that can be done when your hair is out of control and needs a wash. These unique styles will hide the frizz.

So if your looking for a natural look to either accentuate your curls or flatten the uneven waves, check out these videos and many more that are available. So much appreciation and thanks goes out to these professionals who are helping out amateurs like, myself on how to get salon quality styles without further damaging my precious hair.