Tuesday, November 14, 2017

my top five hair care tips

If I had to pick my favorite thing about my outward appearance, I think it would be my hair.

From the time I was little, I have always enjoyed doing my hair, and as I got older, taking care of my hair is as important as taking care of my skin!
Although I am far from a hair expert, I know enough to feel proud of my hair (usually) on the daily!

However, when Kyle and I started cutting toxins out of our lives, we really struggled to find a shampoo that cleaned my long, thick hair well enough for me to feel comfortable using it from then on. Most "clean" shampoos left my hair feeling dirty, knotted, and greasy.

I was just about to head back to my old shampoo until I could find another non-toxic brand to try when Courtney reached out to me to try Monat! I was actually hesitant to try it because it almost seemed too good to be true. It was toxin-free, smelled great, and worked great? I figured it was worth a shot, though, and let her send me samples to try.

Guys, I'll be the first to admit that I was totally wrong. This stuff is amazing!

I actually tested out the dry shampoo before the shampoo and conditioner because, as I'll explain in a moment, I only wash my hair once or twice a week and the samples came in right after I washed my hair.
I've struggled with dry shampoo in the past because I have so.much hair that once it's greasy, it's pretty hard to win that battle. But the dry shampoo worked really well! I'd say it worked about the same as my other dry shampoo, but I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for a non-toxic option!

A few days later, I tried out the shampoo and conditioner. Courtney told me to make sure I washed twice and let the shampoo sit for a few minutes each wash. The first wash, I was actually concerned that it was like all the other shampoos I had tried because it thinned out pretty quickly. But, as soon as I rinsed and started the second wash, it was like a whole new shampoo! I found out very quickly that a little goes a long way, as it lathered up very quickly and very well.
Then, when I rinsed out that mixture, I tried the conditioner. I only condition my ends and never go near my scalp. I combed through the ends of my hair and it felt so silky soft, even after I rinsed it out!

Since trying Monat, I've noticed:

→ my hair combs much easier
→ it's not as frizzy
→ I can still stick to my wash routine
→ it's softer and easier to manage

So, do I recommend Monat?


If you're interested in trying Monat, Courtney's Instagram is HERE and her website is HERE!

Okay, if you've made it this far, high five! Now onto my top five hair care tips:

one → go as long as you can between washes. I started going one day in between washes, then two, and now I only wash my hair once or twice a week (don't worry, I still usually shower; don't come running after me with the hose). It's going to take your hair a while to adjust, but I usually only have to use my dry shampoo on the second to the last or last day before my next wash because I've trained my hair to accommodate its natural oils.
two → only condition your ends. Unless you have a condition with your scalp that it requires extra help, you don't need to add anything extra to your scalp, including conditioner. Your scalp makes plenty of its own natural oils, and conditioner only adds to those oils and makes your hair look greasy.
three → use a hair mask once a month. Your hair takes a beating every day from brushing, washing, drying, hair products, heat, etc. Just like you would use a mask on your face, your hair needs a little extra love every once a while to help repair damage. I currently make my own mask to avoid toxins but there are quite a few on the market that you can try. Just make sure to avoid your scalp unless it's a scalp-targeted mask. 
four → rinse your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar (I use THIS kind). I know. This one sounds so weird. I had a friend recommend this to me a while ago and it's one of my favorite tricks ever. I use an old dish soap bottle and fill 1/4 of it with ACV then the rest with water. Shake, then slowly squeeze onto scalp (not the whole bottle; just enough to lightly cover your scalp. Let's not get crazy here.). Let it sit for a few minutes then rinse. Read more about why you should rinse hair with ACV HERE.
five → take it easy on the heat products. I can't stand leaving the house if my hair isn't done, usually curled, straightened, or braided somehow. However, this led to the over-use of heat products which led to dry, brittle hair. But how do I avoid using heat as much as possible, you ask? 1 - use a good hair towel (I use THIS one) that helps dry more of your hair while it's wrapped after your shower. 2 - if your curl your hair frequently, use a wand versus a curling iron and avoid touching your ends to the wand. 3 - try out hairstyles that don't require heat, like braids and buns. I love trying out braids from Abby's website on days I don't have time to do my hair or my hair needs a break from the heat.

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What is your top hair care tip?? Let me know in the comments!

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