I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I say that my hair is a very important part of how I choose to present myself. Few things can change ones appearance so drastically as a new hair cut and color. And the conclusions that people draw from just a hair cut are incredible; I’m sure you get associations just from these words: dreadlocks, peroxide blonde, mohawk, ginger.
Although I am well aware of the mighty impact of hair, alas I am too lazy to doo much about it. I rarely make special up-dos and always forget to redye my hair, leaving nasty regrowths. So for my own sake just as much as for yours, I gathered some super-easy tips on how to improve the quality of your hair with almost no effort. Some of these tips are more a matter of changing your habits, but I assure you, if you just try out a few of these, your hair is indeed going to look amazing.
Avoid damage to hair
- Every time you wash your hair, finish off with a cold water hair rinse. This will close up the hair follicles resulting in shiny hair. Do this only after you have washed out all shampoo/whatever you use to wash your hair.
- When washing your hair, use lukewarm water. Too hot water might damage your hair in the same way as a blowdryer, and result in brittle hair. Too cold water might not wash out the products you have used to wash your hair.
- Which leads us to the next point – avoid using heat on your hair. Blow driers and curling irons will be damaging for your hair in the long run. Whenever possible, let your hair air dry. And remember, it’s not the end of the world to go out with damp hair (unless it’s -20 C outside, then you should not go out with damp hair. Trust me).
- Don’t wash your hair too often. Try cutting down to a couple of times a week. Your hair will adjust to the new routine relatively quickly. If you think that greasy hair is the end of the world, use a dry shampoo while your hair is adjusting.
- Using bedsheets made of satin will minimize the damage on your hair.
- Let your hair air dry, or dry it with a microfiber towel. Don’t ever rub your hair with the towel, just wrap it around your hair.
- For detangling, use a wooden comb or finger comb. Boar bristle brushes don’t really detangle much, but can help a bit.
- No matter what hair washing method you use, finish off with an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. ACV helps restore your natural pH-balance, and give you shiny, strong hair. Mix 1 part ACV with about 6 parts water, and rinse your hair with it after showering, no need to wash it out. If you have it in a well-closed bottle, you can keep it for a few days even in the bathroom.
- Coconut oil / argan oil in the hair after washing will give you shine and help fight static hair. Just take a one or two drops in the palms of your hands and apply to the lengths of your hair.
- A nourishing treatment with olive oil every now and again is a great way of adding shine to your hair. Apply generously all over your hair and leave on for at least 30 minutes, even over night. Applying shampoo or conditioner to your hair when it’s still dry will make the oil come out easier when washing it out.
Natural ways for hair growth
- Rosemary essential oil is a great all-round ingredient for the hair! It is especially good for speeding up hair growth, as it aids the blood circulation in the scalp. Add a few (2-7) drops straight in your shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, hair rinse or anything you put in your hair and scalp.
- Applying castor oil to your hair will aid hair growth. Read more here.
Volume and curly hair
- Cassia, or neutral henna, adds all the benefits of henna but without the color. Make a hair pack with cassia every now and again and you will notice fantastic volume and strength in your hair.
- Cocoa powder works wonders as a dry shampoo, and at the same time it gives great volume and texture to your hair. Plus you’ll smell like a box of chocolates all day long! Works best for darker hair types.
- Want curls, but no heat? There are many ways you can get those beautiful locks anyway. My suggestion is the sock bun.
I’m sure there are a lot of just as easy tips that I forgot to add to this list. Do you have any suggestions?
BONUS: Also check out my first aid for hair emergencies