My crowning glory – I am blessed with thick dark curly hair, which I have subjected to various torture over the years. 200 degree heat with no protection, dyes and bleach, straightening, curling (I only liked the large curls produced by tongs – not my own frizzy ringlets – no way!) And I’ve got what I deserve, the effects are showing and my lovely hair is dry, broken and not quite so thick as before.
So I am nursing it gently back into condition
#1. No heat. (for a while anyhow)
This is really hard as I am so used to straightening/curling my mop but the temperatures produced by hair dryers, straighteners and curling tongs reach 200 degrees. Not good for healthy locks.
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#2. Condition, condition, condition
Olive oil mask overnight, once a week. Using a ‘salon’ shampoo and conditioner ( detangle hair when wet with a wide tooth comb or a tangle teezer ) and applying a repair serum to freshly washed hair. I mix my serum with some Moroccan hair oil.
#3. Use an anti-frizz serum
There is no way around this one. Find a product that suits your hair and use daily.
#4. Use Hot Oils
My favourite is VO5. These help to restore moisture and strength hair to avoid further breakages. Use once a week.
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If you are going with natural curls, they always look better when you use a diffuser, especially on a cold setting.
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#6. You are what you eat
The best way to sort out any problems on the ‘outside’ be it hair, skin, weight is always to edit your diet to include lots of fresh fruit and veg, drink lots of h20 and exercise. A few foods specifically to help repair your locks – avocado, lean proteins, nuts and bananas. Look for foods which contain Zinc, essential for promoting growth and development of all cells in the body. You could also take a supplement specifically targeted at conditioning hair and nails.
And… give it time! Patience and commitment are required as always. It didn’t take a few days for your hair to get to condition it is in now, and it will take longer than a few days to recondition it. Be consistent and you will see improvement in a few weeks. Maintain your new regime to ensure hair stays in condition.
What do you do to keep your locks in top shape?