5 Ways To Get Healthier Looking Hair

My hair habits are so different now than they were 10 years ago. I remember reading in a magazine how I should be brushing my hair and thinking it was revolutionary. I mean for as long as I can remember I loved doing my hair. In middle school I loved braids and weird intricate half-up half-down styles and I have the school photos to prove it. In high school I really got into curling my hair. Now I'm more into the natural look, but I still use a curling iron to create that look every now and then!

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Let's talk about 5 ways you can get healthier looking hair!

1. Stop washing your hair so much. Seriously. I used to wash my hair every single day. And if I missed a day my hair was an oily disaster. Now I can go almost a week without washing my hair before it starts becoming a problem. This is definitely thanks to dry shampoo, but I still can go at least 3 days without a grease problem. If you wash your hair a lot, it'll take to a couple washes to get your hair trained to not be so oily between washes, but it's worth it! Your hair will be a lot shinier.

2. Air dry your hair. We all know heat damages hair, so skip the hair dryer. We all know we are going to use at least one hair tool to fix our hair, so make it a curling iron or straightener on the lower heat settings and use a protectant spray. A hair dryer would be fine if you are just using to scrunch your hair, but steer clear of full on drying your hair from start to finish with a hair dryer. If you absolutely have to use a hair dryer, another option would be to let you hair air dry half way and then dry the rest on a cool setting with the dryer. Blowouts are fabulous, but make sure you have them done sparingly.

3. Brush your hair at the ends first. This is that tip that I read in a magazine years ago. I used to brush my hair from top to bottom because I had never thought of another way to brush. My hair is so tangly and I remember always breaking off so much hair when brushing from the top to bottom. This fixes that problem! Start 1/3 of the way up on your hair and brush downward and then move up the second 1/3 section and brush downward and then brush from the top to the bottom. This allows you to get any knots out at the end of your hair first, minimizing the breakage. It's also hurts less!

4. Do braids instead of pony tails. I have long hair and I'm always putting my hair up when I'm working or working out. I've done this so much my whole life that my hair would break where my ponytail was. My hairdresser would always comment on it. So I started putting my hair in buns or braids instead. When I say bun, I mean the kind where you don't put your hair in a ponytail first, you just twist and secure it. This will reduce your breakage in the middle of your hair significantly. When your hair is in a pony tail, there is so much pressure on the hair tie that just moving around normally causes breakage. When you braid your hair and secure it at the end, there isn't any kind of stress on the end so you can control the breakage more. Also, if you are going to have breakage, it's better to have it at the end where it can be cut off. If you haven't mastered braids yet, we have a few videos showing you how to do so: Fishtail Braid Tutorial, French Braid Tutorial, Basic Braid Tutorial

5. Use wands instead of curling irons. Curling irons have so many places where you hair can get stuck, which a lot of times results in breakage. To prevent this, just swap out your iron for a wand.  They don't have any gears or levers for your hair to accidentally wrap around and you don't have to worry about pulling while releasing your hair from the clamp. If you are looking for a tutorial on how to use a wand, here is one we made a while back.

BONUS- Drink bone broth. Okay this is one thing that Casey and I have been trying lately. I'm not interested in supplements to make your hair grow, but I so love me some bone broth. The only evidence I have that this works is that when we were drinking 1 cup of bone broth every day, Casey's nails started to grow. Her nails are tee-tiny things that break the second they grow past her finger. Bone broth is great for your skin, hair and nails and overall health, plus it tastes good! It may not make your hair grow fast, but it could definitely make it shinier and stronger. In general, eating healthy foods, staying hydrated and taking care of your insides will show through your hair, skin and nails.
I hope you will try some of these, if you don't already do them. Check out this Half-Up Faux Braid for more hair inspiration. And if you liked this post and would like to see more like it, please pin the image below!

xo, Savannah
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