5 Tips You Need to Know for Healthier Hair

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my hair recently! I’ll be sharing 5 of my personal tips to achieve healthier hair! I will also be sharing “fun facts” about my hair and a short Q+A with my hair dresser!

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TIPS FOR HEALTHIER HAIR:

  1. Skip the Blow-Dryer – Since blow drying my hair feels like an arm workout, I typically stick to air drying. This was originally out of convenience to not kill my arms, but when I found that I it made my hair so much healthier, I totally stopped using a blow dryer all together. When your hair is soaking wet, it is weaker, fragile and more susceptible to breakage – so putting a blow dryer and brush through it subsequently is creating breakage. I usually shower at night in order to skip the blow dryer (I also only use a wide tooth comb instead of an actual brush, this helps keep down on breakage.) I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but I would say try to lay off the blow dryer as often as possible for healthier hair.
  2. Keep up on your Hair-Cuts (at least every 6 months or less) – I have recently found a hairdresser I trust and I have been getting trims every 6 months. This helps keep the breakage away and your hair healthy. I’m a big fan of the minimal trim 🙂
  3. Swear by Deep Conditioners – I use a deep conditioner on my hair at least once a week. I use the LUSH H’suan Wen hue – it smells like chai tea! I also use extra virgin coconut oil (TIP for coconut oil – after letting the hot oil sit in your hair for at least an hour, when you go to rinse it out, put the shampoo on your hair before the water. Since oil and water don’t mix, the oil won’t come out of your hair well and it will leave your hair feeling greasy. If you shampoo without water, it will cut the oil before you apply water!) and I’m also using Olaplex – it is “insurance for your hair” 😉
  4. Less is more – cut back on hot tools and washing – I am notorious for straightening my curls, but I only do it about twice a week; the way I do this is by not washing my hair every day. Actually, I only wash my hair every 2-3 days. Dry shampoo is my best friend haha. If I do use hot tools, use a hair protectant! My hairdresser, Molly is recommending her favorite hair protectant below. I also linked my favorite straightener – if you are using hot tools on your hair, make sure to use a quality straightener  so it won’t strip your hair, CHI is a great brand for quality!
  5. Cancel the Coloring-  I would recommend cutting back on hair coloring (I’m sure Molly would say the same), and if you do dye, go to a professional, and get the right care products for your coloring. I’ve been lightening my hair for the last couple of years. Recently I have stopped and had a few trims. I can see a complete difference in the way my hair feels! And it’s growing much faster.

Current products I’m using! I love Aragan oil, dry shampoo, silk therapy, shine spray and Theorie hair serum!

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Some Fun Facts about me and my hair:

Fun Fact 1: Many might not know this about me, but I have naturally curly hair! I have thick coarse hair and it has honestly been a blessing and a curse. I never have been able to cut my hair short after my child hood in fear I would turn out a puff ball like I was when I was 6! Throughout the years, understanding how to work with my curls on “curly hair days” and how to tame them – it has really taken an art form.

Fun Fact 2:  Most of you probably will think I’m crazy, but for the majority of my adult life I have been giving myself hair-cuts. Firstly, I don’t typically trust hair dressers – I’m very protective over the length of my hair and it usually would get chopped. Secondly, it’s cost effective to give yourself trims. I also lived in a sorority for a while in college where I would set up a hair dressing station in the bathroom and give my friends hair trims. LOL

Fun Fact 3: For about the last 4 years, I have been dying my hair myself. I would bayalage the blonde myself (Not recommended if you want to grow your hair out, or keep it from breaking). As I learned the hard way, by “opening up the pores” of your hair with bleach, you must seal them after you bleach them. Which I was not doing even though I find myself to be a savvy DIYer. Lesson learned, don’t bleach your hair yourself if you want it to ever grow again.

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TIPS FROM A PROFESSIONAL HAIRDRESSER:

I currently go to Molly Graham at Magnum Opus in Portland, OR! She’s a hair dresser I actually trust to cut my hair 🙂

  • “What is your best tip for getting healthy hair?”

Molly: Make sure you are getting trims every couple of months to keep the ends from getting too dry! Also deep conditioners!

  • “What are your favorite products for haircare?

Molly: I am currently loving Kerestas and Oribe. They are super hydrating and great for getting shiny healthy looking hair!

  • “What are some tips if you’re trying to grow your hair out?

Molly: Always use some heat protectant or leave in-conditioner even if you’re not using any heat on your hair, it helps from weather damage and the environment! I also take biotin, this is a vitamin supplement that helps grow strong healthy hair, skin and nails!

  • “What is your favorite protectant for your hair?”

Molly: Nectar thermqic by Kerestas! It’s amazing!

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Feel free to ask me anymore questions you have! I would love to hear your feedback, too! Have a lovely Monday!

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32 Comments

  1. May 16, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Love these tips!!! I swear by deep conditioners and cutting back on the hot tools. Eyeing those products that you linked below! Dying to buy the Oribe Texturizing Spray. A hairdresser used it on me and I’m obsessed. You have beautiful hair!! xoxo

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  2. May 16, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Loved this post! I try to avoid the blowdryer as much as possible and also limit the amount of hot tools as best as I can.

  3. May 16, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    I love reading this post and I follow all of these advice too, especially for the regular trim… I need to get better about that! I cannot believe you gave yourself trims/haircuts. I don’t trust myself to do that haha!

    xoxo Emily
    https://www.ditchtheheels.com

  4. May 16, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Great post ma! I love the skip the blow dryer piece, that is so key! I never blow dry and I try now to color my hair less. So key!

    You are so gorg boo!
    xoxo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

  5. May 16, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Dry shampoo is definitely the best and my favorite hair product there is!! I just started trying to skip the blow dryer when I can and am noticing a huge difference.
    xx, Lauren {www.rosesandrainboots.com}

  6. May 16, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Wow your hair is gorg!! Thanks for sharing some of your tips – I wish I had thicker hair like yours : )

  7. May 16, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Great tips! Your hair is really pretty!

  8. May 17, 2016 / 12:52 am

    Your hair is absolutely gorgeous!! These tips are much needed in my life >_<

  9. May 17, 2016 / 1:59 am

    These are great tips!! You have beautiful hair and I can’t wait to try the keratinase!

  10. May 17, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Your hair is beautiful! I try to blowdry my hair a couple times a week but I hate damaging my hair with the dryer! I am going to try Kerestas!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

  11. May 17, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Loved this post! I’m right there with you about showering at night & avoiding blow dryers completely. How awesome that you could trim & color your own hair–I get anxious even imagining myself cutting my own hair, HA! Such great tips & product recommendations, girl!!!

    xox,
    Kristin

  12. May 17, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    I loved reading this blog post about the 5 tips for healthier hair. I love reading about what others use in their beauty routine. I have been skipping on the blow dryer recently as well and it really is so helpful in making my hair less dull and shiny. Thanks for sharing!

    Xo Morgan
    http://www.styleonedge.net

  13. May 18, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Great tips! Love deep conditioning my hair and I often skip the blow dryer also! Absolutely in love with your hair!

    ❤️, Mindy
    http://www.threadsnbreads.com

  14. May 18, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    I loved this post!! You seriously have ultimate #hairgoals so it was wonderful to read your tips and tricks! I actually used to cut my friends’ hair back in college too! lol It was so fun! Thanks for sharing Chels!

    Jen | MrsJenFrick.com

  15. May 19, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    This was amazing! So glad you posted this, these tips will help me out so much. Thanks for linking some new products for me to try as well. XO

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