Updated: Jun 28, 2020
I've got a strategy to keep my blonde locks so healthy even my stylist is impressed with how healthy they are. I've been bleaching my hair for about 12 years now so you know it's gone through some trauma, yet it is still healthy and shiny because I decided to change up my hair game!
It all has to do with the fact that I've been exclusively using premium hair products for about 10 months now and have a few other tricks that I have figured out over the years. Just to be straight forward here, I will be sharing products that I receive a commission on, I love these products so much I jumped on the opportunity to become a part of the business 😊 Get ready to take a few notes so you can impress your hairstylist next time you're in their chair.
⚡️Tip #1: Avoid products with Sulfate
You should already know this, but it's worth a mention. Sulfate is mean to blondes especially and it really has no business being in shampoo at all. I really don't have much to say here besides avoid sulfate to keep your color looking better for longer. The good news is MONAT products are all sulfate-free and vegan too! 👏👏
⚡️Tip #2: Don't pick your split ends or break ends off 🙅🏼♀️
Believe it or not, you're actually causing more damage by ripping that split end apart or breaking the end of a strand off. When you do this you cause irreversible damage to the hair shaft-- from the cuticle to the core ☠️ you're then left with thinner strands more prone to tangling and breakage. If split ends are driving you crazy, check out Rejuvabeads (currently out of stock). It's so good!
⚡️Tip #3: Get a trim when you need it
No one's hair is the same or on the same growth schedule, it's just a fact. So schedule a trim when you need it. How do I know when it's time you ask? When things start to look really shaggy and for me, a tell-tale sign is when my ends start to get snarly-- more than normal --and I will notice more split ends or breakage points. Doesn’t it seem crazy talking about scheduling hair appointments right now during this lockdown, but the salons will be open again soon....I hope!
⚡️Tip #4: Don't wash your hair every day
If this seems crazy to you, try starting with washing every other day. If you need to wash every day, make sure you use a shampoo that doesn't have detergents or soaps in it-- yes, you can clean your hair without a true soap --all of the MONAT shampoos are free of detergents 🙌 And be sure to use a conditioner each time or for severely damaged strands use a hair masque in place of a conditioner. Sometimes I go up to 4 days without washing my hair but typically it's 2-3 days. Ideally, by not washing your hair every day, you are giving it an opportunity to soak up some nourishment and it shouldn't look and feel so dry all the time. If you want to find out which shampoo you should be using take this little quiz here and you'll get a custom recommendation or you can always reach out to me.
Going on a little tangent for a sec so if you don't deal with scalp sores, you can totally skip the rest of this section. I do have to be careful about how long I go between washes because of my sensitive skin. I'm susceptible to getting scalp sores from oil and environmental dirt that builds up. The Clarifying Shampoo is amazing for helping get rid of these buggers. It's the first one that has worked well for me. I don't use the Clarifying every time I wash, typically it's about every two washes I will use it.
⚡️Tip #5: Don't put your hair up in a tight updo
If you're using the classic 'ole elastic hair tie this is a definite no-no 🙅♀️ Traditional elastic ties and tight up-dos put stress on your strands. It can cause damage to individual strands, dryness, and hair loss. No thanks! If you need to wear your hair up, try alternative hair tie options. I'm linking some below for you!
⚡️Tip #6: Apply finishing oil after styling
A good oil will add more shine and brilliance plus a boost in nutrients! A lot of people swear by a lot of different oils like Morrocan or Coconut oil. But for me, I absolutely LOVE the REJUVENIQUE Oil Intensive. I use it mostly after blow-drying or when my hair is feeling dry and flat. It's also great on your skin and there's so many uses REJUVENIQUE Light Oil Intensive is also an excellent option and multipurpose as well. Both oils are a super blend of essential oils that your hair and skin will love and thank you for. I use it after styling or whenever my hair is looking like it could use an extra shine or nourishing boost.
⚡️Tip #7: Use a good Hair Mask 2x a week
A good hair mask is LIFE! Right now I've been using the Restore
I have a couple of other ones on my list to try like the Gelee Charcoal and Restructuring
Since I let these sit in longer than my conditioner, I always try to coordinate hair mask day with a shaving day 😆 I'm telling you its a great strategy; wash 2x with your shampoo, throw in this mask, do all your shaving and whatnot, rinse well and done! Need help choosing a masque? MONAT has several amazing masques and I can help you find the right one for your hair's needs, just get in touch with me here or send me a DM on the gram.
⚡️Tip #8: The less hot tools the better
I didn't realize the huge impact hot tools have on your hair until I stopped using them as much. I used to spend around 40 minutes almost about every day straightening my hair for about 4 years 😵 I've reduced my hot tool use to my blowdryer every so often or my curling wand a couple of every so often. The difference is amazing. My natural wave started to show and I can't believe I had been missing out on it for so long! Pictured is a recent shot of my hair with just towel and air drying and a few of my favorite products. When I do want to style my hair with a hot tool my strategy is to let my hair air dry until it's about 70-80% dry then I'll go in with my dryer, curling iron or straightener.
⚡️Tip #9: Use a wide-tooth comb as your primary brushing tool
Reach for your wide-tooth comb in the morning to take the bed head instead of your brush. I’ve started to do this over the past 6 months and it’s working really well for my hair type: thick, heavy, wavy, brittle ends from bleaching. ✨Bonus tip: bring your comb with you into the shower and comb your conditioner or masque through your hair to evenly distribute it through the strands✨
Well, my friends, that's what I have for tips to get your hair healthier. Share your favorite tip to keep your hair healthy or let me know what your biggest concern is!
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