Keeping Hair Healthy: My Top Products

We all dream of luscious, beautiful hair, the kind that shines and has no frizz. Some will go to great lengths to be sure their hair looks good, including using tons of heat styling, intense treatments and more. But what if it there was a simpler way?

In high school, I treated my hair terribly. I heat styled it on a regular basis, used lots of shampoos that stripped my hair of its natural oils, and generally didn’t care too much for my hair’s health. It wasn’t until I started losing some of my hair in my senior year of high school that I really started to pay attention.

slemyrpThe final straw was when my hairdresser mentioned the unusual amount of hair that shed when she was brushing through it – talk about a wake up call. From that point on, I starting looking for ways to replenish my once thick and healthy hair or, at the very least, keep from losing more of it.

In my search, tons of different products and methods came up and the options became overwhelming. I’ve tried washing my hair more often, barely ever washing my hair, using tons of products, using absolutely no products, and even started using horse shampoo to try to nurse my hair back to health.

It took a few years of trial and error to find products and a routine that really worked for me and my hair. In the end, the solution was simple.

When I decided it was time to make a change to better my hair, I knew that change had to start with the products I use. I started by switching my generic shampoo to a sulfate-free shampoo, and then I started adding more products to my routine to make sure I treated my hair well. Along the way, I found a few products that have been big players in getting my hair back to its healthy self.

My Top 3 Hair Productsd1h2l0nCoconut Oil:

Everyone and their mother will rave about coconut oil, and for good reason. It has 101 uses including in cooking and as a great moisturizer. Coconut oil is a thick penetrating oil that, when used on hair, has a very rich conditioning effect. Using coconut oil helped me with my split ends and helped sooth my scalp to promote hair growth.

How I use it:

Unlike a lighter oil such as argan oil, coconut oil is best used as a conditioning treatment or mask for your hair that you wash out. You should use a double boiler to heat the oil, since it is solid at room temperature. However, I’m lazy and microwaving it is usually my go to. Then, with a towel on my shoulders to catch any extra oil, I apply the warm oil to my dry hair, put it up in a bun, and leave it for at about 15 minutes.

After the 15 minutes, I hop in the shower and wash out the oil. I like to use shampoo twice to get all the oil out, especially since I use a gentler shampoo. After the shower, I air dry my hair and voila – super soft and shiny hair. I’ve found that doing this weekly is best, but even doing this every once in a while is a great for my hair and lets me pamper myself a bit.

d0ahb9mRosemary Essential Oil:

Another great thing that can be used in cooking or hair care is rosemary! Rosemary essential oil is known to stimulate hair growth. It increases circulation when applied to the scalp, and some even say it helps fight dandruff.

How I use it:

Since essential oils are very concentrated, it’s important to use a carrier oil. When I find the time to do my coconut oil treatment, I mix a few drops of rosemary essential oils. This dilutes the essential oils, makes the oil treatment smell amazing, and kills two birds with one stone by combining the hydrating powers of coconut oil and the stimulating powers of rosemary essential oil.

t755i4lDry Shampoo:

Again, this is a must-have for many people, but I have to mention it. When I first made the decision to make my hair health a priority, I realized I had to figure out a way to go longer between shampooing my hair. Over-shampooing strips the oils from you hair an dries out your scalp, so shampooing every other day or every few days ensures your natural oils can do their thing and keep your hair hydrated. To hold me over between washes, I turned to dry shampoo to hide my overactive scalp producing more oils than necessary as I transitioned to shampooing less.

How I use it:

My favorite dry shampoo of all time is Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day. It doesn’t leave a lot of residue and cleans your hair as it absorbs excess oils. I usually spray the product around my hair line and along my part, let it sit for a few minutes while I brush my teeth and do my makeup, then brush it out. I don’t overuse the dry shampoo because I still want my scalp to retain some oils, but I want to get rid of the greasy look. I tend to reserve this for day three of no shampoo, if possible, and then shampoo it out the same day to avoid any product buildup.

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There are plenty of other tactics and products that I use and love, but these three products are what turned my hair health around. Doing regular oil treatments, and not over-shampooing were some of the best things I could have done for my hair, and it was as simple as changing a few things in my routine.