Since the beginning of my blog, before my red hair days, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my hair: what products do I use, who is my stylist, how do I maintain it shiny, etc. After a lot of trial and errors, I’m happy to finally share my top secrets with you all! Although there’s a lot more to it, here are the top 4 tips for maintaining your hair healthy, alive, and -licious! <3
1. Find YOUR Stylist
I used to be a red head a few years back but decided it wasn’t for me at that moment. Part of the reason why I believed it wasn’t for me was because the color was dull and my hair looked brassy. To be honest, I actually used to dye it myself. Yes, I know. The idea that I used to dye it myself makes me cringe now. If it’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: stay away from the box color! Leave it to the professionals, they know what they’re doing. Just recently, I found the woman in charge of creating this red hair– Noemi. She is truly my hair whisperer (haha). Not only do I trust her with my hair, but I also love that she’s so honest with you. Just because red suits me, doesn’t necessarily mean it will suit you. She will advice you to pick the best color for your skin type. From personal experiences, not a lot of stylists would go the extra mile to guide you.
For anyone interested in seeing her, I have provided her information below. Let her know that The Native Stilo sent you for a complimentary color service 😉 heyyyy!
1637 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago IL. 60657
2. Wash, Skip, Repeat
There was a time where I would wash my hair every day. It was very brittle and full of knots; it honestly looked like broom hair as embarrassing as that sounds (haha). Washing your hair every day causes it to dry out. Your hair creates its own natural oil that is needed as a nourishment. Think of it as your own hair producing its self-moisturizer. Although there are hair oils for this, nothing beats the oil your hair produces. However, if you go days and days without washing it, then it can become really oily. You don’t want to kill and dull out your hair but you also don’t want to have it dirty and greasy either. Remember, it’s all about balancing and listening to your hair as this article states in Style Caster.
3. Avoid the Heat
Must I say anymore? Heat burns. Thus, all those heating tools we use, will burn your hair. You can use a heat protectant spray but nothing is better than not using a heating tool at all. One summer, I actually went without using any heating products. Funny story here: my hair was damaged from a “stylist” who bleached out my hair. It was the worse experience of my life. Let’s just say that if I would’ve straightened, curled, or blow dried my hair in that condition, I would’ve been bald. I cried my eyes out out of frustration. My only solution to resuscitate my hair was to avoid the heat for those summer days.
From time to time, give your hair a break, especially during the summer. I challenge you to go at least one full week without using any heating tools. If I went all summer, you can certainly go one full week.
4. Believe in Hair Masks
The power of hair masks, during that summer, was the main component that saved my hair. Hair masks repair all the damage that heat causes. James Corbett informed Today how “hair masks are intense conditioners that have more fatty acids and lipids in them which can return moisture to the hair and help protect it.”
Because my hair was bleached out, it couldn’t produce its natural oils. My hair needed major help.
Although my hair isn’t anywhere near to how it was that summer, I still use hair masks because of the heating products. Typically, I like to use my hair mask once a week and leave it on for one-two hours. During the winter, my hair dries out quicker, so I keep it overnight and wash it out the next morning. My hair always feels so soft and smooth afterwards; it’s one of the best feelings.
Do you have any tips for keeping your hair healthy? I hope my tips answered all of your questions. If you have any additional questions, however, leave me a comment below 🙂 I love reading your comments (hehe).
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