I’m on a mission to grow a head full of healthy, long, hair. After I chopped all of my hair off a couple of years ago, I started to miss my long locks and since then, I’ve been trying to grow it out. However, I have a few obstacles. I’m an avid heat styler. Something I know is bad for your hair and should be avoided as much as possible, especially if you’re trying to grow healthy hair.
I’ve heard the recommendation to skip washing your hair daily, but I love to wash my hair every day. My hair is fine and thin, so if I don’t wash it daily, it is limp, stuck to my head and just gross. I also love a good blow dry! I’ve tried dry shampoos, top knots and braids, but I just can’t seem to get a style that I like. I’m terrible at braiding and because my hair is fine and thin, top knots just don’t look good on me. Obstacles I tell ya.
Despite my love of daily washing and heat styling, the key to long, healthy hair is avoiding damage. So, I’ve been trying to make a few adjustments in my beauty routine; like making my daily cleansing work for me, by using a great shampoo and conditioner, letting my hair air dry, and using a wide tooth comb.
How I Keep My Heat Styled Hair Healthy
1.) I wash my hair with Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner. I love so many of Dove’s products and have used many of their shampoos and conditioners. I especially love the Intensive Repair line because it makes my hair soft and light and repairs my heat styled hair. There is a lot of science going on in these little bottles; they are filled with a patented nourishment system that is proven to make hair more resilient to damage after each wash. The formula repairs your hair on the outside and stops 90% of hair damage before it happens, by actively nourishing the hair fiber at the core to build stronger healthier hair. After one wash, my hair felt softer, was easier to brush and I had less tangles through the day. Since I wash my hair daily, it’s nice to have a formula that helps make my hair stronger and nourishes my hair.
2.) After washing, I brush my hair with a wide tooth comb and try to give my hair as much time as possible to air dry. The less time under the blow dryer the better. I have a little turban that I wrap my hair in while I do my makeup and get dressed. I may look like a fool, but it works! The days that we don’t have anywhere to be, I just let my hair air dry and go about my business.
3.) If I have the time I’ll let my hair just air dry and look a little something like this:
It’s not terrible, but air dried, it’s a little flat and limp and almost, but not quite wavy. If I’ve had to the time to air dry, but still have somewhere to be, I’ll throw a few curls in my hair with a curling iron.
Then I brush them out with a wide tooth comb and get this:
If I don’t have the time to spare, I will blow dry my hair. I separate my hair into sections so it will dry faster and I use a brush with flexible bristles. Since I’ve started using Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner, my hair has been drying pretty smooth, so I haven’t had to use my flat iron as much. Even less opportunity for heat damage!
I seriously can’t wait until my hair is long like it used to be! It’s slowly but surely getting there! I’m grateful for Dove’s Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner and the nourishment it gives my heat styled hair. Healthier hair, makes for healthier, long hair!
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