I had problems with my hair for as long as I can remember. You know, as they say – when a girl wants to change something about her look, she would most likely start with hair. So I did it all.
I started dying my hair since I was 10 years old. I was desperate to have my hair dyed red, and as a performer since the young age, it was all about making an impression. So I whined and whined, until my mother bought me a bright red dye (for kids) and coloured my hair red. It stayed red for about two weeks until the dye washed out.
At that time white highlights on brown hair were popular as well. So after the red dye washed out, some time later I got white highlights. Awful white highlights. Didn’t last for too long, however. Then I tried pink hair, red hair again, dark purple, ginger, dark red, dark brown, light brown… Anyway, you get the situation. My hair was damaged like hell.
I was trying to grow it as well, but it never grew past a certain point. So last year it grew up until my shoulder blades, which was the longest I’ve ever had, but it was so damaged at the ends, that I decided to cut about 15cm (5.9 inches) of it.
Now I’m at the journey to achieving the longest and healthiest looking hair I’ve ever had. And I must say, the routine that I developed, is so far the best routine I’ve ever tried.
If you want to achieve healthy looking hair, give these few products and tricks a try!
1. Coconut Oil Mask:
One of my favourite ways to nourish my hair is to apply oil either to the ends or throughout the whole length of my hair.
Coconut is one of the best oils you can use on your hair. It gets deep into hair follicles stimulating hair growth, moisturises dry hair, nourishes your hair to prevent breakage and split ends as well as makes your hair appear shinier and smoother looking.
How to use:
Warm up some coconut oil between the palms of your hands. The amount will highly depend on the length of your hair. I use about a tablespoon for the whole length of my hair. Once the oil melted in your hands, run your fingers through the length of your hair applying the oil evenly. Massage the oil into your hair very well. Then tie it into a knot or wear a shower cap to prevent the oil getting onto your clothes. Leave it be for at least an hour. The longer you keep this mask on – the better. I normally keep it for about 2-3 hours or overnight. Wash your hair thoroughly using a shampoo. You would have to shampoo it twice in order to get rid of the oil.
2. Planeta Organica Gold Ayurveda Hair Mask (for damaged hair)
I found this mask at an organic store in Riga, Latvia, and fell in love with it ever since. This is an amazing mask which visibly promotes hair growth and leaves the hair so smooth and soft after each application.
This mask contains neem oil, rich in vitamin E and essential amino acids, which gives it moisturising, nourishing and regenerating properties. Organic sandalwood stimulates hair growth, and açai berry renews the structure of your hair.
I personally swear by this mask, and the result was absolutely amazing. I use this mask once or twice a week, applying it in the shower for about 10 minutes. Definitely give this product a try if you want longer and healthier looking hair!
This is a life saviour. I used all kinds of hair brushes before, including the famous tangle teezer. Oh yes, tangle teezer really works wonders, but it’s useless if you are trying to grow and repair your hair. I actually noticed much more damage when using plastic hair brushes, tangle teezer included, although it claims to minimise breaking and damaging your hair. More than that, my hair was always frizzy, static and flying all over the place when I used plastic brushes.
I was on a hunt for wooden hair brush for ages, until I finally found one at Wholefoods Market. Yes, you would have to put extra care when brushing your hair with the wooden brush, as it makes it more difficult to brush through knots. Start from the bottom and work your way up to prevent any damage!
What are the benefits?
The wooden hair brush would give you a mini scalp massage when using it. If you want to grow your hair long and beautiful, giving your head a massage is essential. When you do it, the bloodflow in your head increases, bringing all the good nutrients to the hair roots.
It decreases static, so your hair won’t feel too light and won’t fly away, sticking to your face whenever they want to.
It’s a great hair conditioner, as the wood distributes natural oils through your hair evenly every time you brush.
To me personally, it helps adding body to the hair, making it fuller looking. It is also very easy to use and it is a great detangler! Use it carefully, and you won’t pull and damage your hair at all!
Do you have any special tricks for healthy hair? I would love to know!