Taking care of your hair is so important, but it’s often difficult to do with all the hair coloring products and styling tools that can cause major damage. However, it’s possible to revive hair that you thought might not have a chance, and turn it into a beautiful mane. Just ask our very own Wendy Vazquez! She’s been working hard on maintaining a strict haircare routine to achieve healthy hair, and she’s seeing amazing results in her once-damaged strands. Learn more about her routine below, and be sure to share what products you swear by for healthy hair in the comments section!
Considering that you only get one head of hair a lifetime, I’d like to think that I take my haircare seriously. Of course, there’s always wigs and extensions, but I have a ridiculous fear of ‘loose’ hairpieces thanks to watching “The Grudge” at such a young age. Otherwise, I’d be playing with extensions all of the time.
With my irrational fears aside, it’s important to nail down a haircare routine. I didn’t start taking care of my hair until about a year ago. Before then, I was constantly dying and bleaching it in order to change up my look. Needless to say, this did not work in my favor. I ended up chopping off inches due to damage, and am still working on letting it grow out. Thankfully, I’ve come a long way!
Currently, my goal is to grow my hair to at least waist length, which I haven’t had since I was a child! I’ve always embraced bobs and lobs, and more recently had to thanks to all of the damaged I caused to my hair and how little care I used to take.
I’m not here to tell you what to do with your gorgeous locks! I just wanted to share the routine that has helped me grow my hair, and maintain its health without cutting back on fun hairstyles. These products have saved my hair, and helped me in my growth journey.
Soak your hair in coconut oil before washing it.
My scalp gets very oily, so I wash my hair almost every day. I know that this washes out the natural oils that have yet to get to my ends, so once a week, or every other week, depending on my hair’s health, I’ll take a ton of organic virgin coconut oil and just let it sit in my hair for an hour or so before I shower. Then when I hop in the shower, I just wash it out with my regular shampoo and conditioner. There’s no residue, and my hair is super soft again. Plus, you can literally just pick up a small jar at any grocery store, or order a jar or two during an Amazon spree.
Find the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.
Unfortunately, I have fine hair, but I do have a lot of it. So products that have heavy ingredients like silicone just don’t work for me. My ends also still have some damage from old bleach jobs I used to do all of the time to get colored ends. I’ve been using Redken’s All Soft shampoo and conditioner together for a few months, and I love the result. My hair still has some volume, and feels silky.
Use a repair mask at least once a week.
I can’t stress this enough! I doubt my hair would look as healthy as it does now if I hadn’t been using repair masks religiously. This was especially important when I was dying my hair all of the time. Dying your hair dries it out no matter what kind of formulas you’re using. Using a mask will help restore softness and texture. During the beginning of my haircare journey, I needed as much help as I could get, so I adored the Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus to bring some life back into my hair.
Lately, I’ve been using the Garnier Fructis Strengthening Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask. I just plop this on in the shower for a minute, and get great results. It works great, while also leaving my hair still feeling airy.
Mend your ends…yes, it’s possible now!
For the longest time, there had been so much information out there saying that you could actually mend split ends…and then there was even more research saying it was impossible and you just needed to cut your hair. Well, ever since the Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 came on the scene, it’s seriously changed my hair and kind of my life. Not kidding!
This stuff has saved me from having to cut off all of my damage. You can use this as a pre-treatment, or even a mask. However, once a week when I get out of the shower, I use about a pea-sized amount and leave it in my hair as a leave-in treatment. This was once only available in salons, but now you can buy it online, or at most beauty stores. It’s a powerful formula, so once a week or so will do the trick.
Cut down on the heat, and stick to using heat only once a week.
I know you may not want to let go of all of your hot tools, and you shouldn’t! But try using them less. Try extending your hairstyle to another day or two, or wear your hair up every now and then. Thankfully, I get to work from home, so I don’t use heat on my hair every day anymore like I used to when I worked in an office. But I’ve started embracing braids and headbands, and letting my hair air dry rather than blow-drying. I really only using a flat iron or curling iron about once a week thanks to fun new hair updo ideas.
And of course, if I do use heat on my hair, I always spritz on the CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray. No wonder this is a cult favorite! Ever since I started using it, I’ve seen such a difference in how long I can go between trims and a decrease in damage. It’s affordable, and of course, worth every cent.
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