January 16, 2022
My hair care heroes ie what saved my severely damaged hair
I haven’t always been super happy with the way my hair looks, but it seems I’ve finally nailed my hair care routine. So I want to take this opportunity to share my hair care heroes, a few tips and practices that have made a really significant difference in the way my hair looks.
Before we start… a little bit about my hair. I have very fine, straight hair. Like many people with this hair type, I have an oily scalp and dry ends. I used to wash my hair every other day, which seemed to make this problem worse. And so one of the first changes I made was to wash my hair less frequently. At first I was hoping that my hair would adjust to the new cycle on its own, but it didn’t. What made you different is a Salicylic Acid Scalp Scrub by Inkey List, this is a 10 minute pre-wash treatment designed to balance oil production. Over time I noticed that my scalp has become a lot less oily and I can now wash my hair every 4-5 days. I only use this treatment twice a month so I don’t over dry my scalp.
Another scalp treatment I have used is this Saha Scalp Wild Ginger Purifying Scrub by Fable & Mane. I never thought I would exfoliate my scalp, but I gave it a try and was amazed at how my hair looked and felt afterwards. First and foremost, it’s non-drying, it removes dirt and debris, but your hair doesn’t feel dry afterwards. I decided to try it because it was specially formulated to combat oily scalps and I have to say that it definitely helps prolong the clean hair feeling. I also do this twice a month so certainly not with every wash and only on wash days when I’m not using the salicylic acid peel scalp treatment.
I’ve also switched to a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. While I have a few favorites, I’m on my second bottle right now Kerastase Discipline Sulfate Free Smoothing Shampoo & 3rd bottle of Smoothing conditioner. I love the way these two balance my hair. My hair and scalp feel very clean and my ends look and feel super smooth and moisturized.
Once every two weeks I like to do a deep conditioning treatment with the OUAI treatment mask for fine hair. I usually hold it for about 30 minutes. I know it seems like an obligation, but it makes such a huge difference. My hair feels like silk after this mask. I usually use it on the same washing days as the salicylic acid peel scalp treatment as this product can make your hair a bit drier.
The last two things… I switched to an AMMONIA FREE hair color (Olia by Garnier). I dedicated a whole post to why this was such a good decision for me and what difference it made in my hair CLICK HERE if you want more details on this topic.
I tried the inversion method and it works! I mean… it’s not magic and no I haven’t seen 4 inches of hair growth per month but over time my hair has become a lot healthier, shinier and most importantly, it started falling out a lot less than before.
For those of you unfamiliar with the inversion method, turning your head upside down for 4 minutes while massaging your scalp with an essential oil is a daily practice. The inversion method is said to stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow to your scalp and while I haven’t seen any crazy hair growth, it made a significant difference!
Quick tip, for those of you with an oily scalp like me, try using a hair serum instead of an oil. I like the Multi-peptide serum for hair density out of the ordinary. Basically I’ve tried the inversion method with both: serum and oil and I’d say both work pretty well as long as you’re consistent, but the serum naturally makes my roots a lot less oily.
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