Healthy hair habits

Split ends are your hair’s worst enemy. I got my hair relaxed this past weekend and a trim of course so I thought I’d share a few things I do to help reduce and prevent split ends.

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LOC method of moisturizing- I “LOC” moisture in my hair by using a Leave in conditioner, Oil, followed by a Cream. Dry hair is more prone to breakage, keeping your hair properly moisturized helps a lot. My favorite leave in is Creme of Nature Leave-In Conditioner . This is like life to my hair. I love that it comes in a spray bottle, makes it so much easier to apply. And bonus, it smells amazing! Follow up with your preferred oil, I prefer Shea Oil, I also use  Olive Oil and Tea Tree Oil if I’m out of Shea Oil . My hair doesn’t really absorb Coconut oil, the oil tends to sit on my hair strands, I love it for my skin though. Lastly is your favorite cream/ hair lotion, mine is the Creme of Nature Buttermilk Hair Milk, which is just as amazing as the leave in conditioner

2. Frequent trims- If you’re relaxed, you should be getting frequent trims, ideally each time you get your hair relaxed. I never trimmed my hair when I was natural, but people do that as well, can’t hurt right?

3. Stretch your relaxers- I stretch my relaxer for 12-14 weeks. By doing this there’s enough new growth for my stylist to apply the relaxer to. I do this to avoid overlapping my relaxer, that would result in too much chemical processing which can damage your hair.

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Deep conditioning- I have a love hate relationship with my deep conditioner, I hate that I’m not able to wash it out after 5 minutes but it works wonders for my hair. This Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner, is the perfect balance of moisture and protein both of which your hair needs for healthy growth.

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Protein and moisture treatment- While my deep conditioner has a balance of moisture and protein, I also like to do individual protein and moisture treatment at least once per month. My favorite moisture treatment is the Garnier Whole Blends Nourishing Mask and my favorite protein treatment is the Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise Treatment.

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Say no to heat- I avoid the use of heat in my hair at ALL cost, my curling and flat irons are for decoration, really. I use them maybe 3 times for the year and 3 is a bit much. I only use my heat styling tools when I’m super busy and simply do not have enough time to air dry my hair. In a normal week, wash and  roller set is my favorite. I always wash my hair on the day I know I’ll be home all day doing chores around the house, this allows me to wash,  roller set and air dry my hair, which takes about 12-16 hours. I sometimes sleep with the Rollers in, super uncomfortable I know but I’m used to it. If I want to style my hair with curls, I always opt for  flexi rods instead of the curling iron. Too much heat can cause damage to your hair.

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Heat protector- If you must use a heat styling tool, ALWAYS use a heat protector , my favorite is the Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Protector . This protects your hair from up to 450 degrees of heat.

8. For the love of silk- Silk hair ties/ bonnets and pillow cases helps to keep your hair protected as well. Cotton is a bit rough on your hair and can cause breakage. Some silk pillow cases can be quite expensive, but in a recent visit to the dollar tree, to my surprise they had silk pillow cases there. I was like yaaass! Dollar tree saves the day again lol. No but seriously, silk is better for your hair.

9. Talk with your hair stylist. – I wash my hair at home and I go to the salon every 3 months for my relaxer and trim. Each time I go to the salon, I ask my stylist to take a look at my ends so I know if they’re healthy or they need to be trimmed.

Remember your ends are the oldest and driest part of your hair so they need a little extra loving.

Please note, I’m not a licensed cosmetologist. These are things that have worked for me and my hair.

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XoXo,

Amanda