Keeping Hair Healthy, Not Greasy

Is it possible to go a few days without washing your hair and have it look healthy? Yes. Are there other ways than dry shampoo? Yes.

I don’t know about you, but it seems 95% of advice about oily hair or hair that gets greasy involves dry shampoo. Don’t get me wrong, it works, but it’s just putting a mask on what can be improved. In the end I found that I was just loading my hair up with dry shampoo which created a film by the end of the day and left my hair looking dull. I still like dry shampoo, I use it occasionally, but it’s not your only option. In fact, since integrating these few rituals I barely have to use it anymore.

Sometimes you don’t have time to wash your hair everyday, or others choose not to add to the health of their hair. An easy solution is to wash your hair everyday, but sometimes that’s not even enough, I’ve seen hair that greases up within 30 minutes of taking a shower. I generally wash my hair every other day or every 2 days. If it is better for your hair not to wash it everyday I don’t want to be left out, but most of the time it’s just for lack of time.

Wherever you fall in the debate, here’s what I’ve been doing:

Styling Hair ASAP-I’ve found that the sooner I curl or straighten my hair the more it will last through the next few days. I’m not saying fry your hair by curling it everyday, but even giving it a few heatless waves will lift your hair off the scalp, your neck and face. Let your hair have the least amount of time resting on skin or contact with skin.

Sleeping with Hair Up- It’s a long night, tossing turning, resting on pillows, your hair on your face- all this + heat= hair that sticks to you. As mentioned above keep your hair off your skin, plus sleeping in a loose bun will add volume for the next day.

Hands Off During the Day- This is the last I’ll mention about the skin and hair, but it is important to be mindful of running your fingers through your hair/scalp during the day. The more you touch, the more oil will find its way to your hair.

Using A Balancing Shampoo- Everyone can use a shampoo that balances whatever it is that is out of order causing the oiliness.

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3 days without washing

Distributing Oils- You may have heard that your hair actually needs a little greasiness to be healthy. “It’s your hair’s natural oils!” That’s true, however they aren’t just going to magically gravitate to drier parts of your hair (especially the ends.) Even if you go a decent amount of time without washing your hair the majority of it would accumulate at the scalp. Every night I’ve been brushing through my hair top to bottom, manually distributing the oils. I’ll add that my hair has gotten stronger, shinier and in better condition through this practice. I find it easiest to do at night, but you can do it whenever works best for you.

Conditioning Selectively- I believe this is common knowledge, but just in case you need a reminder: use conditioner as needed and never on the scalp.

Incorporating DIY Hair Masks- Most of the time these are one ingredient conditioning masks such as a few tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil- and for this I do go up to the scalp. As saturated as it looks, it will come out with shampoo in the shower. It’s good every now and then to condition your hair and add back moisture and balance. It doesn’t get any easier than 20-30 minutes and an oil of your choice.

 

*Personal note* I apologize for not writing for a while. I will be returning to college in the fall and  I’m in the ever-daunting process of deciding what school to go to and what to major in. It’s been all consuming, but I appreciate your patience.

 

 

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Fast Home Remedy For DIY Teeth Whitening

If you have time to brush your teeth, you have time to do this ultra quick, all natural teeth whitening and that’s what I love about it.

I’ve been looking around lately for something extra to put into the usual routine of brushing and flossing my teeth that is easy and cost-effective. There’s been one going around the internet using turmeric and coconut oil. At first I gave that one a try, but I have to be honest walking around and waiting for 10 minutes with yellow oil dripping from your mouth isn’t as fun as it might sound. Not to mention after that I felt like I couldn’t get the oil cleared out from my mouth as much as I rinsed and my oily, yellow stained toothbrush couldn’t be saved. That one wasn’t for me even though it fit the requirements of being easy and cost-effective. Fast forward to the next week and I found something that I can see myself repeating.

For this simple concoction you only need 2 ingredients: Baking soda and apple cider vinegar.

First, you’ll want to wet your toothbrush and dip it into some baking soda that you’ve poured out in a small bowl. Brush your teeth with baking soda. Next, take more baking soda from your bowl and coat your teeth. Lastly, pour out some apple cider vinegar into a glass or cup and use about the amount you would for mouthwash. You’ll feel a sort of explosion, so be prepared. It will be fizzy. Spit it out and rinse your mouth with plain water.

Overall this tastes salty, nothing crazy, certainly you won’t gag or feel sick.I wouldn’t recommend doing this everyday because I think it would start have more of a negative impact rather than positive if you do it that often. Treat it like you would any other whitening treatment, don’t go overboard and be gentle with your teeth and gums.

Healthy Hair

Do you want it? Do you have it? 

What can improve, change or keep it in good health?

Vitamins: From food and in pill form. Eat as well as you can, it’s best to get what you need from food. It’s not necessary to invest in every vitamin there is or to take a bunch of pills. However, there are some things that I’ve noticed to really help with hair. Omega-3 fish oil helps with keeping your hair strong and adds shine. Vitamin D helps with hair growth. If there are areas of your head with thinning hair try Vitamin D.

*Vitamins won’t work in a few days or even in a few weeks, they can take time to “kick in” (usually a few months) Be patient.

Limiting Heat: In the middle of the winter it’s hard to resist using heat to dry your hair, and in this case it’s better than going out with a wet head. If it’s summer or you live in a warmer climate, why not let your hair air dry? If you must use a hairdryer set it on “warm”or “cool” and style your hair without heat. Look up some heatless hairstyles. Roll your hair, braid it, there are so many online. My rule is I try not to do both using heat. It’s either I dry it or style it. It helps from drying out the ends.

Cutting your hair: Don’t go 6 months without cutting it , speaking as someone who just did that, keep your hair healthy by cutting it every few weeks (6-8 weeks) and it will repay you. It will seem thicker, help to give it a lift and remove any dead ends that cause dullness.

Coloring less: If you go every 2 months to color your hair double check that that’s when you really need it and not just when the receptionist schedules you for next time. Of course it’s better for your hair to color your hair brown than bleaching it to a platinum blonde, but the idea is to touch it when you need and that’s it. If you can get away with highlights go for highlights rather than coloring the entire head.

Using styling products that work with your hair: Easy on the hairspray. Make sure the serum isn’t making your hair oily looking. If it’s on your head and in your hair it should have a purpose, otherwise it’s just sitting there. If you can lessen the amount of added product you have to scrub out later that day it’s a plus.

Shiny, thick, strong hair easily creates curls, takes color well and falls just so along your face. Having your hair in good condition makes everything easier, no matter if you like your hair pin straight, voluminous or tousled, it’s better all around.