5 Tips For Healthy Hair


I've had a lot of people ask me lately what I do with my hair. How it's so long and healthy, etc.

For those that know me, or have been following me for a long time, you've seen the transition with your own eyes. My hair used to be a hot mess (pics at the bottom). Heat damage. Split end city. Dyed too much. Everything you could do to damage your hair I did. Since Dec 2015, I've made an effort to have healthy hair. My goal is to be waist-length curly. This is what I do to strengthen, grow and increase the health of my crown.

1. Regular Trims
Every 6 months I get a trim to get rid of the stragglers that are preventing my hair from being the beautiful curly crown I know it can be. Cutting off dead ends is one of the most beneficial things you can do to help your hair grow. I know everyone is always sad/scared to have scissors come close to their head, but it's honestly the best thing to do to make sure all of your hair is healthy. Those dead ends are dead weight for your curls. Let them go!

2. Deep Condition
Provide your hair with as much moisture as possible! I deep condition my hair once a week. I used Moroccan Oil's Treatment Original along with their Intense Hydrating Mask from January to July. Now, I've gone back to using Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, and Restore Treatment Masque. I like both treatment masks, but Moroccan Oil is more expensive. The only time I get that one is when it's a present lol. Everyone's hair is different, so try out brands and see which one your hair benefits from the most.
3. Say NO to heat.
Stop straightening your hair so much. You know it's not good. Stop letting society's bs beauty standards shape your self-image. Learn to love your hair in its natural state. It takes time, but it's worth it. You want nice, long, healthy curly hair... no. more. heat. I used to straighten my hair all the time (straight bangs, curly head 😳), so I know. Now, I straighten my hair once or twice a year max. Also, I schedule my trim right after I straighten my hair to get rid of any damage immediately.

4. Wash Day
I wash my hair once a week. Curly/Kinky hair shouldn't be washed too often because it'll strip your hair of its natural oils. ABBA Pure Performance Hair Care is the most consistent product that I've been using for over 10 years. Their Pure Gentle conditioner has been my go-to leave-in conditioner for 9 of those 10 years! Recently, I decided to switch to their Pure Moisture line and now I use that shampoo and conditioner once a week. I've noticed a significant change with my hairs retention since switching and using both products from their line. My favourite thing about ABBA is that their products are 100% vegan, sulfate free, plant-derived botanicals and free from synthetic colour additives.  Can you see why I've stuck with them for so long?
5. Low Manipulation
On wash day, I either do a wash n' go style that'll typically last me a whole week or I put my hair in a protective style. Too much manipulation leads to unnecessary stress for your hair. Stress leads to breakage. Wear braids, twists, or some sort of updo to give your hair some time to relax.

Those are the 5 consistent things that form my hair routine. Styling products switch up all the time. Currently, I'm using Up North Naturals and the results have been amazing. A wash n' go will last me a full week and it'll only start to get "frizzy" on the 4th day. Some little things I do as well are sleep with my hair in a pineapple wrapped in a silk scarf and my main pillow has a silk case on it.
I promised some pictures of when my hair was in horrible condition. Well, here's what I found!

Lesley✌🏽
xoxo


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