They say that as you age your hair changes. It could be in colour, texture or volume. This occurs due to changing hormonal levels in your body. When I was younger I had very long, thick, straight hair. As I got older and had different styles, cuts and colours my hair changed. When I was in grade 12 my started getting thin, I thought it was from stress of applying to university and straightening my hair everyday. The summer before my first year of university I worked at a summer camp and gave up on styling my hair everyday and by the end of the summer my hair was wavy.
Over the years my hair continued to get thinner. I dismissed it thinking it was from the stress of university but recently I noticed other things like I was extremely exhausted all the time and my hands and feet were always cold. I went to the doctors to try and find the root cause to all my symptoms but my concerns were dismissed. Recently, I went to a new doctor and had blood tests done. I found out that I am iron deficient and that was causing my thin hair, cold hand and feet and extreme tiredness. Now I know many people will attribute this to me being vegan. However, that is not the case as this is something has has been going on for years. Now that we all know I have thin wavy hair I’ll share with you what I do and use to keep my hair healthy.
This might sound gross but I don’t comb my hair everyday and I only wash my hair once or twice a week. I say comb because I stopped using brushes in my hair. The brushes were too harsh and I could hear it ripping out my hair. Now I only use a wide tooth comb to comb my hair and only before or after washing it. I also like to use L’Oreal kids tangling tamer spray fr wet or dry hair.
I like to use a hair mask at least once a week. My favourite one to use is Roots hair treatment from lush. This leaves your scalp tingling and feeling fresh. I leave this in for 5- 10 minutes before shampooing it out.
As for shampoo and conditioner I like to mix up the ones I use. I will usually have two or three different kinds that switch between. I like to switch things up often because when I use the same shampoo and conditioner all the time my hair gets use to it and stops looking as nice. This is just something I noticed with my hair. So I like to use the shampoo and conditioner bars from lush. At the moment I am using the Seanik shampoo bar. This shampoo bar has sea salt and seaweed in it. The sea salt is supposed to give volume to your hair and the seaweed is supposed to make it soft and shiny (really it just makes me feel like a mermaid when I use it). I also like the New! shampoo bar from lush it has cinnamon and peppermint in it to encourage hair growth and give that tingling feeling. The Big conditioner bar from Lush is supposed to give volume and make your hair shiny. I like it because it doesn’t weigh my hair down and allows my curls to dry nicely.
The other Shampoo and Conditioner I like to use is OGX Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo and conditioner. The scent is not over powering and it leaves my hair feeling soft, light and clean. Also, I find when I use this brand it makes my curls more defined.
The third shampoo and conditioner I like to use is Aussie Moist. This shampoo and conditioner helps hair to look and feel less dry. It smells really good like coconuts and again leaves your hair feeling light and not weighed down. I don’t tend to use this one as much because I like the other ones a bit better but, this one is a lot cheaper and wont break your bank. I like to get this one in the giant size with the pump and usually use it when I run out of the other two in between repurchasing
Lastly, after I get out of the shower and comb out my hair I like to use a leave in conditioner. My holy grail leave in conditioner is the Cantu Argan Oil leave-In Conditioner Repair Cream. This stuff is the best and is life changing. It makes your hair so soft and defines your curls, I really notice a difference between when I use it and when I don’t. It works well for any hair type, my mom and my sister also use it and we all have very different hair types. You can get this at any hair store, it is fairly cheap and lasts a long time as a little goes a long way. You only need to use a little bit, too much will weigh your hair down and make your hair feel like there is a build up of product in it.
To keep my hair healthy I try to keep the amount of heat I use on it to a minimum. For the most part I just let my hair dry naturally and it the winter I like to keep it in a braid most of the time to help keep the moisture locked in. When I do use heat on my hair I always use a heat protector before hand.