Whenever I go to a salon, I am instantly brought into the idea that I need boatloads of products and chemicals in order to keep my hair maintained and beautiful. I get caught up in the idea that my natural hair isn’t good enough. That I need to change it according to someone else’s beauty standard.
However, this simply is not true.
I am not opposed to using products or curling or straightening your hair if you love it! I do it all the time! I just don’t think it’s healthy to get caught up in the idea that this is something you must do in order to look good.
I remember even in middle school having friends whose hair was literally dying because it had been dyed and straightened too many times! How ridiculous is that!
Some things that I find helpful in my own hair care is just getting back to the basics. Our bodies are these incredibly wise creations. It will constantly drive you to a state of health, because your bodies main goal is to survive. Sometimes we just loose touch with exactly what our bodies are trying to communicate to us.
For example, if you have really oily hair, and you wash it every day, you are training your hair to continue to be oily. By washing it every single day, your hair is producing more oil to make up for the fact that the natural oils are continuously being washed out.
A way to fix this? Stop washing your hair every day! It may take awhile for your hair to even out where it won’t look so oily if you don’t wash it. Ease into it and trust that your body is wise and will restore itself to a state of health if you let it.
5 Tips for Holistic Hair Care
1). Don’t wash your hair every single day. Maybe for you, washing every other day is great. Maybe you only need to wash it once or twice a week. Experiment and figure out what works for you!
2). Use Apple Cider Vinegar on your hair. I like to take about 1/4 cup of ACV and pour it into my hair straight. Other people like to use a bottle and mix half ACV half water and spray or pour it into their hair. This vinegar is very healing, and can restore the pH of your hair. It is a natural, chemical free, way to get rid of extra grease. I like to use ACV to get coconut oil out of my hair when I do a hair mask. It will smell kind of weird while wet, but the vinegar smell will go away once it dries. I promise.
3). Add baking soda to your shampoo. Even if just once a week, this is another practice that can better clean your hair, and will leave it soft and dreamy. Another great way to get out the coconut oil if you’re doing hair masks. I also encourage upgrading to more natural shampoos and conditioners. I love Whole Foods brands for natural shampoos, and have been loving Lush products as well!
4). Use a hair mask. I adore using a coconut oil mask a few time a month. It leaves my hair soft and shiny, and even helps with dandruff. I tend to have dry hair, and live in a dry climate, and this hair mask always helps to restore my hair if it’s looking or feeling pretty blah. You can read more about coconut oil hair masks in this post.
5). Embrace your natural hair! Give yourself one day a week or a month to just let your hair be in it’s natural state. No heat, no harsh hair styles, just your natural beautiful hair! The more you expose yourself to your natural beauty, the more you will learn to appreciate it!
I would also add that your diet can play a huge role in the health of your hair! Fueling your body with whole foods is a great way to keep your hair healthy, and strong.
What things do you use to help keep your hair healthy?
Have a beautiful day!