So I rarely straighten my hair. It’s naturally curly and I love it in a fishtail plait. When I do straighten it I realise just how long it is. In fact the last time I cut it was in June 2012 so pretty soon it’ll be three years since I last let someone near it with a pair of scissors. I don’t think I will be cutting it again unless its condition seriously deteriorates. I don’t believe in the strange school of thought that says your hair will grow faster if you get it cut regularly. Seriously, how can that ever be true?
To my actual amazement someone asked me about my hair care routine. As routine’s go, I really don’t have one so I roped in Cousin whose hair is luscious to help out. All our secrets (mainly her secrets) are under the cut.
Oil it up
Coconut oil has to be the best thing I put in my hair. I know coconut oil is very zeitgeist-y right now. It’s the food, drink, and beauty product of the moment isn’t it? As an Indian, Mother has been putting coconut oil in my hair since I was born, back when coconut oil was very unfashionable and not even near trendy’s postcode. So I am used to it and I can’t recommend anything more.
Take a small dollop and massage it gently into your scalp. Depending on how thick your hair is, use more or less as you see fit. You want your roots and scalp to all be covered in the oily goodness. I always have a little coconut oil in my hair but a lot is very, very noticeable. So the night before I know I am washing my hair I go to town and put loads in. I also coat the length of my hair, paying particular attention to the ends. The oil helps to prevent damage. Plus I love the smell of coconuts. However if you do go to town be aware that it may take more than one shampoo to wash it all out. That stuff wants to stay.
My cousin always put some oil on the ends of her hair just after it’s been washed and while it is still wet. Like I said, it really helps to prevent damage and if you are like me and don’t want to go to a hair dresser again then the condition of those ends are important. A little at the tips or at the roots is unnoticeable and your hair will thank you.
No, you don’t need to wash it
Here is a secret that many people don’t understand – I wash my hair once a week. I refuse to wash it more often. You don’t need to. If you’re worried it looks greasy, tie it up. Your hair will seriously thank you if you stop shampooing it every other day.
Step away from the hairbrush and hairdryer
Don’t brush your hair while it is still wet. This is when hair really needs you to forget about it. Each strand is more prone to breakages and the act of brushing just convinces it that it’s a good time for it to part company with your scalp. Let your hair dry naturally. Cousin also says that the best time to blow dry your hair is also once it’s fully dried. I know hairdressers love to go at it while it’s still wet but try styling it once it is dry to see what happens. If you do straighten your hair, use a heat protection spray.
Once you have styled your hair how you like it, blast is with some cool air. Like clothes coming straight from the dryer, hair also ‘creases’ more the hotter it is. No one likes random dents in their hair and this will help to prevent that happening.
So there you have it, a very ‘scientific’ list of things that will make your hair look a little better. If you don’t want to do it all then the one thing I recommend before anything and everything else is the coconut oil. Go forth and oil.