I've had a longer relationship with you than I have any man, sure we've had our ups and downs but you've given me confidence where I've needed it most. My hair is probably my most fascinating feature and is a constant source of attraction for many, be it that little girl in the street, eyes wide with wonder or a hairdresser, baffled by its sturdy resilience to stay on my head, regardless of its harsh history.
My hair's been every colour of the rainbow, it's been brutally bleached countless times, and during my teenage years, my straighteners were permanently welded to my hand. So, if you've fallen victim to vanity (like us all) and fear that your hair is beyond repair, well fear not! There are a few easy tips you can follow if you're forever dreaming of that long, luscious Rapunzel hair...
Snip snip: I know, I know, this is probably some advice you were hoping I'd skip - the dreaded hairdressers and their somewhat warped perception of what "I only want the ends TRIMMED" really means. I used to be like you, only investing in a biannual haircut and having thin, limp hair the remainder of the year. I avoided getting my hair trimmed like the plague because I didn't want to stunt its growth - but trust me, within a year of regular trims, my hair was thicker than ever and shedding and snapping has become minimal to nonexistent.
2 Words... Coconut Oil: The benefits of coconut oil are endless, it truly is a saviour for weak and damaged hair. Scenario: you're fresh out of the hairdressers and some serious bleaching has gone on. Your hair feels brittle like straw and the distant memory of the hairdresser telling you to "condition condition condition" rings in your ears. That fateful night, heat up your coconut oil in the microwave until it becomes a liquid base again and slather your entire head in it. Apply an old towel to your pillow and sleep with the coconut oil in your hair. After washing all the coconut residue from your hair, it'll have regained a lot of its health which the bleach/dye stripped from it! I've also actually arrived at the hairdressers with coconut oil already smothering my scalp - the oil acts as a balm and absorbs the bleach more gently causing minimal damage and resulting in your bleach lifting a lot lighter!
Ice ice baby: Did you know that cold water acts as a conditioner? Whenever I'm washing my hair, I rarely use hot water as it widens the pores of your hair follicle, making it super absorbent - ever come out of the shower and noticed that your hair is kinda elasticated? This makes the hair all the more fragile as it stretches so it order to combat this, rinse and wash your hair with colder water. If this doesn't appeal to you, you can always give your hair one last blast of cold water before stepping out of the shower, as this will eradicate frizz, boost shine and improve the circulation in your scalp (basically helping the blood flow better in your scalp) and thusly causing better hair growth.
Wet hair + hairbrush = bad: Whenever I proclaim the good word to people about not using their hairbrush until their hair's at least 80% dry, I get a lot of confused looks and argumentative statements like "but my qualified hairdresser brushes my wet hair, are THEY wrong?" Now I know I'm not a certified beautician and mostly I do everything from experience, but change your hairdresser asap because that bitch is pulling out your hair. Remember me telling you about how hair stretches in hot water? Well, imagine a brush pulling on that hair hundreds of times, causing it some serious stress. Be a bit kinder to your hair - on a low heat, use your hands to aid the drying of your hair and only when you think it's nearly dry, then you can use your hairbrush to work out the tats.
Grease lightning: Probably going to get a few unfollowing me after this wee word of wisdom, but I actually haven't washed my hair since Sunday. The photo above was taken today (Thursday) and that's exactly how my hair looks: no slicked fringe sticking to my forehead, no roots reminiscent of being caught in the rain. It looks this way because I so often leave my hair untouched by not washing it, it has actually began to wash itself in it's own nutrients. Now, I understand that this may be difficult for some of you to grasp - I can almost hear the "ew's" from over the internet - because this routine has taken me months to work out, and understandably some of you may not be willing to leave your hair unattended for days on end, I will tell you this: do not wash your hair every single day, wash it every other day if you can help it. This strips your hair of its natural quality and nutrients, putting you in a vicious cycle and giving you no other choice but to wash it again and again.