For the past year, we have been showing you the various ways, attempts and setbacks we have been through in the long 4 years of our hair journey. However, we do understand that it’s not for everyone given each lifestyle, time, patience or even preference. Luckily, this does not mean that if you are not as intense in your journey as us, that you will not see results. But, we do believe that there are crucial steps that you can apply to your every day life that make a big difference in your hair health. So in this post we will share the top 5 changes in your lifestyle that any girl that is a bit more “low key” should apply:
1- Diet: we always mention the importance of a healthy diet in our routine (like we did on this post) since a healthy diet immensely influences a healthy organism which includes hair health. Introduce vegetables of all colours to your diet and make sure they are good quality too. Also, make sure your water intake is good, as always we suggest 6-8 glasses a day as well as get yourself some daily exercise.
2- Heat: I get that the bun or protective styles life is not for everyone, as it was for us in the beginning of our hair journey (all the way to last year). However we do suggest to take it easy with heat and blow drying (with heat). Do take some days and wear buns, but if you really don’t like it invest on a good quality hair dryer so you can use it in the cold setting or use rollers and air dry like that (post on how we blow dry in cold air coming soon!)
3- Hair Masques: we get that the hair salon life can be addictive and even to some cases therapeutic and relaxing. We also used to love our Sunday routine of going to the hair salon and having a girls day. So if you want to continue that life go ahead, but at least make sure you stay on top of your hair treatments when you wash your hair. However, do not get fooled by hair masques, they do not have to mean spending so much money just because they come on a fancy container. Hair masques or treatments are any conditioner that stays in your hair for more than 5 minutes (we suggest 20 minutes). So if you are unwilling to spend the coins on the fancy salon hair treatments, bring with you (or ask them) to mix your favourite conditioner with your favourite oil (we show how we do it here!)
4- Stretch the time between chemical treatments- using your hair natural is a choice (a choice we also chose to skip) but is foolish and quite unhelpful if you turn a blind eye on the reasoning for why keeping your hair natural is the best option. So based on that, stretch the time between the inevitable damage you will make by choosing to put chemicals in your hair, to give your hair a break and to also have more new-growth so the chance of overlapping treatments is way slimmer. We suggest regardless of the treatment, gaps starting from 8 weeks (it will really depend on how fast your new-growth comes in).
5- Protecting your hair whilst sleeping- protective styles are not for anyone as we previously mentioned. As we said, when we started up until last year anyone that dealt with us on a daily basis only saw us with buns. We can admit it was a very limiting choice, but we had a goal so we didn’t care. However, we understand not everyone will like that, but at least at nighttime protect your hair. You don’t even have to go in the satin/silk scarf route, just invest on a satin/silk pillowcase. Either way you will protect your hair from the cotton that absorbs the crucial natural hair oils that keep your hair strong and silky.
We hope that these 5 changes serve as a lesson that lifestyle changes do not always have to be extreme. It’s with little steps that we change our attitudes and ways of thinking, and slowly but surely we can reach our goals without the need to be super extreme.
We wish you all a successful journey, being that an extreme one or more low-key 🙂