I know I haven’t blogged in a while things as have been a bit hectic with so many things coming up which hopefully you will get to know about soon : )
Hint : Youtube channel coming up soon 😀 YAY, finally, (the youtube id is unravelstyle in case you want to subscribe first. Videos should be out from July onwards)
However, the blog too was undergoing few changes and with most things being sorted out, you should be seeing more frequent and interesting articles lined up for coming months.
Now, a lot of you know that I snapchat pretty often (links below) and the most frequent question I receive from my readers are – How do I prevent my hair from becoming dry, flaky and brittle in the dry California weather where the water is so harsh?
Great question and this is something I have experienced myself and learnt to deal with over time and trial. The truth is, your hair in such weather and hard water conditions will never stop becoming dry. The trick is to make sure you constantly provide your hair with enough nourishment and moisture from time to time so that they don’t get a chance to be dry at all.
These are my 3 super important tips that I share with you from my personal hair routine to ensure you never have parched hair again. Read on.
- Go Sulfate Free
Going from a regular shampoo to a sulfate free shampoo is one change that made significant difference to the health of my hair. For the longest time I have been trying different kinds of shampoos to figure out what works best for my hair and at the same time does not contain too much chemincal. As much as I wanted herbal or organic shampoos to work for me, they didn’t as I felt they don’t clean my hair well enough. I like shampoos that foam and not make my hair sticky. Regular drug store or even salon-based shampoos on the other hand caused my hair to be even more dry. Switching to sulfate free gave my scalp the right balance of moisture and foam. L’Oreal Paris, Marc Anthony and OGIX are my favourite brands and I often switch between them.
2. Use 100% extra virgin coconut oil
I have grown up hearing my grandmothers speak about how coconut oil is amazing for the hair especially ‘Parachute’ coconut oil that you get in India. Somehow coconut oil never really suited my hair. I often found it more oilier and hard to get the oil out of my hair. What I didn’t know at that point was, that I was using the wrong kind of coconut oil. I realised that most of the oil we get in the market is not pure coconut oil – they are often mixed with ingredients such as paraffin, wax, or other oils, etc. Look at the ingredients behind and you will know.
If you want your hair to benefit from coconut oil, use ONLY and ONLY 100% pure extra virgin coconut oil. I tried it and haven’t looked back since. It is not only that oily but doesn’t smell that bad too. Moreover it is as soft as a serum. I usually apply the oil 2 hours before shampooing as a pre-conditioner and it works great for my hair. Coconut oil helps a lot in the reverse shampoo process. To those who don’t know about reverse shampooing – it is a process where you apply the conditioner first and then shampoo. I have been reverse shampooing my hair for years – I apply oil and then apply few drops of conditioner to my hair and then shampoo and apply serum to it.
This process helps you to detangle your hair before you clean it, preventing hair breakage.
100% extra virgin coconut oil is perhaps the most essential item on my rack due to its versatility. It is not only great for the hair but you can also use it to moisturise your face and remove your makeup.
3. Serum, serum and more serum
I cannot even stress the use of serum on pat-dry wet hair. After I wash my hair, I make sure to take few drops of serum ( i use argan oil) and apply it to my hair. It helps to keep my hair soft throughout the day. In fact, on certain days when I am lazy to condition my hair, I usually shampoo and apply serum only. Usually hair serum is only applied to the hair length and not the scalp but argan oil is so smooth that in case you feel that your scalp is still dry after washing, take few drops of it and rub it on your scalp. It helps to keeps the scalp from getting flaky.
As long as you keep your hair moisturised, eat healthy and drink lots of water, your hair will look and remain healthy.Let me know if the tips helped you and if you have any questions, feel free to shoot them below or email me on email@example.com
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Disclaimer : Each person’s experience and reaction of the skin to ingredients may be different. If you are allergic to any item, please use with discretion.
I totally agree with going sulfate free and really paying attention to the chemicals. I don’t much like the organix brand but the Shea Moisture brand is amazing.
Agreed – Different shampoo suit different hair. Within Organix i can use only 1 or 2 types else I opt for Loreal.What shampoos do you use?
Ida Linden says
Thanks for the great tips Nupur! I’ve heard of reverse conditioning, but haven’t tried it…and never would have thought to do it 2 hours before washing. The Shea Moisture coconut oil is going on my “to try” list in Lovelyloot now!
Thanks Ida, glad you found it helpful. I am so eager to try lovelyloot. Would love to know more about it