Hair Care Highlights and Hints!

Over the holidays, I received several compliments on my hair. In particular, the comments were about the good condition of my tresses. I thought it might be fun to share some of my hair care tips!

For most of my life, I got a haircut once a month into a short cropped style. For that particular cut, the hairdressers instructions were to wash and blow it out daily plus use mousse for styling and hairspray for holding. For years that was my daily routine, which added 40 minutes of work or so to my day.

When I got engaged to Keith, I started to grow my hair long for the wedding. Before the wedding, my family took a camping trip through Alaska, and I washed my hair only at the start of the trip and, then a week later. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice my hair looked at the end of that week, it was more shiny, and manageable. My fine hair seemed to be more full and have more body. It dawned on me that the daily stripping of my natural oils through washing and “processing” my hair was not such a good idea.

Today, I wash my hair once a week, which means it only is exposed to heat drying once a week.
Often, I only do one wash and rinse, and leave in some of my natural oils. I use a conditioner, but start about 3 inches down from the crown of my head. I use a broad tooth comb, and gently comb it out starting at the ends and working gradually up toward the crown of my head to get the tangles out. Many times, like this morning, I will let it air dry, and scrunch it up with my hands to encourage some natural waves.

When I sleep, I use a cotton knit covered scrunchee (purchased from the drug store) to tie my hair (it is long now) up on the top of my head which keeps my hair from being pulled and tangled while I sleep. I look like Pebbles of the Flintstones, but the knit scrunchee is very gentle on my hair. I catch the end of the pony tail in the scrunchee, too, making a loop of my hair (instead of a long pony tail).

When I go to the gym, I use the scrunchee and make sure that as I do my cardio workout, my hair is tied up and supported either by a baseball cap (pony tail going through the hole in the back of the cap) or with a high pony tail or a loop on top of my head, which keeps the hair pulling and movement to a minimum. This is to minimize breakage as the weight of my hair yanks against the pony tail holder when I am jumping up and down or running on the treadmill.

I go to the hairdresser and get a hair cut only every 2-3 months with an occasional bang trim in between. In the last few years, I have asked my hair stylist to add highlights. But, because I am a natural blonde, I only highlight my hair twice a year, once again minimally processing my locks.
I do not perm my hair because of the harshness of the chemicals involved.

I rarely style my hair with a flat iron or steam-heated hot rollers, no more than once a month.

This system works great for me, and I guess less is more when it comes to hair health! When you look at it, this is very good for the environment. Less water used in showering, less soap polluting our eco system, less electricity for blow drying and styling. My hair is fine, and normal (as opposed to dry or oily). But my thought is, perhaps those with dry or oily hair would also benefit from less processing. Maybe some of our modern grooming habits cause these undesirable conditions.

Would love to have your comments on this subject, please share your hair care tips!

Good hair care is Green Living!

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  1. Kimberly Anne says:

    Comment from Lisa:
    I have oily hair and almost four years ago I started decreasing my hair washing from daily down to every other day. Then I switched from using shampoo to baking soda and vinegar. I’m now able to wash my hair every third day. I also don’t use any styling products or blow dry, curl or iron my hair. I definitely use fewer products and it is more environmentally friendly.

    My hair looks and feels much better than it did when I used to wash it daily. So, yes, I think many people over-process their hair in various ways.

    January 9, 2009 1:02 PM

  2. Like Kimberly Anne I also use baking soda and vinegar to deal with my hair. I have very long hair that is rather fine, but a bit oily. I think having long hair makes natural hair care sooo much easier. When it’s looking a little past it’s prime I can always braid it or tuck it away ๐Ÿ™‚ Trying to keep my hair bouncy without using commercial detergent and fake conditioners would be very difficult ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like the ease of the baking soda/vinegar regime, I love the cost and I find the results perfectly worth it. Just say no to nasty chemicals ๐Ÿ™‚

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