I’m sometimes (often) complimented on my skin and hair.
I’ve got an even, acne free complexion even when I don’t wear makeup (which I hardly ever do) and my hair is thick and shiny and totally flippable.
And I don’t tell you that to brag, because seriously, I don’t want to be THAT girl.
But after battling acne for years (and having less than stellar hair) I feel like I owe it to all of you to tell you WHAT and HOW I take care of myself so that you can reap the benefits without the years of crazy, sometimes dangerous experimentation I went through!
So when I get THAT question- the how-do-have-such-amazing-hair (or skin or nails) question- my first response is to send people to the website and tell them to get on the non-inflammatory eating train.
By far the MOST important thing I ever did for any facet of my body was eat a whole, close-to-the-earth diet that included high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids and lower levels of Omega 6 fatty acids.
Oh, and ate ALL THE CARBS.
As soon as I found the diet that worked for my INDIVIDUAL body, I only needed a few select products to tweak and improve my skin and hair.
I no longer had to slather myself in chemical shampoos and styling products, instead I found a freedom with hair care that many of my friends envy.
Shampoo or No poo?
I’m often asked whether I follow the no poo movement.
Sadly, though I’ve tried it, I can’t get into it.
I know a lot of women like me too, especially those with long hair.
It’s just tough to get the scalp feeling clean enough without some kind of scrubbing mechanism.
Some women find that a combo of baking soda and an apple cider vinegar rinse work wonders for them. The apple cider vinegar is said to balance the ph of the skin.
Personally, I’m just a sucker for a good scent. I like my hair to smell like a flower or whatever.
You may be wondering to yourself, kelp and mint?
Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes.
This stuff doesn’t leave a nasty residue, doesn’t have artificial crap in it, and smells like happiness.
If you are conditioned to regular, oil stripping shampoo, it may take a little bit for your hair to get used to this. But the end result will be amazing.
This is the only shampoo and conditioner I recommend on my site. I’m sure there are other great ones out there, but this is the one I have used and stand by.
Washing Techniques and Styling Products
Throughout my lifetime I’ve used hair gel, mousse, cream, and wax, all in an effort to tame the frizzies that came from washing my hair with regular shampoo.
All those products did was weigh my hair down and leave a yucky residue.
Now, my hair care routine is simple.
I wash my hair as little as I can manage. Depending on my lifestyle, this ranges from every couple days to once a week.
Regular shampoo creates a vicious cycle where scalp oils build in response to overly dry and stripped scalps, causing the need to wash once a day.
One of the most important things you can do for your hair health is BREAK THAT CYCLE.
Wash your hair as little as you can stand and work on building yourself to more and more days without washing. This will help your scalp to re-balance and avoid the need for all the products.
Once I stopped washing my hair every day, I got into the practice of brushing my hair and scalp every day to move the oils down my head.
Then, when I did wash my hair, I washed only the scalp to get rid of excess oil. This way, the natural oils on the rest of my head were protected and the tips stayed healthier longer.
When I need a boost of oil or my hair has just become too dry, I’ll use argan oil.
Argan oil has been the darling of the health community for it’s unique molecular structure which coats and protects hair (it’s also great for skin and nails).
I find it keeps frizz away and helps give my hair that shiny, healthy look.
Once I get out of the shower, I will wrap my hair in an old t-shirt (which is less abrasive than a towel) or I will let my hair air dry totally without touching it, which really cuts down on frizz and flyaways.
Viola! Beautiful hair until the next wash, or sometimes my next Salsa.
So that’s the nutshell of how I keep my hair beautiful. What are your tips for shiny, pretty hair? What products or hair care tips do you recommend?