One of my most frequently asked questions in the DMs goes something like “Hey Caitlin, how the heck do you get such glossy, healthy hair!?”
I’m flattered, but you should see my natural, textured hair. It’s atrocious. HOWEVER, once I style it, I’m pretty much set for the week. More on that later!
I thought I’d write this post to spill all my healthy hair tips I’ve implemented and help you all out who need a hair reset/revamp! Coming from someone with extremely wavy, dry and frizz-prone hair, I’m telling you, these tips will change your (hair’s) life, especially the new Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots. These only hit stores in January (they’re imported from Brazil!) and rescue dry, damaged, and overworked hair. More on my experience using these in my routine below!
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Yeah, you’ve heard this a million times already, but it also rings true for your locks. What you eat heavily reflects on your hair health, and you want strong, shiny strands. I’ve eaten a plant-based diet for the last 3 years, and my hair has grown tremendously. Obviously I’m no dietician here, but I’m a big fan of getting my daily dose of Omega-3s. I eat a lot of chia seeds, which also have protein and minerals which are great for hair health. Try adding a tablespoon into your smoothies, oatmeal, or making overnight chia pudding for a filling, healthy breakfast. Yum!
I also eat a lot of greens, nuts, and whole foods in general. I’m not saying you have to eat a plant-based diet to reap the benefits, but if your diet is lacking on essential nutrients, try adding in a handful of spinach into your smoothies, eating a salad once a day, or swapping processed foods for whole foods. You’ll not only feel amazing, but in no time, so will your locks!
WASH YOUR HAIR 1-2X PER WEEK
I know some of you are shaking at this request, but listen, your hair will thank you. I’ve always had dry hair, so for me I have done this my whole life. But my friends with naturally oily hair used to be appalled at this revelation. However, almost all of them have transitioned to this new way of life and are obsessed. It seems counter-productive, and at first this transition may require a lot of dry shampoo. But after a few weeks, your hair should stop producing so much oil, because in reality, washing your hair everyday causes your scalp to produce more oil that you stripped away. Give it a month and see how it goes! Your natural oils are great for your hair health, plus you save precious time (and water) each week. Score!
DEEP CONDITION WITH PANTENE INTENSE RESCUE SHOTS.
I started dabbling in deep conditioners since high school to combat my naturally dry hair. Some I loved, some were way out of my budget, and some, well, didn’t seem to do anything at all. Earlier this year I saw some of my favorite bloggers talk about the new Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots that were just brought over from Brazil, and I HAD to try them. I went out and bought a pack, came home to shower, and ummm yeah. I was hooked.
Each of the Intense Rescue Shots are the perfect dose for one deep condition, so you don’t even have to think about how much to use. I apply it from root to tip after I shampoo once per week, focusing on the areas that see the most damage, which are my ends. I shut the water off while I apply the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots and let it do its thang for 30 seconds. Then I’ll turn the water on COOL for a quick, 30 second rinse. Helloooo softest hair of my life. My hair feels incredibly moisturized without being weighed down, which I love. It’s Pantene’s most potent repair product yet, with the perfect blend of Pro-Vitamin B5, strengthening lipids and natural glycerin to give your hair the resilience it needs to take on your daily styling and environmental stresses. You can find Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots here or at your local drugstore!
LIMIT YOUR HOT TOOLS
Ugh. This one is the hardest for me to follow, but it truly makes one of the biggest differences in your hair health and length. I’m not blessed with perfect, natural texture, so hair dryers, straighteners and curling wands are in the weekly rotation. However, once I started styling my hair just once (sometimes twice) a week, my hair grew SO FAST. I used to style my hair at LEAST once a day, and that was rough. I also only let myself blow dry my hair once a week max, and only if I absolutely need to (aka have an event that day). Try washing your hair at night, letting your hair dry overnight, and styling in the morning if you need to.
I hope these help you babes needing a hair revamp! Let me know which tip(s) you’re gonna implement + your own healthy hair recs below!
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