Last week I graduated from college which was a momentous and God-glorifying occasion, to say the least. Graduating with a true sense of purpose as a believer + young mom gave all the more reason to joyfully celebrate the completion of my college career with my family.
That being said, about 3 months ago, I wanted to change things up a bit in time for graduation, so a colorist at a nearby salon added some caramel + blonde highlights to my dark brown locks. Long story short, the first colorist botched the back area of my hair, so after giving my hair a little time to recover, I went to a different colorist in hopes of redeeming all the uneven patches.
Thankfully, Natalie from Luxe Salon & Design revamped my hair and did a beautiful job. But inevitably, my hair suffered as a result of all the dyes and chemicals it was exposed to in such a short time period. So naturally, I tried a bunch of different products, and stuck with a routine that helped transform my dry, brittle straw-hair into shinier, hydrated, and more voluminous hair.
A picture of my hair as of recent:
Here are three simple steps (+ products) that have gradually improved the health of my hair:
1. The Living Proof System
I’ve always heard great things about the Living Proof line, but I didn’t want to make the investment, as they’re on the pricier end of hair care products. My mom ended up gifting me with the 8 oz. Perfect Hair Day shampoo and conditioner (which is both color-safe and sulfate-free) and my hair has been softer and shinier ever since.
If your hair is relatively healthy and you’re on a budget, this may not be the most practical choice for you. But in my case, with dry and brittle hair, it’s definitely worth the investment!
2. Coconut Oil + Biosilk Serum
I was skeptical that coconut oil would help very much, as my hair was pretty much the texture of a nest. But using coconut oil along with a richer serum (I use Biosilk) drastically helped in hydrating my locks.
3. Cold Showers
Being a chronically sleep-deprived mama, I used to take refuge in my hot, relaxing showers. But I realized that the temperature was way too hot for my head and scalp, so my hair dried out even more. Since I still love my hot showers, I just avoid wetting my hair with the hot water (would recommend using a shower cap), and wait until the end to shampoo and condition with cooler water. It doesn’t have to be ice cold, just cooler than room temperature.
I hope these simple tips come in handy- would love to know what works best for you down below!