My last visit to a hair saloon was bittersweet. Sweet because I'm happy that I have finally found a new hair stylist and bitter because my new hair stylist informed me that my hair is so damaged that it looks like it was bleached. I was a bit shocked because I thought my hair looked rather nice and anyway it's a feature I've always been complemented on. When I told her that I have never ever bleached my hair (I only dye it occasionally, maybe once or twice a year) she said my hair condition must be a result of certain health problems. I didn't really feel into going into detail right then and there, talking about my operations and all that, so instead of giving her my recent medical history, I just admitted to being severely anaemic. You know, she was quite accurate in her assumptions. That made me realize not only how important hair care is, but how much hair can be a reflection of our health. I've never though as hair as something affected by our health problems, but it is true that healthy hair isn't something that just happens. We need to take care of our health to the best of our ability. Naturally, we can't control everything, but there are certainly things we can do to take better care of our health and hair.
It is indeed true that skin and hair health starts within, but there are also things we can do to protect our skin and hair from negative outer influences such as the sun, the pollution and so on. I guess it is just like with everything, we need to find what works for us but we also need to be ready to make alterations if necessary. I think that one of the most important thing is to figure out what works for our hair type. My hair routine is pretty simple, but I think it worked well so far. I don’t think I need to change it, I think that my hair just needs a bit more TLC. For example, I do blow dry my hair in all seasons but summer, but I don’t think I have a choice since my hair is so thick. All of the medications I’m currently on have been known to cause hair loss, and I still haven’t managed to combat my anaemia, but fortunately my hair is naturally very thick, so the hair loss hasn’t been visible at all. In reality, I’m happy with how my hair looks and with little work I think that I will be able to get my old hair texture back.
You know as soon as the hair stylish said that my hair was damaged, I realized that she was right. You know how sometimes something clicks, and you realize that you knew it all along but somehow didn't acknowledge it and/or didn't pay enough attention to it. For a while now, the texture of my hair has felt different. It didn’t look different, but it felt different. When I would wash my hair, it would get very dry, something that didn’t happen in the past. I definitely plan to invest more time into learning more about hair care into figure. I don’t think I did anything wrong, but I might need to invest a bit more time in it. For now, I've tried home masks with olive and coconut oil and I feel like my hair is getting softer. If you have any hair care tip, by all means feel free to share them.
My hair routine is pretty simple. I shampoo my hair only every five or six, sometimes even only once a week. I’ve read somewhere that excess shampooing is the worst thing for our hair. Naturally I rinse my hair with water pretty often. The whole ‘no shampoo’ movement is about using less shampoo or about using alternatives to shampoo, it is not about not washing our hair. We can wash our hair with water as much as we like. For example, those who exercise twice a day, will probably also wash/rinse their hair with water twice a day to clear away sweat. When I used to train swimming, I would also wash my hair with water thoroughly after every pool practice. I was never able to let my hair dry natural (expect) when it was really short, so that’s another reason why I will sometimes avoid getting my hair wet.
When it comes to hair styling, I don’t use much products. Even for styling my hair, I will typically use either coconut or olive oil. I only use hair products for special occasions, I don’t even keep any hair products such as a hair spray or hair gel in my home. I don’t typically go to get my hair done, because I enjoy styling my own hair. I love to braid my hair. I think braids can be a great choice for styling our hair in a more natural way. I just read that braids are the most popular choice with ‘green’ hair stylists. I only read about those the other day, btw. Apparently now there are hair stylists who are committed to not using any chemical at all. Moreover, there is an increase in all natural hair products. That sounds like great news. Brushing our hair regularly is another great natural tip for keeping our hair healthy.
Anyway, my hair is extremely straight. Like every women, sometimes I want what I don’t have and that is curls. In the past, I struggled with curling my hair and I almost gave up on the whole thing. I said that I like to do my own hair, and while that is certainly true, sometimes I do like to have my hair done. Hair stylists always do a better job of curling my hair then I do, so when I want curls I typically schedule a hair appointment. I do like the fact that today even girls with stubbornly straight hair can have nice curls. For ladies and girls whose hair is so straight that natural curling methods are of little help, there are always hair tools to rely on. We all know that heat can be bad for the hair, but there are ways to work around that. There are products that protect the hair from the heat of the hair irons and hair curlers. Another thing I think is important is finding the right hair tool for us. Every hair type is different, so it is something to take into consideration. So, basically that’s my hair routine. Tell me what does your hair routine looks like? Do you like trying new hair styles or to do like to stick with works for you? What are your hair secrets?
I always feel that a nice hairdo is the perfect way to finish any outfit. It doesn't have to be anything too elaborate, it just needs to look nice. I love how natural hairstyles, such as just letting our hair down are becoming more popular. Do you like natural hair styles? Because I have talked about hair in length, I'll keep the outfit talk brief. I don't know if you can see it on the photographs because the sun was quite strong that day, but I'm wearing a crepe (pink) dress paired with a navy (blue) top. I always loved blue and pink colour combo. These shoes were a gift from hubby, not the most comfortable shoes out there, but they sure look cute.