Use Sulfate-Free Shampoos
We’ve all heard this term, but what is a sulfate? Sulfates are just chemicals that help separate the dirt and oil from your hair. They can be natural or they can be chemical. However, since they’re super effective on cleaning your hair, they also strip away protective oils from your hair. This can lead to drying out your hair which again leads to breakage.The product I like to use is HASK products, they’re sulfate-free, smell amazing, and come in different types like moisturizing, keratin, protein, etc. Another perk to them is that they are recommended for daily-use! I’ve mentioned before how I’ve tried to stop shampooing every day, but that just doesn’t work for my hair. Since it’s so fine, it gets oily in less than 24 hours, no matter what dry shampoo I try to use. With HASK, I don’t have to worry that I’m over washing my hair.
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After using HASK for a week (from switching from Herbal Essence) my hair was just as shiny, lighter in weight, had more body, and hydrated!
Use the right hair brush
No matter when you are brushing your hair, make sure you use the right brush for the occasion. I almost always brush my hair when it’s wet right after washing my hair. My new favorite brush is the Wet Brush. It’s a huge paddle so I can brush through large chunks of my hair, however the bristles aren’t as stiff as regular paddle brushes so it doesn’t pull out as much hair as other brushes would. Detangling combs or tangle teasers are also great for your hair if you take care of it straight out of the shower.
For brushing it before bed or any time when it’s dry, I use a boar bristle brush to increase shine and to evenly distribute the oils in my hair.
Blow Dry the Right Way!
Keep it shorter!
I’m definitely guilty of not going back every 6-8 weeks for a trim, especially when I have longer hair! I can hide most of my split-ends and you don’t notice the length difference. But it does make a difference if your hair grows fast. The longer your fine hair gets the heavier it gets, and then the flatter it becomes.
I’ve played around with long hair with layers to keep it light-weight, but it’s just making my fine hair look thinner because at the tips of my hair, there’s just not much hair there! I’ve found that the longest I like to go that still feels good is about 4-5 inches below my shoulder. It still looks like a “long” hair-cut but maintains enough bounce because of how light-weight it is.