“Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.”
There are moments in our lives when our hair is healthier,
thicker, and more lustrous than those times when it’s dull, finer, and
limp. One of the biggest concerns I hear
often is “how can my hair grow faster?”, or“ is there a way my hair can grow
thicker?”,….asking myself these questions too. I remember going through this myself before
a few years back, and I’ve noticed it happening slightly again. So for those who have/are/going to go through
a change in their hair, I dedicate this to you.
These temporary changes in our hair can come from many
sources: life stressors, hormonal shifts, dramatic weight loss, change in
climate/season (or sometimes, any change in our lives). There is no overnight cure, or even simple
cure. Healthy hair truly comes from
within- it’s an “inside job”, if you would.
But there are a few things we can do or apply to help make the best of our hair and possibly facilitate faster, thicker, and healthier hair to
It all begin with a happy, healthy scalp...
A common question I hear is “how many times a week should I
shampoo my hair?”. Truth is, there is no
right amount-it really depends on your hair type, lifestyle, etc. But I do encourage an average of 3x per week.
If you are growing your hair, or hair is shedding more then normal, it’s
equally as important to keep your scalp clean and breathable as it is to nourish the existing lengths. Try
thinking of washing your hair as ritual: wash away stress, purify thoughts for
a new day, stimulate the scalp for a recharge. If your hair is thick and tends
to be dry, opt for a moisturizing shampoo & conditioner to keep hair
hydrated (try Kérastase Nutri-Thérmique
(Note: There’s something magical about the number 3: Mind,
body, spirit. Past, present,
future. Faith, love, hope. The Trinity.)
SILVER, AND BRONZE
One of the reasons why I love working for Kérastase Paris is their
performance in product (as part of the L’Oreal
Recherche Avancée, they are privy to the elite & newest advances in
technology). Easy to remember- gold,
silver, & bronze (in the packaging) are always winners for vitality in the
Specifique Anti-Affinement Treatment- Healthy hair always begins with a
healthy scalp. This is one of my
personal faves-along with the light cooling effect, it’s loaded with nutrients
which really revitalizes the scalp. Plus
if your hair is already fine, it’ll make it look & feel more dense &
Initialiste- The best way to describe this is like “super food” or ”eye
lash serum” for the hair! Applied from scalp to mid lengths, this is targeted
for the fresh hair that’s just grown in giving strength, shine, substance, and
suppleness. Even though Kérastase can’t
legally disclose this, I swear it makes hair grow faster!
Elixir Ultime, for all hair types- If I had to choose only 1 product to
every use on hair, this would be it! Elixir Ultime is a healing oil-apply mid
lengths to ends, whether on wet or dry hair, to give moisture &
nourishment. This can also prevent split
ends from happening, leaving longer time in between haircuts, resulting longer
Finding a good brush for your hair is as important (if not
more) than finding a conditioner that detangles and gives the right moisture
balance for your hair type. The key is to have bristles that are bendable &
pliable so it gently works through the hair (the hard, wide tooth comb is a
myth…A BIG MYTH that can easily shred your locks if not careful!) I have 2 all time favorite brushes for both
thick & delicate hair textures-both gentle & stimulating for the scalp,
effective detangling, can be used on wet or dry hair, while styling/blow
drying, and best of all won't tear the hair:
Wet Brush- This
was designed for wet hair to detangle…and it’s simply amazing. It’s excellent for fine hair because the
bristles are fine and very pliable.
Great for highlighted hair that tangles easily, or great for curly hair
that coils easily. We noticed on the
road that it’s even great to brush out curling iron sets on dry hair, working
through styling product while still being gentle. It’s inexpensive and a must-have!
Park YS-701 Brush- This oval paddle brush is worth every
bit of investment. The combination of
boar & nylon bristles detangles, boosts shine. The long bristles make it easy to rake
through even the thickest strands without pulling the hair. Also great to sculpt curls into glamorous
waves or smooth hair into a perfect ponytail.
I admit, before just recently I’ve never been a huge believer
in aromatherapy. A few months ago, I
decided to give it a true try because I did notice my hair was shedding more
than normal, and was doing the “right things”.
I researched endlessly online then sniffed practically every essential oil at Whole
Foods. When I found aromas that connected
with my senses, I put one drop on the hair line at my temples, top of my head
at the crown, and the nape area, then massaged & brushed through. Here were my 3 favorites:
Orange Oil- This bright scented oil is my “happy” aroma. It’s fresh with
a light spiciness to it. The light
warming tingle was perfect and inviting.
Made my thoughts feel revitalized & awake.
Fir Oil- Grounded is the best way to describe how I felt with aroma. It felt as if I had earth healing me. The
light tingle at the scalp was just enough, not intrusive or over
stimulating. It seemed to heal and calm
my breathing (I wish I’d discovered this when I was young, growing up with
Oil- If I any inch of achiness, then this was the aroma that did
the trick. Perfect balance of
earthiness, softness, and brightness. I loved this so much that I tried it with
Epsom salt baths. This gave me a
calmness of “everything will be ok”. Bliss.
After 13 years of doing hair + many discussions with
hairdressers & doctors I respect, these tips are tried & true. I hope this simple blog enlightens you with
peace of mind & your best hair days to come.