How to keep your hair healthy and naturally blonde
People always ask me two things…
1) Am I wearing extensions?
2) How do I colour my hair?
The answer is 1) No, my hair is just super long because of my beauty regime and 2) I don’t colour it, it’s naturally blonde. I’ve never dyed my hair!
When I answer these two questions with the answers above, there is usually some gesture of disbelief followed by questions consisting of what my secrets are to make my hair grow and keep it naturally blonde, all while maintaining its health. So, I’m writing this blog post to tell you just that!
‘That’s why her hair’s so big… it’s full of secrets…’ haha sorry I couldn’t resist, but here are my hair secrets…
Eat certain foods
For growth: Sweet potato (vitamin c) – Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts, which in turn makes them grow!
For health: Avocado (omega-3) – Omega-3s are essential fatty acids which are found in the cells that line the scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated.
For growth and nourishment: Coconut Oil (vitamins and EFAs) – Not only using this as a hair mask over night, but incorporating it into your diet will help hair growth, nourish the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles.
For strength: Nuts (vitamin e, selenium and zinc) – Helps protect your hair and maintain its strength.
For growth and strength: Eggs (protein and Biotin) – Too little protein and biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss so eat yo eggs!
For strength: Kale (Iron) – Iron is an especially important mineral for hair and too little iron (anaemia) is a major cause of hair loss. Greens are good for a reason!
Try these beauty products
To have shine: Lee Stafford Argain Oil Range – We all know the benefits of the miracle argan oil originating from morocco and it’s known for a reason. This stuff works! Not only does this range do shampoo and conditioners but the argan oil is also in their hairsprays, which means no crispy or stickiness. I use the ‘anti-frizz serum spray’ and the ‘shine head’ as well as the normal ‘flexible hold hair spray’.*
To have moisture: Garnier Coconut Oil – This is great because it’s a filtered version of the pure stuff, which means less grease if you want to use it on dry hair, as pure coconut oil should only really be used in very small amounts and preferably as a mask or on wet hair.*
To have soft/silkiness: Kardashian Beauty Blackseed Oil – This stuff is actually the bomb diggity. It makes my hair smooth and silky without weighing it down!*
To maintain blonde: John Frieda Go Blonder shampoo and conditioner – It’s supposed to have natural lightening agents in it which bring out your natural highlights.
To maintain blonde: Lemon Juice – Most natural blondes will know that our hair gets bleached by the sun in the summer (as does everyone’s really, even if you’re a brunette!), so when it’s winter our hair is generally a bit darker. A way to help your hair get blonder quicker is by smoothing fresh lemon juice on your hair and sitting in the sun. Lemon is a natural lightener and obviously the sun bleaches hair so put the two together and voila! If you want a highlighted look you could also just use specific sections of hair to smooth the lemon juice over.
*It’s important not to use these products all at once, and also not to overload your hair with product, as this can not only weigh it down, but using a lot of product also darkens your hair!
Keep healthy habits
Backwards Wash – I’ve recently tried this new craze where you condition your hair first and leave it in for 5 minutes before shampooing it out (and then not condition again!) It’s supposed to be really good for fine hair and I can definitely notice the difference!
Don’t wash too often – I know some people feel they have to wash their hair every day but it’s actually healthy to have your hair produce its natural oils and washing it too often makes it drier, thus, less healthy! Try dry shampoo (particularly, the colab range from superdrug) and then properly wash your hair every 2 days (more if you can get away with it!)
Silk pillowcases – Okay, pretty random I know, but if you can get your hands on some, do! Silk pillowcases prevent breakages and split ends (i.e more growth), plus it’s good for your skin if you suffer from acne. Double whammy!
Sleep with hair down – If you tie your hair up when you go to sleep, it will be knottier in the morning and you’ll be more likely to have breakages when you brush it out, so I always keep mine down.
Brush your hair before bed – Combine this with keeping your hair down and silk pillowcases and you’re onto the road to silky hair my friend!
And that’s it! I hope my tips have helped in how to keep your hair healthy and naturally blonde!
Do you guys have any tips I’ve missed? I’m always up for trying new things so leave me a comment!