“I must wash my hair every night because I swim 6 days a week. The day I don’t swim, I usually use dry shampoo. I don’t condition my hair if I can help it because I have oily hair. I also color my hair on a regular basis. Lately my hair has been almost sticky… it’s not smooth, it’s very dry, and it just feels gross. I’m worried if I condition it, it will be oily! Do you have any advice for me?”
I think the main part of your problem is actually that you’re not using conditioner, despite what most people think, conditioner rarely contributes to oily hair. The reason your hair is probably quite oily and dry is because you’re only using shampoo which strips the naturals oils from your hair which makes your hair dry, and then because you’re not adding conditioner it over-produces oil.
Since you also have swim every day the chlorine will obviously be damaging your hair too. I’ve actually heard that you can coat your hair with conditioner before swimming (combing it right through, and maybe plait it or put it up), this is supposed to act as a sort of barrier against the chlorine. Plus, it’s moisturizing your hair at the same time! 😉 Just rinse it out afterwards and then wash your hair with a small amount of shampoo (only on the scalp) rinse, and then apply conditioner to the rest of your hair, comb out all the knots, and then rinse out with cool water.
Also, it’s probably best if you let your hair air-dry whenever possible, this will reduce some of the dryness and damage.
Conditioning your hair regularly will actually make it a lot more smooth and less dry, focus a lot of the conditioner of the bottom half of your hair which is usually the driest area. Your hair will benefit a lot more from a conditioner will natural ingredients, because then you won’t be adding more harmful chemicals into your hair. 😉
I hope some of these tips will help you, let me know down below in the comments if you or anyone else have any more questions!
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Here are just some simple hair tips 😉
- Make sure when using shampoo to not over do it, a small coin sized amount in your hand can often times be enough. Don’t wash your hair more than every 2-3 days. This helps your hair regulate it’s own natural oil production, keeping it nourished naturally. 😉
- Use a good hairbrush, this is very important because you don’t want to be damaging your hair with a bad one. Brushes like this one and this one are very gentle, and therefore, good for your hair. These ones (or similar) could probably be found at most shops with hair supplies.
- Plaiting or braiding your hair before going to bed will prevent a lot of damage as you sleep. Plus, your hair is much more manageable when you wake up in the morning. If you can, using a scrunchie like this one:They’re meant to be much better to sleep on than a normal hair tie, which is more prone to damaging your hair as you sleep.
- Another big tip would be to never use hair products with SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) or SLS (sodium laureth sulfate.) While there are many more ingredients that should be avoided, these are two of the most damaging for your hair (not to mention unhealthy for you.) So try to use natural and organic hair products when possible.
- One great hair product is argan oil. It can be a bit more on the expensive side, but getting a good one is really worth it because it should last a long time. Just apply a few drops to the ends of your hair to keep them looking healthy. Coconut oil is also extremely effective for taming frizz and nourishing dry ends. 😉
- When you wear any type of ponytail, do NOT take it out by yanking the rubber band through your hair. Instead, try to gently unloop it until it slides out. This simple change will prevent LOTS of unnecessary damage to your hair.
- Here is a great book on hair care; especially if your hair is curly:
- One of the biggest tips is to have a hand mirror to use along with a larger mirror (a bathroom mirror for example) in order to see the back of your hair while you are braiding/styling. Try positioning it in a spot so you won’t need to keep holding it up to see what your hair is looking like. This helps so much! Use something like this one:
Let us know if these tips were helpful!
~Clare & Emma