#6 Q&A-What hair ties should I use to reduce breakage?

Today I have another Q&A for you, I’ve been asked quite a few different questions recently, and try to answer them the best I can, as soon as I can. Feel free to ask me anything else down in the comments! (This also will end the week of posts for the 1 year anniversary 😉 )

A couple of girls asked me recently: “what hair ties should they use to reduce breakage?

Answer:

The best advice I can give you to reduce damage from hair ties is firstly, make sure you never use those hair ties which have a metal bit on them. They literally saw into your hair causing all sorts of damage. Instead just buy metal free hair ties like these ones:Oscar Orsen Large Snagless Hair Elastics Black image

Second, if you’re experiencing a lot of damage consider tying your hair up with a scrunchie instead (at least when you’re around the house or in bed.) They’re much more gentle on your hair, plus, they’re back in fashion now and kind find some really cute options. 😉2 Pack Bunny Ear Velvet Look Scrunchies - Black & Grey

As Emma mentioned in our basic hair care & styling tips post:

‘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.’ 😉

Hopefully these simple tips were helpful, and let me know if you have any question down in the comments! 🙂

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#5 Q&A- My hair is oily, yet very dry, and it feels gross. I’m worried if I condition it, it will be oily! Do you have any advice for me?

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?

Answer:

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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