Ever since I was little, my hair has always been my security blanket. There’s nothing better to me than having a great hair day! Since having my first child 6 years ago, my hormones are raging and has caused several different issues with my hair. The texture has changed, it used to be wavy curly and now it’s just kinky with frizz. It used to be a lot longer but after basically going bald during postpartum, I have cut it a few times and it’s finally showing good length again. I’ve tried numerous hair colors but they would all wash out after a few times in the shower, come to find out, the hard water we have causes this issue so I’ve invested in shower filters. I try and share as much as possible about my hair and save it on my blog and on my social media. The questions ya’ll have come every day about different “hair” aspects so I’m going to answer as many as I can before I pick up the kids from school.
Q: Why do you use a shower filter for your hair and what brand do you use?
A: When we lived in Lake View, I started looking into water contamination because every time I would get my hair colored it would wash out and look brassy after a few rinses. On the Environmental Working Group website, you can search for your city and see what contaminates are in your water. I WAS BLOWN AWAY! our skin is a sponge! Unfiltered shower and bath water can double exposure to chlorine by absorption through the skin and by inhalation of chlorine vapors. I realized that if I wasn’t going to drink water without a filter, my babies and I wouldn’t wash without one as well. There is SO MUCH JUNK in our water systems its sad. I strongly urge you to look up the town you live in on EWG and see for yourself what’s in it. I decided to purchase reverse osmosis water filters from Crystal Quest and attach them to the showers and baths. Here is the specific one I have for the showers. Since doing this, I haven’t had any issues with my hair! You can use code: littlesouthernwife15 for $15 off your order!
Q: How do I keep my hair healthy and thick?
A: SUPPLEMENTS! I cannot begin to explain the importance of this for thick hair. I suggest implementing a prenatal vitamin and collagen into your diet for healthy hair. For collagen, I love Vital Proteins – I’ve broken down the ones that I use —> here. Prenatals can be purchased from Amazon! I also suggest buying Cedarwood, Rosemary and Lavender essential oils and adding 10 drops of each to your shampoo bottle and shaking. This combo of oils is known for hair growth. When you shampoo, massage into your scalp and let sit for ten minutes then rise.
Q: How do you get your hair to hold curl?
A: I use a curling wand that is $30ish dollars from Amazon! NO JOKE! It normally lasts 2-3 days before it all falls flat! I’ve linked that curling wand —> here.
Q: Do you use a heat protectant spray?
A: short answer, no. Long answer, I wash and condition my hair with the daily shampoo and conditioner by Beautycounter. This is the first non toxic shampoo and conditioner that I LOVE and doesn’t leave my hair feeling waxy. It normally lasts me about 4 months per bottle. I normally wash 2x a week right now and before I wash, I pour apple cider vinegar into my scalp and let sit for ten minutes. This helps get the build up off my hair and makes it super shiny and soft. After I shampoo and condition, I let air dry after I’ve combed it out with my Wet Brush and blow dry when it’s 2/3 dry. I curl it with my want maybe twice a week and leave each section wrapped around the curling barrel for 10 seconds and never curl the ends.
Q: How many times a week do you wash your hair?
A: This makes me sad. I had trained my hair to only need washing ONCE a week but an influx of hormones messed that up. I am currently washing 2-3 times a week and hoping to get back to once a week. I wrote a blog about how I trained my hair to do this, you can read it —> here.
Q: Best thing to smooth baby hairs?
A: I haven’t used hair spray in years, it’s SO TOXIC! Seriously, see for yourself. Head over to Environmental Working Group and look yours up. You will get really freaked out! SO, my solution for baby hairs is taking the Beautycounter sea salt spray and spraying it onto my eyebrow brush and smoothing the hairs out. WORKS LIKE A CHARM!
Q: my hair falls out too but I think it’s medication related. How can I keep my hair healthy even during my seasons of hair loss? How do you cope with it emotionally?
A: My hair is my security blanket so I def relate to this one. You’ve gotta focus on doing things to promote hair growth like prenatal, collagen and essential oils during this season. I would also strongly suggest having a blood panel worked up and getting your hormone levels looked it. It could be a thyroid issue. ALSO, want to share this… look up your personal care products in Environmental Working Group, anything that is liked to your THYROID you shouldn’t use.
Q: My hair is SO dry, how do you get it back to normal?
A: I would once again look at the ingredients in your hair products, anything with alcohol could be causing the overdrying. Also try incorporating a coconut oil hair mask into your weekly routine. Put coconut oil on your hair and massage it into your scalp, wrap it up with a towel and do your business for about 30 minutes before going to wash it out then shampoo and conditioning like normal.
I hope I answered all of your hair questions! I have really enjoyed this blog! Let me know if you have any more, share them in the comments!