When I decided to jump on the ombre hair trend last year, I didn’t realize how addicting highlighting my hair would become. I had only experimented with hair color once before, and that was way back in high school when I decided I absolutely needed all-over blonde highlights. Aside from that, my hair had been its natural dark, cool-toned brown hue for years, so I went a little crazy with changing it up every 8 weeks or so — clearly trying to make up for lost experimentation time.
As a result, my hair became damaged (duh). I realized the extent of it after I got a keratin treatment in June and the result was so unlike any of the previous times I’d gotten it done. Normally, keratin treatments leave my hair silky smooth and extremely manageable, but this time my hair remained course and frizzy. My stylist said it was because my hair had become highly porous, and was not absorbing the keratin like it was supposed to. This caused my hair to look dull and dry.
My stylist recommended avoiding any sort of color or chemical treatments on my hair for awhile in order to nurse it back to health. She also recommended I ditch my blow dryer, which was doing way more harm than good. I followed her instructions and also started using a few products which have made drastic improvements to the overall health of my hair.
Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment (pictured above) has been a game changer for my hair. It’s a thick, waxy consistency which melts into an oil when I rub it between my hands. I apply this all over hair (avoiding my scalp) and leave it in for at least 20 minutes before showering.
Once in the shower, I shampoo and condition using Aveda’s Smooth Infusion line. This is my first time trying out any Aveda products and so far I’m a big fan. My hair feels really nice and smooth even before I get out of the shower.
I then let my hair air dry for about 10 minutes before applying Kerastase Nectar Thermique leave-in conditioner and heat protectant in my hair. This is another game-changer for me; this stuff has really changed the texture of my hair and made blowouts a breeze, comparatively speaking to what they were like before. I no longer feel like I’m wrestling with my curls; instead I just lightly brush it out while holding the blow dryer to my head and I’m left with smooth, silky hair.
Another thing I’m learning to do is embrace “dirty” hair and wait at least three days in between washes (and if I feel like I can push it to four, I will). Thankfully my hair is extremely thick, so it doesn’t get greasy easily. The longer I push my washes, the less I’m blow drying my hair, and the less heat I’m using means healthier hair!
What products/methods do you use to keep your hair healthy? Let me know in the comments!