There are a lot of girls (and guys) out there who want thick strong gorgeous hair. I'm not a beautician or hairstylist, I just have a love for health, beauty and hair. These are some steps I've been using for about 2 months. My hair has completely changed and I thought I would share.

Get regular trims- I can't stress this enough! So many of my friends say they are growing out their hair and won't get a trim! Trims keep your hair from splitting and becoming weak. Once every 4-6 or 6-8 weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows. A regular trim  will keep it looking healthy and prevent fly-aways caused from weak hair breaking. It doesn't have to be a lot, 1/4 of an inch is all and most places only charge $5 for a trim. Also, this is the ONLY way to rid your hair of split ends. No amount of costly conditioners or hot oil treatments  will save you, contrary to popular belief.

(If you are unsure about whether or not your hair is weak, pull out a strand and try to pull it apart. Did it stretch out at first or did it come apart quite easily? If its the latter, your hair is weak and damaged.)

Trash the heat-  If you can, don't use heat on your hair (even for myself, that's not an option). If you use heat, get a heat protection spray and use it before styling. I like Treseme Heat Protection Spray. It is light, smells great and won't make your hair greasy. For under $5 you can protect your hair from a lot of damage. However, using a heat protection spray won't protect your hair from ALL damage, which is why you shouldn't over do it with a straightner. Learn to let go.

Wash it "regularly"- A no brainer if you live in this century. This  means something different for everyone. If you've been blessed with hair that doesn't get greasy very fast, every other day is a great option. Your hair does need its natural oils for optimal health.  However, if you are like me, not washing your hair everyday means by bedtime, you're guaranteed to look like a drowned rat. Be careful to not take scalding showers as well. Water that is too hot can damage your hair (and your skin) just as much as any appliance. Be sure to never brush your hair when its wet. It will cause more breaking. Use a wide toothed comb and break out the brush only after your hair is dry.

Condition!- Also a no-brainer. Your hair needs this to maintain its soft manageability. If your hair is dry, use a moisturizing conditioner 2X a week. You'll know its dry if you have to use a lot and your hair seems to suck it up almost immediately. A product I like to use is henna-n-placenta (it won't change your hair color and smells AMAZING!). Granted, the name is not at all appealing...BUT I tried it for the first time about a month ago and I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner! My hair is so soft I can't describe how good it feels. Its improved in shine and looks so much healthier than before. This product comes in a packet for just over $1 at any beauty supply store like Sally's. It is a conditioner, but I like to use my own conditioner after H-n-P. You really won't regret it.

Color-aholic? Hi...my name is- At one point in my teens, I was obsessed with dying my hair. I was a color chameleon. My hair has been every color except bleach blond. Years of changing my hair color at least 2x a year for 10 years had caused it to become frail and damaged (thankfully now its on the mend). My uncle is an ex-hair dresser and this past December he randomly asked me if I'd ever used henna hair dye. This opened me up to a whole new world. Henna is a plant and its color is all natural with no chemicals. That means NO damage AND its an amazing conditioner. They make every color from blond to brown to reddish browns to  black (although blond and black colors do have chemicals as natural henna is brown) It lasts just as long as using department store dyes but literally costs half the price. 5$! You can find it at almost any whole foods store or online. Rainbow henna is the brand I use and I will never go back to chemicals!

Well there you have it. In 2 months, my hair has changed so fast. I get a lot of compliments on how healthy it looks and once a complete stranger came over and patted my hair (an old woman, she was really sweet!). It sounds like a lot of work, but its so worth it!

Were these tips helpful? Would you add anything to the list?

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