A while back I asked you all (through Instagram) about what you would like to see more of, and among all of the food and nutrition requests…. hair and beauty tips were high up on the list! Of course, first things first. Radiant healthy hair and skin starts from within. You can’t have nice skin or hair without being properly nourished and hydrated. Period. Check out this post for some of my nutrition tips to keep your skin and hair healthy if you’re concerned that you’re not getting the nutrients you need! Eating a balanced diet that includes healthy fats (avocados, olive oil etc), plant-based protein (including beans, tofu, nuts and seeds), tons of greens, vitamin C packed fruit and hearty whole grains is a good start along with minimizing stress and getting plenty of sleep.
Aside from lifestyle and nutrition, the products you use are also super important! And I am speaking from experience here. I’ve tried a gazillion products, and am thrilled that I get to share my new-found hair product go-to with you here!
I’ve been blessed with a lot of strong hair to start with (genetics also play a role to add to the above list), but over the last couple of years I noticed that my hair started to feel dry, brittle and thinner. In fact, when we came back from my brother’s wedding in Mexico a couple of months ago I kind of freaked out, I literally thought that half of my hair had fallen out, it felt so thin! Eeek!
I knew that I needed to find a product that could rescue my hair and protect it from further damage down the road. Just before I left on vacation I was introduced to a range of products under the Schwarzkopf brand: you may recognize it as a professional salon-grade hair brand. They make a full hair care collection (which is now available at the retail level) under one umbrella including shampoos, conditioners, and treatments with keratin, hair colour, root touch-up sprays, and even styling products under the got2b brand. Since I do everything at home (including colouring my own hair, more on that to come), finding one company that covered all the bases was such a win!
Now, I have a confession to make: I’m allergic to getting my hair cut. But seriously, I only cut my hair 1-2 times a year much to the chagrin of my hairdresser. She texts me every so often to remind me just how overdue I am for a cut (bless her). I love having long healthy hair and always like the way it grows out! But to pull this off, I need to make sure that I take care of my locks between cuts.
I started using the Schwarzkopf collection when I returned home from Mexico and noticed a massive change in the health of my hair. As it turns out, I didn’t lose half of my hair (although some days it feels like it raising two boys haha!); it was just SO dry and brittle and had zero life in it. I found a good fit for my hair from their GLISS repairing shampoo and conditioner line and breathed a sigh of relief to know I wasn’t going bald (I’m using GLISS Hair Repair Ultra+ Moisture – the white bottle – but I also love the Ultimate Repair formula when my hair calls out for an SOS – the black bottle). If you’re interested in finding your best match within the Schwarzkopf family of products click here.
Giving your hair a break is one essential tip that I want to share with any of you who have long hair or are trying to grow out your hair. When I was back in high school I had the thickest long hair (down to my bum at one point, a bit much actually), and one thing that I did regularly was braided my hair after brushing it, fresh out of the shower when it was still wet, and leave it for the day.
I do the same 2-3 days a week now but I’ve added a leave-in keratin conditioner to the routine (I spray on the GLISS Ultimate Repair Express Repair Conditioner and comb it through my hair with my fingers) before braiding it. It’s something I highly recommend! I had a doctor once tell me that moisturizers work best if applied to slightly damp skin to lock in the moisture, and I feel that hair follows the same set of rules. I would love to know how this works for you or if you have any pearls of hair care wisdom to share below in the comments section!
Thank you so much for following along as I share my tips and tricks for long healthy hair and styling over the coming months! And thank you so much to Schwarzkopf for sponsoring these posts, I’m thrilled to have found a company to work with that creates such awesome products that truly work.
This post was sponsored by Schwarzkopf. All opinions are my own.