By Stephanie Drew, Public Relations and Social Media Manager
As a baby, I had white blonde VERY curly hair. Then as I got older, my hair turned a more ashy golden colour, and finally as a pre-teen, it turned into a mousey nothing colour. It was time for highlights and I have been colouring my hair ever since. Between putting white streaks in my hair at 12 years old to ironing my hair with an actual clothing iron (I am not kidding!) at 14, my hair had definitely been through the ringer. It wasn’t until I was in my mid 20s and had my first appointment with Matthew Collins (an AMAZING hair stylist here in Toronto) I realized how important the health of my hair was. Incredible colour can’t look it’s best on fried hair, so from then on, I was focused on maintaining and preserving the health of my hair. Here are my 5 favourite tips to keeping a luscious and healthy mane.
1. Limit Heat - There was a time I was blow drying, straightening or curling my hair everyday. My ends would constantly break. By the time I was finished styling my hair, the sink was full of broken pieces. I now try to only apply heat to my hair once a week. I will work with whatever style that is until the end of the week (even if that means a few top knots!)
2. Limit Washing - Washing too frequently, especially with the wrong shampoo, can strip your hair. Dry Shampoo should be your new best friend! I don’t know what I would do without it. It may take a while to train your hair, but eventually it will be less greasy and you will be able to rock a single wash for days!
3. Treatments - Every time I get my hair coloured, I treat it. One of my personal favourite at-home treatments is coconut oil. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that will help keep hair nourished and strong.
4. Healthy Diet - You are what you eat. Your scalp and hair need the proper nutrients to be strong and healthy. Ensuring you are consuming a healthy, balanced nutrient and protein rich diet is one of the most important steps to achieving those ideal locks.
5. Frequent Trims - Trims will not make your hair grow any faster, but what it will do is prevent your hair from breaking. Split ends can continue to split, ultimately causing tons breakage. Getting a trim every 6 (ish) weeks, even if it’s a tiny one, will help the the appearance of your hair as well as help you gradually grow long and healthy hair.