DIY Hair Mask and Favorite Products
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I wanted to do a fun change of pace post about all things hair. I’m not going to lie, pregnancy and postpartum did some crazy thangs to my hair and I feel like I’m still recovering 2(+) years later. I even went to a new hair stylist who was like wtf?! haha but more on that encounter below because it ended up being super helpful and she introduced me to one of these products below that I’m now OBSESSED with.
My hair has been kinda dry and dull. For a while I was blaming it on Philadelphia winters, but it’s been spring/summertime long enough that I can’t use winter as a scapegoat anymore. So what’s the deal? I started to realize that I was being pretty harsh on my hair and not giving it the nourishment and love it deserves. It’s only been a month or so, but I’ve noticed some improvement with how my hair is growing and it’s rebounding from its dry spell.
First up, I’ve been really into hair masks. This is where Jaryd sighs and gives me an eye roll, but I love them. My usual go to is taking a couple tablespoons of coconut oil and working them into my entire head. I try to get the whole strand, but I really concentrate on the mid-section and the tips. I throw it in a loose bun and sleep the entire night with coconut oil in my hair. The next day is HEAVEN. It’s soo soft and smooth.
But if you want to go the extra step to give your hair the nourishment it needs, here’s a quick and easy mask that is perfect for your self-love Sunday. Blend 1 ripe banana, 1/2 a ripe avocado, and 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil in your food processor until its combined and smooth. Transfer it to a bowl and then head to your bathroom (don’t do this in your kitchen, that’d be gross). Work it through your hair and allow it to sit for about 20 minutes, or however long you like!
Coconut oil contains vitamin E and healthy fatty acids that moisturizes your hair, encourages growth, adds shine, and reduces keratin loss. Plus, the lauric acid in coconut oil gives it antibacterial and antifungal properties that also prevents dandruff.
Bananas are rich in potassium so they strengthen hair, minimize breakage by restoring your hair’s natural elasticity, and facilitate repair of damaged hair.
As if you need more, the icing on the cake is the avocado component. Avocados are awesome because the monounsaturated fats can moisturize, nourish and strengthen your hair strands. Basically this mask is alll about strengthening, moisturizing, rebuilding, and beautifying your hair. Definitely give it a whirl if you’re looking to moisturize your hair, add shine, strengthen, nourish, and prevent breakage. Yep, all that. Gimme all that. Post your pics and tag me so I can see your hair masks in action!!
So after I wash my hair, the first thing I apply is this Redken Anti-Snap Leave in Treatment. I put it in the areas that frame my face and are more prone to breakage. I gently rub it along the hairline where I have all those baby hairs coming in from postpartum hair loss and regrowth. Come on little fellas, keep growing!! I feel like this stuff is really awesome to give the hair strand some strength so that it has time to grow. Sometimes my hair breaks before it has a chance to grow and I feel like Anti-Snap really gives it a light and airy protection.
Then, I work through this Franklin and Whitman hair serum. I only do one small pump and work it through the middle and ends. This hair serum is awesome and really adds the moisture and shine I want. I love the all natural ingredients and their commitment to providing responsibly-made products.
So usually I let my hair dry naturally because I’m running around like a crazy person and then pin pretty pictures of perfectly curled hair on Pinterest. A girl can dream. GUYS. I’ve tried a million times to get some pretty curls and they usually just end up being bizarre formations that resemble seagulls.
Welp, I found the solution and it comes in GOLD. It’s this Bombay Hair curling wand turns out it’s ALLL about the wand. Because, like check out my hair. Amazing, right? My hair NEVER looks like this and then I spent like 15 minutes with this gold beauty and my life has forever changed. Aaaand I got you a sweet deal. You can use the code LINDSAY50 to get 50% off ANYYY styling tools. Enjoy 🙂
My final trick is this: don’t wash your hair. There used to be a time when I would wash my hair every day. Whhhat!! I mean, granted, I was swimming and needed to get the chlorine out of my hair, so I suppose it’s the lesser of two evils. But resist washing your hair! I usually wash every other day or every three days and the trick to this is having a really awesome dry shampoo.
I’ve mentioned this Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Getting a good dry shampoo has totally changed my life because not only has it improved my hair’s moisture and shine because it enables me to skip days of washing my hair and allowing the natural oils to do their thang, but it also makes me more inclined to workout. Silly, I know, but I can’t tell you how many workouts I skipped in the past because I “didn’t want to wash my hair again.”
So there you have it, folks! All the products and tips I’ve been doing and loving to nourish and love on my hair. If you love your hair, it’ll love you back 🙂
Let me know your tips and tricks in the comments below!! xo