How would you describe your hair?
If you ask me, I think I’ve always had pretty average hair – the type that makes me say ‘my hair is so thin and dry’ but the type to which my hair stylist replies ‘you have great hair, I’ve seen so much worse’. So, yep…pretty average! This winter, my whole body is feeling a little more dry than usual (thank you forced condo air!), so I’ve decided to take extra care with keeping both my skin and hair hydrated.
Today I’m focusing on hair and sharing 5 tips to keep your hair hydrated and healthy!
1. Take the Low Shampoo Method
When Yves Rocher mentioned their ’30 Day Hair Challenge’ to me I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. The process included me trying the Yves Rocher recently released Low Shampoo for 30 days. As you know, Yves Rocher is a botanical beauty company using plant bases to create their skin and hair care formulas. This shampoo is a delicate, sulfate-free cleansing cream made to respect the integrity of your hair. In fewer words…it’s much more gentle than your average shampoo.
This Low Shampoo is totally unlike any shampoo that I have ever used before, especially because it doesn’t lather at all. I admit that at first the actual process of shampooing was a little unsatisfying because of this (I love bubbles…I can’t deny it!) but I’ve gotten used to it and now understand that lather isn’t everything (or anything, for that matter).
When I started trying the low shampoo 6 weeks ago, I was washing my hair 6 or 7 times a week. I’ve been so surprised that after 6 weeks of using the low shampoo and making a true effort to wash my hair less frequently I’m now down to washing my hair just 3 times a week (although the Low Shampoo can be used daily if that is your routine preference). After this time I can honestly say that my hair gets less greasy less quickly, feels healthier and is much less dry looking and feeling. The verdict? I guess you could say I’m a low shampoo convert!
2. Shampoo less
I’ve been told by many times that washing your hair less frequently can do wonders for your hair health and that your hair will actually get less greasy compared with when you are washing it daily. Say what?! The thought behind this is that your scalp produces oils to combat the dryness that is often caused by shampoo. Once you start washing your hair less your hair starts to produce less oils because it doesn’t have to constantly compensate for the oils you have washed away. This is part of the thought behind the low shampoo as well – because it is a more gentle cleanser it does not deplete your hair of its natural oils as much as a regular shampoo, hence why I have been able to take on the habit of washing my hair less. Are you seeing the correlation between points 1 and 2?! I find that washing less has given my hair significantly more volume and shine.
I’ve been using the Yves Rocher Hair Serum on my wet hair and allowing it to air dry before styling
3. Minimize Styling with Heat Tools
I started blow drying, straightening, crimping and curling my hair in the 8th grade and it has basically been a part of my daily routine since. Anyone else in that same boat? Thankfully, in recent years I have purchased better tools than the cheapo crimper that I used back in high school but I know that heat can still be damaging if used too often. When possible, let your hair air dry to give it a break or opt for just a blow dry without curling or straightening afterwards.
Now that I don’t shampoo my hair every day I also don’t need to restyle my hair everyday. Where I used to wash and style my hair daily now I can just use the straightener every 2 days after washing..another piece fitting oh so perfectly into this healthy hair puzzle!
4. Cut it often!
Duh, right? Trimming your hair rids you of the dried out ends and will help keep your hair its healthiest. Depending on your hair type and length, 1-3 months is typical but ask your hair care professional what they recommend for you. If you’re anything like me it’s probably a lot more frequently than you thought!
5. Drink More Water
Okay, so this isn’t just for hair, but this is my number 1 goal for myself. Hydration starts from the inside and nobody can deny the role that staying hydrated can play in your overall health. Count those daily glasses and make sure you’re getting enough!
PSST. Thinking about trying low shampoo? Yves Rocher is hosting a 30 Day Challenge on their Low Shampoo website – share your experience for a chance to win gift cards to Yves Rocher plus a year supply of Low Shampoo!
Would you try the Low Shampoo? Or have you tried one already? I’d love to hear your results and if it worked for you too!
Thank you to Yves Rocher for partnering on this post. All opinions and experiences are my own.
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