By Olivia Munson
Whether your hair is long or short, straight or curly, oily or dry, maintaining it can be a pain. With all the expensive products on the market, giving up may seem like the easiest solution. But have no fear, here are some tips and tricks for healthy hair on a budget!
Feeling Good from the Inside Out
Think back to when you were little and you were told to eat your vitamins to grow taller and get strong. The same principles go for your hair. The top six vitamins for hair growth and strength are fish oil, zinc, B-complex vitamin, vitamin C, iron and vitamin D. These vitamins can be found in a lot of the foods you commonly eat, so there is no need to rush to grocery store and buy all these supplements.
Fish oil, or omega-3 fats, nourish hair and support hair thickening, as well as reduce inflammation that can lead to hair loss. This vitamin can be found in foods like salmon, white fish, tuna and walnuts.
B-complex vitamin is specifically biotin and vitamin B5. These two work together to rebuild damaged hair from over-shampooing, sun exposure and heat tool use. Vitamin B5 rich foods include eggs, chicken and avocado.
Do’s & Don’ts
Do: Integrate a scalp massage into your routine shampooing. By adapting your hair care routine, you can cleanse your scalp more thoroughly. A scalp brush can help promote blood circulation and stimulation, maximize lather, and get rid of remaining dead skin cells.
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Don’t: Over-shampoo your hair. By doing this, you strip your hair of its natural oils. Many may think shampooing every day can get rid of greasiness, but instead you are stimulating oil product. Your hair will continue to reproduce oil to make up for the ones you have previously stripped. If you have oily hair to begin with, like myself, invest in a good dry shampoo and wash your hair every other day. My favorite dry shampoo is Batiste since it is affordable and does the job just as well as the more pricey name brands.
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Do: Apply conditioner to the bottom two-thirds of your hair. Start conditioning on your ends and then work your way up. Stop about halfway up and avoid putting conditioner near your roots. If you condition your roots, oils are prone to stay concentrated in the area of hair growth. This may cause your hair to look oily and feel itchy and heavy.
Don’t: Shampoo then condition. Instead, condition then shampoo. It may sound weird but hear me out. I have oily hair and I tried almost everything to prevent it, or so I thought. Once I started to reverse-shampoo, I started to see the difference as I continued to do it. Reverse-shampooing creates healthier hair by moisturizing it in the right way. The shampoo’s cleaning properties work on the hair and the scalp without build-up that is usually left from conditioning.
To Dye or Not to Dye?
If you are like me, you love to dye your hair. I have been dying my hair since the 6th grade and I feel like there is not a color I have not tried or thought about trying. With the help of some friends, you can dye your own hair without breaking budget and going to a high-end salon.
The L’Oréal dyes are some of my favorites that can be bought in most stores. The semi-permanent hair colors do not require bleach and are ammonia and peroxide-free. They also are a vegan-based formula!
My roommate was going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disneyland for Parent’s Weekend. She did not want to wear a wig for her costume, but she also did not want to permanently dye her hair. For her, I used the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color For Brunettes in Red. The color stuck really, especially in the areas of her highlights. Colorista fades in about 4-10 washes so there is no need to color commitment.
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If you want a more permanent look, I would go for the L’Oréal-Feria dyes or Arctic Fox. These dyes are never dull and the color usually stays for about six weeks. I am more impartial to the Arctic Fox dyes but recently, I dyed my friend’s hair with the L’Oréal Paris Feria Permanent Hair Color in V38 Violet Noir and I was pleasantly surprised. The color shows really nicely in the sunlight and attaches to the roots well.
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Preserving color is not too big of a challenge. The L’Oréal Everpure shampoos and conditioners are reasonably priced and comparable to those of brands like Bed Head and John Frida. They are sulfate-free, light-weight and each product has its own special mission, such as “Repair & Defend” or “Keratin Caring.” I have been using the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde shampoo and conditioner for as long as I have dying my hair. It combats brassiness while deeply hydrating hair.
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