I’ve been pretty mean to my hair over the years. I spent years bleaching my naturally dark blonde hair to an icy platinum blonde and tightly secured it in a ballerina bun each and every day for my dance classes. Instead of patiently combing out tangles, I’d rip a brush through the knots and carelessly throw my ripped-out hair in the trash. And let’s not talk about that time that I got my hair bleached not once, not twice, but three times within one week and burned my scalp and fried my hair. At the time, I didn’t really think about the damage I was doing to my hair and scalp. I just wanted pretty hair.
Nowadays, I try to make all of my beauty decisions with my long-term goals in mind. I understand that beautiful and healthy hair doesn’t magically appear overnight (although I am going to show you a pretty miraculous product that comes close), and I focus on maintaining healthy hair habits to create and maintain long, healthy, and shiny hair. Keep reading to learn about five healthy hair habits that will vastly improve the health and appearance of your hair and why I’m telling everyone I know about this miracle hair duo. Plus, I’ll also give you an update on my 30-day hair challenge. Ok, let’s get started!
5 Healthy Hair Habits to Revive Damaged Hair
1. Turn the temperature down.If you want to have great-looking hair every day, you really need to get your shower game on lock. The first thing you want to look into the temperature of the water. While I love a scalding-hot shower as much as anyone else, extremely hot water can dry out your skin, hair, and scalp and cause color to fade more quickly. A few years back, I added a showerhead to our shower that displays the water temperature, and I absolutely love it. To keep my skin and hair in tip-top shape, I try my best to keep the water temperature below 105 degrees. If you can stand a shower that’s even cooler, that would be even better! If you really need to take an ultra-hot shower, you could skip washing my hair that or try wearing a shower cap while you’re bathing and then lower the temperature before washing your hair to reduce damage.
2. Find hair products that do the work for you.While being vigilant about not causing damage to your hair will improve the health of your hair, you’re still gonna need some help from great hair products. Take the time to find products that will do the work for you. For me, that means looking for moisturizing products to quench my thirsty hair after a day in the Florida heat and a restorative formula to help me heal the damage that’s already there. You might need to have a few different products for different seasons or different types of events, but just find a product routine that works for you and your hair.
Ok, so remember when I said I had a hair product duo to tell you about that was kinda miraculous? It’s the Nexxus Keraphix shampoo and conditioner I told you guys about last month. I’ve been using these two products exclusively over the past month to do a little 30-day challenge for you guys. I wanted to see if these two products alone could truly make a difference in the appearance of my hair, so I literally didn’t use ANY other products – not even styling products. If you’ve been following my Instagram stories, then you’ve already heard me raving about this repairing shampoo and conditioner, but here’s the whole story.
The Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo and Conditioner is insanely good. You guys know I’ve absolutely loved Nexxus products for years, but this line is really something special. It’s an intensely moisturizing and healing formula that’s specifically designed for extremely-damaged hair, and it makes your hair look and feel replenished on the outside while repairing the damage on the inside. Both products feature black rice, keratin, and Nexxus’ highest level of proteins to heal damage from color, heat, and bleach. These products blew me away, guys.
I noticed a difference in the softness and smoothness of my hair after the first wash, but the thing that really shocked me was the lack of tangles. My hair is very long and very fine, which means it’s extremely prone to knots and tangles. Even when I use a shampoo, conditioner and/or deep conditioner, I still usually add a smoothing treatment or at least a leave-in conditioner or detangler to help me ease the knots out of my hair. When I use the Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo and Conditioner, I literally don’t have to use any other hair products. I wash and condition my hair normally, and my brush just glides through my hair. It’s insane!
Another thing I noticed after the first two weeks is the lack of frizziness in my hair. Even though I take good care of my hair these days, I live in Orlando, where the heat and humidity levels are off the charts. Even if you have the world’s best hair, you’re gonna have frizz pop up when you step outside in sticky, wet, and humid weather. Ever since I used this Nexxus duo, the level of frizz in my hair has been reduced substantially, and I swear my hair has never looked shinier.
If you have damaged hair or just want to get your hair in its best health for fall and winter, I highly recommend that you look into the Nexxus Keraphix line at Target. If you’re anything like me, you’re already headed to Target today either online or in-store. Definitely add the Nexxus Keraphix shampoo and conditioner to your shopping cart while the buy one, get one for 50% off sale is going on! I promise you, you will not regret purchasing these products. They smell like fancy perfume and make your hair look and feel absolutely incredible!
3. Think about the long-term effects of a style BEFORE committing to a new cut or color treatment.Before you commit to any hair style, think about your long-term hair goals. Personally, I want to keep my long hair forever. I don’t like how short hair looks on me, so I’m not willing to part with my length. I’ll get trims here and there, but it’s always the bare minimum. I’m also not willing to have dry and damaged hair all the time. For years and years, I fried my hair with bleach to get platinum blonde hair, but as much as I love that color, I’m just not willing to deal with how it made my hair feel.
I urge you to think long-term about all of your hair decisions. Think about the time commitment, the money commitment, and the hair commitment. Even if the finished product is the perfect style and color, is it going to be easy to maintain? I loved my extremely light hair, but at the end of the day, I hated how it made my hair feel. I had the color I wanted, but my hair still didn’t look how I envisioned because it wasn’t healthy. If I were to dye my hair again, I would absolutely choose a color or coloring technique that was gentler on my hair and easier and more affordable to maintain.
4. Let your hair relax and recharge at least a few times a week.I get it. You can’t have natural hair all the time, but it will really make a difference if you give your hair a break at least two days a week. Skip a washing day and rock that second-day hair. Spend a little extra time in the shower on the weekend and use a repairing shampoo and conditioner and let the conditioner sit in your hair for as long as possible. We put our hair through all sorts of torture throughout the week with heat styling, product use, and damaging hair styles. The least we can do is take a break for at least one or two days a week to give our hair a little TLC and give it a chance to repair the damage we caused and be restored to its natural state.
5. Stop the cycle of damage.You have to remember that hair damage doesn’t appear out of nowhere. We apply heat, tie our hair in crazy knots, add layer after layer of product, and mindlessly rip elastics out of our hair at the end of the day. All of those little actions cause damage, and that’s not even taking into account the damage from coloring your hair.While we can’t prevent ourselves from causing any damage to our hair, I urge you to think about each step in your routine and why you’re doing it.
If you’re slathering your hair in anti-frizz serum even when the weather is dry and cold, maybe you need to switch to hair products designed for damaged hair instead of simply trying to temporarily cover up the damage. If you’re constantly having to apply heat and more heat to tame your wild hair, your hair is only going to get more damaged and require even more heat over time. Of course you’re not going to give up all of your favorite hair products or styling techniques (I certainly wouldn’t want to), BUT you can pay attention to the root cause of why you’re actually doing each step. Personally, I was trying to cover up previous damage to my hair, so now I’m trying to focus on healing the damage versus simply camouflaging it.
So here’s the bottom line: take good care of your hair, and it will be good to you. I’ve spent the past 30 days pampering my hair with Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo and Conditioner, and I have honestly seen a big difference in the health, look, and feel of my hair. In addition to have soft, smooth, shiny, and practically frizz-free hair, I’ve also nearly eliminated my tangles and minimized my daily hair routine by cutting out other styling products.
If you’re looking to give your damaged hair a boost of health, follow these five easy habits to create healthy hair. One easy thing you can do today is to pick up a bottle of the Nexxus Keraphix shampoo and conditioner at Target. They’re extremely high-quality products at a reasonable price point, and I think you’re going to LOVE the results! For even more healthy hair tips, check out my post on 5 easy ways to heal damaged hair and prevent further damage! What are your favorite healthy hair habits? Do you have a hair product that completely changed the look of your hair?