Recently, I’ve gone through a period of significant hair loss and breakage. And while I seem to be coming out the other end (thank goodness) my once thick, bouncy hair is now fragile and fine. For that reason, I’ve really stepped up my haircare routine, integrating products and rituals that will protect its integrity and help speed up growth — without attributing to further damage.
And while it’s important to point out that products might not offer a permanent fix, I can certainly attest to the fact that the below has helped my strands significantly.
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Take Your Collagen Daily
Collagen supplementation has been a part of my routine for years, and CILK Beauty's DAILY RADIANCE COLLAGEN is by far the best I’ve used. The fine, hydrolysed powder is formulated with a proprietary enzyme for optimal uptake, and it’s sourced from wild-caught, deep sea cod fish, which I think is important. Collagen is one of the main proteins that makes up our hair, and I’ve noticed that it reduces shedding and improves overall health.
Hair Mask Often
Because my hair is super fine, I don’t often use conditioner (it just weighs it down). Instead, I mask once a week. My favourite is Olaplex, because it strengthens the hair internally, as opposed to just adding superficial nourishment. I used to apply it before a hot yoga session, but now that we’re in lockdown, I just mask while working from home.
Integrate A Serum
Scalp health is a beauty category that's exploded recently, and my best discovery has been Sisley’s Revitalizing Fortifying Serum. Rich in vitamins, peptides, protein and purifying sage, I like to massage in a few drops prior to wash day, sometimes using a derma-roller to really work it into my hairline. While it’s not a cure-all, I’ve definitely noticed shinier, stronger hair with ongoing use.
I used to just tear a brush through my hair when it was wet (gasp) but now I gently comb from the roots up, easing out any knots with care. I like a comb with wide teeth to avoid pulling and snagging. Also, I only use claw clips or silk scrunchies to tie it back — not only do they look cute, but are a more gentle option.
Don’t Go To Sleep With Damp Hair
In my former life, I would also go to bed with wet hair. But when the hair is wet it's stretched, making it much more susceptible to breakage. Now I gently squeeze out excess water with a microfibre towel (I like Aquis) and wrap it up gently for 30 minutes. Then, I’ll dry it off with my hairdryer on a low heat setting. Finally, I’ve switched out my linen pillowcases for silk — there’s so much less hair fallout when I wake up, which is a great sign!