It’s usually quite easy to spot a successful woman. Her attire is perfectly pressed, nails masterfully manicured, and makeup expertly applied. She oozes self-confidence, walking with her head held high. And, upon that head, rests a mane of healthy, shiny hair. Yes, this is a woman who takes the time to care for herself from the tips of her Jimmy Choo shoes to the part in her glorious coif.
Is your coif not living up to your expectations? Is it failing to exhibit an air of success? It may need a health boost. Unfortunately, when it comes to a self-care regime, our parts are not treated equally. While we lovingly slather our bodies and faces with soothing creams and ointments, we are far less kind to our hair. Blasting it with heat, ripping apart tangles, and subjecting it to a huge array of impossible-to-pronounce chemicals is just a regular day’s work for your frazzled follicles. But, if we truly want to exemplify an image of success, we need to learn how to get healthy hair. And this means treating our tresses to a tad more tenderness.
Here are 10 habits for highly successful
1. Run to (but not with) scissors
While snipping your strands may not seem like an act of kindness, doing so will help conquer your follicles’ number one enemy: split ends. After all, split ends not only make your hair look brittle and uncared for, but they also lead to breakage. Regular trims will keep your ends healthy, while giving the illusion that it is growing faster. And let’s face it. We all want know how to get long healthy hair and now we know the answer is simple. Snip it.
2. Slumber on silk
Your current cotton pillowcase is not as innocent as it appears. In fact, it wreaks havoc on your tresses every single night. It’s time to relegate this follicle foe to the linen closet and adopt a slippery silk one, instead. New York physician, Jesleen Ahluwalia, explains that silk helps prevent tangles and breakage, enabling your hair to retain its healthy appearance and long length. Plus, nothing will make you feel more successful than a night ensconced in the luxuriousness of silk.
3. Befriend your bristles…but not the plastic ones
If you have ever wondered how to get thick healthy hair, you must look to the Disney princess for advice. How do they achieve their thick, lustrous locks? It’s all the brushing they do. Your 100 brushstrokes each night—with or without an ensemble of singing cartoon animals perched on your shoulder—will ensure that your hair’s natural oils will be more evenly distributed throughout your scalp, preventing possible damage. Lucy Flora, stylist at Frederic Fekkai in New York City, warns against using plastic brushes as they can break your hair strands. Plastic is also non-conductive, which means your hair will have much more static. A ceramic brush or boar-bristle option is preferred.
4. Show your scalp some love
It is impossible to achieve healthy hair without a healthy scalp, so it is important to use products that keep your scalp moisturized, especially if you are a fan of hats. Scalp massages are perfect for stimulating blood flow and boosting follicle health. If your significant other is an excellent provider of back rubs, you may want to ask them to move their hands north and give you a scalp massage, instead. Another option is investing in a scalp massager. They are, after all, always present and willing to perform.
5. Take a deep breath and de-stress
Stress takes a toll on your whole body, including your hair. In fact, too much stress over a long period of time can actually make your beloved follicles jump ship, leading to rapidly thinning hair. It is important to ensure that you learn stress management techniques such a meditation, yoga, taking a personal day, or spending time with loved ones. Your hair will thank you.
6. Loosen up those tresses
When it comes to wearing your hair up, never ever use a rubber band. They are for holding broccoli spears together — not delicate follicles. And clips with metal fasteners are a big no-no too. Instead, opt for a scrunchie or a material-covered band that won’t pull at your strands. Redken also recommends eschewing tight ponytails, braids, or buns as these can weaken hair. A looser updo is much more follicle-friendly.
7. Become acquainted with oil
Introducing your mane to a hair-healthy oil is great for both moisturizing your follicles and your scalp. Whether you opt for an oil of the olive, coconut, argon, or almond variety, your hair will absolutely thank you. Make sure you spread it evenly throughout your locks, ensuring that the tips get their fare share. Just remember — don’t use too much or you’ll end up using a gallon of shampoo to get it out, which defeats the whole purpose.
8. Go grocery shopping…for your hair
If you have ever wondered how to get hair healthy naturally without relying on drugstore brands and multisyllabic chemicals, you need only look to your pantry. Applying mashed bananas to your hair for about 15 minutes helps repair damaged follicles, mayonnaise can provide deep-conditioning within an hour, butter will add much needed moisture, mashed avocado can add shine, and washing your hair in beer will make locks more lustrous. Yes, there is no need for a factory-made hair treatment that costs a small fortune when you have the perfect hair solution collecting dust in your cupboard. Be warned: hungry people may be tempted to lick your head.
9. A healthy diet = healthy hair
If you want your hair to exude good health, you need to give it the right building blocks. Protein, omega-3, and biotin are all necessary to achieve long, thick, healthy hair. Consuming lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and drinking water are all important in promoting strong hair. It is also important to ensure that you are getting enough vitamins and minerals, paying special attention to vitamins B, C, and D, zinc, and iron. If your diet is lacking, you may want to turn to supplements from your local health food store.
10. Keep a cool head
Have you ever felt the top of your head after a long blow dry session? It’s almost as hot as pavement on a July day. Your poor hair has, basically, been sizzled up and left to simmer. Cosmetic Chemist, Ni’Kita Wilson, recommends hitting the cold-shot button on your hair dryer to cool your hair down instantly. This will not only make your head feel better, but it will prevent ongoing follicle damage.
Now that you know how to get healthy hair, it’s time to spring into action. Whether you opt to slather your head in mashed bananas, beg your spouse for a scalp massage, or simply opt for a set of hair extensions, your hair needs to be treated with love. Say goodbye to a mane that’s merely “meh” and give a big hello to glorious locks that let everyone know who you really are: a highly successful woman who is poised to conquer the world and make her dreams come true.
While teaching this course last summer, an interesting question popped up from one of the students.
We were discussing oils, one of which was fractionated coconut oil.
Apart from the question being as long as a son-of-a-gun, it’s a really great query:
‘What’s the difference between Caprylic/capric triglycerides, fractionated coconut oil and MCT (medium chain triglycerides)?’
I am thrilled and over the moon to announce a brand new offering from Tisserand Institute with yours truly teaching alongside Robert Tisserand!
(insert happy dance and joyous whoop!)
Our hair has seen us through our best days, and our worst. From when we first learned how to straighten it, curl it (and then curl it with a straightener), crimp it, braid it…this list goes go on and on. Through the years, the heat-damage has almost always outweighed the TLC we attempted to give our hair, but with all the extra time at home, there’s never been a better opportunity to show your hair some love. If you’re wondering where to start, try out one of the following ten ways to nourish your hair back to its healthiest best.
1. Try DIY
This is one of the easiest, most pocket-friendly ways to nourish your hair. These DIY hair masks use ingredients that you can purchase at your local grocery store and are all-natural. Take some time out of your day and give your hair the much needed care that it needs with these DIY hair masks.
2. Focus on your scalp
Do you feel like your scalp is drying out too much? Before you do anything else, make sure to check on how much water you’re drinking. Staying hydrated is an extremely important way to keep your scalp and skin nourished.
When it comes to taking care of your itchy or dry scalp, you have to understand the causes and symptoms before you begin treating it. Read the article below for a deep-dive into how you can properly take care of your scalp.
3. Tame the frizz
“I love frizzy hair!” said no one ever. Whether we’re stepping out to get groceries, or prepping for a Zoom meeting, the frizz wants in no matter what. So how do you take care of frizz when it just won’t go away? Lucky for you, we explored the causes and remedies for various kinds of frizz and how to deal with it. Check it out below:
4. Undo the damage
Heat, pollution, toxic products—there are so many factors that damage our hair on a day-to-day basis. Now that we’re staying indoors, this gives us a great chance to undo all that damage. Whether your hair is dry, oily—or you’re just looking for some extra nourishment, we got you, boo!
5. Oil it up
Oils are all the hype right now for skin and hair care, and if you haven’t jumped on to that bandwagon yet, now is the time to! They’re nourishing, great for a self-care sesh and will leave you feeling amazing. Find five of the best types of oils for your hair below.
6. Space out the wash days
Did you know over-washing your hair can cause damage to your scalp and hair follicles? Read on to find out how often you should wash your hair based on your hair colour, and hair type.
7. Develop a night time hair care routine
We all focus on our night time skin care routine but what about our hair? Your hair and scalp deserves just as much love and attention, so make sure you brush your hair, apply a mask and use a silk pillowcase for the best results. Read more about how to create a hair care routine for yourself.
8. Focus on the growth
Having long, shiny hair is never a bad idea—getting there is the struggle. We’ll guide you through nine simple steps in which you can achieve the hair of your dreams! These simple steps are easy to do and will give you the results you’re looking for.
9. How to keep it long
We’ve all felt the struggle of growing your hair beyond a certain length. While some blame it on genetics, or external factors like the weather, why not explore other reasons why this might happen to you. We’ve got you the lowdown on why your hair might not be growing and how to switch that up.
10. Untangle it
If you struggle with unmanageable tangles in your hair, we are here for you, girl! You are not alone in this struggle. We understand how annoying tangled hair can be, but don’t worry! With these easy steps you too can prevent your hair from tangling.
It’s when you can’t go out to get your haircut that you really begin to appreciate your hairstylist. Let’s be honest—even once we are able to leave our homes after quarantine is over, chances are that it will be pretty difficult to get a coveted appointment at hair or nail salons.
The good news is that, just like you can bring the nail salon home with you, you can bring your hair salon home too. If you think your hair is getting a little rough around the edges, consider trying your hand at a home haircut.
We’ve consulted with our resident hair stylist specialist Dee Lewis to figure out the best way to cut different styles of hair in the comfort of our own homes. And guess what? If you mess up, there’s hair extensions for that.
Before cutting your own hair, ask yourself the following:
Is it time to cut your hair, or can you wait?
If you can wait to cut your hair, you may be better off waiting for a salon to open— but how do you know if you can wait or not? Here are some tell tale signs that you may be overdue for a haircut.
“If the ends of your hairs are splitting in a million directions ( or even just 2) or you see little white bits at the ends, it needs a clean up,” Dee says. “When the hair starts to break or split it will keep travelling further and further up the hair shaft creating breakage higher up in the hair, or causing you to get a bigger “trim” than you expected!”
Dee also suggests avoiding any major hairstyle changes because “you will most likely end up worse than you started.”
If you are going to give yourself a home hair cut, stick to simple trims of anything 1 inch or less of the length of your hair. This kind of subtle cut won’t make a drastic difference, so if you mess up, you won’t notice it as much. It’ll also be easier to salvage down the road.
Maybe try a hair mask instead
If your hair is pretty healthy, or just slightly dry on the ends, try a hair mask at home first before committing to a home haircut.
Use salon quality hair masks, or masks with keratin, fatty acids, or vinegar. Because vinegar is acidic, it can be used to help lower the pH of the hair. This will tighten the cuticle, which “makes hair look shiny, and seals split ends,” says Dee.
How to cut your own hair
Tools you will need
Here’s what you will need:
- Sharp scissors – be sure to use the sharpest scissors you can find. Better yet, hair dressing scissors. Your kitchen shears will not be acceptable for this!
- A long comb that is not too fine
- Broom/ dust pan
- A blowdryer
- 2 hair clips
Step 1: find an open space
Clear a space to cut your hair where it’s not falling onto a counter or into the sink or shower drain. It’s much easier to just sweep up off the floor than trying to get it out of the sink and off the counter.
Step 2: dry your hair completely
Before you cut your hair, it’s important to dry your hair completely.
“When the hair is dry, it has slightly more volume,” Dee explains. This way, when you cut, you will see exactly where the hair will sit. If you cut your hair wet, however, once it dries and bounces up, you may find that you ended up cutting off more than expected. This especially rings true for bangs!
Dee explains that the best way to dry your hair if you have straight or wavy hair is to blow dry your locks smooth. For curly hair, however, she suggests to let your hair air dry naturally, or however you usually style it. She advises that once it is totally dry and you determine how much hair you are going to cut, to cut half of that.
“It will spring up more than you want, and you will end up with a 2 inch haircut when you were only trying to cut 1 inch,” she explains.
Step 3: the basics of hair cutting
When deciding on how much to cut, always cut less than what you think you need to cut off. Dee suggests trying to cut a small piece first to see if the length is as you like. Then, use that as a guide when cutting the rest of your hair. Go slowly, adding small sections to the guide until all your hair is cut.
How to cut your own hair in layers
If you are going to layer your hair, proceed with caution. Dee suggests not trying to cut your layers yourself, and only making subtle tweaks.
At most, if you notice splits in your layers, part your hair normally, then split the hair in half down the back bringing it forward over your shoulders. This is called over directing.
“When your hair is brought forward and you cut the ends, you will naturally create that slight U shape when it falls back,” Dee explains. “The hair is wrapping forward leaving length when put back into place. That should help create a softer feel through the perimeter.”
2. The horseshoe part
If you do decide to cut your layers though, a general rule of thumb is the higher the lift, the softer the feel. To do this, start by creating a horseshoe section from temple to temple and around the back of your crown, at the widest part of your head.
The area closest to the back of the head/horseshoe should be where the longest length stays and nearer to your face is where it can be slightly shorter.
Brush all the hair straight up (if some falls away leave it) and angle the hair up so it creates a straight line from your face to the tips of your hair. Slide your fingers to the very tips where you see the breakage bits and or where you can see right through the hair.
“If this is a lot of hair, don’t cut it—it should only be about 1 inch or less,” advises Dee.
3. Point cutting
Once it’s safe to cut, point your scissors at your hair to create a point cutting effect.
When point cutting, open your scissors as you place them in your hair ends, and only close them as you are sliding away. “This is the best way to avoid cutting your fingers or creating a hole in the hair,” says Dee. Point cutting is also an easy way to hide any mistakes and soften the finish.
You can apply the point cutting technique to the lengths/perimeter of your hair and to soften a blunt cut.
Getting rid of split ends
You may find that your length is just fine, and that you just want to get rid of split ends. Fortunately, this is pretty easy! Before you even cut your ends however, try a vinegar treatment to help seal them first.
When cutting, bring your hair forward, and part where you usually do. Then, bring your hair forward over your shoulders, and cut slightly less than you think you need to. Make sure to check that the length is the same on both sides. This is also a good strategy to use to make sure you cut your locks all one length when you are giving yourself a trim.
When you are cutting your split ends, Dee says to make sure you keep your chin up. “Look in the mirror and do not look down. You will angle your hair down and end up taking off too much length by accident!”
How to cut face framing layers
To cut trendy face framing layers, first start with your regular part, then a vertical section down to the front of your ears.
Dee suggests to comb this section inch by inch over directing forward at about 40 degrees. “The bottom of your first inch section shouldn’t lift higher than the corner of your eye or cheekbone.
Next, slide your fingers down keeping your fingers straight, not angled, as the hair sticking out should now be at a slight angle. Point cut a little at a time. For guidance, follow the shape originally created by your hairstylist.
How to cut the back of your hair
Cutting the back of your hair may seem like a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be. Dee suggests that to cut the back of your hair, always angle the hair forward. “It is a more natural look to have the hair slightly shorter in the front than the back and the over direction will create this. This will also help you to see the front and what you are cutting so that you can ensure that you have an even and balanced cut.
How to cut curly & wavy hair
The reality is that everyone has a different hair type, so take this into consideration before you start cutting.
Curly hair is a unique (and fabulous) texture that cuts slightly differently. Fortunately, our specialist Dee has taught us how to cut our curly locks without having to leave the house (at least for the time being.)
For curly hair, first air dry your hair. Then, style to your desired shape and cut only what seems to be out of place. According to Dee, if you have curly hair, always cut half of what you planned to cut.
“1 inch will look like 2 inches, because with curls and waves, the shorter that hair the stronger the curl.”
How to cut your own bangs
Now, this may not be the best time to start experimenting if you don’t already have bangs. That said, if you are just going to do it anyways, or have bangs to maintain, Dee does have some helpful tips.
If you do not have bangs, this may not be the best time to try to give yourself some. Instead, experiment with with clip in bangs and decide if you want to make the style permanent once you can see a professional hair stylist.
If you already have bangs and want to maintain them during this time—or are feeling daring and want to cut your own bangs—here’s how to cut your own bangs at home.
Disclaimer: proceed with caution!
Step 1: Blow dry your bangs
Blow dry your bangs and style them as you usually would. Part your hair down the centre, and then create a triangle that is 1 ½ inches back from the hairline with the sides angled to meet at your pupils/centre of your eye.
“This may seem like a small section, but it will fan out fuller once cut and styled and you can always add more later,” Dee explains.
Step 2: Clip your hair back
Clip all the rest of your hair away so you can focus on your bangs.
Step 3: Start in the centre of your triangle
Start with a 1/4 inch section in the centre of your triangle. Comb this down using a wide tooth comb with very little tension and find where you want the length to hit. This is going to be your guide.
“Cut less than you think, because you can always cut more,” Dee warns.
Step 4: Keep your chin up
If you’re looking down, you are more likely to cut too much length. If you cut too much, add a tiny bit of hair from each side off the centre and cut slightly longer where you want it. You can “curtain” your bangs to hide the mistake in the middle.
Step 5: Split hair in the centre
Split your hair in the centre once you have found the desired length and have moved to the next side. Add another 1/4 inch section to the “guide” from either side.
“Keeping the hair you have already cut straight down in the centre and over direct the new section to meet the guide,” Dee says. Then, cut the new section to the length of your guide.
Step 6: Cut straight down in the centre
“If you are trying to create a more curtain or angled fringe,” Dee says, “work side to side, over directing from your centre part. Have your guide pointing at the opposite pupil or centre of eye and bringing each added section over to meet your guide. Then, cut the added sections to the length of your guide.
Step 7: Adjust
Once all hair is cut, you should have your desired fringe. “If it feels too narrow,” Dee suggests, “make your triangle slightly bigger and add more hair 1/4 inch at a time!”
Dos and don’ts of cutting your own hair at home
Use the sharpest scissors you own.
Use a comb that is not a super fine tooth. A slightly wider helps to give less tension so you don’t end up with an uneven cut.
Do not try to use clippers like the pros do to cut your length, it cuts fast and a lot of hair at once.
Don’t cut over a carpet, or in an area you do not want little bits of hair flying around, hair tends to get everywhere!
Always cut half of what you plan to cut, and go shorter in increments if need be.
- Although we have provided instructions, it is best to leave layers and bangs cutting to the pros.
Have any more questions on how to cut your own hair? Drop them in the comments below, and we’ll be happy to help.
Written by: Brittany Rodriguez
After discovering both how my scalp and hair thrive with a light application of oil prior to washing, I started researching different oils, additional ingredients, methods, and hair-loving herbs to expand on this simple but surprisingly effective treatment.