tips for keeping your hair healthy, shiny & strong

Over the last eight or so years I’ve written many posts about hair. Most of which concentrate on dyeing your hair and maintaining that color. I’ve got a list of must-read hair posts down at the bottom of this one! Now that my hair is finally past shoulder length I feel like I putting more effort into keeping it healthy is essential. Here are a few of my favorite tips for keeping my locks shiny and strong…

Wash your hair less. This is really hard for some folks, I totally get it. I used to wash my hair every single day. I love freshly washed hair but shampoos strip your hair of important natural oils. It took a while but I finally found a dry shampoo I loved and figured out how to use it correctly. I am now a member of the every other day hair washing club and my hair has never looked better. My color is lasting SO much longer.

▴ When you do wash your hair, use shampoo only from root to mid shaft. No sense in stripping your ends from the oils they so desperately need, especially since they’re the most prone to drying out.

Use a special hair towel. A towel made specifically for your hair is a game changer. Not only will it get more water out helping your hair dry quicker, but it’ll also be much more gentle on your locks!

tips for keeping hair healthy and strong Kaylah Stroup hair

Hair masks! Every few weeks I mix a bit of dye with my favorite hair mask and let it sit for a half hour or so. It’s a nice touch up of color with all the benefits your mask of choice adds. My reigning favorite is the Eva NYC therapy sessions hair mask. It smells wonderful and leaves my hair moisturized, shiny and looking downright beautiful!

Even if you’re not adding dye, masks are great for helping your hair look it’s best. Nothing will save super damaged hair but a good mask certainly make your locks look better.

Heat protectant is essential if you’re using styling tools. The key here is to make sure you’re applying it to all of your hair, not just the top layer. I’m currently using CHI Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray. Not only does it protect my hair from heat, but it also helps seems to help my curls hold better.

▴ Speaking of hair products, Hask Placenta is amazing. I could write a whole post about how much of a wonder product this stuff is. It’s the only thing I’ve been consistently using since I started dyeing my hair. My number one must-have hair product! I spritz it on my damp hair before brushing. I let it sit a few minutes then comb through. It makes my hair so much more manageable. Hask Placenta isn’t sold as a ‘detangler’ but it’s certainly proven to be for my hair. I seem to always forget it when we go on vacations and I can definitely tell a difference on days I don’t use it.

Satin Pillowcase! Gentle on your hair, cooler to the touch than a regular pillowcase and good for bedhead. Switching to a satin pillowcase meant no longer waking up with bangs sticking straight out in the morning.

tips for healthier hair

What are some of your most trusted hair tips?

More hair related reads;

My five must-have hair products7 tips for maintaining bright hair colorTwo tips for switching hair colors easilyBleaching your hair 101How to clean up hair dye messesNine truths about having dyed hair


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  • My tip is for ladies with PCOS, which can cause hair loss. Wash your scalp every day. Google it if you want the science, but put in the very simplest of terms, washing every day helps eliminate the hormones that cause thinning at the hair follicle. Years ago I tried washing every other day, thinking it was better for my scalp, but my thinning got worse. Then I did some research and found out the above. I’ve been washing every day for at least 5 years now and it’s going good. Of course, it’s one person’s experience, and my PCOS isn’t severe, but it’s worth a try. It’s not a perfect solution for me —thinning gave me frizzy curls so I am now locked in a vicious cycle of straightening>>>makes hair drier and frizzier>>>needs more straightening — but I’m just happy to have the hair I do! I totally agree with focusing on the scalp though, and not lathering up the ends every day.

  • I love these tips! I’ve always wanted to do these types of colors in my hair but have been worried about the fading. These tips give me hope. I know that sounds silly but they really do! Thank you for this post. 🙂