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Healthy Hair for a Hair Chameleon

An individual’s hair can say a lot about their personality. Some people have a more natural, refined look whereas other people enjoy exploring bright colours. People who are constantly changing their hairstyles can be referred to as ‘hair chameleons.’

Personally, my hair is a huge part of my identity. Throughout high school, I would consistently dye my hair, going back and forth between being a blonde and a brunette. In university, I began experiencing with box dyes and even went platinum blonde with a pink ombre. I wouldn’t consider myself an extreme hair chameleon, but I have dyed my hair enough times that now the texture of my hair is not the greatest.

It has been a year since I began the journey to making my hair healthy again; this is how I brought my hair back to life.

Black Jamaican Castor Oil

This oil has become a holy grail for me. Just before quarantine, I found this incredible product at Winners. I started applying it to my ends every time I washed my hair and would leave it in for ten minutes. This product has been great for giving my hair volume and shine. I recommend purchasing this if you are looking for something to help your dry ends.

Stopped Washing My Hair Everyday

I loved washing my hair every day, and truth be told, I still have a difficult time giving myself breaks. However, washing your hair every day can strip the natural oils from your roots. I typically wash my hair four to five times a week now. For some, this may seem like a lot, but don’t forget that everyone’s hair is different. I found that when I began washing my hair less, I started to see less split ends and my hair felt less dry.

No heat

I stopped using heat on my hair as often as I did before. Every day I would blow-dry and straighten my hair. Once I started using little to no heat on my hair, I began to see the frizz dissipate. On the rare occasions in which I do use heat, I use a heat protectant. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to let your hair air-dry, then I would highly recommend investing in a good heat protectant. Using a protectant spray will help reduce the damage to your hair when you’re styling with heat. This is also an effective way to keep the colour vibrant and fresh if you are dyeing your hair.

Weekly Hair Mask

Once a week I give myself a self-care day; this includes using a hair mask. I typically use a Moroccan oil hydrating hair mask, which is one of my favourites. However, a cheaper option that I absolutely love is Whole Blends Honey. I found that incorporating hair masks into my weekly routine has helped condition my hair with more oils, which is exactly what I needed for my over-processed hair.

Haircare is something that I neglected when I was colouring my hair. Now that I have fully incorporated it into my routine, my hair has never looked or felt better. If you’re a hair chameleon and are combating the over-processed texture that can happen, then I recommend investing in some of these tips. In the case that you’re not one, it is still important to take care of your hair, and these tips work for anyone!

Ashley Ethier

Wilfrid Laurier '23

Ashley is a third year double major in Sociology and English at Wilfrid Laurier University. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking her dogs and enjoying the simpler things in life.
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