Gillian B.
Self-care Teacher

 

I am a Self-Care Teacher inspiring and empowering others to set themselves free using simple but powerful daily practices.

 

Age: 29

 

Skin Type: Dry

Hair Type: Fine usually oily roots

Skin Concerns: On the more sensitive side

Values: I am flexible, clean products from companies with heart is what I strive for.

Oily hair? Don’t worry you are not alone!

Since I can remember, I have always had to deal with my fine, oily hair. When my hair was virgin I couldn’t go more than a day without washing it! What a hassle!!

However, when I started to experiment with colouring my hair, slowly going blonder and blonder, I realized that the chemicals dried out my hair and I could get away with going a little longer between washes. On top of that, I discovered what I thought was a miracle at the time….Dry Shampoo. For probably 2-3 years I (stupidly) used this stuff like it was going out of style and told all my friends about it. I was always on the run and wanted my hair to look fresh so it was my go to. What I didn’t take into consideration was the amount of harmful chemicals I was both inhaling and absorbing through my scalp and my fingertips when I was using it so liberally. I knew it smelt strong and I knew it wasn’t exactly good for you but at the time in my life, convenience outweighed the health factor. Oh how times have changed!

Fast forward about 2 years to today. In the last few months I have decided that I have been blonde long enough and I have caused enough damage to my poor hair, body and wallet in the name of beauty. So this January, I took a big step in the right direction and I decided to start growing my natural colour in. Excited and nervous for what was to come, having been some varying shade of blonde for the past 5 years, I was ready for a change.

I knew that letting go of blonde meant that I would have to deal with my ever so oily hair again. Booo! But I also knew that I would be MUCH healthier for it and that took precedence over my looks. I was determined to find a better way around this whole dilemma because washing your hair everyday is also taxing on your hair and your time.

I started thinking about how the blonde colouring would dry the roots out and then I also started thinking about naturally derived products that could recreate the same effect without all the high concentration of chemicals. and then it hit me! I had a bottle of Witch Hazel in my cupboard and I got it out and started reading the label. For those of you who don’t know, Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that can be used as a toner for skin or to clean out cuts and sores. Perhaps, it could tone my roots somewhat to give the same drying effect. I quickly Googled it just to see what other people were saying about it and also to make sure it wasn’t going to make my hair a weird colour or anything and then tried it out. And…..

The results have been incredible!

You can buy a good quality Witch Hazel at the Health Food Store!

Here is how to make your hair last longer between washes:

1- Apply Witch Hazel to the roots with a cotton pad or spray bottle. Be sure to separate your hair into sections and distribute evenly. Let it sit for a 5 mins or so.

2- Wash hair thoroughly and avoid putting conditioner anywhere near the roots. Rinse with cold water at the end of your shower to close the pores!

3-Brush and half blow dry your hair.

4-Then flip your head upside down and finish it off.

5-Flip it back and comb into place.

6- To make it go the extra mile, you can add some arrowroot starch to the underneath layers as needed.

That is my secret! I know everyone’s hair is different but  I hope it helps you 🙂 Try it once and figure out how frequently you should do it. I do it at least once a week and I wash my hair every second day.

Look for a future blog on how to make Big, Sexy Hair Naturally!

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