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Tips for Healthy Hair


I’ve struggled to care for my hair properly for a long time now.  While I was pregnant, it got a bit easier and now I think I may have figured out what works for me!

Hair looks great during pregnancy

While I was pregnant, my hair grew so well!   I used to leave the bathroom floor littered with strands of hair after my shower.  However, that all stopped while I was pregnant.  My hair got thicker and was looking great.

I got in the habit of applying a hair mask at least once a week and washing my hair backwards.  All of that lead to me having the best hair I had ever had!  Woo hoo!

Post-Pregnancy Hair

As soon as my son was born, I adopted a new hair style.  It was a top knot secured with a butterfly clip. I admit, it’s not the most elegant look, but it keeps it out of my face and away from my son’s grabbing hands.  I can put it up whether it’s wet or dry and it’s a passable look. Did I mention that it’s quick too?

About 10 weeks after my son was born, my hair started to drop again.  I had expected it, so I wasn’t too distressed.  Fortunately, it wasn’t more than usual, so I felt like my hair was just getting back to normal.

I completely stopped applying my hair masks after my son was born.  I just kept forgetting to think ahead and prepare one!  I also stopped blow drying my hair completely.  When I’ve had some down time, blow drying my hair simply has not been the first thing on my mind!

Healthy Hair

A few days ago, I decided it was time to put some attention on my precious locks.  I applied a simple hair mask of coconut oil to my Coconut Oil in Handhair about 30 minutes before washing.  I also decided to blow dry my hair, just for the fun of it.  I thought it would be nice to have a different style, even if it was just for one day.

Who knew that it would take three times as long to dry my hair?!  Seriously…it used to take me 10 minutes at the most.  I must have worked on my hair for at least half an hour.

So, why is that?  Well, I can only come to one conclusion.  After not blow drying my hair for several months, my hair is far less dry than it used to be.  So, instead of drying out on its own, it took a lot of work to get those locks looking sleek!

Alia’s Tips for Healthy Hair

Here are my tips for healthy hair.  Keep in mind, these are all based on my own experience only.  I am certainly not trained in this field and I’m no expert by any stretch of the imagination.  Rather, these are the things that have worked for me.

Carrot Banana Hair Mask

Carrot Banana Hair Mask

– Apply a hair mask to your hair every so often.  I try  to do it weekly, but as you can see from above, it doesn’t always work out.  You don’t have to use coconut oil on your hair.  There are lots of different recipes out there.

Wash your hair backwards. I have been doing this for months and I love the way my hair turns out.

– Minimize the amount of blow drying and curling/straightening that you do to your hair.  If you can, let it air dry.

– Brush your hair before you go to bed.  This helps spread the natural oils throughout your hair.

– Don’t wash you hair every day.  Rather, wash it every other day or even less often.  I tend to wash mine twice a week, though since my son arrived, I’ve kind of lost track of the days!

What are your secrets for keeping your hair shiny and healthy?

34 thoughts on “Tips for Healthy Hair

  1. I’m just wondering what you mean by wash your hair backwards?

  2. I love Aromatherapy Associate’s Enrich Hair Oil! It’s a great mask and washes out well. I also love Surface’s Protein Treatment Cream (it’s more like a spray leave in conditioner) for when I blow dry my hair. My hair is dry too from straightening too much ; (

  3. Nice post. Yes, coconut oil is great for hair. Naturally, women grow more hair in pregnancy and lose some more after delivery. Nice to know one can use your hair rescue therapy to grow hair back.

  4. I haven’t tried washing my hair backwards as I don’t really use shampoo everyday. It dries out my hair so I think it’s not that healthy anymore. I only use conditioner, of course. And do some hair spa (virgin coconut oil or macadamia) at home at least 3 times a week, and it really helps my hair look great 🙂 I’m thinking now that if I’ll get pregnant, maybe my hair will look even greater 😀

  5. Coconut oil is so very good for hair. I love the smell of it too! xx

  6. First time hearing about reverse washing! Will try! 😀

    My main concern is hairfall. It’s so sad watching it clogs the drain everytime I wash my hair T_____T

    • Hairfall is depressing, isn’t it? I’ve heard that Vitamin B can help reduce it. I haven’t tried it myself, so I can’t say whether or not it actually works. It might be something to look into!

  7. Love coconut oil i use it everywhere! It is nice and lite. Great post.
    Living F.A.B.ulously on Purpose

  8. Never thought of the backwards thing, I am thinking I´ll try to see if there is a difference 🙂 Thanks for suggesting that.

  9. i might try this.. i have problems with falling hair too.. thanks for sharing!

    – from gig

  10. I love these tips Alia! I’ve been doing the washing my hair backwards since I read your post before hhehe Thanks so much! Hope you and baby are doing great. xx Donah

    • Wow! That’s awesome that you are washing your hair backwards still! I hope your hair feels great! Baby and I are doing really well. He is already 5 months. Where has the time gone? Truly, I am loving being a mom!

  11. cool that you wash your hair with conditioner first and then shampoo it!! i will have to give that a try and see how it feels!

  12. These are great tips. I never heard about washing hair backwards. Now I’m definitely trying it. 🙂
    And coconut oils are so good for hairs. My mom, grandma, great-grandma and every one has been using coconut oils for generations. No wonder they have such long, thick Rapunzel like hairs hehe.. i just read out your tips to Mum. She seems so impressed with the whole washing hair backwards thing! 😀

  13. thanks for the tips! here in our country I have to wash my hair everyday because of the pollution!

  14. Another good tip is to never go to sleep with wet hair. It inhibits bacteria growth, which can make your scalp mell!

    • Thanks for adding that tip! I always try to let my hair dry before bed, but sometimes I’m guilty of sleeping on damp hair. I’ll try harder now!

  15. I also apply hair mask regularly (every week) because I have had treatments done to my hair and it’s a bit dry and damaged. I also apply oil after I wash it just to keep it soft and moisturized. I also don’t wash my hair everyday and I air dry it most of the time since I live in a tropical country anyway 🙂

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