Those of you who know me, know I have long hair. I love my long hair, despite how it clogs pipes and disables the vacuum cleaner regularly. Recently I’ve noted how it’s not grown an inch in 10 years and in fact may have gotten a bit shorter due to my neglect of it. Generally I leave it in a braid or a bun and ignore it. Split ends were rampant, straw-like unhappy locks. So this year I’ve resolved to take better care of my hair.
Since I like to keep things quantifiable, I asked my husband to measure my hair for a baseline. He chose to do from the floor up as easier than from the head down… 14 inches from the floor. Hair is in a marked V at the bottom, very thin at the longest point.
Now for the plan of action, devised after seconds of grueling internet search:
1. Shampoo the top only. I knew this was a thing, but haven’t been doing it. Bonus; saves on shampoo. Obviously if I fall in a mud puddle or other such disaster I will shampoo all and take no prisoners, but for regular showering, shampoo only goes on the scalp to shoulder-level at max.
2. Cold water rinse at the end of the shower. This is a new thing to me, not sure what the physics is behind it, but the Internet says it’s a good thing so I shall do it.
3. 10 minutes before shower apply oil to hair from shoulder line down. Currently I have a Shae butter and seaweed mask thing I bought that I’ll use until I can get my hands on the recommended unprocessed coconut oil and other essential oils. (Pondering if I can use olive oil because… you know, it’s in the kitchen already?)
4. Trim split ends
The internet also recommends getting a silk or satin pillow… I’m too cheap to invest in new pillowcases, but I’ll keep that on the back burner if the mood strikes me. Other things I already do (don’t shampoo too often, brush from the bottom up, natural boar bristle brush, etc.)
Anyway, blog, let’s see if it works, eh?