Project Mermaid

If you happened to wander around this blog back in October, you might have seen my heartfelt pledge to let my hair finally grow out. If you didn't, you can find it here.

Well, three months and a thousand shampoo bottles later, I'm back to talk through a few tried and tested tricks that have helped me along the way.

Now, before you get your hopes up too high, my hair is still a modest length. It's only now started to go over my shoulders but, I feel a big sense of achievement as I've improved the quality of it no end. I have always struggled with very brittle, very dry hair that is prone to splits, preventing me from reaching my hair goals. Well, after developing a few best practices, my hair is stronger, softer AND hardly has ANY split ends. Considering I've not cut my hair since July, that deserves a huge BRAVO!

Below three tips I'd recommend to anyone exasperating over their locks.

1. Hello Hydration:

If you want to get your hair to cooperate with your ambitions you have to treat it like the gentle creature that it is. Tender loving care is what your hair needs and this means a weekly (at the very least!) indulgence. I've cut back my washing routine to only twice a week, swapping conditioner for a hair treatment that I leave to soak in for over an hour. Madness, I hear you scream - but the result is worth the effort, believe me.

I'm absolutely obsessed with Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask because it smells great and it's ideal for fuller hair.

Taking care of thick hair. Moroccanoil product review

The price tag on this is a little steep so if you need a good budget alternative, I've also been using Tresemme Keratin Smooth Deep Treatment Mask. It comes in under a fiver and leaves your hair incredibly smooth.

More than the products used, it's the method of washing and conditioning that has all the effects.

  1. As well as cutting back on washing, I've cut down on the quantity of shampoo. I only concentrate on the roots, letting the left over lather and water take care of the ends.

  2. When I'm done in the shower, I turn the water off and carefully apply my chosen treatment all over my hair, making sure it's evenly spread out. Then, I get out, dry up, put my hair in a bun and go about my business as usual. I'm lucky as I work from home most of the time so I can manage to do this quite easily. I guess in the end it's all a case of being organised and working out what time best suits you to walk around with a head full of mask.

  3. When I'm satisfied, I rinse it out over the bath with, brace yourselves, COLD water!! Trust, it makes all the difference and it sure leaves you feeling refreshed...

  4. I carefully detangle my hair with a wide tooth comb as brushes are very aggressive on wet hair.

This carries me quite nicely onto tip two.

2. Keep your Cool:

Air-drying is your friend. Hairdryers and straighteners are murder for your hair, even if you use heat defence, the best thing you can do for your hair is to leave it alone until it's 90% naturally dry. Then, you can give it some shape with a quick blow-dry blast. Achieve some natural (and controlled!) waves by twisting your hair in sections and pinning them to the top of your head. Tones of ideas on air-drying are scattered around Pinterest. Check them out!

Taking care of thick hair

3. Bye, Bye Cotton:

I didn't know this at all but, apparently, cotton sucks out the moisture in your hair. And what are most towels and sheets made of? Yep, cotton! I've traded my cotton pillowcase for a silk one (great on your skin, as well!) and avoid using towels to dry my hair whenever possible.

So there you have it. Three new tried and tested tips to get your tresses looking terrific.

Let me know how they work for you on my Instagram!

Until next time,
Clara