Hello babes! How’s the Holiday season treating you? *jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the waaaaaay, Rudolph the red nose reindeer* And that’s how my mind gets mixed up, every single day 😂. Anyway, today’s topic has to do with hair hacks (every girl should know) I learned during my trips to Brazil 🇧🇷 Fica a dica meninas! 😉
It’s no secret Brazil has some of the best beauty secrets/hacks…I mean, think Giselle Bundchen, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio…you get the point, right? So today, I will be sharing some of THE BEST hacks I’ve learned during my trips to Brazil. Get ready babes!
1.Stop Using a Towel to Dry Your Hair
I know we are guilty of using a towel to dry or hair. I mean, it’s like the natural thing to do. We get in the shower, we shampoo our hair, apply some conditioner, rinse, maybe apply a mask, rinse and then, we squeeze the excess water and wrap your hair in a towel (you might want to add doing the whole twist with the towel here and go turban style, lol). Ok, please stop doing this if you want better and healthier hair.
Towels, and by towels I mean any kind of towels, add more friction to your hair when drying it. Yes, they might be super absorbent and all, but still, using a towel adds more frizz to your hair. I have very curly hair, I should know about frizz. Hair becomes weaker when wet and towels soak up all the moisture. Plus, towels are not a flat surface and the texture towels have, well, it just isn’t the kindest to hair and causes more frizz.
What to do instead of using a regular towel:
Swap your ordinary towel for a plain cotton t-shirt like this one. A cotton t-shirt does have a flat surface that is much kinder to your hair, and also, since it’s not super absorbent, it only absorbs excess water. This means your hair retains some moisture and your strands are treated with a lot more respect. This results in a significant reduction of frizz and respecting your natural waves or curls, without altering their natural shape.
Do make sure, however, the t-shirt is in good shape…that means no lint and no super old t-shirts that are worn away by use.
2. Protein, Protein, Protein
Think protein is great for muscles? Well, it also does wonders for your hair. After all, hair is made of protein (a tough form of protein called keratin). And while you can always get the Brazilian blowout, applying this to your hair, twice a week, will give you significantly softer, shinier, healthier, and more manageable hair.
How to use it:
I like to use this particular hair mask since it delivers professional results (you’re going to want to read why this salon brand is one of the best). This hair mask repairs strands from the inside out. This one is especially good if you use a flat iron a lot, like me 🙂 Ok, so here’s how I use it:
- Divide your hair into two separate sections of hair
- Grab about an apricot seed-sized amount and apply to both sections.
- Using a comb, comb both sections of the hair to ensure the product penetrates.
- Use the excess product left on the comb to apply it to all ends, making sure they are very well covered in product.
- Twist both sections gently and use a hair clip to twist them up.
- Leave the mask for 15-20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
- Extra tip: use this mask when working out. It saves time 😉
3. Cold Shower Baby!
Hold your horses! I’m not saying to take a cold shower. No way! Not even I do that! But….ok, so here’s the thing. Hot water opens your follicles (and pores) and this aids in the absorption of hair products. But after you apply your shampoo and conditioner, and if you applied a hair mask as well, and have rinsed well, turn the hot water off (yes, off! All the way) and turn the COLD water on. If you’re anything like me and really dislike cold water, do a chicken dance for 15 seconds under the cold water and just make sure your entire head/hair and body receives the stinginess of the cold water, lol.
Why cold water?
Since hot water dries out skin and sebum (the natural oil that protects hair and skin), taking a cold shower at the end tightens the pores and follicles, and seals in the products you used. Also, it prevents pores getting clogged. A cold shower helps constrict blood vessels but keep in mind this doesn’t mean it shrinks pores. Nope, sorry. But it does temporarily tighten them and gives your healthier, shinier hair all while aiding hair loss. You can read more benefits of a cold shower here.
So, it might feel like a bit of a torture the first couple of times you take a cold shower at the end, but I promise you, you will get used to it, and once you notice results you will become a fan!
And that’s a wrap!
So, you see, it’s not super complicated to do this and follow this tips. I mean, it’s not like we girls always have tons of time and spend hours doing beauty treatments…although that would be nice, right? *wishful thinking*
One last tip:
I love getting balayage done, and since we’re on the hair topic, I’ll include this. To be honest, I entered the “get your hair colored” wagon until I was 25 😂 but ever since I’ve been hooked. The thing is, sometimes it’s hard to get the exact color you want because there are so many factors to take into consideration to achieve that perfect color. However, this is a lifesaver! It is custom color formulated just for you! And believe me, you will LOVE it! You can thank me later. 😉
Ok babes, that’s it for today. Let me know if you have followed this hacks before or if not, are you planning to? I promise there are a lot more Brazilian beauty tricks coming up on the blog, so make sure you drop me a comment and tell me if there’s a specific topic you’d like to know more about. XO
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