- I don't wash it every day. As a matter of fact, I usually only wash it every 3 - 4 days. This started because I just have so much of it (see #2) that it is a pain and takes hours to wash and style. Now you read pretty much everywhere that it's better for your hair to let the natural oils come out.
- I was lucky enough to be born with really thick hair. Which is a really good thing, but my really thick hair is also kind of coarse, so when I do wash it, I make sure I use a really deep conditioner.
- I always let my hair air dry. This is another reason I don't wash it every day. It takes 3 - 4 hours for my hair to air dry. I generally wash it at night about an hour before I go to bed then I tie it up and sleep on it. When I wake up in the morning, it's damp but not wet.
- I never use heat on wet hair. I do get a professional blow out occasionally, but I blow out my hair at home when it's already dry. This sounds counter-intuitive, but I am the worst blow dryer in the world. Doing it dry takes away most of the frizziness, takes less time, and gets a better appearance than I would get trying to do it myself from a wet head.
- I always use some other kind of hot tool. I am an equal opportunity ironer, and I will even do hot rollers. I think heat adds to the shine and the softness.
- I am a dry shampoo addict. I start spraying at the first sign of oil. I have found that the cheap brands are not as good as the more expensive brands such as Oscar Blandi.
This is typical day 3 hair, washed, air dried, blown out, a deep side part and curled with a large barrel curling iron. I did use hair spray here, but I think it's always sticky and hard, so I don't often use it.
What are your hair secrets?