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The 4 Most Important Things I've Learned About Haircare


My hair and I have a love/hate relationship. Sometimes I'll roll out of bed and it already looks styled, but sometimes my hair is harder to tame than me at an all you can eat cookie buffet...
It's taken me a while to actually figure out the whole 'haircare' thing properly but I've finally had enough trial and errors and bad hair days (and I mean bad hair days) that I think I've managed to nail down the four most important things I've learned so far about haircare and healthy hair maintenance:

1.) Your tools matter. 
"Just comb your hair," they said. "Use any comb and it will work," they said. They were wrong.
Even if I'm really gentle, whenever I use regular brushes chunks of my hair literally get ripped out as I comb (yep, it's as gross as it sounds). You don't have to be a genius to figure out that that's probably not great for your hair....
I'd recommend: The *Tangle Teezer. I can safely say that this is a brilliant de-tangler if your hair is like mine and gets knotted like a bird's nest really easily. It's extremely light-weight as well so it doesn't pull on my hair excessively and it manages to de-tangle all of my stubborn as hell knots in a couple of minutes.

2.) Don't touch your hair unnecessarily. 
Because it will make your hair oily and it's not pleasant. This is especially hard not to do if you have a fringe but trust me when I say that not touching your hair will extend the time between your washes pretty significantly.

3.) Pay attention to your surroundings. 
I used to think that I could get away with using the same haircare routine no matter what but if I'm being honest I know that for the best results I should really change my washing regime depending on different factors like what I've done (sweaty workout etc?), the climate, the level of pollution of wherever I am and so on. Based on all of that I might need to wash more or less often and swap out my products, but it's mainly all just about not doing the same bog-standard routine and expecting it to work miracles.

4.) Sometimes your hair needs some extra lovin' too. 
I'm talking hair masks, treatments, lotions, potions, the works. Don't neglect them all for months like I did and then wonder why your hair looks sad (can hair even look sad? Well mine did.) Nowadays I switch it up depending on what my hair needs but I always like to have something nourishing on hand for when my hair is feeling dry, damaged and all round just looking a little like straw.
I'd recommend: The *Sachajuan Hair Repair Treatment because it smells like musk (so good) and works wonders for my hair if it's look rough. I use this instead of conditioner and apply it mainly to the ends of my hair, leave it for a few minutes and then rinse and my hair is left feeling silky smooth. This treatment would be especially handy if your hair is wiry or damaged but if your hair is fine then I'd avoid using this near the roots.

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What are the most important things you've learned about haircare?


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126 comments:

  1. I love the Sachajuan Hair Treatment! I'm addicted to their stuff especially their ocean line for tousled texture. I'm so guilty of touching my hair WAY to much!!!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. Ooo I'll have to check our their other stuff! This is the first thing I've tried from them and so far I'm so impressed!

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  2. I think I finally got a hair routine down, especially the not touching my hair unnecessarily..so important! I would get oily hair just from the constant times I played with my hair! Great post!

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    1. The exact same thing used to happen to me! It was so frustrating.

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  3. I agree with all your points here! The first thing I noticed when I first moved to Canada was whatever products that I used in Malaysia didn't work the same for me here, I had to figure out my routine again. And yes, touching our hair repeatedly will only make it dirty and greasy, I used to do that but not anymore.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. So glad you agree with me Shireen, hopefully you enjoyed the post! :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing these tips with me! xx, Erin - www.stylebythepeople.com

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  5. ahh haircare is so important, since my hair is so damaged from all the coloring, i've been so religious about my regime and these are some amazing tips! i need to touch my hair less, just like not touching your face.. thanks girl, great post as always, super helpful!

    xx Melis
    http://fashionmews.com

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    1. Glad you found this helpful! I still find it really hard not to touch my face as well.

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  6. This is going to sound really strange but I twirl my hair constantly and I know I shouldnt but, as I was reading this I was doing it and I got to the bit where you said to stop touching your hair and I automatically took my hand away haha!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. oh haha well at least some good came from reading this post then? Seriously though I used to twirl my hair all the time when I was younger, to the point where I'd twirl so much that I'd rip out chunks :\

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  7. Love this hair treatment. Nice post.
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  8. Love hair posts;)) from my experience it also very depends HOW you do your hair, wearing tight ponytails or buns can make hair a lot more fragile (at least for me). Thanks for sharing! xx

    www.hairwonderfulday.com

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  9. Love hair posts;)) from my experience it also very depends HOW you do your hair, wearing tight ponytails or buns can make hair a lot more fragile (at least for me). Thanks for sharing! xx

    www.hairwonderfulday.com

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    1. Ah yeah that's very true as well! Thanks for bringing that up :)

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  10. These are really great tips! I've been wanting to get a brush like your tangle teaser for quite a while, so I'm really glad you shared this!

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    1. The tangle teezer is amazing, it's definitely one of my must haves!

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  11. I completely agree with all of these - it's all about caringfor your hair! Since changing to a tangle teezer and using coconut oil my hair has massively improved!

    Kassie www.styledevoured.uk

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    1. That's really good Kassie, I've never tried coconut oil myself but maybe I should!

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  12. I really want to try using a tangle teaser! I rip out so much hair every time I comb it.

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. That was me too and I hated it! For sure give the tangle teezer a go :)

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  13. My hair is super thin and I don't have that much of it, so I love reading tips on how to give it the tlc it needs. I've heard great things about tangle teezer! I think I'll have to get one for myself!

    www.thebeautydojo.com

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    1. Definitely give it a go Andrea! The tangle teezer is also really handy for travelling I've found because it's small :)

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  14. LOVE this post - I adore my Tangle Teezer, don't know where I'd be without it! I always try to put on a deep hair mask a couple of times a week to keep my hair feeling refreshed and alive!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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    1. That sounds like a really good routine, any recommendations for a good deep hair mask?

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  15. I am so totally guilty of touching my hair way too much! I need to stop that since my limp and fine hair doesn't need to be weighed down any more.

    Also, point number 3 is something I've only recently started to pay attention to! I used to just keep the same, minimal, haircare routine no matter if I was in the summer heat or skiing in the dead of winter. What a mistake!

    xo
    N
    Style Tomes ||ST on IG

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    1. I know it's so hard to not touch your hair sometimes! And don't worry I used to always keep the same routine too, my weakness is that I get lazy with my hair...

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  16. Love this tips! I've definitely been learning the benefits of extra hair care lately. Masks have been making such a game changer for me lately, haha!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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    1. Thanks Stephanie, I'm always on the lookout for good masks to add to my routine :)

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  17. While my hair works much better when I use less products in terms of styling, I find my hair became a lot healther the less often I wash it and when I don't use any heat on it. Using a Tangle Teezer made a world of difference because I used to just use a bristle brush and roughly drag it through my hair to get out any knots, but the Tangle Teezer is so gentle and just gets everything out so easily. I definitely wouldn't go back to a traditional hairbrush now!

    littlehenrylee.net

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    1. I think mine is the same, it's always the healthiest when I don't use heat and I completely agree, I don't think I could ever go back to a traditional brush!

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  18. I haven't figured out my haircare routine yet. I am still trying to work this thing out. So thank you for the post. These tips are really helpful!

    LifeOfArdor.com

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    1. Thanks Yana, I'm really glad this helped :)

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  19. omg i've been wanting to try the tangle teezer for foreverrrrrr. it looks like it's so good for thin hair and i have thin hair. i think i'm going to order one on amazon right now hehe

    http://www.fionnac.com

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  20. I don't do much to my hair, but I do notice that it's not super soft or luxurious!

    7% Solution

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    1. Hopefully these tips help you out then? :)

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  21. Ah this looks really lovely - with blogging, I'm always learning new techniques and ideas for my hair! I'm really starting to love DIY recipes and hair masks using natural ingredients and products…. it's all lovely and quite a fun way to see what works and what doesn't! :)

    Hope you're well and having a lovely holiday! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Yeah blogging always teaches me new haircare tricks as well. I'd love to try a few DIY hair masks too actually!

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  22. I always forget about my hair!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

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  23. I absolutely swear by The Wet Brush to detangle my hair, it's honestly amazing! And I'll have to check out the Sachajuan Hair Repair Treatment, I already love their Ocean Mist spray and I've used their shampoo in the past too, both have been really great, they're a lovely brand!
    Brigitte x

    brigittehayley.com | youtube.com/brigittehayley

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    1. I've heard a lot about the wet brush as well, I'll have to try that out and see how it compares to the tangle teezer!

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  24. Yes definitely hair masks regularly would help maintain the quality of hair, but I find them so expensive! (especially the good ones) I tend to go for keratin treatments as I find them super effective and worth the price.

    Velveteencockroach

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    1. I've never tried keratin treatments but I'll look into them, thanks for the tip Audrey :)

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  25. I have love&hate relationship with my hair too, especially after getting really short hair cut (well over my shoulders) and getting fringe. I don't know how I sleep but some morning when I see my fringe I really regret getting it :) Totally agree with everything you said! Importance of choosing a right brush, taking care of it and especially not touching it! Whenever I'm bored or stressed, I tend to play with my hair and it gets so greasy and also unhealthy, I try to stop doing that but it doesn't work :)

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. Oh god I've gone to sleep with wet hair and woken up with such a mess on my head! So I feel your pain, haha

      I used to always twirl my hair when I was bored as well and it's definitely a harder habit to break than it seems isn't it?

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  26. I've been playing with my hair for the past hour while browsing on the computer, I wonder why my hair is so oily and limp :) lol - It's something I never really thought of before. Thank you for opening my eyes to this habit!
    I love my tangle teaser too, I would have to say its probably the best purchase I have made for my hair, in fact I think I would have cut off all my hair and gone super short it it wasn't for this gem. Before I found this (recommended by a very trusted friend) my hair used to be torture to untangle especially after washing it !
    BTW love that photo, very impressive!

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    1. Don't worry Phoebe I used to be a chronic hair twirler and I'm here to tell you that it.gets.better! ;)
      Seriously though, I think just finding something else to do with your hands rather than touching your hair is a good way to break the habit.

      I'm so so happy you like the photo as well! That really made my night :)

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  27. I couldn't agree more about number one. I would rather not comb my hair (I have curly hair), then use some of the brushes out there. Hairbrushes really do make a difference!

    Abby Talks

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    1. I have wavy hair that's sometimes very curly and I completely know what you mean, sometimes I think it just looks nicer if I let my curls airdry rather than use a crappy brush!

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  28. I love the Tangle Teezer brush, I have a few and really like them for travelling. I also really like The Wet Brush, they’re just that little bit better for me on a daily basis as they’re bigger. I love treatments for my hair too and I’m definitely going to try the one you’ve recommended. I use coconut oil for a hair mask as well, but I sometimes want something a little more luxurious. I’ve found that letting my hair dry naturally more often, really helps with reducing split ends. As always your tips were so helpful, and I will for sure be incorporating them into my haircare routine.

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    1. The tangle teezers are perfect for travelling aren't they? The tiny size of them is so much more convenient when I'm packing rather than a bulky brush. You're the second person to mention the wet brush so now I'm definitely going to have to try that out as well, I'll just have to track down where to buy it in Aus...

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  29. Yesss I HATE doing treatments, but they are so necessary! It's a constant hairy battle, haha. Great post!
    April xx

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    1. haha couldn't have said it better myself, thanks April!

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  30. The tangle teezer is something I've always intended on buying and still haven't got round to it!! I definitely need to pick it up next time because it sounds so much better than a normal brush!

    www.ohsobecky.com

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    1. Hopefully it works for you as well as it works for me!

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  31. Amazing!

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  32. I've heard great things about the Tangle Teezer, I really must try it!

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  33. Great post girl! I have such a bad habit of touching my hair for no reason and then my hair becomes oily. I've really been into hot coconut oil hair treatment and it really does make a big difference to my hair x

    TOUCHOFGUCCI // BLOGLOVIN 

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    1. A hot coconut oil treatment sounds so interesting! I feel like coconut oil might be a little too rich for my fine hair though...

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  34. Great post! I always touch my hair, its like a nervous thing I do haha I really need to stop doing it! And the tangle teezer is amazing, I really want to try the wet brush because apparently that's even better!
    :) www.lovemariexo.blogspot.co.uk
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    1. Yeah I'm getting the sense that the wet brush is really good too!

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  35. I was actually playing with my hair while reading and didn't notice until you mentioned that point haha! The tangle teezer is something that I have been wanting to pick up but I always forget to!

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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    1. haha I know I used to always just sit there and twirl my hair!

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  37. This post was so helpful, thank you!
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  38. Very interesting and useful post! Thank you for sharing

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  39. I totally agree! I used to be such a hair toucher. It's really not good for it! Great tips :)

    The Daily Delicacy

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  40. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

    irenethayer.com

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    1. Thanks Irene, I'm glad you found this helpful!

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  41. i really need to stop touching my hair i do it all the time haha

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    1. It's a hard habit to break isn't it? haha

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  42. I wish I could get up in the morning with perfect hair but unfortunately this is not the case :-) Love your great tips! ♡

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    1. It's a rare thing when it happens for me but I have curly hair and sometimes I'm lucky enough to wake up and all of my curls are really well defined. It is rare though!

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  43. I totally agree with you on evrrything about the hair. Love all the tips too.
    Xo, Christianne
    Http://simplychristianne.com

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  44. I totally agree with you on evrrything about the hair. Love all the tips too.
    Xo, Christianne
    Http://simplychristianne.com

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  45. The Tangle Teezer is my saver day, I really love it :)


    -Lily Kanaya
    www.Glowlicious.Me

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    1. It's so so good! My hair is awful without it.

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  46. It's taken me literally years to get to a point where I know what to do with my hair! I've always found it quite difficult to deal with. These are great tips - especially using hair masks. These are a life saver for me with my bleached hair! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. Ah I really want to find a good hair mask to add to my routine! If you have any suggestions let me know? :)

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  47. I really want to try Tangle Teezer, I've heard so many amazing things about it!


    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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  48. This is all so true! I never thought about taking my surroundings into consideration! And I need to be better about masks and extra treatments, it really does make a difference. If I do it for my skin, I should for my hair, right!? xo Bryn www.waketonroad.com

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    1. That's what I figure as well, my hair definitely doesn't seem to get the same treatment my skin does!

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  49. I really agreed that the tool matters. I recently bought a tangle teezer and it is heaven! My hair just not that uncontrollable now.

    www.lifewithalk.blogspot.com

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    1. So many of us seem to love the tangle teezer!

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  50. One thing I never really think about is how to protect my hair from the environment so I definitely will now!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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  51. Hey, just found your blog through your comment on one of my posts and so glad I did! Been on here for ages looking around! Your photography is amazing! Loved this post especially, and the tip about not touching your hair too often is so right, I used to always do this and since I stopped my hair is so much less greasy!
    Farah x
    www.vatkinary.com

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    1. Ah thank you so so much Farah! Your comment has literally made my day and I love that you're enjoying my blog and my photography especially! Positive feedback on my photography always makes me extra happy for some reason, probably because it's something I've really been working on this year :)

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  52. Wow, this post was so helpful! I have struggled with fall out with my hair for ages, but I certainly think doing something as easy as not touching it unnecessarily will certainly help. Thanks for the tips!
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    1. With fall out watch our for your brushes as well, as I said when I use crummy brushes lots of my hair comes out as I comb and it's awful!

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  53. Great post, hun, very helpful!
    Haircare is so important, and every new tip is precious! :D
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it/

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  54. Great post! I loved this and it is so important these tips since hair is just as delicate as our skin is. It is important to pamper it when we can. I love your post so much :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  55. So true that you need to look after your hair! Great post :)

    XX SofiaaDot
    sofiaadot.wordpress.com

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  56. Thanks for the tips!
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  57. I agree with everything you say. The hardest one for me is "not to touch it unnecessarily", not because I like to touch it a lot but because scalp massages are the most relaxing thing ever. I also find heat protectors extremely important since I straighten it once a week with a flat iron.

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    1. Ah I definitely need to be better about using heat protectors and honestly, I think scalp massages might be worth touching your hair for!

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  58. It is so important to not over touch your hair! Such a good tip girl. Couldn't agree more!

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    1. Thanks Dakota, glad you agree with me! :)

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  59. Very true! I find not touching my hair the worst 🙃 It absolutely makes the biggest difference but it's so hard not to play! Great post.
    xxK

    www.katjadorothyelisabeth.com

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    1. Very true! Especially if you have a fringe. Thanks Katja :)

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  60. You are so right, even hair can appear sad and hair care products really helps to renew them. Great tips!

    Chaste & Beautiful

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  61. Haven't tried Sachajuan before as it is not familiar to me too. I think i'll try this just for curiosity. I have just completed my hair growth treatment so I am excited to try other products.

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    1. I hadn't heard of the brand before either but that hair repair treatment has really impressed me. Nowdays I use it as a replacement for conditioner and it makes my hair really soft and smooth :)

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  62. All true! I like using the tangle teaser too but most of the time I just use a wide toothed comb and start from the bottom.

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