Happy Tuesday morning! I hope you girls are having a fabulous Tuesday so far! I have been trying to get work done so I can enjoy this weekend without taking out a laptop each night or making notes on my phone constantly. Not to mention getting the house taken care of before I leave out. I’m also a little bummed that I will miss Brooklyn, but hopefully, I will see her Sunday when I get back.
I wanted to talk about hair after 40 today. I have a lot of hair tutorials and pictures on Pinterest and get a lot of questions on taking care of hair. One thing that I think is a necessity for women over 40, is a weekly hair mask to condition our hair and scalp. Going through menopause can wreak havoc on our locks and this is one way I have been able to combat it. Our hair thins and it breaks off more easily as we get older, so it’s imperative that we have some sort of regimen for it. We have to take care of our hair and make sure we are giving it the nutrients it needs. You may also want to take Biotin if you are starting to see thinning. I, along with a lot of my friends have or are experiencing this. You can halt this in its tracks by doing a few simple steps once a week.
Considering the amount of torture we put our hair through on a daily basis with heat styling, teasing, and coloring, we should all be using a hair mask. But the truth is a lot of us are still nervous about using masks on a regular basis, in part because we aren’t quite clear how best to use them. What if it makes my hair greasy? Will it wash out when I try to take it off? Do I have to sit still for five hours if I use one? And on and on and on…
Once a Week Will Do
Even if you think your hair is relatively healthy, the change of seasons can be hard on your strands, so it’s good to get in the habit of using a mask weekly to make sure you’re giving your hair the moisture it needs. Being a former stylist, this is something that I learned in cosmetology school and I have done this once a week for the past 25 years! It works ladies!! You will see improvement in the overall health of your hair.
Not All Are Created Equal
There are a lot of “masks” on the market today, so be careful to read the directions. Some may be marketed as masks but actually require daily use, while others are heavier and therefore should just be used once or twice a week (depending on your hair type and amount of damage). Others still ask to be left in for 1-2 minutes or 15 and up, so choose which ones you can see yourself sticking to before you make your purchase. I will give you some of th4e best sellers below, for daily, weekly and every 3 months.
The key here is finding one that will realistically work for your routine. One of my favorites and is one of the top-selling deep conditioners is Joico K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. This is a powerful five-minute reconstructor that rebuilds and strengthens stressed, physically and/or chemically treated hair. Get it HERE, it’s $20.99, but it’s also Buy 2 Get 1 FREE at Ulta right now.
Applying to Dry Hair Is Fine
If you’re willing to make a time commitment, apply your mask to dry hair and let it absorb for about 20 minutes. This is a great Sunday morning activity before you take a shower. If you don’t have 20 minutes – at least give your hair 5 minutes. The changes in your hair will be well worth the time invested in fixing the damage. Plus, you can grab a cup of coffee, put the hair mask on, and read my blog on Sundays LOL!
Sleep in Your Hair Mask
If you think your hair is especially dry, try sleeping in a hair mask. Simply apply the mask at the end of your shower (or apply it to dry hair), and cover with a shower cap or silk scarf you don’t mind using for this purpose. Rinse out in the morning and you’ll have silky, soft hair. I recommend the shower cap and pinning it with hairpins to secure it. One that I have really liked was Bumble and Bumble Bb While You Sleep Overnight Damage Repair Masque. This is a little pricey, but it lasts a long time. I only use this once every 3 months, it’s a great deep conditioning treatment you can do at home. It’s $49.00 normally, but it will last you well over a year and a half.
It’s Not an All-Day Event
Keep in mind that applying a mask does not need to take hours. You can put in a mask for two minutes as you’re shaving in the shower and get the moisture boost that your hair needs. One of the best daily hair masks available is It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask. You can use this daily and use a larger amount for intensive deep conditioning. It’s developed to respond to the demands of color treated, heat styled, and otherwise processed hair, It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask is a simple-to-use, it’s a conditioning treatment made to enhance softness and smoothness. Flexible enough to be used as a daily conditioner and intensive enough to be used as a periodic deep-conditioning treatment, the Miracle Hair Mask actually delivers results for dry, damaged, or over-processed hair. This runs around $30 and you can get it HERE. I put a smaller tube in the STP below that is $12.33, it’ more like a travel size if you wanted to try it out first.
Shampoo and Condition After
You’ll always want to shampoo and condition your hair after you use a mask in order to make sure you won’t have any leftover product build-up.
Comb the Mask Through
As a reminder, you should always be using a wide tooth comb when handling wet hair. It also comes in handy with a mask. Comb the mask through to the ends to make sure you’ve applied it to every last spot before you let it sit.
Concentrate on the Ends
Your ends are the most fragile part of your hair (split ends anyone?), so always concentrate your mask to the ends of your hair as they are most likely the part that needs the most loving. I like to think of my ends as the grandparents of my hair strand. the root is like a baby. Since on average, hair grows 1/2 inch a month, if your hair is shoulder length that’s some grandparent ends! LOL
Sidenote: The VitaFusion Biotin Gummies is what I have been using for about 2 years now and have had great results. I get the 100-count from Amazon and it’s normally around $9.55. It lasts me about 3 months, so that’s not a bad investment to help with my hair. Plus it helps your skin too!! Have a great day ladies!! If you are having issues like I have with hair, I hope this helps some!! XO
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