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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Why You Need To Give Your Hair A Break

I'm the kind of girl who loves to switch up her hair. I've been dying my hair a lighter color ever since I was 15 (fun fact: my natural hair color is a super dark brown!) and on top of it, I love straight and sleek hair so you can imagine how much damage I've accumulated over the years. During the summer, I always like to take a hair break and just completely stay away from the heat and hair dye, at least for a couple of weeks. I always choose to do this during the summer since I'm not going anywhere special on an everyday basis where I need to look presentable (like school or an internship) and no one is going to mind that I have ridiculously dark roots growing in. While I know taking a hair break and avoiding products, dye, and heat is a difficult task and not realistic for everyone, I think doing this every once in a while can make a huge difference! Here's why: 

Hair Growth

While I never had problems growing my hair (in fact it grows a little too fast which is a pain when that means you have to go to the salon more often!), the hairs on the top of my head look so thin and my biggest fear is that one day I'll have a bald spot! I had a feeling all that constant pulling from blow drying my hair straight was causing it and now that I've stopped using heat on an everyday basis, I've noticed after a month that my little baby hairs were growing! Like a lot. I was shocked since they always seem to be at the same length and this is the first time in years that I've seen a difference at the crown. 

Less Product Build-Up 

Since the only kinds of products that I'm using during this period is deep conditioners and hair masks like It's a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner to repair damage, product build-up significantly decreases which means a healthier scalp that can breath and grow better. While I do use a clarifying shampoo like R+Co Oblivion once in a while (since I use sulfate-free shampoos like L'Oreal Sulfate Free Moisture Shampoo on a regular basis which can cause build up), during this period I find that I don't even need that! 


I knew my hair was in the process of healing when I noticed that I had less split ends (despite being three months since I've gotten a trim), the natural curls in my hair seemed fuller, and most importantly there was a slight shine to it when usually my hair is dull and lifeless when it's not straight and filled with products. 

One Less Thing To Worry About 

The number one reason why you should take a break is because life seems to get so much more simpler when you have one less thing to worry about in the mornings. Sure, it sucks not being able to use heat and having roots coming in. I'm used to having straight hair all the time so I don't feel like myself without it! Yet I can't deny the fact that it also feels liberating to just let my hair grow and do it's thing instead of damaging it 24/7 and wondering how bad my hair will look in a couple of months or years. 

Hope this convinces you to take a break with your hair! Even if you can't go cold turkey, at least decrease the amount of days you use heat on your hair and it might make a difference!

Thanks for reading,



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