This is a post I’ve been asked to write quite a few times but didn’t as was a bit wary of sounding banal.  Hair? Who cares about hair?  I never did, or maybe I just gave it for granted . However if there is one compliment I get from strangers whenever I am in the world, it is: You have such nice hair! , What do you do to have such beautiful hair ? Wow you could be a hair model! but my hair is natural , and it is pretty much a genetic thing as both my parents have good quality hair.

Aside from the good genes which was just luck, I also do look after my hair and in this post I’m sharing my tips on how to keep your long hair shiny, healthy, smooth and bouncy.

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100% Natural
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Totally natural hair and no filter needed
  • Wash your hair once a week 

This mainly applies to people like myself who have dry hair , if your hair gets greasy easier, then twice a week should keep you going. I live in London where the water is pretty harsh and dries both my skin and scalp a lot. The day I wash my hair, is quite the ritual though. The night before I soak the hair in coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil and the morning after, I wash it with a Paraben Free shampoo with lukewarm water and add conditioner too. Then, whenever I can, I go out and dry it naturally.Afterwards, once is dry, I do a plait and keep it for a few hours. This makes my hair bouncy, curly and really soft.

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All you need to get the volume is a very tight plait

Every time I go on holiday to France, Italy or back home to Spain I wash it as much as i like as the water is less harsh than in Britain . I also dry it on the sun and it feels as if my hair doubles in volume.

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A plait will make your hair naturally curly
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Visit to Hairdresser for a cut and some styling
  • Use a Paraben free Shampoo and Conditioner

I have very sensitive skin and have suffered Rosacea for many years, the creams I put on my face are all Paraben free at dermatologist orders and my shampoo and conditioner too. No chemicals, no nasty stuff. If you can’t find a Paraben free shampoo and conditioner in your local pharmacy, you can use “baby shampoo” as they are also soft and kind to your scalp and hair.

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Long hair rebel in my mid twenties
  • Dry it naturally

My mum is the owner of a very healthy bouncy mane and seeing her healthy hair after all these years I definitely listen to her advice :Wash it in the morning, ideally on a sunny day so you can dry it naturally

On winter, there are days when I dry my hair with a hairdryer if outside is raining .The results? The hair is lifeless, not only that, it feels dry rather than smooth and silky.

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Red carpet ready at the Cannes Film Festival with just curly hair courtesy of a plait
  • Avoid using hair straighteners or sources of heat in your hair as much as you can

Have you noticed some celebrities with all the money in the world but awful hair? Hair that has been so overstilysed over the years that not only it looks unhealthy but stringy.  Overusing the straighteners, curlers, hairdryers damages your hair. Period.Try to use them once a month or avoid altogether. Hairdressers themselves tend to have hair that is quite  damaged from the tints, the heat, the blow drys, the Brasilian keratin disasters. You can do natural styling that won’t damage your hair at all , or add a bit of serum if you want to control frizzy hair.

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Early 20’s hair
  • Long Hair is fine regardless of your age

If your hair is healthy and you love long hair, then go for it. Don’t listen to fashion magazines telling you long hair is only for teenagers.What are we gonna do? Cut our hairs and hide because we are past 30?Never! Long hair rebels are exactly that, rebels!.

Beautiful women in many countries have long hair way into their seventies. In Bolivia, the indigenous women have shiny and thick  black plaits that look fabulous. Indian women also have fantastic healthy hair way into their 70’s. My mum herself , a beautiful blond woman, has always had long hair and it makes her look not only younger but fun, carefree and full of personality.

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My mum in her heyday, what a beauty!
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Long hair rebel. She has always had long hair.
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Natural long hair now that Im in my 30’s
  • Add olive oil , or coconut oil for smooth hair

Since I was young, my mum used to soak my hair in an olive oil/egg yolk mixture at least once a moth. The result? The softest conditioner you could wish for and hair feeling silky and smooth. Since living in London I now use Coconut oil instead of olive oil but both work wonders and moreover,they are chemical free and 100% natural.

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  • Avoid hot water, wash it with lukewarm water instead

It is hard in winter but if you can , make sure the water is not too hot as this can damage the hair follicles. In the summer i try to wash it in cold water as much as i can but in winter, lukewarm will do. The same applies to the skin.

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No filter, this is my natural hair colour.All I did was wash it and dry it naturally
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Long hair in your 30’s is great, in fact it is great at any age regardless of what fashion says.

So when it comes to hair, less is more and the less chemicals, the less heat, the less straightening, and less styling ; the better. Same as your skin has to breathe and needs a make up free day a few times a month, your hair needs a break too. Even if you don’t have that much hair, it will at least remain as healthy as it can for longer .

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Last summer I added some highlights but they are now gone

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Fin

Never a bad hair day

 

 

 

 

 

 

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