I’m sure many of you are looking at this title and wondering, What the hell is bamboo hair?
Otherwise known as some ridiculously long name I’d rather not pronounce, Bamboo hair is an abnormality in the hair shaft that causes the hair to actually look like bamboo under a microscope.
While my hair looks pretty normal to the naked eye, I've experienced A LOT of breakage. So I have to be extremely careful with my fragile strands, employing these four maintenance methods to keep breakage at bay.
1. Oil Treatments When I'm Feeling Dry
One night I spontaneously doused my head in coconut oil and woke up to silky-soft hair. From then on, I realized using a treatment oil was an absolute must for my brittle hair. The one I’ve been smitten with for a few months now is Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Deep Nourish 5-Action Hair Elixir, a lightweight and sweet-smelling oil designed for dry and damaged hair. Packed with cupuaçu and Brazil nut oil, it leaves my hair looking noticeably nourished and shiny.
2. Leave-In Conditioner After Every Shower
One thing that I avoid at all costs is brushing my hair; even a wide tooth comb can cause my hair to break. To combat tangles and add moisture, I always spritz in a leave-in conditioner fresh out of the shower. (Side note: Instead of a towel, which can even be harsh on healthy hair, I dry my hair with a soft cotton T-shirt.) The Sexy Healthy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner is my current go-to for post-shower hair care. It makes finger-combing effortless and allows for zero breakage.
3. A Deep Conditioning Hair Mask After Heat Styling
To avoid breakage, I only curl my hair when I want to feel super fancy. The rest of the time I air-dry. When I do cave and use heat, I make sure to apply a heavy-duty heat protectant all over. And on the day after curling I indulge an ultra reparative treatment mask, like the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque, which contains a mixture of nutrient-rich oils that never fail to leave my hair feeling completely rejuvenated.
4. A Half-Teaspoon Of Nutritional Yeast Daily
I know it’s bitchy of me, but I usually tune out my mother the second she tries to give me beauty advice (sorry, mom). A few months ago, after hearing about my hair issues, she suggested nutritional yeast flakes. What did I have to lose? Nutritional Yeast Flakes are full of good-for-you vitamins, minerals, and proteins. A half-teaspoon of the stuff contains your entire daily fulfillment of vitamin B, as well as myriad amino acids. I’ve been sprinkling these flakes into my meals every day for a little over two months now, and have definitely noticed a difference in the strength and overall vitality of my hair.
- Anyone else have hair that's damaged or prone to breakage? What do you use?
- Have you tried any of these products before? Let me know!