I have a younger sister who serves in the US army. Being in the military has caused a lot of damage to her hair. Even though it has grown long from natural oils and not being able to shower often, her hair is not well taken care of. She often has to wear it up in tight styles which results in tugging and breakage.
A couple weeks ago she came to visit me in our hometown. I complimented her on how long her hair has grown but she wasn’t happy with it. After hearing her complain about how dry, damaged and annoying it is to deal with, I chose to step in and help her with it. I wanted to show my sister how to get smooth hair and how she can take good care of it even in her situation. Being married in the army allows my sister and her husband to live in a house on base instead of the barracks, so that sure helps with a potential shower routine. I taught her some easy home remedies for dry and damaged hair.
After the following things were done to her hair, she was amazed at the difference. My sister said her hair looked and felt so much better. She wanted to steal my shampoo and conditioner because it smells bomb and works so good. The shampoo/conditioner mix is surely a charm but it’s the whole set of steps that make it work out so well. She has visited once since then, and was excited to shower here to be able to use my products again.
You can’t exactly learn how to fix damaged hair because broken hair doesn’t magically zap back together. However, it is almost magic how this simple routine will have your hair looking and feeling afterwards.
Start with Coconut Oil
Grab your jar of Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil. This is going to be a deep conditioning for your hair. Use about 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons (whatever is enough to completely cover your whole head) of melted coconut oil. If you need help melting it, read how to on my Coconut Miracle Page. Start applying it to the ends, making sure to work it into your hair. It might be a good idea to flip your head upside town and do this over the tub. After working the coconut oil from your ends to the roots, massage it into your scalp for a couple minutes while your head is upside down.
Start to gently go through with a wide tooth comb, being sure not to tug since hair stretches easily when it is wet. When you’re finished, twist your hair into a bun type up do with a large clip so it is off your back, or use a shower cap. Keep some napkins or paper towels around since the oil likes to drip down foreheads. Leave the coconut oil in your hair for 30 minutes to an hour.
Next use Acure Shampoo and Conditioner
After leaving the coconut oil in long enough, you’re going to need to wash your hair with Acure shampoo. My favorite is the Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell kind, with the white and orange label. Not only is this stuff organic; It’s color safe, vegan, sulfate free, cruelty fee, won’t clog pores, paraben free, gluten free and much more. Plus it’s not $30 a bottle. You can read more about it here.
First, wash your hair with the Acure shampoo. If your hair gets greasy easily, I recommend double washing (this is what I do) it since the coconut oil can make hair oily if it isn’t washed out completely. Then apply the Acure conditioner only to the bottom half of your hair, keeping away from the roots. Leave that in for a couple minutes while washing your body or doing another shower task.
Dry With a Microfiber Towel
Before getting out of the shower, squeeze your hair thoroughly to get rid of any excess water. You’re going to want to use a microfiber towel because they’re made of soft fibers that are easy on hair, unlike traditional towels. You can learn more about them here. When using the microfiber towel, squeeze squeeze squeeze. Don’t rub the towel on your head or you’ll just cause breakage. Put your hair up in the towel for about 5-10 minutes until taking it out (squeeze through it again when you take the towel out of your hair).
End with Coconut Oil
Last but not least, use a few drops of your Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil, melted. Apply this to the tips of your hair, from the ends to an inch up. Work it in, since this will protect your hair from getting split ends.
To make drying a little faster, you can use a blow dryer on the cool setting with your head upside down for a few minutes. Don’t use hot air.
If you have any questions or comments, leave them below. Try out these steps and tell me how it worked for you!