• Elaine Zito

The Guide to Mermaid Hair

I get a lot of questions about how I take care of my hair and keep it shiny, healthy and growing. Here are my tried and true secrets to obtain long gorgeous locks, and believe it or not, none of them include taking a hair vitamin!

1. Only wash once or twice a week. This takes training. I used to wash my hair with every shower I took, but as I started to grow my hair out, that became more daunting. Come to find out, it was also drying it out, which in turn caused breakage and split ends. The oils that our hair produces are healthy and essential to its longevity, so leave them in! It also fades your color. And I know most of us put some sort of color on our hair, which is expensive, so why not try and prolong how often you dye it? Another perk, dirty hair is so much easier to style! So while you may have to lay on some extra dry shampoo, train your body and scalp to go 4-5 days without washing. Finally, make sure you take down your hair and brush through it every night. This will disperse the oils and help to prolong the amount of time you can go before washing it again.

2. The less heat the better. I never blow dry my hair and only occasionally use heat on it. Its a known fact that heat damages the hair, so the more natural you can go, the better. To create a cute look without heat, try braiding your hair when its wet and then letting it down when its dry. You'll achieve the beach waves with no damage. My favorite tool to use if I do put heat on my hair is the T3 ceramic curling iron. It's claim to fame is how it doesn't damage or dry out your hair, but locks moisture in. Whether you believe it or not, i've had great results so far.

3. Hydrate that hair. I use a coconut oil shampoo and conditioner (and purple shampoo once a week for the blonde) as well as the 'it's a 10' leave in keratin oil. The more hydrated, the better the color, the shinier and so on. This helps to go longer between hair appointments, which leads me to my next point.

4. The less treatment the better. I know some of you go to the salon every 4-6 weeks. Not only does that break your bank, its ultimately breaking your hair. Any color or chemical is damaging, but we all want it. Try going for an ombre or balayage look. As it grows out it looks natural. You can go longer between appointments and your wallet and hair will thank you.

5. Keep the products to a minimum. If you do have to put some sort of gel/mousse or hairspray in, make sure the ingredients are natural and it's something you can go a couple of days without having to rinse out. I don't even use hairspray anymore. The only two products I put in my hair once its dry are the Navy Hair Care pebble beach dry texture spray, and Not Your Mother's dry shampoo. The texture spray is a volumizer but doubles as a hold for your hair as well. I love it because I can never feel residue, and my curls actually stay longer. As for the dry shampoo, I try to go 3-4 days before I need it and then usually use it for 2 days before I have to wash my hair. Dry shampoo can also be a really good volumizer

and helps with styling.

xoxo, Isla Girl