College students have a busy schedule and finding time to perform weekly hair treatments is nearly impossible. After studying for countless hours the last thing you want to do is spend hours on your hair. These small tips and tricks will leave you with healthier, shinier or more manageable hair so you can have healthy hair in college!
1. Read labels.
When choosing your shampoo and conditioner try looking for product labels that contain “moisturizing” and “hydrating” claims. Also, check the ingredients list – the less ingredients in the product the better for your hair. Make sure to look for natural essential oils to rejuvenate your hair and scalp. Oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, argan oil or grapeseed oil eliminate dry and dull hair. Organix is a great inexpensive brand. It is found at your local Walmart, Walgreens, Ulta, etc.
2. Use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Applying EVCO to hair and scalp before shampooing can eliminate the dry effects of the harsh sulfates in most shampoos. Applying it daily will minimize breakage and split ends, and promote growth. This amazing oil is not only inexpensive, but it also serves as multi-use oil. It’s also good for cooking, natural moisturizer for your skin, removing make-up, deodorant substitute, and much more! It’s found in your local grocery store in the cooking aisle. You can also can find coconut oil products made especially for hair.
3. Limit Heat and chemicals.
When using hair styling tools that use heat, always apply a heat protectant. Tresemme makes a great one for all hair textures.
Did you know you can curl your hair without a curling iron? You can achieve heatless curls by braiding your hair while it’s wet, or using curl formers and flexi rods, opposed to heated tools, like curling wands that can easily damage your hair.
Electric straighteners and flat irons can also cause breakage and split ends. Minimizing heat will allow your hair, especially your ends, to strengthen and flourish.
4. Inexpensive DIY shampoo and conditioners.
College students run on strict budgets and salon products can be expensive, so try some fun DIY treatments. Run out of shampoo? Just apply apple cider vinegar or baking soda to the scalp. Run out of conditioner? Just blend a banana and honey; or whip up an avocado and add some coconut milk then apply mixtures to hair.
When applying shampoo, focus on lathering into your scalp without being too harsh. When applying conditioner make sure to focus on your ends since they’re the oldest part of your hair.
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Mildred is an accounting major at Ohio State University from Lima, Oh. and works as an Office Assistant. She is on hall council for her dorm as Sustainability Chair. Mildred is an EY(Ernst Young) Accounting Scholar who loves hair products, hanging out friends and meeting new people. When she is not under typical college stress she is binge watching Netflix, eating and catch up on sleep.