HELLO HAIR

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

Good hair days. Everyday.

Franck Izquierdo styling my hair on the set of an IGK shoot

I once stumbled into a conversation about me…and my hair. I was flattered. A group of 5 (very fashionable) girls were talking about how I had the best hair. I couldn’t believe it…I’ve never really thought about the love I give my hair until that happened. Now I shamelessly own my good hair, and I’m here to give you all the tips I never knew I was doing.




Wash

I try not to wash my hair more than 3x a week. I used to wash my hair every day because I workout every day, but I noticed that doing this made my scalp a little extra oily when I skipped a wash. My balance was off. So it took a good 2 weeks of me not washing daily to rebalance my hair. I'll admit, it was a struggle dealing with an oily-ish mess, but now its worth it. I can do a spin class, whip myself in the face with my sweaty ponytail, and I still wont wash it - gross right? Not really. My secret is blow drying my hair post workout. I used to think it was so gross to sweat and not wash your hair, but your strands will thank you. Just make sure you wash your face and hairline thoroughly; nobody likes hairline pimples. Don’t be afraid to get the hair around your face a little wet, you’re going to blow dry it anyways.


Quality Products

Once I started dying my hair, I noticed how much harder it became and my drugstore shampoo/conditioner were just not cutting it. I remember switching to Biolage Colorlast, and within that first week, 3 people asked me if I had done something with my hair. I couldn’t believe the difference a shampoo and conditioner made. My $30 bottles were up, so I went back to my L’oreal products because $60 for shampoo/conditioner is A LOT. Boy did I regret that. After the first wash with the drugstore shampoo my hair was hard again! I had to fix it. Lucky for me, Ulta was having their jumbo haircare sale. They usually have this sale twice a year and that is when I stock up. You basically Buy 2, get 1 free. So I bought 6 bottles for the price of 4. Three sets of shampoo + conditioner. Those bottles last me a little over half a year, or longer. I usually have one set left over when the next sale comes around so I don’t need to buy as much. Now, if you’re reading this and you don’t have a budget for higher end products, I get it. If you don’t have colored hair, then honestly I don’t think its that big of a deal. But if you do, that means you’re probably paying over $150 to get your hair colored. And if you’re getting your hair colored, then you need to factor in taking care of your hair. Which means you should consider budgeting for quality shampoo and conditioner. And if thats still a lot for you, I’ve got a simple solution. Don’t dye your hair.


Treatment masks are my best friend. I started using hair treatments/repairing masks when I started modeling. In a 12 hour day, my hair would go from curly, to straight, to sleek ponytail, down to crimped, and back to waves. It was a lot. And I was terrified that it was ruining my head. So I would go to CVS and buy any L’oreal or Aussie masks and go to town on my hair. I would also use old-ish avocados and even egg yolks (messy, don’t recommend). Point is, I wanted to revive my hair. This was almost 10 years ago, and the selection/accessibility of hair treatments have expanded. My current favorite is Olaplex. I actually have it on as I type this. If it's not in your budget, that’s okay. But I do recommend a treatment mask. You can even go the avocado route. Whatever it is, just give your hair something good to drink.

Brush it out

The bristles on your brush make a difference. On the daily, I use a wet brush because it doesn’t pull your hair, and the bristles are separated enough that they don't pull your strands. My favorite is the wet brush that has boar bristles. Boar bristles add shine to your hair and also help with frizz and controllability. It also polishes your hair when you use it to blow dry. What's not to love?

Oil it up

If I’m going somewhere where I don’t need to look my best, I will brush some morroconoil through my strands. Lets say i'm going to my parents house for dinner, I’ll use 2 pumps of the oil, mix it in between my palms, and run my hands through my hair. Easy. Just make sure you do this close to your hair washing day.

Heat

A lot of people say to avoid hot tools, but I actually grew up blow drying my hair EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I washed it. My mom made me; because if not “I would get sick” (old Cuban mom myth). Fast forward to my twenties, I don’t live at home anymore, and I decide to start letting my hair air dry. It's cool when I don’t care enough to dry it, but the effort and heat I have to put into it the next day is a nightmare. I wake up with my hair so frizzy, crinkled by my ears, bumps on my crown, and just looking like a hot mess. Although I admit to letting my hair air dry occasionally, I usually resort to a quick blow dry after the shower. I’m less likely to style it and I always look put together. I also believe it helps seal your strands so they’re less prone to breakage. Win-win.

Take Care

Hair maintenance is important…obviously. But one thing people forget that falls under the maintenance category is trims. Trimming your hair helps remove those dead ends, helping your hair look bouncy and healthy. It also removes extra weight from your head, which will help with volume. Everybody’s hair is different, but I recommend a quick trim every 2-3 months. I go to Wendy @wendy.cisneros at IGK in Miami.



Cheers to good hair days.

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