Not long ago, I received a question by email about how I take care of my hair. I haven't had a real haircut in the last 12 years (just trimming split ends here and there, usually done by my mother) - not because I have a special conviction about it, I simply like my hair long and think it's feminine. Taking care of my hair doesn't really take away much time or energy. Now, each one of us has a different type of hair, and what works for me might not work for you, but here are a couple of basic guidelines I find helpful:
1. I don't mess too much with my hair, meaning sprays, gels, mousses and so on. It doesn't mean I never use those products, but I reserve them only to special occasions. On normal days I just keep it clean. And I have never dyed my hair.
2. I only wash my hair twice (or, if really needed, three times) a week. This helps preserve the natural oils of the hair. Through experience, I found out that washing my hair more often makes it dry and less shiny.
3. I don't use a hair dryer. I remember once on vacation I had to use a hair dryer for two weeks, and it made my hair really dry and brittle. So I just put a towel over my shoulders and let it dry naturally.
An additional bonus to this simplicity is that I also save money on hair care: hair products, shampoo and even some electricity. Most often, I don't need a hairdresser. And most importantly, I save time. I would hate to have to spend hours on my hair every morning.
I would love to hear your hair care tips as well!