My Top Hair Care Picks and Tips

Navigating the vast world of hair care can be as daunting as it is exciting. With countless products claiming miraculous results, finding those that truly make a difference can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Today, I'm thrilled to share with you the hair care heroes that have not only transformed my routine but also my hair's health and appearance. I won’t get into all of the medical dermatology terminology but know that these recommendations are all from the medical perspective.

Nutrafol Vitamins - A Game Changer for Hair Health

My journey to healthier hair began with a discovery that would change everything: Nutrafol vitamins. First introduced to me in 2018 after my first child was born, and I suffered from postpartum hair loss called telogen effluvium. These vitamins became a staple through different stages of my life. I gifted them to my mom and MIL and found their hair improved in texture, length, and color. I started recommending them to patients in the dermatology office, and received positive feedback on results! Nutrafol's blend of nutrients supports hair health from the inside out, laying a solid foundation for the rest of my care routine.

Shampoo & Conditioner: Sulfate-Free Gems

Switching to sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner is step one for hair and scalp health. My all-time favorite? The Loreal Paris Nourishing Line. Its rich formula leaves my hair feeling soft and rejuvenated, without the harsh effects of sulfates.

I've also been fortunate to try Vegamour's Shampoo and Conditioner and Arey Grey's nourishing duo, both of which offer their own unique benefits to a hair care routine. And let's not forget about Nutrafol's own cleansing pair, which has quickly become a beloved part of my regimen.

Hair Masks for Deep Nourishment

For an extra dose of hydration and repair, I turn to hair masks at least once weekly. The Loreal Paris Lengths Renewing Masque and Olaplex are two of my favorites for their transformative effects. For a quick fix, Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle offers a surprisingly effective solution at an unbeatable price point.

You can also apply an oil to the end of your hair BEFORE showering or try applying conditoner BEFORE shampoo to protect the ends of hair as you rinse shampoo.

I prefer using hair masks in the shower even more than a leave-on conditioner after showering.  I recently also asked my hair dresser about conditioning rinses at my appointment and have been very happy with the longevity of this treatment... I'll catch the name at my next appointment!

Elevating Scalp Care

A healthy scalp means healthy hair. That's why I incorporate a scalp massager into my routine. The Scalp Gua Sha tool and Vegamour Massager not only promote circulation but also make the hair care process feel like a spa experience.

Essential Extras for Hair Health

Silk pillowcases and quality brushes play an unsung role in hair maintenance. Silk's smooth surface helps prevent breakage, while brushing with a good comb, can detangle without damage. Additionally, filtering shower water with a JOLIE filter has been a revelation, reducing the harsh effects of hard water on my hair. Filters have great effects for skin too!

Essential Extras for Hair Health Products

Pro Tips for Everyday Hair Care

My top tip? See #1…

1. Detangle with Care: Always start detangling from the ends of your hair and work your way up to prevent unnecessary breakage.
2. Start with a Healthy Foundation: Incorporate hair health vitamins, like Nutrafol, into your daily routine to nourish your hair from the inside out.
3. Choose the Right Cleansers: Opt for sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners to cleanse gently without stripping your hair of its natural oils.
4. Deep Condition Regularly: Use hair masks weekly to deeply nourish and repair your hair. Alternating between Loreal Paris, Olaplex, and Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle can cater to different hair needs.
5. Don’t Neglect Scalp Care: A healthy scalp promotes healthy hair growth. Use a scalp massager before the shower or even in the shower to stimulate circulation and exfoliate the scalp.
6. Protect Your Hair at Night: Switch to silk pillowcases and silk scrunchies to reduce friction and prevent hair breakage and split ends while you sleep.
7. Filter Your Shower Water: Installing a shower filter, like the JOLIE filter, can protect your hair from hard water damage, leaving it softer and shinier.
8. Invest in Quality Hair Tools: High-quality brushes and combs can make a significant difference in your hair's health. Look for options that gently detangle without pulling or breaking your strands.
9. Minimize Heat Styling: Whenever possible, let your hair air-dry and style without heat to prevent damage. Use the cool setting if you must use a hair dryer and  keep the hair dryer at least a  few inches away from hair.
10. Listen to Your Hair: Pay attention to how your hair responds to different products and practices. What works for one person may not work for another, so it's important to find a routine that suits your unique hair type and needs.

Finding the right hair care products is a personal journey, one that can empower you to feel confident and beautiful. I hope my recommendations inspire you to explore and discover what works best for you. Remember, the key to great hair is not just the products you use but how you use them.

Have you found your hair care holy grail? Share your experiences and favorite products in the comments below. 

*Some products linked may be affiliate links where I receive a small commission when you purchase. I only recommend products I personally use and recommend to patients in the dermatology clinic.