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An absorbent microfiber hair towel wrap so you can dry your hair gently (instead of aggressively rubbing it with your bath towel, which can lead to frizz and breakage). The microfiber material creates less friction on your hair and won’t smush your curls. Plus, it dries you hair so fast that you can spend less time blow-drying your mane…which means less heat damage.
A leave-in conditioner with UV protection because why would you put sunscreen on your face and body but forget your scalp and hair? The sun’s rays can damage your hair’s cuticle, causing discoloration, dryness, brittleness, split ends, thinness, and frizziness.
A pack of scrunchies to get your hair up and out of your face without straining your strands. In general you should avoid wearing your hair up or in tight hairstyles for long periods of time as this can lead to traction alopecia, aka hair loss caused by a pulling force being applied to your hair.
Or a pack of snap-off hair ties for anyone who’s tired of seeing a lot of loose hair on their elastics when they take their hair down.
A pack of Swirly Curly hairpins that are designed to not snag because bobby pins are notorious for causing breakage. These pins are amazing for natural hair but can work with all hair types and styles.
A set of hair clips from Shark Tank for getting rid of split ends ASAP and for cheap. Salons are great but expensive so we don’t blame you for waiting as long as possible between trips. However, split ends need to be snipped or your hair can eventually fracture to the root.
A sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner if your hair is dry and brittle. That said, sulfates don’t need to be canceled; they do an excellent job removing dirt and oils from your scalp…but sometimes they do too good of a job and carry away too much oil (a little bit keeps your scalp moisturized). If you want the cleaning benefits of sulfates without risking the dryness, try a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner every other wash.
A scalp massager that’ll transform your shower into a five-star salon. A relaxing scalp massage is great for getting that blood flowing to your head while simultaneously breaking down buildup (hello hairspray and dry shampoo) that’s making your hair oily.
A Neutrogena clarifying shampoo because not using one could mean you’re unknowingly weighing your hair down with hairsprays, dry shampoo, oils, and whatever else is gunking up your scalp. Clarifying shampoos can dry out your skin if you use them too often, so we recommend using it once a week.
Or, an apple cider vinegar hair rinse to do basically everything a clarifying shampoo does while being a bit more gentle on your hair. ACV is actually a superstar ingredient for your hair because it washes away buildup, helps restore your scalp’s pH (ACV is mildly acidic), has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and closes your hair’s cuticle so your mane is soft, shiny, and smooth.
And don’t forget an ACV and tea tree oil rinse for keeping your braids, locs, extensions, or weaves fresh without having to shampoo your hair.
A dandruff shampoo with ketoconazole 1%, an antifungal ingredient, so you can *finally* put an end to the itching. Did you know that constantly scratching your hair can erode the cuticle and weaken your strands? It also triggers an autoimmune response that can make your scalp less effective at keeping out environmental irritants.
A shower filter if hard water is causing your hair to become dry and brittle. Hard water isn’t dangerous but it can keep your hair from looking its best. Thankfully, this filter helps reduce the amount of minerals in your water so you hair has a chance to shine — literally!
A wide-tooth comb to brush out your hair — and I cannot stress this enough — in the shower. Wet hair is more susceptible to damage than dry hair so you’re kinda shooting yourself in the foot if you use fancy shampoos and conditioner and then whack your hair with a brush as soon as you step out of the shower. Instead, brush it gently with a wide tooth comb while you’re *in* the shower so there’s less resistance and less chance of breakage.
An argan oil hair mask for anyone whose hair is in need of the royal treatment: a concentrated dose of nutrients to repair their hair’s elasticity and make it soft and shiny. If you’re not using hair masks, you’re seriously missing out!
A heat protector spray because no duh! You should always be using some kind of heat protector on your precious strands before subjecting them to heat-styling tools.
A L’Oréal blowout primer that’ll speed up the drying process while simultaneously protecting it from your heat-styling tools. It works with any and all hair textures, be they straight, curly, or something in between.
A John Frieda hot air brush so you can dry *and* straighten your hair at the same time. This way you can save your strands the stress and damage of a blow dryer and then a flat iron.
Or better yet, a set of flexible curling rods if you want perfect heatless curls. The best part: no heat damage.
A jersey headwrap if you’re having a bad hair day or if you want to give your hair a break from heat and styling tools. Overworking your hair — whether it means constantly straightening it or wearing it in tight styles — is a bad habit that can make your mane look damaged. So let it breathe every now and then!
A John Frieda lightening spray to give you beachy highlights. This way you can avoid both the price tag and the inevitable damage of coloring your hair at a salon.
A curl cream for anyone blessed with a beautiful wavy mane. By embracing your natural kinks, you can skip the heat damage from the flat iron!
A dry shampoo because some of us are guilty of washing ourr hair too often. (As for how often you should wash your hair, that depends on your specific hair type and texture. However, your shampoo routine shouldn’t be drying out your scalp.)
A set of satin pillowcases so you’ll wake up with less frizz and breakage. Regular cotton pillowcases can actually be quite rough on your hair, absorbing precious oils from your hair (and stripping it of moisture) and causing friction that leads to frizz and breakage.
A satin bonnet for anyone who wants to maintain their natural hairstyle when they sleep. Satin bonnets work in the same way as satin pillowcases, keeping your hair moisturized (which helps you go longer between washes) and reducing breakage.
642 Things to Draw, a guided art journal that’ll keep your hands from now until next year. Constantly touching and twirling your hair is actually a bad habit you should drop ASAP because it not only transfers dirt and oils from your hands to your hair, but it also adds stress to your strands and makes them more fragile and prone to breaking.
The Big Activity Book For Anxious People to help you laugh *and* handle your anxiety in a productive way. Too much stress can actually lead to hair loss as well as anxious behaviors, such as playing with your hair, that make your mane worse.
And now that you’re on your way to a fabulous head of hair, you get to join Jeff Goldblum in the hot tub.