Saturday, October 16, 2010

Condition Your Hair While You Sleep!

A great time to deep condition your hair is while you are sleeping. I highly recommend you give it a try at least once a month. Before you go to bed pour a small amount of olive oil into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together a bit to distribute the oil and smooth it onto your dry hair. After you have applied the oil, I recommend that you loosely braid your hair to keep it from getting everywhere while you are sleeping. Don't worry if it gets onto your face while you're asleep; it's great for your skin too! Remember to apply the olive oil to your long hair only, not your scalp hair. Since our scalps do produce enough oil for that area, it's really the long hair that you can gather into a ponytail that often needs additional conditioning. If you have very dry hair and would like to place a small glazing on the surface of your scalp hair, that's fine.

If you are concerned about getting it on your pillow or bedding, place a soft towel over your pillow to protect it, or, you can do the following:

1. Using an old rag (I like to use old cotton t-shirts), rip off a long strip of it.

2. Next, wrap the strip of fabric around your braid starting at the base of your head and wrapping on down to the bottom. Secure the bottom by cutting the end into two, twisting in opposite directions and tying it in a bow.

The above method will cover the oil treated hair while you sleep and prevent any of the oil from touching your bed linens. If you want to skip the braid, you can just gather your hair like you are going to make a ponytail and twist the rag around your hair and secure. I prefer to braid first, but it's up to you.

When you wake up in the morning, shampoo and condition your hair as you normally would. Then just style as usual. You will be amazed at how beautifully conditioned you hair will look and feel. It will be soft, shiny and full of life. It's wonderfully rejuvenating for your hair. If you have dry or damaged hair this will really help to repair it.




  1. I love your blog. My teenage daughter and I have learned so much from you. What are your thoughts about long hair on women over 40, 50? I love it but I keep hearing women who say women over 40 shouldn't have long hair because it makes them look older. Thanks for your time.

  2. Hi, I'm so glad you and your daughter are enjoying my blog! I have heard that comment made many times as well. I totally disagree with it. I don't think it makes women over 40 look older, on the contrary, I think it makes them look younger. Most people will think a women is younger simply because she has longer hair assuming that if she were older, she would wear it shorter! The key is to wear it in an up-to-date way. Women tend to focus a lot of their time and energy on their children and family in this age-group, which is wonderful, however, they often put themselves last in the fashion and beauty category and just let their hair go with no suitable style for their face shape or body weight,etc. Your hair can be such a contribution to your overall look. So I say wear your hair long if you like, but style it to suit your look and your hair's texture. Perhaps create some face framing layers that will give a shorter appearance around the face and let it graduate to longer in the back. Long hair is very sexy, so is a woman in her 40's and 50's. She just needs to remind herself of that!