Hair can be such an important part of the way we see and express ourselves. Everyone has their own special needs when it comes to hair care, but if you have autoimmune conditions like I do it can complicate this process even more.
The symptoms of my conditions, and the medications I take for them, can have any number of side effects like hair loss, hair dryness, or breakage, so hair is something I am always concerned about. I don’t wear wigs as most celebrities do, so my hair goes through a lot of wear and tear from washing and styling.
During the pandemic, my castmates and I did our hair, makeup, and wardrobe from our homes for over a hundred live episodes of The Talk At Home! At that rate of at-home treatment can have its own repercussions on hair without the proper attention and care. This is my list of hair care essentials for keeping my hair in tip-top shape despite its tendency towards dryness and breakage.
I love to use Olaplex on my hair because it’s both thick and moisturizing.
I often alternate between Olaplex and Tsubaki, which is great for repairing hair damage.
Because I’m going grey, I have to color my hair quite often. My hair stylist just started using a new color treatment on me that has less ammonia and peroxide… but I still have to color my hair every two weeks otherwise I look like a skunk (no offense to skunks). After I color it, I use Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3.
Ever since I was a Fly Girl on In Living Color, I’ve been using this conditioner. I’ve tried most every other conditioner that has come on the market and I always end up reverting back to this one. I have coarse, brittle hair (sounds sexy doesn’t it!) and I have hot tools on my hair daily because of my work. This conditioner helps to coat the hair and and repairs breakage and dryness that is associated with chemical treatments and environmental damage. It’s incredible and I love it; it’s one of the products I pray they never stop making.
I have to share a story about this one. My boyfriend actually brought me this conditioner to try. He knows a lot of people in the beauty industry and said this might work. To be honest, I was skeptical because, as I said earlier, I have tried every conditioner out there. I was game to try it but didn’t have high expectations. I followed the instructions and left it on as directed and I have to say my hair felt completely different afterwards. When my hair dried, it came out feeling shiny and silky and it had more body.
If you’re like me and have to do your hair a lot, it can often end up feeling thin and fragile. This thermal protection spray is a lifesaver, keeping your hair safe from damaging heat.
My hair is thinning on the top and when it feels like it’s thinning too much, I use this solution. It’s very simple to use; you just put the drops on your head and it feels soft and therapeutic. I also feel like it helps to clear the scalp after a days worth of products from being on The Talk or DWTS . I have found that this product helps my hair grow back. The only trick is to remember to do it every night; sometimes this is easier said than done, but working this product into your routine is more than worth it.