Needless to say, 2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for many. But as the year begins to round off, not only are we starting to look forward to the new year and the prospects it brings, but it’s also a good time to look back and reflect on some things we learned.
We’ve rallied our editors from around the globe to share the good hair habits – and self-care tips – that they’ve learned from 2020 and will be carrying into the new year.
Good Hair Habits and Life Lessons We Learned in 2020
“This year, I learned how to cut my own hair! I couldn’t go to the salon, so I had to learn how to do it myself at home. I just did a simple bob haircut—no fancy layers or bangs. It wasn’t perfect, but it looked good considering I’m not a professional hairstylist. It was also an empowering experience, and seeing the result in the mirror gave me a boost of confidence.
I also learned to be mindful of my purchases. With almost all brands available online, it is so easy to get caught in an add-to-cart blackhole. Of course, it’s perfectly okay to treat yourself once in a while, but it’s also good to channel your extra energy and resources to other worthwhile activities and to helping others.” – Katherine Lopez, Chief Content Officer – All Things Hair Philippines
Editor’s tip: I love Cream Silk Hydra Fresh Fresh & Bouncy Light Conditioner. It keeps my hair moisturized without weighing it down. I use it every day so my hair stays soft and nourished.
Trying Out Different Hair Colors
“Books and quiet moments at home have made me think about re-organizing my life and taking control of myself. I started reading self-help books about ikigai, hygge, decluttering, and mindfulness.
I’ve also been more experimental with my hair, which started when I planned to dye my hair blue or green. Before this, my hair was already dry and prone to breakage, so that’s when I promised myself to start taking care of my hair. I stocked up on conditioner and hair masks and bought various supplements to help improve my skin and hair health.
I tried the no-poo method for the first time, coconut oil hair masks, and even added my hair oil in with my conditioner for maximum results. I learned to cut my own hair to get rid of split ends, changed my hair towel to a micro-fiber one, changed my cotton pillowcase to silk, and many other things. I’m pleased with my hair now – I’ve realized it looks ‘happy’ when I treat it better!” – Nadya Paramitha, Managing Editor – All Things Hair Indonesia
Embracing a Healthier Lifestyle
“I had some hair fall and a major acne breakout due to stress, which could be from juggling household chores, work, and being locked out from the outside world. My son is also learning from home, so it’s quite hectic. Instead of dwelling on the stress, I changed my perspective and focused my energy only on things that I can control.
I get up early and workout, I eat a lot of veggies, fruits, fish, and eggs, sleep for 7 to 8 hours every night and drink 3 to 4 liters of water a day. I also started journaling to track my mood. I think it transformed me inside and out. I felt happier and started to see some good changes in my skin and hair!
I know a lot of people have been experimenting with hair color or a new haircut during the pandemic, but I did something different. I grew my hair! I trimmed the ends and I religiously use a hair mask + hair oil concoction two to three times a week. I limit the use of a hairdryer and use flat iron only when it’s necessary. I never skip the heat protection spray while using heat styling tools. As a result, my hair grew way over my shoulders.” – Yunisa Putri, Senior Editor – All Things Hair Indonesia
Always Using a Hair Conditioner
“My 2020 mantra is to stop worrying too much. This year showed that all plans can go wrong, and all you can do is keep calm and take care of yourself and the people you love.
This year, I grew my hair long. To avoid split ends without cutting any off, I always use a conditioner after washing. I like the Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Conditioner with coconut water. It moisturizes hair but helps to keep volume. This product can be useful for greasy hair, too.” – Olga Nedobezhkina, Senior Editor – All Things Hair Russia
Editor’s tip: Use Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Conditioner every day to keep your hair hydrated and volumized.
Taking a Break from Bleach
“I’ve carved out more time for my introspective interests, like doing spiritual readings for myself and some of my closest friends — it really helps me get in touch not only with the energies of the day but also help fine-tune me from within. Coupled with a yoga and Pilates practice (maybe finally transcendental meditation in 2021? We shall see), I would say it helped save my mental health during the darkest times we’ve had this year.
For better or worse, I’ve taken lockdown as an opportunity to transition back to my natural color for the first time in 6 years. My hair has never felt this healthy and my natural texture is back in full force. I’ve been reinforcing this new virgin state by doing regular scalp exfoliations (pandemic stress-related flaking and dullness are real!) and deep conditioning twice a month. I’ve also booked a haircut for the first time since forever to finally get rid of any damaged ends and shape out my now-grown-out bob. Thrilled to be a brunette again and to give my strands a well-deserved break from the bleach!” – Eunice Lucero, Editor-in-chief – All Things Hair USA.
Minimizing the Use of Hot Tools
“I am both excited and shocked to report that I haven’t touched a hot tool since early September. Two months is a pretty big deal for a serial curling iron user like myself. Along with making an effort to regularly use a scalp scrub and deep conditioning treatment, this newfound love for air-drying has my hair feeling smoother and silkier than ever.
I was often guilty of depending on a cup of coffee to serve as breakfast and the fuel for my commute and an entire morning of work. Working from home now has forced me to re-evaluate my food choices and I’ve become a breakfast smoothie-making machine. I’ve noticed a difference in my energy and mood and can’t see myself ever going back to my pre-smoothie days.” – Miriam Herst, Beauty Editor – All Things Hair USA
Learning to Focus and Fight Anxiety
“More than adopting new habits, I have been determined to maintain the ones I embraced before Covid-19. I didn’t fall off the wagon regarding my fitness, reading, sleeping, and eating routine. I have kept a close eye on my anxiety and instead focused on what’s in front of me.
I’ve been straightening my hair for years now, and I have learned and perfected my technique. I used to think that my only friends were a good heat protectant spray and a professional flat iron, but something was missing.
My home styling was never as good as the salon until I discovered an anti-frizz serum. This product works wonders, and it gives me that salon finish I was so desperately craving. In addition to fighting humidity and frizz, this serum leaves my strands smooth and shiny. My blowout last days, and I step out with frizz-free confidence.” – Milena Prinzi, Editor-in-chief – All Things Hair USA Español
Growing Healthy Hair
“During the first lockdown I made a vision board for the first time and now I’m totally converted. I’ve surprised myself with how much of it has already come to fruition and even though there are certain things on there that are more long-term goals, it’s been a really good way to help me focus on what I want to achieve.
When it comes to my hair, I’ve been taking more of an inside-out approach, making sure I’m getting the right nutrients to help my hair to grow and become stronger. This included starting to take biotin tablets and upping my protein by eating more eggs, beans, and greens. I’ve noticed that not only has my hair grown faster but also my nails too.” – Beth Strong, Editor – All Things Hair UK
Embracing Natural Hair
“I’ve had to be mindful of what I am consuming, taking regular social media breaks and self-care days. I’ve learned to make more time for myself and have loved reading self-help books and listening to well-being podcasts.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am always in box braids. However, during lockdown when that wasn’t an option, I had to learn to take care of my natural hair and actually give it the love it deserves. Giving myself a break from braids and just having that time to learn about my hair type has made me feel more confident and less afraid to wear my hair, which is something I thought I’d never feel.” – Amra Markic, Digital Editor – All Things Hair UK
Trying Silicone-Free Products
“Since the pandemic led me to work from home – perhaps permanently – I decided to move into an apartment that I could call my own, in my absolute favorite and most inspiring neighborhood. After six years of living in this city, I am finally ready to put down roots! Starting to furnish and decorate my space has been an unexpected adventure and a project that has helped me stay positive.
At the beginning of the lockdown, my fine hair looked dull and felt saturated. I decided to go for a minimal hair routine and started using silicone-free formulas with natural ingredients. I gave my hot tools a break and learned new hairstyles. I also got rid of the last traces of an old coloring. Now my hair is soft and shiny!” – Fernand Kuri, Senior Editor – All Things Hair Mexico
Editor’s tip: Looking for a silicone-free shampoo? We recommend the Love Beauty and Planet Sea Salt & Bergamot Deep Restore Shampoo, which is free from colorants, parabens, and silicones and is made with sustainably sourced ingredients.
Giving More TLC to Your Hair
“Quarantine made me understand the value of patience. This season reminded me of the importance of spending more quality time with those I love and taking a break to take care of myself physically and mentally. I learned that living with calmness is the best gift you can give to yourself.
This year I had the greatest revelation regarding my natural hair! I understood its uniqueness and how it’s beautiful in its own way. I learned how to take care of my hair and enhance my natural style. Now I feel safe and confident to carry it off. Definitely, during this quarantine, I’ve discovered how loving your hair empowers you.” – Elizabeth Almazán, Content Writer – All Thing Hair Mexico
“When quarantine began I was really stressed and it was hard to focus on the bright side of things. So I decided to switch perspectives and to do these four things every day: Do something that gives me joy and peace, create new content, do something that makes me laugh, and do something that helps me grow. It has made me feel better; mentally, physically, and professionally.
This year, I learned how to take good care of my hair. I used to get a new haircut every now and then and I loved experimenting with it just for fun. I just went back to basics and now my hair is stronger and healthier.” – Grace Herrera, Digital Editor – All Things Hair Mexico
Keeping Hair Clean
“At the very beginning of lockdown, I noticed the first symptoms of stress on my hair. I found strands all around the house, so I took that sign as an opportunity to create a simpler but effective routine. Unlike many people, I didn’t experiment with self-haircuts or colors. Instead, I gave the hairdryer a break and did the same with styling products. So I went back to basics and focused on deep cleansing my scalp and hair. Now, it’s shiny and smooth, just as when I was a child.
“Spending so much time at home made me realize how much plastic we consume every day. So I pointed this out to my family and we started making smarter decisions when buying groceries. I taught my daughter what single-use plastics are and we collect them so we can donate them to a foundation that turns this material into eco-bricks. In this sustainable awakening, I also changed my diet a lot (going plant-based as much as I can!).” – Mariana Meggiolaro, Editor – All Things Hair Argentina
Trying New Hairstyles
“Like most of us, I had to adapt my routine to working from home and not having a commute, so I try to take a walk for at least 15 minutes every day around the block for some exercise. As I felt more rested, I started waking up earlier and read something while enjoying the sun before the day starts. And because I tend to immerse myself in work for hours, I started to have a 15-20 minute break during the afternoon – it is refreshing.
I wanted to have a change in my hair, a long bob at the time but didn’t have anything in mind. The quarantine came with a resolution: as couldn’t get a haircut in the salon, I decided to let it grow. I liked the result, as it’s been a while since I’ve had hair so long – and no fringe. I started using hair masks every other week and blowdry it less. I also take omega 3 capsules – not only for hair, but it helps in keeping it stronger.
I also started experimenting with new hairstyles and now I rely on braids and hair clips to keep the hair from falling in my face while I’m working.” – Erin Mizuta, Chief Content Officer – All Things Hair Brazil
Keeping Hair Hydrated
“When quarantine started I was really stressed and it was hard to focus on anything, from work to even watching a movie on Netflix. So, to make things feel a little bit “normal”, I created a home office routine and started to practice yoga every day. I intend to keep up this routine even when the pandemic is over. It makes me feel mentally and physically better.
Before quarantine started I was already letting my hair grow. I had it shorter for many years and decided to make a change. With all the beauty salons closed, it was easier not to be tempted to have an impulsive haircut. One of the things that I started doing was to let my hair dry naturally. To help keep it hydrated I started to use a leave-in [conditioner]. This product is also good to give my hair a beautiful texture.” – Carolina Maggi, Editor – All Things Hair Brazil
Using Deep Conditioners Regularly
“Reading has always been a true passion of mine, but, in this quarantine, I had the opportunity to change the hours spent in traffic for longer quality time immersed in my favorite books. Also, more than ever, I’m actively working on managing my anxiety and focusing my energy on what we really can change.
More indoor days have meant that I’ve started to pay more attention to my own needs, which definitely includes my hair. I had highlights for years and couldn’t wait any longer to cut it all and recover my natural hair 100%. Seeing it so healthy again instantly motivated me to take better care of it. Now, I can’t go even a week without using moisturizing deep conditioners. Sunday afternoons have become a great moment to have a relaxing bath and take care of my hair and I’m happy to say I’ve never seen my hair so healthy.” – Monique Garcia, Editor – All Things Hair Brazil
We’ll definitely keep following these good hair habits so we welcome 2021 with great hair. How about you? What good hair habits did you pick up this year?