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Preventable Damage

Preventable Damage

By Crown Affair

You know we love a good hair-plant analogy, so nothing strikes as close to home as when we walk by a “Hey, I’m trying to grow” sign in our local parks and gardens. At this very moment, 90% of the hairs on our heads are actively growing, and it’s our job to protect them. 

Unfortunately, hair breakage happens often, especially to hair that is already brittle or damaged. A healthy strand is built with overlapping scales around an inner cuticle. When a hair breaks, these scales fall apart, leaving you with dry, dull hair that’s vulnerable to even more damage. Once a hair is broken, there’s not much you can do other than conditioning frequently and waiting it out, so prevention here is key.

Most of us already know the basics of breakage—heat tools, chemical treatments, chlorine, etc—but, let’s be honest, we’re not all diligent when it comes to taking advantage of the products available to help soften the blow. For your strands’ sake, always use a heat protectant before using hot tools, don’t even think about turning on the blow dryer until your hair is already 75% dry, and take a break from washing for at least a few days after any type of treatment. And, as much as we love brushing our hair, too much can lead to breakage so make sure to stop when the time feels right. (Trust us, you’ll know.) 

Common fabrics and materials often cause damage without us even knowing. Cotton is extremely absorbent and can soak up your hair’s natural oils and moisture through your pillow while you sleep. Even your softest cotton towel is likely abrasive on your strands, so consider switching to a microfiber blend instead. One of the most common culprits when it comes to strand damage is the traditional elastic hair tie, which reminds us… we’re always looking for ways to make your path to healthier hair a little easier, so we’ve made something extra special for you that launches later this week. Stay tuned and take care...

Henri Rousseau ‘Two Lions on the Lookout in the Jungle’ (1909-1910)

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- What does ritual mean to you?

Ritual to me means finding peace in repetition... Finding what you love, and making a routine of it. I’m all for taking new opportunities, new adventures, traveling, etc., but I also know now that there’s real peace in routine, so I try to have as much of one as possible and find the rituals that make me feel calm and centered in a time when nothing feels certain. 

- What are some of your favorite rituals?

There’s the simpler ones, like a nice, hot shower, my skincare routine, maybe a nice skin or hair mask. Then there’s the newer rituals that come with my new chapter in Los Angeles, like packing up the car for a day at the beach, picking up sandwiches on the way, and enjoying the surf and sand until after sunset. Those days are everything to me lately.

- What is your morning routine?

I really wish I could say I had some sort of chic morning routine that involved me making my own matcha latte, reading a book, and meditating for 30 minutes, but that’s just not the case. I usually roll over and check my phone, then eventually move to my laptop, where I stay and may not eat, shower, or brush my teeth until the afternoon. I don’t recommend this to anyone, but it’s just how I operate. Ha.

- How would you describe your hair? And from whom do you get your hair?

I get my hair from my mom, it’s a rich brown and has a natural wave to it. It’s not too thick, not too thin, just somewhere in between. It kind of just does its own thing.

- What is your current haircare ritual?

It’s a less-is-more approach right now. Shower, wrap in my Crown Affair towel, then let it down (don’t brush!) and run some product through it with my fingers depending what look I’m going for (some days are more sleek, others are more unruly), and air dry. Occasionally I’ll do a hair mask just to feel luxurious.

- What would you say has been your most major hair moment or memory thus far?

I have photos of my mom with a similar boy-short haircut to the one I have right now. I always knew I wanted to get this cut someday, but just had to work up the courage and confidence to do it. Now that I have this cut I definitely feel like I’m channeling her and her style from that time (late ‘80s/early ‘90s).

- Where do you find inspiration?

Lately, I’m super inspired by both classic and indie cinema, because I spent a lot of time during quarantine watching movies with such strong points of view; everything from Chocolat and The Beguiled to The Dreamers and Yi Yi. I recently signed up for Mubi and I’m excited to dive into their unique offering. I’m much more interested in movies than television series, but that’s just me. I’ve also been picking up old magazine issues from a store in Venice called The Mart Collective. I love looking at Vogue photographs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. They still feel so relevant to what I’m drawn to today.

- Favorite quote or words you live by?

It’s always changing but lately, it’s a lot of Pema Chodron. “We can make ourselves miserable or we can make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same.”

- Favorite artists?

Mainstays like Matisse and Miro, and some recent discoveries I’ve fallen in love with: Thai Mainhard, Jean-Francois Le Minh, Christie Macdonald.

- Favorite writers or books?

A sampling of recent/always favorite titles: Pachinko, Three Women, How To Change Your Mind, The Untethered Soul, Big Magic, A Little Life.

- Activities or hobbies?

Surfing, biking, floral arranging, vintage furniture hunting — all hobbies I’ve found joy in this year.

- What would you tell your 18-year old self, knowing what you know today?

You’ll get much further being you than trying to be like anyone else.