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Treat Your Hair Like
You Would Treat a Plant

Treat Your Hair Like <br>You Would Treat a Plant

By Crown Affair

Hear us out. Hair and plants have more in common than you think. Both are strong but also vulnerable, (almost) always growing, and reactive to the elements around them. Like a plant, your hair absorbs nutrients through its roots and relies on a healthy homebase for strong, steady growth. For a plant, that means fertile soil; for your hair it means a clean, calm, debris-free scalp from which to thrive. 

So, we say it’s time to start treating your hair like you would treat a plant. Give it plenty of water and nutrients, keep it out of direct sunlight, and listen to what it tells you. Would you tie the stems of your bird of paradise together using an abrasive rubber band? Or manipulate its shape over and over so it loses its natural texture and beauty? Probably not. The same should go for your hair. 

It’s said that talking to plants and playing them music may help them grow. While we (unfortunately) can’t claim saying nice things or playing the Call Me by Your Name soundtrack will help your strands grow, positive affirmations have been proven to improve mindsets, and less stress is always beneficial for your health overall. 

Give it a try and let us know how it goes. Worst case scenario you end up with healthier eating habits, a more positive outlook, and a banging plant-and-hair-health playlist for summer and beyond. #topofmindCA 

Image credit: Rene Magritte ‘La Géante,’ Gouache on paper (1936)

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- Where do you live and what do you do?

I live in New York City and work at a skincare company and create content on the side.

- How would you describe your hair?

Fine, silky and straight.

- What is your current haircare routine?

I wash with baby shampoo (I have a sensitive scalp), conditioner with Ouai, brush through with The Brush No. 001, apply The Oil at the ends, and finish by air drying.

"I think taking care of yourself and mental health is extremely important, especially during these times where we are all over consuming information and content."

- How does your hair make you feel?

My hair makes me feel pretty.

- Have you always felt this way about your hair or has it changed over time?

It has changed over time. Growing up, my dad would do my hair. I always had it long because my dad hated short hair. He associated having long, natural hair with being able to find a husband because women in Vietnam had it that way. I used to resent him for never letting me dye or cut my hair like all of my friends. The one time I did cut my hair and got a bob, I was really, really sad. Never again! Sometimes dad knows best.

- What daily rituals (outside of haircare) do you lean into the most? 

Skincare, exercising, journalling. meditation, FaceTiming my boyfriend (we are long distance and the Canadian border is currently closed), making a matcha latte. The simplest rituals give me a sense of renewal and balance.

- How have your rituals changed since stay-at-home began?

I’ve been learning to set boundaries to separate my home and work life. I think taking care of yourself and mental health is extremely important, especially during these times where we are all over consuming information and content.

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