To be honest, I never really had a set routine for my hair up until a few years ago. I remember one summer, back when I took no care of my hair at all, a friend of mine asked me if she could borrow my heat protectant spray and I looked at her as if she’d just asked me the square root of *38M6%42@. It pains me to think I ever didn’t take proper care of my hair, but what can I say? We live and we learn. And thank god my hair has lived to tell the tale. Here is my full hair care run down, complete with my favorite products and tools that have helped me revive my locks back to (or should I say to better than) their original form- before all of the coloring, heat styling, etc.: (** means it’s a newly added item!)
SHAMPOO & CONDITION
I use the Davines Oi products together once a week and the Ouai and Davines Miracle Conditioner together once a week. And, since I only wash my hair twice a week, I need to make sure it’s getting a good cleanse. I shampoo twice (small amount first to the roots, normal amount second from the scalp to the roots. Then, since I really want this wash to last me (and there’s really no need for it), I skip conditioner on the scalp and just treat the roots. I let that sit while I shave my legs or whatever, then rinse! About once a month I’ll swap one of these conditioners for the Kevin Murphy purple conditioner to tone the blonde.
*Davines Oi Shampoo (use a small amount first on scalp, rinse, then normal amount all the way through to clean more thoroughly)
CONDITION & HEAT PROTECT
Once out of the shower, hair still wet, I immediately apply a leave in conditioner and heat protectant. Make sure to check that whatever products you’re using provide both features, since some only provide one or the other and both are very important- if you plan on heat styling, that is. Otherwise you can just stick with a leave in conditioner. Here are my favorites as of late:
*In Common Magic Myst Spray (leave in conditioner + heat protectant)
*Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream (leave in conditioner)
**Briogeo Farewell Frizz (leave in conditioner + heat protectant)
You’ll also want to make sure you’re using a wide-tooth comb to brush your wet hair, since this is when it’s in its most vulnerable state. Be super nice to it and brush from the bottom of your strands, up, to avoid damage (do this anytime you brush your hair, dry or wet). This is the one I’ve been using:
From here, I let my hair air dry. If you don’t have time, no worries, just blow dry and move onto the next step. Either way, you’ll end up with the blow dryer and a round brush. I know there’s a super fancy way to do a blow-out, but I basically just run the ceramic-coated brush through my hair with the blow dryer on it all the way through to relax my curls and make it easier to style. Plus I feel like this gives some extra volume, which I NEED. Here’s the round brush and blow dryer I use and love:
Once my hair is dried and blown out, I take a straight iron and quickly run it over my roots and face framing pieces. These areas always keep a little curl, so I do what I can to smooth them to make the finishing look more polished. After this, I curl my hair. I use a regular curling iron with a 1.25 barrel. I work my way from back to front, curling small sections of hair in the direction away from my face. I begin in the middle of the strands and keep the ends out of each one. This gives it a more undone, lived in look- which I’m all about. My hair straightener and curling iron can be found here:
Once I’m done curling I’ll usually finish off with a little texture spray throughout the middle of my strands and a hair oil on the ends. For upkeep, I do the same thing only I add dry shampoo as the first step. Dry shampoo the roots, texture the middle, oil at the ends. And voila! Perfect hair for days 1,2,3,4… whatever your preference lol. Here’s my favorites for each product:
*Prose Dry Shampoo (love this one because it’s clean and doesn’t use aerosol)
**dpHUE ACV Dry Shampoo Powder (my favorite that I’ve been using as of late- smells AMAZING. Only problem is that that means there’s fragrance.. which isn’t the best. If you’re looking for CLEAN go with Prose.
*Oi Hair Oil (this will legitimately last you forever)
-Try to wash your hair as little as possible. This keeps the heat styling to a minimum, plus you’ll save lots of $$ on product. I typically wash and heat style about twice a week.
-When you do wash, I’d recommend a scrubbing tool to aid in the shampooing/cleansing like this one.
-At the end of your shower, try blasting your hair with cold water for a minute or so. This has many benefits for the entire body, but for hair specifically, it helps lock in moisture and tightens hair follicles (resulting in less hair loss). It also helps your hair look shinier, which is always a plus.
And that’s it- my full hair care run down. I only cut/color my hair about 2 times a year, so I try to get as much longevity out of each session as possible. I want my hair to be as healthy as it can be, which is great motivation to try new things and see what works best. It’s become one of my favorite forms of self care, and I think my hair would say the same.
What are you favorite hair care tips? Would love to hear what’s worked for you!
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