Hello my beauties!
It’s been too long! I’ve now received several messages and comments wondering if I would do a hair care routine and just talk about the products I use and how I get my hair to grow so long! So let’s get right into it!
So first off let me just explain a bit about my hair. I often (growing up) got the comment thrown around ” whoah – your hair feels like horse hair”. I was never quite sure what to make of that lol, but either way, I have to agree because my hair isn’t soft or strikingly shiny on its own. My hair is a whole mix of everything all on one head. I have waves, friz, curls, straight pieces, fine pieces, and course pieces which all make up this massive mop I carry around on a daily basis. Because of this, I very rarely wear my hair completely down and natural. My hair is also incredibly dry and I get split ends and breakage very very easily. So with that being said, I also rarely use heat on my hair.
My natural hair color is a sandy blonde with lots of red and golden undertones. I have colored my hair in the past but for the last three years have just let it do it’s thing. Other than that though my hair has always bleached very naturally and quickly in the sun which I am in quite a bit in the summer time.
Now that you know the basis of my hair type – Lets get into my hair routine.
So believe it or not, I actually don’t use shampoo except as a clarifying treatment 1-2 times a month to wash away any build up I may have accumulated. Instead, I use a conditioner to wash my hair and then I use another conditioner to condition my hair 😀
So – why would I use just conditioner? Believe it or not, a lot of conditioners out there aren’t just conditioning your hair. Many of them also have cleansing agents within them that can and will clean/”shampoo” your hair. For the longest time I would use shampoo and then follow with conditioner because that was what I thought I was supposed to do. That’s what the bottle said anyways. It was, however, incredibly frustrating because I was constantly battling with breakage, flaky scalp and the inability to get my hair to the length that I wanted…. So finally after A LOT of studying I found the method of “co-washing”. This is a method most commonly used by African Americans or those with extremely curly or “natural” hair.
Co-washing is simply washing your hair with…….You guessed it! Conditioner!
At first I thought this method was total hooplah. My hair felt heavy and got greasy super fast so I almost went back to shampoo. I decided to just stick it out for at least a few months, and by the end of the second month, my hair had never felt so soft and it was growing FAST. I later realized that my poor scalp had been trying to keep up with how the shampoo would strip the natural oil, therefore making my body feel the need to overproduce natural oils which is why my hair seemed super dirty/greasy at first.
I’m not saying this method will work for everyone, but if you are having any of the problems I wrote about above – it may be worth giving a try!
So I’m not going to get into ALL of my products, but I am going to get into my main products that I use on a daily/weekly basis.
Shampoo: VO5 ConditonerFor a “shampoo” I personally like to use VO5 conditioners. They do a great job of cleansing the hair while still leaving some of those much needed natural oils. AND they cost a dollar just about anywhere you go. My favorite scent they have is the strawberries and cream <3 SO DELICIOUS! Also, for those of you who may wonder – a lot of conditioners will lather. Not to the extent of shampoo but you can still work it up to a fairly decent lather. Some other brands that I’ve found to work well as a “shampoo” are:
Wen Cleansing Conditioner
RenPure Cleansing Conditioner
Condtioner: Suave Keratin Infusion
I’ve honestly tried every high end and salon brand out there and I STILL always end up coming back to this baby right here; which blows my mind because it’s Suave! This 28 ounce bottle cost me like $4!! I use this as a conditioner, detangler, leave in conditioner, and deep conditioner.
This stuff is magic for my hair! I swear! I have such crazy frizzy hair and this has been one of the only products that has been able to semi tame the mane. I love to also mix a tablespoon or two of this in a water bottle with a few drops of oil as a detangler as well as an all over leave in conditioning spray. For deep conditioning I simply mix this with a few spoonfuls of oil and leave in overnight! It smells amazing, tames the frizz and also makes my hair more manageable and soft.
De- Frizz and Leave in Conditioning Spray: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave in Conditioner & Tresemme Split Remedy
So this product is another MUST for me. I honestly cannot rave about this product enough. It will untangle the worst of tangles, it gets rid of frizz in 5 seconds flat, adds incredible shine, and makes my hair feel like silk. This is one product that if they ever discontinued making it – I would probably just chop off all my hair because my hair would be insane without this. The only drawback with this product is that it does contain oil- so you just have to be VERY careful to not spray too much or spray too near your roots.
This one I love for my split ends which I have an overabundance of at all times. I like to just spritz this on my ends while my hair is still damp. It seems to do a really great job of sealing up split ends and keeping them sealed so that they don’t get worse and worse before my next trim! I also have always loved the scent of Tresseme products.
Hair Oil: Africas Best Ultimate Herbal Oil
This is a product that I use for just about everything! Makeup removal, moisturizer, bath oil, and of course… hair oil! I use a lot of oil in my hair for frizz but also just because my hair is SO dry. This is the first oil I always grab for. It’s inexpensive, but can work miracles and honestly puts coconut oil to shame! If you’ve fried your hair or just need to revamp, I recommend doing a deep conditioning treatment with this oil. It will help out SO much. This is also the oil that I use to make my detangler with the Suave conditioner! Works like a charm!
Well – That is all my beauties! I hope that everyone has a beautiful weekend full of amazing hair days 😉
Until Next Time!!!! XOXO