Wednesday, February 3, 2016

All About My Hair

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I don't think I've ever really written about my hair before. If you've read any of my subscription unboxing posts you know how much I despise hair products simply because I don't fuss with my hair. I have my hair care down to a science which keeps it thick, shining and healthy. While this might not work for everyone this is what works for me and I'd like to share my story of how I got my hair to where it is now, long yet maintenance free. My hair itself is very normal, sometimes I'll go through a period of dry flakes, other times the roots will be a little more greasy, but overall it's fairly standard hair without any outstanding issues.

My hair started out being on the bottom of the list for me. I would wash it every other day with whatever shampoo and conditioner I have, plus I would always brush it out when it was wet and really scrub it dry. Still I let it air dry and avoided using product on it simply because I couldn't be bother.

The biggest change came from reading some articles about shampooing less and understanding how bad constant shampooing is for stripping the natural oils out of hair. It was a long battle but I was able to reduce my hair washing schedule to just twice a week. The typical days is Monday and Thursday, sometimes it is staggered to Tuesday and Friday just depending on my schedule. My hair is very accustomed to this now and I really don't have a problem with greasiness. The only time I will use product is dry shampoo on those hair washing days, since I have the habit of showering at night so I just need a little spritz to make it through the day. My favorite dry shampoos are the Kenra Platinum Dry Shampoo and Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo.

Now for the hair washing itself, here are the products I like to use. First I start with a clarifying shampoo, lately I'm loving the Klorane Nettle Shampoo. Clarifying shampoos are important not only for blondies but for everyone to help remove product build up and really deep clean your hair. If you're like me and refrain from shampooing often, this is especially important to do and is what helps your hair last. Next I use a regular shampoo to really make sure I rinsed out all of that clarifying shampoo. I'm not too picky here but I do like the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Shampoo which smells like a delicious fruit cocktail and the scrubbing beads are fun. My other favorite is the L'Oreal Oleo Therapy line (skip the deep recovery mask though, it's not that great). It's ultra hydrating for my hair so it helps to lock in moisture after the clarifying shampoo strips the roots of everything. Finally I follow up with a hair mask or the conditioner from the Oleo Therapy line. Some favorites of mine are the Klorane Mango Butter MaskMacadamia Deep Repair Mask, and the L'Oreal Total Repair Erasing Balm. This last step really helps to lock in the moisture and I take advantage of how thick the conditioner is to carefully untangle any snares in my hair. That comb through session in the shower is the only time I EVER brush my hair and I find that I never really need to anyways.

In the shower I will really try to wring out as much water as possible and getting out I will just lightly pat my hair with a towel to soak up the excess water, concentrating on my roots and continuing to wring out the water on the ends into the sink. Then I will let my hair air dry for about 2-3 hours which at that point it is pretty much dry. This is something I've only started doing recently but it's been very effective and I think I will continue. After my hair is done air drying I will use a blow dryer set on hot and just blast the roots for about 30 seconds. This has really helped make my hair soft and silky.

While I sleep I usually through my hair into a loose braid which helps keep it tamed and tangle free while also introducing some texture since my hair is naturally pin straight. As you can see I have a fairly straight forward hair routine with limited products. I do like to rotate through a certain set of products since each of them does something special for my hair so I mix it up to keep it interesting. I have a nice blend of high end and drugstore products and a clear love of Klorane products.

What does your hair routine look like?

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