I have a total love/hate relationship with my hair. Love in that — because of the texture — it can hold any style imaginable. Hate, in that — because of the texture — it always has to be styled if it’s going to look presentable. Air drying is definitely not an option when you have hair like mine: thick, lots of it, wavy, tons of texture. So in my hair universe? Presentable=styling=time. Lots of time. Time that I typically do not have.
There have been many, many periods in my life where I did not want to devote the 60-90 minutes required to style my hair, so I would often rock an air dried ponytail or high bun or low braid. However, I prefer wearing my hair down whenever I can, simply because I think it looks better, and I tend to already skimp on accessories as it is, so it’s always a bonus if my hair can count as one! There are so many tutorials online that tell you how to straighten, curl, or style your hair, but I always find these seem to be more applicable to ladies with hair that’s thinner, and naturally straight. So today, I thought I’d share my latest hair routine. It’s not so different than Grace’s (see the comments!), and actually inspired me to write this post!
IN THE SHOWER…
Like Grace, it takes a long time for my hair to get greasy. I regularly go without washing my hair for 3 days — and that’s without using dry shampoo (I’ve never found one I truly love). If your hair is thick and tends to be a bit drier, my approach will probably work for you! I use mostly natural shampoos and conditioners; right now I switch between Kiss My Face’s Whenever Shampoo, Acure Organics Argan Oil Shampoo, and Avalon Organics Tea Tree Shampoo if my scalp feels like it needs to be extra clean (though the smell of the last one is not my fave). For conditioner, I switch between Kiss My Face’s Whenever Conditioner, Acure Organics Argan Oil Conditioner, and Avalon Organics Lavender Conditioner. With conditioners, I normally use some combo of the three, and let it sit on my hair for a few minutes in the shower.
THE SECRET INGREDIENT…
But really? If your hair texture is like mine, the secret to having silky, smooth hair is oil. I use a bunch of different types of oil treatments, at all different stages in the styling process, and the result is the same — soft, moisturized hair, that doesn’t get as easily tangled and stays nice looking for several days. For the spa treatment approach, I’ll use Ojon’s Restorative Hair Treatment, comb it through my dry hair from root to tip, and then also comb through a teaspoon or two of jojoba oil, or Dr. Alkaitis’ oil (fave for skin and hair!). I’ll put my hair up in a bun, then I’ll take a bath, do stuff around the house, whatever. Half an hour later, I shower, then blow my hair out and straighten it.
If I don’t feel like doing the hair treatment, I’ll mix a teaspoon or so of jojoba oil into my conditioner in the shower, and condition as normal. Just be sure to rinse out your hair really well, and also not use TOO much oil — otherwise, when you blow it out, it could clump together! The last way I use oil is by taking one or two drops, rubbing my hands together, then gently combing them through damp hair before I blow dry. Each of these methods works, though I think I’ve ended up writing about them in order from most effective to least (makes sense that a longer ‘spa treatment’ kind of approach would be most effective!).
Once my hair is blown out — say on a Monday — I honestly won’t need to wash it again until Thursday. I sleep with it down, then just brush it out in the morning. The photos in this post were taken two and a half days after my hair was washed and styled — and yes, it still has that much body and volume. I can probably get another day or two out of this hair!
Do you have ‘difficult’ or love/hate hair? What’s your tried and true regimen?
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