Hey everyone! So, I always get questions about my hair. How I curl it, how often I have to wash it, what products I use, etc. I haven’t done an update on the products, tools, and practices I use, so I thought I would share what I’m currently doing.
How often do I wash my hair?
If you are a person who washes your hair religiously every day, or if you are a boy, you are going to no doubt think this is gross haha. But, I wash my hair 1-2 times a week. I have done this for as long as I can remember. When you have a ton of hair, the blow drying process is basically a lifetime. Also, my scalp has never produced a lot of oil (thankful for that). Before dry shampoo was a thing, I maybe had to (or should have) washed my hair more, but with dry shampoo, on the 3rd through *sometimes* the fifth day, I use that as well as root plumper stuff to help out! Anyway, if you are someone who washes their hair every day, you should really start slowly washing it less (or at least not using shampoo as often because it strips your hair). That is my two cents, for what it’s worth!
What products do I use?
For the last year or so I have been using MoroccanOil shampoo and conditioner and it’s been great! I love the smell, it’s not crazy expensive and my hair reacts well to it. But I am almost out of my current shampoo and I think I am going to buy the Alterna Caviar moisture duo. I have heard great things about this. Also, one of my most trusted sources, Emily Gemma from thesweetestthingblog.com uses this and her hair is beautiful! Apart from shampoo and conditioner, I will use a hair mask maybe twice a month (depending on how my hair feels and acts, maybe more) in place of conditioner. When I get out of the shower, I use the It’s a 10 spray and I can tell you right now, if the apocalypse happened, I’d have to go buy 10 bottles of this stuff because I refuse to even attempt to brush my hair without spraying this first haha. Also, I use Batiste dry shampoo, Davines Oi oil and Big Sexy Hair powder play volumizer – this stuff is amazing AND it’s on sale right now!
What tools do I swear by?
I wish I could say that I try not to use too many hot tools on my hair and I take great and wonderful care of it, but that’d be a lie. So, first off, I have a Chi blow dryer that I bought a few years ago on sale. Up until this dryer, I’d always used a Walmart brand one. Which are great, don’t get me wrong, but I wanted to get one that would be a little better for my hair. This one has less heat and is just better for your hair. *Honestly, idk that is just what I read somewhere, probably like Wikipedia or Cosmo. I really just tornado dry it almost all the way then let it air dry the rest of the way. Finally, I brush it using a Wet Brush (holy grail).
Then, I have the Beachwaver 1.25 that I use as my curling iron. You guys, I won’t ever use a curling iron again where I have to actually twist my arm, (the horror?!) I literally clip in the end of my hair, push the correct arrow and the BARREL SPINS ITSELF. I know, sounds lazy, but the convenience is next level haha. Before this, I used a wand, but saw that this was used for the Victoria’s Secret models and I mean…if the shoe fits? Lol jk. But, as far as “tools” go, that is really all I use. Pretty simple!
What is my routine?
Brush your hair BEFORE getting in the shower. Can’t say this enough. My hairdresser says to put shampoo in your hair when it’s sopping wet for best results. And conditioner in when it’s a little dryer/not slicked down to your head. I put my hair up in a towel (nothing fancy about that but whatevs) for about 10-15 minutes then I use It’s a 10. I use about 200 sprays of this each time (lol) and gently brush through my hair. Now, I’m not tender headed whatsoever, but I also don’t like ripping all my hair out haha. And there isn’t an amount of this stuff that has ever been “too much” in my opinion so the more the merrier.
Then I let my hair air dry for as long as possible, which I really recommend! Next, I’ll add the Davines Oi all over and blow-dry using a brush occasionally to keep it tame. Usually, this is right before I go to bed, so I don’t blow dry it all the way. I leave it damp, wrap it up with a scrunchie, put it on top of my head and go to sleep.
The next morning, I use my wet brush and blow dry it a little more because it’s it still damp/cold. Then I will put half my hair on top of my head, part it down the middle and use my curling iron to curl each section. Taking the other half down when ready and doing the same. Since it’s so clean at this point, I’ll usually just add a little hairspray and let it do its thing.
At night, I twist it into a bun with a scrunchie, put it on top of my head and sleep soundly. A lot of times I can wake up, take it down and be ready to go. Sleeping with it tied up helps the curls last and it won’t get oily as quickly! Day 2-4, depending on the weather, my schedule, etc. is when I use dry shampoo and the volumizer as needed! You know your hair best, so just use these products where you feel necessary!
Really, that is all. I honestly was just kind of blessed with long, strong hair. I have no real secret tips to share with anyone other than the normal process of it all! Hope this helps anyone looking for new tools, tips or tricks and let me know if you have any questions!