If you asked me about what my favourite thing about my physical appearance was then I would definitely stumble for a second because I’m awkward as shit but after a few seconds I would most likely tell you it’s my hair. It’s probably the part of my appearance that I spend the most time on. I’ve always prided myself on having beautiful, silky hair but it isn’t without some hard work.
*Please note: we all have very different hair so some of these tips may not work for you but hopefully there is something you can find useful from this post.
My hair’s life story
Here’s a lil’ background so that you have an idea what I’m working with. Up until I was about twelve, I had naturally dirty blonde hair which I hated so I started dying it brown. It started off as a very light brown and over the years it has gotten darker and darker. I dye my hair about once every two months and have done since I was twelve so my hair definitely does need some upkeep to stay looking nice. I also used to be a serial straightener. While at school I straightened my hair every morning even though it is naturally straight. God knows why. I’ve bleached the bottoms a few times in the last year or so to do balayage, ombre and most recently – ginger ombre so my locks are suffering from that abuse at the moment.
Rules of the roots
I am so sorry for that pun but I just had to. I have a few rules when it comes to my hair, just because the upkeep of it is something important to me so I like to make sure I have some guidelines to follow.
→ Never use heat unless absolutely necessary – I very rarely use heat tools unless I really need to. I let it dry naturally. I find ways to style it without heat. Or I just shove it in a ponytail and pray for the best.
→ Don’t use too many products – Over the years, I’ve found that putting all of these creams, oils and sprays into your hair can be kinda damaging. They work well alone but when you’re using too much at once it can either dry your hair out or make it greasier.
→ Do not towel dry – The fibres on a towel can be really harsh on your hair. Drying your hair using these can cause breakage and split ends. Opt for a microfibre towel or even an old t-shirt for drying off your hair, these are much gentler.
Before I wash my hair I like to do a quick coconut hair mask. I just use any old coconut oil, it doesn’t have to be labelled as specific for hair because it works either way. I mainly just do the ends because putting it on my roots can make it really greasy but do whatever works for you. If I feel like it needs a really deep condition then I put the oil in at night, sleep with it in and then wash it off in the morning.
In the shower
While I’m in the shower I get hair wet and make sure any product previously put in there is all gone. Then I start with shampoo. I just lather it all over my head paying extra attention to my roots because they get greasy quite quickly. Once this is washed off I use conditioner. I usually just use this on the tips because if I go any higher my hair gets really greasy. As the conditioner settles in and I either wash my whole body or shave while I’m letting it work. When I wash the conditioner off, I always turn the temperature down so that it’s colder. I do this because I feel like it is always softer when I do this. For shampoo and conditioner, I use the L’Oreal Dream Lengths set. I’ve been using this for a few months now and I love it. It has really improved the condition of my hair. However, if you want to spend a little less then you can just by anyone you like. I recommend Alberto Balsam for a cheap shampoo and conditioner that works really well.
Once I’m out the shower, I wrap my hair up in an old t-shirt or microfibre towel. I usually wash it before bed and just let it dry as I sleep. Then I use my Tangle Teezer Wet Detangler to go through it a few times. Once it feels kinda damp but not dry I put the L’Oreal No Haircut Cream onto the tips. I like to run this through my hair for a while to make sure it sets in. After this, I plait it and let it dry by itself.
♡ Is there anything you think I should add to my hair care routine?
“Invest in your hair, it is a crown you never take off” – Unknown.
Until next time,