Today, I'm sharing a much anticipated post: everything you could possibly need to know about my hair care routine (sit tight as this post is VERY detailed)! I want to begin by including several photos of my hair from the past year or so to show how my routine has kept my locks happy and healthy over an extremely long period of time.
P.S. - Stay tuned for a special announcement at the end of this post!
I sourced these photos from some of my previous blog posts as well as my Instagram feed. So, I suppose the best way to go about sharing my routine is to break it down into three categories: styling, day to day care and maintenance/upkeep. Each section will have bold headings to make it easier to navigate the post, since it will be pretty long.
DISCLAIMER: NONE of the products or places I've linked to throughout this post are sponsored. You'll find links to all of the products I mention at the bottom of the page.
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As you can see, I typically wear my hair in these three styles: super wavy, beachy waves and straight strands. My hair is naturally straight; I can let it air dry and it doesn't curl at all, so I tend to gravitate toward the curly look.
To achieve my super wavy look, I use the Conair InfinitiPro curling wand and curl in layers. I do this by splitting my hair in two sections, one over each shoulder. Working with one side at a time, I clip up layers, starting at the bottom, then taking down each layer until I reach the top. I repeat that process on the other side as well. To make the pieces super curly, I leave them on the barrel longer and turn the heat up to about 400 degrees.
If I'm trying to go for a beachy waves look, I don't use layers, I just grab random chunks of hair and leave them on the barrel for a shorter amount of time. A natural, no heat alternative to getting the perfect beachy waves is to run some gel through your hair and braid it before you go to bed. Depending on how wavy you're trying to go, you can adjust the braids to be smaller and tighter or bigger and looser; tighter for extremely wavy and looser for subtle waves. The next morning, you can also adjust the waves using a spray bottle and misting your hair. ***Keep in mind for this process, your hair will "settle," throughout the day, i.e. the waves will go down, especially if its the summertime.***
As I previously mentioned, my hair is naturally straight so when I am looking to wear it that way I take a shower and let it air dry. However, there are days where I am looking to perfect it or it isn't behaving the way I want and I break out my flat iron. I've been using a Remington flat iron for years - it has seriously been THE best straightener I have ever used. It is durable, has a variety of heat settings and is a pretty cheap tool for only $30.
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DAY TO DAY CARE
I tend to wash my hair every three nights, but in the summertime I may wash every other night. It also depends on how I've styled my hair and if I've used a lot of product on it. If my hair is super wavy/curly, I go three nights without washing, but if its straight I usually do every other night.
For shampoo and conditioner, I use the OGX Biotin and Collagen shampoo + conditioner. I always buy the bigger sizes from Ulta because they last longer and are cheaper than going back and buying the smaller sizes over & over. My ride or die hairspray is the Salon Graphics Mega Hold Spay, another product I've used for probably 6+ years that is truly amazing for only a few dollars. Additionally, I use a leave-in conditioner and a lot of dry shampoo. My leave-in conditioner is the Tigi Bed Head Dumb Blonde Reconstructor, which works wonders! My dry shampoo of choice is the Batiste Dry Shampoo in the tropical scent. Aside from the products I've mentioned here, there aren't too many others that I use as I try to keep my routine simple.
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MAINTENANCE / UPKEEP
Dying / Coloring
I'm asked quite frequently if I dye or color my hair at all, and the answer is no! As a teenager, I bleached my hair a lot and eventually decided the cost of upkeep and damage I caused it wasn't worth it, so I stopped and let it grow out. That process took a long time, maybe a year or more, but I got lucky: as my roots grew out, they looked more like an ombre style than overgrown roots.
Use of Heat
I know I mentioned using heat on my hair earlier in this post, but a solid 95% of the time I don't use heat on it. I try to opt for a natural alternative, such as air drying (for straight strands) or braiding (for curls/waves). If I use heat at all, it may only be three or four times a month.
Haircuts and Conditioning Treatments
I get a haircut and conditioning treatment at least twice a year. I only go twice because, again, I don't bleach/color and seldom use heat on my hair. When I do get my hair cut, however, my salon of choice is Evangelin: A Boutique Salon located at 19 S. Main St. in Shrewsbury, Pa. My favorite hair stylist there (and generally, EVER) is Morrigan; she is a hair goddess who can work her magic with ANYTHING you could ever hope/dream for.
I think that just about covers everything. My apologies to those of you who prefer my shorter posts; I don't think I even realized how much detail is involved in my routine until I sat down and started writing it out.
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