Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Hair Care Routine

I have been really into coloring and lightening my hair as of late. I did the ombre effect and I also lightened my base color as well. So with all these chemicals and heat styling that I do regularly, I wanted to share with you how I take care of my hair and the products that I like to use to keep my hair soft and healthy even when I abuse it.

Starting off with shampoo I have been going back and forth between my trusty Head & Shoulders shampoo and also a new shampoo I recently discovered from Capilo called Sole and Cinnamon.
I usually have a dry scalp and I like the Head & Shoulders shampoo to help with that. I started using the Sole and Cinnamon shampoo a couple of months ago to help grow out my hair. This shampoo has cinnamon and other ingredients that promote hair growth and battle hair loss. Since I don't suffer from hair loss, I am hoping that it will help my hair grow faster and longer.

I start by placing the shampoo on my scalp and I start to scrub using my fingers. I try to keep my hair from knotting up, so I don't like to bring the ends of my hair up to my scalp. I keep all my hair going down my back.

I like to wash my hair every 4-5 days. There are a few reasons why I like to wait so long to wash my hair, number one I don't want to have to heat style it every single day. Number two, it is super bad for your hair and scalp to constantly wash yopur hair everyday, it removes healthy oils from the hair and scalp that will make your hair and scalp dry. I also just don't have the time to spend washing and blow-drying my hair on an everyday basis as well as the amount of shampoo and conditioner that is being wasted.
I have learned a few tricks to make my hair go for as long as possible without washing. I like to have my hair straight down for 2-3 days right after washing it. Then on the 4th-5th day I put my hair up in a ponytail or bun.

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By the time that I have to wash my hair again, I have some product buildup from hairspray and styling oils/lotions that I have used, so I like to wash my hair twice with shampoo to make sure it is cleansed and ready to be conditioned.

To condition my hair I have been using the Rinse product also from Capilo Sole and Cinnamon. I like to squeeze out as much water out of my hair as possibly to really help the conditioner soak into the hair. I like to let the Rinse sit in my hair for 5 minutes before I rinse it out. When I apply the conditioner I start to place it on the ends of my hair, holding my hair like if I was going to make a ponytail, and then I work the conditioner up with my hands. I put the most conditioner on my ends, and the least on my scalp area.

After that I like to deep condition my scalp and hair using the Sole and Cinnamon Conditioning Cream. Since I have so much hair I usually take 2 scoops of the deep conditioner. I apply it the same way I applied the Rinse product starting at the ends and working my way up the hair shaft.

After the conditioner is in my hair I like to give myself a little scalp massage. I use the balls of my fingers to gently but firmly massage my scalp. This is super relaxing and it is a good way to stimulate blood flow to the scalp which in turn stimulats hair growth. I start at the top of my head and slowly work my way to the back around the nape area. I also like to go around the hair line where the little baby hairs are. I do this for about 2-4 minutes, then I use an elastic band to put my hair up and let that deep conditioner sit in my hair for 20-30 minutes.

After that I rinse it thoroughly and make sure that it is all out. I then towel dry the hair as much as possible.

As far as products go, I try to keep it as simple as possible. The less products I use the longer I can go without washing it.

I have been obsessed with the Chi Silk Infusion serum. It smells amazing and it makes my hair super soft. I use about a quarter size amount, again because I have a ton of hair. I like to distribute it all over my hands, then I start applying it from my ends up to the midshaft of the hair. I try to keep it away from my roots so that it doesn't look oily when I dry it.
Sometimes I would also add a tiny dime size amount of the Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Hair Filler Serum (similar product)if I feel that my hair is super dry.
Then I like to use my hair dryer on the hottest temperature and highest setting to rough dry my hair. I like to put the blow dryer above my head so that I can blow dry my hair straight down. This helps the hair look shiner and prevent breakage by drying the cuticle of the hair down on itself.

If I am giving myself a blowout then I would rough dry it until my hair is about 80% dry, then I would section my hair off and go in with my medium round brush to blow it out. I made a video explaining and showing all the steps on how I do an at-home salon blowout check it out if you want to learn how to do that.

If I am not blowing my hair out, then I rough dry it until it is 100% dry and then I use my flatiron to smooth everything out. I start by sectioning my hair off into 1 inch sections and with my flat iron on the highest heat setting I straighten my hair.

The whole drying process takes me about 45 minutes to an hour to get done since I have thick hair and a lot of it.

Once my hair is dry and straight I don't like to apply any more products that will make it look or feel greasy. Like I said my hair lasts me up to 5 days without washing it.

This is just how I have been washing and taking care of my hair. But you can switch things up or change products that would be more suitable for your hair type.

{This post is from about a year ago that I never posted for whatever reason. I still wanted to share it, since it has many awesome tips and some great products. I do have a different hair care routine now, and I can share that at a later date. Thanks!}

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