Hair Products I am Obsessed With.

Do you guys remember this post I made a while back about hair care? Well, since then my hair routine has changed just enough that I felt I needed to make a new post. And in the summer, Texas gets super humid, so my focus goes from moisturizing to frizz control.

I wash my hair maybe every two or three days, depending on how greasy it’s gotten. Since it’s curly, the oils hang out near my scalp. I use Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner. I forgot to take a picture of it, oops. It’s really helped get my hair from dry and brittle to really soft and silky.

Now, here’s what I use afterwards:

hair lineup

This isn’t an every day thing, since I don’t wash my hair every day. But I’m really enjoying how the Redken shampoo has eliminated the need for a lot of the serums and products I’ve been using.

Coconut Oil:

coconut oil

Every two weeks, I use coconut oil as an overnight hair mask. I get this Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil from the Indian grocery store, but it’s cheaper on Amazon. It’s really moisturizing, and once I wash it out, my hair is noticeably more hydrated.

Redken One United:

redken one united

This stuff is seriously magic. I use it when my hair is damp but not nearly dry, just to detangle it and brush it out. It’s Redken’s One United All-In-One Multi-Benefit Treatment,  and it’s a leave-in conditioner and detangler and hair treatment all in one. It’s so wonderful. And it smells amazing.

The Redken is a little pricey, but Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Long and Strong leave in conditioner  is really nice too.

CHI Iron Guard:

chi spray

I’ve been avoiding using heat on my hair unless absolutely necessary, but after a bad haircut I’ve been straightening the ends so they lay flat instead of poufing out. I’ve been using the CHI Iron Guard for years and years, and it does a great job. I really saturate my hair with it before using my flat iron or curling wand, and so far I’ve been fine.

Not Your Mother’s Volumizing Hairspray:

nym hairspray

I’m not a huge fan of hairspray. I feel like it’s heavy and sticky and makes my hair crunchy. But this one, Not Your Mother’s She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray. Also it smells pretty nice too. It holds my hair down without making it too stiff or crunchy, and if I sleep on it it’s not horrendously misshapen and plastered to the side of my head like with other sprays.

I wish this post was more detailed about exactly what I do to my hair, but really, I’ve been trying to make my life more simple and less overwhelming.

Also, all of these links lead to Amazon, where I have an Affiliate account. Buying something from one of my links would let me collect a few cents for every dollar, but really, all the opinions are my own, from products that I’ve already gone and bought myself.

And as always, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram, and by email at thisisnotaquickstory@gmail.com.

 

 

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Long Hair, Care a Little.

I have very long hair. When I was younger, it was down to my butt. Although, since I topped out at 5’1 by the time I was 12, the distance from my head to my butt wasn’t anything to brag about. I chopped off and donated about ten inches when I was eleven, but it was still pretty long, and I’ve kept it pretty long ever since.

I have issues with split and frayed ends, and the main thing I’ve been doing to prevent that is avoiding heat. When I was in high school I would straighten my hair, but as I’ve gotten older, the curls have moved from wild frizz to actually manageable big curls/waves, which is in part because the weight of my hair keeps it down. So it’s become a lot easier to keep it looking nice without heat. When I do get frizzy, I like using an anti-frizz serum. My favorite is Garnier Fructis’s Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum. It’s available in most drug stores, and just half a pump is enough to tame my hair.

While avoiding heat is the biggest preventative measure, I also try remedying split ends when they do happen, with coconut oil. I use Vatika Coconut Hair Oil, available in most Indian grocery stores. I like it better than regular coconut oil because it’s easier to get out of my hair. Regular coconut oil, like the kind you use for cooking, is solid at room temperature, and gunks up pretty fast. The Vatika kind needs to be warmed, I pop a mug of water in the microwave for a bit and let the bottle sit in it for a few minutes. Then I start by putting it on the ends, and working it up. My mom tells me to really saturate my scalp with it, but I don’t like to. So I just coat the strands, concentrating on the ends, because those get pretty scraggly after a while.

When I don’t coconut oil my hair, I use a leave in conditioner spray after I shower, while my hair is still damp. I like using the Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow leave in. It absorbs really well into my damp hair, and smells nice too. As a bonus, it helps detangle my hair, which prevents breakage.

Beyond products, I bought a little pair of hair scissors, which I keep in my desk drawer, and every few weeks as I’m watching Netflix, I just go through my hair and cut out the individual split ends. This helps me avoid getting hair cuts, which although are great, can end up with me losing a lot of length, which is something I hate. I’ve also had the same hairdresser for ten years, and now that I’ve moved to Texas, I’m nervous about finding a new one. I do like going in for a trim if the ends are beyond repair.

That’s basically it. My hair is surprisingly low maintenance, to a point. As long as I keep it healthy, I don’t have to go to incredible lengths to keep it nice.