Recently, I did a 'Skin Care Routine' post, so to coincide with that, I'm now doing a 'Hair Care Routine'!
As you know if you read my 'Long Hair versus Short Hair', my hair is just above shoulder-length, at the moment. My hair isn't dyed or bleached, so it's currently in it's natural state of being a proper brunette, and thick. Very, very thick! Everyone that has ever gone at my hair, has commented in some form or anther, about how much hair I have! My hair is pretty much in the middle of the dryness/oiliness scale! I can usually get away with 3 days of unwashed hair, but 4 days for my hair, is just not socially acceptable!
The 'In-The-Shower' Routine
- The Shampoo that I use is the Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. I've been using this one for a while now, and it does a good job at keeping my hair shiny! It's a known fact that tea tree is great for your skin and scalp, so I get peace of mind that my head is being treated nicely! It's cheap as chips too!
- The Conditioner that I'm using is a toss up between L'Occitane Volumising Conditioner and the L'Occitane Soothing Conditioner (whichever one is closest in the shower, basically!). These came in a trio which I talked about in my previous empties post! There all great but my favourite is the one mentioned in the aforementioned post!
- Lastly in my 'In-The-Shower' routine, is my John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum. I put this into my hair while I'm in the shower, and I don't wash it out. It is amazing!! Your hair is sooo soft, shiny and stroke-ablly smooth after using this! I don't use this every time I wash my hair, because it's full of silicones ( a fact I try to ignore whilst using this! I try to make my self believe that my hair is actually that soft and healthy)!
- The other last thing I do in the shower (if I'm not using the serum), is drench my hair in cold water for about 30 seconds (longer, if I can bear it!). The cold water will close the hair follicles and locks in moisture from the conditioner (and other products, if you're using them). Sounds like a myth, but seriously makes your hair soft and shiny!
The Occasional Treatment
These are some products that I use, that I use on a occasional basis.
- The first product is Bread Soda. I've mentioned in my empties post that I use this as a scrub for my scalp. I mix about a heaped teaspoon into my shampoo and scrub away. I usually do this around once a week because bread soda is very basic, while hair is naturally slightly acidic. Side note: Not actually sure if using basic products on the hair actually damages the hair, but messing with pH's doesn't sound good!
- To counteract the the bread soda, I use Apple Cider Vinegar as a rinse. I dilute it with water until it's very weak (as in 1 part ACV to 10 parts water), put it into a spray bottle and apply to my hair in lieu of conditioner. I leave it in for a few seconds and rinse it out. When I first heard of this concoction, I was a bit ( a LOT) skeptical. I mean how could some nasty coloured vinegar put gloss and vitality back into my hair?? But somehow, it does! I'm guessing it's the whole pH thing at play, but once it makes my hair happy, then I'm not one to complain!
- Next up is another DIY treatment, egg. Just a plain old egg! I just crack it open, beat it up and whack it on. I leave it for as long as I possibly can. Overnight gives the best result, but sleeping with hard, smelly hair along with an itchy shower cap doesn't give for a restful night! Usually, I apply it in the morning and leave it on until bedtime or until I need to go outside. Even if you don't have all day, I'd still recommend it. After even 20 minutes, you'll see a difference! Hair is left (*tries to think of another adjective to use instead of "soft" and "shiny"*) smooth, frizz free and full of life! Very comparable to the effects of the aforementioned serum!
- Hair can sometimes get a bit clogged up with different styling products, from dry shampoo to mouse. Every so often I like to get rid of all this build up and start afresh (only to repeat the process). LUSH's 'I Love Juicy' shampoo is great at just clearing off all that junk! I also use this in conjunction with the egg mask just to make sure that everything gets going down the drain!
- Lastly, I use LUSH's Jungle conditioner throughout the week to keep my hair conditioned. I use it as a dry conditioner, just run it through the lengths of your hair and no need to rinse after. It acts as any conditioner would, to keep hair smooth and soft!
So that's all for my current hair care routine! Let me know if you use any of these!