The past 2 months have been a tornado for my hair. From Balayage to Highlights, Straight hair to Beachy waves, Undernourished to Over-styled hair, Salty hair to Wiry Winter mane I’ve had it all. How did my hair keep up with this journey?
Sharing my hair care routine and some tips to keep those tresses healthy, shiny, and under control. Read on for more details.
Resilient, silky, and robust, straight hair is an often-coveted, universally flattering hair type. But with straight hair comes its problems. One that cries out loud is greasiness. Fine straight hair like mine gets greasy very soon and weighs down the next day after shampooing. So you need to shampoo often to eliminate the grease and build up to give your hair a clean fresh look.
Some of the products that I constantly stock up on are:
Kerastase Densifique Bain Densite
This is a thickening shampoo that I have been obsessed with this past year. One of its key ingredients is the Hyaluronic Acid which plumps the hair, preventing future hair breakage. It also has Gluco peptides and ceramides which enhances shine and moisture retention and strengthens hair from the cuticle. Two washes a week with this shampoo gives me a full look from root till end and increases my hair density. I complete my routine with the Kerastase Densifique Bain densite conditioner. I have seen great results on my hair with every use and I constantly recommend it for people with fine hair.
Buy it here : Kerastase Densifique Bain densite shampoo
Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo
One of the biggest trends in haircare is using the phrase “phosphate free,” or sulfate-free, with shampoos and conditioners. Various haircare brands across the world have been jumping on this phosphate free shampoo trend, supposedly as it’s a great switch for your hair if you have dry or color-treated locks. Totally “It me!”. This one hit my fav list a couple of years ago when my hair stylist recommended it to me for my dryness concern. After multiple sessions of experimenting with Balayage and Highlights my hair got dry from all the coloring and looked lifeless. This gentle shampoo infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and revitalizing nutrients works weightlessly to gently cleanse and add volume to fine, limp hair. I use it once a week as it also works as a great clarifying shampoo and brings back shine and manageability for healthy-looking colored hair.
Buy it here : Moroccanoil Extra volume Shampoo
This brand stands for unique natural ingredient solutions for skin and hair. It has exceptionally large male clientele and their products come in simple and straightforward packaging.
One of their products that really stands out to me is The Amino Acid Shampoo. It is a mild shampoo with coconut oil and amino acids that cleanses, adds volume and softens hair. The shampoo also contains Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein which aids in conditioning and moisturizing the dry hair. I have nothing but great review for this product and a definite 5 star.
Shopping from their store is quite an experience, as they have pharmacist assisting you with your concerns and guiding you through the ingredients of the products in a professional manner.
Buy it here: Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo
Don’t overdo the Conditioner.
While women with coarse curly hair need that extra conditioning to tame their frizz, some straight-hair women can easily overdo the conditioner leading to a greasy mess.
If you have fine straight hair, I suggest you avoid the thick creamy formulas and instead opt for a lighter formula that will help your hair with the right amount of nourishment.
Kerastase Densifique Foudant Densite
This light, rinsable gel works to detangle and restores hair’s shine, and resilience. One of the main reasons why I vouch for this conditioner is that it “doesn’t weigh your hair down”. As I mentioned earlier, I use this after the Kerastase shampoo, and it gives me a thicker and fuller look and completes the perfect hair care routine.
Tip: Apply conditioner to the ends of your hair first, combing upward with your fingers. Never apply conditioner directly to your roots or scalp.
Buy it here: Kerastase Densifique Foudant Densite
In a rush?
There is always a day when you have this 9 o’clock meeting, and your alarm somehow forgot to ring or you snoozed it way too many times or the sweater you are wearing is styled better with hair let down; dry shampoo to your rescue.
If your hair and scalp is a little on the oily side, use dry shampoo between your showering sessions or after a workout to cut down on sweat and dirt.
One of the best products that I have been obsessed with is Living Proof Dry Shampoo. This is literally what I use when I need a perfect hair day. It smells amazing and works really great to provide clean and non-greasy hair. I can go for 3 days without washing my hair with just this dry shampoo.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, I will suggest TRESemme Dry Shampoo and it does a pretty good job in providing a dry volumizing look for fine and oily hair.
Buy it here: Living Proof dry shampoo
How to Apply:
Using your fingers loosely lift and section the hair and spray the product in the root area. Keep the product at least 6 inches away from the scalp when applying. This way, you distribute it not just on the roots but also around them. Once the dry shampoo has worked its magic sucking up dirt and oil, you should be able to massage your scalp, brush your hair, and sail out the door.
Champi is the way to go!
As a kid I always hated Sundays, coz Sundays were always for playing tag with my mom with a bottle of oil in her hand, running to apply it to my hair. But now I realize the value of all those years of Champi(oiling your hair) when I flaunt my long, lustrous and healthy locks.
Advantages of Oiling your hair:
- Long straight hair is always prone to breakage and damage. One of the best ways of getting strong and shiny hair is by oiling hair regularly. Oiling your hair nourishes your hair from within, thereby making them stronger and shinier on the outside.
- Prevents premature graying – The hair starts to grey out due to a deficiency in vitamin B12. Oiling your hair regularly gives your hair the essential nutrients it needs, thereby preventing premature greying.
- Prevents Dandruff and Hair Fall: Dandruff is usually a result of dry scalp which leads to itching and hair fall. Regular oiling will restore the oil to your scalp and prevent it from drying off, thereby preventing breakage.
- Stress Buster: Ever wonder why most of the relaxing massages use hot oil? Hot oil treatments are useful for helping to stimulate blood flow which relaxes your muscles and relieves your mind of stress.
Back to what I do, I oil my hair twice a week. Once every midweek, I apply Argan oil for an hour and rinse it off with shampoo. Argan oil is non sticky and so light on the hair, you barely remember it’s there. It increases your hair’s elasticity and consistently restore shine to dull, lifeless hair. Plus, it smells great. And I do the traditional coconut oil champi on Sundays, just as a way to cherish my childhood memories.
I also use the argan oil (healing dry oil) to battle my frizz. While your hair is still wet, apply a moisture-locking dry oil from your ends to midway up your hair shaft and your hair is shiny and ready to sway.
Buy it here: OGX Healing dry oil
Hair Masque and Pack? A big Yes! Yes!
Give your hair some restoration, repack the moisture, relock the shine, that complete care.
Some of the products that I recommend are:
Juan Juan Hair Masque
I got this product from the Juan Juan salon at Beverly Hills and it is undoubtedly one of my best buys. Formulated with rose geranium essential oils, aloe vera, mint botanicals & herbal extracts, this moisture infusing masque works its wonder in moisturizing dry and parched hair. I usually replace my conditioner with this hair pack once a week. It promotes a good balance of hydration to scalp and effectively detangles hair to unveil more manageable hair.
They also have a moisture inducing shampoo and conditioner which are a great hit with the dry hair folks.
Buy it here: Juan Juan Hair Masque
L’Oréal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm
True to its name, this rinse out hair mask revived my damaged hair in just 1 wash. With almond, protein and ceramide elixirs this hair treatment repairs 5 signs of damage-split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness and dehydration. I use this balm on wet hair for 5 minutes once a week and rinse it with water after to get the best results.
Buy it here: L’Oréal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm
My Advice throw in a masque or pack in your hair care routine every week and see the difference.
Another thing I usually follow is that every time I go into a salon to get a haircut or retouch my color, I add-on the Olaplex treatment that repairs all the damage my hair has been through and helps reconnect broken hair bonds.
Prep right for the Blow Dryer.
Always use a heat resistant before blow drying or styling wands. One product that I use is: TRESemme thermal creations heat tamer Leave in Spray. It guards the hair strands against heat and friction of the flat irons, leaving your hair shiny and enviably soft. It protects against harsh styling damage and hold your hair shape and is a MUST before any hair appliances.
Buy it here: TRESemme thermal creations heat tamer Leave in Spray
A tip coming your way: Always towel dry your hair first for at least 10 minutes and then set the blow dryer at the low-speed and cooler temperature while drying. This helps to reduce the damage to the hair.
If you have fine, thin hair, which weighs down on your shoulder then you may be in need of a volume boost. You can create a voluminous illusion by using a texturizing spray, then blow drying your hair upwards from the roots.
Some of the products that help you achieve that are:
- Herbal Essences Volumizing Mousse- This mousse will help you give some volume throughout and protect against the frizz. It also has a great citrus essence which also leaves your hair smelling like mimosa all day long.
- Granier Fructis Root Amp Root Lifting Spray – If you wish to create volume at the root, this is your bet. The root-lifting spray mousse with extreme volumizing power builds the megalift at the roots with no sticky weigh down. It does leave a little residue on the hair which will force you to wash your hair the next day. A better alternative is the TRESemme Full and Thick balm.
- TRESemme Full and Thick Balm: This balm is great for plumping the hair fibre from roots to end, giving you a thick look. It is non greasy and gives a more natural and comfortable look. I dispense a small amount of balm in the palm on my hands and distribute evenly from the hair roots to the ends. Blow dry it upwards with a round brush to get the full look.
Quick Tip: For almost all volumizers, you need to use a blow dryer with heat to activate them. So try to finish up your blow dry with a blast of cool air. The cool air should help to set your style and add a healthy sheen to your locks.
Give ‘em color some care!
The Good Stuff Color Protect Milk
Having gone through multiple episodes of coloring my hair, my greatest concern is retaining the color and making it stay longer and not end up with dryness. This plant-based vegan conditioner completes my hair care routine by nourishing my colored hair and adding that shine back on. It is a no rinse conditioner, so I just use it on towel dried hair before blow drying for best results. The conditioner for colored hair is paraben-free and dye-free and has been packaged in a 100% recycled and recyclable bottle. That’s some good stuff right there.
Buy it here: The Good Stuff Color protect milk
All my opinions are my own.
Thank you for reading!