Hair Care Routine

A comprehensive guide to my most asked for topic:

hair care and maintenance for long, healthy hair!

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links, but - don't worry! All opinions are my own. :)




Growing up with thick, coarse hair was rough to say the least. I was conditioned to think my hair was crazy, messy and pretty much untamable (yes, it WAS that bad - I was literally known as "that girl with the big hair" in my soccer groups). I grew up being made fun of for my “big” hair or, more embarrassingly, I was being asked what ethnicity I was. Super not cool.


Neither of these repeated experiences have left me with a good feeling about my hair. It made me really self-conscious about what it looks like and I got lost for a few years in thinking a lot of bad thoughts about myself and the way I look. Puberty is a b*tch.


It’s taken me years to get over that, but slowly and surely – I’ve come to love it too. To be fair, my hair has calmed down a LOT over the years – it’s gotten much less frizz and poof to it like it did when I was young and thankfully a lot softer too. I also know how to tame it now and have the proper tools. I literally got my first straightener from my stylist at the age of 13 because they didn’t sell Chi straighteners in retail stores at the time. Let's just say, I've come a LONG way. Since I get SO many comments on my hair – I thought I’d do a comprehensive guide on what I do to get my hair looking its best.


You can listen to me talk about these hair products and how I use them here in this audio:


I’ve broken down all of the products and tools I use by which step in the process I use them:


PRODUCTS

IN SHOWER PRODUCTS

Deep Condition: Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

I use this deep conditioner once a week or once every other week and it works magic. I could tell a difference after the first use! I love this brand too - they made a 100% recyclable pledge!


In-Shower Brush: Madison Braids Detangling Brush (for an extra 15% off your purchase, use code: THEEXTRA15)

I'm a big fan of Madison Braids and love this detangling brush. The price is great and more importantly, its so light it doesn't get water-logged when you leave it in the shower (whoops!).


AFTER SHOWER PRODUCTS

Leave-In Conditioner: It’s a 10! Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin

Heat Combatant: Shu Uemura (Art of Hair) Blow Dry Beautifier

Hairspray: Andalou Naturals Hairspray

Dry Shampoo: Madison Braids Dry Shampoo (for an extra 15% off your purchase, use code: THEEXTRA15)

Dry Conditioner: Madison Braids Dry Conditioner (for an extra 15% off your purchase, use code: THEEXTRA15)


TOOLS

The tools I use, I would argue, are more important than the products I use. If you don't want to fry your hair and do serious damage, you need to invest in some tools that are built to NOT do that. Using tools that cut heat time in half will cause half the amount of damage. By using better tools and not using daily heat on your hair - you'll have soft hair like mine in no time!


You can listen to me talk about these hair tools and how I use them here in this audio:


In-Shower Brush: Madison Braids Detangling Brush (for an extra 15% off your purchase, use code: THEEXTRA15)

I'm a big fan of Madison Braids and love this detangling brush. The price is great and more importantly, its so light it doesn't get water-logged when you leave it in the shower (whoops!).


Blow Dry: T3 Blow Dryer

I initially started out with the travel version of the T3 Blow Dryer because of the price (ouch), but got one on sale during one of Nordstrom's annual blow out sales and am so glad I did. I knew from loving the travel mini so much I would love it, but the Cura Luxe has a electronic screen that helps me gauge the heat that is dispersed on my hair and love! Its the only dryer that truly dries my hair quickly - and I've tried a LOT. I'm stuck on this brand.


Straighten: Chi Straightener

I've had a Chi Straightener in some form (I've had the limited edition pink one, the 3" one that I can't find anymore and so many of the 1" versions) since I was 12 years old and can't imagine using any other brand of straightener. Growing up, I would try and use my girlfriends straighteners on my hair, but the Chi is the only one that's ever worked.


Curl: T3 Micro Wand 1.25 Wand

T3 is magic y'all. As thick as my hair is, you'd think that it would curl well. But, honestly it doesn't hold a curl at all!! Even stylists have an awfully hard time getting my hair to curl, but this 1.25" wand makes it easy to have long, beachy waves in 10 minutes or less. That may not seem like a big deal, but to someone who has been used to taking over an hour to do her hair with just decent products - It's life changing to get great products like this that actually work and cut the time into almost nothing!


My Hair Care Routine Video


How I Curl my Hair Video



My Cut + Color

I’ve been asked about how I keep the length in my hair and how often I get it trimmed. To be honest, I only see a stylist a few times a year - three tops.


While I've seen a stylist a few times a year since I was about 12 years old – even my mom needed help! - since then, I can literally count on one hand how many stylists I’ve let touch my hair. I am very loyal and just don’t trust many people. I have a gal in Abilene that I trusted with my hair after living in Abilene for 5 years and going back and forth to someone in Mansfield (where I grew up) three hours away for each visit. I don't know who I'll use now!


THE DEETS:

I only get a partial hair color, but my hair is so thick it still requires two batches of dye to cover half of my hair. I ask for lowlights and highlights so that my strands are well blended in. I then ask for a TRIM. This means I ask for them to cut all the dead ends off without chopping ANY length off whatsoever (I'm very stern about this) with one all around length, but then I ask for a SLIGHT frame, much lighter around my bang area/top of my head. I'm a psycho about this part - whatever. My stylists know the drill. If you don't know what asking for a frame is, it's simply that they trim your hair all the way around your face no matter where your hair falls, rather than straight across.



Hair Styling Video


I've literally packed as much stuff in this guide as I could humanly think of, but I'm dying to know what you think and if you have any other questions! Please drop a comment, DM on instagram or send me an email! I'm MORE than happy to answer any hair questions you may have!






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This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links, but - don't worry! All opinions are my own. :)



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