Hair Washing Steps, Products, and Tips
Tonight we will be discussing haircare and I will be talking specifically about the different products I use when washing my hair.
Now to begin with my hair has been chemically treated many times. I have had my hair bleached several times, gone through keratin treatments, and recently died it gray/blue; ergo, my hair has gone through a lot!!
Naturally my hair is on the fine side and dry end. I work to put moisture back into my hair without weighing it down from product.
To begin I shampoo with Moroccan Moisture Repair Shampoo. I take a dime size amount and lather and rinse and then follow with another dime sized amount--I've heard you're not suppose lather too much, but I really like the feeling on my hair.
When my hair was blonde I would actually add the Oribe bright blonde shampoo as well for toning and keeping the hair away from the brassy end.
Second up I follow up with Rita Hazan's Ultimate Shine Gloss in Clear. Everyone with color treated hair should use a gloss treatment, but it is extremely important for people with lighter colored hair that have the propensity to go brassy. Ladies with bleached hair and lighter blonde hair should definitely use a gloss. I leave this product in (which is foam like) for about three minutes.
After I rinse out the gloss it is time to condition! I use the Moroccan Moisture Repair Conditioner for my hair--this stuff smells great AND it really helps to soften your hair. I always believe that conditioner is like moisturizer for your hair and can be layered on. I will add on either the Oribe Bright Blonde Conditioner or Ouai's conditioner from their smoothing line. I combine both the conditioners and massage it on my ends. I then finger comb the ends as well and leave it on for as long as possible.
**Additional Treatments for Hair:
About once every two weeks I like to use Olaplex in my hair. If you have not heard about Olaplex before it is a great product for those who have received a lot of chemical treatments on their hair. The product is a bond perfector that helps to repair the hair. It is not a conditioning treatment so it will not add moisture to the hair, so do not confuse this as a moisture mask. You can read more about Olaplex here. I can do a separate post about this in the future.
About once a week I do try to do some type of moisturizing mask for my hair. There are many brands out there, but Ouai makes a great repair mask--you can purchase them via Sephora here. You can also purchase one time masks via sephora here
Henna is a great mask for hair as well to condition and slightly color as well. You can pick up Henna in any India or Pakistani grocery store or via amazon here
Tips on hair washing:
- Invest in good products and research to see what will work with your hair. Ex: If your hair is too thin then a moisturizing hair care line will be too strong for the hair and weigh it down
- Look for shampoo's that are paraben and sulfate free--this has made a huge difference for my hair and scalp health. I used to suffer from dandruff and I couldn't figure out why until I switched to shampoo's that were paraben and sulfate free. Immediately that problem was gone!
- Finish your hair wash off with a cold splash of water. This will help close your cuticle as it opens up with warm water
- Look into purchasing good supplements and vitamins to support hair health and growth
- Make sure to squeeze water from the hair post rinsing and pre applying the next product
- When you are done washing your hair make sure you squeeze water out using a towel (a cotton t shirt will actually be more gentle for your hair) instead of rubbing as that will increase friction and hair breakage
- Play music while you shower so you can keep track of how long you have left a product in :)
Hair is such a diverse topic that I could keep talking and talking about it in many more future posts! I hope this was helpful and I hope everyone has a great start to the beginning of their weekend!
Psst....want to watch me attempt a youtube video??