Thanks for stopping by. Here you will find my hair care routine. Please note that this post is not “sponsored” in any way. I do however receive a lot of sponsored products to test out regularly, but below is my own personal routine and favorites that I purchase/have purchased and would purchase again with my own money.
Ok So let’s first talk about my hair. From a general standpoint, my hair is thick, super dry and hard to manage, curly and I have been chemically relaxing it since I was a child. It’s been highlighted and dyed etc as well. I am always in need of moisture. My hair care routine has recently updated. I had gradually been highlighting and coloring my hair with blonde for the past several months slowly getting it to the golden sunny blonde I had recently been sporting, I then (foolishly) decided to get semi-permanent hair extensions (brazillian). I am so bummed out, I cut my hair short last summer and spent the year growing it back, only to lose it all again. Unfortunately they ripped out a significant amount my hair at the root where they were attached taking all of my length with them. Now I do have a lot of hair in general and we left a lot of hair out on the top to cover them so you can’t really tell at first glance, THANK GOD. BUT, if you pick through my head you can see the huge patchy areas. I after dozens of second opinions, for sure it was the absolute WORST type of extension for my hair and I’m just going to leave it at that because the whole situation was bad. But they did look good, I will say that. but super uncomfortable. It was an absolute DISASTER and has cost me a fortune in damage control.
SO, let’s talk about the NOW. What am I doing now since all of this has happened. Currently I sport a mix of my natural hair, clip in extensions and wigs. I have converted back to my natural hair color so that I don’t have to continue to color my roots in an effort to cut back on chemicals. Surprisingly NO ONE CAN TELL! I’m delighted.
General Hair Care
I recently picked up THIS SHAMPOO, and THIS CONDITIONER from the salon I go to. I rode it out until they were done and I think they are okay, but I probably will be trying something else to experiment.
I have also had great experiences with THIS CONDITIONER by Paul Mitchell it’s amazing as a detangler and a leave in.
If you are on a drugstore budget I am obsessed with THIS SHAMPOO and THIS CONDITIONER from Pantene. and I also tried out THIS MOISTURIZER from them as well. It’s super inexpensive and great for thick or relaxed and dyed hair and I think it works comparably to salon brands and I always keep it in my shower.
I also alternate hair products frequently and like to try out new things.
I found 2 hairbrushes that I really liked I love THIS BRUSH from Laline and THIS BRUSH from Goody. I go through brushes a TON like multiple per year and these two have lasted me months and months and still lots of life left.
After showering I always lightly towel dry and then generously apply detangler to my hair My hair is so curly and tight when it is wet and let me tell you it ISNT cute when I let it air dry like George Washington has a bad hair day bad LOL. I love THIS detangler by Dove but THIS detangler from WALMART also does a great job. I just started using THIS AMAZING LEAVE IN PRODUCT after my detangler. It’s life changing. I also like THIS DETANGLER from L’oreal Kids
I also tried THIS leave in serum and it’s amazing, smells amazing but it’s hard to find. It came in a birch box and was awesome. I will probably be trying out some more things from this brand soon.
Here is another good hair serum that works well with straightening by paul mitchell
I am also trying out this masque from Caviar as well
THIS is another good one I got a sample of in a Glossybox or a Birchbox and it was also great.
I let my hair sit in a relaxed towel bun for like 15 minutes. Then I use the towel to get as much water out as possible and then spray on THIS HEAT PROTECTANT by CHI before I blow dry. Once my hair is relatively straight and blow-dried I spray on THIS HEAT PROTECTANT before using my flat iron.
Using Hair Tools:
INVEST IN YOUR HAIR TOOLS. By the time you have gone through all the ones you bought at target you will have been able to afford the good ones. I have tried ALL THE BRANDS.
I have been through several hair dryers in my life. Hair dryers to me are kind of all the same but I did notice that when I used the ones that are 2000 Watts I get better results, the downside is they are harder to find because they are not standard wattage and even the super nice ones are I think 1875 Watts.
For the past few years I have been using THIS HAIR DRYER by Conair
I recently got THIS HAIRDRYER by Babyliss and it’s also great
If you are on a budget I recommend THIS HAIRDRYER by Remington.
Ok so now on to straightening:
THIS FLAT IRON by Brocato is AMAZING. I purchased it from ULTA. It vibrates and it’s awesome and it’s lasted me several years now. The person who did my hair in college used it on my hair and I loved it. (shout out to Charlene she was amazing)
Before that I was using THIS FLAT IRON by Sedu and I think it’s really good as well, My hair stylist at the Salon I go to uses THIS FLAT IRON by Rusk on my hair and it works amazing and will probably be purchasing it soon.
Let’s talk curlers, my worst nightmare. I have NEVER EVER been able to curl my hair to the point where I am actually upset that I know how to now and hate all the years I exclusively wore a ponytail and a million barrettes and horrible buns. I would only wear my hair down if I had a blow out. LAME.
Clip curlers, curler sets, curling with a flat iron, rollers none of it ever EVER worked EVER.
Last year I purchased THIS flat iron, curler duo tool by Kardashian Beauty and was able to curl my hair a bit for the first time. I did not use it as a straightener though. It’s worth trying and you can always return it if you don’t like it. If you have finer hair I think it will be perfect!
Last year on a whim I bought THIS on Amazon and my life was forever changed. Definitely read the reviews, yes, it can cause a little frizz at times but let me tell you, I have THE most difficult to manage hair and I felt like a brand new person. Just learn how to use it before you judge it. My hair was curled in like 15-25 mins. and the curls lasted a long time.
I have had my eye on THIS curler by t3 Micro and decided to grab it the other day. MIND BLOWN. Just do it. If you are on a budget, STILL JUST DO IT, eat ramen for 2 weeks you will be so GLAD and you’ll be too obsessed with your hair to care. I use the 1 inch regularly to get my waves and I am obsessed and it works amazing on my hair extensions as well. The tapered attachment is great too for tighter curls, and the larger attachment creates looser waves for me. Seriously buy it.
For finishing, I just started using THIS mist by Alterna
CLIP IN EXTENSIONS AND WIGS
After the hair disaster I IMMEDIATELY invested in clip ins that I got from BELLAMI HAIR
The set I bought was the KHALEESI in ASH BROWN bear in mind this no longer matches my hair so I dyed them dark brown now that I am using my natural hair color.
These AREN’T cheap. But they can take a beating and I LOVE THEM. The hair quality is SO good, and it’s super soft but you have to take care of them and store them properly.
On a recent trip to SALLY BEAUTY I found this line of Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave in Mist for the hair extensions that I think keeps them looking great, and call me crazy but I love the smell. It’s by Miracle 7
At night I put my hair up loosely in a satin cap, or in a very loose bun or pony tail within it. It helps to keep my hair from drying out at night. I LOVE THIS CAP, it has a wide band and stays on all night! I also started sleeping with a SATIN PILLOWCASE that I got off amazon. I am also planning to buy THIS ONE by Slip, but it is a little more expensive but again investing in yourself is always worth it.
I also just started experimenting with wigs, as a protective hairstyle method, and I am new to this and still learning about it. I have found some places that have good wigs, but I found buying wigs online to be very frustrating and they aren’t returnable. I am working on having a custom hair piece made but they are SUPER expensive like $2k-5k so I am working with clip ins and some middle tier pieces in the mean time while I find my perfect piece. I’ll keep you guys posted on what I find and what works soon, hair pieces is a whole new game for me and there is so much out there! I have also been finding youtube to be very helpful!