This has been requested so many times and so finally, here it is: My personal tips and tricks on how to keep your hair healthy and happy. You’ll be surprised by how simple my hair routine is, but there are a few things I do that I think are worth sharing. Just one thing I need to clarify before we jump right in: My hair color is natural, so this post is not about color, but hair care only. I used to dye it, but stopped over 8 years ago (gosh, when has it become normal to speak of such time periods?), so everything that’s currently on my head is natural. I personally think that keeping your hair healthy is not really about the specific products that you use (as long as they are of an acceptable quality), but about how and how often you use them. I don't believe there's a "holy grail hair care routine", lots of different things work for different hair and different lifestyles and different people. But because I get so many hair-related comments, here's mine:
1. I wash my hair with paraben-free and silicone-free shampoo. Normally. To be VERY frank, while I was in beautiful-but-expensive Australia (realityyyy) I used low-priced drug store products a lot. But during usual circumstances (when I'm settled and not broke), I put a lot of care and thought into the beauty products I buy. I try out different ones regularly and I like Alverde, Lavera, Maria Nila, to name a few. A brand that I've previously raved about because their products are vegan, organic, high quality, heavenly-scented and produced in Salzburg, is Be [...] My Friend. I've been using their shampoo for a long time and they were kind enough to send me their conditioner as a PR sample. It's the perfect addition to the shampoo and smells so lovely! Both are not ultra-foamy, but they do their job of cleaning, nourishing, and softening really well.
2. I always ignore conditioner instructions and leave the conditioner in for at least 15 minutes. I only put it in the hair from the ears down, the upper hair doesn't need it but the longer hair needs it all the more. I find that the 2-3 minutes that are usually recommended don't do anything for me, but that may be because my hair is rather thick. I'd still recommend you try out leaving in conditioner for a little longer than the packaging says. Your hair will be super soft and you won't want to stop touching it :)
3. This is something I get weird looks for whenever I mention it: I wash my hair only once a week. Yup, you read that right. That is, unless I get caught in the rain or work out a lot. Apart from that, it's every 5 to 7 days. (I do shower daily though, duh). I swear my hair looks nice during all this time and only slightly gets greasy after a week. I don't use dry shampoo either. And believe me, this is not just a genetic advantage, but good old "conditioning". Basically, I ignored the greasiness for a month a few years ago and now my hair just doesn't get greasy easily. Try it out for a few weeks and stick out the initial gross feeling. Why? Because you'll save SO MUCH TIME once you get into this routine and apparently it's also really good for your hair and scalp not to wash too often.
4. Another tip to keep your hair grease-free: When brushing it, try not to brush the top hair too much. This pulls down the oil from your scalp into the lengths.
5. Oil is not the enemy, though. In fact I use tons of it in my hair, although only in the hair ends. Recently, I've started using 100% pure argan oil in my hair right after washing, while the hair is still wet. The oil I used before actually contained silicones... Silly me didn't realise. If you're not concerned about silicones (to be honest, there's lots of conflicting info anyway), you can buy this oil in every drug store (I've also spotted it in Australia). It's the Gliss Kur hair repair 6 miracles oil essence that contains a mix of different oils, including argan oil. Pure argan oil is more expensive BUT you only need a tiny little bit per application, so a small bottle goes a long way and nothing I've tried adds more shine and smoothness to my hair.
6. I don't blow-dry. Instead, I leave my hair to dry by air, even in winter. The only exception is when I'm really in a hurry, but because I only wash weekly, I can usually avoid rushing.
7. In my head that makes up for the fact that I straighten it every other day. I don't use protection in my hair (although I probably should), but I've started straightening it at 12(!) years old and it's completely fine. My straightener has a ceramic coating, that may have something to do with it. This is my current straightener.
What's your hair routine? Let me know below :))
xx Elena ♡