My favourite thing about myself is my hair. I have extremely curly hair which used to be very unmanageable when I was younger.
However, after my experimental times between ages 13-15 (straightening it, cutting it super short, letting it grow really long) I think I’ve found my style and I’ve more or less grown into my hair. So I have hair that goes just a little past my shoulders. I have a dip dye which has faded to a kind of golden colour.
So I thought I might share with you guys what my hair care routine is like. Firstly though, I would like to say that:
a) I am obviously no hair expert.
b) I don’t believe in spending hours on your hair daily. I think it’s so ridiculous that some people out there take hair care so seriously that they completely neglect their other responsibilities. I had a friend in secondary school who said she spends about an hour on her hair care daily and that her hair was more important then her school work. I mean are you serious? Last time I checked you can’t put ‘I have soft and shiny hair’ on a resume.
But yes, my hair is my favourite part of my body (does that count as part of your body?) and I think it’s important to spend at least 10-15 minutes everyday making sure that you take good care of your hair. Just like it’s important to take care of your skin, you need to make sure that your hair is healthy and well kept because that does contribute greatly to how people perceive you as a whole.
1) Shampoo & Conditioner
|I’m really proud of this picture I took.
So the first and most basic part of hair care is of course getting a good shampoo and conditioner and then establishing a regular routine for washing. I use Sunsilk. I think it works very well with my hair and I love the fruity smell they all exude (ooh look at me trying to be all fancy). So I use the ‘Damage Reconstructing’ shampoo (Orange) and the ‘Lively Clean & Fresh’ Conditioner (Green). The reason why my shampoo and conditioner are from different ranges is simply because I like to vary the types I use so I get maximum benefits from a single hair wash. Using the same range for shampoo and conditioner means that for at least a month or two, you will be focusing on only one specific aspect of your hair and neglecting the rest. So try to mix them and vary your choices.
Also, don’t wash your hair everyday. I have so many friends who tell me that they wash their hair everyday because their hair gets dirty and they can’t handle that. My hairdresser actually told me why that is so. Basically when you wash your hair, you are taking away a lot of the natural oils in your hair. so your scalp responds by producing more natural oil to compensate for the ones you washed away. Hence, your hair become greasier faster. It takes a bit of discipline but try washing your hair every other day for about a week. You should then be able to see that your hair can actually manage to stay clean and nice for at least 2 days. It takes time to ‘teach’ your hair to stay clean. I currently wash my hair every other day and on the days that I know I am not washing my hair, I will simply get my head wet under the shower because I don’t know. That’s just me. So shampoo and condition your hair about a maximum of once every other day.
2) Hair Masks
|I’m proud of this picture too 🙂
I recently discovered hair masks and learnt how to use them properly. I actually got these two in Bali last December where everything was dirt cheap. I honestly don’t know what possessed me to pick them up considering that at that time, I barely knew what a split-end was. But I did and I’m so glad I did.
Over the holidays, I found my hair mask tubs and decided that it was time to start using them. So I did a bit of research (because let’s face it, I don’t know how to use a hair mask). So I learnt that you were supposed to apply the hair mask on freshly washed hair, leave it for two minutes and then wash it out. So I washed my hair and then dried it and then put the hair mask in. Then I washed it. It was ridiculously time consuming and I don’t think I even did it right because my hair was greasy and tangled after that.
After that experience, I decided to try again (MUCH later on because I nearly swore off hair masks). But I used a different method. I put the hair mask in first and then got in the shower and washed my hair. It was SO MUCH BETTER. My hair turned out to be so soft and lovely and clean. I loved it.
So firstly, a hair mask looks something like this:
It’s more of a cream really.
- So firstly, split your hair into two sections
- Secondly, take a small dollop of the mask (it really depends on how long your hair is. My slightly longer then shoulder length hair needs about 3 dollops in total. By the way, one dollop is about sightly bigger then the size of your finger).
- Then, work the mask into your hair. If you have oily roots, don’t apply the mask on your scalp. Focus on the mid section and the ends of your hair. I tried applying it to my scalp the first time and it ended in disaster plus it gets kind of messy.
- Once you are done, you might find that your hair is a bit tangled and clumpy. What I like to do is to use a wide toothed comb to brush my hair. This will make washing your hair later much easier and it also helps to spread out the mask a bit more evenly through your hair.
- Wait for about 2 minutes.
- Then go ahead and wash your hair properly. By the time you are done conditioning, all remaining traces of the mask should be out of your hair.
- Enjoy your soft hair.
By the way, I have two tubs and each of them have different benefits. So since it was recommended online to do this twice a week, I use a alternate tubs for each use. I do this for the same reason why I use a different range of shampoo and conditioner. However, I understand that most normal people won’t spend money on two different tubs especially if you are trying this out for the first time. It’s a bit ridiculous. So unless you are in a place where things are dirt cheap (e.g. Bali)
I would recommend just getting one.
3) Hair Serums
This is my favourite part of my hair routine. Applying hair serums! So I’ve mentioned the SilkPro hair serum I use in one of my favourites but I thought I would mention it again because it is something I use everyday and it works wonders. I simply use about 3 pumps and apply it to my ends and mid-section. It really detangles my hair and makes it soft and nice and curlier.
I also use this root-lock serum from Sunsilk. I got this as another random from Bali and I recently started using it. What you do is you simply apply it on your scalp and massage it in. It’s not oily or anything and it smells really lovely. I think it smells like green apples and it makes your hair really nice. Plus I’m guessing that it’s healthy for your hair too.
I hope you enjoyed my hair routine. If you noticed, since I included a lot of instructions in this post, I decided to bold some of the key words and phrases so it will be easier for you to read and follow.