Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Hair routine

So a friend from work has been bugging me about my curly hair routine as she's curly-headed and loves the definition and shine of my curls. So I'll post it here complete with the products I use and thought Les would like to see this too.

First I must warn you, I know this sounds gross but I don't was my hair...Yeah I know, I know I do wash my hair but not in the conventional way. I only use shampoo once every 10 to 12 days. Yep That's right!

So once every 10 to 12 days I use Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo. I only use a small amount and try to limit it to my scalp only, rinse, and continue on with my daily routine below. (Approx $0.88 for the standard size and $1.24 for the family size)

Daily Routine:

1-I do what is called a conditioner wash or co-wash using Suave Refreshing Tangerine Conditioner (or Suave Tropical Coconut depending on my mood). To co-wash you apply the conditioner to your scalp with your finger tips and "scrub" like you are washing your hair with shampoo. I generally apply in three small "doses" for good coverage. I quarter size amount to my front hairline and temples, a quarter size amount to my crown, and a quarter size amount to my rear hairline and behind my ears. Rinse. (Same price as shampoo above)

2-Then I actually condition my hair with Suave Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner using about 1.5 to 2 tablespoons and combing it through with my fingers. This is a thicker, richer conditioner. Note that this is the ONLY time I ever comb or brush my hair, in the shower when there is conditioner in it. I leave this conditioner to "set" on my hair while I shave so about 2 to 3 minutes, then rinse using cooler water. Cooler water helps to seal the hair and keep moisture inside and smooth each hair to avoid frizziness. (Less than $3 for 32 oz)
3- Before I leave the shower I use my only styling product, Sebastian Potion 9 Lite I apply it while the hair is still dripping wet and never wring my hair out. Wringing you hair causes breakage and frizziness and breaks up the curls. The product is a wearable treatment and comes in a spray bottle. I spray it twice onto my wet hand and then rub between my hands and apply by scrunching my hair while my head is pointed downwards. ( 5oz for $12 to $15)

4-Immediately after step 3 I "plunk" or "plop" my hair in either a Curl-Ease towel (got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond for $15) or microfiber spa towel. See video below. I leave my hair wrapped like this while I get dressed and finish getting ready. Your hair wont be fully dry, but it does go a long way in jump starting the drying process. Try not to touch your hair once you remove the towel to avoid adding frizz. I have also slept with this on my head and woke with fully dry and supper cute curls. To help avoid the flattening that sometimes happens to the top of my hair I add two to three Scunci Vented Salon Clips (love these!) to the roots to hold them up and keep my hair from flattening while it finishes air drying.

Now if later in the day I need to refresh my girls I wet my hands and apply one spritz of potion 9 lite to my hair by scrunching it while I am bent over.

And that's about it!

This post is not sponsored by any of the products mentioned above.



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