I had promised to do this awhile ago so... before my hair routine changes because I finish something up or because of my newly updated hair color, let me take a quick stab at this!
By stab I really mean a slowwwww and wordy plunge.
I envision this being a rambly entry talking about hair, hair and nothing but hair. So if hair isn't the reason you come to my blog, then you are excused from this entry.
If you are keen to know how I have switched up my routine to help tame my frizzy, slightly brittle and in-very-much-need-of-TLC post-bleached hair then well, you have come to the right post!
Here's a group photo to give you a break through all these words.
Another disclaimer -
Just like skincare routines, you can have 3 steps, you can have 5 steps or even be over-the-top and have 10. It is your choice and what you feel works so while I know I have some added steps in my haircare routine now, I am not asking everyone to run out and incorporate them. Like skincare, do as you see fit with the condition of your hair. After all, you know your hair best!
That being said, I know my hair and now, it is parched.
As I had mentioned, 3 rounds of bleaching isn't a walk in the park for your hair, not mine at least, so my hair is often facing frizziness when it is dried and not styled. Though after adopting this haircare routine and the recent intensive hair treatment at Headlines Hairdressing, my hair condition has gotten heaps better.
It's not an observation I, alone, have noticed and while it's far from healthy, it is better.
Hair Wash Routine –
Let's start this ramble with a look at my Hair Wash Routine
Like most with funky hair colors, I don't wash my hair every single day because this helps prevent the color from washing right off; I now wash my hair once every 3 days - I go 2 nights without washing.
Thankfully I have a short crop now because I have a rather low tolerance to greasy, flat and icky hair. Though I do have some tricks and products on dealing with that and I will share it a little later on.
When it comes to washing my hair, I like to take my time because wet hair = brittle hair and since I don't wash it everyday, I like to be thorough when I do.
Aside from being thorough, if I don't nourish my hair evenly with oils and conditioner, certain parts would dry to an odd kink (it's da frizz). Also, I don't blow dry my hair, I let it air dry, though blow drying would be a better option to control how your hair dries and minimize the frizz. However blowdrying would mean applying heat which isn't healthy for damaged hair either.
With all that said, here's my hair wash routine with (1) being the first step and (5) being the last.
- Burts Bees Hair Avocado Butter Pre-Shampoo – As a pre-shampoo, I apply this to damp hair and leave it on for a bit, the recommended being 15 minutes but I usually do 5, I don't have time for 15! Those battling dry or frizzy hair will find this product amazing, as did I. It gives your hair some 'weight', taming it and keeping the frizz (relatively) at bay. However, those concerned with hair volume or have pretty fine and thin hair may not enjoy using this too much, or too often. I absolutely have to use it every single time I wash my hair.
- Dear Jungle Scalp Series Shampoo – I feel like a tease talking about this because Dear Jungle is only available in Japan, as of now. Though let me say my piece. To my knowledge, Dear Jungle is formulated for ladies (or men) with colored hair, not to say non-colored hair can't use it. I enjoy the easy lather of this and targeted at scalp care, this leaves my hair and scalp feeling very clean, breaking down and washing away all that grime, oil or product build up. What I especially like is while it cleans well, it does not strip my hair of its color nor does it make my hair feel dry.
- Redken Color Extend Total Recharge – An unnecessary step, I'm using this purely to finish it up. While I cannot say if it has helped with locking my hair's color in, it is a nice inbetween to de-tangle my hair after that scalp scrubbing cleanse, making it easier for me to smooth on my conditioner next.
- Matrix Delicate Care Masque – While a hairmask, Jerry handed me this bottle and instructed me to use it in place of a conditioner. Unlike what I know of conditioners, this isn't hard to rinse off and does not require a million rinses. Yet, while it rinses quite clean, it still leaves the hair soft and smoothed out, tangle-free. It is a little bit like magic, somewhat...
- Kerastase Elixir Ultime – Speaking of magic, this is magic in a sparkly pretty gold bottle. If you have dry, damaged, frizzy or basically hair in need of some luxurious oil pampering, get this right here - I swear you would not regret it. I received this awhile ago and am glad I am only using it now, when I need it most, and discovering it at its best. Used as a leave-in on damp hair, it leaves my hair nicely nourished and immediately softer to the touch. If the Matrix masque is like magic, this here is magic.
Hair Refreshing –
Moving on from the routinal to something as essential, dry shampoos. I don't wash my hair everyday and cannot stand it once my hair starts to feel icky thus, dry shampoos have become my new best friend.
Even before this I have been quite particular about dry shampoos and encountered a few misses and some decently-tolerable-but-not-fantastic ones. However upon trying Oscar Blandi, it's safe to say that I have never looked back.
- Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo (142g) – I have tried a few brands of Dry Shampoo and none of them work as effectively and effortlessly as Oscar Blandi's has, for me. This refreshes my hair instantly and gives a slight lift as well, instead of weighing my hair down with product. Unlike some Dry Shampoos that refresh for say... 1 hour then proceed to leave even icki-er hair, this leaves hair relatively fresh for a whole day. This spray variant is completely colorless without a white residue, not that it would be detectable on my blonde hair.
- Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo (powder version) – If the spray isn't potent enough, here's the powder version! I actually like this a little more because as awesome as the spray is, the powder version is better, if even possible! It refreshes the hair quicker and with lesser product though the down side is having to spend a little more time getting in there and rubbing this on. A little goes a long way for this one and it carries the same citrus-scent that the spray does along with a light waft of... lavender? I could be dreaming.
- Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo (39.6g) – This is exactly the same as #1, except in a handier size. I throw this in my bag for on-the-go touch ups when necessary. However I don't usually have to use this during the day if I had spent some time refreshing my hair before I left the house. This size is not the best 'value for money' but good to bring out.
Hair Styling –
After all the necessaries, these are the 'optional' things in my hair care regime / routine / what have you.
I was never one to style my hair and even now, I try not to incorporate too much especially since I don't wash my hair everyday. Back when my hair was frizzier and needed more maintaining, I required the help of more items but for now, the list has dwindled down to 3 simple items.
- Liese Iron Make Collection (Flat Ironing) – A heat protectant for when I flat iron my hair, giving it a false sense of smooth-ness, heh! The one I have here is for flat ironing and is supposed to help hair stay sleek and straight. They have a separate heat protectant for blow drying as well.
- Goldwell Thermo Leave-in Treatment – I was kindly sent this by Goldwell once they learnt that I had abused and colored my hair (with Goldwell, heh!). This is a light leave-in conditioner that you mist over your hair. I like that it is a light mist and not a cream or serum, so that I can use it on Day 2 or Day 3 and not feel my hair getting greasier. This fine mist gives my hair a smooth shine and temporarily quenches my hair. Though the key reason I love this would be for the scent - it smells so lovely.
- Percy & Reed Dry Conditioner – Many are familiar with Dry Shampoo but... what is a Dry Conditioner? Just like how with a Dry Shampoo you don't have to wash your hair to get the cleansed feel, you don't have to wash your hair for a smoother and softer conditioned feel. It really is quite interesting how this works and we were all sold the minute we tried it out at Sephora. It is not a serum but rather a temporary styling product for the look (and feel) of smooth healthy hair.
Hair Tools –
Now that I've gone through most of the products I use regularly, let's not forget about the tools!
I used to say that I never had to comb my hair but these days, I cannot go without giving my hair a quick smooth over before I leave the house.
Frizzy hair woes.
- Watsons Hair Straightener – If I had enough time (and care) to straighten my hair every day, I would - it really helps in giving the hair a sleeker and neater look. While I don't care to do it everyday, I do use it from time to time to cure frizzy bits or tame some defiant strands. I use it with the Liese Iron Make Collection (Flat Ironing) heat protectant.
- KENT Large Paddle Brush 1 – I love this KENT paddle brush because it does an amazing job at detangling without tugging. I have had it for awhile now and loved it during my hair extension days as well. The vintage design on the paddle is a nice aesthetic touch. Incase you are wondering, you can get this at Watsons but they don't seem to carry the 'Large' size anymore but have a 'Medium' one instead.
- KENT Pure Natural Bristle Large – Unlike the Large Paddle Brush - which I use for normal combing, smoothing and brushing - I love this Natural Bristle Brush for cleaning. It probably sounds odd to those who have never used a Natural Bristle Brush but yes, these oddly jagged and seemingly rough natural bristles are great for smoothing out a shine, fixing hair in place and combing out any ickiness. Of course it can only do so much compared to actual shampoo-ing but Natural Bristles have an ability to 'carry' the oil from your scalp and disperse it along the shaft of your hair as you comb. This way it cleans the scalp and gives the hair shine at the same time. Trust me, it sounds a bit weird to be 'dispersing oil' but I love using this for a sleek shine and to 'arrange' my hair just before I leave the house.
After this many words, that is actually it! The bulk of my haircare routine that is.
Though just for kicks, I want to throw in some honorable mentions because while I don't use these products much (or at all) these days, they have helped me along the way or every now and then.
Honorable Mentions –
- Davines Absolute Beautifying Potion – I received this sample from one of the troves or bellaboxes and I think this is pretty awesome. I used it as a pre-shampoo conditioner, before I picked up the Burts Bees one, and it works amazingly well. It coatis and conditions the hair so it feels nice through the shower and is nourished and soft after as well. Those with fine hair do note that this is pretty heavy duty oil so a little goes a long way. I'm definitely looking into this because I do like how it feels and works.
- TONI & GUY Shine Gloss Serum – To give my hair an added shine, I would use this to tame and hydrate the ends of my hair, smearing just a little over the length of it. Though now that my hair is in better shape, I have stopped using this. It seems to have a powdery scent, typical of TONI & GUY, that I don't quite like.
- Goldwell Dual Senses 6 Effects Serum – This came together with the Thermo Leave-in Treatment mentioned above. Though unlike that, which is a mist, this is a light cream texture. For those with decently healthy hair looking for a fuss-free leave-in conditioner to use post-shower, this would be perfect. Though now with my current hair state it's neither here nor there – too light to use post-shower yet too heavy to use as a 'follow up' so I have since passed this on to my mother-in-law. Though like the Thermo Leave-in Treatment, this smells really nice as well.
- TONI & GUY Sea Salt Texturizing Spray – Back when my bob cut was sharper and sleeker, before my hair grew out (insanely quick), I would use a spritz or 2 to lift the back and give it some volume. Though I don't use much, until the very last day when I was going to wash my hair. Though after it started growing out of shape and getting long, I stopped bothering. Heh.
With all that said, that *waves above* right there is my hair care routine and some of the products I have been running through and relying on for the past 2 months!
I had imagined with colored hair that I would be a faded mess by my 2nd week but I am surprised that at 2 months, my hair color is still looking good which leaves me to my next worry – the roots.
Well, I was finally sick of it and got my hair retouched on Sunday but here's a 'last look' (using that term loosely because I have backdated LOTDs and such, heh!) at my blonde and blue hair, snapped just last Friday.
In Daylight –
Indoors / Fluorescent Light –
The icky roots growing out!
So yes, I needed a change and I will talk about / show this change soon! It's not as major as what I pulled before, considering some of my colleagues didn't notice it at work today (saddddds) but I like it and I can finally tick something off my bucket list!
Here's a clue, I'm toning it down.
Thanks for reading - really, I mean it! If you made it all the way here, yay you because this was one long essay!
What are some of your favorite hair care products? Do share!