PLEASE NOTE: I have updated my hair routine (find it here) since writing this post, and I would recommend that post over this post as it is more developed. This one is still awesome and I still recommend the tips I shared, but I just wanted to let you know 🙂
Today on the blog I am doing something a little different and talking all about my haircare routine! I frequently get asked about what I do to care for my hair, but I hadn’t really addressed it directly because I honestly have been experimenting with different vegan and cruelty-free products and routine changes for a while. I wanted to settle on a routine that I was not only 100% happy with but that was also free from harsh chemicals, organic and cruelty-free. I only want to recommend the best of the best for y’all! I outlined everything below and I really hope that this helps 🙂
Washing My Hair
My two main tips for hair care is to wash sparingly and to use a good-quality shampoo and conditioner.
I wash my hair only 2 times a week.
I have very wavy/curly hair, and over the years I had noticed that it was always prone to getting frizzy, suuuuper dry and damaged, even though I had tried to avoid using heat on my hair. I eventually learned that over-washing my hair can actually be damaging as it strips away the natural oils and proteins that are needed to keep my hair and scalp healthy. I thought the opposite for so long–that washing my hair often and using highly marketed products (ahem…Garnier and Tresemmé) would help repair my hair!
My favorite shampoo and conditioner combo is the Live Clean Apple Cider Detox Shampoo and Apple Cider Refresh Conditioner. Plus the scent is aaamazing! I am not a fan of other common scents on the market (coconut, lavender vanilla) so that was one of the first things that caught my eye! After testing out these products, they are definitely things I say are essential to my routine.
If you have wavy hair like me, sometimes I feel like after just one day it becomes limp and loses it’s body, especially if I style it up. What I do to fix this and maintain its body throughout the week is to just give it a good rinse in the shower on the days I am not washing it. This allows for my curls to be maintained and happy! I have heard other recommend avoiding moisture at all costs and to only wet it when you are washing it, but I have experienced positive results with my method! Not washing your hair every day may leave it to be a bit oily in the beginning, so I suggest looking into dry shampoo (my fave is from Franklin & Whitman) as well as styling it differently to hide the oiliness! Braids and buns are my go-tos 🙂
Drying My Hair
I prefer to air dry my hair rather than using heat. You save time on your hair and lessen the damage that heat will cause. Use your towels minimally– meaning do not rough your hair up with a towel to remove the moisture. Instead, just use the towel to gently pat your hair down and remove any excess liquid and then allow for it to air dry the rest off. If you are too aggressive with the towel, it will frizz up your hair.
Moisturizing My Hair
I like to do a hair mask with Jojoba oil (pictured above) once a month. Jojoba oil is known to be great for hair growth and conditioning!
I dispense about a quarter-sized amount into my hand and rub it all over my hair, especially the roots. I allow it to sit overnight and then wash it out with shampoo and conditioner in the morning. I also make sure to time this up with my hair washing schedule so that I am not adding an extra wash day to the week.
Brushing My Hair
I actually don’t brush my hair much. In fact, I only really do the one time a year that I straighten my hair! With my waves, I have found that they look their best when they are not brushed out. When I brush out my hair, it becomes very frizzy and poofy, which I don’t prefer. If I feel I need to brush, I usually do it in the shower.
Trimming My Hair
I know this is standard, but I think this needs to be mentioned to give a full list of everything that I do!
I try to trim my hair regularly, abut once every two months or so. I also do this to maintain it’s length as I enjoy having short hair! You can totally do this yourself, but I choose to get it professionally done as I do not trust myself in cutting my own hair.
I use heat minimally on my hair — I’m talking once or twice a year max. I personally love wearing my hair natural, and I have found that after removing heat from my hair routine, over time it has grown to be much healthier and softer.
Fabric Hair Ties
Tight elastics can indent hair and snag hair out, especially those with metal! Fabric hair ties are much softer and kind to your hair. Although I am not very adamant about this as I do I have lots of regular hair ties left from previous purchases, I just make sure that any new ties I buy are fabric!
Just like for your skin, what you eat affects the condition of your hair! Eating a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet is always a great idea when you are trying to improve the health of your hair. Choose whole plants foods and avoid processed foods as best you can! Not only will your hair be improved, but you will also feel great!
I hope that this post gives you a better sense of my hair care routine and helps you out in some way! If you have any questions or if you would like any more guides like this, please let me know below 🙂