Ever since I was quite young, I’ve had long, long hair that I constantly received questions about. These days, I keep it a bit shorter and more professional than I used to as a child, but with longer hair comes more responsibility and upkeep. I realized lately that I’ve never shared my entire hair care routine or process with you guys, so I figured I’d break it all down and include my must-have products, tools AND tips. Take a look below to check it out!
When it comes to washing my hair, I typically do so about once every other day. It’s healthy to let the natural oils your scalp produces reach the bottom pieces of your hair. Besides, when mine gets a bit of grit to it, styles hold much better! Need be, I use some dry shampoo and/or dry conditioner to freshen it up between washes.
I switch on and off between various types and brands of shampoo and conditioners, but Virtue Labs’ Recovery and Smooth lines have been mainstays in my routine. Both are fabulous at making my hair feel clean yet not stripped.
Once I’m out of the shower, I use an AQUIS hair towel or turban to quickly dry my hair. I often shower at night, and your hair is actually at its most vulnerable while wet, so going to sleep with soaking wet hair on a cotton pillowcase is simply asking for breakage. These are made to gently, effectively dry hair while also boosting shine and reducing that aforementioned breakage! I swear they’re my new favorite thing, and I actually look forward to showering just to use them.
My hair is also coarse and thick, meaning it tangles very easily. My favorite detangler to date is actually Honest Company’s. It smells oh so lovely and makes my locks super easy to brush through post-shower with my T3 Micro Paddle Brush.
If I need to quickly dry my hair once most of the moisture is out, I’ll prime it with Amika’s Bombell Blowout Spray or Oribe’s Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray and blow it dry with my T3 Micro Cura Hair Dryer. Between these two things, my hair hardly takes very long to dry, which is saying something given how much I have!
When I’m styling my hair for loose waves or classic curls, I use T3 Micro’s Convertible Collection (typically the 1.25″ clip barrel) or the SinglePass Curl (1.25″). One helpful tip is to keep about two inches of your ends out of the clip to get a more beachy look and pull down and away to loosen the wave/curl.
If I’m straightening my hair, on the other hand, I use my BaBylissPRO Nano Straightener Iron (1.25″) that I’ve had since 7th grade! The irons really clamp/clip down compared with any other iron I’ve tried and it heats up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, both of which can be helpful if you have coarse hair like me.
Like I said before, long hair requires a lot of work! Outside of haircuts and color appointments, there’s plenty you can do to keep it looking its best. Speaking of both, I get my hair cut by the lovely Alex Bown twice a year and switch things up color-wise at about the same frequency at Laura Michelle Salon. One thing that helps reduce damage for me is using a silk pillowcase from Slip!
When my hair feels dull or especially damaged, I ADORE Virtue Labs’ Restorative Treatment Mask. I actually need to get my hands on some more, but trust me when I say this stuff is GOOD. What I love most is that you only have to leave it in for THREE MINUTES. Most similar treatments need to be left in for eight plus. It leaves my hair feeling brand new!
What is your hair care routine like, and what products are your must-haves? I’d love to hear! Share with me in the comments below. Hope you all have a great week!