Wanted to update you all with my hair care routine. This is one of the most requested topic and it took me a while to settle back so I can shoot some pictures & share all the details. Colorado in general has a more dry weather, and mine being curly hair I put a lot of focus on getting more moisture to my hair specially during Winters. Read on for the hair routine that I live by 🙂
OIL YOUR HAIR THE NIGHT BEFORE WASHING
I religiously follow this ever since I was in my teens. As a child, my Mom used to oil my hair everyday, but then we realized how much more dust can accumulate on the scalp as a result of oiling everyday. I use warm coconut oil with one or two drops of tea tree oil (anti-bacterial). I also add a few drops of castor oil some days, which stimulates hair growth. If my ends feel too dry, I apply some Johnson’s baby oil(with Vitamin E)/ plain Vitamin E oil, it moisturizes your hair really well and makes the ends smooth 🙂 I give myself a good 10 – 15 min scalp massage, which relieves from a lot of everyday stress and also stimulates blood circulation. For the last 4 – 5 minutes, I flip my head and give a nice massage again, this steps boosts your hair growth rapidly 🙂
WASH YOUR HAIR AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE
I wash my hair as little as I can get away, usually once a week and sometimes twice a week. Washing your hair too often can strip your hair of it’s natural oils, which your hair really needs if it is too dry/frizzy or even when it’s too cold outside. I have been using the Caviar Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, which helps recreate, rebuild and reconnect broken bonds in the hair while reducing breakage and split ends.
You might be wondering how I survive, Dry shampoo is how I make it through 😀 For those who are not so familiar with what a dry shampoo is, it is more of like a hair spray that you can spray all over your scalp, wait for a few minutes and then massage all over your scalp, which absorbs all the oil and dust produced by the scalp, giving your hair a fresh look and feel 🙂 Most of dry shampoos smell amazing, so you can pick which ever works best for you or is available to you 🙂 I use the one from Living Proof. It smells really fresh, refreshes my scalp and doesn’t leave the white residue too. I also love this dry shampoo from Oribe, it is a little expensive but smells amazing and is my favorite. They come in smaller sizes if you would like to try them!
DEEP CONDITION YOUR HAIR EVERY WEEK
Deep conditioning your hair gives it a little extra moisture and helps you see the results early. For dry/frizzy hair, we should pack our hair with as much moisture as we can so it is really retained. Hair masks are a also a good way to address various other scalp concerns you might have. You can purchase a lot of hair masks that are available in the market or even try the homemade ones. Here are few of my favorite home made hair masks:
- Hibiscus leaves + Curd + Lemon Juice: Make a good paste of all these ingredients. Hibiscus helps in hair growth, lemon has anti-bacterial properties to clean the scalp and curd add a lot of moisture to your hair 🙂 My mom used to apply this mask when I used to live with them.
- Egg (whites) + Curd + Olive oil: This used to me my go to mask on my extremely dry hair days. I used to religiously use this one. Egg whites help stimulate hair growth, curd and olive oil make your hair soft and smooth.
- Fenugreek seeds (soaked over night) + Curd: If dandruff is one of your main concerns, this mask helps you fight it and also add moisture to your hair. My mom’s mask again 🙂
After I started living by myself, I either used to get a hot oil massage/deep conditioning treatments at Salon. When I moved to the US, I used to apply the egg hair mask, but now to fit in my busy schedule I just go and buy a hair mask that I could instantly use which is equally good for my hair. I use the Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Repairative Hair Mask. I apply it evenly all over my hair like a half an hour before I go to shower/ sometimes even in the shower and leave it for a good 10 minutes and wash it off.
USE A LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
To avoid the frizz and also to make the hair more manageable, I use the hair serum from Moroccan Oil Treatment. It is rich in Argan Oil, which tames the hair to make it smooth and has a very thick consistency, so a little goes way longer. I use the Aveda Damage Remedy as a heat protectant while styling, and the Moroccan Oil treatment as a serum to detangle my hair and also on my dry hair for everyday styling. It really leaves my hair frizz free and smooth 🙂
USE AS LITTLE HEAT AS POSSIBLE
I try and avoid using the hair styling tools as much I can. I usually wash my hair on the weekends, so I let it air dry if I’m going to stay at home. If I’m traveling out or I planning to go out early, I use my hair dryer in low/medium heat modes. I curl my hair using the curly iron like once a week if I’m shooting for the blog or I skip it if I feel a little lazy 🙂
BE GENTLE ON YOUR HAIR
Combs and ties play a major role in maintaining your hair as much as the products do. My hair gets tangled easily, and I used to get super frustrated and pull it hard to get rid of the tangles, which would result me massive hair fall and head aches. Also the super tight elastics/hair bands used to pull my hair and break it, causing it more damage. I wanted to make the entire combing part easy, so I started switching my combs. I use the Olivia Garden NanoThermic Vent Styler brush (also available at amazon)for detangling and the Olivia Garden NanoThermic paddle brush (also available at amazon)for regular combing. It is super gentle on my scalp with its smooth bristles and also leaves my hair smooth, making the entire combing process easy. The best hair brushes I have used so far 🙂
I usually tie my hair in a low pony tail (at work) or a messy bun (at home), and I use the softest possible elastics that do not pluck my hair. I also try and avoid tying my hair super tight, as it might cause damage. So find some gentle hair ties and accessories that don’t pull your hair and cause breakage. I also use a big hair claw or clutch to put my hair up and away from my face.
GET ENOUGH VITAMINS AND PROTEINS
Eat right and make sure you are including vitamins & proteins in your diet everyday. I am a vegetarian and eat all kinds of veggies and leafy greens as I can. Biotin is associated with having glossy hair, glowing skin and strong nails and is found naturally in almonds, cauliflower, cheese, sweet potatoes and spinach. I also get my proteins from lentils, beans, quinoa, tofu, peas, greek yogurt and many more. These are all foods I try to eat most of the time! I also take these supplements for hair growth.
I think I have covered almost everything from my routine. Oh yeah, last but the least, drink more water and get some good 7-8 hours of sleep. A healthy body and mind leads to a glowing skin and healthy hair 🙂
If you have any more questions about my hair care routine, leave them in the comments section and I’ll respond back to them. Have a great week ahead!
Lots of Love,