A month ago if you had told me that I will start being obsessed with hair care I would have laughed so hard. I was never very concerned about my hair routine. It was always pretty simple and I always thought that I have decent looking hair for how much time and effort I was putting into it. I mean… I was hardly brushing it to be completely honest with you and I have changed colours when I was in Highschool each year. I was brunette, I was chocolate brown, variations of blonde, everything but a redhead.
Then quarantine started and something has indeed changed in my hair’s state but also I was most likely paying more attention to it. I don’t want to say that I have became obsessed, but I was noticing so many issues.
First of all, it was definitely falling excessively. I know that hair falling is completely normal, but mine was a little off limits. And the second thing that was going wrong is that my scalp was highly irritated, most likely because of the shampoo that I was using that wasn’t suited for my scalp.
Said and done. I started researching products, haircare brands and what can cause these problems and how to solve them. Since mine warn’t very serious, I figured that probably all the damage is caused by the products that I was using that were not suited for my hair type and scalp and also the fact that I was giving it little to no time.
It’s been now 3 weeks that I am using these products and this hair routine so I want to share it with you, because in my case, I have seen major improvements and I am terribly happy about it!
Washing my HAIR
Before getting into the shampoo that I found works best for me at the moment, I want to share with you some simple facts that I have come across while surfing the web to find more on this topic.
1 Wash your hair with lukewarm water. I have seen everywhere this idea that washing your hair with cold water will make it I guess shinier, I am not sure what the statement was. In fact, it is wrong. You should was your hair with lukewarm water, to help open up the hair cuticle and to get that dirt and dust off much more easier.
2 Wash your hair gently. Being too rough while washing hair is very common You just find yourself scrubbing and scratching your scalp, sometimes because it feels nice. If you are too aggressive you might start loosing hair.
3 If your shampoo doesn’t have suds that doesn’t mean it doesn’t do the job properly. I don’t know if this is a common belief or it is common just in my country, but since I was young I heard frequently that if your shampoo doesn’t bubble, it means that your hair is still dirty. False. Suds are created with the help of surfactants, just like in skincare, too many surfactants in a product can create damage. Now, I am not saying that they are going to harm your hair if they are in your shampoo, it is just a little information to keep in mind that you should not judge your shampoo by the amount of suds it has.
4 It is there something such as washing your hair too frequently? Well, it turns out there is not such thing. Each individual has it’s routine, if this is what woks best for you in your opinion, well you might be right. I wash my hair 3 times a week, most frequently I found that people recommend to do it twice a week. But if your hair gets oily fast, maybe doing it more than 2/3 times a week is totally fine, if you are paying attention to the shampoo that you are using so you are not stripping all the oils from your hair.
Now, I have told you about my hair concerns at the begging. Let me tell you how I have chosen my shampoo. I realised quickly that the major problem with may hair was actually my scalp. It was very irritated, it was literally snowing each time I was running my hand through it and it was never clean. I was washing it like 4 times a week and it never improved.
The problem was actually the shampoo that I was using. I am not going to tell you which one it is, it is a very affordable one that is actually quite popular and to be honest it is my mom’s favourite so I thought that it will be great for me also. How I was wrong… It damaged my scalp to the point I was wondering if I would ever fix it.
Let me tell you, I did fix it. I mean, almost 100%, it’s still a work in process. The shampoo that I found worked best for me it is he Kerastase Bain Riche Dermo-Calm. It is a hypoallergenic shampoo that purifies the scalp by active anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agents while moisturizing the length of your hair.
The conditioner is that product that you use after your shampoo for detangling purposes but also to prepare the hair for the mask and to give it a little boost.
I use a conditioner all the time after the shampoo, even if I am using or not after this a mask. You can leave the conditioner on for longer than it says on the bottle if you have enough time, at least that’s what I like to do.
I use the one from Pantene 3 Minute Miracle, the Superfood one right now but there are also others from the same collection. It is a very effective product yet affordable. It is designed to protect your hair from free radicals and reduce breakage. It hydrates the hair and helps to maintain the structural integrity of your hair.
Lastly in the shower: Mask
I use a mask once a week, as I don’t want to overwhelm my hair. It is again a mask that promises to help with my hair issues that I’ve spoken about at the begging. Based on the needs of my hair I have made the decision of which products I am going to use.
This Kerastase mask claims to hydrate the hair and to give resilience and plumpness to it, while leaving the hair regenerated from root to tip.
So far I do really like this product, it is for sure on the pricier side than what I was normally using but considering that my hair has a very good relationship with it I believe it is worth it.
After Shower Ritual and Products
Well I used to think that hair is not a very serious subject, just use a decent shampoo and a hair conditioner and that’s it. Well, it turned out that hair care dozen’t end when you get out of the shower. There are some more aspects that you have to keep in mind and your hair will thank you for doing so.
Drying seems pretty straight forward. You can use a hairdryer for this or you can just leave it to dry naturally. Now I do want to tell you some little tips before we move forward:
Never sleep with your hair wet. It is better to just use a hairdryer if you are washing your hair right before you want to go to bed.
After getting out of the shower try to not rub your hair with a towel, neither put it in a turban because this can create tension in the hair and it will lead to hair loss or damage.
Use heat protecting sprays before drying your hair with a hairdryer. Even if it is not so obvious, the heat from the hairdryer can still damage your hair and if your hair is like mine, in a pretty sensitive situation it might be a game changer.
Other tips in general that you might want to give a chance:
Use softer bedsheets that create less friction between your hair and the fabric. Friction can cause some breakage in the hair. The best ones even for your skin, are the silk ones, but you can try also the cotton sateen ones that are softer and silkier than normal cotton fabric.
My last tip is of course to try having a healthy and active lifestyle. The well being of your hair is tied to how well you take care of your body as a whole. This is also valid when speaking about having good skin. You really have to pay attention to your body’s needs and take care of those in order to achieve your goals.
Now speaking of products:
After I pat dry my hair with a towel I like to use a hair oil from MoroccanOil the Light version. I did try the light version back when my hair was blonde and I remember liking it a lot but for some reason I have forgotten about it. Now I repurchased it and I love the way it leaves my hair. It is very smooth and silky, also looking healthy and shiny. I use it only after I have washed my hair, this means like 4 times / week.
For every day use to make my hair feel softer and much more healthier and to help it also with detangling I use a spray from Schwarzkopf, Express Repair Conditioner. It doesn’t make my hair feel heavy, although I use it only on the ends of the hair and I don’t overdo it. After a couple of “spritz” I run my brush through it and that’s it.
All of the products I have mentioned smell absolutely devine, but I use also a hair perfume on a daily basis, to make sure my hair smells all the time wonderful. I am a very busy person with various activities, I also like to cook all the time and this may cause some fragrance to my hair that I don’t want and I also can’t wash it all the time I’m doing something so I use a hair perfume. The one that I use right now is the Chanel n5 Hair mist. I would suggest anyway to use a perfume that is designed to go on the hair, as the others may contain ingredients that will make your hair look greasy or oily.
Last but not least I want to quickly mention the brush that I am using for the past years now: the compact styler hairbrush by TangleTeezer. I like it because it’s very small so I can take it with me when I travel, Like I said I was never into hair care until now so having multiple hair brushes wasn’t my priority, I just had one that would work in any situation.
This is pretty much everything I do for my hair at the moment. I have come a long way considering where I was at the beginning of the quarantine considering hair care knowledge! But I know there is more to learn about and for sure I will continue to do my research non this topic and if anything will change in my routine I will keep you updated.