##PRESS SAMPLES, SOME PURCHASED BY ME##
I have a confession to make, my hair has been extra dry and damaged this past winter. Three weeks ago, I cut two and a half inches off to get rid of a lot of dead brittle ends. The situation is not great, had make adjustments to my routine, get a refresher cut and go more intensive with my hair care. For the last few years, I’ve been coloring consistently against gray roots and using heat since I am wavy and do Keratin treatments, every 4-6 months. Of course, chemicals and heat cause havoc and if we don’t keep up with deep conditioning and a lot of TLC, hair can get brittle easily and start looking dry on the ends which is what happened to me.
Today, I wanted to share my small pile of magic, which is helping me get my hair back on a healthy streak. I should note, if your hair is feeling dry, cut back on shampooing, as this makes the scalp dry and weak. As of late, I am down to 2-3 shampoos a week, and instead of regular conditioner I am using the AMIKA hydrating mask, leaving it for a minimum of 3 minutes while in the shower.
1) Amika Nourishing Mask – This is my conditioner as of now, it is labeled a “nourishing mask” and can of course, be used as a deep conditioning treatment a couple times a week. However, I am slowly starting to notice the change in texture, which is what I felt most worried about when I got inches cut off. Three weeks in and Amika Nourishing Mask is giving me hope. After shampooing, I use a small quarter size amount, leave a few minutes, and rinse out. My hair feels soft and better protected against heat.
Retail price $28
2) Matrix So Long Damage Leave In Conditioner – After shampooing while my hair is wet/ damp, I apply a good amount of this leave-in conditioner to fortify my ends. At this stage, I need to continue to nourish my ends, this is where my hair is driest and feels it needs the extra step of using leave-in conditioning. This leave-in conditioner is very light which allows for me to use other hydrating products.
Retail price $16
3) Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo – To maintain blowouts and minimize shampooing too much, I’ve been using Aveda’s non aerosol Shampure. The reasons why I like Aveda’s dry shampoo is that it doesn’t leave my hair matte and brushes out easily without huge amounts of buildup. From Aveda’s website [Shampure is infused with] morikue™ a protein that cleanses and fortifies all hair types. Another benefit, is that all of Aveda’s products are earth friendly!
Retail price $30
4) Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Satin Frizz Control Beauty Oil – Once my hair is towel dried, I apply a few drops of Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Satin Frizz Control Beauty Oil right before I blow dry. I use all over except for my roots. It is a great heat protecting styling aid and it won’t weigh down texture or feel heavy at all. This oil was a recommendation from one of my hairstylist friends and it truly is a very affordable, great quality, drugstore find.
Retail price $15 (depends on retailer)
5) Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Dry Oil Finishing Spray – After a few days, a dry shampoo “rinse”, I still need moisture and bounce. This lovely spray is a blend of six signature oils, boosts hydration, smooths, detangles, and protects hair. In my case, I tend to have 2-3 days between blowouts and use a straightener so to protect my hair, I added this oil to shield my hair from more damage.
Retail price $34
What’s your go-to hair routine and or products? I want to know in the comments section.