Monday, November 7, 2016

Hair Routine

I get asked questions often about my hair routine. I am very vocal about my hatred for washing my hair! It is a chore I really dislike right up there with dusting and matching socks. I am always looking for the best shampoo that doesn't have a bunch of harmful chemicals and doesn't dry out my scalp and hair.

I tried BeautyCounter shampoo about a month ago. It was a GAME CHANGER! I talk a little about my experience with the shampoo in an earlier blog post found here. I have now been only using BeautyCounter shampoo. My hair and scalp feel amazing. It has changed my hair washing routine from washing about every 3-4 days to once a week. Sunday or Monday of each week I will wash my hair. I used the BeautyCounter shampoo and the kids conditioner. The kids conditioner comes in a set with the kids body wash and shampoo. George doesn't need conditioner, so I use it. 

I soap up my hair 3 times. The first time I just put it on the top of my scalp. Second and third times around I put it all over my head except the ends of my hair. I don't ever put shampoo on the ends of my hair. I only put shampoo around my scalp to the nape of my neck. Under my hair or the nape of my neck is usually what starts to itch me. I really get in there and scrub with the shampoo. The third time when I lather up with shampoo I add the conditioner to the ends of my hair. I then let it all sit on my head while I wash my body. You really have to rinse your hair really good to get all the soap out while using BeautyCounter shampoo. The third rinse I rinse about double the time. 

I wrap my hair in a towel for about 15-20 minutes. I bought a microfiber towel to wrap my hair in at TJ Maxx. Similar to this one on Amazon. I then take the towel off my hair and let my hair air dry. I don't brush it out or blow it dry. I have found the tangles in my hair brush out a lot easier when it is dry. I like to wash my hair at night and let it air dry as I sleep. When I wake up in the morning my hair is dry. Using a blow drier dries my scalp and hair out more. I have found since I stopped using a blow drier my ends don't split as much and my overall hair is much healthier. 

Once my hair is dry I will take a little coconut oil and run it through the ends of my hair. It helps with frizziness and also protects it against the curling iron heat. I use maybe the size of a pea. I scoop a pea size amount out of my container, melt it in my fingers and then run my fingers through my hair. My hair is really long. I maybe go about half way up my hair with the coconut oil. I don't ever put coconut oil on the top of my head. This helps the grease stay away from the roots. 

I curly my hair probably 2-3 times a week. I either curl it or braid it following it being washed. It all depends on time. Most of the time I like to curl it. The following day after I curl it I am able to brush it out, I take a little coconut oil in my fingers and run it through the ends of my hair. I might have to just curl a few pieces around my face. The curls are revived and my hair looks good. 

If it is rainy or I am short on time I have started braiding my hair or in a low ponytail at the nape of my neck. My hair is the longest it has ever been in my life. I cut about 1 inch 1-2 times a year. My ends don't split as much either. I haven't dyed my hair since I like the end 2011 when I went from blonde back to my original color. 

On day 3 or 4 I will sprinkle some baby powder on the hair around my face and on my part. I recently started using Nature's Baby Organics Silky Dusting Powder, Fragrance Free. I found it on Amazon. I think this bottle is going to last me an eternity. I have found since I made these changes to my hair routine I don't use as much powder/dry shampoo. Day 4 and day 6 I use it. The rest of the days I my hair is pretty good. 

It does take some time to train your hair to go between washes. When I first started I would use dry shampoo on day 2 and 3. Then I would wash the evening of day 3 or morning of day 4. Slowly I have added in more days. It's been the past month where I have worked up to a week. I work out 4-5 days week. I don't think you need to wash your hair after a workout. Add some dry shampoo. If you feel you need it rinse your hair while you are in the shower. 

I would be happy to answer any questions about my hair routine or if you have any questions about the BeautyCounter products!