As a curly girl, I get comments on my hair a lot. People ask me what I use, how I get it to be so curly, has it always been this way? So I decided to document one week worth of hair care to share with y’all. On average, I only wash my hair once a week. This has not always been the trend. In the past, I’ve washed my hair multiple times a week, sometimes even every day. When I’m pushing hard at the gym every day, it’s hard not to want to wash my hair. I get sweaty and my scalp feels gross. Here lately, I haven’t been working out at the gym, plus it’s been so freakin’ cold so I haven’t had issues with my hair feeling dirty. In the summer, my hair lives in a messy bun more frequently to keep it clean and off my shoulders and neck. When I do workouts that I know I’ll get sweaty from, I put my hair up and wear a cotton headband to catch the sweat before it gets all up in my do.
Wash day! On day one my hair is super soft and tangle-free. I take the time to comb through it with a wide-tooth comb in the shower while the conditioner does it’s magic. I usually get a FAT wad of hair in the comb at the end. I shed more than some of the dogs I groom- seriously. As much as I love having fresh and soft locks, I typically don’t wash my hair the day of a special event. The top is pretty flat, plus it takes all dang day to fully dry!
I’ve changed my products a couple times lately. Being a house guest sometimes makes establishing a routine difficult. I don’t use anything with sulfates or dimethicone. Shampoos usually have sulfates that strip the natural oils from your hair and skin. Think of “de-greasing” dish soap. Many conditioners contain dimethicone or other “cone” ingredients- this stuff coats your hair to keep it from drying out after stripping away the oils. The problem with dimethicone is that it can only be washed away with sulfates. So if you’re using sulfate free shampoo, but your conditioner still has dimethicone, you will over time get a filmy, greasy build up that can only be removed by using sulfate shampoo again. It took my hair a while to adjust to sulfate and dimethicone free cleansers. At first, my hair would overproduce oil, having been used to the harsh stripping from sulfates. After a few months, my hair was regulating oil production on it’s own. This is how I get away with only washing it once a week. My hair stays soft, shiny, healthy and smells good all week- no hippie head over here. Lately I’ve been using Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender shampoo and conditioner. I like it because the first ingredient is aloe (that’s what the Rastas use for their gorgeous, full locks). This brand does have coco-sulfate in it (just the shampoo) which isn’t as harsh and doesn’t strip as much as laurel and sodium sulfates. My favorite shampoo is Tea Tree Tingle by Trader Joe’s. It’s $2.99 here in California and the ingredient list is beautiful: Water, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Nettle, Thyme, Birch Bark, Chamomile…. the list goes on. Very good stuff!! The conditioner is pretty good too, but I find myself wanting more softness from it. This is where oils come into play.
Days 2, 3, and 4 are my favorite. I consider these my “good hair days.” On day two, my roots soften up and give my hair a little more volume. Here comes the lion’s mane! Day three is when my hair starts to tangle. I usually finger comb it at this point to save my full curls for another day. Around day four I brush, oil and braid it.
Argan oil is my favorite, but I’ve used coconut and jojoba as well. I drizzle some oil on my brush and start from the bottom, working my way up to the roots as I tackle the tangles. When I was a kid, we used biosilk (anyone remember that stuff?) and I cried when it was time to brush my hair. It’s much less traumatic now (also I’ve gotten quite hard-headed over the years lol). Argan oil smells amazing and gives my hair a nice shine and smell for the rest of the week, not to mention the buttery softness ❤
Sometimes I sleep in my braid, sometimes I don’t. Just depends on what I’m doing. After I oil and brush it, I like to put it in a braid for the day or at least a few hours. When I take it out, the result is usually beautiful beachy waves.
That’s about it! Day six and seven I either brush it out again and keep it slick, or throw it up in a bun. I know it’s time to wash again when my scalp starts to get sore. Sounds weird, but as my hair weighs down throughout the week it starts to part funny and if I run my hands through to break up the part, it’ll feel a little bit sore. I’ve been tracking these photos for a week to write this post, which means today was a wash day! Feeling so soft and clean and fresh and like I can tackle the damn world. 🙂
Always with love