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Friday, October 25, 2013

Everyday Haircare Routine

I always feel undeservedly lucky when it comes to my hair. Of all my girly morning rituals, I invest the least amount of time and energy into hair care, but always manage to have it looking healthy and presentable for the most part. Although half of the ease of caring for my hair is due to my Asian heritage, there are a few things I do to keep my locks healthy and happy that I think some of you struggling with damaged hair would find helpful. I often get asked questions such as what do I do to care for my hair? or how do I get my hair to grow fast? Today I'm sharing with you my everyday hair care routine, which is pretty much all I do to maintain my hair and get it to grow at the rate it's growing (but to be fair, sometimes this just comes down to the person/ethnicity).

Shampoo & Conditioner
I'm not too fussy with shampoo and conditioner. I think the most important thing to remember is just to get products for your specific hair type. In my case, I never get shampoos that say 'For Dry, Damaged Hair' because I have quite oily roots and normal ends. I made the mistake of doing this once and ended up with greasy hair just a few hours after showering - not a good look. Personally, I find shampoos and conditioners from the drugstore to be just fine for general, everyday use and I tend to mix it up and try new things. Right now I use the Live Clean Green Earth shampoo and L'oreal EverCreme nourishing conditioner. I'm on my third bottle of the Live Clean shampoo and it's been my favourite for a few years now. It smells absolutely amazing, lathers well, and gives such a deep cleanse which I find is key to keeping my roots grease-less for longer; as a bonus it is 100% organic!

Once a week I use the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque (applied after shampooing, skip the conditioner) to give my hair a good pick-me-up! I did a full review on this on my blog so you can check that out if you want a detailed breakdown, but essentially this product is wonderful for hydrating and injecting life into dull, dry, lifeless hair. It smells incredible and works amazingly; I can't recommend it enough! Once again, I avoid the roots when applying this, as it can be too heavy for that area, and just concentrate the product from the mid-shaft to the ends of my hair, let that sink in for 7 minutes before rinsing off.

Post-Shower Care
After towel-drying my hair, I spritz in some detangler - my current favourite is the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-in Conditioning Spray - then use a wet comb to comb my hair out. I highly recommend adding this combination step if into your haircare routine if you don't already; I truly believe that it makes a tremendous difference in minimizing the breakage and split ends in my hair.

Everyday Styling
I get a lot of general questions about how to get long hair, soft hair, strong hair, etc. My number one recommendation (and this will come as no surprise to anyone) would be to cut down, minimize, or eliminate heat styling from your routine. As much as a lot of girls won't want to hear it, it is probably what will produce the biggest change in the health of your hair.

On most days, I allow my hair to air dry naturally. To be honest, half the reason I do this is because I find it a complete hassle to blow dry my hair - it's loud and noisy and it takes a while so I just can't be bothered! I also do not heat style on most days. I will typically leave my hair how it is after it has dried naturally, which is straight (but not sleek straight) with a teensy bit of volume.

The only actual "styling" I do that happens semi-often is a bit of a tousled, messy bed head look. All I do is squirt a dime-sized amount of Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine onto my palm, rub my hands together and run this through my hair. Super easy and no heat required! I have also done a full review of this product so you can look for that on my blog archive.

That is pretty much it for my everyday haircare routine. I would say my routine is very minimal and basic. I really like to give my hair breathability by not using a lot of product on it on an everyday basis, and I do think this routine facilitates healthy growth of hair. Of course, regular trims and cuts are also recommended. Anyways, I hope this post helped if you were looking for some haircare tips or just some new products to incorporate into your everyday haircare routine.

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