Essential Hair Care
There are so many products, ads and influencers out there, which makes it really hard to sort through what you actually need to get and what is just marketing.
Thats why I created an unsponsored list of what I've found and loved, and what I would recommend based on your hair type!
HAIR TYPE: Straight, fine-medium hair
If your hair falls flat and has a hard time holding styles, these are my top tips and products for you:
1. Use professional shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair free from harsh sulfates and parabens,
and to prevent your hair from being more weighed down from drugstore product buildup! I love
Kevin Murphy products because they really perform well, they smell amazing and the brand is
2. For Styling, I would recommend a light volumizing mousse or spray at the roots to give you some
lift and a bit of hold.
3. Never forget your heat protectant before blowdrying or using hot tools to prevent breakage and
4. If you are curling you hair, a flexible hold hairspray is the only way to make those waves last. Spray
evenly on dry hair before and after each curl. I love the ColorWow Cult Favorite Hairspray.
HAIR TYPE: Wavy or frizzy, medium-course, or lightened/coloured hair
If your hair is highlighted or has balayage colour, or if you have some natural wave, this routine is for you!
This is my hair type, and I can tell you firsthand that I didn't believe shampoo and conditioner would make any difference in my hair, but once I switched to Kevin Murphy, my hair go noticeably curlier! Which means that it got healthier, because frizz happens when curls are dry, damaged or brushed out.
If you colour your hair any shade of blonde, your at home hair care is SO important to prevent breakage. I have gone through over-bleaching and experienced extreme breakage before and let me tell you....having hair is better than getting to a specific colour, because your hair will literally break off if you aren't treating your locks with love.
My holy grail shampoo and conditioner for damaged and/or dry hair is the Kevin Murphy Repair Me line. Smells amazing and makes such a difference.
2. I love to detangle my hair in the shower with a wet brush when I am rinsing my conditioner to minimize breakage when brushing. Since hair is more fragile when wet, it is so important to use a soft bristle detangling brush. The running water and conditioner helps detangle as you brush!
3. A leave in conditioner and/or a heat protectant is a must for those dry ends! Only apple leave in conditioner on mid shafts and ends. For heat protectant, you can apply roots to ends.
4. I love a nice hair oil on my ends to give my hair some shine and help prevent split ends.
5. For Styling, I love using a brush/dryer to smooth out my hair as it dries. If you aren't wanting to invest in the Dyson Airwrap, the Revlon one is $55 on Amazon!
HAIR TYPE: Curly, coily and textured hair
Use hydrating curl-specific shampoo and conditioner. If you have very curly hair, you might want to only shampoo your hair 1-2x a week. A really great new black-owned haircare brand is Pattern.
2. Hydration is KEY for curly textures, so make sure you detangle with conditioner in the shower, and use a leave in conditioner after. Curls must be treated with extra love because they are fragile and you don't want to be disrupting the curl pattern when you style your hair. Use a cotton T-shirt or microfibre towel to gently scrunch the excess water out of your hair after the shower.
3. To style natural curls, you need 2 elements: hydration and hold. After a leave in conditioner, apply a gel or mousse generously to your hair, making sure to get every strand. ONLY brush your curls when hair is very wet. Otherwise, you will disrupt the curl pattern and create frizz. Mizani is another great curly haircare Brand.
4. Use a diffuser attachment to dry your hair WITHOUT touching your curls. Flip your hair upside down to create volume and dry the back of your hair.
5. Only fluff your curls when your hair is 100% dry, and focus on the roots. Tip your head upside down and massage your scalp for the best volume!
I hope you found these tips and products helpful for your personal hair type!