Hair Care Routine
It's been awhile since I treated myself to going to a fancy salon. To me, anything besides Great Clips is fancy. I've had my trusty brother-in-law cutting my hair for the past few years and when I moved to LA I was at a loss of where to go. I finally just had to pick something and go. The place that I ended up going to (Carlton Hair) turned out to be really great. My stylist actually was new to the area and we bonded over the chaos and silliness of Los Angeles traffic and snooty people. I didn't ask for anything complicated, just a trim and some fresh new layers. I've been growing my hair out over the past year so really I just wanted to reshape it to fit the new length.
I loved my experience at this salon and I will definitely be going back when I need another trim. The whole experience gave me the idea to talk about my hair struggles and how I deal with them.
Redheads are a rarity and yes, before you all ask, this is my natural color. If I had a FAQ that question would be #1 on the list.
Us redheads have particular struggles when it comes to hair:
- Some portions of my hair (the underside near my neck) can be really coarse and frizzy
- In general, I have fine hair that does not accept a lot of product
- My hair tends to look greasy really quickly, especially if I'm using any hair products
- I'm constantly fighting frizz and dry-looking hair
- My hair has a wave to it, but not the pretty kind. If I let it dry naturally it just looks like a crazy mane
First up, let's talk about what I use to cleanse and condition my hair. I used to only use Lush products for this, but recently my scalp has not been reacting well with the Rehab shampoo. It's a great product but after prolonged use my scalp starts to dry out and flake. This is not attractive. Recently I've been trying out these Acure products. The shampoo and conditioner are the "moroccan argan stem cell + argan oil" type. This is specifically meant for normal to dry/damaged/curly hair. With my longer hair, I really have to moisturize and give some loving to the ends of my hair. They can dry out and look bad if I don't use the right products. These two have been really great so far. I've been washing/conditioning my hair every other day with them and I really like the results.
Next, the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque has been in my regime for several months. I've gone through 2 or 3 of these containers. For awhile I had been using this instead of a normal conditioner, but since I have a more moisturizing conditioner, I've gone to using this just every other time I wash my hair.
In between washes, I use the Batiste dry shampoo. My roots tend to look greasy really quickly, sometimes by the end of the day even. What I love about this product is that it's cheap, it works, and it doesn't give my hair that weird stiff feeling that a lot of other dry shampoos do.
Bumble and Bumble has two really great products that are now incorporated into my hair routine. First, after I get out of the shower I spray the Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer, mostly concentrated on the ends of my hair. This is an all-in-one product that acts as a detangler, primer, and heat protector. I brush that through with my Tangle Teezer, which distributes the product nicely. Then I get a little dollop of the Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protector Frizz Fighter and distribute that through my hair as well. It seems redundant to use both of these, but the Hot Toddy is really great at the frizz fighting part. When I use these separately, my hair just does not look as healthy and smooth as when I use them together.
After I blow dry and straighten (or curl) my hair, I take the tiniest amount of the Invisible Oil, rub it through my hands and work that into the ends of my hair. Basically, I just brush through my hair with my hands for a little while. Once the product is mostly gone from my hands, I smooth down any flyaways I have.
Ok! That's pretty much it. I don't usually use any hairspray or such, I actually hate 99% of hairsprays. I also hate when I can feel products in my hair, so anything I use has to be really lightweight. Let me know if you have any questions or any product recommendations.