Current Hair Routine
Basically I live my life attempting to have Cheryl Blossom's hair....
I love my hair; it is frizzy and big and unmanageable at times, but I love it so much. I have relatively thick, naturally curly hair. I remember being in the 8th grade and a few girls telling me that my hair would be so pretty if I got it chemically straightened. Cue 8th grade insecurities and subsequently years of using a flat iron to style my hair.
I wish I could say that I embrace my natural hair more than I do, but living in a dry climate, it takes a lot of work to properly style and maintain my natural hair. So often I opt for my curling iron to achieve "put together, work appropriate, sleek, styled" looks. While this ties into a larger conversation on natural hair and society's views on it, we can feel free to debate that in the Facebook comments on this post if you so desire.
When I was in Seattle I did not use a hot tool on my hair once, and my hair looked and felt amazing!
One of my goals this year is to attempt more natural hair. But I do notice a difference in how I feel about myself when I have "done" my hair versus wearing my hair "natural"; and that can be difficult.
Anyway, here is what you came for: my hair routine. As with my skincare and make up everything I use must be cruelty free; so that was a shift for me. I also co-wash my hair and really try to avoid shampoo because my hair is naturally so dry. Here we go:
The salon I frequent is Hedkandi, not only are they a close walk from my condo, they have a really great reputation in Calgary. I also happen to go to their sister beauty parlour: Butter for my nails and beauty treatments. For hair, go see Paige! She is flippin amazing and honestly my hair has never looked better. She is a wizard with copper / red tones!
The only time I shampoo my hair is when I am getting a blow out at the salon or my hair cut. So I leave it up to the stylist as to what they use. My salon uses Oribe and Bumble and Bumble products. Oribe is cruelty free, so I ask specifically for those products to be used. My favourites are:
- For "shampoo" I use a thinner conditioner to co-wash my hair. I make sure to concentrate more product on my scalp her and use the pads of my fingers to agitate the product and "clean" the hair.
- After rinsing (while still using my finger tips on my scalp and scrunching the ends of my hair under the water) I then use a thicker masque type product as my conditioner because I need all the moisture I can get. I concentrate a lot of product on the ends of my hair , comb it through with a large toothed comb and then pile it on top of my head while I finish everything else I need to do in the shower
- Using my fingers I rinse the hair masque after about 5 minutes of it soaking into my hair and I scrunch my hair under the water. I leave a little bit of residual conditioner in my hair.
- I am continually trying new products because going cruelty free has meant some trial and error. Below are the items I am currently using, the hair mask will remain a staple in my hair routine but the co-wash could change!
- Directly out of the shower, while my hair is still dripping wet I apply a hair oil, and then wrap my hair in a fiber cloth towel to dry.
- After I take my hair down from the towel I use a cream with a heat protector in it and generally let my hair air dry.
- I also spray some texturizing / salt spray to give my hair a little more grip to it
- If I am in a rush I will sit and do my makeup, letting my hair air dry and then when I am ready to finish my hair I will blow dry it. But I generally like to do as much air drying as possible.
I very very rarely flat iron my hair. As an adult I think that I look awful with straight hair haha. Sometimes I need to smooth my root out, so I do have a flat iron and use a few different curling irons. With regards to my curling irons, I choose irons over wands for a few reasons:
- I don't like how wands taper
- I like a little end cap to rest the ends of my hair / fingers on
- I like the option of a clamp, even though I rarely use it
Click the photos to check out pricing on the hot tools.
I purchased my flat iron at Chatters, it is the Kenneth Bernard Vibe, which means it has a vibrate option (cue a dirty joke here). Apparently the vibrating helps to evenly distribute the heat over the hair to cause less heat damage. I feel strange using a flat iron that doesn't vibrate now...
I use a variety of iron sizes because I like different sized curls depending on my look / mood. The 1.25 inch iron gives me Hollywood waves if I do a size part and beachy / bohemian waves if I do a centre part.
The 1 inch iron gives me tighter curls that relax during the day but makes my hair more bouncy!
Dry shampoo is a savior when you don't wash your hair every day. Due to my hair being so dry I don't typically have to use it until day 3. I also use a dry conditioner to give my hair some moisture. I sometimes use a pomade to give my hair some hold / the ends of my hair some texture; alongside the Ouai texturizing spray which is a god send. I am still trying to find a hairspray that is cruelty free and that I love, so that is a work in progress.
The Rose Gold Batiste Dry Shampoo smells like heaven. It actually is so complimentary with the Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb perfume, which is my signature scent!
And I leave you with my continued hair and betch goals: