Alright ladies, let’s talk hair! I’m sure we all have a horror story of some sort when it comes to our hair. A bad color job, a horrible haircut, we’ve all been there! I have some haircare routine tips that are easy, budget friendly, and will keep your hair healthy!
Hair Horror Story
I never really cared too much about my hair and taking care of it until I decided to permenantly straighten my hair..myself. (I know, all of my hairdresser friends start cringing now! 😁) I had done it myself before and it worked fine, but I found a cheaper version won figured why not save the money?! BAD IDEA. After putting the product on your hair, you had to leave it for 48 hours and not wash your hair.
After 48 hours is where this goes down hill. When I finally washed my hair I noticed it was….pretty dead on the ends. I thought okay well I did basically just put a perm type solution on my hair, do it’s going to be dry. I blew dry my hair and started to straighten it, and that’s when I noticed my problem. My hair was fried. The straightener wasn’t doing anything. I went to my hairdresser right away and asked her what I should do. Unfortunately her suggestion was to cut it…and I mean cut off inches. So that’s what I did. I went from medium length hair to short (above the shoulders) hair. Now, my hair was still damaged, especially the bangs I had at the time, but it was a lot better than before.
The problem didn’t stop there. I had to get my hair cut once a month (no that isn’t an exaggeration) to get the dead ends cut off. This is when I started taking better care of my hair, and developing a haircare routine. I knew that a good haircare routine wouldn’t help fix my dead ends, but it would help the new hair growth. This happened about 8 years ago. I now have medium length hair again, which is pretty healthy! I do get it colored every few months, and trimmed, but overall my hair is in really good shape! I’m going to share my haircare routine tips with you, so that if you’re in the middle of a hair disaster, you would know what to do!
My Haircare Tips
Because of my hair disaster, I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks to keep your hair healthy. I’ve tried a ton of products, good and bad, cheap and expensive, and I don’t personally believe you have to spend a ton of money on hair products to have good hair. My hairdresser has told me this as well, which I appreciate. But this is personal preference. If you like the good expensive stuff, then get it! I know I do sometimes!
I don’t wash my hair every day. Now this doesn’t mean I don’t shower every day, I just don’t wash my hair. I do this for a few reasons. One being it isn’t good for the hair color I have, and it’s good to give your hair a break from washing it. I’ve had to train my hair to not need washed everyday. I started washing it every other day for a while and now I’m up to washing it every 2 days. Two, I have naturally curly hair, which I straighten. I never wear it curly. Curly hair is beautiful, just not on me! I only straighten it the first day, and then it will be decent for the next two. This way, I’m using minimal heat on my hair.
Expensive vs. Inexpensive shampoo: Does it really matter? I personally don’t think it does, and my hairdresser agreed. When my hair was “ruined”, all I used was expensive shampoo. I honestly didn’t see a difference. Now that’s just personal preference. I know that some people are conscientious about what ingredients are in their products, and that’s great if it works for you!! I always try to switch up my shampoo every time I buy it so that my hair doesn’t get used to what I’m using. Maybe that’s not even a real thing that happens, but I just like to switch things up! Here are some of my favorites:
I rarely blow dry my hair. I already use a straightener on it, so I try to avoid using the blow dryer as well. I wash my hair at night, and let it air dry while I’m in bed. If I do use my blow dryer, I use it on medium heat, never the hot heat. I’ve used several straighteners but the one I currently have I love. Right now I have the GHD brand, but the Chi’s work well too. I’ll leave them both be
I use a deep conditioner once a week. This I have been doing since my hair mishap. I’ve used a ton of different ones, but my personal favorite is the Macadamia hair mask. It’s sold at ulta, but sometimes I find it on sale at TJMaxx. This mask you only leave on for a few minutes while you’re in the shower, which I prefer. I have also used coconut oil, which is a cheaper option. This works well too. Using a deep conditioner always leaves my hair soft and shiny. I also like to think of it as a heavy duty conditioner, which is good to use a few times a month to keep your new hair growth strong. Here are some of my favorite deep conditioners:
I still get a haircut. But only a trim! I don’t know if I’ll ever cut my hair short again! But I think it’s important to get a haircut or your ends will keep breaking making your hair look shorter and dry. I don’t personally think that’s a good look. So I get a trim every few months. Plus it leaves your hair feeling healthy, who doesn’t like shiny healthy hair?!
I use a WetBrush. If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon, get on it! This brush gets out knots without hurting. YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT, removing knots without pain! They are inexpensive and they have a ton of different designs and colors. This brush eliminate all tugging, tearing and pulling, and can be used on wet or dry hair. I recommend this for little girls who hate having their hair brushed too!
I ALWAYS use a heat protectant. If you’re doing any sort of heat styling you need to use a protectant. I never go without one. Now I’ve tried a ton of these. I’ve tried expensive and inexpensive brands. I don’t personally see a different in any that I’ve tried. Maybe the ingredients? But I’m not big on worrying about ingredients. I notice that if I don’t use a heat protectant my hair isn’t as soft or shin Here are some of my favorites:
Dry shampoo is your friend. Now there are a ton of brands with dry shampoo. It’s become pretty popular the last few years! I’ve tried many, but I always come back to Batiste dry shampoo. You can get this at Ulta, Walmart, and drug stores. It’s inexpensive and they have a lot of different scents! They also have dry shampoo’s for hair colors. I use the brunette option, which doesn’t leave a white cast on my hair. No other dry shampoo has worked on my hair like Batiste does!
These are my basic haircare routine tips that I use to keep my hair healthy. I’ve been doing this consistently for a couple of years and every time I go to my hairdresser she always compliments me on how healthy my hair looks, even when she hasn’t seen me in a couple of months! I like to keep it simple and budget friendly!
What are your favorite hair products? I’d love to hear your ideas!