Like many women and men I know, hair plays a big part in my identity. Throughout my life, I’ve never really done much to my hair, in terms of color and cut. Of course, I’ve had years where my hair was much, much shorter or blonder than it is now, but I’ve always been conscious about taking care of it. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my hair, which is why I figured this blog post would be perfect to write this week. My secrets to great hair aren’t secrets — I’m sharing them all with you. Every little thing I do and product I use to achieve my hair on a daily basis.
So, let’s get started!
Secret No. 1: I don’t use conditioner.
This really surprises people. It’s not like I’ve gone my whole life without using conditioner. I just recently stopped using it. When I was living in South Carolina last year, I found that my hair was getting greasy more frequently, and I felt that I had a lot of product build-up.
During the summer of 2018, when it was 90 degrees in Myrtle Beach every single day, I decided to stop using conditioner. I wanted to see if removing it would help my hair. To my surprise, it really made a difference.
I don’t feel like my hair is as weighed down as it used to be.
It’s important to note that if you do decide to remove conditioner from your hair care routine, you have to make up for the lack of moisture and protein with a high-quality shampoo.
I use Matrix Biolage Advanced Keratindose Shampoo and I absolutely love it. I double cleanse, too — meaning I put a little shampoo on first, quickly rinse and then follow up with more shampoo to really get it into a lather. Before I brush my hair after a shower, I spritz this Argan Oil all over my hair to help with detangling.
Secret No. 2: The Wet Brush is a miracle worker.
Like I mentioned above, I don’t use conditioner, so my hair definitely needs a little help with brushing after a shower. I don’t know where I would be without my Wet Brush. I’ve used the brand since my freshman year of college, and I won’t ever switch.
If you don’t use a Wet Brush, what are you doing!? Nah, just kidding. But seriously, there is something magical about the design of this brush. I can’t explain it. You just have to try it for yourself.
I also want to point out that after I shower and brush my hair, I don’t brush again unless I have a big knot in my hair when I wake up. I have naturally wavy hair, so brushing when it’s dry is a no-go.
Secret No. 3: I only ever put my hair in a pony with a silk scrunchie.
I hate wearing my hair up. My brain always hurts when I have my hair in a pony for too long. On the rare occasion that I do wear it up, I tie it with a silk scrunchie. They are more gentle on the hair and less likely to cause damage. Plus — I feel like I can wear my hair up for longer periods of time when I use a scrunchie, like these ones.
Secret No. 4: OLAPLEX. Once a week.
I find that Sundays are usually my days for remembering to do my OLAPLEX treatment. If you haven’t heard of OLAPLEX, it’s like, THE PRODUCT of all hair products. I use No. 3, since it’s the only one available at Sephora.
OLAPLEX No. 3 is the “Hair Perfector.” It’s similar to a leave-in treatment that strengthens and softens your hair. You can leave it on for a minimum of ten minutes, or let it sit overnight. I tend to leave it on for about an hour, and then I rinse out and wash.
If you heat treat your hair, or get it colored frequently, you’ve got to try OLAPLEX. It will be life-changing for your hair.
Secret No. 5: I don’t use an expensive curling iron.
The Conair 1 1/2-inch Curling Iron is my favorite. It’s under $20 and it works so well for my hair, which is thick and sometimes coarse. You can easily adjust the heat setting, too. I’ve had this one for four years now and it’s still chugging along. If you’re in the market for a new curling iron and don’t want to spend a lot, this is the one for you!
Well, that’s all I’ve got for ya! My secrets to great hair! What are your hair care secrets? I would love to hear in the comments below!
Also, I’m obviously not a hair professional — I just know what works for me! I hope this blog post has provided you with a little insight about techniques and new products that you could incorporate into your own routine.
Until next time!