I have been on a lifelong roller coaster ride with my hair, I have gone back and forth with different lengths, colours and styles. I have had hair down to my waist and an almost pixie cut, I have gone through periods of intense straightening and then over curling - that I refused to brush out - and I have even had black hair with extensions. It has taken me what seems like ages to figure out what sort of style worked for me and my shyness surrounding my naturally red hair that has been a beacon for attention - both positive and negative - my entire life.
About two years ago I took the plunge and chopped off the majority of my hair leaving me with a longish bob and while I have grown it out a bit during the winters, I have stayed with this style because it seems to suit me so much better than the long waves I had before. Just the other day, I chopped off 4 inches of winter growth and now I am reunited with my trusty lob - that I missed SO much! - and I thought I would share my haircare essentials and routine with you!
First things first, I have really thick, heavy hair that sits somewhere between straight and wavy. Even though it is quite thick, the weight means it is really flat and lifeless and because I have so much hair, it tangles in seconds. I have always been so confused and clueless on how to deal with it that I did nothing but I have been using a few products for the last few months that have really helped me understand that your hair needs some love too.
I am a firm believer that less is more when it comes to washing your hair, I only use shampoo and what not every 3-4 days and I don't use the same products every time. My primary shampoo changes every once in awhile but right now I am using Dove's Oil Therapy line. About twice a month I wash my hair with Neutrogena's T Gel Therapeutic shampoo ($13) to help rinse away any residue and also treat my psoriasis (chronic dry skin). To combat how intense the T Gel can be I like to follow up with the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Intense Hydration Treatment Mask. This mask is formulated with cactus extract to provide deep hydration right down to the scalp. I like to leave it on for 15 minutes to let it really soak in and then rinse it out twice to make sure there is no residue. It leaves my hair feeling soft, seriously smooth and really nourished and that feeling lasts for a few days.
The last step I like to use before letting my hair dry naturally is to spray on a little bit of the Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Spray Serum($12)*. This is an amazing little multipurpose product, it is a super lightweight leave in conditioner that is infused with keratin and silk extract to help fight frizz, seal split ends, deeply nourish and smooth hair leaving it healthy and shiny but without leaving any trace. As a girl who hates how heavy her hair is naturally, I can promise you that it doesn't add any sort of weight and you can't even feel it to the touch, there is no greasy or waxy residue. It can be used on both wet and dry hair and also acts as a heat protectant so it's perfect for adding a bit of hydration before using any hot tools.
I like to keep my hair as healthy as possible so I tend to keep a relatively simple routine and I spend the majority of my time with my hair au naturel. The only thing that makes it into my daily routine is my trusty Tangle Teezer. As I said, I have ridiculous hair that tangles in seconds and I wake up every single morning with a giant clump of hair at the back of my head. My scalp is also super sensitive and I hate brushing my hair, a couple of years ago I discovered the original Tangle Teezer while on a trip to Manitoba and just about died of excitement, I had heard so much on Youtube about this miracle brush and I couldn't wait to see if it would solve my problems. Well, I'm going to come right out and say it, this thing is magic.
The Tangle Teezer($25) is a small plastic brush that fits in the palm of your hand so you grip the entire thing which helps you have better control. It has multiple layers of flex memory teeth that move and adjust to the different types and textures of hair so it works for everyone. The different teeth help the brush glide through the hair and easily detangle all of the knots and clumps without pulling out or breaking any strands. It is literally painless compared to more standard brushes and it takes me less than half the time than it used to, to brush my hair. It also smooths down frizz and leaves a nice shine. This miracle brush has completely changed how I do my hair and my fear of brushing my hair has disappeared.
While I love the original version, it is a bit of a pain to take out during the day because the bristles would get bent in my handbag but now there is a compact version specifically designed for travel. The compact Tangle Teezer* is a bit smaller than the original and features a super handy click on - click off cover that snaps on to protect the bristles from damage as well as dirt and dust.
On the days that I do want to either straighten or curl my hair I use my Sephora Collection Flat Iron and my Sally Hershberger Major Body 3-in-1 Volumizing Spray($12)*. The Major Body spray is like hair perfection in a bottle and I have never loved a hair product as much as this, I literally have two back ups because I think I would break into tears if I ran out of this goodness. The Major Body spray is a volumizing spray, texturizing spray, dry shampoo, and hairspray all wrapped up into one. It takes the best aspects of each product and combines them with the magical powers of caffeine for a serious shot of volume to your hair.
I like to spray this into my roots and throughout my hair after styling and the difference is instantaneous, within seconds my hair is plumped, bouncy and full of life. My normally heavy hair that likes to lay flat and refuses to hold any sort of style is now light as a feather and perfectly poised. The texturizer/dry shampoo soaks up all traces of grease without leaving any residue - it's clear so no white marks - and adds a bit of grit to give your hair some naturally messy texture.
The combination of the texture and hairspray makes curls last for days, even my hair that goes flat within minutes is transformed with this spray. My curls are bouncy and light and they hold their shape until I wash my hair. It does leave a bit of residue so I like to make sure I brush my hair out at the end of the day to prevent any extra tangles. The finished product (see below) is seriously gorgeous hair that I just can't get enough of. I have never loved my hair as much as I do now and it's all thanks to my haircare essentials.
You can find the Clear and Sally Hershberger products at your local Shoppers Drug Mart and the Tangle Teezer is available at Sephora.
*products provided for consideration - opinions are honest and my own*