vrijdag 9 mei 2014

My Hair Care Routine For My Curly Hair

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For years I've been struggling to find products that work with my hair. I inherited the very thin hair from my mother and the frizzy, curly hair from my father. When I was younger I used to dry comb my curls which resulted in a frizzy mess. I absolutely hated my hair back then, all I wanted was thick, straight hair like all my friends had.

When I was fourteen I got a CHI straightener for my birthday and I spent the following year straightening my hair every time I had to leave the house.

Luckily at some point I realized that I was badly damaging my hair and I had to find another way of dealing with my frizzy and curly hair. That's when I found out about co-washing (washing your hair with conditioner instead of harsh shampoos) and using silicone and sulfate free shampoos and conditioners. I'm not going to explain too much about why you should use silicone and sulfate free products, it would take up the whole blog post and there already are loads of articles about it online! Simply google "co-washing" or "why should you use silicone and sulfate free products". I've been using these products for half a year now and this is what my hair looks like now:

A pretty big difference with the first photo right! These are the products I use everyday:

I start off by washing my hair with this L'Oreal Elvive volume collagen conditioner. Washing your hair with conditioner is not very different than washing your hair with shampoo. The only thing is, it doesn't foam so you have to thoroughly massage it through your hair and rinse it out very well. If you don't rinse it all out the conditioner will stick to your scalp and make your hair look oily. Make sure to use a generous amount of conditioner (more than you would use if you were using shampoo).

Once a month (or more frequently if my scalp starts to feel oily) I mix some baby shampoo into my conditioner  when I wash my hair. This will get rid of any product built up on my scalp. 

After that I gently towel dry my hair and apply L'Oreal Elvive keratin smooth conditioner and leave it in for about 5 minutes. While it's still in my hair I gently comb through it with a wide tooth comb. This is the only time I comb my hair, if I comb through it while it's dry or semi-dry it will start to frizz. When my hair is tangle free I rinse out the conditioner and squeeze most of the moisture out of my hair with my hands. After that I roll my hair into one twist and wrap it up in an old T-shirt. I used to use a towel but a T-shirt is softer and will give you less frizz. 

I keep my hair in a T-shirt for about ten to twenty minutes (depending on how much time it takes to do my make-up) and after that I untwist it and massage a few drops of Argan oil into it. I don't run my fingers through my hair because that will separate my curls resulting in frizz, but I gently knead it into my hair focussing on the ends. I don't blow dry my hair but leave it to air dry for a frizz free look.

And that's it! These are all the products I use, nothing special or expensive. The conditioners and shampoo can be bought in any drugstore (at least here in The Netherlands). The Argan oil I buy online here. Make sure to buy 100% pure Argan oil without any silicones or other chemicals. Hope this helped some curly haired girls out!

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