I’ve been blogging for about 15 years and one of the questions I get most often is about my hair. I’m always so flattered by the question/compliment, and a lot of credit goes to good genetics and a great stylist! But today, I’m finally dedicating a blog post to my hair care routine and products. I’ve always had a current list of my favorite products in my hair curling tutorial post, but never a place that was dedicated to my favorite products exclusively that you could save and reference for later.
So today’s the day! I’m sharing the best products I’ve found for my hair and the order I use them. I’ll also keep this updated if I start using anything new! Feel free to leave questions in the comment section below.
My Hair Care Routine + Favorite Products
My hair care routine
My favorite shampoo and conditioner is by Beautycounter. I’ve used it for years and have nothing but great things to say about it. I also love this Innersense’s shampoo & conditioner and Rahua Shampoo & Conditioner, another clean brand. I don’t currently use those but I have in the past and they work great. Beautycounter is probably the “cleanest” of the three brands, but I feel good about all of them. (This post talks about what ingredients to avoid in your shampoo!)
2. Volume Foam
Right after I get out of the shower, I use the Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam on wet hair. I love this because it gives me great lift and volume without any crunchy feeling. It also smells amazing.
3. Spray In Conditioner Tonik
After the volumizing foam, I spray this Cult and King Tonik light hold leave in conditioner on my damp hair. It improves hair health, gives it very light hold, shine and just makes my hair look amazing. My stylist has used this on me for a few years and I finally broke down and bought my own since my hair always looks SO much better when she uses it! It also contains menthol to help stimulate hair growth, which I’m all about in my postpartum phase! (I’m still recovering from major hair loss!)
4. Styling Cream
This is a styling cream by Cult + King. I use just 1-2 pumps and apply only to the bottom half of my hair. It doesn’t go near the roots or else it can weigh hair down. It has heat protection in it and a light hold. And it works great whether I’m using a round brush to smooth my hair or a curling iron to create nice waves.
5. Blow Dry and Style
I’ve been using the Dyson hair dryer for a few years now and I LOVE IT. It dries my thick, long hair in 7-10 minutes! So if you’re looking to splurge, go that route. I have nothing bad to say about it, but it does take a little practice to get used to since it’s so powerful!
If I’m leaving my hair straight, I don’t use a flat iron. My hair dries straight with a blow dryer, so that’s all I use, along with this round brush. If I’m curling my hair, I use the T3 Curling Iron. I LOVE it. It holds my curls for much longer than my old one did and the heat settings are gentler on my hair. It I do not use a curling wand because I like the clamp. I feel like it gives me more control and I’m just used to it. (If you do use a wand, wrap your hair but not at the ends. If you want tighter curls, wrap small sections of hair in each section.)
To hold my hair up while I blow dry or curl, I use these Alligator Clips.
6. Volume Spray (again)
After I’ve dried and styled my hair, I use this Kerastase Volume In Powder Spray. I find that it helps keep the style for longer and makes my hair look full and bouncy. I lift my hair up and spray under it, right at the roots. Then, I rub it in using my fingertips (pretty aggressively!), creating volume as I do so. I run my fingers through my hair to settle the craziness back down.
7. Finishing Spray
I love the Innersense I Create Finish Spray for any leftover flyaways. It’s the best finishing touch for all of my hairstyles, but I only use a tiny bit! It does leave a slight crunhiness which I don’t love but I can run my fingers through it to soften it. I also really like this Kenra Dry Oil Control Spray. Once I run out of the I Create Finish Spray, I’ll likely go back to the Kenra one.
Weekly Hair Treatments
- Goop Sea Salt Scalp Scrub – I use this scalp scrub once a week to help get any leftover product buildup out of my hair. It smells great and makes my hair feel so clean. If you use dry shampoo during the week, you definitely want to scrub your scalp at least once a week to get it clean.
- No Nothing Dry Shampoo – I’m super sensitive to specific ingredients and especially fragrance. This is my new favorite dry shampoo because it’s SO clean and doesn’t have a smell. I do this this Living Proof dry shampoo works better, but I can’t stand the smell!
- OUAI Treatment Mask for Thick Hair – I try to use this mask once a week, but it happens less frequently than that. It’s ultra hydrating, and if you’re washing your hair a lot (I do when I run!), it’s important to make sure it’s deeply hydrated.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
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