Hi guys! Today I’ll be talking about my hair care routine. Managing frizzy and naturally wavy hair isn’t easy. When I was young, I wish I had the typical stick straight hair that most other Asian girls have. But in the past few years, I learned to love and care for my naturally wavy hair. The hair products that I use most often are displayed in the picture below.
Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioning Cream: I apply this product in the morning when my hair is frizzy and needs some help staying in place. After I straighten my hair with my Remington 2-inch hair straightener, I apply the leave-in conditioner to the ends of my hair.
Garnier Curl Shaping Spray Gel: I haven’t gotten the chance to use this product very much. So far, I don’t like it as much as I thought I would. It works better with semi-wet hair than dry hair. Basically, you spray the gel and twist your hair into curls. The gel is very sticky and gives the hair a hard texture if the product is not very evenly distributed.
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum: This is my favorite hair product of all time. I prefer to wash my hair at night and use this product when my hair is damp. After I dry my hair with a towel, I apply a pump of the serum to the ends of the my hair and scrunch my hair to create more volume. When I wake up the next morning, the ends of my hair look hydrated and the soft curls stay all day long. This product also helps to dry your hair faster so you can apply this product before blow drying.
Aussie 3-Minute Deep Conditioner: Christine suggested me to try this product after I told her how frizzy my hair becomes. I use this product once a week. After shampoo and rinse, apply this conditioner and use a shower cap to facilitate the effect of this conditioner. After 3-5 minutes, rinse your hair twice (once with warm water and once with cold water). This conditioner has a strong pina colada smell so be aware of this fact if you are allergic to fragrance.
TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray: Before applying heat, it’s always important to use a heat protectant. I use this spray before I blow dry or straighten my hair.
L’Oreal Hair Expertise EverSleek Shampoo & Conditioner: Overall, I like this shampoo-conditioner combo. But sometimes the shampoo is a bit drying, especially in the winter. I chose this line for the frizz-control and the lack of sulfate and silicone.
If you take a look in the ingredients list of your regular shampoo, you’ll probably see the chemical “Sodium Laurryl Sulfate” or “Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate” listed quite commonly.
It’s a surfactant, which is a detergent that surrounds and traps oily materials from surfaces. In short, it’s harsh and has created a lot of concern in the cosmetic world with customers, not as much within the industry itself.
Here’s a really clear and informative article on sulfates!
Sulfates are cheap to use in manufacturing shampoos and they foam a lot, which most people associate with getting a good and deep clean. The foaming action of a shampoo actually does nothing for the cleaning process; it just makes the user feel better about the product.
Personally, I have both regular shampoos and sulfate-free shampoos. I try to use the sulfate-free ones more and have been testing out different ones. Eventually, I think I’ll completely switch to sulfate-free ones because many companies have made really great ones!
I have linked all the brands in this post, so just click on the titles and you’ll find more info!
Here are 3 sulfate-free brands that I have used:
Here are some others that I have found online and ones I will try:
Many of the more natural brands like dessert essence, alba botanica, aubrey organics, and nature’s gate can be found at Whole Foods. Others should be in Walmart, Target, or beauty stores like Sephora or department stores.
As women, I think it’s really important to take control of our beauty and learn more about our beauty products. It is both empowering and healthy for our bodies.
If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments section!