In early Spring 2015, I did a big chop and got a bob that just touched the top of my shoulders. I liked it, but I’m a “long hair don’t care” type of girl, and I was ready to grow healthy hair again. By late 2017 I had solidly pasted my shoulders in terms of hang time. Today, my hair is past the bra strap line.
My hair care routine is extremely simple. I use the Brazilian Blowout Keratin treatment in my hair every 6 months to aid with sealing and straightening. I have the Keratin Treatments professionally done once in Fall and then again in Spring. When I left full time relaxing (which I used to stretch out and do every 3 months), I was using keratin every 3 months as well. After I used keratin for about 1 year I reduced it to every 6 months. In between my keratin I simply get a roller set (almost) every week.
The night before I get my roller set in the salon, I try to wash and deep condition my hair overnight.
Here’s the breakdown of my home to salon hair care regimen.
I use the Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo by the Body Shop. I like the tingly feeling that it gives my scalp during the wash, and the clean feeling I have afterwards. After that and while I shower, I apply a dollop of Pureology Strength Cure Restorative Masque. I find that this product makes detangling super easy. It combs through SO smoothly with a large tooth comb. Finally, I use the Brazilian Blowout brand Açaí Deep Conditioning Masque and wrap my hair in a t-shirt. T-shirts are better than towels for wrapping hair and keeping some moisture in. Towels are moisture wicking (as they should be), but that’s not what we want for our hair. I cover my pillow, so that it’s not soaked when I wake up, and I’m off to Lala Land.
What happens at the salon
The next day, I head to the hair salon and they rinse out my deep conditioner out and roll my hair in the salon. This saves time in there too! I always bring a heat protectant like Brazilian Blowout brand Açaí Protective Thermal Strengthening Balm or Mizani ThermaStrength Heat Protecting Serum. I get a roller set and then I have just my roots blown out. Typically, I skip the doobie and get pin curls or leave it out.
Every night I religiously pin curl my hair and cover it with a bonnet. I don’t care how tired (or tipsy) I might be, this step is non-negotiable.
That’s literally all I do. I’ve stuck to this script with very little variation for the past few years.
Occasionally, I will also follow the same wash routine but add a coconut oil treatment to my hair beforehand. Also instead of getting a roller set I may braid my hair into 2 or 3 cornrows overnight, then take them out and wear a crimped style in the morning. I don’t think you need to use 500 products to have healthy hair. It can get very complicated and overwhelming at times thinking about the different processes involved in pre poo, hot oils, washing and conditioning ones hair. Keep it simple!