In the colder months, its very common to have a more course, frayed head of hair. The cooler air itself will do that to you, but if you over-style, over-color or even over-wash your hair, you could be looking at an even worse situation.
Over the past several months, I have acquired a fairly consistent routine that has worked for me in effectively conditioning, thickening and replenishing my locks, even in these colder months. I only use around three products, though I find just incorporating one of these products into your weekly haircare will give you noticeable improvement.
First, I have to start with the “holy grail” of all products: WEN Cleansing Conditioner ($30)
You’ve probably seen this product advertised A LOT. I rarely go for products that seem to be over-sold but I tried it after one of my favorite youTubers (Anna lee – link below) who happens to be one of creator Chaz Dean’s main stylists, consistently mentioned WEN in her videos.
Cleansing conditioner is NOT a shampoo, though it takes place of a shampoo. Shampoos, in general, damage hair with massive amounts of chemicals. Cleansing conditioners, using natural ingredients, not only wash the grime out of you hair but intensively nourishes your scalp and follicles.
WEN uses botanical extracts like Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, which helps moisturize the hair and Sweet Almond Oil (if you purchase the Sweet Almond Mint C.C) that is high in protein- fatty acids, beneficial for overall scalp nourishment.
Now, cleansing conditioner is something to get use to- it’s not like shampoo, where you put some in your hair and rinse. You must lather this baby as it doesn’t foam like most shampoos. You also have to let it sit in your hair for a couple minutes, so your follicles can absorb as much nutrients as possible. There are simple directions on the WEN or Sephora website on how to specifically use but in brief, you use several pumps of the cleansing conditioner, lather for a few minutes, then heavily rinse.
The first couple times I used WEN, my hair was the softest it had ever been BUT it did not feel as clean- mainly because my hair got greasier faster. It is something to get used to- Shampoos overly cleanse your hair and strip all-natural oils, which are actually ideal for healthy hair. I would rather have healthy hair and use a little dry shampoo here and there, then dull, overly- cleansed hair.
Every time you wash your hair, you use a good amount of the WEN product, but you end up washing your hair a lot less. On average, I wash my hair every three days. All in all, I noticed my hair to be incredibly silky and after repeated usage for about a month, I saw that my hair was extra bouncy with voluminous shine.
*oh, and I also use about a pump of C.C in my hair after the shower as a leave-in conditioner!
Using WEN is really the only product I need, but on days I don’t have access to WEN, I love to use It’s a 10! Miracle Hair Mask ($30). This little tub is packed full of conditioning goodness and is used after cleansing your hair in the shower. If you want immediate, soft hair, this mask is for you.
I also love to use this product in cohesion with It’s a 10! Miracle Leave-in spray/ Keratin ($15). I find this spray to work wonders on split ends. I spray a few sprits on the ends of my hair after a shower and immediately notice a difference.
For a cheaper alternative, I have been really enjoying Marc Anthony’s Oil of Morocco Dry Styling Oil, which I written about before. For only about $9, you get a good quality product that does a nice, quick conditioning job with its nutrient- packed Argan oil formula. This spray is one of those products that I consistently buy and it never disappoints.
AND…. as always, you can always use a little Coconut Oil for dry hair- I wrote a whole post devoted to the magic of coconut oil- I’ll link it right here: https://jvwbeauty.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/natural-beauty-the-benefits-of-coconut-oil/
As always guys, thanks for stopping by!