Monday, November 17, 2014

My Hair Care Routine and A Blogger Hair Challenge.

Hello there!

The first thing people say to me when they see is I "I Love your hair!" Its the best compliment I can get since I am obsessed with my tresses and take really good care of them. The most requested post has also been a hair care and routine post. So lets check out what I like to call my 'hair dream team'! 

 A little back story. As a kid and teenager I used to rock short hair or a bob. Once I finished my 10th standard ( yes till the 10th grade!) I decided to start growing out my hair. But I would always chop it if it went past my shoulder length as that was easy to manage for me. Recently I have had a streak of bad luck with hair dressers that give me pathetic hair cuts, from bad fringes to uneven layers. Finally I gave up on cutting my hair and let it grow so I could then get a decent cut. Long story short my hair is super long, its a little beyond my lower back/tailbone area now. I have super straight hair thanks to my mums side of the family where all the women are blessed with super straight hair (yes the kind that looks like it was straightened). Because my hair is super long it has weighed down quite a bit causing me to loose all volume at the top. In short very flat straight hair. It has been color abused for many years and tangles a lot ( but nothing a tangle teaser can't tame) I also have to mention that my scalp is very oily but the lower ends of my hair tend to go dry. I have tried and tested almost a million products until I've found 4 products that are amazing and do wonders for my hair. I have also discovered that the less products you use the better it is for the hair and the less you heat style it (straighten, crimp, curl etc) the better it is. Apart from these products the only 3 other products that come near my hair are the L'oreal Elnett Satin Hair Spray when I choose to heat abuse my hair or the Ojon Original Detangler if I encounter some serious tangle, and my choice of dry shampoo is the Batiste dry shampoo for dark hair when my hair needs to go 1 more day without a wash!

Lets get to the products the my hair has been loving:

Shampoo: I use the Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo. Its the best shampoo I have used in a long time. It cleans my scalp of dirt, grime and dry shampoo residue while nourishing the hair, my hair feels super shiny, silky and lightweight after. It is a little on the pricier side but even for my length of hair this lasts about 2 months ( I wash my hair every 2-3 days) What I like is that while it cleans my hair it doesn't strip it off its moisture. Its taken me a long time to start loving a shampoo this much and I am definitely not complaining. It is also Sulfate free and Paraben free and color safe, all the more better right? I usually get it off jabong during a sale.  

Conditioner: My conditioner of choice is the Macadamia Natural Oil Moisturizing Rinse. The name of this product was quite misleading, I was not sure it this was a conditioner to begin with, but it is. Now the conditioner is not my most favorite product on its own but when I mix it in with a little of the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair mask, oh my! I can't tell you how amazing my hair feels after. The mask on its own can be a little heavy for the hair and the conditioner on its own a little less effective, mix both and BAM! This leaves my hair smooth, shiny (ridiculously shiny actually), lightweight, and nourished till the ends. I have been using the has for years now and don't ever think I will like anything more ever. I have introduced so many friends and family members to the mask and have not come across even 1 person that said they hated it. 

Serum/Spray: My choice of hair serum is the Macadamia Healing Oil Spray. I just find that the whole range works for me when used together or separately. a couple of sprays of this in the lower parts of my hair, makes sure it stays shiny and smooth till the next wash, and it just adds life into my hair while nourishing it. Its a lightweight spray and I need about 3-4 spritz along the lower ends of my hair. Since I have an oily scalp I tend not it spray it on the top of my head. 

Hair Oil: I don't oil my hair at all ( Yes, I know! Shocker) I hvant oiled my hair in over 8-9 years. Yes that long! I hate the smell of hair oils and the nuisance it is to wash off. But one of my hair doctor's recommended that I don't use hair oil. And that has worked for me till now. My granny recently came over and insisted that I must oil my hair to nourish it, I also saw a hair expert who recommended that I oil my hair attest twice to thrice a month. Since I have very long locks, they will stay moisturized with oil. He also explained to me that a hydrating mask is not enough especially for my dry end. To my luck the same day Lancy Cv of MABH introduced a blogger challenge. And I decided to take it up. Her oil claims to help nourish your hair, stop breakage/hairfall and make it longer. All three of which I would love!  Now I don't suffer from major hairfalll but the usual breakage from detailing is my constant worry. Also Im trying to grow out my hair till the knees so I can cut of 10 inches to donate to a charity based locally that makes wigs for cancer patients. So lets see, I have received the oil from her and will incorporate it in my daily routine and keep updating you.

What are your Holy Grail products for your hair?