Lather, Rinse & Repeat. That’s my motto. Just Kidding. Kind of.
My hair’s always been kind of fussy. I always surprise people by telling them my hair is curly because most asians have very straight and shiny hair. So for me finding products to maintain my hair and keep it healthy has always been a trial and error process.
In order to maintain healthy locks, I do what most people do and use shampoo and conditioner. I live in a dry climate and although it seems counterintuitive, this climate makes my hair less frizzy. However, the dry weather does mean that in order to keep my hair shiny I need to use a shampoo and a conditioner that are extra moisturizing.
So here are my top hair care picks:
Nexxus Therappe Shampoo – Whenever I use this shampoo my hair feels as soft as it does after I use conditioner. I actually do lather, rinse and repeat because I find that repeating the process allows the shampoo to lather up better. Plus, the second time requires much less shampoo and you can use a volumizing shampoo prior to this one to add a little oommmphh (but watch out – volumizing shampoo usually work by removing more oil than normal shampoos – so they can be drying).
John Frieda Full Repair – Strengthen+Restore Conditioner – I loveeee this conditioner. It makes my hair really soft, it smells great, and it doesn’t weigh my hair down. So for me it works a lot better than any expensive conditioner or deep conditioning mask like the Macadamia Oil products many people swear by. However, if you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative I also like Dove’s Intensive Repair Conditioner. The main difference I find between the two is that the Dove conditioner is slightly heavier.
For the past year I’ve been trying to minimize the damage by no longer using my straightening iron on a regular basis. However, since I just began an internship at a big girl firm I figured it was about time to make my hair look presentable instead of wavy and all over the place.
I’ve permanently straightened my hair before and although it was easy to maintain, it is super expensive and caused my hair colour to fade to a lighter black which I didn’t like. So to straighten my hair now I use my Chi Flat Iron (similar model). I think that investing in a quality straightener is really important to keeping your mane healthy as they work better and cause less damage. As well, using a heat protectant like TRESemme’s Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray has been really effective for preventing split ends and breakage. I spray my hair thoroughly and then comb the product through to spread it evenly before I straighten my hair.
Lastly, I’ve been using Rusk’s Sensories Smoother Leave-in Smoothing Conditioner. I only recently started using the product but I have read great reviews on it so I’m hoping it’ll work well for me. I bought it at Winners so it was super affordable and if you’re looking for Rusk products, they often are sold at Winners at a discounted price.
Let me know if you try any of these products and thank you for reading! C: