Haircare Routine: Shampoo, Conditioner & Masks
I've never talked all that much about haircare on my blog for some reason and I'm not really sure why. Well, today I am here to rectify that with a little haircare series on the blog about my routine. I'll go into detail about the treatments, styling products and hair tools that I use at a later date, as this will focus on all the stuff we use in the shower to clean and hydrate those lovely locks.
I'm going to be completely honest here and tell you all that I only wash my hair once a week. That may sound gross to some of you, but when you have thick, coarse hair like I do, washing it any more really isn't necessary, which bodes well for me as a lazy person. I just never look forward to washing my hair. It's so much effort and I spend so long in the shower. However, when hair washing day rolls around and I finally manage to peel my butt off my desk chair, I use Redken's Smooth Lock range, which I've been using for years. I've dabbled in and out of other brands, never finishing up the bottles because I was just never satisfied with the results they gave me. I guess sometimes as beauty junkies, we're always hungry to try new products, but when you find something that really works, you stick to it and I'll never stray away from Redken again. I use both the Redken Smooth Lock Shampoo and Conditioner and nothing has ever made my hair feel so soft and hydrated before. A couple of years ago, I went through a period where my hair was so dry and felt like straw, but when I came back to Redken, my hair was fully restored and nourished again. I think I'll be using this for the rest of my life.
If you have a fringe, I'm sure you can share my sentiments on the woes of gap fringe. It drives me crazy! To combat this, I turn to Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, which throughly cleanses the hair to remove product build up, making the roots and fringe fuller and not weighed down. This shampoo is honestly a godsend! As someone with naturally dry hair, I've never found it to dry it out, though I only use it on the top part of my head as my hair is colour treated with a red ombré on the bottom part and I don't want to strip the colour out of it. It has a gorgeous light, fresh scent, however, I don't use it on a Sunday. I'm such a rebel.
I have a few masks on rotation when I wash my hair. For hydration, I use the Redken Smooth Lock Butter Silk Rinse Out Treatment and Bumble and Bumble Quenching Masque. When my hair went through its awful dry phase, I would use the Smooth Lock Butter Silk as my conditioner, but now I just use it as a regular mask. I love it, though I think I love the Bumble and Bumble Quenching Masque just that little bit more. It's thicker in consistency and smells tropical. Yum! I don't reach for it too often as it is quite expensive, so I reserve it for those days when my hair needs a little extra TLC. Another hydrating mask is the Revlon Nutri Colour Creme in #556 Mahogany, which not only makes my hair feel soft and silky, but revitalises the colour in my hair. Having colour treated hair, especially red, can be a bitch to maintain, so in between visits to the hairdresser, I rely on this mask to help maintain my colour. You're meant to wash and towel dry your hair prior to using this, but who the hell has time to shower twice? I just try to squeeze as much water out of my hair as possible, leave it on for a good 15-20 minutes and that's enough to satisfy me with the amount of vibrance it adds back into my hair. The last mask I use is the Kérastase Spécifique Sensidote Dermo-Calm Masque, which is aimed to sooth an irritated scalp. When my hairdresser noticed my scalp was dry, she told me off for having really hot showers, but sometimes I just can't help it! I don't use this too often as I'm trying to use less hot water these days, but every now and then, I'll massage this into my scalp and leave it on for a few minutes before conditioning. The consistency is really runny and being in a tub doesn't help with being able to scoop up the product either, but it does work, so I guess I can overlook its flaw in packaging. It leaves my scalp feeling refreshed and less sensitive than it once was.
Have you used any products by the brands I've mentioned here? Let me know what your hair washing ritual looks like!