Saturday, October 5, 2013

My Simple, No-Frills Hair Care Routine


Unlike makeup and skincare, I generally do not hoard hair care products and do not rotate through many things at the same time. I buy a bottle of something, use it up, then repurchase or try something new. But no harm in sharing my pared down hair care routine and providing some insight on the products I've been using. 

Generally my hair is non-fussy aside from the odd case of major frizz on an especially humid summer day. I used to color my hair in high school but it was only a few times (maybe three?). I also did permanent straightening and a wavy perm during those years as well. Almost three years ago I chopped my long hair into a bob and let it grow out to a healthy state. I rarely straighten or curl my hair and can't even remember the last time I've used any of those tools. I rarely use a hard dryer either and prefer to air dry my hair (mostly out of laziness). 

I was my hair every two or three days with the Phyto Soothing Treatment Shampoo which I picked up at City Pharma in Paris. I wanted to try a Phyto product because it's a high end product sold in Sephora in the states but a drugstore priced brand in France. I figured it was probably pretty good and the soothing formula sounded gentle for my scalp. The shampoo comes in an awkward metal bottle and has a poorly designed flip top opening that gives you very little control over how much product comes out. I wish it had a pump dispenser instead. The shampoo is brown colored and smells strongly of men's body wash to me. It hardly foams but somehow leaves your hair feeling cleaner. It's a decent shampoo but not something I would buy again, especially not for Sephora prices. 

For conditioner I've been using the L'Oreal Elvive Total Repair 5 Hair Mask which I raved about in my May favorites. I used to use this as a hair mask about once a week but have since made it my usual conditioner as a little goes a long way and it doesn't over moisturize my hair. I bought this mask while in Amsterdam so I'm not sure what the American equivalent is but I will probably look into more L'oreal brand hair care products in the future. 

After washing my hair, I like to put a tiny bit of treatment into damp hair to lock in the moisture and give my locks a bit of a boost. Lately I've been using a sample of the Alterna Bamboo Silk-Sleek Brilliance Cream. This generous sample has lasted me a few washes already and I have many more to go. I like to transfer the product from these sample sachets into empty skincare travel tubs for convenience and cleanliness. This cream is supposed to provide moisture and shine to the hair which I can't exactly vouch for. It's not a bad product by any means but doesn't make a noticeable difference to me. At least it doesn't make my hair feel or look worse, right? As the whether gets cooler I'll definitely be using hair oils to condition my hair instead. 

I'm a big fan of dry shampoo since I don't wash my hair daily and right now I'm mainly using a mini of the Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Voluminizing Dry Shampoo Spray. This is not a bad dry shampoo by any means but I prefer the Klorane Dry Shampoo which was in my October favorites last year. The Oscar Blandi version has a pleasant lemon scent but doesn't have enough strength to banish grease and keep it at bay as long as Klorane's. I find that my hair gets greasy again by the around 5 p.m if I sprayed the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo on in the morning. 

That's about as complex as my daily hair care gets! There's the odd day that I feel like testing out a sample of something in my stash but generally I don't experiment too much. I'm itching to dye my hair soon and possibly get a blunt fringe because my hair's been in the same state for too long. We'll see how that pans out in the upcoming weeks.... What hair care products do you swear by? Recommend me some of your favorites!

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