Before washing my hair, I will add some virgin coconut oil to my hair for at least half an hour. I apply this more to the dry sections of my hair and leave out the roots. Coconut oil is my absolute favorite oil for hair. Over the years, I have experimented with different oils, such as castor oil, olive oil, or almond oil, but coconut oil has just the right consistency and brings really nice results. Once a week, I apply more coconut oil to my hair as well as my scalp and leave it on for several hours, preferrably overnight.
Then I wash my hair once or twice depending on how greasy it is from the coconut oil. Currently, I am using the tea tree and mint shampoo from Avalon Organics which is for sensitive and dry scalps. My scalp tends to get irritated here, and I think it has a lot to do with the shower head and how the flow of water because I didn’t have any issues on our recent trip to Hamburg.
Then I use a conditioner (right now I use one from Jason Natural Personal Care). I try to get something for dry hair to protect my ends because in the colder seasons I have to blow dry my hair which is quite damaging. Once I apply the conditioner through my hair I take a wide toothed wooden comb to detangle my hair. As my hair is naturally wavy to curly this is the best way to comb my hair and actually the only time I do it without ending up in pain. I may or may not follow up with a hair mask and another round of detangling.
When rinsing out my hair I focus on the scalp and the roots to make sure everything is clean and will not get greasy again too soon as I already wash my hair every two days. (Ideally, I would like to reduce washing my hair to two to three times per week, as that would be a lot less damaging to the hair and less time consuming as well, of course, but I haven’t managed to get there yet.) I tend to wash out the ends a bit less so that some of the product can actually act as a leave-in product as well.
When I get out of the shower I apply a very small amount of unrefined shea butter to the ends of my hair and then blow dry it using a diffuser. I only blow dry it to the point where it’s comfortable to wear in a bun as heat is very damaging to the hair, and I want to use it as little as possible. In the summer, I simply let my hair air dry overnight.
I try to stay away from styling products as they are even more damaging to the hair. The only thing I apply is hairspray on my bangs after blow drying them straight because curly bangs look rather funny. If my hair gets too frizzy I apply a tiny amount of coconut oil to fix it.
As you can see, I try to keep it fairly natural which means less harm to the environment and less stress for the hair.
What does your hair care routine look like?