Over the years I have been asked a lot of questions about my hair. This has ranged from shampoos, vitamins, treatments, dyes, and everything else I do to keep it (at least looking) healthy.
So, here is a quick little look at all of my musts!
I have a really annoying hair texture; the bane of my existence has been my head full of the finest little hairs you’ve ever seen (my hairdresser calls it “Angel Hair”, just to give an idea), but spirally, out of control, Jewfro curly.
I have tried it all. Keratin shampoos and conditioners (read as: I do NOT recommend… beautiful for a week, damaged straw-like texture for the rest of its growth cycle), Brazilian Blowouts, expensive heat tools, the works.
Years of experimenting has helped me decode what works, and what doesn’t.
In short, my hair likes moisture. Lots of it. But not too much by way of styling product.
Here is the breakdown:
- A lightweight, but moisture replenishing shampoo and conditioner (I like Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner)
- A reparative shampoo and conditioner (this complete kit has been a mainstay in my shower for almost a decade, and has a cult-following)
- A weekly treatment mask (I have been using this one for a few years now, and am so excited to see it on Sephora!)
- A non-greasy heat protectant
- A gentle bristle brush (this one is a cult-classic)
- A non-snagging wet brush
- A silk pillowcase (they prevent snagging, friction, breakage, static electricity, moisture loss… the list goes on!)
- An array of hair vitamins that target not only hair health, but other contributing factors (morning and night, I take BE Biotin (you can read more about this in depth here), Philip Kingsley PK4 Soya Protein, and Herbalore Catalyst Gold)
- A gentle dry shampoo
- A reliable straightener (I love this one so much! I have been using it for years, and it is so much less damaging than anything else I’ve tried)
- A versatile curling wand
- A deep waver for low-maintenance styles
- A non-toxic setting spray to keep your style in place
And that’s about it!
You’ll notice the absence of a blow-dryer… I rarely rely on one for my hair, as I mentioned, my hair is very delicate and fragile, and blow drying is extremely drying and damaging. I prefer to let my hair air dry most days, but If I absolutely have to use a dryer, I use this one by Amika.
Another thing worth mentioning, I did have a Brazilian Blowout, and it was amazing as far as results are concerned, but after researching some of the potential side effects, I deemed it to be not worth the risk. Do your own research, however. You might find that a Brazilian Blowout is everything you’ve been missing in life, if like myself, you battle curly hair on the daily!
Tried or curious about any of these products? I’d love to hear your thoughts!