August 14, 2012

Healthy Hair Routine


I've had a lot of requests for a post about my own hair routine, how I keep my hair healthy and shiny.  There are no magic tricks in my routine, just basic steps that help keep my hair in good condition.  

CLEANSING
1.  I wash my hair about every 3 days.  Not everyone can get away with going that long, but if you can, do it!  Washing your hair too much will strip your hair of its natural oils.  On my in between days I get by with dry shampoo.  Currently I am using the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo.
2.  I switch up my shampoo and conditioner often, but I always use professional products.  Some of my favorites are Sleek Look by Matrix and Hydrate by Pureology.
3.  Two or three times a week I use a hair mask on my hair before I get out of the shower.  Two of my favorites are the Pureology hydrating mask and S Factor Serious Conditioner.  

STYLING
1.  Before I blow dry, I apply a root pump such as Big Sexy Hair Root Pump, and a styling lotion, leave in conditioner or serum like Unite Laser Straight, Unite Seven Seconds or Moroccan Oil.  I apply this mostly to the ends to avoid weighing down the roots.
2.  I try to avoid putting heat on my hair as much as possible.  I rarely ever flat iron my hair two days in a row, and I only blow dry every 3 days.  I wear its natural texture a lot.  The more you can avoid putting heat on it, especially on the ends, the better.
3.  A huge part of keeping my hair healthy is using nice styling tools.  Cheap blow dryers and flat irons can get too hot and be really damaging for your hair.  Nicer tools help prevent damage.  I use the GHD Classic Styler flat iron and the Salon Tech 2800 Feather Light blow dryer.  I LOVE that blow dyer!  

UPKEEP
1.  A HUGE part of keeping my hair healthy is just leaving it ALONE.  I never do drastic color changes to my hair.  Light to dark to light to dark is SO damaging.  I normally keep my hair within 1-2 shades of it's natural color, and if I'm going to do something more drastic, I do it gradually over several weeks.  The best way to get your hair to grow is to just leave it a lone for a while - give it a break from styling and from dramatic color changes.
2.  I get my hair trimmed about every 8 weeks.  

COLOR
I also get asked a lot what colors to achieve my hair color.  I use Matrix Color Sync 8A on the roots with blonde high lights throughout. 

32 comments:

  1. What a helpful post and your hair is stunning! Did you ever tried coconut oil? I love it so much it's my hair's best friend xx

    ReplyDelete
  2. 3 days between washing? That's incredible. Mine is weighed down and oily by 24 hours. Do you wear it up the last day before you wash again?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's something that your hair has to get used to. Mine used to get weighed down and oily after 24 hours and I slowly worked it up to 3-4 days. Start just going every other day. After a few weeks, you'll notice your hair not getting as oily. It'll take your oil glands out of overdrive.

      Delete
  3. Great tips! Lovely hair!

    http://meine-schadenfreude.blogspot.co.nz/

    ReplyDelete
  4. Do you recommend using a specific type of dry shampoo for dark hair?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think any kind should be fine.

      Delete
    2. Just be sure to blend it in really good :)

      Delete
    3. wonderful! thanks :) love your blog by the way Amazing!

      Delete
  5. Hi Stephanie, I recently came across through a link from Pinterest and I'm hooked! I've been going through all your older posts, let's just say, I haven't gotten anything done at work all morning, LOL. I really love this post beacuse of the details you list. I've searched some of the products you mentioned on Amazon but there are so many! Lol. Not sure which one to choose. I know you're probably a busy woman but is there any chance you could post the links to the products you mentioned like you do in your more recent posts? Thanks so much! And thanks for keeping up a great blog! You've def got a new follower here!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have hair that is the same length as yours. It takes me forever to flat iron my hair. I also only wash my hair twice a week. I can't wait to read the rest of your posts.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Stephanie this flat iron looks like it would be a great tool for me to get the roots of my hair, great find!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. This looks like it would actually work for my hair. The one I have right now doesn't do the job very well at all!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hey Stephanie, I would just like to ask you about your haircut. What would you consider it as? My hair is very thick all the way throughout my hair and ive been trying to get it thinned out but i don't know what to tell my hairstylist. The last time i cut it i said i wanted a triangle cut and thought that it would grow out to be thinner at the bottom but it never did. If you can get back to me that would be great! (:

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My cut is pretty basic, just long with long layers. But it's not way thick or way thin, so I would suggest getting it thinned out or razored, especially towards the bottom or at the ends if you want it to lay flatter.

      Delete
    2. Thank you so much!
      I also have a question about my layers. When ever I braid it or put it up in a bun all my layers come out. But I don't have many layers. Any suggestions?

      Delete
  10. Anonymous11/12/2012

    I loved your blog and thank you for the tips on keeping the hair healthy. Would you make a post on skin care routine? I don't know what product to use other water and bar of soap.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Anonymous12/04/2012

    I love your hair. I can't tell you how many times I've visited different stylists with pictures to get the haircut I've wanted only to end up very disappointed. How would I explain your haircut to someone?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was wondering the same thing too !
      I have thick hair and I always end up with a straight cut even if I ask for a ''dégradé'' (a hair cut with layers) but I would like to have layers only in the middle-bottom of my hair because now, when I do a bun, I have a lot and thick fly aways.
      I love the way the bottom of your hair is, like a V but U at the same time. Is there a name for that kind of haircut?

      Delete
  12. This was so helpful thanks for sharing!! :) Btw, Your hair is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I like your hair. Your information is very useful and very helpful. I will tell others about your topic. Thanks for sharing this...

    San Leandro Dentist

    ReplyDelete
  14. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi
    The information is really helpful, but have you ever used the innovative Hair Loss Helmet. It is an amazing product and the very best option to get longer, healthier as well as thicker hair even at the comfort of your house. Just wear it and enjoy the benefits of this laser hair therapy. So, Find it here http://igg.me/at/theradome/x/4260642
    and get the hair of your dreams!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi, Steph! I've been an admirer of your work and tips for already about a year! Thanks for all the effort you've put into the website. I see, you recommend using a particular hair dryer. I was wondering if you can give me any recommendations on the brand of hot air styler (hot brush), since these are easier to use and work best on my blond hair. Thanks so much!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I just loved the tricks of making my hairs healthy and I guess applying too much hair colors is damaging, I really enjoyed reading this post.
    hair color ideas

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi steph I love what you do and your tips are very helpful. I was wondering what you would recommend for growing my hair it is very thick and is naturally curly I style it regulary but as I want to grow it out I don't style it as much. Have u got any tips for growing my hair. Ive been trying to grow my hair for so long. Thank you so much.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Some people's hair will grow to a certain length and then stop, and there is nothing you can do about it. These two posts might help though -
      http://blog.hairandmakeupbysteph.com/2013/10/fighting-awkward-stage.html
      http://blog.hairandmakeupbysteph.com/2013/10/how-we-unknowingly-damage-our-hair.html

      Delete
  19. Thanks for sharing. I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will eventually come back from now on. I want to encourage continue your great job. plastic surgery tampa fl.

    ReplyDelete
  20. We found this Shop online for a healthy hair color. Covers grey and is permanent . our recommendation if you want to purchase online http://www.herbalvalley.biz..

    ReplyDelete
  21. Great Blog!! That was amazing. Your thought processing is wonderful. The way you tell the thing is awesome.

    herbalhills

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hey Stephanie, i'd a bit like to raise you regarding your haircut. What would you think about it as? My hair is incredibly thick all the means throughout my hair and ive been attempting to urge it dilute out however i do not recognize what to inform my stylist. The last time i cut it i aforementioned i needed a triangle cut and thought that it'd grow resolute be agent at all-time low however it ne'er did. If you'll be able to come back to to Pine Tree State that may be nice!

    Hair Styling Tools

    ReplyDelete
  23. Thanks for this. I'd definitely recommend Matrix color sync to my friend. She colors her hair every 3-4 months.

    ReplyDelete