10 discoveries I made on the journey to my current hair regimen
Hello dear people. How have you been? For the last few months, I have been making tweaks to my hair regimen and it’s currently based on the following discoveries I made about my hair:
- Sulfate-free shampoos are still the bomb . com. I do have 2 other sulfate shampoos in my stash which are not that drying but I’ll choose a sulfate-free shampoo any day.
- I have always hated shampooing my hair until I met my boo, Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo. Since then, I simply shampoo my hair and step out of the shower.
- My hair doesn’t like rinse-out conditioners. Ever since I stopped using conditioners after washing my hair, it feels more airy and easy to comb through. My ends are no longer sticky like Velcro. I am thinking though maybe it’s the Aveda shampoo that hates being followed up with any conditioner. Or maybe it only works with its ‘partner conditioner’. I am thinking of purchasing the Aveda Dry Remedy Deep Conditioner to see if my hypothesis is correct.
- My hair also doesn’t like most co-washes. I will experiment with some over the next few months and give you feedback.
- Prolonged deep conditioning especially overnight deep conditioning killed my hair. Now, I condition my hair for not more than 30 minutes – 1 hour if I’m busy or the instructions say so.
- I don’t need henna. I have been using temporary/semi-permanent black rinses for my hair to keep the blackness vibrant.
- Protein products are best used prior to washing my hair. I do however love Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer (which is a mild protein-based moisturizer) for my twistouts. I am also going to experiment with another protein-based leave-in, Creme of Nature argan oil argan oil leave-in soon.
- My high porosity hair functions best without humectant leave-in products. In simple terms, I stay away from ALL leave-in products containing vegetable glycerin and its sisters. This includes Ecostyler gel. Have you ever wondered why after using Ecostyler gel, your hair became frizzy a few hours later? It probably means that you have high porosity hair and the vegetable glycerin in the gel is absorbing the water from the atmosphere.
- I still have a phobia for products which contain petrolatum and mineral oil. I could use them if they give me results. I think these days, I ‘m leaning a lot towards how a product makes my hair feel as against the ingredient list.
- I do however think silicones are not as bad as I thought they were. Although I use them as little as possible because of the risk of buildup, I still think they are okay. I also shampoo my hair regularly anyways so that helps keep buildup away.
I will continue sharing my weekly wash day routines so you can have an idea of what I do with my hair these days.
What discoveries have you made about your hair lately?
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I love this post! I personally am not a fan of shampoo or cowashing. In fact, I have a complete diy hair regimen where I wash my hair with Seaweed powder & coconut milk & deep condition with Godrej nupur mehendi powder & coconut milk as henna doesnt color my hair & I love & use it for its protein effects.
Sounds quite interesting.
interesting observations!! I love co-washes!!I think I need to try your product.
I hope you like if and when you eventually do try it. Thanks for passing by dear!
Keep it up Doc. If there is one thing that changed my hair positively, it’s your no 7 observation. The day I started using a protein conditioner as a pre poo prior to washing and stopped using a protein based leave in was the day my hair started doing well. My roots are now soft, easy to work with and of course minimal shedding/breakage. Now I watch out for a moisturizing DC and Leave in. I only do light protein treatment once in a month or even two months. My scalp does not tolerate co washes too.
That’s an excellent discovery. It feels so good to understand what your hair likes and dislikes!