I know, I’ve been very irregular with posting here. I’ve been distracted by a lot of things lately like endless saree shopping (without actually buying anything), Euros, Gilmore Girls on Netflix and Pokémon GO! So happy that you can make the game work in India (or anywhere) and that there are plenty of Pokéstops and gyms around my place so I don’t have to venture out too much!
We’re in the middle of monsoons which means 24×7 grey weather, rain and the constant urge to just be wrapped up in my blanket and hibernate. For my hair, it means it’s frizzy and just hard to maintain. It gets weighed down very easily and it’s harder to keep volume or hold any style for that matter.
This hair routine isn’t season specific though, I don’t really change things around too much. For the longest time I’ve had dry hair with an oily scalp. Things haven’t changed much. My hair is healthier now, I don’t get dry split ends but my scalp is still oily. My hair is also very fine which makes it clumpy at the roots and I usually have to wash it every 2-3 days.
I’m not loyal to any particular brands but I usually go for gentle volumizing shampoos without SLS. At the moment, it’s the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo. I usually have dry shampoo build up by the time I go for a wash; this cleans my scalp really well but doesn’t feel too dry or stripping. I’ve also used volumising shampoos from Sachajuan and Kerastase that I’ve liked in the past that perform similarly.
Since I have fine hair, many conditioners can be just too rich to use on a regular basis. I use a nourishing masks ever so often but for a regular conditioner I prefer something like the Ogx Coconut Water Conditioner that’s lightweight but still moisturises and detangles my hair. It makes my hair feel really soft but I don’t have to spend an hour getting conditioner out of my hair either. I’ve never been a huge coconut scent person but I love it now! This has already been repurchased!
As I mentioned, usually once every two weeks I use a deep conditioning hair mask. I’ve used ones from Moroccan Oil and Macadamia before and while I do like them, they are just way too heavy for my hair. Right now I’m using the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer and I love it! It’s a more creamy composition and my hair feels very hydrated and nourished but not weighed down. It’s not directly available here so I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase this, but I do like it very much. My hair looks a bit more glossy and thicker when I use this and I don’t have problems with extreme dryness or split ends anymore. This is supposed to help the elasticity of your hair and repair it to avoid breakage. I don’t know enough about the ingredients to add more to the topic though!
Once I’m out the shower, I use the Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner to detangle and smoothen out my hair even more with a few spritzes. Also, sometimes if I’m in a real hurry but need to wash my hair, I just skip conditioner and once I’m out I use many spritzes of this to compensate. I love that’s super fine and lightweight. If you have very dense or coarse hair you might feel like this isn’t enough but it works really well for me.
My hair is naturally wavy and styling wise, I just like to straighten it out a bit. I use the Toni&Guy Heat Protection Mist first and then blow dry my hair. I can’t really do it as well as they do it in the salon but I don’t use the very high heat setting so that’s also a factor. If I do use a straightening iron, I apply the protectant even more profusely!
Throughout the day my hair gets just that tinsey bit oilier and usually on the second day I need to use the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to bring back volume and just get rid of a bit of oiliness usually near the hairline. I would say this spray is more for volumizing and holding it rather than a dry shampoo. It certainly won’t work as well as Batiste Dry Shampoo in mattifying and giving your hair that clean look. On second or third day hair, I bring out the dry shampoo! I have dark hair and you can see the white bits when you spray it initially but by massaging it in, it disappears and my hair looks really clean! I’ve also used the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk and I really like it but Batiste is easier to get hold of for me.
That’s my current routine! I’ve never tried any kind of anti-humidity spray so please comment below if you know one that works well! I’m very keen to try one.
OGX Coconut Water Conditioner – Nykaa
Toni&Guy Heat Protection Mist – Nykaa
Batiste Dry Shampoo – Nykaa
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