Hair care is a little beyond my realm of comfort, but a conversation on an Instagram post a couple months ago clued me in that normal hair care routines can vary much more widely than I realized.
While this seems like an absurd shampoo/conditioner ratio to me, apparently it isn’t really here. I would really appreciate it if people left an overview of their routine in the comments so we can compare!
A note as well, after watching this video by Julia Graf, I decided to minimize silicone in my hair care products. While I don’t think silicone was damaging my hair, I think having it in my regular shampoo, conditioner, and all my styling products weighed down my hair. I’ve notice a change in volume since I switched, and if you feel like your hair is really flat or weighed down, it may be something to try. I still will use products with silicone occasionally as styling products, but they are not longer part of my regular routine.
I’ll get into the specific products I’m using now in the next section, but I just wanted to go over the typical structure of my routine. I wash my hair every other day or so. Back when I washed my hair daily, it would get greasy incredibly quickly. It took a few weeks for my hair to get used to an every other day schedule, but I think it’s much happier and my second day hair doesn’t look much different from freshly washed.
When I do wash my hair, I use 2-3 products and which type of product I use varies a little based on how my hair is feeling. I have five primary products that make this routine.
- a “daily” shampoo
- a “daily” conditioner
- a deeper-cleaning shampoo
- a hair mask
- a leave-in conditioner
For most washes, I use my “daily” shampoo and conditioner. When I shampoo, I focus it primarily on the roots and then work the excess through the ends and rinse immediately. I do the opposite with the conditioner. I apply it from the middle of the hair down – imagine pulling your hair into a ponytail and applying it right above where the band would be down to the ends – and then work the excess left on my hands through the roots. This process helps to remove the oil and sweat at the scalp without stripping all the moisture from the ends. I also won’t rinse out the conditioner right away. I put it up with a plastic clip and let it sink in for the rest of my shower. If my ends feel a little dry after rinsing out the conditioner, I will also add a bit of leave-in conditioner. I have very low tolerance for “dry” hair. I doubt my definition of dry is the same as most people!
I’ll use the hair mask instead of my regular conditioner once every week or so, or if I’ve used my deeper-cleaning shampoo. I only break out the stronger shampoo if I’ve used a lot of additional product in my hair or have gone a bit longer than normal between washes. I always pair it with the hair mask, because as I’ve said, I’m very sensitive to dry hair.
I usually wash my hair at night and sleep on it wet. In the morning, I’ll spray some water on it to make it behave and brush through any bumps, like the cowlick on the back of my head. If it refuses to behave, I’ll put half of it up, but that’s about it.
My “Daily” Shampoo and Conditioner – Balea Professional Pures Volumen Shampoo and Spülung (Conditioner)
Growing up, my family almost never had matching shampoo and conditioner, but when we did, I would get a little excited to use them. I think that why, now that I’m in charge of my shampoo shopping, I try to match my regularly used products. It’s probably silly, but I think they are made to work together! Maybe one day I’ll upgrade to a whole matching line!
Balea is a drugstore line from the German store dm, and as such, the products are pretty inexpensive – the Professionals shampoo and conditioner are 1,35€ per bottle, and the regular ones are only 0,55€ per bottle. So far, I’ve been very happy with all the Balea products I’ve tried, even thought I have to buy two bottles of conditioner for every bottle of shampoo, but if you’re traveling in Germany, I would highly recommend.
While, I don’t think the Pures Volumen products give me 3 times volume (that would be pretty difficult, I think), I have noticed my hair being a bit fluffier since using them. They’re marketed for fine, flat hair without any volume, and I do think they work well with my hair. They also claim an anti-static effect, but I hadn’t paid enough attention to the static in my hair before to notice a comparison. As with every product it seems, these contain two super-special ingredients – phytokeratin and cotton-extract. I don’t know if they make a difference, but if you want those things in your hair, go buy this!
Deeper Cleaning Shampoo – Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Glanz (Shine) Shampoo
This bottle is empty, but I still have some in a travel bottle floating around somewhere. While this is not technically a clarifying shampoo, that’s how I use it. Herbal Essences definitely conveyed the message of clear and cleansing with their packaging and I went for it, but it does work quite well for that purpose. It leaves my hair pretty squeaky clean and can be a bit drying if I don’t use a heavier conditioner, but it gets everything out, so two thumbs up there.
It’s special ingredients are white tea and mint extracts, and it smells quite fresh and minty.
Hair Mask – Garnier Wahre Schätze Tiefenpflege-Maske (Deep-Care Mask) Argan- & Camelia-Öl
This line from Garnier has different names everywhere. The name “Wahre Schätze” translates to “True Treasures”, but in the UK the line is call “Ultimate Blends,” and in the US it’s “Whole Blends.” The US line doesn’t seem to have the Argan and Camelia Oil products, which is a shame.
I know I’ve already made fun of the “special” ingredients twice this post, but I’m a sucker for Argan Oil. If it says Argan Oil on it, I believe it’s going to be full of moisturizing magic. This mask does not disappoint. Like I said in my routine section above, I’ll apply it in place of conditioner when I think my hair needs extra moisture, and it works wonderfully. It will rinse out completely and leaves my hair soft, but not greasy. I highly recommend it if you’re trying to kick up your hair’s moisture.
I’m tempted to try the other products, but I’m worried that it would be too much moisture for my hair if I used that many deep moisturizing products on it.
Leave-In Conditioner – Balea Feuchtigkeits Haarmilch (Moisture Hair Milk)
And back to Balea! I picked this up right when I made the switch to silicone-free products and assumed that my hair would feel drier without the protective barrier of silicone. It did at first, and I used more of this product then, but as my hair has adjusted and I’ve figured out a balance of other products, I don’t need it as much.
It’s got peach and coconut in it, which I don’t think does much, but it smells delicious! I’ll massage a pump or two into wet hair when I think I need it and it adds a small softness boost without weighing my hair down. It claims an anti-dry effect and that it’s meant for damaged and dry hair. With occasional use, I think it’s best for those who just want a little extra moisture, but I think that when used with other moisturizing products, it could really help dry hair.
That’s my hair routine! I don’t use heat styling often, so I didn’t include a heat protector on the list, but I will use the Garnier Fructis Schaden Löscher Wunder-Öl Hitzeschutz & Pflege (Damage Extinguisher Wonder Oil Heat Protection and Care). I can’t find this product on the UK or US sites, but I would also recommend the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray (assuming they haven’t changed the formula in the past few years). Neither of these are silicone-free, however, so if anyone has silicone-free heat protector suggestions, please leave them below!
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