5 Haircare Products for Healthy + Voluminous Long Hair
Hands down the most requested topic of discussion on my website is hair care. Nobody really cares about the beauty products I mention. Nobody cares about what I’m wearing, but EVERYONE always ends up asking about the hair. Ironically, it’s one of the topics I like talking about least. Honestly, I don’t really know why. I guess because producing videos on hair isn’t really the most exciting to film.
Regardless, it has been one of my most popular posts since I started writing. I wrote about some of the products I used back in 2014 in the blog post titled, “Voluminous Long Hair Tips.” I still use the hot tool mentioned in that post, but for the most part, everything else is outdated. So, I thought I’d talk a little about that today.
I’m going to start with the products I use, and I’ll leave the how-to hair tutorial for another time. The first question I get is, “How do you do your hair?” This is always followed by a hesitant response because it’s such a complicated answer. Yes, I can easily tell you what tools I use, but anyone can use the same tool and every person’s hairstyle will still come out different. That’s because hair styling is about way more than just the tools you use. It starts with how you care for your hair on a daily basis. Does your body consist of the necessary nutrients? What kind of shampoo do you use? Do you wash your hair every day? How do you wash your hair? There are so many questions that need to be answered first before you can even start considering what tools you want to invest in.
The first thing I have to start by saying is that there is no one particular thing you can do to make your hair everything you want it to be. It’s definitely a mixture of things that goes into the perfect formula for healthy hair. Even then, I feel like the moment you figure out a perfect hair care routine, your body changes due to aging, health, etc. and you have to accommodate to that as well. So as life progresses, your methods and routines have to change as well. In the end, it’s about knowing your body and what it responds to. For the sake of getting this blog post done, however, I’m going to outline the top 5 hair care products that are currently a part of my hair care routine.
1. Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails Gummies
Health is key. I cannot stress this enough. If your body isn’t receiving the nutrients it needs on a daily basis, believe me, your hair and skin will be the first to show it. I notice a dramatic change in my hair when I’m not living a healthy lifestyle. Even when I do, my body still isn’t getting enough Vitamin E through the foods I eat. It’s still not enough. So, I supplement my daily living with these gummies. I have a phobia about taking pills for some reason. Even when I’m sick, I really don’t like taking pills. It just feels too foreign to the body, so gummies definitely makes it easier and they taste 100 times better. Almost like eating those gusher thingies? Yes, you know what I’m talking about. Yeah, so I take two of these a day. If I know I’ve been eating well, I’ll limit my supplement intake to 3 days, sometimes 2 days, a week. Too much biotin can be bad for you too.
2. OGX Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo
As far as shampoo is concerned, I can’t really say I’ve found my golden apple. As mentioned in my previous post, I used the Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Strengthening Shampoo when I was growing out my hair, and oh my goodness, I loved that thing. It did miracles for my hair. If you guys are trying to grow out your hair, I definitely recommend this. However, I’m done growing out my hair now, so I’ve been trying out new shampoos for a while now. This is the shampoo I’ve been working with lately, and I’m really liking it so far. I’ve tried maybe 5 different shampoo brands since, and this is my favorite so far. I really like the smell, and the lather it produces. I have noticed a reduction in split ends and the keratin oil provides a healthy shine.
There’s two things I want to stress about this though.
One: I’m sure many of you may already know this, but for those of us who have brain farts sometimes, make sure you are washing your hair really well when using oil based shampoos. Rub the product really well into your scalp. I get a really good arm workout when I shampoo my hair, LOL. Shave your legs or sing a song for a good five minutes while it sets, and then rinse the heck out of your head with lukewarm or cold water. Make sure you take the time needed because you could end up looking like a grease monkey. If the roots of your hair are clean and shiny, you did it right. If they still look wet even after the rest of your hair has dried, you need to wash better.
Two: I don’t wash my hair every day. Ew, gross, blah, blah, blah. Yes, I know, but you have no idea how much of a difference it makes! I went through a “health nut” period where I would workout every single day, so obviously I was forced to wash my hair every single day because, like hello, gross. Your scalp sweats hardcore when you exercise. How can you not wash your head, but man.. my hair was so dull the entire time. Again, as your lifestyle changes, so does your hair care routine. Either way, I’m sure you can add in an extra moisturizer to your routine and that might make up for the loss in washing your hair daily. You just have to work with what’s best for you personally. I currently wash my hair every other day.
3. Marc Anthony True Professional Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Conditioning Treatment
Fancy name, but it’s basically just argan oil for your hair. I’m pretty sure any kind of argan oil would do the trick, but I was introduced to this brand by ipsy and absolutely fell in love with a variety of their products. I use this conditioning treatment probably 2 days a week. As soon as you apply it, you can feel your fingers just glide through your hair strands with ease. This stuff is gold. It smells amazing too.
4. Marc Anthony True Professional Oil of Morocco Argan Oil 3 Day Smooth Perfect Blow Dry Smoothing Cream
These last two products I’m going to mention are used in variation depending on whether I’m going to air dry or blow dry my hair. I never use them simultaneously. It’s always one or the other. I use this smoothing cream when I’m going to blow dry my hair. I apply a moderate amount to my hair when it’s damp and right before I’m about to blow dry it. It gives my hair the perfect shine. This is the one product I can say I definitely notice a difference when I don’t use it. It leaves your hair with shine and bounce. I love it.
Last, but definitely not least, is this coconut oil. I guess I can say I use this product on an “as needed” basis. I’ll typically use this when I’m going to air dry my hair just to give my hair a little bit of extra shine. The one thing I can say about this product is that it leaves my hair smelling amazing all day long! If I’m going out to a special event, I’ll use a very small amount to add a little bit of shine and a really nice scent. I always receive compliments on the smell of my hair when I use this product.
After looking through all the products I use, I’m realizing I use a lot of oils! Just keep in mind that I do not use these products every day. My hair would be a greasy tragedy if I did. I think the most important things to keep in mind is to maintain a healthy diet, so you can receive the vitamins your hair needs, and try not to wash your hair every single day. You really strip your scalp of necessary nutrients and can do more damage to your hair than good by washing it daily. Also, I should mention to make sure you maintain consistency with your hair cuts. If you are not cutting your hair every 6-8 weeks, it doesn’t matter what products or tools you use because your hair will be full of hair dead cells and split ends. No product in the world can do away with that except a good haircut.
I’m way better at writing than I am at filming but, for those of you who are not too into reading and prefer visual aesthetics, below is a video discussing everything I just talked about above. I’ll be back with more on the tools I use, and a tutorial on how I style my hair. In the meantime, let me know what your favorite shampoo is currently.
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