WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: ALL OF THE HAIR PRODUCTS I USE
Since I recently did an updated skincare post, I thought I would share with you all the products I use for my hair. Some of you may know that my hair has always been very very curly and thick, but about 8 months ago it just decided it wasn't going to be curly anymore. It's still wavy, but my curls just ... disappeared. The only way it seems I can get them back is to use a curl mousse and go to bed with damp/wet hair, but even then, it's kind of just a rats' nest when I wake up.
As we all know, washing your hair too often is actually bad, because it strips the hair of moisture and oils that are essential in avoiding dryness and breakage. Having thick, curly hair is also a lot of work (and I'm lazy), so I only wash my hair 1-2 times per week.
With that being said, here are all the products I use for my hair and how I use them:
(this post is not sponsored).
All of the products I use for my hair
I would normally use the Lullaby bar but it isn't on the website so ... that makes me sad. But I've tried this one and liked it! I've also tried the Soak and Float bar and liked it (great for dry scalps), but the little pieces of flower are a bit of a mess if you have curly hair, which is why I switched to the Lullaby bar.
I ran out of Lullaby and couldn't get to a Lush/didn't feel like ordering one shampoo bar, and I've wanted to try this shampoo for a while. It's Canadian-made, cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified), vegan and sulfate-free. It also smells incredible. I was able to find it at Wal-Mart; the price is a bit steep for a shampoo, but it's understandable because of everything I just listed above. The only downside to this shampoo compared tot he Lush bars is that it's a bit more expensive and it's in a plastic bottle (almost all Lush products are naked in-store and you take them home in paper bags). If you're looking for a shampoo that has all of those previously mentioned factors and don't mind the price, I highly recommend this!
Because I get my hair balayage-d (official term), I use a purple shampoo to keep the brassiness away (if I don't, my hair WILL turn yellow). I was previously using the Quantum Sterling Tone Balancing Shampoo that I had gotten from a salon over a year ago, but decided to try something different. The Quantum one definitely worked to keep the yellow at bay, but it made my hair SO dry; when I would rinse it out, my hair would feel like dreadlocks. After using a mask from Amika and loving it, I decided to try out their purple shampoo and I'm never going back. My hair still feels a tiny bit dry, but it feels 100% better than the Quantum shampoo. The formula itself feels and smells amazing. Amika is available at Sephora and is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and Peta.
I was previously using Garnier conditioner because I had been using Garnier products for years and years, but since I decided to try and use as many cruelty-free products as I can, I decided to test out the Cake conditioner as well. I also recommend this!
It smells great and leaves my hair feeling moisturized, so I love it. Eva NYC is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free, and available at Ulta, Amazon, and Target (also through their own website).
I don't have a lot to say about this product other than I really like it. It smells great and leaves my hair feeling soft and nourished, without feeling like I have a leave-in conditioner (aka, greasy or sticky). It's hard to find any info. on if Marc Anthony is cruelty-free or not; all I could find is that they seem to say they do not test on animals, but they aren't certified by Peta or Leaping Bunny, so do with that what you will.
I'll be honest, I don't know if this actually helps or does anything, but I love using this one the ends of my hair for some extra hydration (my hair dresser also always uses this on me, so it must be good!). It smells great, doesn't leave my hair feeling or looking greasy (unless I accidentally pour too much out, which has happened), and leaves my hair feeling super soft. I mainly use this when my hair is wet, but I sometimes use it after I flat iron to try and return some moisture and de-frizz, and it definitely helps then, too. Moroccanoil also state they are cruelty-free but are not certified by Peta or Leaping Bunny.
I've started using this for the rare occasions when I flat iron my hair, and I think it does the job. It has the classic Moroccanoil smell that I love, and doesn't leave my hair sticky or greasy.
Products I love but am not currently using
This mask is amazing. After one use, I could instantly feel a difference in my hair - it was so much softer and felt so hydrated. Also another product I loved but just randomly stopped using. I think in my head, I was having a hard time justifying almost $50 for a hair mask, so that's when I tried the Eva Therapy Session hair mask. But I do still highly recommend this product.
Again, not much to say other than I like this. I don't really use it anymore since my curls have gone MIA, but thought I'd share if anyone else needs a good curl foam. It smells great and isn't sticky or greasy.
I used to use this and absolutely loved it, but ran out and couldn't find it when I was in an Ulta in Florida. I think when I tried to order more from Eva's website (where I originally purchased it from), they no longer shipped to Canada, and I guess I forgot to try Ulta or Amazon and just started using the Moroccanoil Protect and Prevent sample I had. Oops. Anyways, if you can get your hands on this, I highly recommend it. It smells amazing and one bottle will last literally a year.
I have a size even smaller than this, and I can't remember if I got it in an old Ipsy bag or as a sample from Sephora, but I brought it on a trip once instead of a whole tub of Eva mask and I really liked it. Recommend!
How and when I use all of these products:
in the shower
1. Cake or Lush shampoo (I always use a "real" shampoo before the purple shampoo because I don't feel the purple shampoos really clean so much as they just tone, but maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about)
2. Amika purple shampoo (I usually leave this in for a few minutes while I do skincare stuff or shave a leg, to try and achieve some of those ashier tones)
3. Cake conditioner (I don't leave this in very long, at most a minute or two)
4. Eva hair mask (I'll leave this in for a long time - usually to finish my skincare, body wash, and shave the other leg lol)
out of the shower
5. brush out and use the Marc Anthony Leave-In Conditioner
6. Moroccanoil Treatment on ends; any residue I spread throughout my hair
brushing and drying
Before I get in the shower, I brush out my hair to make sure I'm not making any tangle worse with lathering. I also use 2 towels when I get out of the shower, because my hair is so thick:
✧ I initially use a regular bath towel to get the majority of water out of my hair while I complete my skincare routine
✧ Then, I switch to a microfibre towel to get any excess water out while I moisturize my body and clean my ears.
I never use a blow dryer because it's just not worth it for my hair type - it takes too long and just leaves my hair frizzy unless I use a brush and dry it straight(ish). I also tried a diffuser literally once and wasn't a fan, so never bothered trying again.
CHI Pink Peacock 1" Straightener and Free Thermal Mat (no longer available)
✧ I got this from Winners a few years ago, so you may (definitely) be able to find something similar in a Winners, Marshalls, etc. CHI's website also has a ton of different flat irons. I also had a different patterned one a few years ago and I really liked both of them, so I would recommend any of their products to you.
✧ The only reason I no longer use my CHI flat iron is because I forgot it when I went to Florida in December. I picked up this Conair flat iron from Target for $45 and have been using it ever since. I've only ever used 1" flat irons, so this has totally changed my life. It can get super hot if you want it to, so that, combined with the larger irons, cuts styling time in half. I also use my flat irons to curl my hair because I've just never been able to figure out real curling irons. Because the irons on this are bigger, it gives a totally different look than a 1" flat iron, but I love it. I still use the CHI thermal mat because, hello, duh. Anyways, I HIGHLY recommend this (or any other, larger) flat iron.
So that's it! Hopefully this post wasn't too confusing; the format was a bit different than the skincare post I did because I wanted to explain these products a bit more.
If it was confusing, here's a shortened, ramble-free list of everything I mentioned:
*products marked with an * are certified by Peta and / or Leaping Bunny to be cruelty-free. Some products may also be vegan.
**Marc Anthony and Moroccanoil claim to be cruelty-free, but are not certified.