Happy Winter! I thought on the blog today I would share some of my favorite hair products and winter hair care habits that I use in my every day routine. I find that in winter my hair tends to be a little dryer and more difficult to manage so I put together my top go to products and what I like about them and why. I receive quite a few hair questions via email whether it be the color of mine or my daughter Aspyn’s hair or how I take care of my hair, so I thought it would be fun to share and being that I am a hairdresser of over twenty years I am always loving to talk hair! I hope you enjoy these hair tips and recommendations!
To give a little background about what my hair is like and what works for me, I have fine hair and medium to thin amount of hair. It is not thick but not super thin either. At best, average. My hair is very straight and has no natural wave of any kind. I color my hair every six to eight weeks with a foil weave process using Vero Blue lightning powder. This is a professional process and done by my friend whom is a hairdresser as well. My own natural color is a dark blonde. I have always been a blonde and being so it is not difficult to achieve this very light color being that my own color only has to lift a few levels. This makes it much easier on the hair to process to such a light blonde. I do use a toner sometimes to lift my roots a level (this is called a base break) and thus gives a more “natural” effect from my own shade to the light blonde that is weaved in. So with all that said I try and take really good care of my hair and use that products that are best suited for my hair type. This truly does make a difference and each product will perform different on each persons hair.
Hair Cleansing and Conditioning
I have two favorite shampoos. My first is slightly on the pricier side. I love Joico Kpak Color Therapy shampoo. It is an amazing product and helps a great deal with color treated hair and keeping it healthy and moisturized. The Kpak line within itself is fantastic and always something I gravitate to if I have a client that is in need of some hair repair therapy. The other slightly less expensive shampoo that I can always and completely tell a difference when I use and my clients do as well, is the Matrix Sleek Shampoo. I always have clients ask me what products I use on their hair and for the longest time I would tell them all the oils, root lifters, and sprays I would us and after them trying them all and not getting the same result I realized it was the shampoo and conditioner! This shampoo I can always feel a difference in the texture and manageability of my hair after using it. I really do love it! The conditioner pairs to these two shampoos are equally as wonderful and I most of the time will switch off throughout the year between these to sets of shampoos and conditioners. Once in a while I will try a new product or grab something on sale at the beauty supply but I am generally always sad that I strayed from my favorites and go back to either one or the other of these products. I typically wash my hair every two to three days depending. It is healthier for the hair not to be washed every day and stripped of natural oils but if you tend to have an oily scalp you may need to do it more often. Each person and their body is different so find what works for you.
Moisturizing and Shine
The next step for myself after a good shampoo and condition is to add some type of moisture to my hair after it is towel dried. In the winter months the air is much drier than other times of year. This is due to a lack of moisture in the air from the heaters in our homes and our hair can suffer. Some might notice the hair becoming staticky and fly away or it may become brittle and easier to have breakage. These problems are from lack of moisture in the hair. You should generally switch to a heavier conditioner in these months and add into your routine a spray leave in conditioner product or an oil of some kind. I mostly use Moroccan oil in my own. I use about three pumps and distribute it evenly through and then go in and comb through the tangles. This is quite an expensive product so for those on a budget a great substitute is the Soy Renewal Oil from the Healthy Sexy Hair line. It works great and costs about half. Same distribution application of a couple of pumps and then working it through. It helps detangle, adds shine, works as a protectant from heat and smooths hair down as well. Two great multi use products and these will help with that dryness and static in these cold months. Another option if you don’t like to use the oil is a spray in product. There are many good ones but my favorite current loves are Unite Seven Seconds Conditioner, Healthy Sexy Soy Tri-Wheat, and Revlon One spray in. Also in my top list are the It’s a Ten spray which is also a great product as well! These are all simple to use and you just spray in the towel dried hair, comb through and style as usual and these also help with all the above mentioned issues.
Volume and Texture
For myself it is a struggle to get volume and lift in my hair. Being that it is so naturally straight I am always in search of adding body and fullness to my hair. I do try many different products and I have yet to find one that is the holy grail of oomph! Ha! I am still on the search. But, in the meanwhile I do have a few that work well and most definitely give my hair much more texture and body. I stick to a lot of the Big Sexy Hair line products and usually use the High Altitude mousse for roots and allover to curl my hair or sometimes I will just spray in a little Root Pump Plus. The Root Pump is in general more just to be sprayed in at the roots, worked in and then blown dry. It does tend to leave my hair a little oilier feeling the next day if I don’t wash but still does provide some good lift. The High Altitude is a little softer and flexible. I like it for all over versus just at the roots to give some volume all the way through my hair and help hold the curl in on days I want to put a little wave in my hair.
After I use a volumizing product I blow my hair dry on a medium heat and use a round brush for some lift at the roots. I focus mostly around my face and roots for smoothness and volume and blow dry random here and there to get the job done. My hair is pretty easy this way and I truly do not have to spend much time being that it is not super thick and straight on its own.
Style and Finish
Most days I curl my hair using a one inch hot tools iron or a wand and wrap my curls. I tend to like it curled better because it is fuller and a little bouncier. Soft waves are nice to give it some body and add texture versus having it be so straight but once in a while I wear it straight too! Once I have curled I finish with two different sprays. The first is Big Sexy Hair Get Layered. This spray adds slight hold but mostly adds texture and depth. I feel it is kind of like a dry shampoo/beach spray/hairspray all in one sort of product. Haha! Sounds a little strange but I like it. I then use the Big Sexy Hair Spray and Stay which is a medium to strong hold spray. My hair doesn’t hold curl extremely well so a touch of something a little stronger is always needed.
I would love to hear your favorite products so leave me a comment below and let me know what you are loving this time of year!! Hopefully some of these products will be helpful to you and if you have any hair questions let me know in the comments or email me. I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging and I am grateful for all of you. I hope you are having an amazing new year and there is abundance of joy in your lives!! Also if you have any topics you would enjoy seeing a blog post on please let me know!