As someone with long and fine hair, I’ve always struggled with finding a good hair care routine. Too heavy shampoos and conditioners would force me to wash my hair every other day, and too lightweight products would not nourish my hair enough, leaving my ends drier and drier.
After trying several products and different hair care routines, I discovered that we actually don’t need to buy super expensive products or follow 20-steps routines to have beautiful, healthy hair. The secret is to find a good shampoo specific for your scalp and hair type, and follow a simple but effective routine!
My minimalist routine consists of 4 steps and a few practical tricks. It can be applied to any hair type, provided that you use the right products for you.
1) Apply coconut oil before washing your hair
Research studies show that coconut oil treatments prevent combing damage of various hair types. In particular, a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science clearly indicates the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils, which are the most utilized base oils in the hair oil industry. Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair!
The list of benefits of coconut oil for hair is very long. Being a fatty acid, it has a high affinity for hair proteins, and is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft. It is also rich in antioxidants, and has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Regular application of coconut oil therefore prevents hair from breakage, repairs damaged hair, improves scalp health, fights infections and fungus, and supports hair growth. To date, it is the only known natural product that recovers the overall health of your hair!
My suggestion is to apply this wonderful oil as a pre-shampoo, in order to protect your hair from drying out while washing it. Just apply it half an hour or so before stepping in the shower. Run the oil through the lengths of your locks, then use a wide-tooth comb to spread it from scalp to ends.
2) Use a shampoo specific for your scalp and hair type
Once you’ve picked a shampoo that is good for both your scalp & hair type (see my post on how to choose the right shampoo), gently wash your hair and rinse it with cold water. Why cold water? Rinsing your hair with cold water will help close your cuticle after your hair is washed. Open cuticle is good while shampooing your hair, but once you’re done, you want to seal the cuticle, so that your hair doesn’t get damaged too easily.
3) Apply a leave-in, multi-tasking treatment before blowdrying your hair
I love leave-in, multitasking conditioners! They have multiple benefits for your hair, and you don’t have to worry about how long you should leave them on your hair before rinsing! They serve many purposes: they nourish and moisturize the hair, prevent breakage and split ends, soften the hair, help correct roughness, aid in detangling, prime hair for styling, and… save your time!
Do not comb your hair when it is wet, as it is more likely to break or get damage! Just apply your leave-in conditioner on towel-dried hair, and proceed with drying your hair. Once your hair is dry, comb it and style as usual.
4) Apply a few drops of keratin oil from mid-lengths to ends whenever you feel that you hair is dry
The fortifying proteins of keratin oil will reinforce each strand of your hair. This oil helps hair resist breakage, and adds softness. It also prevents your hair from frizzing by eliminating static electricity. If you’re looking for a way to reverse a bad hair day, apply a few drops of this oil starting from the middle towards the ends. You will instantly get smoother and shinier hair! And a regular application of keratin oil will undoubtedly repair your hair over time.
This hair care routine has changed dramatically my hair condition. I finally managed to grow my fine hair long, and dry and split ends are no longer a problem. I can’t remember the last time my hair looked that healthy – probably when I was very little 🙂
Let me know, in the comment section below, what aspect(s) of your hair you would like to improve. Till then, take care!