My hair care routine: do’s and don’ts

The amount of compliments I receive about my hair daily makes me want to just collapse in a puddle of tears because it’s just so dang sweet. IT’S JUST SO SWEET!

To be honest, my hair journey has been a long one.. For about three to four years my hair did not grow beyond my shoulders. It was very frustrating and discouraging, but I believe the stress and pressure I was putting on myself was not helping the process at all.

About two years ago I started really taking care of my hair. I changed my entire hair care routine and researched more about the products I should be using for MY HAIR TYPE AND TEXTURE.

I know how difficult it is for your hair to not only grow but to stay healthy.. That’s why I wanted to share an entire blog post on my hair care routine — how I take care of it and what products I use to keep it healthy, shiny and happy! Stay with me.


My Hair Type

When I was a baby, my hair used to be so curly and long. It looked healthy and shiny even though I never did anything to take care of it and I was always in the pool. Don’t believe me? Look Below:

As I started to get older, I wanted my hair to be straight all the time. Then, I decided to experiment with it and dyed my hair (BIG MISTAKE)! My hair went from healthy curly long to broken, burned out and short.

How I Take Care of My Hair

I’m going to break this process into 5 steps: pre-wash, wash, after wash, dry and straighten. Is really not a lot but I want you to understand that if you have damaged hair, it will not look perfect after one wash. This is a consistency journey in which patience should be your guide.

1 Pre-Wash

Before I wash my hair once a week, I usually detangle my hair with a bristle brush. This process starts early morning on Sunday’s; I add a spoon full of coconut oil on my ends and let it sit for about 1 hour. “Coconut oil promotes the scalp health fighting against such problems as insect bites, lice and dandruff. Coconut oil moisturizes dry hair. Coconut oil adds luster, shine and softness to the hair. Coconut oil prevents hair breakage and split ends, contributing to hair length.” (Lucy Bee)

2 Wash

As far as washing is concerned, I use Dove Dermacare Scalp Coconut & Hydration Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for my first wash to make sure I get all the coconut oil out of my head. Then, for my second and third wash if necessary, I use Davines Energizing Shampoo.

Tip: DON’T ever scrunch up (click the link for picture) your hair when you are washing it, always try to massage it in your scalp all the way to your ends. No need to scrub it, be gentle.

For my conditioner, I use Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask. I leave it on for about 5 minutes then detangle it with my bamboo comb.

3 After Wash

After I get out of the shower, I love to drain my hair with my hands to remove the excess water. Then I use my favorite Davines Energizing Superactive Scalp Treatment, this product makes my scalp feel so refresh.. is just amazing. It helps with hair growth and scalp treatment. Furthermore, I place about 1/2 an inch of leave in on my hands, rub it on and then place it evenly on my roots and ends.

4 Dry

Before I get in the shower, I take my Microfiber Hair Towel Wrap I bought from Amazon and leave it in the dryer at medium heat so it is nice and warm by the time I get out of the shower. I comb my hair really well and then wrap it on the hair towel to dry for about 3-4 hours. Afterwards, I just remove the towel and let it fully air dry as long as it needs.

Tip: Never use a normal towel to remove the excess water from your hair, it makes it dryer and takes the shine from it as well.

5 Straightening

After “air drying” my hair, I rub a little of Moroccanoil Oil Serum in my hands and pass it through my hair starting at the ends then working my way to the top. Before putting any heat onto my hair, I add my favorite Beyond The Zone Heat Protector.. We all know that heat damages our hair, causes breakage, split ends and dryness. So I do everything I can to protect it.

Again, I comb my hair before basically every step. I use the Infinity Pro Straightener at the lowest heat in my roots (just my roots), making sure to divide the hair in small sections to prevent breakage. Then, I use the Revlon Heated Silicone Styling Brush to style my hair and give it a curly voluminous look.

Tip: Spray hair spray at the ends to make your curls last longer (about 1/2 a foot away from your ends).

My biggest secret:

I trim my hair very often. I recommend that you get your hair trimmed at least every two months. Trimming your hair helps remove all the split ends and allows for your hair to be stronger and look healthier.

Why is it so good to trim your hair? Imagine a plant and you got some dead leafs at the top. Most gardeners will recommend you to always clean the dead leafs out. The reason you wanna do that is because it allows for the healthy leafs to keep drinking up all the nutrients that the dead leafs would take otherwise. Is the same for your hair, you want take out all the dead ends in order for it to stay fuller all the way through and weigh down on your scalp to promote hair growth.

My Go-To Hair Care Products

My haircare “routine” wouldn’t be the same without my favorite products! Click on the pictures to shop the products!

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YOU STAYED WITH ME!

We’ve made it to the end of my haircare routine! The past three years have been a journey of trial and error, I tried so many products in search for the ones that would help my hair look and feel healthier while also being somewhat organic and that smell good; these products do exactly that without being extremely expensive!

Let me know what you think and maybe tell me a little about YOUR hair care routine, any recommendations? Comment below!

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