Not everybody has good, healthy hair. People over process and dry out their hair with too many chemical laden products & heat from blow drying and other styling means. When all the girls in High School (back in the late 1980s) were plastering their hair with hair spray & other hair products, I was the one that was gagging from the scent of those products, & I’m still like that. I really hated gels and styling products period because they would make my hair look oily & weighed my hair down making my hair look completely atrocious. I went through my stage of using electric hot rollers or getting perms. When I look back at doing that, I didn’t like how curly either made my hair look. I rather have wind blown hair or have my naturally wavy hair do what it does without any forcible means, and I rather not have my hair loaded with products especially products that have tons of chemicals in it.
Every time I go to the hairstylist she always says, “I just love your hair. I could play it with all day long. It’s so soft, shiny, & healthy.” I see my stylist every 6 weeks for a bang trim. As far as an overall cut & shaping my hair, I don’t go as often. Sometimes, I go several months before I go to her for that. Really, I’m quite low maintenance when it comes to my hair. I’m a wash & go type of woman, rather than one who is always fussing with my hair.
In my late teens, I started using a coloring spray can to give my hair a purplish hue. I found my first gray hair in my early twenties, & I thought I was too young to be losing my hair color. But it wasn’t until I went through a color analysis class and found my naturally auburn hair was not the right color for my result of being a winter, so I started coloring my hair. The instructor had to analyze me twice because of my hair color. It is when she pulled back my hair to see the roots when she determined I’m a winter. If she hadn’t done that, she was saying I was a spring. Although I pride myself in that I can wear some warm tones & cool tones due to my naturally auburn hair & freckles, when it comes to my wardrobe, you will find my closet is predominantly cool toned colors. I definitely love the jewel tones; some of my favorite colors. When I colored my hair back then, the coloring products had such a horrible scent I thought I was going to gag, so I was never regular at coloring my hair.
When I found Madison Reed three years ago, I have been more consistent in coloring my hair as it isn’t loaded with chemicals and it has a nice scent. Every color I have tried I have liked, but I stay pretty consistent with using Modena Brown; a true medium neutral brown. I use their shampoo, conditioner, styling cream (I use this very sparingly), & their Amaretto gloss when I want my hair to have a touch of red. I used their highlighting system once, and I didn’t like it because of how time consuming it was. None of their products weigh my hair down instead my hair is healthy, shiny, & leaves my hair smelling nice. No harsh chemical scents to any of it, so my hair loves it and that makes me happy.
Not everybody can do this, but I very seldom blow dry my hair. I can get away with drying my hair only during the really cold months because of where I live, with my hair being naturally wavy, and because the style my hair is cut. Blow drying hair dries out the hair. I personally think it is wise to give my hair a break from that just as I believe not wearing make up every day is important. When it comes to styling my hair, I let it dry naturally most days & just let it do whatever it does naturally due to living in a moderately humid climate. I run my hands through my hair quite a bit as it dries naturally & move my hair all different ways. When I do use a blow dryer, I always at some point turn my head upside to give my hair some volume; I do this same thing when I brush my hair. I always use a detangler brush, just because I have had issues with tangles in my hair and that type of brush is good to use on wet or dry hair.
I occasionally will twist my hair as it dries naturally to give it some more wave. Other times, I use some heatless ways for when I want some curl. I have used LocALoc Heatless Headband & Conair’s Soft Curls Sleep Comfy Curlers (which you can buy at Walmart) when I shampoo my hair before I go to sleep. I like both and some times I use a combination of both of them.
Shampoo & Condition hair
I use another shampoo that is non toxic a couple of times a week instead of using Madison Reed’s products. I use a drop of castor oil in place of conditioner on my hair a couple of times a week. When it comes to shampooing my hair, I do it once. Many brands state on their products to shampoo, rinse, and then repeat. I find that this strips the natural oil from the hair which we need in order to keep our hair healthy. When it comes to shampoo, I use no more than a dime size to apply to my hair, and with conditioner, I actually use less. I find that many people use more product than they should. The longer your hair is, you will find you need to use a bit more product. The shorter your hair, the less product you need. This also depends on one’s hair type.
When I use castor oil (use in place of conditioner), it is after I rinse out shampoo. I use just a drop and rub it between my hands and run it through my hair with my hands. Then I run a detangler comb through my hair to evenly distribute it through my hair. After a couple of minutes, I rinse it. Some people may can get away with using more castor oil depending on type of hair, but I can only use a drop or it will make my hair look extremely oily.
Note: Be sure to use only cold-pressed (or cold-drawn) castor oil that is hexane-free and organic. Any other kind could clog your pores. Another good reason to use cold-pressed castor oil instead of refined castor oil is that cold-pressed oils retain much more of their valuable nutrients, so it’s actually healthier.
I also use the following rinse in place of conditioner twice a month. If you want make half of the mixture to make one application. Instead of water, I brew & use organic black tea (I let this cool before combining with the other ingredients & use filtered water). Instead of white vinegar, I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar which you don’t have to do. I use the tea because it is good for dark haired beauties & use the ACV due to it being a highly beneficial vinegar. Blonde haired beauties can use chamomile tea if they wish to use tea in place of the water. I comb it through my hair for it to be evenly distributed. Those who don’t like the idea of vinegar, stay with using white vinegar or don’t add it to the mixture just add more water or tea, but vinegar does help with adding shine to hair. If you want you can add less vinegar. You will smell the vinegar when you use it on your hair, but once you rinse it out you will not smell it. Make sure any time you rinse your hair well to follow with a cold rinse as it seals the hair cuticle making the hair lay smoothly. A smoother hair cuticle reflects light better which in turn gives hair the appearance of shine.
Photo notes: First two photos I took and photo of hair rinse from Internet