I’ve already written extensively about my current skincare routine and shower/hygiene routine, so now it’s time for the hair care routine! Most of the things I’m going to mention have been in my life for quite a while now, so I can recommend them confidently. I like combining natural organic products and DIY concoctions for the best results and the most content wallet. I don’t use anything expensive or difficult to find worldwide, so you can totally replicate my routine.
This blogpost is for you if you have curly or wavy hair, you’re conscious about using chemical products, your scalp is driving you to despair or you simply want to grow longer and thicker hair. If you have questions about my routine or want to know more about anything, just ask me a question in the comments. Enjoy!
My 10 Natural Hair Care Commandments
1. I wash my hair every 3-4 days during the warm season.
If I go longer between washes, my scalp will start itching and I’ll get more hair falling out than usual. If I wash more frequently than that, my hair will get too dry and flat. So it’s all about finding my hair’s happy place. Right now, it’s every 3-4 days.
I exercise most days, and it’s hot outside, so my scalp sweats quite a bit. If you don’t get hot often, you might be able to go much longer without washing.
2. I religiously apply an oil mask to my hair before every wash.
I take around 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin seed oil and massage it into my scalp, section by section, until it’s all saturated. Then, I start massaging it with my fingertips to really work it in. Whatever is left on my fingers, goes to nourish the rest of my hair length. All the way to the ends. I usually leave it on for 1-2 hours before washing, but sometimes I even leave it overnight. I usually create a mini sauna for my scalp as well by putting a plastic shower cap on. It really makes a difference.
Don’t worry, the oil mask rinses off really easily with two washes. No oily residue remains at all, and my hair is left super soft and shiny. It keeps my scalp nourished and itch-free until the next wash, too. I love it!
Lately, I’ve been adding some castor oil to the pumpkin seed oil. It’s a new experiment, so I don’t know if it’s going to work. But castor oil is a very well known remedy for promoting thicker and faster growing hair. It also stops hair loss. I’m intrigued, and I really hope it’s going to make a difference. I don’t really want to make my hair any longer because it becomes really limp and flat when it’s long. But I do want to get that thick luscious hair that I used to have 10 years ago.
Can castor oil turn back the time? I hope so! I’ll keep you updated.
3. I apply 2-3 drops of jojoba oil to the lower half of my hair most nights.
It helps repair any damage caused by the harsh sun and wind. It makes sure I don’t get split ends, and it also gives more definition to my curls the next morning. I’ve tried lots of different oils, but I keep coming back to jojoba. It’s so light and works so well for my hair. I have relatively fine hair, so a lot of oils (such as olive oil or coconut oil) can weight it down too much. Jojoba oil is perfect.
I always dampen my hands and then run them through my hair before applying the oil because I believe that oil is there to lock moisture in. If there is no moisture in the first place, the oil won’t be able to do its job. The same principle applies to skin.
4. When I go to sleep, I always put my hair up in a bun or braid it.
My hair is prone to tangling really bad, but this little trick keeps it tangle free. It also gives me beautiful defined waves in the morning. On a side note, it keeps my husband happy. He hates having my hair all over his mouth and nose when we sleep! 🙂
5. I never ever comb or brush my hair.
This is a reasonably new rule. I introduced it a few months ago after reading a book called “Curly Girl” by Lorraine Massey. I didn’t realize that by using a boar bristle brush on my curly hair, I was destroying the natural curl pattern and ripping my ends apart every single time. No wonder why I always suffered from split ends! I hid my boar bristle brushes in a dark and hard to reach cupboard, and I was ready to embrace my curls in their unadulterated state for the first time in my life. It was weird for a week or two, but then the curls really settled and started looking tidy and beautiful all by themselves, without any interference from me.
I might use my fingers to comb my hair a little sometimes, but more often I use nothing at all.
There is one exception, though. I do still use a wide-tooth comb, but only in the shower while I’m waiting for my conditioner or the vinegar rinse to work. That’s when I get rid of all the tangles – there haven’t been many since I stopped brushing. I don’t seem to get any more split ends either, so viva the no brush routine!
The comb I use is made of bamboo and it’s so beautiful. It glides through my hair so effortlessly, and it’s a million times better than any plastic combs I used to have in the past.
6. I treat my hair with Cassia Obovata and Regular Henna once every month or every two months.
Cassia Obovata is also called neutral henna, which means that it doesn’t really change the hair colour. If your hair colour is really light blonde, it might make it golden, but when it’s dark blonde like mine, it doesn’t really make any difference. Cassia Obovata is used for its hair strengthening and thickening properties. As soon as I wash it off, my hair already looks so much thicker, and I love doing something that is so affordable, but also makes my hair more beautiful with each use.
The smell is not the best. But who cares? It’s a bit like putting spinach on your hair. Not that bad, right?
I like adding a little bit of regular red henna to my neutral henna just to bring out the warmth in my natural hair colour. I’m a strawberry blonde naturally, but my hair is bombarded with harsh African sun and salty ocean water all year long, so I always do my best to counteract their bleaching effect. Adding a bit of regular henna gives me exactly what I need. Just a subtle tinge of golden warmth.
I use a ratio of 1/8, so I’d normally use 8 tbsp. of Cassia Obovata and 1 tbsp. of regular henna.
7. I add two or three drops of tea tree oil to my shampoo or vinegar rinse.
It’s quite a recent trick, but I’ve been enjoying it a lot. As someone with an extremely reactive scalp, I always look for things that can make it happy and comfortable. This little trick helps a lot. Tea tree oil doesn’t smell too good, and my husband might divorce me one day for smelling of tea tree oil every single day, but it is extremely effective. I think I’m starting to like the smell as well. It’s one of those things that grows on you. Don’t you think?
8. I always leave the conditioner or vinegar rinse on for 5 minutes.
The instructions on the bottle say that 1 minute is enough, but I don’t buy it. I wash my body, comb my hair, shave myself, and do anything else just to give the conditioner as much time to work as possible. It makes a huge difference.
9. I never use a regular towel to dry my hair.
I use a cotton hair turban (I’ve heard that microfibre ones are even better), and I love using it to dry my hair. I simply wrap it around my hair and leave it there for around 30 minutes. By the time I take it out, my hair is almost dry. Because there is no rubbing involved, the natural curl pattern remains in tact and there is no frizz. It’s a must for anyone with curly or wavy hair.
10. I never use hot tools on my hair (no hair-dryer either!)
I haven’t done it for years. I’ve always hated what it does to my hair. It makes it frizzy, dry, and prone to breaking, so I got rid of my hair-dryer at a very early age.
You might say, “Yes, but you live in very warm climate. It’s easy for you to do it.” But remember that I used to live in London for 8 years, and I don’t think I ever used a hair-dryer there. It’s a choice.
If you can’t live without a hair-dryer and have curly hair, at least make sure you use a diffuser and set your heat low.
Want To Know How I Wash My Hair? I Like Variety!
I’ve tried so many different methods in my life. From the regular no-poo method to soapnuts and Indian herbs, they all work great, but some are better than others for each person’s individual hair. I seem to always gravitate towards two methods, so here’s what they are:
I like it because it’s convenient and quick. I don’t always have time, energy or the simple will to mix up the ingredients for a DIY wash. Sometimes, all I want to do is grab a bottle of a ready-made product and not have to worry about its ingredients.
Before choosing Green People products, I studied the ingredients of a ton of natural brands, but I couldn’t find anything as clean as Green People. The price is really reasonable, too. I’ve been using the same shampoo bottle for many months now, and there’s still quite a lot left. On the bottle, it says that their shampoo is twice more concentrated than regular shampoos, so 200ml of their shampoo is equal to 400ml of any other shampoo. I agree 100% with that statement. I use the tiniest amount every time I wash my hair. It also washes my oil mask off perfectly with two washes.
The Daily Aloe conditioner works really well, too. It leaves my hair really soft, shiny, and tangle free.
Once I run out these products, I really want to try the moisturizing shampoo from the same brand next time. I hope it will be as good or even better for my curly hair.
- I use the no-poo method
The first video I ever made was my no-poo method step-by-step tutorial. It was just over a year ago, and I still love it. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here. All you need is just some baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and some nicely smelling essential oil (optional).
I use it on days when I want something even more natural and I have a little bit more time. It’s not like it takes a lot of time, probably just 2-3 minutes more, but I’m sure you know what I mean. Sometimes, we just aren’t in the DIY mood.
I like the deeply clarifying action of the no-poo method. If I have any kind of buildup, it never fails to remove it. I also love how the cost is pretty much zero. Crunchy things rock in my household!
My Hair Styling Routine
After I free my hair out of the turban, I take a dollop of Green People Light Hold Styling Gel and run it through my hair. Everywhere, including the top of my head. I make sure I don’t separate my curls yet, simply glide my fingers through gently. I love this styling gel because it’s 96% organic, its ingredient list is amazing, and it works nicely for my type of hair. It doesn’t give much hold, but it does defines my curls. That’s exactly what I’m looking for in a styling gel.
I don’t separate my curls until it dries completely. This makes sure that my hair doesn’t get frizzy. While it’s drying, I like putting my fingers into my roots and lifting them up lightly from time to time, just to give my hair a bit more lift. I might scrunch my hair up a little as well, but I try to be as careful as possible not to break the curls yet.
Once my hair is dry, I scrunch it up, and voila! My curls are ready to face the world.
On the 2nd, 3rd or 4th day, I simply wet my hands, run them through my curls, and scrunch them up to revive them. If I need it, I might use a bit of the same styling gel, but usually just water alone is enough to give me my glorious curls back. 🙂 It was impossible before when I still used to brush my hair, but now I can have my curls every single day. Yay!
How I Fell In Love With My Curly Hair
I haven’t always loved my hair the way it is. I had a lot of desperate days when I would have killed for straight hair. But the truth is I always preferred curly hair. I just didn’t know how to care for it. It all changed when I read the book I mentioned above, “Curly Girl” by Lorraine Massey. It was recommended to me by a wonderful reader a while ago, and I’m so sad that I can’t share her name with you. Her email got accidentally deleted. However, if you’re the one who told me about this book, please get in touch with me! I’d love to thank you.
If you have curly or wavy hair, you’ll find the book very useful. It was the reason why I stopped brushing or combing my hair. It was also why I started using a hair turban. It gives detailed hair care instructions for each different curl or wave type, which I think is genius. If you’re wondering which one is mine, it’s the Botticelli curls! 🙂 No wonder why a lot of people have been telling me that I look like Venus from Botticelli’s painting called The Birth of Venus. It must be the hair! 🙂
Watch me explain everything about my organic hair care routine in this video:
I hope that you enjoyed reading, and I hope you’ll be able to apply some of my tricks in your own hair care routine. If you’d like to share your favourite products or hair care tips, please do so in the comments section. We all like sharing our best tips, don’t we? :–)
Lots of love,
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