I’ve been asked to do a write up on what I do with my hair. Let me know if I’ve missed anything or if you have any questions. My hair is somewhat fine, a bit on the thin side, and very straight. This is actually why I used to keep my hair very short. A lot of what I do with my hair I’ve learned by experimenting and trial & error. I’m always open to learning new ways to care for my hair.
Shampoo & Conditioner:
I’ve tried a lot of great shampoos, but I always keep going back to Tigi Bed Head Superstar Shampoo & Conditioner. I specifically think that sulfate-free is the way to go with my hair. It helps the color stay in better than anything else, even color-safe shampoos, which can be kind of annoying to me. I wash my hair every 4 to 7 days right now. I condition only the ends of my hair with the matching conditioner here. Basically I pull my hair back into a pony tail and the ‘tail’ part of my hair, put conditioner in it, comb through it, and leave it in while I do the rest of my shower. At the end of my shower I rinse this out.
Once out of the shower, I use Tigi Bed Head Superstar Volumizing Leave-in Conditioner by spraying it onto a comb and then combing it through the top section of my hair to get out the tangles.
In between shampoos, I sometimes use dry shampoo. I’ve tried several brands and Batiste is my favorite by far.
Normally I towel dry my hair, then use the leave-in conditioner in the comb. I either air dry my hair, or use a blow dryer after that if I want to style. I use Redken’s Blown Away Blow Dry Gel very sparingly to help dry and style my hair.
I have a really big Hot Tools Gold Curling Iron to curl a few pieces of hair by my face.
However, since I live in Florida, I need a strong hair spray that can deal with humidity. I’m using Redken’s Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray, as it’s made to be used in humid Florida weather.
I’ve been using Ion Sensitive Scalp Developer to bleach the front section of my hair.
Right now I’m using a mix of Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink & Cotton Candy Pink on the bleached section of my hair.
You can see one of my previous experiences with bleaching and dyeing here.
On the majority of my hair I’m just using a rinse (no lightening) of Jerome Russel Punky Color in Poppy Red.
I also like Pravana Chromasilk Vivids for crazy colors.
When I bleach my hair, I tend to only leave the bleach on for 15 to 20 minutes. My hair bleaches up fast. I really should try using something to counteract the yellow tones though. Now, when it comes to the dyes I use (Manic Panic, Jerome Russel Punky, Pravana, etc) I leave the colors on for 2 to 4 hours. I almost always use foils on the front section of my hair, and I cover all of my hair with a cap while I leave the color on.
For deep conditioning, I’ve used the Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner. While it’s meant for curly hair, it definitely works well on my colored hair.
However, I do plan on trying my Virgin Coconut Oil as a deep conditioning treatment sometime soon.