I almost started this post again with, “In an Instagram stories post..” ha! Seems like a lot of my content inspiration is coming from Instagram because that’s where I get to engage with you. So thank you if you reach out by commenting or messaging me! It makes my day hearing from you!
Anyway, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my hair routine. It’s partly laughable because I don’t have time for a routine, but I guess how my hair looks is a product of my wash routine. When I made the switch to more natural beauty products, I also changed my shampoo and conditioner.
Conventional shampoos and conditioners act like detergent and strip your hair of its natural oils. Have you noticed how oily your hair gets if you don’t wash your hair every single day? I used to have super oily hair that by the end of the day it would look piecey and wet. I tried delaying washes, but nothing really worked.
Two years ago, I started washing my hair with shampoo alternatives like baking soda and castile soap. Neither worked for me and left my hair feeing dirtier than before.
Enter, J.R. Liggets shampoo bar. The first time I used it, my hair felt fantastic. It was smooth and soft. All of the frizzy hair I had was gone. That probably lasted two weeks before my hair started feeling grimey. I tried using conventional conditioner, which helped, but I think cancelled out the effects of the shampoo bar. I researched some more and found this post by Andrea who used natural shampoo in her hard water home.
Needless to say, I attributed the gross hair to my hard water. So I started using Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar as conditioner. I have a separate bottle in the shower to dilute the vinegar before putting it in my hair. This helped a bit, but my hair still felt grimy. At my last attempt to make this natural thing work, I bought a shower filter for my hard water. And alas, it worked.
My Hair Washing Routine:
- Rinse hair
- Rub shampoo bar on your head until it lathers
- Rinse hair
- Add about 1 tablespoon of ACV to a separate bottle (that’s why I use the pink bottle)
- Fill the rest with water
- Rinse hair with ACV and water mixture
- Run your hands through your hair to untangle
- Rinse hair again
** I don’t measure how much ACV I add to the bottle. I eyeball it to get a 1:3 water ratio.**
I air dry my hair the majority of the time. Sometimes I will twist it when it’s wet so it has a bit of a wave when dried, otherwise I’ll leave it alone. If I want to blow dry it, I’ll run my hands through my hair while drying for about 10 minutes. I don’t like using too much heat on my hair.
The photo below is how my hair looks with a light blow dry on day 1 of washing.
And for the sake of keeping it real, the photo below is my hair on day 3 after air drying.
Ever since switching to this natural hair routine, my hair has been easy and manageable. My husband even swears by it because his hair used to be curly and frizzy and now he hardly uses product to tame it.
**Disclaimer, it takes a while for your hair to get used to a naural alternative. Like any other natural beauty product, there will be a transition period! It took 2-3 months for the oil to adjust and stop producing on overdrive.**