Hair care is my weak spot. This is my normal routine: wash, condition (occasionally), air dry and apply serum (only when I need to wear my hair in a bun). The most I would do was buy some form of aromatherapy shampoo. I don't even know how to style my hair... still can't to this day.
It was only in November last year that I had to pay more attention to the products I use because I started coloring my hair some shade of purple or blue.
Because I want to keep my color bright for as long as possible, I had to switch to products which protect color treated hair. I kind of miss those days when I could use any shampoo and not care... but having purple hair makes me feel like me. You know what I mean?
I've tried a few brands of sulfate-free Shampoo and Conditioner (a must for color treated hair!). Right now, I'm using Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo. No special reason why I chose this kind except that I heard from friends that Pureology is a good brand and I just randomly picked the type. It's supposed to be for fine hair, which I don't have, but it works fine and I'm happy with it. It has a nice, powdery scent.
The conditioner I use was recommended by my colorist. I mentioned to her that I tried using baby shampoo and it gave me dandruff. She figured my scalp needed something gentler and told me to try the Malibu Scalp Wellness Conditioner. It doesn't feel as slippery normal conditioners but it still manages to keep my hair soft. It contains Spearmint oil (among other things) which makes me feel like my hair is eating a stick of Wrigley's Double Mint Gum! Seriously!
Special mention: Shampoo & Conditioner by Syoss. I bought it when I went on a trip to Hong Kong - the first place I had my hair colored. The folks at Hair Corner recommended it and it worked wonderfully in making the color last.
Fail: Shampoo & Conditioner from Nature's Gate. Its meant for color treated hair but the color faded within a couple of weeks and my hair felt dry. I wasn't a fan of the scent either.
I used to wash my hair everyday but I can't do that anymore. So I've learned how to use Dry Shampoo. The first one I tried was from Etude House and it was super easy to use because it was an aerosol spray. However, the scent was too overpowering for my liking.
Jonathan Green Rootine Dry Shampoo and Lush's No Drought are in rotation. The former has a brush applicator while the one from Lush can either be applied using a powder puff (I use a blush puff) or with bare hands. Its a lot messier than the one from Etude House but at least I don't have to put up with the scent.
The one from Jonathan doesn't smell like anything and is my favorite among the two. No Drought has a faint citrus scent and when its on for an extended period of time, my scalp feels a bit itchy - I only use this if I'm out for less than 8 hours. Admittedly, I am still struggling on how to use dry shampoo because I'm just not used to it.
My stylist cut my hair in a way that I could change my look depending on the situation. Let me explain further: if I part my hair on the right side, the purple and yellow streaks are barely visible but when I part it on my left, the streaks are right there - loud and proud. I love that he was clever enough to figure that out!
Because of that, I now need some products to tame my locks and guide it to whichever way I want. While my hair is still damp, I part it. To keep it in place, I use Shu Uemura Depsea Water. Yes, its a product for the face but I recently discovered that this works well with my hair too! Sometimes, I use Sea Spray from Lush. Although I'm not too fond of the scent, it gives my hair the hold it needs without making it feel stiff.
All the products here, except the ones from Shu Uemura, are labeled as Vegan. Just in case you're interested. :)
Since I'm pretty new to the world of hair care, are there any other products I should check out? Let me know by leaving a comment!