Okay wanted to run through my nontoxic hair game with you guys. One of my besties was asking me the other day what I use and I thought this round up would be helpful to more than just her so here we go!
First let me describe my hair so you can either tune in or tune out depending – lol. So my hair has a natural wave to it. I can either blow it straight or encourage curl – I’ve been loving the latter especially after having kids because I think my hair got even a little bit more curly. Anyways I also have thick hair – like the shaft of my hair is think in diameter – and its thick like there are many hairs/square inch on my scalp. If this sounds similar, listen up!
This first product does not specifically relate to styling but I LOVE when my hair feels clean – can I get an AMEN!? I have tried a ton of green shampoos and True Botanicals Nourishing Shampoo is by far my top fave. Why? Because it WORKS. It’s pricy but let me explain; it lathers, cleans, smells good, packaging is responsible, ingredients check out and it last a while. Like two bottles will get you through the year. Highly recommend this shampoo. I seriously was about to jump off the clean hair cliff because no green shampoos were working for me until my friend Suzi recommended this brand. Saved my life.
Okay so this is a key step toward getting a defined curl/wave. After getting out of the shower do not wrap hair in a towel. It has to be fully wet to get curls to form and stay together. I usually take a towel and with my fist, squeeze the hair past my shoulders just so it is not dripping but still saturated.
I am loving this organic Turkish hair towel by Marmara Imports. Not only is it 100% organic cotton but it is hand woven in Turkey on a traditional shuttle loom and fairly traded. It gets just the right amount of water out of my hair with out drying it or adding frizz. (And when I decide to straighten my hair I love wrapping it in this towel, perfect size, super light and I can keep it on and run around the house doing housework while putting my hair on hold until I can get to it.)
Next, run a wide tooth comb through your hair to take out the tangles. Wide tooth is necessary to avoid separating hairs. You want it to piece together. Plus this comb will not break, split or damage hairs. You can find these cheap – I got mine from Whole Foods for less than $10 but I am green with envy over this salvaged wood, hand-carved one from The General Store.
Next? Styling cream. I got a sample of this Innersense Beauty Whipped Crème Texturizer when I picked up their shampoo to try this past year. Fell IN LOVE with this styling cream instantly. It is light weight, not super sticky, not heavy or crusty and does not coat hair. It enhances curl definition and allows hair to move naturally plus the ingredients check out. My hair is a little bit longer than shoulder length and I need less than a dime size to style. Like maybe even a pea size or two worth of product total – work evenly between hands then apply throughout hair running hands through locks. I usually flip hair upside-down to do this.
Now this is another crucial step. You need a diffuser – like the big claw kind. This is the one I use – the dryer and diffuser came as a set – and it works good.
Keep hair upside down while drying. This will give it more volume and lift. So before turning the dryer on, squeeze hair together so it clumps to itself. Then turn dryer on and dry hair upside-down gently encouraging curls – squeezing the ends of hair up in fists towards the scalp. (This is so awkward to describe!) Anyways, use patience, it takes me about 15 minutes to completely dry my hair. If you rough-up hair too much it will look frizzy so be gentle.
Do this until hair is fully dry. I like to finish with a cold blast for 1 minute or so to close the hair cuticle.
Next flip right-side-up and set with Josh Rosebrook’s Hair Spray. This is by far the best green hairspray I’ve used. It’s clean, mostly organic, smells amazing and steps up to the plate with some serious staying power. It has a medium to strong hold but can be layered for an even stronger hold if needed. And it dries clear, no flaking or crusties.
That’s it! At this point my hair looks crazy tall but it settles into itself within 30 minutes or so with defined curls and some nice volume.
The best part of this do is that it will last a few DAYS! So I legit sleep with a pillow over my head and my hair still looks good the next day. Like, I don’t take any extra steps at night to preserve my do. The next morning I just go back in with a little sea salt spray – I like this one by Captain Blankenship.
This is great for smoothing down any frizz and redefining curls. A couple of spritzes and I will twirl a few strands around my fingers to piece curls back together and go!
And this method is great too because you never have to brush your hair. The only time I run a comb through my locks is right after shampooing.
So this will take me through day 2/3 an by day 4 I usually throw it up in a top knot and call it a day. This is a cute top knot tutorial by Juli over at PaleOMG (sans the Bumble and Bumble – but you guys already knew that).
If I ever squeeze out a day 5 I will go in with some dry shampoo on the eve of day 4. I like this one by Captain Blankenship. Just powder the areas of your scalp that have any buildup and run fingers through hair to disperse. Sleep on it and by the morning grease will be gone as well as any white powdery residue.
Now go get your nontoxic hair on!
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