A little while ago I started getting really fed up with my hair. I have naturally wavy, and very frizzy hair. It is not curly enough for the frizz to blend in, a tend to simply have very knotty, very dry hair. I was fed up with the fact that it took so long to do anything to it, and only looked good after hours of styling. So recently, I decided to try out some natural hair care. I am kind of obsessed with cavemen - when making diet, fitness and general body care decisions, I try to reduce it down to the simplest form, as close to what makes sense for cavemen. Obviously I still take paracetamol, cook my meat and eat wheat, but I don't get a lot of the faff around veganism, crossfit and clarifying, pore minimising cleansing wash. I want simple. Basically, I am super lazy.
Previously, I was washing my hair, then blow-drying it straight, in an attempt to make anything acceptable out of my bleached, split ended, naturally dry hair. After chatting to a few friends about it, I decided to take a more natural approach. Again, I'm not rinsing my hair with beer and conditioning with olive oil (as I mentioned before - I'm lazy) but I've been doing it for a little while now and have been a lot happier with my hair, so I thought I would share my natural hair care routine.
Shampoo and Conditioner: I have heard a lot about sulfates and parabens in shampoos and conditioners and decided to skip them, as I just feel like they are an unnecessary addition, and are believed to contribute to drying out my hair. I have tried out a few 'sulfate free' shampoos, and I have settled with Kind Natured, mostly because they smell nice, make my hair clean and are easily available at Boots (like I said -I'm lazy - and forgetful, nothing you have to order over the internet is going to work out for me.) Bonus of these guys is that they don't test on animals, which is something I also try to avoid as much as possible. The best thing about this part of my natural hair care plan has been hair that comes out of the shower drier, and is much less 'heavy' which, as a result, dries faster.
Coconut Oil: I feel like a great big Pinterest Cliche right now, and I want to establish that I am not one of those people who thinks coconut oil can heal all ails and do everything. I literally just use it for this. I'd like to say I do a mask every sunday, but lets be honest - I have mentioned it enough times - I'm lazy as hell. And busy. I do a coconut oil mask whenever I get the chance, but I do wish I did it more because it makes my hair much smoother and more manageable. I comb it through with my fingers, tie it up in a big coconutty, slimy bun and then do some work or write some blog posts whilst I let it sink in. Then I wash it out with hot water and some shampoo, and condition again, because, apparently, half a tub of coconut oil is not moisture enough for my sahara hair.
Air Drying: I know this is what everyone hates to hear but it does make so much of a difference. I do still blow dry it when time is tight, but I do my best to let it air dry as much as possible. I brush it once, very gently, when wet, and then ideally leave it alone to dry completely. I know that most do not let their hair air dry because they don't like the way it looks, but I can say that my hair now air dries so much better because I have learned to curb the frizz. That said, sometimes I just want sleek, uniform waves, so I take to the curling wand, but moreover, I can get out of bed, brush my hair, fluff it up at the roots a bit, and get on with my day.
Not Wash it Every Day: I have never been an every day washer, mostly because growing up I never had the kind of family that was obsessed with daily baths/showers. I think it's a waste. But more than that, the thought of washing and drying my hair every single day makes me actually feel a bit nauseaous at the amount of time spent with damp hair. I feel like this is probably one of the reasons I am seriously put off the gym/running/cycling. However, as I know a lot of people do wash their hair daily, or very regularly, I thought it was worth mentioning as something I do differently.
Cut It Myself: Probably a controversial one, but it helps a lot that my hair is very thick, and wavy. I follow this awesome video and cut it with a sharp pair of scissors, just in a simple straight line across the bottom. I like my thick hair, and the frizz levels are always made worse with layers, highlights, etc. I might treat myself to a proper haircut when it has reached my desired length, but for now I am focussing on regularly chopping off split ends.
So, that's it! Other than that, I may occasionally use some smoothing creme or some hairspray for flyaways, but on the whole, a natural hair care regime has made my life easier, and my hair nicer. What do you think? Are you inspired to try natural?