It’s been awhile wavy friends! If you didn’t know, I had a baby last year and two little ones has been a big transition. Be sure to subscribe for that post!
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Anyways, simplicity is the name of my game. I’ve always had a lazier approach to wavy hair, but this routine is SO simple and affordable that I can’t wait to share it! And I’ve actually got two versions, the one I do at home, and the one I do at the gym! I’m happy to say that I’ve figured out how to keep my hair from making me unhealthy. For now, here’s my at home routine!
Update Dec 2020: the original set mentioned in this blog post is no longer for sale, and has been updated to reflect other favorites that are used in the same way!
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These words were from last year’s routine, but they are still true. As a wise wavy once said, “It takes way longer to write out how I apply the products than it does to actually apply them.” Truth. Don’t be scared by how long this looks! I’m trying to give the most comprehensive information possible!
I do this 2-3 times PER MONTH only. Other times I detangle only in the shower. I only do this step at home (not at the gym). There are a few reasons, but I’ve found that this step helps my hair be so much smoother and less frizzy all around. If you have 2A or 2B waves, your hair should not be prone to breakage. 2C wavies may need to skip this if you’ve got 3A mixed in. I do 100% recommend using a brush designed for tangly hair or wet brushing. The difference is unreal.
How I Use: I very gently work the brush through, starting from only an inch or two own from my hair. I go up a couple of inches with each stroke until I’m at my roots. I lose SO much less hair than detangling in the shower. Plus it’s easier to deal with, and the drains don’t clog (really though. We’re friends here, it’s fine.)
Okay, tbh the reasons I tried this were that 1. It was new and 2. I was sick of the scent of the NYMN Dark Blue line. Yes, it smells like a vacation but when you smell the same thing for a year straight it gets boring. This set is made for kids, but
How I Use: Basically, as a “normal” shampoo. Low-poos are very user friendly if you are just starting your natural hair journey. I use about a quarter size amount and lather into my scalp. Don’t lather into your ends or they will get dry. This shampoo (low-poo) lathers very well and is quite cleansing. If you use water soluble silicones you’ll have no trouble rinsing those out. I am careful not to pile my hair up but rather focus on cleansing my scalp. Often I will do this two times, rinsing in between. I focus the second time on anywhere there appears to be any buildup. Rinse out completely before continuing.
To make this clear to any new readers, no this isn’t sponsored. I just decided to try this line all together and have loved the results.
How I Use: Although I used a brush, I still start by detangling. This conditioner has good slip, but always be very gentle. I detangle all the way up to my roots, the immediately rinse out. Otherwise, the hair gets weighed down. Then I do the “real” conditioning. I do not flip my head over at this point. I squish in a a lot of conditioner into the ends of my hair and work my way up. I do not condition four inches from my roots and up (my hair gets weighed down when I do this). I then let this sit on my hair while I do all the rest of my non-hair shower stuff. Then, to rinse out, I switch my water to room temperature/cool, flip my head over, and rinse out while detangling/scrunching… This often requires a little more conditioner. I actually change my water settings so that a little bit of the conditioner stays in the lengths of my hair. If you don’t have a shower head that allows for this, just try to leave in a little of the conditioner. I rinse out about 95% of it.
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Real Quick, sometimes I use a leave in spray. When I do , it’s the Fairy Tales Conditioning Detangler. I promise, still not sponsored. Still purchased by me. I really do like using full lines together!
How I Use: If using leave-in, my head is flipped over, then I spray 3 sprays into my hand then scrunch it in. This is not very much, but I find this causes my hair to be weighed down on days 2-4 if I use too much right away. Then, I twist my hair into the microfiber turban I think this actually helps my waves form into more ringlets/waves. I leave my hair in the microfiber turban for approximately 20 minutes. This time varies based on crying babies and mischievous toddlers and puppies.
p.s. Yes, if I don’t use leave in-this means I let my hair dry WITHOUT a styling product. Gasp. 2A/2B wavies this might just change your hair forever (in a good way!) Damp styling is a game changer.
Guys, the only hair product I need is mousse. This reminds me of my teenage years, but seriously. It’s all I need! I have a post on how I do my 2 minute refresh for days 2-4 hair. Basically, I use the same technique for Day 1 hair! I L-O-V-E the Herbal Essences Totally Twisted! It offers grat hold.
edit: if you were here prior to May 2019, You saw me mention the “Aussie Sprunch Mousse.” I did write a review (read that here) and I didn’t like it, so I replaced the mousse option with my current favorite
How I use: I take my hair out of the turbie twist. After 20 minutes, it’s about 70-80% dry. That’s where I want it: dry enough to soak in the product, but damp enough to distribute it before it frizzes. If my hair is any more dry, I will actually spray it back down a little with water. I keep adding mousse until my hair feels coated. This is typically 2-3 golf ball sizes out mousse for my medium thickness, medium-long hair. Really, you can look at the pictures in my 2 minute refresh post and the technique is quite similar.DO NOT put the product directly at the roots or you will weigh them down. This is a key difference between CGM and Wavy hair. I apply it up to about 4 inches from the roots. I find if I go any higher that my hair gets too much build up on days 2-4.
You might be wondering about root clipping/volume. TBH, most days I flip my hair “against” my part until it’s dry, then once it is dry, flip it to the “normal” side. That’s my simplest method. Also, using mousse means your hair isn’t as heavy as it would be with gels/creams. But also….I don’t worry too much about root volume. In the scheme of things, I’d rather not worry. My commute would allow for 20 minutes of clipping, so I did do my triceratops root clipping method if you need an in-between. But if you want my “normal” routine….this is it. I’m done!
hair treatments & other hair routine items
Let me know if you’d like a post on any of these specifics.
- Clarifying Every 6-ish Washes With you have ANY clarifying washes/low-poos to recommend, please let everyone know in the comments!
- Hair Masque – I looooove the smell (and results) of this one! It’s very thick and heavy, but I’ve almost completely used it up. I recommend using before/after heat styling if that’s your thing.
- a co-wash – I will rarely co-wash, but if I do it’s more than likely a day before a hard workout at the gym (when I KNOW I’ll need to wash after). I use the Yes to Tea Tree & Sage Conditioner to do this. Apparently the reviews say it’s been reformulated, but I have the new version and the scent seems fine to me.
- I still do ACV rinses. These also help with the hard water at our house. I put about 2tbsp into a cup, take it in the shower, dilute (by filling the cup to the to with water) and rinse at the end. I do an ACV rinse once every 2 months or so. If you’d like a full post on that please comment so I know.
What About Working Out?
Workouts can make your hair care more complicated. I even wrote a post about how my hair made me unhealthy. There was a time where good hair was more important to me than physical fitness. But I’ve been able to adjust, and here’s how. I schedule my hair washing around my workout schedule. Yep. And while that sounds intense, it’s really just establishing a routine. Once you’ve got it set up, it becomes second nature.
Example Workout/Hair Wash Schedule: ….Day 1 hair: Low impact workout such as yoga/pilates/barre and then LISS (low intensity steady state cardio – for me that’s jogging, incline walking, or stair-master low intensity). Day 2 hair: Weight training. Day 3: HIIT or hard cardio then wash hair.
Now I still sweat on days 1 and 2 for sure. So on those days, I put my hair into a bun in the shower, then rinse the edges of my hair. I only go about an inch or two in. This removes the sweat from most of my scalp, but doesn’t make me do a full hair routine. Then I’d go in with my normal 2 minute refresh routine. (or if it’s day 1, my normal hair care routine). If you’d like a fully in-depth post, let me know!