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. p.s. stay tuned for a postpartum hair loss post or two!
I’ve also been in grad school so basically, blogging fell off because something had to give. But I’ve been able to work out my schedule a bit to where I will be able to post weekly once again. So make sure you subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss out!
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!
Easy Wavy Hair Routine
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!
detangle with tangle teeezer (while dry!)
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.)
Low Poo: Not Your Mother’s Naturals Passion Fruit Kombucha & Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo (NYMN Red Low-Poo)
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. I began using this at the beginning of winter and am partially through my second bottle. The scent is a bit lighter and not as in-your-face tropical. I would recommend shaking a little before your first use. My first time using it the low-poo was translucent, but after that it was a “creamier” color/consistency.
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.
Rinse Out Conditioner: Not Your Mother’s Naturals Passion Fruit Kombucha & Awapuhi Ginger Conditioner (NYMN RED)
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 less slip than the Dark Blue line (but a lot more than the pink one!). So 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.
Optional Leave in + drying hair: microfiber turbie twist
I did not want to own this turbie twist. And yet my mother “accidentally” left two the last time she came to visit. Then she called me and asked me to try it. I did. It was great. You win mom. I’ve since bought another, but spoiler alert I don’t take mine to the gym so that part will be different there.
Real Quick, sometimes I use a leave in spray. When I do , it’s the NYMN Red Leave-In Tonic. I promise, still not sponsored. Still purchased by me. I really do like using full lines together! And I take advantage of the BOGO deals (as I write this the NYMN lines are BOGO 50% off! click here to see.) Plus this is also a heat protectant, so if you want to diffuse definitely use this. I don’t diffuse on the average day, but if you need a recommendation I still think this diffuser is fantastic.
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 turbie twist. I think this actually helps my waves form into more ringlets/waves. I leave my hair in the turbie twist 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 product. Gasp. 2A/2B wavies this might just change your hair forever (in a good way!)
Mousse: Aussie sprunch mousse + leave in
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!
At the moment, I am using the new Aussie Sprunch Mousse. If you’d like a review, let me know! It’s a bit different than other Aussie Mousses and my hair looooves it. Note: I still use this technique with “regular” mousses like Herbal Essences Totally Twisted and Aussie Headstrong Volume. It isn’t the leave-in part that makes this routine work, though I DO like that part of the mousse (subscribe so you don’t miss that review!)
How I use: I take my hair out of the turbie twist. After 20 minutes, it’s about 70% dry. That’s where I want it: dry enough to soak in the product, but damp enough to distribute it before it frizzes. If mt hair is any drier /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. I do not put mousse directly at my roots. 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 SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo – this is now discontinued. I still have a lot of the bottle to use. If 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 Suave Essentials Coconut 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.
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