A Peek At My Hair Routine

I love my hair. It's probably on my list of top 10 things I love about the way I look. (Everyone should make one of those lists, I think, because we all have days where we feel awful, so it's nice to have reminders that you are awesome and cute.)

Some people ask me about how I keep my hair healthy since I don't think I've ever had a split end in my life. My hair is also something of a struggle since I have so much of it to the point where my pony tail is about the size of my fist. It makes it really difficult to do pretty hairstyles since they look bulky instead of elegant. As a result, the big thing is for me to keep it healthy! Not a lot of bloggers have quite my hair type (the unusual thing is the volume and thickness) or write about it so I figured I'd fill some of the need.

I try not to use a ton of products, because it's time consuming and expensive. My hair naturally is really thick and strong and has soft waves. My biggest problems are keeping it moisturized and preventing it from getting messy. So here's what I do to keep it nice!

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I brush it every day with a flat paddle brush in the morning and at night. Sometimes I'll tie it up with a super large hair tie (regular sized ones just snap on me since I have so much hair), but usually I like to just wear a headband to keep it out of my face.

I brush my hair before I shower, too. If you live in a dorm with a hall shower, you need to do this if you don't want to be the butthead that clogs the hall shower. (Tell your friends.) It gets rid of the loose hairs before they get anywhere near the drain. I shampoo and condition with Herbal Essences Honey I'm Strong formula. (You may have noticed I have a thing for honey and vanilla.) I typically waterdown my shampoo since it can be harsh on my scalp and dry it out. It also helps your shampoo last you more showers. I want to go paraben free, but I haven't found any affordable ones. Especially not in honey or vanilla (I have such a weakness).

When I condition, I try to do it early on in my shower to let it set into my hair, focusing on the ends, but also coating the roots and shaft. I put it in after rinsing the shampoo out with hot water. When I rinse the conditioner out of my hair, I use cold water to help it stay shiny. I picked this tip up from reading magazines.

After that, I towel dry my hair and work some Carol's Daughter Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum. It helps lock moisture in my hair and is very light and all natural. It keeps my hair from frizzing out and tames it with the healthy weight of the moisture. And I get a good dose of shine. You just pump it a couple times into your hands and work it through your hair a bit. I actually got it for free through Klout as a perk for my high social influence score! Gotta say I definitely recommend it. Carol's Daughter is a brand I'd heard fantastic things about when it first started getting big and I can see why. All natural, great for all kinds of hair textures-- formulated to bring out the natural beauty of your hair. Definitely going to try more Carol's Daughter products again. I've been letting my friends try it (it's a lot easier to be generous since I got the bottle for free, but ya'll ain't getting free samples anymore once I gotta pay for my next bottle!) and it's been doing great on all kinds of different hair textures! Gotta love beauty companies that support bringing out beauty in its many diverse, healthy forms.

I don't blow dry my hair except for special occasions when at home. I actually don't have a blow dryer on campus. I shower at night and sleep with it towel dried. It's never been a problem since my hair is so heavy and long I can brush it back to normal. I used to get my hair magic straight permed when I was in middle and high school (it's a big thing with Koreans) but I don't anymore. I don't like the idea of putting a ton of chemicals in my hair and long term it was really damaging.

I used to dye it too. I don't know what I thought I was accomplishing since I'd only barely change the color of my hair since it's jet black. You could only see my so-called "highlights" when the light hit it just so. Adolescence is a parade of poor decisions. Remember when hair crimping was a thing? What even.

I don't straighten my hair either. I try to keep it away from direct heat. I keep it healthy and I try to do so on a budget. Sorry if you were hoping to read a blog post on the best salon lines for haircare-- I'm too poor for that. Which really means I could afford it if I wanted to, but I'd rather spend the money on clothes and food. But mostly food. College. There are probably better products I could be using and getting better results with, but for now, it's fine. My hair still looks nice and it's low maintenance, which is great since my shower routine is a relaxing shower followed by 2-3 hours of TV streamed online. Or falling asleep. Whichever comes first.

How do you take care of your hair, especially on a college budget? Got any tips or tricks for ladies (or gents) with similar hair to yours?

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