I know it’s been a while since I blogged, I am not really too active for last few months or you can say since I moved. Let’s just say I am going through a phase where I am only and only focussing on myself, my mental & physical health.
Ever since I got out of school, I have never taken a break, not even when I was getting married. I literally just took a ten day leave for my own wedding and then was back to my work. My graduation, then post grad., then corporate job and then full time blogging, I never really got the time to even breathe. Till last year I was working 20 hours and managing the house & Shitiz as a homemaker too. This was gradually taking a toll of my physical and mental health and when I got here, to Florida, I wanted to just spend time on me and that’s what I have been doing. I am of course apologetic for not being sincere with my posts in terms of frequency and everything else but now you know the reason. There’s only so much you can do if you don’t feel healthy from the inside right? Please do keep loving and supporting me like you guys always do and I’ll be back on my feet real soon!
Now coming to the topic of the day, my haircare!
If I hate my skin then trust me I love my hair. It’s like god had to compensate somewhere after giving me a shitty hormonal skin haha!
I will start from the basics, the products I use. These are the products I am currently using. I am sure some of these won’t be available in India so I am going to list products that I used to use and loved using while I was in India. They are equally good!
These are the shampoo & conditioners that I am using right now, I rarely stick to using just one shampoo and conditioner and mostly use two at a time. These are all for coloured hair.
While I was in India, I would only and only use this Kerastase Shampoo & Conditioner, I was literally obsessed with it till I got here and decided to try new stuff as above. So you can definitely use these if you’re in India. Kerastase in general is one of my personal favourite haircare brand. Even if you don’t have coloured hair, you can always pick anything that works for you from Kerastase.
These are the two hair serum that I use. I ran out of the Moroccon Oil serum so had to pull off an image from Pinterest to share. Both are available in India. I understand these could be little heavy on the pocket, so my other (comparatively cheaper) favourites are L’oreal Mythic Oil Hair Serum & TIGI Bedhead After Party Hair Serum.
I rarely use hair oil, maybe once in 6 weeks because I have a super oily scalp. But if I do, I stick to Almond Oil or just lukewarm mustard oil right off my kitchen. This is the almond oil that I am using right now, you can pick any that’s available around you.
Other tips & tricks:
I recently got my hair coloured, Balayage again, only more towards blonde side this time. I love the sunkissed look balayage gives to your hair! I got it done from Regis Salon at St. John’s Town Centre, Jacksonville. I don’t know the shades this time because I didn’t want to sound nosy on my first visit itself asking about everything, so maybe next time! What I definitely remember is the stylist fanning over my hair and how it was the healthiest hair she had seen in her 20 years of hair stylist career (not exaggerating, she gave me a nickname – My Strong Hair Girl) and asked me what do I do to keep them this healthy. This is what I told her:
- I don’t heat treat my hair except on rare occasions. I don’t blow dry my hair every time I wash them, I don’t iron or curl them every time I step out. I maybe blow dry/iron my hair like max once in 4-5 weeks, basically not more than 10-12 times a year because heat damages your hair real bad. No matter how much heat protectant products you use, it still does some damage. Since I have naturally straight hair, I don’t have to fuss too much styling them. On most days max I do is make a bun for couple of hours and then open it for loose natural waves. Or maybe tie them up in a bun or a pony!
- I wash my hair in every 4-5 days, let it air dry and never comb it when it’s damp. I never skip on hair serum too.
- I rinse my hair with beer at least once a month. How I do it is, I rinse my hair with beer right after I shampoo and before I apply conditioner so the beer can settle in my hair for couple of minutes and get absorbed with the conditioner.
- My DIY mask, the egg mask! I use it at least once or twice a month, it’s the best protein treatment for me for my hair. Since I have an oily scalp, this is best suited for people with normal to oily scalp. Take eggs (based on you hair length how many ever you’ll need), throw away the egg yolk and add few drops of lime/olive oil to the egg white and apply it all over your scalp, hair, roots & ends everywhere. Let it sit for at least 45 minutes and then wash your hair like you do. People with dry scalp can do the same thing with curd. In case of dandruff, the curd mask works for all. I also love good ol’ Head & Shoulders when I spot some dandruff on me.
- I don’t go for major hair colour change every few weeks or months. Frequent hair colouring kills the hair quality so for me it’s like once in 15-18 months!
Now of course, my hair isn’t perfect. My only major concern with my hair is hair greying. It started off in Pilani when I was there for my masters as the water was really harsh. Then moving to Hyderabad didn’t help as the water there was even worse. I just get my roots touched on a frequent basis for it. Hair fall happens on and off based on my ‘lifestyle’ at that moment. No matter what you do, products you use or spa sessions you take, if you are not eating, sleeping and living right, nothing can help. Then of course there’s genetics involved.
I would also take this opportunity to suggest that if you’re planning on colouring your hair, sit down with your hair stylist and have a talk first. I get so many DMs on insta girls asking me what colour should they go for, or will it kill their hair, colour products to use and so on. I am not a hair stylist neither I have any idea about your hair (texture, quality, etc) or skin tone to tell you what colour or colour style will suit you or if it’ll damage your hair or not. You hair stylist is the expert you should be talking about all this to. They are a better judge of what colour or colouring style will look good on you and what colouring products will ensure least damage to your hair. Always have that discussion and trust your hair stylist on it! This goes the same for hair cuts and any hair treatment/spa treatment.
I think I have pretty much listed everything, in case I missed out something please do drop a comment here below and I’ll get back to you!
(Outfit/Makeup Details: Green top from Naomi Code & Koton skirt, Hat from Amazon US, the nude lippie is Huda Bombshell & oxblood one is Imma Bawse by The Beauty Crop, Ray Ban sunglasses)