This blog post was so overdue, it’s not even funny! For the longest time, you guys have been asking about my haircare routine and how you can improve the texture and thickness of your hair and so many more hair related questions! So here goes, all of these products are ones that I have tried and tested personally and they’ve done wonders for my hair.
Also, to give you a brief introduction to my hair, I have naturally straight hair which has been coloured a couple of times in the past, aside from colour, I haven’t done any treatments to my hair.
So with that out of the way, here are some budget friendly hair care essentials that you should incorporate in your haircare routine!
1. Hair oil: Having grown up in Goa, raw coconut oil was always available at home, however I know a lot of you don’t have access to raw coconut oil, and neither did I when I studied in Bangalore for two years. So a great alternative for the same is the Parachute Coconut oil. An oldie, but a goodie. Most of us have grown up using this particular oil and it’s done wonders for my hair. I would use it for half an hour before going for a head bath and in a year’s time, it made my hair thick, shiny and luscious. I still use it at least twice a month, however, I would recommend using it at least once a week if time permits.
2. Shampoo: The shampoo that I currently use is the Nivea straightening shampoo. I love this one, but sadly it isn’t available in India. However a great alternative for this one is the Garnier Ultra Blends Soy Milk shampoo. I used this one for about 6 months and it had my hair smelling amazing! It would make it frizz free and straight.
The best way to shampoo your hair is to take a coin size amount of shampoo and massage it into your wet scalp. You’ll notice that the shampoo won’t lather too much, once you’re done massaging it into the scalp, rinse off the shampoo and follow up with a second round of shampoo in a slightly higher quantity. The second time around it’ll lather up really well. Make sure to keep the shampoo in your hair for about a minute before you wash it off. Also, only use shampoo on your scalp, try not to use it on the mid to lower sections of your hair because shampoo is a cleaning agent and only your scalp needs cleaning. If you use shampoo on the lower parts of your hair, that could be the reason your hair gets frizzy.
3. Conditioner or Hair Mask: Conditioner is a must for everyone. After shampooing your hair, follow up with a conditioner and use it on the mid to the lower sections of your hair. Keep the conditioner away from your scalp. Alternatively, if you have really difficult hair or if your hair is damaged or colored, it’s always best to use a hair mask. I would highly recommend the Wella Fusion Intense repair hair mask. This has helped me out when my hair was at it’s absolute worst condition. It is priced on the higher side but the tub will last you for ages and is worth every penny.
4. Leave-in conditioner: My all time favourite one is the Livon leave in conditioner. I don’t use it too often, but when I’m going out right after a bath, this is great to ensure that your hair behaves the way it should. Once you’re done with a bath and you’ve towel dried your hair, use a pea size amount of product and run it through the mid to low sections of your hair. You don’t have to rinse it off after applying. It will keep your hair smooth right until the next wash.
Aside from the regular serum, they also have a new product which comes in a spray form and doesn’t have to be used only on damp hair. This is the new Livon shake and spray serum. It’s great for using when you’re on the go. I carry this to work and when I feel like my hair is starting to get frizzy, which it does a LOT these days because of the humidity, I give my hair a spritz of the product and it instantly makes my hair frizz free and glossy.
6. Dry Shampoo: A lazy girl’s best friend. There’s nothing more convenient for your hair than a dry shampoo. I have straight hair and it tends to get oily quite often, so for those lazy days when I don’t feel like washing it, I reach out for the Batiste dry shampoo. It works really well for emergency situations like if you have to rush to work after the gym. I’ve tried a whole lot of brands of dry shampoo and the one that works best for me if the Batiste one. It also smells realllllly amazing! Opt for the trial size if you’re trying it for the first time.
So those are all of my hair care essentials! I hope this post was helpful to all you guys who requested it. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more haircare tips 🙂