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Hair styling products

Alright, onto my second non-fitness related post - as promised this post includes the sprays I use when blow drying and styling my hair with hot tools, as well as other products I use in my ever confusing hair.

Now, I say confusing hair because it really is: it's greasy on the roots, dry on the ends, frizzy, and thin but thick (thin strands but a lot of them.)
As you can probably tell, I have quite a few products and let's not discuss how much I've spent on products that didn't work out and weren't returnable. That's one of the good things about buying from a beauty supply store - you can return the product within a certain amount of time if it's not working out for you and you haven't used much.

It's taken a very long time to find a routine that seems to be working for me for the most part, but the frizz is still annoying to me.

For the last 5 years I switched to washing my hair every other day because the ends were just soooo dry. I usually wear my hair in a pony, braid, or other up-do on the second day because the roots are still a bit greasy but not nearly as bad as it used to be. My roots would be disgusting within the same day as washing my hair before I stopped washing every day. If I don't workout between washes I can actually wear my hair down the second day, that's how much my hair has changed.

People think it's gross, and it is at first, but the truth is the more you wash your hair the more grease it produces. You're stripping away the natural oils every time you shampoo so your body tries to make up for that by producing oil faster than it would naturally.

I've tried the 'no poo' movement but I'm a sweaty person and as often as I workout, I have to use shampoo. I've tried just rinsing with water and it just doesn't cut it. Anyway, onto what I use:

Because my ends are dry I always use a leave-in conditioner or oil. From left to right:
I've had all of these for quite a while since you use only a tiny amount each time, but I rotate between all of them minus the spray for my ends after I wash my hair. I use the shine spray on super dry days and when the frizz on top is out of hand. 

Although next time I need Argan oil I will be buying Organix Argan Oil because my boyfriend uses it on his hair and beard and I feel like it absorbs better than the oils I have and it leaves my ends softer than these.

There are some times that I do wash my hair after having washed it the previous day so when I do, I use a 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner combo or use a baby shampoo so I don't want to use oil in my hair. On those days I use this leave-in conditioner from Aussie instead for just a bit of moisture.

So, scary story about dry shampoos - my mom bought one a while ago and said that her scalp was burning when she used it. I looked at the ingredients and they were: Butane, Isobutane, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Propane, Alcohol Denat, Parfume, Limonene, Linanool, Geranol, Benzyl Benzoate, Distearyldimonium, Cetrimonium Chloride. WHAT?! Literally lighter fluid and gas you use to BBQ were in this spray... that's insane!! So when I was at Winners I was sure to check the ingredients on them before buying one. I ended up with Biosilk Dry Shampoo and the ingredients did not include gases used to light things on fire: Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Alcohol Denat., Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Magnesium Carbonate, Propanediol, Cyclomethicone, VP/VA Copolymer, Hydrolyed Silk, Polysilicone-19, Panthenol, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, PEG-2 Dimeadowfoamamidoethylmonium Methosulfate, Squalene, Silica, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Fragrance, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Eugenol. I'll admit I don't know what most of these are but I feel better about putting this in my hair than the other crap.

These are the two heat protector sprays I used when blow drying and using the heat tools on my hair. The CHI bottle came with my CHI flatiron. It smells pretty good and leaves my hair soft and smooth. The more affordable option is Pantene Smooth Heat Protecting Spray. The bottles say to spray in sections but I just give my hair an overall spray from underneath and on top.

The key to using any spray product though is to make sure you're holding it far enough away from your head. If you're holding it too close it'll spray in a more concentrated area and hairsprays actually need the air/distance to work properly.

I can do a post about the shampoos and conditioners as well, we'll see how this post and my previous post do.



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