In relation to my waves, the extra texture the higher. So once I seen my pure Sort 2 wave sample shedding its form, I needed to do one thing about it.
With a couple of tweaks to my hair care routine and a complete swap up of my product line-up I used to be capable of give my hair its bounce and form again. It’s the kind of hair glow-up that must be shared. And the most effective half? Loads of the recommendation I’m going to share with you already exists on the Luxy Hair Weblog. For me, it was time to place these confirmed tricks to observe, and did they ever work!
My hair kind
As talked about above, I’ve naturally wavy, Sort 2A – 2B hair. The feel will depend upon the season (residing in Canada, we get a dose of all 4). I’ve seen that in additional humid environments, like tropical areas, my hair naturally transforms into extra of a Sort 2C (curlier) sample, which I really like. Should you’re questioning, I obtained it from my mama.
For full context, my hair density is thick, and the diameter of my hair is medium. I attempted the hair porosity check and located that my hair is of regular or wholesome porosity (yay!). One other new check I attempted was the elasticity check. I discovered that my hair strands are stretchy, that means my hair is of excessive elasticity. Lastly, my scalp can be within the regular vary more often than not. Nonetheless, I do undergo from eczema and sometimes expertise breakouts on my scalp which may create dry, itchy patches.
I extremely advocate studying your full hair kind that will help you take care of your hair-specific points. Belief me, you will notice how this helped as you learn on.
The lack of my curl sample was gradual, it took a while for me to note the altering texture of my hair. Trying again at images, it appears the change occurred over the past 11 months throughout COVID-related lockdown and restrictions. As I spent most of my time at residence over the previous yr, a couple of issues concerning the environmental influences on my hair additionally modified. As an illustration, my residence air is usually dry, and my hair wasn’t getting its common humidity repair to carry out my pure waves.
Earlier than: uninteresting, lifeless waves
How I misplaced my curl sample
Moreover, I had tried out a brand new shampoo and conditioner, which was uncommon for me. I contemplate myself a hair product monogamist; once I discover merchandise I like, I stick with them. I additionally hate losing product, so once I attempt a brand new product, I decide to ending it earlier than switching, if obligatory. Nonetheless, throughout the lockdown and restrictions, my go-to shampoo and conditioner have been not accessible, and I attempted a brand new model. I used to be utilizing the Phillip Adam Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner. It claimed to have all the good things you’d need in a hair product and not one of the unhealthy stuff (sulfates). The evaluations have been additionally fairly good and so I attempted it.
Bear in mind, I’m a severe hair product monogamist, so making an attempt one thing new was a giant leap for me and sadly, it didn’t fairly work out the way in which I’d hoped.
My eczema was turning into extra problematic, which might be what I seen first. I used to be getting extra flare ups and my scalp usually felt dry and itchy. My hair itself was air drying virtually straight with none bend or wave. It was staticky and felt flat and dry.
Aside from spending virtually each second indoors for the previous yr and making an attempt a brand new shampoo and conditioner there have been no different life-style or weight loss program modifications. I contemplate my weight loss program to be fairly clear: I’m acutely aware of consuming complete meals and limiting sugar, alcohol, and processed elements.
Eliminating well being elements and contemplating the environmental elements I had a powerful feeling it was my merchandise that have been inflicting harm to my scalp and hair, flattening my pure waves.
How I fastened my curl sample
After I seen my wave sample was extra flat than flowing, I attempted concentrating on the difficulty with texturizer spray and styling cream (Oribe and Verb, respectively). Whereas the merchandise did assist to create and maintain the waves, I used to be not a fan of getting to make use of a lot product simply to attempt to get my present hair to resemble my previous hair texture. The added styling product might have additionally created build-up as my eczema continued to flare up. Along with the texturizing spray and cream, I used to be additionally nonetheless utilizing the Phillip Adam Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner which primarily created a recipe for hair catastrophe.
Whereas being a hair product monogamist labored for me up to now, it wasn’t the answer for fixing my curl sample or treating my scalp. It’s so vital to know your hair kind, elasticity, and porosity and to make use of merchandise particularly designed in your hair wants. One thing I wasn’t doing earlier than.
After doing the mandatory hair checks, and in depth analysis (thanks, Redditors!) I switched to Residing Proof Curl Shampoo and Conditioner, in addition to the Residing Proof Curl enhancer cream. The evaluations have been nice – particularly from different wavy and curly hair ladies – and I’ve to confess, I cherished the packaging too. The Residing Proof combo not solely seemed good however labored. This was the primary time I picked and used merchandise particular to my wavy Sort 2 hair kind, one thing I ought to have achieved a very long time in the past.
Aside from making the massive product swap my hair routine stayed fairly constant.
First use – waves coming again to life!
My hair routine
I wash my hair each 2 to three days and earlier than hopping within the bathe I give myself a pleasant scalp therapeutic massage utilizing the Saje Scalp Massager and making use of a couple of drops of the Saje Peppermint Halo important oil. This can be a nice approach you are able to do whereas watching Netflix or listening to a podcast. I therapeutic massage my scalp for about 10 minutes, it’s just a little self love that goes a good distance in your scalp and your hair. It’s particularly nice when you have dry, itchy scalp or eczema like I’ve skilled. Peppermint helps to eliminate micro organism and soothes irritated pores and skin.
Within the bathe I take advantage of the Residing Proof Curl Shampoo adopted by the Residing Proof Curl Conditioner. Generally I take advantage of the Luxy Moist Hairbrush within the bathe whereas the conditioner is in to assist distribute the product additional and easy out any knots. Notice, I by no means brush or comb my hair outdoors of the bathe.
As soon as I’m achieved within the bathe, I gently squeeze water out of my hair with a microfiber towel. Subsequent, I apply 3 pumps of the Residing Proof Curl Enhancer Conditioning Cream and scrunch it into my hair, beginning at my ends.
To assist my hair air dry with a bit extra quantity, I take advantage of a big claw clip to clip my hair up because it air dries to about 50%. I take the claw clip out earlier than mattress and permit my hair to air dry in a single day.
Within the morning, I assess my waves. In the event that they’re even and searching good, I do completely nothing else. In the event that they obtained a bit frizzy in a single day or must be evened out a bit extra, I apply a dollop of Verb texturizing cream, scrunching it from the ends all through my hair.
Et voila. I seen my waves coming again after simply two washes utilizing the Residing Proof Curl merchandise. Not solely was I happy to see my waves again, however I additionally felt the distinction in my hair and scalp.
Second use – shine and circulate restored
Ethical of the story…
Simply since you’ve used the identical product or the identical routine for a very long time, doesn’t imply they’ve to remain in your self-importance or bathe endlessly. Hair modifications and is impacted by well being, surroundings and a lot extra. I couldn’t count on to keep up my hair kind and hair well being with the identical merchandise when my surroundings had modified a lot.
First, I needed to re-educate myself alone hair. Then, figuring out precisely what I used to be working with, I did the analysis to search out the merchandise that may work for me. Will all the things be a hit after two washes? Positively not. Particularly with wavy or curly hair, nailing your hair routine and product line up might take some trial and error. Whereas I failed with my first product decisions, I used to be capable of finding merchandise that labored for my hair.
Should you’ve seen a change in your hair, assess your surroundings, weight loss program or well being modifications. Take our hair kind quizzes then begin your product analysis. A bit of leg work now, a giant glow up later.