I get asked almost daily what my hair care routine is. I’d estimate around 3 to 5 times a week.
I have to say, I got lucky and was born with thick hair…And it’s pretty awesome. I’ve been getting compliments on it my whole life, and at 35, I still get asked how I maintain it pretty regularly.
The funny thing is, I don’t spend much time on my hair at all. It takes about 5 seconds to throw it up into a bun or ponytail and maybe 1 minute total if I braid it. But if it’s down, that means I haven’t spent a single second on it.
And that is how most days go.
Of course I believe I have the best method out there to having no-mess healthy hair. Except for washing it, the time I spend on maintenance takes about 1 minute after each shower. I kid you not!
Here is my super laid back, easy peasy, lazy person guide to AMAZING HAIR. Added benefit: you’ll save a TON of money since you won’t be buying loads of haircare products.
Rule One: Don’t Over Wash It
This is a major no-no. Unless you have been around strong smells like cigarette smoke or have gotten something on it like chlorine from the pool or blood, you probably haven’t gotten anything on your hair that needs to be urgently washed off.
If you clean it too often, you’ll wash away the good stuff as well. Every single shampoo commercial out there says basically the same thing, that moisturized hair is healthy hair. I don’t know the exact science behind any of it, but it makes sense. So why would you wash away the oils that protect the strands and keep that moisture inside of them?
Nature made our bodies produce oil for a reason, one of them is to keep the hairs viable. Let nature do most of the work for you.
I wash my scalp once or twice a week. I also don’t focus much time on the strands when washing and just make sure the skin is actually being scrubbed. The shampoo washes down and through the actual hair so they get cleaned also, but I don’t like to rough them up in the process.
I like the Head and Shoulders 2-in-1 Green Apple scent.
I don’t know why, but this one works the best for me. I have tried the other Head and Shoulders varieties, but none work as well for some reason. Find which brand works for you. My strands are coarse and thick, if yours are that type as well, this may work for you too.
Rule Two: Don’t Brush it Too Much
I maybe brush my hair 4 times a year. Some years it may be only twice. I’m being for real.
I mean using an actual brush. I run my fingers through my hair to keep it untangled, but only when it’s completely dry. I don’t try to do it when it’s wet. First, I get annoyed with it, and second, I don’t want to break it.
This seems to be the hardest part for most people to conceptualize. Most of us were told to brush regularly growing up. I was too, but my poor mother could never get me to do it. Good thing I was lazy even as a child because now that has worked to my advantage.
The Method- My Super Duper EASY Hair Care Routine
I do this same thing every time I wash my hair. It has worked for the past 20 years on my own hair and now I do it to my kids hair as well.
After you get out of the shower
- Towel dry it a little bit. Just to where it isn’t steady dripping, a little is OK though.
- Bend over forward and shake your head to loosen up the hair.
- Put some oil on your hands and rub it into your hair starting at the tips and work your way up to your scalp.
- Stand up and run your fingers through your hair a few times if you want to. (If you can’t do it easily, don’t worry about this part. It will be easier once your hair is dried.)
- Go about your day (or go to bed. I wash mainly at night so my hair can dry while I’m sleeping.)
That really is my entire haircare routine. It takes less than a minute to do.
Like with the shampoo, you have to find the right kind of oil for your hair type. I like any Canola oil from the grocery store, or Palmer’s Moisturizing Body Oil the best. It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all and it soaks into my hair and skin fast. Canola is cheaper and one bottle can last you for over a year but the Palmer’s smells so good I spend the extra $3-5 dollars each year to use it instead. It is still a huge money saver compared to using multiple conditioners and other types of oils.
- Beautiful no mess hair that is soft and doesn’t get oily or break.
- Less money spent on products.
- Time saver
- Healthy scalp
Until you get your scalp trained you will have greasy hair.
In my experience, it takes about 4 weeks of doing this method for your hair to get used to it. It will feel oily and heavy in the beginning. That is expected.
From what I can gather, years of over cleaning and traumatizing the hair and scalp has made it over-produce oil to compensate for what is being washed away. Until it is conditioned to only produce the actual amount needed, it will still make that excess and will just be adding to the oil you have put on there. But it really does go away after a while.
It’s almost like magic, one day you’ll realize that your hair and scalp feel soft and amazing.
Until you get to that point, it’s probably best to just keep your hair up in a bun or ponytail.
Try it out for a month and let me know how it worked for you. Hopefully you get good results from it like I, my kids, and friends and family that tried it have.