1. Shampoo and Conditioner: I am currently using the Pantene Beautiful Lengths line, but to be honest- I buy what is on sale. I think that it is important to find products that do their job, but paying $20 per bottle is a little ridiculous, in my opinion. I think that what is even more important than the products you use in the shower, is how you care for your hair out of the shower. Pantene makes my hair shiny and smell super good until the next wash. I usually try to go with a shampoo and conditioner catered towards long hair or strengthening.
2. Wide Tooth Comb: This is a life-saver. Because my hair is so dang long and thick, brushing it when it is wet can be a chore. This comb saves me the trouble of fighting tangles once I get out of the shower and try to brush out my hair. When I am in the shower, I will put the conditioner in my hair and comb my hair with the conditioner in. Seriously- this saves your hair. I will only use a wide tooth comb on my hair if it is wet. Every once in a while, once I am out of the shower, I will comb through either a texture spray or leave in conditioner.
3. Wooden Brush: This is my new favorite hair tool! This brush from Tek is made 100% out of wood, bristles and all. A wooden brush really helps absorb your hair's natural oils and distribute them evenly throughout your hair. It is also know for being awesome for gently increasing scalp circulation, which helps hair growth.
4. Blonde Toner: My hair has been ombre for years now, and I 100% think it is the best hair color for me. It is so low maintenance- I usually only get my hair done once or twice a year. But, in the months when I am not in the sun as much, the blonde can turn a bit brassy. I have been using this blue toner from Dessange (only about $10) and it really helps to get rid of the brassy color and give more of an icy blonde tone to the hair. I use it about once a week before I wash my hair.
Texture Spray: When I feel like I want a bit more texture in my hair I have been reaching for this coconut oil texture spray! It smells good and is all natural! You can find it at health food stores and Urban Outfitters.
Dry Shampoo: I usually only wash my hair twice a week. That could change based on how much I work out and such, but I only do my full hair wash routine twice a week, which is saves my hair and saves me so much time. My hair takes close to two hours to air dry, and I NEVER blow dry it, so washing it is a chore. Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for when I need a lift or need to go another day until I wash my hair. This is definitely my secret weapon for creating the perfect messy bun! I try not to use aerosol dry shampoo too often because of all of the chemicals that are in it, but once or twice a week doesn't hurt. At the moment I use Batiste, which I like. I usually buy it at Marshalls or TJMaxx for around $6.
Heat Styling: As far as using heat on my hair goes, it hardly ever happens. To be honest, I like how my hair looks when it is natural. Not using heat has made my hair so much stronger and healthier. I hardly ever get split ends, and I only get a trim once a year. On the rare occasion that I do use heat, it is usually only once or twice a month, and I NEVER blow dry my hair. I let it air dry and then heat style it. Embrace your natural hair! Trust me, your hair will thank you.
Gentle Styling: When I sleep I first brush my hair with my wooden brush and then put it up in a loose bun on top of my head and secure it with a big clip. It protects your hair and leaves you with volume in the morning! I usually wear my hair down, but when I put it up or in a braid I try to use these soft elastics for minimal breakage.
Well, that was a lot of explaining haha. But I promise it does not take too much maintenance to have long hair if it is healthy. Basically, just be gentle to your hair. I hope this was helpful/interesting! I get a lot of questions on my hair, so I thought I would share how I care for it!
I hope you all have a great weekend!