It is Saturday night. Tonight, that means staying in with my family. Jared and I are having a Stargate marathon night. Stargate harkens back to the dating days; we’d frequently tune into Stargate or Stargate Atlantis together, him in Iowa, me here in Georgia. Many Friday nights on the phone were spent just this way. And here I am, in between watching TV, writing a post in which I drone on about vanity: hair.
This is not a sponsored post….I haven’t gotten my blogging act together enough to do that just yet. But I really use and love all the products mentioned here.
For most weeks since last winter I have deep conditioned my hair on Sunday afternoons and evenings, but this weekend it is happening tonight.
Deep Conditioning Hair Routine
It’s a convoluted routine that I am still experimenting with. First, I dampen my hair all over. Then, I apply castor oil at the roots, aiming only for my scalp, only on the top of my head. The castor oil I use is: here. I also use castor oil as a mask on my face. Once the castor oil is in place, I saturate the rest of my hair with coconut oil. The coconut oil we currently have is a big jar I got at Aldi.
I started this routine with the coconut only; the castor oil has only been in the routine for three or four weeks. The first week I did castor oil only, and I noticed dramatically less hairfall in the shower after. More recently with the coconut oil, there’s more hairfall. Oh well. But with the castor oil I have noticed it is easier to skip a shampoo day every other day throughout the week, with my hair being much less oily on the non-shampoo day.
Next, I shampoo it all out with my Briogeo Blossom & Bloom shampoo and conditioner. During the week, I alternate shampooing my hair with my Briogeo shampoo and matching conditioner, and ArtNaturals Purple shampoo and conditioner. The purple shampoo is because I have quickly multiplying silver hairs that I want to accentuate because I love them.
Since I started the deep conditioning routine, I can pretty much do with a shampoo every other day, depending on my mood. Before I started paying attention to my haircare, I would just wash it every day. On days I am feeling like the hair is a tad too oily, or when I know I don’t want to shampoo the next day, I use Bosley Dry Shampoo. This came recommended by the world’s best (and my very own) hair stylist, Gail, who serves a discriminating clientele at a swanky salon in Roswell. I’m a tad biased because she’s married to one of my oldest and best friends, but she is really great and I’m glad to have my hair in her care.
How I Got Here
So…..I am the type to cut on my own hair. It is worse about it when my hair is super-short, like boy short. In April of 2017, I gave myself this buzz cut:
A lot of willpower and a LOT of telling myself I didn’t need to pick up the scissors went into grow my hair out to the length it is right now, which is just about chin length, along with key strategic visits to Gail, my stylist, who coached me through the process of growing it out to one length.
Although now, looking at the buzz cut picture, it isn’t a terrible look on me. It’s just not much hair at all– that was a one inch guard all around. It took from February of 2018 to now to get my hair to chin length again. Maybe I’ll go back to it, but not for a few years after this growing out process!
Back to the Deep Conditioning…
I leave the whole convoluted oily, sticky mess in my hair for two to three hours. So basically, it has to be a day and time I don’t have to be anywhere for a good while.