Because I love experimenting and styling my hair, I always get questions on how I take care of it: what products do I use to prevent/cure damage, what products do I avoid, etc.
Before continuing with this post, please bear in mind that I'm not a professional about this topic. I'm basing this post in my personal experience as a beauty enthusiast, so this post is just for the sake of sharing what works for me in the hopes that it will work for you too. :)
This post is long overdue, but I just wanted to test out the products at least for a month or so before vouching for them. So here it is! :)
After almost 2 years of dyeing my hair blonde, it really took a toll on my hair's health. So when I finally mustered up the courage to have it darkened, I also made a commitment to care for it religiously.
I did my research and found out which products (or ingredients) I should avoid when buying hair products.
I chose to buy hair shampoo and conditioner that are sulfate-free. Sulfates can strip off the moisture from your hair, making it dull and dry. It can also lead to hair loss and scalp irritation. For color-treated hair, using sulfate-free products is a must to keep the color in tact longer.
|L'Oreal's Ever Pure Sulfate-free Shampoo and Conditioner|
I'm currently using (and loving!!!) L'Oreal's Ever Pure Sulfate-free Shampoo and Conditioner for color-treated hair. I love the scent and the minty cool feeling it leaves on my scalp. The shampoo by itself is already moisturizing, but I still use the conditioner for some extra TLC for my hair.
|L'Oreal Ever Sleek Sulfate-Free and Silicone-Free shampoo and Conditioner|
I also use L'Oreal Ever Sleek Sulfate-Free and Silicone-Free shampoo and Conditioner for straightened/rebonded hair (alternating with the one for color-treated hair). I have yet to try the variant for overprocessed hair. So far, I love the ones for color-treated hair better. :)
|Snoe Hair Heroes Intense Argan Oil and Snoe Hair Heroes Extreme|
Whenever I feel like indulging my hair, I use Snoe Hair Heroes Intense Argan Oil or Snoe Hair Heroes Extreme (which has emu and acai). They're both sulfate-free so yey!!! I love the latter better because it's not too potent, so it doesn't weigh my hair down even when I apply some on my scalp.
In one of my posts on Instagram (@ayzeecasimiro), I said silicones are bad for our hair, especially to color-treated hair. Let me just expound on that.
What I meant was, silicones that are NOT water soluble can cause damage in the long run. How? When our hair is coated with silicone from our hair products, our hair will obviously be very behaved: shiny, smooth, tangle-free. It will be a dream! But what happens in the long run? When silicones accumulate in our hair, it will create a thick coating that will prevent (or at least affect) future hair treatments to work fully and properly.
Honestly, I can't avoid products with silicone since most (if not all) products for color-treated hair has at least one type of silicone. What do I do to minimize the damage it could cause? I use a cleansing/clarifying shampoo every 2 weeks.
I recommend Snoe Hair Heros Drunken Master Creme Wash. I don't use it regularly because it doesn't say "zero sulfates". Personally, I'd rather avoid sulfates than silicone. But that's just me.
|Schwarzkopf Bona Cure Hair Therapy Color Freeze Treatment|
Once a month, I use Schwarzkopf Bona Cure Hair Therapy Color Freeze Treatment. I bought this at FnH Famous Salon. The assistant stylist (I forgot her name. huhu!) recommended it to me so that I can just do it at home, and save money. It costs 1,200+, which is just around the price of the hair treatment I got that day. She said the tub should last at least 4-5 months for my hair. I've use it thrice already, and I love it! It's not the most "softening" treatment, but it sure does make my color look vibrant!
I also apply Kerastase Chroma Thermique Leave-in Treatment or Osmo Berber Oil with Argan Oil religiously when my hair is about 80% dry to keep my hair soft and frizz-free. I also read somewhere that I should use a detangler before I comb my freshly bathed hair, but so far I think I can get away without it. :)
So that's my new new hair care routine. Did you do something different to your hair? Planning to do something new with your hair? I would love to know! :)
By the way, if you want a more in-depth review of any of the products mentioned above, just let me know by leaving a comment here or by messaging me via my Facebook Page (hopefully you're already a fan. Hihi!) You can also just tweet me. ;)
My next hair post is about the styling products that I'm currently using. Please watch out for that. :)