I thought it might be helpful to list the products I use on a regular basis.
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Just a reminder that you'll want to consider your hair type, lifestyle and local climate when choosing your hair products, so I'll share mine with you:
I have wavy hair (2B to 3A in the traditional way of categorisation). It's medium thickness, medium density and medium porosity, and is in really good condition. I live in the UK (so, you know, four seasons in one day).
Let's get to it...
I use this most washdays. It leaves my hair feeling really clean, without stripping it of its moisture and oils. It also provides just the right amount of tingle.
Bounce Curl Gentle Clarifying Shampoo
Even though this is a stronger shampoo, it's not stripping. I use it as and when required to remove product build-up:
Giovanni Direct Weightless Leave-In Conditioner
Often I’ll skip conditioner and use this super lightweight leave-in instead.
Treluxe Untie The Knot
This is a more substantial leave-in for those times when your hair needs a bit more TLC.
Tip: a little goes a long way!
K18 Molecular Repair Hair Mask
I use this every few weeks, as and when required, often post-clarifying.
Treluxe Reflex Curl Styling Serum
If I’m doing a speedy wash day I use this as a single styler.
Innersense I Create Volume Volumizing Lotion
This gives me a light hold, without drying my hair out.
Treluxe Curl Supreme
This is a harder hold gel which I'll use if I want my washday to last.
Ouidad Climate Control Gel
This gel is excellent for fighting humidity and is often the one I'll reach for in the summer months.
Denman D90L Tangle Tamer Hairbrush
I use this brush to detangle whilst conditioning.
Tip: use from root to tips with the prongs facing away with you, with some tension, to help clumps form.
I prioritise sleep over hair protection (I'm a light sleeper and have never found the perfect overnight headgear). I prefer a simple pineapple but scrunchies result in a tender scalp. These are a fabulous alterative because there's no tension.
Tip: size down to get a secure but comfortable fit.
Thermal Haircare Heat Cap
Microwaveable Hot Heads are perfect for aiding product absorption and optimising deep conditioning.
Tip: pop on over a regular shower cap.
Righteous Roots Scalp Brush
Gentle massage and exfoliation helps promote circulation and release loose hairs and dead skill cells. This scalp massager is a perfect addition to wash day.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, Umberto Giannini is a highly regarded brand. Their Curl Jelly is practically a cult product amongst curlies! Giovanni Cosmetics are a really well-thought of brand too (I’ve mentioned their Triple Treat Shampoo above).