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How I Care for my Hair

I’ve been asked to do a write up on what I do with my hair. Let me know if I’ve missed anything or if you have any questions. My hair is somewhat fine, a bit on the thin side, and very straight. This is actually why I used to keep my hair very short. A lot of what I do with my hair I’ve learned by experimenting and trial & error. I’m always open to learning new ways to care for my hair.

Shampoo & Conditioner:
I’ve tried a lot of great shampoos, but I always keep going back to Tigi Bed Head Superstar Shampoo & Conditioner. I specifically think that sulfate-free is the way to go with my hair. It helps the color stay in better than anything else, even color-safe shampoos, which can be kind of annoying to me. I wash my hair every 4 to 7 days right now. I condition only the ends of my hair with the matching conditioner here. Basically I pull my hair back into a pony tail and the ‘tail’ part of my hair, put conditioner in it, comb through it, and leave it in while I do the rest of my shower. At the end of my shower I rinse this out.

Once out of the shower, I use Tigi Bed Head Superstar Volumizing Leave-in Conditioner by spraying it onto a comb and then combing it through the top section of my hair to get out the tangles.

In between shampoos, I sometimes use dry shampoo. I’ve tried several brands and Batiste is my favorite by far.

Normally I towel dry my hair, then use the leave-in conditioner in the comb. I either air dry my hair, or use a blow dryer after that if I want to style. I use Redken’s Blown Away Blow Dry Gel very sparingly to help dry and style my hair.

I have a really big Hot Tools Gold Curling Iron to curl a few pieces of hair by my face.

However, since I live in Florida, I need a strong hair spray that can deal with humidity. I’m using Redken’s Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray, as it’s made to be used in humid Florida weather.

I’ve been using Ion Sensitive Scalp Developer to bleach the front section of my hair.

Right now I’m using a mix of Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink & Cotton Candy Pink on the bleached section of my hair.

You can see one of my previous experiences with bleaching and dyeing here.

On the majority of my hair I’m just using a rinse (no lightening) of Jerome Russel Punky Color in Poppy Red.

I also like Pravana Chromasilk Vivids for crazy colors.

When I bleach my hair, I tend to only leave the bleach on for 15 to 20 minutes. My hair bleaches up fast. I really should try using something to counteract the yellow tones though. Now, when it comes to the dyes I use (Manic Panic, Jerome Russel Punky, Pravana, etc) I leave the colors on for 2 to 4 hours. I almost always use foils on the front section of my hair, and I cover all of my hair with a cap while I leave the color on.

For deep conditioning, I’ve used the Jessicurl Too Shea Extra Moisturizing Conditioner. While it’s meant for curly hair, it definitely works well on my colored hair.

However, I do plan on trying my Virgin Coconut Oil as a deep conditioning treatment sometime soon.

  • From our partners
    • Tina

      I wash my hair every 3 or 4 days. One trick I use if my scalp is a bit oily is I use Lush’s Vanilla Dusting Powder against my scalp. It absorbs some of the oil, and it gives me some volume as well. Believe it or not, I started using Philosophy body washes as shampoos, and they work surprisingly well. I don’t have colors that lift easily in my hair though. My hairdressers keeps recommending Aquage because my hair is fine, but I have a lot of it. So, a lot of products weigh my hair down. She insists this brand won’t. I use the styling products, and they aren’t heavy at all. I really like them. Your hair looks great!

      • Phyrra

        I’ll have to check out Lush’s Vanilla Dusting powder! I just added a section on dry shampoo, as you reminded me :)

        I try to avoid using sulfates on my scalp because it causes my scalp to look like I have a burn and I flake like crazy. It’s gross.

        I’ll have to check out Aquage, I’ve not heard of it.

    • Apriltini

      Is that Phaedra when she was a puppy? Adorable. :)

      • Phyrra

        Yep, that’s Phaedra as a puppy!

    • Taryn

      Your hair always looks so glossy and healthy. You really rocked the short hair, too. Love all of the looks you posted.

      • Phyrra

        Thanks! I loved it short but I’m learning to love it long, too.

    • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

      I love your hair with the royal blue! And the teal :) I wish I could get away with washing my hair so infrequently, I was blessed with a greaseball mop :(

      • Phyrra

        Yeah I miss the teal a lot!

        Honestly, I washed my hair every day in high school but when I cut it short, I stopped. I basically just started extending how long I went in between washing and my hair eventually adjusted.

    • Sandra L

      Hi! I have to say you looked really well with short hair, a really nice colours you’ve been using. I’m washing my hair every day, like Silhouette Screams I too was blessed with greaseball mop. I wish it wasn’t so.

      • Phyrra

        Maybe try extending the time in between washing? I did that and my hair adjusted. When I kept it short, I’d wash it about every 10 days.

    • Melissa

      I love love pravana! my BFF is a hairdresser so I always get the scoop on the stuff. Enjoy is really good line too! They have a realy good styling cream, and all their products smell amazing! I will have try batiste dry shampoo because I tried TIGI rockstar and it was AWFUL!!!!!

      • Phyrra

        I’ve not heard of Enjoy! What do they make?

        I was a bit sad with the Pravana Magenta because it faded so fast. It seems that pinks/reds definitely fade faster than anything else.

    • Taryn

      Oh, Cake Beauty makes a slightly off-white hair powder that you can use as a dusting powder too, and it’s organic and smells delicious.

      It’s not in a spray, but in a container like body powder comes in, so application might be tricky for some of you. I pour a little into my palm and pat some into my roots.

      • Phyrra

        Oooh yeah that would be a bit more time consuming to use than the Batiste.

    • Teaspoon

      *sigh* Flaunting your fancy-colored hair in my face! I’m scared to dye my hair again because I don’t want my professors to get a bad impression. You know everyone is biased or whatever, whether they admit it to themselves or not… But I also feel like it’s not going to get any more acceptable once I’m looking for a real job, especially since I’m going into SCIENCE! 8D A bit of a serious profession, you know.

      You’re very lucky your job is so liberal!

      • Phyrra

        Aww, I had my hair dyed all through college. And yes, I definitely feel lucky.

    • http://GlitzemGlam.com Brandine

      Yay coconut oil!
      I especially love it because it brings my wavies out, so I can’t wait to hear what it does with your straight hair!

      • Phyrra

        LOL, maybe make it more straight? :) Seriously though, I’m hoping it will deep condition it.

    • Integgy

      I wish I could get away with washing that infrequently, as several others have said, my scalp is a greaseball. I wash mine every other day right now, but it still hasn’t even really adjusted to that well (it still gets oily the second day, ugh), so I doubt it will adjust to an even longer time in between washes. D:

      • Phyrra

        Try using dry shampoo in between, because that will help soak up the oil, regardless.

    • cinseven13

      Your hair looks good with all the colors, but my favorites are: the purple bang pic with the bat necklace, and the last one. The teal/blue color combo really looks great with your eyes.

      • Phyrra

        I’m sorely tempted to go back to the teal/blue combo but it was a lot of work to maintain.

        • Invicta

          how so?

          • Phyrra

            Well, it’s hard to keep the dark blue-black looking dark blue-black, and hard to keep the teal from looking too green. It’s easier to maintain jet black than blue-black.

            • Invicta

              I completely agree about blue-black colors fading away quickly. I love the color (currently have it dyed with Loreal Feria’s Starry Night hair color) but I won’t buy it the next time I want to dye my hair because the blue tone doesn’t last past 2-3 washes and I’d prefer to use ammonia-free hair colors.

              So next time I dye my hair, I’ll experiment by using Natural Instincts haircolor in a natural black color and once it absorbs I’ll coat it with Manic Panic’s After Midnight Blue cream color once a week or so and see if it holds.

              • Phyrra

                Feria’s dyes have always faded out in like 1 wash on me, which I found frustrating.

                I always mixed After Midnight with Black & Blue, and Ultra Violet, since it seemed hard to it so that you could tell the dark blue was dark blue and not black.

    • kawaiiferreto

      Sooo many colors! I wish I could still get away with crazy colors. Of course, I now am doing henna only and I would only be able to go darker rather than light. I used to keep my hair black with a strip of acid green up in the front. I miss those days! Of course, my hair is sooo fine though that it get stripped crazy fast from bleach/chemicals. I also have an insane scalp (apparently!) and going sulfate free even has not totally healed up that mess. I’m trying out vinegar rinses to see if that helps.

      Have you tried any Aubrey Organics haircare stuff? I’m still trying to narrow down which shampoo/conditioner combo works best one me, but I really like pretty much everything I’ve tried!

      • Phyrra

        Is there actually a blue or purple henna?

        And I hope you can get your scalp under control. It sucks to be suffering like that :(

        My hair can thankfully handle a bit of bleach, and it actually tends to style better after it.

        • Mikki

          There’s no blue henna, but you can use indigo to get a blue and even a blackish color in your hair.

          • Phyrra

            I need to checkout indigo henna.
            It sounds cool.

    • Nomie

      That third picture of you is GORGEOUS, I love it.

      I once tried putting colored streaks in my hair. Didn’t end well. XD But your hair always looks beautiful no matter the color. I’m jealous.

      • Phyrra

        Aww thank you! You can always try clip ins.

    • Marasy

      Thanks for the haircare post! You definitely pull off those teal and blue colors. And the short hair looks fabulous too. Recently I did big chunks of my hair in purple, which I’m technically not allowed to have at work (I work in a library) but my boss is laid back and loves my hair purple. I’m going to look into that dry shampoo now so I can keep my color longer.

      • Phyrra

        Thank you! Yay for you doing purple :)

    • Sara

      Be careful with using virgin coconut oil on the dyed part of your hair, as it can strip out (to a minor extent) some dyes.

      • Phyrra

        Thanks for letting me know!

    • http://www.mulheresdocoveiro.blogspot.com jana

      Hello Blue sister – you are so pretty in all of your pics.

      • Phyrra

        Thank you!

    • Star

      Hey! I love your hair colors!

      I have bleached colored hair now and was looking for some pink RINSES, can you recommend anything other than bleaches. I just want something temporary.

      • Phyrra

        If you want a semi-permanent, try Jerome Russel Punky Color. They’ve got several pinks!