Sorry to be annoying, but my hair has never been longer, smoother, or healthier! I say sorry to be annoying because I KNOW what it's like to not feel happy with your hair. I've had hair problems for most of my adult life. And let's be honest, no one wakes up with perfect hair every day. My specific problems were an itchy scalp, dry (sometimes even crunchy!) ends, oh and limp heavy lifeless hair when I would let it air dry.
I tried a ton of things to improve my hair health and style. You can see an old YouTube video HERE. LOL. I've since streamlined my approach and although I'm still using more products than I'd like (I just want to roll out of bed with perfect wavy hair, okay?), I'm still super happy with the effectiveness of my current products.
My Vegan Haircare Routine
Shampoo + Conditioner
First of all, I only wash my hair every 5 days or so. I've stretched this out to a week+ but I've realized that dirty haired Lindsey is not a happy Lindsey. There's something about clean hair that boosts your mood (I swear!). For the last year I've been using EVOLVh Shampoo and Conditioner (the UltraShine ones). This is the first vegan and natural shampoo and conditioner that I've used that haven't made my hair feel limp and heavy. I also really love the smell!
EVOLVh recently came out with a SmartColor line and I can't wait to try it out to see if it extends the life of my color even longer.
For the longest time, I colored my hair at home using the Naturtint boxed dye. It worked decently well, but I got tired of the mess (a.k.a. sitting around naked in my bathroom for 45 minutes, cold with black dye dripping onto my shoulders, while I waited for the dye to process. Thankfully I did some Internet research and found Sarah-Grace Conscious Beauty. Not only is Sarah vegan herself, she also uses cruelty-free products in her salon!
A huge reason why my hair is so healthy and looks the way it does is due to Sarah and how she colors my hair. When I used to get my hair colored by salons in the past, my scalp always felt itchy afterwards and I wanted to run home and wash my hair. After Sarah dyes my hair, it's good for a week and feels healthy the whole time. Even after she put in highlights this summer, it still felt soft and healthy. There's no way I could have grown my hair this long without Sarah and the care she takes to dye hair in a healthy way using cruelty-free products :)
Surprise, surprise, my go-to leave-in conditioner is also from EVOLVh. It smells delicious, it's lightweight, and I like to spritz it all over my hair when I get out of the shower.
Heat protectant is a new product category for me. I think I had a Redken one years ago. I remember whatever brand it was that it smelled chemically and made my hair sticky. I avoided them since but my hair stylist Sarah recommended this one by REF Stockholm. I like how light and natural smelling it is!
Until about a year ago, I didn't even know what a scalp serum was or that I might need one in my haircare routine. I picked up a Briogeo serum randomly on a shopping trip to Sephora and I fell in love with how it instantly soothed my itchy scalp. I've since really enjoyed the one from Reverie and am currently using one from Vegamour. If you have an itchy scalp, definitely give a scalp serum a try.
A new product that I'm trying out is the Anotnin B desert serum. Unlike the scalp serum, this one is is for your ends, specially if they are color-treated like mine. I just started using this serum this week but I love that it's lightweight, unlike other hair serums and oils that I've tried. Also this smells AMAZING! Like chase your husband around the house telling him to smell your hair amazing :)
I keep my hair styling super simple. For me haircare is about having healthy hair and then just leaving it be. But one thing I've been enjoying this summer is the Velvet Report Neroli + Sea Salt Texturizing Spray. I spray it in my hair when it's wet to give me that cool French girl wave as it dries. Also, it smells freaking delicious! Can you tell that I really like smells?
I have a love-hate relationship with dry shampoos. First of all, I can't tell if they are helping or making the problem worse. Like is everything I'm doing with the scalp serum to clear up my scalp being undone when I spray my head with dry shampoo?! I tried a cleaner version from Briogeo but I ended up hating it. It was one of those sprinkle ones that was really hard to use and ended up being a white powdery mess. I'm currently using a Verb Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair that my stylist Sarah recommended. So far I like it in a pinch but I'm trying not to use it too much. I'm convinced that dry shampoo addiction is a thing, okay?
I have an embarrassing secret that only my husband and kittens know. Most nights I wear a satin bonnet to bed! And it's not cute. I want it to be cute but it's just not. I wear it to keep my curls intact, especially after a blowout, so they can last for 5 days plus. It helps to decrease friction and breakage, so I guess it's worth it!
The other hair accessory that is a must for me is my yellow Dry Bar hair clips. I picked these up on a whim after my first Dry Bar experience in LA and have been using them daily since. They are especially good for clipping my hair up when I take a bath.
I'm not a huge fan of my hot tools or brush so I won't mention them here. But if you need a good laugh, watch me try to use the Dry Bar 3-Day Bender curling iron on my YouTube channel. One of the comments said I didn't know how to curl my hair. TRUE! 😂 If you have any recommendations for tools, leave them in the comments below (please!).