A reader wrote me this question:
“I love your blog and have noticed how beautiful your hair is. I was
just curious what kind of hair products that you use. I hope you don’t
I’ve used inexpensive as well as expensive hair products and just
cannot find a good fit. I have natural wavy hair and would like to be
able to wake up in the morning and brush it and go, but unfortunately
that doesn’t work. I hope you don’t mind sharing your hair styling
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Some of you might be surprised at how little I do, but it works for my busy time of life! I’ve always been blessed to have very thick hair, and even after losing some due to being blessed with five children (so far!), I still have thick hair.
I recently cut 6 inches off my hair, and before my hair stylist layered it she cut it one length. It was SO thick and heavy feeling! While I like one length for doing hair styles easier, having layers is nice with thick hair as it takes some weight off. My hair stylist has told me that I have fine hair, just lots of it.
At this point in my life I balance wanting to take good care of my hair with the fact that I have a budget and five children and plenty of things to spend my money on! I see shampoo and conditioner suggested all the time that are $30 apiece, but I just don’t have the money for that! I don’t get the super cheap stuff (like Suave, even though I used that in high school!), but neither do I get the top of the line!
After some trial and error, I’ve found the type of shampoo and conditioner that works best on my hair are ones that are low in sodium laurel sulfate. Many times the bottle will advertise that. The reason behind avoiding sodium laurel sulfate is because it is hard on your hair. It dries your hair out, and is a harsh chemical that you don’t need in your shampoo. Your scalp absorbs a lot of chemicals, so I try to be careful what I put on my hair. I’m not a purist by any means, but I am particular over what I use.
Some of my favorite shampoo and Conditioners are:
TRESemme Naturals – I really like this shampoo and out of all the different ones I have used it is the most affordable. My hair always dries feeling healthy and full of volume.
L’Oreal Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner – This one makes my list because it is Sulfate Free, but it didn’t leave my hair feeling quite as thick as the TRESemme does. Overall it did a good job, but it is a little bit more money for smaller size bottles.
Giovanni Shampoo – I haven’t used this in a while, but my Mom was always buying this brand and I really like it. It is the only natural brand that is sold in health food stores that I found to work on my hair. Most natural brands leave my hair feeling limp and lifeless. This does just as good of a job as the TRESemme. It is more expensive, sometimes Costco has these bottles on sale for a good price, but you would probably want to try a smaller size bottle before purchasing the huge ones there. 🙂 My husband uses their styling gel on his hair and really likes it. I’ve also found this brand at Marshalls and Ross for a good price.
Kirkland Professional Salon Shampoo – I was out of Shampoo recently and decided to try this shampoo I saw at Costco. I love it, and even my children comment on how much they like it, which I find amusing. 🙂 My seven year old son always tells me it smells so good. It is Sulfate, Paraben, and Gluten free, and made with organic extracts. I did not pay this much at Costco, so if you have a membership get it there. It is a huge bottle so it will last for quite awhile.
For actually styling my hair every day, I don’t use creams or hairspray. I curl my hair with hot rollers as I could never find the time to curl it with a curling iron every day! I don’t use hot rollers every day, but try to curl my hair several times a week.
Conair Large Hot Rollers – This is not my exact set but the size is close. I have a set that is all one size of extra large rollers. They work really well!
Babyliss Pro– I was sent this set to review before I cut my hair. For long, thick hair they just were not working for me. My hair would barely come out curled. I had to write the company and tell them that. But now that I cut six inches off my hair the set is working really good. I love how huge this set is and that I can curl my hair and my daughter’s hair on Sunday morning for church. I use Conair Hair Clips to secure the hot rollers, and they work much better then simply using the metal clips that normally come with hair roller sets.
Hot Tools Curling Iron – My hairstylist told me about the Hot Tools curling iron and since I was needing a curling iron I decided to go ahead and get this brand. It is the best curling iron I’ve ever used! The cheap brands feel like they are frying my hair.
Lilla Rose Flexi Clips – No hair post would be complete without mentioning Lilla Rose! After I style my hair most of the time it then goes up in a flexi hair clip. I mentioned I have thick hair. When I was younger I saw all these girls walking around with their hair up in clips, or a few bobby pins securing an adorable bun. I could never do that. My hair is so thick and slippery that even the giant claw clip would slip right out. I can put my hair up in a flexi hair clip and leave it all day long. They are practical, beautiful, and work in fine or thick hair, thanks to multiple sizes available. I wear a large or extra large when all my hair is up, a mini for just a tiny bit of hair pulled back, and an x-small for pulling back some hair (like a barrette except much prettier).
What hair products have you used successfully? Leave me a comment below!
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