*I was gifted R+Co products for free to review. However, all honest opinions and reviews are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep my blog running!*
When I was in high school, I was definitely the girl that was up at 6:15 AM plugging in my straightener and clamping my hair down so tightly that you can smell the burning of my hair until it was pin-straight. Honestly, what girl didn’t kill their hair like that when they were a teenager? The smart ones – that’s who.
But damaging my hair didn’t stop there. When I graduated high school, I bleached a good portion of my hair and dyed it. And then I dyed it back. And then I dyed it again. It’s been about two years since I’ve dyed it so most of my hair is now it’s natural color again. The damage I did to it was noticeable and it was bothering me. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do other than wash it every other day. However, after reading countless blog posts, watching a bunch of YouTube videos, and talking to other people about what they do with their hair: I figured it out with R+Co products and other alternatives.
Here are the changes I made for a healthier hair care routine:
Coconut Oil Hair Masks
Coconut oil really is the cure-all to pretty much everything wrong in your life. Hair is dry? Coconut oil. No makeup wipes? Coconut oil. Did your man leave you? Coconut oil. Skin is dry? Coconut oil. I’m telling y’all – that stuff cures anything and everything.
This year I really started doing more with hair masks but only with coconut oil. I layer it on the ends of my hair working my way up to the rest of my hair to my scalp. It has done wonders for maintaining and preventing as many split ends as I can in-between haircuts. I also found that in the winter when my skin gets irritated and dry, putting the coconut oil on my scalp provides instant relief. Once I’m done putting it into my hair, I throw it up in a bun and either settle into a relaxing bath or check some other things off of my to-do list.
I keep the mask in my hair from anywhere between two to six hours – it all depends on how lazy I’m feeling that day – and then I go about my shower routine as normal washing it all out.
Scrunchies (or non-damaging hair ties)
I’ve never been a fan of elastic hair ties. I never even really liked keeping them on my wrist like everyone else – it always bothered me. But when it came to putting my hair up, I didn’t know there were any other alternatives for hair ties. And I was always putting my hair up in high school between dance practice, gym class, and that I always have hated it being in my face. Luckily, scrunchies are back in style now and you already know that my collection is overflowing. I found this cute pack on Amazon with bows on them for $9 and this pack of 40 velvet scrunchies on Amazon for only $13.
Here are some other non-damaging hair ties from Amazon that are not scrunchies – if those aren’t your thing. These come in a pack of 100 hair ties of various assorted colors that do not damage or leave creases in your hair.
R+Co‘s Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner
For the past month, I have been using the Dallas Biotin Thickening shampoo and conditioner that I was kindly gifted by R+Co. Even before all the damage that I did to my hair in the past decade, I’ve always had fine hair. My hair has a natural wave to it, but it’s fine – doesn’t hold a curl that well or for very long and all around doesn’t do much. I wanted to change that all while improving the overall health of my hair; this shampoo and conditioner set does exactly that for me.
The Dallas Biotin Thickening shampoo adds vitality to fine, flat hair while nourishing and strengthening from root to tip and adds that thickening benefit that makes your hair look fuller and healthier. The ingredients of the shampoo and the benefits of them are: Biotin improves the keratin infrastructure of hair. Increases hair strength and vitality. Pro-Vitamin B5 penetrates the hair and provides intense hydration. Coats strands and adds a natural sheen. Saw Palmetto Berry Extract adds body to hair, helping it to appear thicker. Coconut Oil helps to strengthen and condition hair. Promotes scalp health. Adds luster, shine, and softness to the hair and prevents hair breakage and split ends. Loquat Fruit Extract is packed with vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that help maintain a full mane.
The Dallas Biotin Thickening conditioner is also good for its thickening benefit but also it will prolong the vitality and enhances the shine. The ingredients of the conditioner and the benefits of them are the same as the shampoo.
The scent of both of these products are the same and smells incredible. It’s not overly potent where the smell punches you in the face – it’s subtle. According to their website, the scent is described as a warm romantic scent with cardamom, pineapple, tangerine, lavender, bamboo, and blonde woods. And did I mention that these products are both vegan and cruelty-free? Because they are.
Honestly, this is the best shampoo and conditioner pair that I have used in all my 22 years of life and I’m 100% obsessed with it.
R+Co‘s Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist
Some days showers just don’t happen. And that’s okay! It’s not healthy to wash your hair every day anyway. I have been a huge fan of dry shampoo since I started college because it was a lifesaver. It will forever be a lifesaver. R+Co also kindly gifted me with their Spiritualized dry shampoo mist. Yes, a mist. I was very intrigued by that concept.
According to R+Co‘s website, this is how they recommend you using this product: shake well and section hair and apply 1-2 pumps 6-8″ from roots. Let sit for 30-45 seconds then massage through to activate and cleanse. When applying after a workout, follow with a blow dryer. The dry shampoo mist has a revolutionary micellar formula with suspended cleansing powder that leaves hair and scalp feeling exceptionally clean. It is to help remove build-up, soothe an itchy or dry scalp.
The scent of this product is a spirited unpredictable scent with bergamot, wild fig, cyclamen, lotus flower, cedarwood, and tonka beans. The ingredients of the dry shampoo mist and the benefits of them are: Glycerin is naturally occurring humectant that helps hair retain moisture by maintaining the water balance of the hair. Silica is a micronutrient that improves tensile strength and condition of hair. Castor Oil is an effective humectant that draws moisture into the hair and keeps hair looking soft and shiny. Prevents dry scalp and deep conditions hair and scalp. Adds fullness and shine to hair; stops fizziness, and improves hair health.
This product is also vegan and cruelty-free.
R+Co‘s Sand Castle Dry Texture Crème
Okay, but who doesn’t love the look of their hair when they go to the beach? Beach waves and texture are one of the best things about summer. The last thing that R+Co kindly gifted me was their Sand Castle dry texture crème. I’ve only used texture products a handful of times in my life – all those occasions were for high school homecoming dances. And I hated it. It made my hair look really nice, but I hated the way that my hair felt. It grossed me out. So, I haven’t used it since. Until now.
According to their website, this lightweight crème re-creates the look of sun, sand, ocean, and wind. Absorbs oil while nourishing. To use it, rub the product between your fingertips and apply it. It’s non-greasy and easy to rinse out (big fan!). It leaves you feeling clean, refreshed, with no styling buildup.
The scent of this product is a bright, earthy composition with Sicilian lemon, tangerine, eucalyptus, green tea, tree moss, and crisp amber. The ingredients of the texture crème and the benefits of them are: Moroccan Lava Clay a mineral-rich clay that purifies the scalp, absorbs oil, and leaves hair voluminous and bouncy. Shikakai Extract gently cleans hair and strengthens hair roots. Vitamin E deeply conditions hair, adding luster and shine. Argan Oil softens and smoothes the hair while eliminating frizz and split ends. Coconut Oil deeply hydrates and conditions strands.
This is also vegan and cruelty-free!
Ditch the hairdryer – air dry
I have never been a fan of blow-drying my hair. You can ask my mom. It was like torture when it came to having to dry my hair for something. I don’t like how warm I get when I’m doing it and it’s essentially like arm day when you have to blow dry your hair. AND it’s damaging. Unless I desperately have to have my hair dry and done during a time crunch, I refuse to use a blow dryer. Yes, I love the way my hair looks when I do use it occasionally. But not enough to do it every single time. It may be lazy, but it is saving my hair.
When I do use any type of heat on my hair I use the TRESemmé heat protection spray to minimize the damage at the very least.
Since making these small – yet important – changes to my hair care routine, I have seen noticeable and positive changes in my hair.
What does your hair care routine look like? What are the specific products you love and recommend?
*Thank you again to R+Co for kindly gifting me these products. All reviews of these products are my own and honest opinions*