Hair Therapy

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I have an interesting hair situation. It’s
kinky, it’s curly, it’s got a mind of its own. I’ve always wanted to create a
post focused solely on my hair care techniques but it’s always seemed like a
daunting task. But alas, I finally dedicated time to sit down and share the
products I use to manage and maintain my hair and the method I take to keep my
tresses tamed.

First things first, I’ve got an interesting
hair dynamic. Naturally, I’ve got super curly, kinky hair. Not quite a fro, it
has more body but the same type of volume. However, I’ve chemically relaxed my
hair for two decades (holy moly that
makes me feel old),
so I’ve lost most of the curl associated with my hair
and now have more of a slight wave with tons of volume. Typically I chemically relax my hair every
three months on my own – as in I go to Target, pick up this at-home box relaxer
, and spend an evening playing hair dresser. If I’ve got the money to spend,
I’ll hit up my favorite salon (Salon Bleu
in Tyson’s Galleria – go see Jenny and/or Ruth!)
for a professional relaxer.

For a reference on how my chemically relax hair
works, after a wash it is pretty dry, so I only wash my hair once a week. I’ve
gone as long as 10 days without a wash but that was some magical exception. I
have psoriasis on my scalp so the length between washes is
actually to my benefit. My hair usually looks it’s best on days 3-5. Now that
we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s get to the products and tools I

photo IMG_0169_zps5xxgk0pb.jpgProducts: When it comes to the products I use
for my hair, I keep things super simple. And cheap. Honestly, I don’t look at
the ingredients in my shampoos and conditioners, as many do and should, because
I’ve learned to use what I can afford, especially because I have such difficult hair. However, there are a few products I invest
in sparingly because they’ve stood the test of time and they’ve worked wonders. (If anyone has suggestions on products to
use for chemically treated hair, leave a comment below!)

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photo A815758D-C964-41DA-BA9C-3C0398ABD3DD_zpsynvdvrxh.jpgTools: I’ve been lucky enough to have been
gifted much of the heating tools I use on my hair. I honestly think these are some
of the best products around and have cut my blow-dry/flat ironing time in half.

Heating tools c/o Iso Beauty.


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To see a how-to on how I curl my hair with a
flat iron, head here!


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