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My Natural Hair Care Routine

Welcome to the #betterforyoucrew series! I’ve teamed up with my girls Lisa, Suzi, Kate, Kristina, and Caroline to highlight green, yet effective food, beauty and lifestyle products that are rocking our natural mama worlds. This series will publish the last week of every month so check back for the latest. You can also search #betterforyoucrew on our blogs and Instagram to access the entire series. Wanna join in? Tag #betterforyoucrew on social with your picks. We want to see your faves, too!

Finding a natural hair care routine wasn’t quite as easy as replacing my cosmetics and skincare with green alternatives. Being a slave to Oribe for years, I was pretty sure there wasn’t a ghost of a chance I’d be able to get that same hold and shine from natural products. I mean, I all too well remember the days of searching the local natural store’s personal care aisle, grabbing a random product and whispering a prayer to the hair gods. Make this one THE ONE…

I think we all know how 90% of those purchases turned out. Thumbs down, my friends.

However, after years of trial and error, I have found some incredible natural hair products that perform as well (if not even better) than conventional hair products and I’m here to share all of those with you today. And I’m not stopping there – I’m including my favorite styling tools, as well as a step-by-step video explanation of how I style my hair.

Let’s get down to business!

THE BASICS

I wash my hair and style it every 3-4 days. One of the reasons I believe my hair stays so shiny is the fact I don’t wash it or style it with heat tools daily. The way I curl my hair with my clipless curling wand allows the curl to slowly relax over the period of 3-4 days which I really like. I usually deep condition it every week or so, and use styling products minimally. If my bangs get greasy before washing time, I’ll just wash them alone over the sink with shampoo and blow them dry.

People always ask if bangs are high maintenance. If you can’t commit to having them professionally trimmed every 3-4 weeks, then yes, they are too high maintenance for you.

Let’s take a look at my little arsenal of products.

whoorl natural hair products

PRODUCT LIST

Andalou Naturals Citrus Shine Shampoo and Conditioner – This is the shampoo and conditioner I use almost all the time. It actually leaves my hair feeling fully clean for several days which is almost unheard of in the green beauty space. (None of that icky nape-of-the-neck greasy feeling on day 2 and 3 PRAISE BE) Now, if you’ve tried a few natural shampoos, you know that many of them just don’t hack it. There have been some that actually made my hair feel greasier than before I washed it! How is that even possible, people?! You won’t have that problem with this shampoo, mark my words. The conditioner is lightweight and gives my normal-type hair just the right amount of hydration. The best part about all of this, though? These products are SO affordable. 8 bucks a pop!

True Botanicals Shampoo and Conditioner ($20 off your first order of $40+ with code WHOORLTRUE20) – As I mentioned, my hair is normal type, but in the cooler, drier months when it gets a bit drier, I use the True Botanicals shampoo. This is what I would definitely recommend for those of you with dry, damaged hair. It’s so lovely and manages to hydrate beautifully yet still leaving your hair fully clean-feeling.

psst – do you have a little one with super tangled hair? This shampoo and conditioner work wonders on fine hair that tends to tangle, whether young or old.

Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave-In Conditioner – If my hair is feeling particularly dry or stressed, I will spray this leave-in conditioner after I towel dry my hair. I don’t do this every day – maybe a couple of times a week. Love Innersense products and the scents are too die for. So good!

Mo Mi Styling Jelly – Mo Mi is by far my favorite styling product line as a whole. The Styling Jelly is my most-used product for adding some flexible hold to my hair without making it seem heavy or crunchy and it’s what keeps my waves looking good over the course of a few days. I love this product AND the Mo Mi brand because the products are created in collaboration with Lotus Wei and contain essences of crystals and flowers. The scents are amazing.

Mo Mi Texture Mist – This is my pick-me-up spray of choice. If I feel my hair needs a little something-something, I’ll just mist this into my hair and tousle with my fingers.

Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-In Treatment – The Reverie line is lovely. I enjoy all aspects of this brand from their packaging to the beautiful blends of essential oils resulting in the best mild, herbal scents. This treatment is great for reducing frizz and smoothing.

Reverie RAKE Styling Balm – If I’m looking to add some texture post-drying and curling, I will run a small amount of this product through the ends of my hair.

Innersense I Create Waves – My hair is naturally wavy and although I rarely let it air-dry, when I do, I spritz this pink Himalayan sea salt spray to enhance my waves.

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask – Made completely from plant-derived Amazonian ingredients, this mask deeply penetrates the hair shaft and fortifies my hair. Love the scent of lavender and eucalyptus too – super relaxing.

whoorl styling tools

STYLING TOOLS

L’ange Bijou Set – I purchased this particular set because it includes the hair dryer, flat iron, and the interchangeable clipless curling iron with the 25mm and the 32mm barrel. I’ve been using these tools for years and they are awesome.

L’ange Hairdryer
L’ange 25mm and 32mm Clipless Curling Wand – depending on how loose I want the wave

(BONUS – L’ange is offering my readers the above products for 50% off if you click the above links – discount will automatically be added at checkout. You can get the entire Bijou Set for $250!)

Ceramic Round Brush – I use this large round brush to smooth out my hair while blow-drying – it’s fantastic!

Mixed Boar Styler Brush – This inexpensive brush is the best I’ve found for styling my bangs.

Aquis Hair Turban – I use this every time I get out of the shower with wet hair. It absorbs tons of moisture which makes my blow dry much easier!

VIDEO TUTORIAL

Here’s a video tutorial of how I style my hair step-by-step using the 25mm clipless curling wand. As you will see, I mention some products I didn’t mention above, as I’ve made a few changes. (Oh! I also detail the foolproof way to dry bangs perfectly, even with crazy cowlicks. #trustmeiknow )

25MM WAVES

32MM WAVES – CURRENT STYLE

This photo is of my current length – I recently had many inches chopped off and now prefer to use the 32mm barrel for a more loose, lived-in look.

whoorl midlength hair

wearing my favorite red lipstick – looking for your perfect red? I swatch tons here!

That about covers it all! As always, if you have any questions, be sure to leave ’em in the comments and I’ll be more than happy to answer.

Maybe you haven’t gotten your hair fill yet? Check out my gals’ haircare routines here!

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  • Courtney

    April 1, 2019 at 10:11 am

    So how do you sleep on it and not crush the waves? What do you do to keep them looking good (let alone not greasy) over several days?

    • whoorl

      April 1, 2019 at 10:27 am

      I actually like how sleeping on it makes the waves look more “lived-in” so I don’t do anything special at night. The best way to keep my hair from looking greasy is not to touch it, honestly. I’ll run my fingers through it if need be, but don’t use brushes much to keep the oil factor down. If I need a pick-me-up, I spritz it with the texture spray mentioned above.

  • Kelly

    April 2, 2019 at 9:17 am

    I have really thick hair and have had so many issues with natural shampoos making my hair even greasier, like you mentioned! I tried the Andalou naturals based on your recommendation and WOW. It is THE best natural shampoo I’ve tried, if they ever stop making it I am doomed. I also recently tried a sample of the Phillip Adam Apple Cider Vinegar shampoo and holy heck, it is amazing. Makes the hair feel so clean!

    • whoorl

      April 2, 2019 at 9:19 am

      I feel the same way about the Andalou! And I have scoured the ingredients thinking there has to be some sort of surfactant in it, but no! Totally clean. Thanks for the Phillip Adam rec – I will look into it!

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