My Scalp & Hair Care Routine 2020 (1A, Low Porosity, Thick, Long Hair)

If you read my Hair Care Haul post, you already know that last year I began an overhaul on my scalp and hair care routine. My routine prior to that was standard – scalp serum, shampoo, conditioner,  hair serum, air dry most times, only blow dry when necessary. I found it all very tedious because I have a lot of hair and long hair, I just wanted it to be over with as soon as possible. I was definitely never as attentive to my hair back then as I am now. My scalp and hair were barely problematic for most of my life; It wasn’t until I started working in aviation and bleached my hair multiple times that I started developing problems. I would spend most of my money on scalp serums that definitely helped, but didn’t really pay attention to the other products as much – as long as my hair felt smooth and didn’t irritate my scalp, it was okay in my books.

I’m sure many of you have seen Holistic Habits and Organically Anna, the ladies with long, healthy, gorgeous hair. They pretty much inspired me to pay attention to my scalp and hair more. Also just me getting older and realizing I banked on my hair just being dead straight and with Asian genes equating to unproblematic. Oh how that is not the case!

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Using the recommended products and applying their tips and tricks, I have been doing the following routine for about a year since purchasing the recommended products to achieve and maintain healthy hair.


ABOUT MY SCALP & HAIR

My Scalp
Used to be super inflamed when I bleached for years, to the point where I developed a disgusting amount of dandruff. Now it is fairly balanced – no dandruff, but scalp gets itchy by the 2nd day after washing. Scalp can get quite oily. I tried “adjusting” to wash my hair only 1-2x a week for a year and it never adjusted (yes, even without using heat, using SLS and silicone-free shampoo / conditioners, dry shampoo).

My Hair
Long (just above waist). Dark brown that gets natural highlights in the summer, tips are dyed because I’ve been growing out my natural hair – haven’t dyed my hair since December 2017. Pretty much straight 24/7 – although when I get a haircut there is a slight wave. Would say mostly my hair is 1A. Low porosity. Not thick like typical Asian hair but still considered thick (if that makes sense). It didn’t look unhealthy, but I personally felt like my hair was lifeless and becoming dull.


MY SCALP AND HAIR ROUTINE

1x Week/Every Other Week:

Scalp Treatment: On a wash day, I massage the Innate Life Scalp Treatment all over my scalp by sectioning off my hair and rubbing the treatment on my hair line. Once I have covered my entire scalp, I massage it for 3-5 minutes, then let the treatment sit for 2 hours before shampooing with a clarifying shampoo twice (Aveeno Scalp Soothing Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo) and a Calia Natural Shampoo. I have to shampoo my hair 3 times to get the treatment out, so that’s why I like following up with Calia Natural.

Conditioning Treatment: I have tried Calia Natural’s Intensive Conditioner, Briogeo’s Don’t Despair Repair, Innate Life’s Herbal Hair Mask… None satisfy me! I stopped using a conditioning treatment for a bit and just leave plain conditioner in my hair for longer. Currently I am trying to start to use Coconut Oil on my ends more consistently; It is able to penetrate the hair shafts, create a water-blocking layer, and prevent protein loss. I have a lot of hair, so it’s definitely the more affordable option!

Every Other Day:

Shampoo & Condition: After much trial and error, 1-2x a week hair washing is not for me. The buildup of oils is too much that no dry shampoo can help, also my scalp becomes irritated. It’s felt a lot better since giving up that endeavour and just washing it when I need to. I alternate my Calia Natural shampoos and conditioners depending on my mood.  I’ve been loving this brand because it doesn’t irritate my scalp at all, and the shampoos and conditioners are actually pH balanced to match the pH of your scalp and hair shaft! I make sure to massage the shampoo on my scalp for a few minutes, and leave conditioner on the mid-shaft to my ends for a few minutes as well. I recently started using a clarifying shampoo on days where I feel like my hair looks weighed down. The Calia Shampoos barely lather and I don’t see any cleansing agent in the ingredient list, but my hair always feels clean after using them and never oily. Sometimes my hair starts to look a little weighed down if I use them too much, so I use my clarifying shampoo (Aveeno Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo) to help add back volume.

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Drying: I like to use a microfibre towel (Kitsch Microfibre Towel) to absorb as much water out of my hair as possible and I find it helps minimize hair breakage(you can also use an old T-shirt). I usually have it on for 30 minutes to an hour depending how chill I am lol. I find doing this helps lessen the amount of time I apply heat on my hair. When I am ready to dry my hair, I apply a leave-in conditioner all over, with a focus on my ends (I have been rotating between Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray and Beach Cosmetics Mellow Out Leave-in Conditioning Detangler). I keep the dryer a fair distance away from my scalp and hair, and I switch to the cool setting once I feel that my hair has dried enough. I have tried air drying my hair for years and frankly I haven’t noticed much of a difference for what it does to my hair other than it being annoying and causing more frizz to my seemingly straight hair.

Every Day:

 

Apply Hair Serum to Ends: The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir is the first oil-based hair serum that I actually really like. It moisturizes my ends really well, has a faint rose scent, and I only need a few drops! Occasionally I use the Hask Monoi Nourishing Shine Oil; While I like that it smells nice and softens my hair, I find it’s not as long-lasting. Silicone-based products tend to build up in your hair, this one just disappears lol. Usually my hair likes silicone-based hair serums, I guess this one just can’t compete with the bleach! On occasion, I also like to spray my hair again with leave-in conditioner to make my hair feel softer (and smell good).

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Brush hair 2-3x a day: I have been using the TEK Oval Brush religiously for over a year to brush my hair. Wooden brushes are recommended to help with scalp massage, distribute your natural oils through your hair strands, and prevent excessive breakage. I personally haven’t noticed a difference with hair oil distribution, but I love it for scalp massages and it has been one of the gentler brushes I have used on my hair. It’s tips are rounded and I had a hard time trying to dupe it. I like that I can put some pressure on my scalp and get a nice, comfortable massage going without it getting tender up there.


And that is is for my current scalp and hair routine! I honestly never thought I’d be the type of person to put this much effort into my hair, but I’ve really been noticing the benefits from all this TLC and the difference when I get lazy. I have also received compliments from friends and family that my hair looks shinier and thicker, and feels softer! I actually find my haircare more relaxing and contributes to my #SelfCare more than skincare lately!

I’m almost finished all my Calia Natural Shampoos and Conditioners and have actually purchased the Innate Life Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner to try out. I also purchased their new Neroli Hair Primer and Leave-In Conditioner! I actually wanted to repurchase the Beach Cosmetics Mellow Out Leave-in Conditioning Detangler, but it looks like they’re not operating anymore 😥

Overall I find this routine has been working really well for me, but my curiosity has peaked with the Capillary Schedule (Cronograma Capilar) and I may be trying that soon! Have you tried it before? Let me know in the comments, I’m super intrigued by it.

As always, I hope you found this helpful and informative! I had fun talking about something other than skincare, so I may be doing some more scalp and hair related content in the future.

xo, M


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WINTER 2019 EMPTIES

I should’ve had this post live back in March when it was the first day of “Spring”, but here we are! I completed my Roundup 2018 Series, and I thought for the year of 2019 I’ll section off my Empties and Current Favourites posts by season. Here are my first set of empties from January 1, 2019 – March 20, 2019!

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DISCLOSURE

Some products are PR samples, and are indicated down below. This post contains affiliate links. If you use this link to make a purchase, I make a small commission. Thank you if you decide to use it! If you don’t feel comfortable, feel free to google a new link.


SKINCARE EMPTIES

Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

Marcelle Gentle Makeup-Remover for Sensitive Eyes

Uriage Thermal Water

La Roche Posay Serozinc Purifying Mist

Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner (PR Sample)

Avene Skin Recovery Cream Riche

Weleda Almond Soothing Hand Cream (PR Sample)

Weleda Skin Food

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MAKEUP

Koji Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner

Saint Cosmetics Lucky Stiff Black Mascara (Discontinued)

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HAIRCARE

Acure Dry Shampoo (PR Sample)

Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo

Aveda Clove Color Conditioner

Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo

Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Sea Salt Mini

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste Mini

Christophe Robin Color Fixator Wheat Germ Mask


Hope you enjoyed the video!

xo, M

December 2018 Roundup – I DID IT!

*clap clap clap* I have somehow managed to do a roundup for every month this year, and use up a ton of products along the way! Here are my favourites and empties for December, and stay tuned for the Beauty of Beauty posts!


Favourites

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Skincare

Cerave Baby Healing Ointment – The regular one isn’t available in Canada, but I swear these have similar ingredients! This is my current go-to occlusive for around my eyes, smile area and any dry spots (let’s be real – my entire face). It has 45% petroleum, mineral oil, as well as *drumroll* CERAMIDES! You guessed it lol. Basically this is less greasy to use compared to straight up Vaseline (although still greasy) and is easier to thin out or mix with my moisturizer.

Tools

Sephora Pro-Diffuser Brush #64 – Another solid recommendation from my friend. This brush is the best complexion brush I have ever used. MAC Face and Body, MUFE Matte Velvet, cream blush. powder blush, general blending… Bless this brush, for it does everything!


Empties

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Skincare

Benzagel 5 Acne Wash – One of the best BP products I’ve ever used. It was really gentle when I used it, lasted WAY longer than expected, and worked well with OTC Differin.
My Nighttime (PM) Skincare Routine 2018

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment – Love it more than the Phytopolleine I had prior. It worked fairly quickly at balancing my scalp, and I actually found I didn’t have a need for it until I *unbalanced* it with other hair products I’ve been trying. Will probably repurchase this.

CNP Brightening Daily Fluid Sun Essential Fluid Formula SPF50+ PA++++ – Loved it when I first bought it because of how milky it was. However near it’s end it seemed to pill on my face a LOT! Also I can’t rely find a reliable link even if I wanted to repurchase.

Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum * – After much reflection on all the Vitamin C serums I have tried this year, I have concluded that this was the best one. Mainly because it benefitted my skin in a variety of ways, and the one major con is the price.
REVIEW: Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel * – Holy cow, this took so long to finish, I actually used it in the morning as well. I got this back in October 2017 And pretty much used it every night since (aside from testing other stuff). A little went a long way and despite the price you really do get the full value of this cleanser!

Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream 30ml – You all know I purchased the 60ml size, ’nuff said.
BRAND REVIEW: Dear, Klairs

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream – This moisturizer will always have a special place in my heart. The only moisturizer I  could rely on when my skin was Going from oily to dry while still breaking out from getting off of BC.


HAPPY NEW YEAR, 60+ EMPTIES LATER.


TOTAL EMPTIES

January – 4
February – 4
March – 6
April – 5
May – 4
June – 5
July – 3
August – 7
September – 10
October & November – 7
December – 7

62 MO’FREAKIN’ PRODUCTS! I know my bf helped me with some, but majority of them were on my own damn face! Keep in mind I didn’t purchase all these products, some were gifts and PR.

For 2019, I’m really going to try being more diligent at using up products I have before purchasing another one. I thought I was doing pretty good, but receiving PR that I care to use after review makes it difficult.

Hope you enjoyed my Roundup series! This year I may just do current favourites and empties based on the season so the video is more focused on a topic. Stay tuned for my Best of Beauty 2018 posts, they are almost done!

xo, M


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May 2018 Roundup: Favourites, Empties, Accomplishments!

I’m exciting to share a personal accomplishment this month alongside my product faves and empties. It may seem silly, but I’m sure proud of myself! Also, a few of the products I’m going to mention are actually my purchases from the Sephora Spring VIB Haul. Usually I return more than half the stuff cause they end up sucking, but I’ve actually been consistently using all of them since I got it in the mail!

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