The BEST Shampoo
Yesterday, after growing my hair for about 6 months I again chopped it off. The entire time we were in Miami I was annoyed by my hair and I realized that it was mostly due to the sun damage that I caused over spring break. At the end of the day I just needed a good cut to again make my hair feel shiny and healthy. I'm a little bummed that I didn't stay the course, because I'm pretty sure that this cut signals that I'll probably never have the patience to really grow it out again. I suppose this means that my dreams being a surfer girl have finally passed. RIP.
Even though I didn't get the longer locks that I desired, I have to say that attempting to grow my hair out wasn't for naught. Over the course of the last year I have really put time into thinking about my actual hair itself, versus the style, and given how much bleach sits up there, it's in surprisingly wonderful condition. Skipping shampoos has naturally conditioned my ends, and learning how to actually shampoo the proper way has really helped with my texture. Both of these things are great because it means you use much less product, which meant that I was able to spend a little more on shampoo and conditioner than I usually would. (This brand is still hands down my favorite for daily use).
One of the absolute BEST products that I discovered during my quest is the much buzzed about Christophe Robin Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt Shampoo. You guys, this stuff is magic. It looks like a salt scrub that you would use on your body, but it's specially formulated for your hair. You used the smallest amount (the instructions say a tablespoon, but I use a fraction of that) and you scrub it into your scalp and the base of your neck. This stuff foams LIKE crazy and when you wash it out your hair feels squeaky clean. Like baby hair clean. You use your regular conditioner after and I swear my hair just bounces for a week. It basically takes out all the crap that sits on your scalp, like product, salt, sand and it leaves you with only hair and skin. You know, just like in the old days before we discovered hairspray!
If your locks are feeling a bit flat or dull or if you find that you just can't get any volume out of your roots, I cannot recommend this enough. I use it once or twice a week after hot yoga and even after about 15 applications I still have barely made a dent in it. The larger tub is little pricy (you can find a smaller version here) but this is one thing that is worth every penny. I might not ever get the hair of a mermaid, but at least I won't have the split ends of one either! Xx
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