Niina’s Haircare Routine

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Seven years ago a friend of mine wrote in her LiveJournal: “Hair loves fat”. It was a post dedicated to haircare and the author couldn’t emphasize enough how important it is not to over-dry your hair and keep it moisturized and nourished. I remember those pieces of advice to this day, and I’ve decided to share some of my own tips with you.

This time I’m not going to tell you about the shampoos and conditioners I use, instead I’ll concentrate on special hair treatments that I try to do at least a couple of times a week.

My hair type is as far from dry as it gets. Let me put it this way: I have to wash my hair at least once every day or two, because if I wait any longer, I’ll be embarrassed to leave home. Of course this common problem only concerns the roots, and at the same time the tips get damaged and dry. While there are no ways to repair split ends, there are plenty of methods to prevent them from splitting in the first place.

It’s not groundbreaking and you’ve probably heard it before, but vegetable oil will help you maintain your hair in a good shape. When applied two-three times a week before the wash, coconut oil (or olive, linseed… and, well, pretty much any oil of your choice) will make your hair thicker and smoother. As I said you can use any oil you like, though personally I prefer coconut oil, and I apply it only on the tips avoiding the whole length of my hair, otherwise it may still look greasy even after a rinse.

If you’re one of the handy types and like to experiment with DIY projects, I’d really recommend a nourishing mask that you can easily do at home. It’s called Hair Mayo with Honey and all you’ll need to do is to mix one egg yolk, one tablespoon olive oil, one tablespoon honey and a teaspoon cognac. I was also wondering what the hell cognac does in a hair treatment, so I’ve made the very same recipe without it and found out that the mask became impossible to rinse out. When the mixture is done, thoroughly massage it into your hair and scalp (it is easier done when the hair is wet), cover it up with a plastic bag, wrap a towel around your head and let it work its magic for 15-20 minutes. To tell you the truth I don’t do this treatment often enough, which is a pity, because the hair actually looks much-much better after it.

Generally speaking, all the masks will be more effective if after the application you wrap yourself up in a plastic foil and a towel, so in case you’re too lazy to make your own treatment, try Shiseido Tsubaki. I’ve just recently gotten it as a present from Olga and really enjoy it.

Usually when I use special products like homemade or bought masks, I don’t care for a hair conditioner, but sometimes I top my pampering routine with a leave-in treatment from  Klorane: either Soin Fluide Sans Rinçage, Nutritif Et Gainant or Crème De Jour Sans Rinçage Au Dattier Du Désert.

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For a while I was also using popular Mythic Oil from L’Oreal, but when Aline pointed out that the only active ingredients in its content are silicons and the reasonably high percentage of alcohol in it can be damaging for the hair in the long run, I’ve decided to put it into our Pandora’s Box.

So now it’s your turn, guys: tell me, do you use any nourishing treatments for your hair?

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SPA at Home – Girls’ Night In
2014-06-08 10:14:31
[…] Ogario’s Restore and Shine Hair Mask is an ultimate spa treatment for your hair. It’s packed with avocado, olive oil, aloe vera, nettle, horsetail and sage, which is rich in vitamin A, C and E. Don’t be shy, as with pretty much any hair mask, more is more, so slather on generously and comb through for shiny, gorgeous hair. To find out how to get the most of it, read Niina’s advice on hair conditioning here. […]