Hey guys && happy Thursday!
The first impression you give your hair after a shampoo is really going to set the mood for how well your hair styles and shines the next few days. Whether you wash your hair every other day, every three days or once a week, how you prep your hair for the first day of a style is super important. I have learned that on day one, if I get too product happy, or put too heavy of products in my hair it doesn't last as long for me. I also find that if I air dry, I can not get more than two good hair days out of my wash, and in my opinion, the extra heat that the blow dry causes, outweighs the bad of shampooing more often.
Here is my break down of my step by step on what I do with my hair right out of the shower. (if you're wondering what shampoo I personally use, I cycle through three in my shower at once; olaplaex shampoo and conditioner, pulp riot purple shampoo and conditioner and R+Co cactus shampoo).
I start with towel dried hair, hopefully microfiber towel dried hair. The benefit to starting this process with towel dried hair, or about 40 to 50 percent dry hair, is product retention. If your hair is still dripping wet when you are putting your products in, the product is probably going to cling to the water droplets instead of your hair, and you're going to end up with a lot of high quality products on your bathroom floor, and probably zero amount of heat protectant on your hair.
I use my wet brush to detangle and prep my hair for product, getting rid of any amount of excess water in your hair.
My hair is fine, but dense, curly with a side of unruly. My step by step might need to be tweaked a little to fit your specific needs. The beauty of all the products I use day to day, usually don't just fit one type of hair, and that is why I think it will benefit you to check it out. If you want a more customized step by step I would love to do that with you, by either scheduling a consolation at Hair by Ellie & Co or emailing me a description of your hair and what your desired end result is! All in all, use a heat protectant girl.