In Curly Hair–Not So Minimalist I share some of the ways that I’ve been caring for my curls. As the weeks progressed I finally simplified my hair routine to my liking. I’ve also gone back to clays for my hair and skin care routine. I am now shampoo and soap free.
Both shampoo and soap strip needed natural oils. Even sulfate free shampoos aren’t for me. There are ways to cleanse your hair and skin without the squeaky clean feeling that forces your skin or scalp to overproduce oils or be completely parched. I started using shampoo bars and cleansing bars because they are wonderful for travel and very eco-friendly. I learned that shampoo bars require a follow up with an acidic rinse like apple cider vinegar and water to bring hair back to its natural pH balance both being too strong for my hair in the long run. When I used cleansing facial bars as part of my skin care, I did not have the lasting results this time that I had hoped for. I’m finally returning to simple regimens that really worked.
My Simple Curly Hair Regimen
Although I want to be free from using products in plastic bottles, I’m back on board with using conditioner to wash my hair. Cleansing conditioners have become very popular recently. A simple natural conditioner works just as well or better for my curls. I’m loving Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Conditioner as my weekly cleansing conditioner. I don’t use any chemical hair products therefore I don’t experience product buildup on my hair or scalp.
I use a fair trade product called Everday Shea Moisturizing Conditioner–Unscented for my conditioner/leave-in hair styler that I purchase from Whole Foods. I also use the DIY Healing Face Body & Hair Oil as needed on my hair especially the ends. The Tightly Curly Method is the best way to set curls for frizz free shiny curls that can last a week with proper care.
Once a month I detox my hair and scalp with a 20 minute rhassoul or bentonite clay hair mask. Using clays as a hair mask is easier than using in the shower as a shampoo.
Currently I’m using henna once a week for the Weekly Henna Challenge. When the challenge is complete, I will continue using henna once or twice a month. Henna is a hair miracle!
My Simple Skin Care Regimen
I’m back to using only clays as a daily face cleanser. Nothing gives my skin the blemish-free radiance that clay does. I adore rhassoul clay and have fallen back in love with an ayurvedic product that contains rhassoul (red) clay. Auromere “Herbomineral” Rejuvenating Mud Bath & Mask is an amazing facial cleanser. It contains Fuller’s earth, red clay, black clay, yellow clay, amla as well as other wonderful ayurvedic herbs. Nothing keep my skin as clear as clay. I always like to add a bit of honey or vegetable glycerin with water for moisture. To remove eye makeup I use coconut or jojoba oil.
I love love love tamanu, wheat germ, and coconut oil to moisturize my face. I use all three oils in the DIY Healing Face Body & Hair Oil. The properties of these oils increases cell turnover allowing only a beautiful moisturized complexion to come forth. Wheat germ oil maintains the proper moisture balance like no other oil I’ve ever used. A little goes a long way!
I give my skin a weekly skin treatment with the DIY Gentle Exfoliating Mask. When I really need a boost I turn to a tried an true favorite the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel. A great hydrating facial mask is plain honey. It may go on a bit sticky unless applied with damp hands, yet rinses easily leaving you with bright dewy skin.
Keeping things as simple as possible has always been the goal. I’m learning that once I find what works to stick with it. It is good to try new things every once and awhile as that helped me discover the amazing benefits of wheat germ oil.
You can find rhassoul clay, bentonite clay, tamanu oil, and wheat germ oil all at Mountain Rose Herbs.
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)