Let’s talk about hair, one topic I am very passionate about!
A quick disclaimer: I am not a haircare professional yet, so I will only share with you my individual haircare routine and some tips I have found in scientific papers or have heard from dermatologists or hair stylists! If you have any hair loss or scalp problems, which need to be treated, please consult a dermatologist!
My Hair Care Essentials
Every other day or 2-3/week.
Once a week or as needed.
Use it every time at the end of washing your hair.
Every 5-6 washes/ Optional.
Olaplex, Heat Protectant and UV Spray
I prefer using a mild shampoo, which does not contain any stripping surfactants such as SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which can be mildly formulated sometimes and also combined with other mild surfactants. When using a shampoo, the important thing is to take care of your scalp. Shampoos are not meant to strengthen your hair, but to cleanse and take care of your scalp! You do not need irritating ingredients such as fragrance or harsh surfactants on there, which can ultimately lead to flakiness and itching on your scalp! Use only a small amount of shampoo and avoid putting it on your hair tips to avoid dryness!
Sebamed Every-Day Shampoo
Balea Professional Shampoo Tiefenreinigung Clarifying Shampoo
Our hair can be damaged mainly due to mechanical stresses caused by combing, brushing and teasing, as well as the effects of UV rays and unavoidable structural alterations arising from chemical treatments such as permanent hair waving and coloring. To keep the integrity of the hair intact, it is essential to use a conditioner, which contains common conditioning agents such as vegetable oils, wax, lecithin and lanolin derivatives, protein hydrolysates (collagen, silk, animal proteins), quaternary ammonium compounds and silicones.
Silicones are a contradicting topic for some people, but it has been proven that they add lubricity and reduce friction that arises from combing, making the hair easier to comb and style, and thus also preventing damage. They also give the hair anti-static properties that prevent it from becoming frizzy.
Another great ingredient to look for in conditioners are cationic polymers such as polyquaternium-10 and polyquaternium-16 as well as guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride. These adhere more firmly to the hair than monomer bonds and leave a film that coats the surface of the hair fiber, making it appear to be soft and smooth while improving shine and color.
What I also like to have in my conditioners is keratin. It forms a film on the hair surface and restores the hair structure. Combined with cationic polymers and lipids, it can vastly improve the look of damaged hair.
Be aware that using a conditioner with all the ingredients mentioned above can sometimes lead to hair build up. To avoid this, I like to use a clarifying shampoo once a week or as needed.
KÉRASTASE Résistance Fondant Extentioniste
Jean&Len Spülung Keratin Mandel
Balea Professional Spülung Oil Repair Schwerelos
I use a mask as needed every 5-6 washes. Ingredients I look for in a mask are the same I like to have in my conditioners. The only difference is in the concentration of the ingredients and the texture. Masks stay longer, resulting in swelling and opening of the hair cuticle, which in its turn leads to deeper penetration of the ingredients. The actual key to having beautiful hair is in using a conditioner every single time after shampooing and being gentle while combing. A mask is not a necessity, it is optional.
L'Oréal Paris Elvital Dream Length Super Aufbau Maske
Garnier Wahre Schätze Feuchtigkeitsspendende Tiefenpflege-Maske Sanfte Hafermilch
When I want to let my hair grow without having to deal with damaged ends, I use Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3. Developed by chemists, Olaplex uses a patented bond-building technology that is said to reconstruct the hair at the strand level, meaning the products don’t just soften your hair but actually help rebuild the damaged disulfide bonds. Keep in mind, you’re not supposed to use it together with other products, which contain hair strengthening ingredients such as proteins and keratin, as this can lead to too much hardening of the hair. It is best to use it in combination with the other products from the Olaplex series, but if you want to save some money, you can invest in only Olaplex No.3 and use a mild shampoo and moisturizing conditioner without keratin. I use it instead of a mask, once a week on already wet hair, leaving it on for 30 minutes.
I also use a heat protectant spray before blow-drying my hair and a UV spray when out in the sun.
Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 Repairing Treatment
Loreal Elnett Hitzeschutz
Hope you found my hair care routine useful! Besides cosmetics, it is also important to think about the food you eat, when it comes to hair. Eating enough and consuming a lot of vegetables and fruits along with protein and healthy fats is essential to having long and luscious hair.
Feel free to share in the comments what your hair care routine is and which products you like! Share this blog post with friends if you found it beneficial or informative and until next time!
Trüeb RM. Shampoos: ingredients, efficacy and adverse effects. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2007;5(5):356-365. doi:10.1111/j.1610-0387.2007.06304.x
Gavazzoni Dias MF. Hair cosmetics: an overview. Int J Trichology. 2015;7(1):2-15. doi:10.4103/0974-7753.153450
Randi Angela Baus, Christina Leichner, Christian Steinbring, Andreas Bernkop-Schnürch,
Strategies for improved hair binding: Keratin fractions and the impact of cationic substructures,
International Journal of Biological Macromolecules,Volume 160,2020,
Pages 201-211,, ISSN 0141-8130,
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