I hate to admit it, but for all the attention my hair gets, my maintenance routine is devastatingly underwhelming. Believe it or not, I do next to nothing to my hair. Of course, it hasn’t always been this simple to manage my mane. My mother was always on my case about it. She would beg me to brush it, blow dry it, style it..."do something, anything, with your hair, please!" she would say. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had long hair that lies close to my face and grazes my belt loops.
Except for the one time when I cut my hair shoulder length. When I was a sophomore in high school, I decided to donate 10 inches of my hair to Locks of Love, an organization dedicated to making chemical-free wigs for chemotherapy patients. In the moment, I felt like a hero when the hairdresser snipped of my braid and handed it to me. However, that night, as you can maybe imagine, I cried myself to sleep because I knew I wouldn't have flowing tresses to complete my Coachella look that year. After this drastic cut, I haven't had short hair ever again. Am I attached to it? Maybe. Do I obsess over it and groom it constantly? No. My long hair is something I truly don't think about that much, it's just kinda there.
Contrary to what you might have read in some beauty articles about the products I use in my hair, I don’t always use expensive things to keep it healthy. I wash my hair with a regular shampoo and conditioner and then let it air dry. One thing I have learned about my hair is to keep the texture intact --my "beach waves" are natural, yes. (We’re all blessed with something!) I don't brush my hair when it's dry. This is a no, no! Instead, I brush my hair in the shower with a regular old brush and then sleep on it damp. Then, bam! I wake up with mermaid hair. Yes, really.
I am lucky, but I also have long and healthy hair everywhere else on my body if you KNOW WHAT I MEAN :) Yikes. Anyway, sometimes when my hair is feeling rather dry, I do a coconut oil mask. Mmmhhmmm. This is as simple as it sounds. I run coconut oil through my hair, and maybe leave it on over night or for several hours, and then rinse it out. I never put oil or conditioner near my scalp because my hair is kind of greasy anyway, so I have to be conscious of that. If anything, I would love some tips on how to combat greasy hair! Leave ‘em for me below please! Hehehe!