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Here is my routine...Nothing spectacular and rather basic!
I think the less you do to your hair, the better. JJJ


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 PRE CONDITIONING:
(I USED TO DO THIS EVERY TIME BUT DISCONTINUED, FUNNY HOW HAIR NEEDS CHANGE!)
I sometimes put some sort of barrier on my hair before washing.Here are 3 ways:
I do one of these depending on how much time I have or what my hair needs...
 
1. Coconut Oil on dry hair at least one hour before washing.PHOTO
 
2. Coconut oil and conditioner mixed with water on dry hair. 
 
3.Conditioner on wet hair from the ears down.(the quickest way)
This is a good way to use up those conditioners that are laying around!
Trying to protect the length by creating a barrier. These oils and conditioners rinse off with one shampoo and I don't
have any residue, just clean softer hair. I shampoo twice but avoid the length during the first shampoo,
 concentrating on the scalp area.( for more info see Shampoo section)
COND REC
DIRECTION

REMEMBER WHAT WORKS FOR ME MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU

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OILING: I mainly use Spectrum virgin unrefined coconut oil.PHOTO
More details on coconut oil HERE
SOLID at room temp but melts at about 76 degrees PHOTO
HAIR DOWN OILED PHOTO HERE 
In a oiled BUN HERE
KEEP HAIR FROM SWELLING...HYGRAL FATIGUE INFO HERE

When oiling, my hair is always dry so the coconut oil can penetrate. I NEVER put oil on my scalp!
 I only put oil on the length from ears down, concentrating on the ends.  
I don't over oil or use a lot. I want to be able to rinse the bulk of it out easily and quickly.

I also use Jojoba oil to add shine and to tame my hair after washing and drying
Only 1 or 2 drops of jojoba oil in palm of hands on dry hair.(use for makeup removal too)

Some oils, like olive are hard to rinse out because it is a very heavy oil.I tried it a few times.
(make sure your olive oil is REAL. Recent tests showed fake olive oil!)  read about it HERE
 
OILING BETWEEN SHAMPOOS: I use smaller amounts of coconut oil and concentrate on the ends.
I mostly do this in the winter when the air is dry.Controls static too.PHOTO

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washing


When I started my longer hair journey in 2005 (hair tail bone length/36") I learned to wash much less
( advice from a long hair specialist ) and try stretching washes to once a week.
Since 2005, I have washed my hair once a week OR LESS AS IT GOT LONGER.
(for years I washed twice a week) Washing less meant less stripping
of the natural oils and less wear and tear from combing, drying and handling in general.
The best thing for your hair is actually your own natural oils!

SmileI went from washing it 104 times a year to 52 times a year OR LESS!
See the washing poll HERE
It took some getting used too! Sometimes I wash sooner, 5 days if I have too and
sometimes I wash every 8th or 9th day but never longer than 10 days! (10 days is rare) It all evens out!

red HERE IS AN ARTICLE I MADE A COUPLE YEARS AGO -Do's and Dont's/Tips

I shampoo twice, but only allow the shampoo to run down the length ONCE during the 2nd shampoo.
I never scrub the length or pile it on my head, I just leave it hanging down.
I wash my hair in the shower and simply lean over,
FRONT TO SHOWER and concentrate on the scalp area during the first shampoo.
 I use warmer water for the 1st shampoo and cooler for the 2nd shampoo.
I always used a shower water filter ON HEAVILY CHLORINATED WATER
and this has helped so much with detangling! PHOTO
 But....NOW I MOVED IN 2019 AND HAVE WELL WATER WITH A WATER SOFTENER.
MY HAIR IS DOING FINE SO NO FILTER NEEDED...
But I final rinse with a bottle of AQUAFINA!

NEW IN 2021
NOW USING A WEAK VINEGAR and WATER RINSE!
After washing,conditioning and rinsing with water I pour 1 cup water with 1TBSP
vinegar on the length only
This helps close the cuticle and minimize tangles.
I leave it in a couple minutes and rinse it out 30 seconds.
Use organic APPLE CIDER VINEGAR and mix as needed-Do not store!


 
SHAMPOO
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  Organix (Ogx) Cherry Blossom Ginseng. 

This is the ONLY shampoo I use!

I discontinued all others.

SADLY like many things,

it's been DISCONTINUED but I have more than 5 years stockpiled!

(You can still find it on ebay and a couple places online)

(The new one has sulfates, may be good for clarifying but have not tried it)

(I only clarify with Herbal essences PHOTO)

I avoid SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) or SLES (sodium laureth sulfate)
surfactants/foaming agents that strip oil and are
harsh on scalp and dry out hair.(check the label for ingredients)
I only clarify once every 1 or 2 months with sulfates.

DILUTE SHAMPOO!
I have been diluting my shampoo with purified water since about 2013.
I mix 20% shampoo into 80% water in a big empty shampoo bottle.
This helps distribute the shampoo and I tend to use less.
Shake it up before use. I make enough for 2-3 shampoos.
 
DRY SHAMPOO:
I started using dry shampoo in 2013. I tried many kinds and my favorite is Batiste PHOTO
My hair starts to get a bit oily on day 4 and this is when I sometimes use dry shampoo.
Batiste uses rice starch where most others use aluminum starch! LOVE IT!

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cond

I use conditioner after every shampoo.
My hair loves silicones and I need them for combing out my hair when wet.
I rinse out the shampoo and squeeze out as much water as possible.
Now I get my Neutrogena triple moisturedaily deep conditioner
(my new favorite and the best I have ever used for tangles) PHOTO
I put a generous amount on from the ears down and clip it up for 5 minutes.
I rinse it with cool/warm water and only for 15-20 seconds leaving some in my hair.
My hair feels so slick and soft and its not hard to comb out.
I hardly ever use the matching conditioner that goes with the shampoo!
My Favorite shampoo has a matching conditioner but it doesn't work for me!

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Using silicone "cones" 
has been so important in minimizing damage from detangling.
I stay away from coney serums.
Those suffocate the hair in my opinion.
I only use a wide tooth comb to detangle.I use T-Shirts to put my hair up
 and soak up some water before I comb, but only for a couple minutes,
I need my hair to be verywet when I comb it out with a wide tooth comb
(never a brush)


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deep cond



 Nexxus Large Photo jar I love this product!  Detailed DIRECTIONS
Look for the JAR, Not the thinner regular Nexxus conditioner in the bottle!
THE FORMULA CHANGED IN 2017 and contained caviar,(fish)
so I am only using my older stock.
Will be looking for something new in the future.

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 USE A CLARIFYING SHAMPOO BEFORE USING ANY DEEP TREATMENT!
Deep treatments are more work and expensive! You want the full benefit!
This insures the best results since the product can't penetrate hair if there is a buildup of silicone or hair products.

(Harsh sulfates: SLS,SLES,ALS)
I never use baking soda or vinegar! I find Herbal essences shampoo works great to clarify.

How often?
This varies with the seasons. In the winter I use it every month or so, and in the summer hardly at all.
OR if my hair seems like it needs it.
SOMETIMES ALL I NEED IS THE COCONUT OIL AND CONDITIONER RECIPE (shown above)


 (Nexxus is my favorite so far and it really is worth the money!)
The heat cap(Mastex Brand) opens the hair cuticle for deeper conditioning PHOTO
Sometimes I am lazy just leave deep conditioner on without the cap, wrapped in a towel.

Other deep Conditioners I tried are:
L'OREAL Natures Therapy Mega Strength-(Sally's Beauty $12) PHOTO
Nuetrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask (less expensive $6-$8) PHOTO
(Subject to be discontined though)
I have a couple more deep treatments I want to try...
Matrix  Biolage Ultra Hydrating Conditioning Balm( $25+)

Deep conditioning is a very important part of my hair care!

REMEMBER...WHAT WORKS FOR ME MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU




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COMBING: I use a wide tooth comb 99% of the time and I really love WTC (wide tooth combs)
I have tried several brands and my favorite brands are:
MADORA/George Michael # 116 ,
Scunci ( my first one,discontinued),
HairSense #210
and Swissco brand.
NEW COMBS BY ETERNALLY IN AMBER...PICS COMING!
These are beautiful combs I first tried in 2018

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My COMB collection can be seen in this PHOTO ALBUM.

I always comb wet hair and never brush PHOTO Hair is fragile when wet and it stretches.
Inspect combs for seams and sharp edges.
I like combs better with no handle, although I have some of each.
Links to favorite combs:
Madora/George Michael       Hair Sense (bakelite combs )     Swissco

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spinI avoid combs made of horn or bone.

SINCE I BECAME VEGAN(2017)
I DISCONTINUED USING BBB.
I DO USE A TANGLE TEEZER WITH A HANDLE THOUGH.
I HATED THE ONE WITH NO HANDLE.
I WILL LEAVE UP THE  BOAR BRISTLE BRUSHING INFO
BECAUSE IT MAY BENEFIT YOU!

HERE BELOW IS MY OLD INFO:

BOAR BRISTLE BRUSHING:
Since 2005 the only brush I used was a Boar Bristle Brush (BBB)
but... hardly used one at all until 2010 although I had 2 brushes.
I only used a wide tooth comb for nearly 5 years!
This changed in 2009/2010 when I went to a long hair salon (George Michael Salon)
and the use of a BBB was explained and  emphasized to me by them and also
a hair expert friend I know online who worked under George Michael.
BBB distributes the oils and smoothes the hair unlike anything.
It is also wonderful for scalp stimulation.( My GM BBB PHOTO ) Bend at the waist and brush 50 strokes.
(work your way up from 10) I brushed it for a while, but as my hair grew to extreme lengths it became harder to go
from scalp to tips in one stroke!
Stopping halfway creates tangles,so I had to stop for nowUndecided
Until I trim my hair back quite a bit, I am only able to brush part of the length while holding it.
I do notice that doing this smoothes the hair and helps remove lint that causes knots!
YES, lint and dust creates knots!
This is one problem with adding oil to the hair, it attracts dust and lint!
Plus I only wash weekly so I must BBB the length more often! I wear hair up daily too!
The BBB is wonderful  for removing dust & lint.I have a softer bristle brush for this purpose.
Most of the time I can SEE the lint/dust ball in the center of the knot.
I actually have a photo for you HERE Surprised
I have tried the Tangle Teezer(NO HANDLE) and I just dont like it.PHOTO
Maybe my hair is just too long for it because it doesn't work at all.
Plus the noise it makes is terrible and I just can't get used to that ripping sound.
I gave mine to a short hair family member, they love it.
BBB are not hard to find in stores since they have become more popular.
I like to examine it and feel the stiffness of the bristles. BBB is not for everyone.
If you have very fine hair or curly hair, be very careful!Beware of nylon mixed in.

I SUBSTITUTED THE BBB WITH THE TANGLE TEEZER WITH HANDLE IN 2019
AND IT DOES MANY THINGS LIKE A BBB! I WAS REALLY SURPRISED!
LOOK ON AMAZON FOR ONE. (PICS COMING)

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dry

dryer I prefer to use a blow dryer on my hair.
For me, it's safe and quick with less tangling and handling.
I REMOVE AS MUCH WATER AS POSSIBLE BEFORE USING THE DRYER!
I recently tried muslin baby blankets in 2019 to wrap wet hair and they work perfect!
(and they were my grandsons)
Removing as much water as possible before I dry helps speed up the whole drying process.
I wrap it up for 15 minutes and comb out. Then re wrap in another muslin blanket for 30 min or more.

my old routine was using t shirts... but never a towel:
I personally don't like having wet hair so try to get it dry right away.
I use T-Shirts instead of towels!
I love using T-Shirts over towels because towels can be heavy and rough!
I cut off the bottom of a large cotton T-Shirt
(cut from arm to arm and then cut one more time to make one big strip.)
I wrap this around my head with my hair clipped up and tie it.
Comb after 5 minutes and then re-wrap for 10 minutes with another dry T-Shirt.
I take my hair down and divide it in half, parting it down the back.
Now I take another dry T-Shirt and squeeze my hair for 5 seconds going down the entire length. PHOTO
I work with half of my hair at a time.This works great. 5 PHOTOS
2020 MUSLIN BABY BLANKETS
100% COTTON ARE MY NEW GO TO!!
 
dryUSING THE BLOW DRYER: 
I work mostly from the under layers and try to avoid the outer layer of hair.
I leave it divided and parted down the back. PHOTO
I USE "WARM" NOT HOT. Most hair dryers these days have 3 settings,
COOL,WARM and HOT. PHOTO Use your common sense and you can use a blow dryer with NO DAMAGE!
I dry in several 3 to 5 minute sessions and let my hair rest for a few minutes in between.
Keep the dryer at least 10-15" away from the hair.
I repeat this process until my hair is 90% dry.
Hair dryers these days have a cool shot button or a cool setting.
I finish by using cool/room temp air, this helps the cuticle lay flat.
With a hair dryer you can aim the air where you need it with less handling in my opinion!
Always aim the dryer DOWN to help the hair scales lay flat.(this is not rocket science lol, just common sense!)
 
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Once in a while I do AIR DRY. This takes more hair flipping and handling to get it dry.
My under layers are hard to dry and can take several hours or overnight to dry.
Outside on a sunny day is a nice time to air dry BUT, I don't like anyone watching me (neighbors)
and am quite the spectacle doing this!Surprised
Indoors I can use a floor fan and be in private.
These air drying methods do need more handling and flipping of the hair which
lead to more tangles, combing and work.
 

USING THE HAIR DRYER ON COOL & WARM ONLY IS SAFE IN MY OPINION! 

My hair actually stays more tangle free, smooth and straight between washes when I blow dry!

TEST YOUR BLOW DRYER.
can hold mine 1" away from skin while on the WARM setting and it doesnt burn at all.
The hotter the air, the further you need to hold the dryer. (common sense!)


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What works for one, may not work for another.
Everyone has their own specific needs for their hair type.
Depending on your hair care routine, you need to adjust and experiment as to what works
FOR YOU!
Please keep that in mind!
Posted here is what works FOR ME because so many of you wondered!
I try to keep my routine very basic with few products.

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