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After I put up a picture of my hair on a very good hair day, some of y'all wanted to know what I did to it. Because I feel really weird about a writing a post called - My Hair Care Routine; I called it 5 Easy Steps To Shiny Soft Silky Hair (My).

Its all good, coz God forbid somebody sees me on a super bad hair day , I don't want them going - "Uh-Oh I don't want no hair care routine tips from that !"

Before I start, I do wanna say that I have fairly easy hair to work with. There are no major issues - it is regularly well behaved and easy to handle. I don't mean that in a prude way. But just thought I'd mention because I don't wanna credit all the goodness to products. (Mom, Dad - yes I am proud of the hair - Thank you.)


This is all what I do and has worked well on moi.

STEP 1 : Pre - Condition

The night before I always ( well, mostly) apply coconut oil to my hair. I massage it into the scalp and then liberally spread it until every strand is dripping of coconut oil. And then I change my pillow case into an old ratty grey one and go to bed.

I read some where that American women are not very keen on pre conditioning treatments. No No women, they make all the difference. Take it from this professionally non-professional Indian Girl.

STEP 2 : Shampoo

The next day is shampoo time. Currently I am using Pantene. Pantene has worked well for me since I was teenager and I'm glad its cheap. Use required amount of shampoo , work it into good lather and wash it off. I don't let the shampoo stay on my hair for long. It dries hair out - any shampoo does this. So, its a short shampoo ritual.

STEP 3 : In Shower Condition

After shampoo its time for conditioning. I use what ever is available. Currently I am crushing on two products - both under $10. Will tell soon.

After washing the shampoo off, I gently squeeze out excess water from my hair - Very Important. If there is too much water the conditioner just gets washed down along with the dripping water.

Apply conditioner .

Use a wide tooth comb to spread it - Very Very Important.
I use a brush but it is NOT recommended. My hair is always more softer and less frizzy when I use a comb to spread the conditioner. Always.

I get best results when I let the conditioner stay on for at least five minutes because there is a lotta hair to condition.

STEP 4 : Warm Water Rinse

After 5 to 8 minutes of soaking my hair in conditioner, I rinse it off with warm water.

STEP 5 : Cold Water Rinse

After the warm water has removed all the conditioner off, I follow it up with a cold water / not so warm water rinse. Been doing this since I was 16 / 17 . I read in a women's magazine (that I was then not allowed to read) that its good to give the hair a final cold water rinse before you send it packing in a towel. And I've done it ever since.

I like doing the cold water rinse because it cools down the scalp and when I wrap it in towel, I don't have the hot steam coming drying my hair.

So, that's my five steps to shiny silky soft hair. Of course I don't always have shiny silky soft hair because :

a. I forget to take the brush into the shower
b. I get restless and wash the conditioner off in two minutes.
c. I assume its been long and wash the conditioner off in one minute.
d. I start taking care of the hair on my legs with shampoo on my hair - perfect recipe for dry hair.
e. Hair is in dry mode for no apparent reason.

Now gimme your tips for great hair ! We all wanna hear from you and wanna know more and more and more !

Happy Weekend !

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27 comments

Teja said... @ November 29, 2009 at 5:35 AM

Indian Girl,

I have been meaning to share this secret (is it a secret?!) since a month but didn't get around to it. Replying to this post is the PERFECT time. So, I recently bought Burt's Bee Grapefruit and Sugarbeet Shampoo and Conditioner; I wanted a natural shampoo and burt's bee really covered all the bases as far as natural goes. So, of the three different types of shampoos they have, Grapefruit was the only one I could stand the smell of. Boy, let me tell you, they work SO AMAZINGLY!!! They are all natural and smell amazing and just like they claims, leave my hair super shiny and SOFT!!!! I love it and I highly recommend it, especially if you want to avoid putting in parbens and sulfates and all those harmful chemicals in your hair. 10 Stars from me! Sorry I wrote you a novel but I am so excited and I hope you try it. Please share your take on it if you do use it.

Regards,
Teja

josie said... @ November 29, 2009 at 5:47 AM

u r so lucky to have such butifull hair! im so jealus of u!!!!!LOL i have really bad hair ( i mean bad)extermely frizzy, dry and curly!!
P.S. u thank ur parents for such good rite? i yell at mom for my hair cuse my sis have such good hair and ihave frizzy mess. im like u gave all the bad genes and gave the good one to her .LOL

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ November 29, 2009 at 5:54 AM

Hi Teja !

Novels are great ! I read a lot & I enjoyed reading yours ! Thank you for the tip. I will give it a go ! Actually i bought a small travel kit , lemme check it there is the grapefruit shampoo in it !

Alicia said... @ November 29, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Thanks for the tips, i hope 2 try, but will never have hair like yours... :(

BTW, I think you should do a post on Cleopatra eyes or makeup. I was Cleopatra for Haloween, and cannot get over how awesome i looked!!!!!

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ November 29, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Hi ALicia !

Woah ! Cleopatra sounds awesome ! You should totally share the look with us !

Rati said... @ November 29, 2009 at 2:46 PM

I think all Indian girls follow the ritual of oiling a night before. Till your teenage, your mom does it for you. :) I still aks my mom to oil my hair whenever I go home.

I sound it very surprizing that the oil ritual is mainly followed by Indian women.

I have dark black and straight hair.And as you said, I would also like to say: "Mom, Dad - yes I am proud of the hair - Thank you."

The conditioning tip was great. I always end up assuming after a minute or two that my hair must have got enough condition by now. :P Will try not to repeat it from now on.

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ November 29, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Hi Rati !

Very True . I wrote about the very thing a while back on another hair post.

Anonymous said... @ November 29, 2009 at 11:47 PM

I have a really bad dry scalp... do you have tips for that?

josie said... @ November 30, 2009 at 6:16 AM

@ IG LOL.. i wasnt being serious but itz a joke in my family. i bring it up whenevr my mom mentions that i should straighten ma hair before i go to church or wereevr there alot of indian people.I said it as a joke

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ November 30, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Hi Josie !

Gosh talk bout gettin lost in translation. LOL ! Big sister is gone. Poof :p

josie said... @ November 30, 2009 at 8:25 AM

LOL

Divija Reddy said... @ November 30, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Hi, I am genetically blessed with kinda soft-wavy hair. But, had a hair cut so it went from waist length to shoulder length :( cud nt manage my hair as the weather in UK is quite challenging. Now, I regret that and envy :(

I liked ur SOH "taking care of hair on legs with shampoo on head" LOL...

India, I do oil my hair before wash. UK weather makes me a bit lazy :) I use Loreal shampoo and tresemme conditioner. Did u try that? u shud, at least once :) try a sample pack as full size comes in 900 ml! it really works :)

Anonymous said... @ December 1, 2009 at 7:52 AM

Indian girl, you forgot to include 2 imp details - how often do you wash your hair (I guess the oiling routine implies not daily)?

and how many times do you shampoo+rinse during the wash? (I find that if I oil my hair before shampooing washing once is too less, my hair is still oily. But more than once is too much, it gets dry)

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ December 1, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Hi Divija !

Gr8 ! Yup, I've tried Tresseme in the past. Somehow it didnt work for me :( But I have friends who swear by it and have gorgeous hair !

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ December 1, 2009 at 8:03 AM

Hi Anon !

Gr8 points ! Lets see...
I wash my hair twice a week. I oil it once a week. I shampoo only once. Twice like you said, makes my hair dry.

Sunitha said... @ December 2, 2009 at 1:22 AM

I love to use the oil method, but I need to wash my hair almost each time I go to the gym which is about 6 times a week. My hair is still healthy with all the washing but its the blow drying part that kills me. Any tips on keeping the hair fresh after the gym so that it does not have to be washed so often?

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ December 6, 2009 at 5:59 AM

Hi Sunitha !

Have you tried the dry shampoo ? Its the only thing I could think of. Yeah hair dryer is a B**ch. Do you ahve a cold air option( not cold really just room temp) on it ? If you do I'd suggest using it or a real low heat one that a quick blast.

Anonymous said... @ December 11, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Haha this post brought back memories, my mom used to make me go to school with my hair all oiled up and it was kind of gross. Ever since I moved out I haven't done it all because my face is REALLY prone to acne and I'm constantly washing my scalp at least twice a day with clarifying shampoo...if I don't my hair gets oily on its own. After I'm done I always put tons of conditioner on just the ends and then leave it overnight though.

Anonymous said... @ July 8, 2010 at 1:51 AM

What type of coconut oil do you use?

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ July 8, 2010 at 1:56 AM

Hey Anon !

I use coconut oil from a brand called parachute ( a blue bottle)It is available at all Indian grocery stores.

Anonymous said... @ June 7, 2012 at 3:52 AM

Im trying out theese tips right now and they seem to be working! And my hair is realy thick like extreme thick and its suuupppeeerr frizzy ALL the time! I hope this works!

Anonymous said... @ July 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Thanks for the coconut oil tip! Fantastic product if your hair DOES get dry and frizzy from coloring or other abuses: JOICO K-PAK Reconstruct Deep Penetrating Reconstructor.
TIP: After applying conditioner to my hair, I apply some to my legs for shaving to soften the hair and use the leg-care time for passing the time while I wait for my hair to condition.

Aditi Sundararaman said... @ November 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Hey, I'm Indian too! :P
I use mostly the same method as you, except I read somewhere that warm water is not good for your hair. Maybe it works for you, but I like to wash my hair in as cold water as I can stand. It really helps keep it shiny.

Check out my blog! always-aditi.blogspot.com

Nice blog, by the way. :)

Anonymous said... @ December 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Here is what works for me. When I oil my hair the night before I shampoo it, I pour warm water on my hair till the oil spreads evenly. Then I towel dry my hair. Shampoo the hair next morning.... also condition it. It works most of the time.

Anonymous said... @ August 5, 2013 at 9:56 PM

indian girl, this is the most usefull remedi i found:-{apart frm urs!}
Olive oil mixed in with your conditioner. Use around 1/2 of each and massage thru your hair. Wait like a min then wash out. After constant use it with make your hair super smooth!

poof-ah said... @ August 8, 2013 at 1:46 AM

The tips are gr8!But what does the cold water part do?And what if u have dry,curly hair and just want the curls to loosen up?Ive tried some products(as far as my pocket money allows me to)but my hair are the same mess as soon as theyve dried up:o

poof-ah said... @ August 8, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Oh and btw im pakistani-poofy pakistani:)

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