Apparently winter is set on rearing its ugly head in March, rather than showing up to the party back in November. I have medium length, but thick hair. It’s a strange mixture of waves and curls, so I typically only brush my hair before I shower so I’m not sporting a hot mess all day. This creates a bit of a dilemma in the winter since my scarves and coats end up giving me some nasty tangles in the back of my hair. Which really just means that half of my hair ends up on my brush or stuck in the drain. Leave-in conditioner is a must in my hair care routine.
Why should you use something more than just a shampoo and conditioner?
During the winter months there is a lack of moisture in the air. Your skin and hair need an extra dose of hydration to compensate for what it loses when you step outside. Leave-in conditioners add that much needed moisture back into the hair. It also strengthens hair against breakage and split ends, protects it from blow dryers or other styling tools, and detangles. (If there’s one thing you take away from this, please let it be that you should never blow dry, curl, or straighten your hair without a protectant on your hair)
So what should I be using as a leave-in conditioner?
You don’t have to purchase something that says “leave-in conditioner” on the bottle. It’s completely up to you what type of leave-in conditioner to use, as long as it has a water base and includes plenty of natural oils and nutrients. 100% pure argan oil is amazing for the hair. I mix mine in with my conditioner. You could do a mask while you’re in the shower. I really like this one by Moroccanoil, or this one by Aussie if you’re on a tight budget. But my favorite ride-or-die leave-in conditioner is the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Spray.
Why the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Spray is My Ride-or-Die
I chose this product as one of my three free samples from online ordering at Sephora (which is the BOMB, and if you don’t take advantage of that for every purchase, you’re shopping wrong). At first I was sad that their 1.5 oz was so teeny. Honestly it looked like if I had tried it on Sookie, I would have run out before I finished. But that little bottle lasted about 2 months! I became so obsessed that I immediately went out to repurchase the larger bottle (pictured above). It has a mist spray, which is much more useful than a pump since you can control how much product you use. I prefer a mist to a stream on my hair products. It’s a lazy girl’s dream come true.
My routine looks like this: I take a shower and towel dry my hair. I flip my hair down and spray once near my neck, and once in the middle and end of my hair. I then flip my hair to the side and spray a little above my ear, and then do the same on the other side. Then I just run my hands through my hair and the product distributes to the other areas.
I love how my hair feels after I use this. It makes my hair look and feel so soft. It’s lightweight, so there isn’t leftover or greasy residue. It uses a blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils, and it does not have sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA, or synthetic dyes! It’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free. I’m in love, so I would highly recommend you check it out.