Hair Tips 4 years ago
I Finally Understand How to Take Care of My Hair
So I have a confession to make… I ‘ve actually never really known how to take care of my hair up until a month ago.
Thanks to my girl Cherin Choi of Nova Arts Salon in Downtown LA, was able to spend the day with her at her salon and not only did she do my hair, but she actually taught me how to take care of it and style it on my own as well. I usually end up getting my hair done by so many people that I really rely on them to style and take care of it for me. Consequently, I never learned to do it myself (and you all know how temperamental my hair is)!
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I don’t have the typical pin-straight Asian girl hair- my hair is actually really coarse and thick! There’s no volume to it, it’s slightly wavy but mostly flat, and always looks frizzy. Amazingly enough, Cherin actually has the same hair texture as I do so I had her walk me through her hair routine step by step and product by product.
1. Washing Schedule
First things first, you don’t need to wash your hair every day. With my hair texture, I can get away with washing it twice a week, but that’s always been a struggle for me. I don’t know what it is, but whenever I jump in the shower I just want to wash everything, but Cherin told me that especially with my hair texture and colored hair, it’s just not good for your hair! Over-washing can dry out your scalp and strip your hair of the natural oil that it needs.
2. Brush Your Hair in the Shower
I always assumed that brushing your hair while it’s wet will break it, but I learned that it all depends on the type of brush you’re using. This Japanese Scalp Brush totally changed my hair brushing game for me. I have it sitting in the shower and I use it to really work the shampoo and conditioner into my hair.
Since I’ve gotten better at only washing my hair 2-3 times a week, this really helps me get all the unwanted oil and residue off. It makes my hair feel fresh and my hairstyle lasts longer throughout the week. Before you brush your hair in the shower REMEMBER – it HAS TO BE THE RIGHT BRUSH.
3. Add Oil
I always struggled with finding hair oils that worked for me. The last thing I want is to make my hair look like a giant grease ball so I’ve stayed away until I found the perfect oil. Cherin introduced me to this oil here and it feels so light and lovely, and is packed with nutrients that help keep my hair shiny and soft without feeling weighed down.
4. Finishing Creme
In my mind, finishing cream was to only be used after styling- but Cherin informed me I should apply it right after I add the oil. You just need a dime-sized amount on your hands and then scrunch it throughout your hair. I have naturally wavy hair and I love how I’ve been able to get it dry with a little wave as opposed to super flat hair.
5. Wet Your Hair
So this tip totally changed my outlook on my hair. I like to take showers at night because it’s my alone time after the kids are in bed and because I like to sleep with my hair air dried, it becomes super frizzy once I wake up! Cherin told me to just add some water to my hair to reactivate the product and sometimes to even add a little of the oil to really wake it up and bring it back to life!
Hair by Cherin Cho (@salsalhair @novaartssalon)
Photography by Karla Ticas
Blazer: Brittany Xavier x INSPR
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23 responses to “I Finally Understand How to Take Care of My Hair”
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Thank you so much for this post and for all the tips, Chriselle! I love how your hair always looks so textured and so full of body! Can you please clarify when you add the oil and the finishing cream to your hair? Is it when your hair is almost dry but still damp or is it right after you towel dry or somewhere in between? Also, when you rewet it in the morning, do you mist it with a spray bottle or do you have another method? Thank you so much for all your lovely content! Keep it up!!
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[…] Another one of my favorite ways to give my scalp a little love is to use this Japanese Scalp Brush. It totally changed my hair brushing game because it was specifically designed for the health of your scalp. The bristles are super gentle and I’ve actually been using it to brush my hair in the shower. To read more about it click here! […]
[…] Another one of my favorite ways to give my scalp a little love is to use this Japanese Scalp Brush. It totally changed my hair brushing game, because it was specifically designed for the health of your scalp. The bristles are super gentle and I’ve actually been using it to brush my hair in the shower. To read more about it click here! […]
Thank you for this post! I just ordered two brushes — one for me and one for my daughter. My hair is similar to yours so I can’t wait to get them.
Lovely post. Unfortunately, with my 4c hair, I cannot wash everyday or brush hair in the shower. Will try the other tips.
Gorgeous images and the tips are amazing. Curious to try out the brush.
Thank you Naznin! I’ve been so happy with it- totally worth giving a try! xo
Sounds great! I should try it!
Mireia from TGL
You should! Let me know your thoughts once you do! xo
Great tips! I’ll need to try it because I think my hair type is pretty similar to yours!
Totally worth a try! Let me know how you get on! xo
Thank you for sharing these tips. I’m especially interested in the hair brush since I end up damaging my hair the most by brushing it.
Kathrin | Polar Bear Style
It’s such a game changer! xo
Love all of these great tips, especially the hair brush recommendation! Definitely need to try it! Your hair is always so gorgeous! <3 🙂
XO, Elizabeth T.
Thanks so much Elizabeth! xo
Brush the hair in the shower is not something I thought of!
chevrons & éclairs
I hadn’t either, now I’m totally hooked! xo
All great tips! I love brushing my hair in the shower! There’s something so soothing and relaxing about it.
Right? Like a little massage! xo
This post is everything! 🙂
Thanks Ewa! xo