Hi everyone! I am constantly getting asked by everyone on Instagram how I keep my hair strong and healthy. I’m finally going to share all of my (cruelty free/vegan) hair care secrets!
All hair types are different and need different things from products. Personally, my hair tends to be a little bit on the dryer side on the ends and a little more oily at the root. I get my hair done about every three months and because it tends to be an intense lightening session, my hair takes a beating. One of the best pieces of advice I can give is to BUY THE PRODUCT YOUR STYLIST RECOMMENDS FOR YOU. They know a lot about your hair type and what it needs. I cannot preach enough how important it is to use salon quality products.
I will preface this by saying that I typically only wash my hair about once a week, twice at most. It’s honestly mostly because I am the laziest human in the entire world but also because it’s actually better for your hair to wash it less. When I tell people this, they always say that their hair gets greasy way too fast to not wash it so often. If you’re someone that washes their hair every day, it strips the hair of its natural oils and in return produces more. Invest in a good dry shampoo and your life will be saved. I’ll talk about mine a little bit later in this post 🙂
When it happens to be the rare occasion I wash my hair, I shampoo it using Unite’s shampoo. Unite is my go-to hair line (this is not spon, I wish it was) and what I use the most of. It’s vegan and cruelty free! I have three different kinds that I rotate. I’ll explain what each does down below:
The Weekender: This shampoo is clarifying which means it’s a deep cleansing shampoo. If I’ve truly gone about an entire week between washing my hair – this is the first shampoo I use (I always shampoo twice in the shower). I focus it on my roots and work through the rest of my hair to make sure I really clean out all of the oil and product from the last 7 days. If you’re someone that likes to go a while between washings – I highly suggest this!
7Seconds: First off, this entire line is my favorite product line I have ever used. As I said above, I deal with dryness and this line is so moisturizing and restorative. I’m obsessed. If I use The Weeekender first, I shampoo a second time with this – if it hasn’t been that long between shampoos, I’ll just use this twice. It smells freaking amazing. It’s the best shampoo I have ever used. If you’re only going to go with one of the shampoos I talk about, get this one.
Blonda: This is going to mostly be for my fellow blondes or for anyone who has balayage and wants to keep ashier tones. My hair has a habit of turning yellow over time and I absolutely fricken hate it. After shampooing first with one of the above shampoos, I go in with this! I work it evenly through all of my hair and let it sit for about three minutes. It works FAST and if you leave it on too long – you will reflect purple tones so be careful. It’s the best purple shampoo I have ever used and when I use it, people constantly ask if I had just had my hair redone.
Once the shampoo is out of the way, I move onto conditioning. I hate shampoo, I don’t know why but I hate it. I’m all about the conditioning aspect when it comes to hair care! I only have one conditioner I’ve used over the last few months and I am in love with it. If you haven’t guessed already, It’s Unite’s 7Seconds Conditioner. I feel like I use conditioner way too fast and this one lasts me so long. A little goes a long way and works miraculously. Plus, it smells unreal. If I’m not doing a hair mask for the night, I let this sit on my hair for the majority of my shower. I’m not sure if it does anything, but in my mind it makes me feel like I’m getting the ~ultimate moisture~.
About every other week or so, I like to use a moisture mask on my hair. As I said earlier, I get my hair done decently often and use a lot of heated tools on my hair. Hair masks tend to be expensive and I feel like they NEVER work however, I have found one I swear by. I know you guys are going to think that Unite is paying me to say this shit but they aren’t. As I said earlier, I freaking wish – I just genuinely love the stuff they produce. After shampooing, I work in Unite’s 7Seconds Moisture Masque. I love it because you don’t need a ton; past masks I’ve used I feel like I use the entire jar in one use. The back of the container tells you to use it for 10 minutes – I let this shit sit on my hair for HOURS. Like, 5-10. Obviously, you can do whatever you feel like doing but the longer the better. After you’ve let it sit on for however long you want, just rinse it out and you’re good to go! It’s lightweight and leaves my hair feeling INCREDIBLE. I’ve never felt my hair softer, healthier or seen it shinier. I promise, it’s worth the money.
I feel like post shower products are where a lot of people are lacking. My after shower products are almost more important than my shampoo and conditioner! Once my hair is damp, I go in with two specific products.
7Seconds Detangler: This is one of my favorite recent discoveries. Before I brush out my hair after getting out of the shower, I spray my hair with 5-8 pumps of this and it makes it so much easier to brush through. Not only that, but it provides UV and thermal protection if you tend to use heat on your hair like me. There are tons of amazing benefits to using this – one also being that it smells like heaven. I told you guys, I’m obsessed with this line.
Franklin & Whitman Hair Serum: Guys. This plant based, vegan and cruelty free company is unreal. I’m obsessed with their skincare products, but I’ll talk about that in a future post. I use this hair serum on damp hair focusing it only on my ends. They have tons of a different scents – Mount Airy is my favorite. It adds so much moisture and shine to my hair without weighing it down or making it greasy. I love it.
Once my hair is completely dry, I usually curl it and then wear those curls for the entire week in different ways. Like I said, I’m lazy as hell. I have no shame in it, which is probably a problem. Anyway, once my hair is curled, I pump ONE pump of Unite’s U-Oil into my hand and comb through my curls (focusing mostly on the ends). This adds shine, repairs hair and provides UV protection. It’s absolutely unbelievable.
Now, onto the dry shampoo. I have tried approximately 1 million and have finally found one I downright swear by. Franklin & Whitman Dry Shampoo is a LIFE SAVER. The company makes a light hair and a dark hair version so no matter your color, you have options. It smells unbelievable, adds texture to your hair and does an amazing job of really soaking up any oils in your scalp. I’ve been doing my best to stop using aerosol products so this packaging is a huge plus!
(A piece of advice for training your hair to get less oily: if you usually wash your hair every single day, add one day in between, then the following week add another. Slowly incrementing in more days between washing allows your hair get used to your new routine and also allows you to as well!)
I’m someone who really believes in investing in good products. I know the ones I’ve listen are a little bit on the pricier side but they are WORTH IT and last so long. I know Walmart sells Unite products for a very discounted price and I happen to have a Franklin & Whitman discount code! Enter ‘KATE‘ at checkout for 20% off.
I hope you guys enjoy this post and seeing a more ~beauty~ sided look into my life! Let me know if you have tried any of these products before or if you have any suggestions down below! I love hearing about new products and trying them out. Would you want to hear about products I’ve hated? Comment what you’d like to see! I can’t wait to share more with you.
Until next time, spread nothing but love Xx
This was so so helpful! I recently started the process of blonde balayage so I am so excited to try this. I tend to only wash my hair once a week with water rinses and conditioning in between since I’m a runner and sweat a ton. Any experience/tips for a post rinse dry shampoo? For me I’ve noticed it can get a little matted? Thanks again!
Kate, your hair is SO dreamy! I can’t wait to check out these products. You totally have hair goals.