However, in the past couple months, I've noticed that my small "pick-me-up" for my hair had slowly turned into curling my hair more and more; my three minute curling routine suddenly became a fifteen minute ordeal. And while fifteen minutes still isn't much time to be using heat on your hair, it's more heat than I like to use on my hair. When I realized that I was suddenly coming to rely more and more on my curling iron. I also noticed that my hair was becoming more and more damaged. Split ends and dry hair, oh no! Additionally, I've been trying to grow my hair out and what good is growing it out if I'm just going to damage it and then have to cut it to get rid of that damage?
When I noticed this change and how unhealthy my hair had come to be, I decided to drop my curling iron for a while. For the past two weeks, I haven't used heat on my hair at all. I'm actually really surprised that I've lasted this long without using heat on my hair but also proud. My hair seems longer and it definitely feels softer and healthier. While damage is still there, my hair just seems happier. I know my hair can't actually be happy but it seems like that to me. And hey, it saves me like fifteen minutes while getting ready in the morning!
What is my hair routine now? Well, like I've always done, I let my hair air dry. For the most part, I shower at night so I let my hair dry while I sleep. When I get out of the shower, I comb my hair and use the "Totally Twisted Curl Boosting Mousse" from Herbal Essences to tame the frizz and enhance my naturally curly hair texture. When I wake up, I either throw it up into a braided hairstyle, half-up messy bun or wear it down. Some mornings it looks better than others so I let that guide my styling decisions.
If wearing it down, I spray it with "Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray" to give the volume of my hair a little boost; I also like how it emphasizes the already curly texture of my hair. I received this spray in my October Birchbox and it's been a lifesaver. If you aren't already signed up for Birchbox, I would recommend joining and discovering all the best products for your hair and beauty routine. If you sign up here, you can get $10 Birchbox credit (definitely worth it)!
So overall, while two weeks may not seem like much time, it's a major step towards improving the health of my hair. And hey, healthy hair is prettier hair! I plan on continuing to see how long I can go without using heat on my hair. I don't plan on stopping using heat on my hair entirely forever but do want to give it a slight break and in the future, really only use my curling iron for a pick-me-up. Hello, three-minute hair routine!
What do you guys think about using heat on your hair? Do you rely on your curling iron or blow dryer daily?
Black dress: Forever 21
Lace-up boots: Nasty Gal
Golden coin necklace: Charlotte Russe
Stone necklace: c/o ShopLately
Golden circle necklace: c/o Robert Matthew
Stone ring: Ashby
Lipstick: Wet 'N Wild