Silicone and Sulfate Free Hair Routine | Dry, Damaged, Over Processed

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I bleached the living bajeezus out of my hair exactly one year ago this month and I have been trying ever since to bring my hair back to life. My hair was fried and textured, extremely dry (so was my scalp), and frizzy with most of the damage from the mid-shaft to the ends. I’ve blown through a lot of hair products looking for ones that will hydrate and smooth my hair and make it look healthy and silky instead of resembling a Barbie whose hair has been styled 300 times by a 6 year old.

I know time and frequent trims have really helped heal my hair, but I have finally pieced together a hair routine that is really perfect for my hair. If you have overworked hair, some of these products might be good for you too! (Also, not only is my hair over processed, it is naturally thick and coarse so I can go really hard on heavy hair products without them weighing my hair down – some of these might be too heavy for fine or thin hair).

Olaplex No 3 – This is one of the few products that I actually believe heals and repairs the hair. This treatment repairs the bonds in the hair that are damaged by coloring/bleaching/heat styling/etc.

Brigeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo – I have a dry, flakey scalp and this shampoo (in conjunction with Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment) really does help keep my scalp happier longer. The grit in it definitely does not exfoliate at all, it might of you have finer hair, but it cleans with stripping and soothes my scalp.

I’m not really loyal to any one conditioner, I just try to use one that is silicone free and I’m currently using Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, but I also like Klorane Nourishing Conditioner with Mango Butter and Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment.

Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender – I put a smallĀ dollop of this in towel dried hair and let my hair air dry over night (sometimes I’ll wrap it in an Aquis Turban – a microfiber hair wrap that doesn’t snag or damage your hair ). In them morning, my hair is looking a bit greasy, but I then straighten my hair using that excess product as a heat protectant. After my hair is styled, the grease ball look is gone and it is clean and shiny.

Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream – I love this for a style refresh between washes because it adds smoothness and shine without weighing it down or making the hair look greasy. I used to always use oils to tame my hair every morning, but I love that this adds smoothness and shine without ever making it look greasy.

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Matrix Biolage – R.A.W. – Natural-Origin Hair Care

Biolage describes their R.A.W. lines asĀ “Real. Authentic. Wholesome. This powerful haircare regimen gives you the power to create the hair you’ve always dreamed of – while being good for you and good for the environment. Biolage R.A.W. is a range of feel-good, look-good, do-good hair care. This 70-100% natural-origin haircare range provides a unique sensorial experience combined with true professional results. So live Real. Authentic. Wholesome.”

I was really excited to find out about this line when I did. I’ve been nursing my hair back to health and have been just trying to nourish my over processed hair. One thing I decided to do was to cut out silicones and this line appears to be completely silicone free!

Biolage R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk*

Infused with honey and oat, Biolage R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk eases the grip of blow dry while enhancing hair with nourished style. For polished locks and smooth hair.

Key Benefits:

  • 5X smoother hair without feeling coated
  • 99% natural origin
  • 98% biodegradable
  • 95% recycled plastic packaging
  • No artificial fragrance
  • No artificial colorants
  • No silicones
  • No parabens

This styling milk did help with my blow dry – I felt like my hair was smoother and the blow dry holds longer when I used it. But it leaves a residue in my hair. I have tried it by itself and with my normal styling products (leave-in conditioner and hair oil). I have tried using less and less product – if I use a small enough amount to not have any residue, I don’t get any of the blow dry benefits. Even though there product left behind, it doesn’t weigh my hair down and after day 3+ you can’t feel it anymore. I like the styling milk enough to use the rest of the bottle, but I don’t like enough to buy it when it runs out. I do think that if you have thick, dry, coarse hair and are looking for silicon free styling products or more natural/sustainable products, you might want to try this. But for the salon price tag I would not recommend this product.

Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray*

Infused with lavender, Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray helps to smooth down flyaways with light shaping for a natural sheen and controlled finish. 24 HR frizz control without weigh down.

Key Benefits:

  • 99% natural origin
  • 85% biodegradable
  • 98% recycled plastic packaging
  • No artificial fragrance
  • No artificial colorants
  • No silicones
  • No parabens

This spray was everything I didn’t know I needed! Normally, between washes I will put oil in my hair from the mid-shaft to the ends to refresh my hair and add smoothness and shine. Styling with oil daily can really weigh down my hair and make it look greasy. This frizz control spray does everything the oil did, without the weight! It smooths my hair and refreshes my style without adding any product buildup. The description made me think it would almost be a heavy hairspray, and it does have a little grit/hold when you first spray it, but after you run your hands through you hair, it feels nothing in your hair. I can use it day after day between washes and it doesn’t create buildup. I would definitely recommend this if your looking a light hold hairspray.

*I received this product for free for testing purposes.