April 11, 2020

My Natural Hair Wash & Air Dry Routine

FILED IN: Wellness

I was on a mission to find a shampoo and conditioner to add to my shower routine that I love! You may be surprised to hear, but I didn’t end up finding any. I’d heard of the term “no-poo” aka no-shampoo thrown around a bit, so decided to do some research on that since I’ve been in the process of shifting all of the products I’m using to their natural equivalent.

If you’d like to watch the routine in video form, check out the IGTV video below.

Why I love this routine:

  • Super cost effective
  • Added more natural products to my routine
  • Less of my hair falls out in the shower
  • Less dandruff
  • It’s the best my hair has looked EVER

Anti-Dandruff Mask

I’ve had some issues with dandruff (especially during the super dry winter months), so I decided to integrate a mask to combat that. I saw @farahdhukai (DIY hair & skin care goddess) use kefir on her scalp and face to help with dry skin –– obviously I had to try. I got my first bottle a couple months back (for $7 at the grocery store) and am still working my way through it (it didn’t have an expiration date until mid-April, so it is meant to last long). I’ve even used it on my boyfriend’s scalp a few times, so you really get your money’s worth.

  1. Glass Bottle with Metal Tip –– makes for easy application and keeps the kefir fresh in the fridge
  2. Kefir –– a tart and tangy cultured milk smoothie that is high in protein, calcium and vitamin D. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits, check out this link.

Brush out your hair the day you would like to wash it. I only brush my hair before washing and not after, because I want to keep my wave in tact as much as possible. Apply kefir all over scalp with metal tip and disperse using your fingers. You can also apply it to your face if it needs some added moisture as well. Leave in for at least 10 minutes.


3. Plastic Squirt Bottle with Tip –– makes for easy application and fits a few showers worth of mixture (for me).

4. 1 TBSP of Baking Soda per 1 cup of water –– I use a funnel to pour the baking soda, then water into the bottle with much less mess. I have this set (also super helpful tool to have on hand in the kitchen).

Hop in the shower (with the mask on if you did the mask). Wet your hair. Squirt “shampoo” all over scalp and scrub with your fingers. Just do whatever you would usually do with your shampoo. Note: there will not be any suds forming, but I’ve found that it does feel somewhat soapy. Rinse hair with water.

ACV Rinse

5. Spray Bottle (I linked a listing with 2 bottles because you may want one for the Aloe Vera / water mixture below as well)

6. 2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar per 1 cup of water –– you can also add in essential oils if you’d like a different scent but I found that the ACV was overpowering. I don’t really mind the scent and it doesn’t stick to your hair after you rinse it with water.

After rinsing out “shampoo”, spray ACV Rinse all over your hair. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse again with water. Finish the rest of your shower routine, then move on to the Air Dry Regimen if you’d like.

Air Dry Regimen

I highly recommend this regimen for naturally wavy or curly hair. I’ve found that this routine really brings out my waves, so even if you only have somewhat wavy hair I’d give it a try! That doesn’t mean that it won’t work for other hair types but I only have experience with my hair.

7. Aquis Hair Turban –– I love how compact and easy to use this is, rather than trying to do things with a ginormous towel on my head, that inevitably with unravel.

Ring out hair in the shower then put towel on hair to dry a bit. I leave it for about 30 minutes – 1 hour. Obviously this will vary depending on your hair type and length. My hair is pretty damp still when I take it off.

8. Kristin Ess Air Dry Creme –– I love this product. I’ve used it for over a year and it’s definitely been a game changer in my air dry routine.

9. Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Hair Serum –– great for Anti-Frizz

10. 1 TBSP Aloe Vera Gel (or fresh Aloe) per 1 cup of water –– also great for Anti-Frizz. Be sure to blend the mixture if you use fresh aloe because it may clog the spray bottle, leaving it mostly useless.

I put about a quarter-sized dollop of the Air Dry Creme + 2 pumps of the TJ’s Hair Serum into my hand, then mix by rubbing my hands together. Apply to hair with a “praying hands” motion. Think πŸ™πŸ». DO NOT comb your fingers through your hair. Once applied, begin scrunching upwards towards your scalp. I also scrunch my bangs with the leftover product on my hands. I usually apply one more pump of the hair serum then apply throughout hair and scrunch again, but obviously this is up to you. Then apply the Aloe / water mixture and scrunch more.

Let your hair air dry. I try to stay inside during this time or at least away from excessive wind. Try to avoid touching hair as much as possible. I also don’t recommend sleeping on it until completely dry, or else all of your hard work would go down the drain.

I hope this helps you out!

Corey, Miss Foodie Problems


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