How can I improve my current routine?

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Hi everyone, I'm new here! Just wanted to describe my routine I do before bed and have you guys (the experts!) tell me ways that I can improve it. Before I do that though, I thought I should explain the state of my hair right now.

Currently my hair is healthy and I get a lot of compliments on it. I haven't straightened it in nearly a year (I don't plan on straightening it ever again) and it's a little bit above my shoulders. I'm trying to grow it out, but I just recently got it trimmed a bit - I had some serious split ends!

Anyway, I shower before bed; it's just easier for me that way. In the shower, I massage the Tresemme Keratin Smooth shampoo into my scalp, rinse it out, then put the conditioner from the same exact line in and turn out off the water for a few minutes.

While the water's off, I basically just shave every nook and cranny of my body (TMI, I know). Then I turn it back on, rinse the conditioner out, and my shower's done.

After my shower, I brush my hair with a rectangular brush - one that has plastic bristles. I brush it in a gentle way that allows my wet curls to form, then I go grab some serum and run it through my hair.

By the time I've done all this, I only have a little bit of time (30-40 minutes) before I get waaay too tired and go to bed. The pillow I sleep on has a silk pillowcase and I sleep on both sides - switching off whenever I feel the urge. It's impossible for me to sleep on my back, so I never really sleep that way.

... and that's about it. I know, it makes no sense why I would even use the Keratin Smooth products when I don't even plan on straightening my hair. It kind of works, I guess - I mean the amount of frizz is reduced dramatically. But I think my routine could use some adjustments, and that's why I've come to you guys
Hello and welcome! I'd say the first thing you need to do is decide if you want to follow the Curly Girl method or not. Not everybody on this forum does, but as far as I've seen the vast majority do and I think it's a good starting point if you want to completely change your routine. It's based on the Curl Girl Handbook by Lorraine Massey, which you can find on amazon or in bookstores. The basic gist of it is no silicones or harsh sulfates in your products, as sulfates (often in shampoo) dry out the hair and scalp, while silicones (serums are usually LOADED with them, though they're also in shampoos and conditioners) give that smoothing effect and make the hair LOOK shiny and healthy, but in reality coat the hair so that moisture cannot get in, which is not a good thing. Most also stay away from alcohols in gels and other stylers, as they are also mostly drying. Also, some people use a cheap conditioner to scrub their scalp rather than shampoo, or only use a sulfate-free shampoo once in a while.

So with that in mind, if you want to change products entirely, tons of people can give you suggestions, and I'll include some of my own. IF you are happy with what you're doing now, even though I can tell you that all three of the products you listed have silicones and the shampoo has a very harsh sulfate, then you can totally do that too! I would say just add a gel or mousse if more definition is what you're after (you didn't really say what you wanted to improve).

These would be my recommendations if you want to try out the curly girl method for a little bit. These are available at drugstores and/or are really inexpensively available in other places. Good luck, and let me know if you have other questions!

Shampoo:
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle (only @ Trader Joe's) ~$3
Any of the Shea Moisture ones ~$10

Conditioner for washing scalp or 'co-wash':
Alberto v05 conditioners (I like the moisture milk in the srawberry scent) ~$1
Suave naturals conditioner (most people like the coconut one) ~$2

Rinse-out/Leave-in conditioner (I just don't rinse out half the conditioner so it works as both):
GVP Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm (@Sally's, VERY RICH so most can't leave in) Cant remember price, under $10
Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture (not the most moisurizing, but very cheap @ about $4-5 for a BIG bottle)
Yes to Carrots Pampering Conditioner ($8ish but one of my faves and you get a decent amount. there's also a $2 off coupon if you like 'yes to...' on facebook)

Gels (there are other stylers like mousse, but I only use gel so somebody else will have to help you with that):
LA Looks Sport Gel (cheapest strong-hold gel with the biggest bottle ~$4)
Aussie Instant Freeze (lighter hold)
Herbal Essences makes some curl gels like Totally Twisted and Set Me Up but i'm not sure about their ingredients... (varying hold levels)
Garnier PureClean Gel (pretty strong hold)
(I don't know the prices or very much about many gels because I ALWAYS use the LA Looks, but I've tried the Garnier and the Aussie but the latter din't have enough hold for me)

That's all I can think of off the top of my head! Hope that helps!
ohnicole and nikkibeans like this.

3Aish; mid-back when curly, waist length when straight
Shampoo - Shea Moisture
Co-wash - Alberto V05
RO/LI - TNNM, L'Oreal EverSleek
Styler: Left em all at school :"(
Gel: GF Pure Clean, LALSG

Thanks for responding! I think I will start following the CG method once I'm all out of the current shampoo and conditioner I have - I just recently bought the ones I use right now, and I think my mom would get mad at me if I threw them out.

Right now I think what I do works well, but I'd like to try and shampoo a lot less (once a week maybe), comb my hair instead of brushing it, and just try to follow the CG method as much as I can.

If anyone else has advice or wants to share what products they use, please feel free to reply here!
You don't have to throw them out - shampoo has much the same ingredients as shower gel, conditioner is wonderful as a shaving cream. Or you can use the conditioner as part of a modified CG routine, mostly sulphate free but still silicones until you run out of conditioner. Or try alternating shampooing with conditioner only washing. Of the three tho, it's the serum that is the least CG friendly.

Beneficial ingredients for damaged hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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