I've always had "good hair". I hate that term "good hair" because it just means ethnic hair that more closely resembles caucasian hair. It's a backhanded insult to all other hair types that don't have that same texture. I'm biracial, and Asian hair is often incorrectly assumed to be the same as white hair, and I assure you wholeheartedly it's not. I've never met a white person that needs to OIL THEIR HAIR every time they come out of the shower. Yes, I oil my hair. My hair has a very coarse, thick texture, and that's where I get my natural wavy locks from. (Oh, did you know that not every Asian American has super straight sleek hair? *gasp*)
A question I am often asked is what brand of hair products I use. I am VERY loyal to only one brand, and it's Nexxus (I use their Oil Infinite line, with the hair oil as well). I used to just hop around to different brands all the time, and had in a way, just accepted that there were no hair products out there for someone like me. The default assumption for hair products is that you're white, and in the ethnic section, they assume you're black. Like there are no other hair types out there, or ethnicities, or mixed people.
I never would have tried Nexxus because of the higher price point (too much potential loss of money if I end up hating it), but I was given the chance to try their Oil Infinite collection for free, in a VoxBox sent by Influenster, and after only one hair-washing, I was sold. If you're interested in joining and reviewing products too, it's really easy. Click on the badge on the sidebar, or the badge here: (And no, I don't get any kickbacks from them or anything, it's just fun to test out products)
The photo on the left was my hair AFTER a 7 hour red-eye overnight flight, by the way. I slept on that. Even the stewardesses commented on my hair.
I'm very minimalist when it comes to dumping chemicals on my head. I don't have a massive list of things I use for my hair except for occasionally Biosilk very sparingly (it can be a bit "heavy" feeling). I've tried hair smoothers and all sorts of creams, but it all just weighed my hair down. I don't like for my hair to lose it's natural bounce.
But here are my tried-and-true haircare tips:
Tracy's Hair Care Not-So-Secret Secrets
- I avoid washing my hair as much as possible. Unfortunately this is really hard as I run marathons and power lift, but anything less than 5 miles doesn't get a hairwash afterwards. No one has noticed when I do or don't. Maybe the Tracy Musk is just that enticing.
- I can count on 1 finger how many times I've blow dried my hair this year. I shower in the evening and let my hair dry overnight, or just have damp hair for a few hours if I showered during the day (wet hair dries faster if you leave it down and out, not wrapped up in a towel or with your hair pulled up in a bun).
- I also avoid heat-styling. Granted, this is easy for me because my hair has that naturally wavy quality already. On rare occasions I may straighten my hair, but I don't even remember the last time that happened.
- I avoid hair products. No gels, mousse, sprays. Nothing. I work WITH my hair, not against it. If I need to FORCE it into whatever-trendy-style with the assistance of heat or chemicals, then it's not happening.
- I do not get cheap haircuts. I go to high end salons with great reviews and stalk a stylist and her clients until she is deemed worthy, and then I tip very, very well, on top of her justifiably exorbitant price. You almost always get what you pay for. I will cut costs in other areas of my life to make this work in the budget. I would sooner cut my own hair with a plastic butter knife than go to Great Clips.
- I have not dyed my hair in 11 years, and honestly, I wish I had never done it all. My hair is its natural color. Dying your hair, no matter how "gentle" the process claims to be, is so incredibly damaging. Besides, being a brunette suits me. I think everyone looks better with their natural hair color.
- The sun can also be damaging, so when I run outdoors, or am spending time down in the sand (I live right up from the water), I put my hair up in a bun and wear a wide headband. That limits how much of my hair is exposed to sun rays.
- I love my hair, exactly the way it naturally is. And it shows.