What are you guys using with the oils/other products that you can't use every day?
I use Redken Color Extend shampoo and conditioner, when I wash my hair. Except once a week, I substitute the Redken conditioner, for the It's a 10 hair mask
. It's a 10 also makes their own shampoo and conditioner, which you could certainly use. I just like Redken because I color my hair and this shampoo/conditioner keeps the color around longer and has UV protection.
I still shower everyday, but I'll clip/pin my hair up and keep it out of the water, on the days I don't wash it. Often, it'll go into a pony tail or some sort of "up-do" on the days I don't wash it.
It might be a little damp just from the moisture in the air after a shower, so I will lightly put a couple spritzes of the It's a 10 leave in miracle product into my hands, and then run my fingers through my hair, and then blow dry for a couple seconds. I do have straight bangs, so those get "heat set" with my blow dryer to get them straight.
Normally, if I wash my hair and I want to wear it straight and shiny (like normal), here's what I use:
First I lightly spray with It's a 10 miracle leave in product.
Then I use one tiny pump of Paul Mitchell Super Skinny smoothing serum. I have long hair, but a little bit goes a long way!
Then I spray with Purology Anti-Fade Volume complex.
, if I feel like it, I will use Big Sexy Hair Root Booster, if I want some body up there.
And then I blow dry it straight, followed by smoothing with my ceramic straightener.
Yes, this IS a process I go through. But it works for my hair. My friends often will ask me what I use, because my hair is shiny and healthy; even though I color and blow dry. And yes, a lot of these products are expensive, but they last a long time. For example: The PM super skinny bottle will last me close to 2 years.
And I agree: Quality products are expensive, but they work.