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30 DAYS OF HAIR FITNESS | WEEK 04: ROUTINE
We can't believe that our annual 30 Days Of Hair Fitness celebration is already coming to an end. In case you missed it, so far we've covered Repair, Protection, and Enhancement (click each link to read those respective posts before reading on). And now, last but not least, it's time to bring it all together with Week 04: Routine. A consistent routine will help you win the healthy hair game. To reach hair nirvana, we've simplified our solution-based systems down to only the most crucial and impactful steps. 3 simple steps to optimize the condition of your hair (yes, only 3!), and a few additional optional steps to find the styler of your dreams and add extra protection when your hair most needs it.
STEP 01: CLEANSE WITH SHAMPOO
Don't forget the golden rule: if you wash your hair every day - stop! Yes, this did get your attention, but in all seriousness, don't wash too often, as most do not need daily washing.
Here’s why: Your scalp is meant to have some natural oils. Stripping all the oils can dry out your scalp. A few shampoos or even less for many with dry hair each week is sufficient for most, with the exception of those who suffer from excessive oiliness who may need additional balancing and even cleansing. Also consider substituting a conditioner wash when you can.
Pro tips: The perfect shampoo
1. Thoroughly wet hair, with warm water, which will loosen excess oil and open pores, allowing for deeper penetration.
2. Put a small amount of shampoo in the palm of your hand and work into a lather. This will guarantee even coverage of your hair and less waste of product. Work into your roots, and then mid shaft - no need to shampoo the tips as the ends of your hair have the least amount of oil and need less cleansing.
Bonus tip - Cleanse your scalp at the same time. A gentle rubbing feels oh so wonderful and keeping your scalp clean and balanced paves the way for healthy hair growth.
3. Rinse well, take a full moment and rinse fully especially with concentrated shampoos. Spending that moment will assure that you are avoiding buildup from lack of rinsing. For those that are oily, take two rinsing passes.
STEP 02: TREAT WITH CONDITIONER
Our conditioners are much like skincare. Rather than sitting on top of your hair like traditional brands, they soak into your hair to reach the core and bring you optimal hair health and manageability with more and continued use. When the conditioner disappears into your hair in the shower - take that as a good sign. You will not see residue on your comb/pick and your hair will feel “clean” rather than the typical slippery feeling with traditional products. Rest assured that no additional product is needed - we will help you achieve some slip with Step 3.
Naturally, choosing the right conditioner is key...
The structure of your hair, your hair challenges or needs, and your scalp type will tell you a lot about which products and ingredients will work best for you. Whatever your #hairgoals, we’ve got the right shampoo & conditioner duo for the job. Check out our comparison of our 4 unique duos to choose with confidence.
Pro tips: The perfect conditioner application
1. Place conditioner in the palm of your hand.
2. Apply conditioner to ends first and work your way up so that the tips of your hair get more time to soak up the moisture they may need. Yes, apply conditioner in the opposite direction that you applied shampoo (where you started at the scalp and roots).
3. Comb in with a wide tooth comb to reach each and every strand for maximum impact. Enjoy there rest of your shower while you let the condition do it's magic.
4. Rinse well with cool water. Rinsing with cool water will seal your cuticles shut which not only helps with smoothing hair and promoting shine, but also seals in that clean fresh moisture as well.
STEP 03: PROTECT WITH LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
Leave-ins, the unsung heroes that are often forgotten or skipped, yet the right leave-in is the magical third step in the routine that will have lasting impact on the hair. Everyone can benefit from a leave-in conditioner, especially those with dry, damaged, or frizz prone hair. If you use heat styling tools, this is a must in your arsenal. EVOLVh leave-ins provide additional moisture which improves overall hair health, smoothing, protection from damage - both UV and heat, plus detangling.
Pro Tips: Don't Leave your Leave-in Behind
1. Exit your shower after cleansing and treating. Gently pat dry with a hair towel to remove excess water.
2. Spray liberally with your leave-in of choice
3. Comb or pick through
4. Air dry or move to step four to style as desired
While everyone is familiar with the first two steps, many are skipping (or are simply unaware of) Step 3.
STEP 04: ENHANCE WITH A STYLER (OPTIONAL)
Make way for clean ingredient styling products without stickiness or. crunch, that not only perform, but nourish and protect hair from environmental damage and other stresses that we expose our hair to. The added benefit? Choosing clean allows us to do something positive for the environment by supporting the elimination of harsh chemical use in personal care products.
When choosing styling products, look for options without parabens or pthalates (which are known endocrine disruptors), and those without petrolatum, mineral oils, or silicones (which can cause buildup and contribute to dry and brittle hair). Opt instead for natural and plant-based ingredients that are healthy for you and the environment. For us at EVOLVh and many others, cruelty-free is also at the top of our list of priorities! But all this doesn’t mean you need to give up performance - you can still get simplified hair care with game-changing multi-tasking products.
EVOLVh is committed to using only the highest quality powerful proven-performance active ingredients for a quicker routine using as few products as possible.
STEP 05: REPAIR WITH A RECONSTRUCTOR (OCCASIONAL)
Great hair gives us confidence, complements our features, may indicate how we take care of ourselves, and can even reveal some of our personality. Overall, it enhances our beauty that emanates from within. Not to mention, it can certainly contribute to the perfect selfie (which yes, many of us strive to achieve). But what is “great” hair if not the healthiest hair you can possibly have?!
In our quest for great hair and flexibility in styling and looks, we often use chemical services like color, bleaching, perms, or relaxers, and lots of heat styling - given all of these stressors, there is a solution that just about every person needs in their hair care routine: the reconstructor.
Reconstructors contain protein (hair is 90% protein, by the way), and work to restore structural integrity to the hair. Combined with essential fatty acids - the results are nothing short of transformative - restoring strength, elasticity and additional hydration to compromised hair. Not to be confused with deep conditioners which add moisture, but do not actually repair. Reconstructors literally are a miracle worker for your hair!
Our UltraRepair Reconstructing Masque is our clean-ingredient high-performance answer to a reconstructor with 5x the amino acids, has the unique quality of being able to be left in your hair overnight for maximum results.
This intensive treatment is reparative for hair that has been compromised by color or bleach processing, heat styling, or environmental factors - especially wind and winter weather or sun and salt/pool water. It’s highly effective for smoothing coarse, curly, or frizz-prone hair and protecting it from breakage, dehydration, tangles, and split ends. It also happens to be the perfect weekly self-care ritual for a mindful “me-time" moment. We call it a “time-traveler” because this cult-favorite results in bouncy, shiny, silky, and strong hair, no matter its previous condition!
Pro Tip: For even more moisture and to prevent frizz, cocktail UltraRepair with your conditioner (½ and ½) every time or every other time you wash!
Pro Tip For Color-Treated Hair: Many of our salon stylist partners use UltraRepair as a pre-color treatment and you can do the same at home. To enhance color application and maximize shine while protecting natural oils during the color process, simply apply the masque on damp or wet hair the day you color, do not rinse out, air dry, and then apply color.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about EVOLVh “hair fitness” this month and that you and your hair are reaping some of the benefits of applying some of our tried and true tips to your routine!
And if you’re still not sure which of our products are right for you - please fill out our CONSULT FORM and a real-life human hairxpert from our team will be in touch a solution-based system catered to you. Plus you’ll receive a special offer just for doing the consult!