Sunday Spa Routine
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My Moisturizing Hair-Care Routine from Start to Finish

10 products I swear by to keep my color-treated hair in check.

By: Hannah Baxter

Mastering my hair has been, like it has for many people, a journey. I grew up in an outdoorsy family, which meant that my routine consisted of washing with the jumbo-sized shampoo and conditioner in the shower before brushing it out and throwing it up in a ponytail. There was no room for bouncy curls at soccer practice or while helping my mom clean horse stalls at the barn. I didn’t even know I had wavy hair until high school—it was always just a ball of voluminous frizz. But throughout my late teens and early twenties, I started to experiment with both color (my dad is a redhead, and in college I decided I should be one, too) and my natural texture, which falls somewhere around Olsen-twin-level 2B waves.

These days, I consider my daily hair routine somewhat low-maintenance (for a beauty editor at least), but on Sundays I pull out all the stops to baby my stands. That means conditioning, brightening, and clarifying, with a focus on removing any leftover product, which can weigh down the texture, and preventing my beige-y blond highlights from turning brassy. All in all, it takes me about 30 minutes to get my hair ready for the week ahead. Check out the 10 products I’m currently using in my Sunday spa hair-care regimen below.

Bumble and bumble Color Gloss in Cool Blonde, $34

Before I even wet my hair, I slather on this deep purple mask to refresh my blond dye job. Even if I’m careful with the products I use, the color tends to fade slightly, but after sitting with this on for 20 minutes, you’d never know it had been months since my last appointment. Use the gloves provided though—this stuff is no joke.

Coveteur x R+Co Gemstone Color Shampoo, $32

How convenient that the company I work for collaborated with one of my favorite hair brands to create the ideal color protective shampoo?

Coveteur x R+Co Gemstone Color Conditioner, $32

Conditioner is non-negotiable for me (any girl with textured hair will tell you so). My hair is left feeling soft and nourished, without leaving it limp or lifeless.

IGK Mixed Feelings Leave-In Blonde Drops, $29

I never, ever travel without this leave-in treatment—the purple pigment counteracts any product that might leave my highlights brassy. But I still use it with any shampoo or conditioner just to ensure my hair looks bright and salon-fresh.

Oribe Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub, $52

I’m recently obsessed with scalp care, especially after I was spotting some buildup near my part that lingered no matter how hard I scrubbed with shampoo. This scrub gently exfoliates my scalp via AHAs, glycolic acid, and polymer beads without a trace of irritation. It also washes out cleanly, a problem I sometimes have with thicker scalp products.

Ouidad Wide-Tooth Comb, $8

Every time you touch your curls after the shower, you’re just tempting fate with the frizz. Instead, I run through it from root to tip with a wide-tooth comb after everything is rinsed. That way all the tangles are smoothed, but my wave pattern can easily spring back after it’s dried.

Aquis Rapid Dry Lisse Hair Turban, $30

I rarely blow-dry my hair, so I need a towel that can pull double duty and not leave me with sopping wet strands on my shoulders. Aquis uses a specialty wicking fabric to speed up dry time that doesn’t disturb my waves too much. I leave this on while I apply my skin-care products and then gently unravel it to style.

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil Serum, $50

I’m always careful with oils because while I have a lot of hair, it’s still very fine. This oil doesn’t weigh it down, but adds much-needed hydration. Since I tend to get frizzy by sundown, this adds some softness and shine to smooth out any rebellious pieces.

Christophe Robin Luscious Curl Cream with Flaxseed Oil, $32

I normally use a more heavy-duty curl cream to keep my waves intact throughout the day, but on Sunday I just want something with a light hold that will still nourish my strands and help prevent frizz. I’ll always trust my hair to Christophe Robin, so this newest curl cream has a permanent spot on my bathroom shelf.

Coveteur x R+Co Neon Lights Dry Oil Spray, $29

For one last dose of moisture and frizz control, I give my hair a quick spritz of this dry oil. It doesn’t leave my hair tacky or weighed down–just a subtle finish to get my waves looking their best.

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