Editor Leah Faye Cooper Shares Her 11-Step Sunday Hair-Care Routine

Editor Leah Faye Cooper Shares Her 11-Step Sunday Hair-Care Routine

Because this ‘fro isn’t going to condition itself.

Alec Kugler
I don’t know where I was when my sisters, friends, and colleagues all turned into beauty buffs with multi-step skin-care routines (at a sample sale, maybe?), but I’m still washing my face with Dove soap and calling it a night. When it comes to my hair, however, I don’t skimp on products, and I don’t play games. Come Sunday night, my apartment is essentially a downtown Manhattan natural hair salon. There’s cleansing, conditioning, masking, and more, with either a Drake playlist or my latest Netflix obsession streaming on Apple TV.

I big-chopped my once chemically processed hair eight years ago, but flat-ironed it almost daily, which, of course, fried my curl pattern to smithereens and resulted in extreme breakage. Three years ago my incredibly chic—and generous!—older sister got me a gift certificate to Hair Rules, where I did another big chop. Today I’m committed to keeping my hair as healthy as possible and do the absolute most in terms of moisturizing and styling on Sundays. Here’s how it all goes down.

Nuance Salma Hayek Blue Agave Curls Hair Mask, $13

I’m obsessed with hair masks; nothing leaves my hair more soft and moisturized. While most labels say that you should apply a mask after shampooing, this is actually the first step of my routine. (A beauty editor friend of mine once schooled me on this, mentioning that hair follicles soak up water and leave little room for products to penetrate.) My two favorites are the Nuance Salma Hayek Curls and Waves Maskand Kérastase Discipline Masque Curl Idéal. I slather a generous amount onto my hair, put on a plastic shower cap, and let the mask work its magic for about 30 minutes. I usually spend this time drinking wine and browsing my favorite online shopping sites.
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