Ashley Is Lovin’ Relaxed
What is your favorite hair product(s) or product line?
My favorite hair products are the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie, Creme of Nature Argan Oil Edge Tamer, Creme of Nature Straight from Eden product line, Aussie 3-Mintue Miracle and the Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Replenishing Hair Pak. As far as product lines, I really love Carol’s Daughter, Alterna, Creme of Nature, Shea Moisture and Motions.
What is your Daily Hair Regimen?
I wear my hair straightened most often so my daily regimen is extremEly simple. At night I moisturize and seal my hair, making sure to concentrate on my ends. I also wrap and cover my hair with a silk scarf. In the morning I will add a little bit of my favorite oil to my ends and that’s about it. When wearing my hair straight I tend to experience product build up so I keep my products to a bare minimum. When I am rocking a heatless style however, I do use more products -shine pomades, curl enhancers, foams/mousses, and hair spray.
What is Your Wash Day Regimen?
I’ll share my regimen for when I wear my hair heat styled. On my wash day I follow a pretty rigid regimen. Firstly, I pre-poo (pre-shampoo treatment) my hair with an oil mixture and massage my scalp. I then detangle my hair carefully. I wash my hair with a clarifying shampoo if I have lots of build up or a gentle shampoo if my hair is feeling dry/damaged. I condition my hair with a watery conditioner that had loads of slip and then I further detangle my hair. After rinsing the conditioner from my hair, I deep condition with either a protein rich deep conditioner or a moisture rich conditioner depending on what my hair needs. I place a conditioning cap on my hair and finish up in the shower. Right before I leave the shower I rinse out my deep conditioner (if my hair is really dry or has become unmanageable I will also steam my hair with the deep conditioning treatment). I t-shirt dry my hair until about 80% dry and then I add a heat protectant and leave-in-conditioner. I blow dry my hair and then reapply heat protectant and flat iron my hair. After styling I will add an oil or hair sheen spray to my hair before wrapping it and covering it with a silk scarf. Wash day DONE 🙂
What do you love about your hair?
I love the versatility of my texlaxed hair. I used to be relaxed but now that I am texlaxed I feel like I have the best of both worlds. I can rock sleek straightened hair or a beautifully curly head of hair. I’ve learned over the years during my hair journey to listen to my hair and to give it what it needs. My hair in turn has become a joy to work with! 🙂
What is your favorite hair style?
I really like to wear my hair sleek and straight. It makes me feel confident, and I feel like it conforms with my personality and lifestyle. It’s also so easy to take care of!
What are some of the things that you have removed from your regimen?
I used to be really strict about ingredients but i’ve learned to use what my hair likes. I try and limit my use of products that contain mineral oil, alcohol (the drying kinds) and petrolatum.
Give any piece of advice that you wish someone had given you about hair.
I wish someone would have shook me when I first started my hair regimen and told me “it’s just hair!”… honestly it’s just hair and once I realized this, I’ve had so much more fun growing my hair and caring for it. It’s an accessory and it shouldn’t become something so monumental. I definitely enjoy my hair so much more now.
What is your hair goal and how do plan to achieve it? If you’ve achieved your goal, what was it and how did you achieve it?
I’ve reached my hair goal which was to have waist length hair, I even reached tailbone length hair! I’m back to waist length and loving it! I achieved my goal mainly by watching how I physically manipulated my hair. I am so careful when actually handling my hair (treat it like silk!). When I was growing my hair actively to reach my goal length I also limited the use of heat on my hair and I watched my ends like a hawk. A little TLC and a lot of patience has carried me a long way! Now my long term hair goal is to maintain thick healthy looking hair with even dense ends.
Where can we find you on Social Media?
I have a Youtube channel called “TheHappyHairShow” . I live on Instagram, lol. You can follow me @TheHappyAshley. I also have a twitter account @HappyHairShow and a Facebook page @TheHappyHairShow. I am also addicted to Pinterest and I can’t fall asleep unless I’ve pinned, lol! If you want, you can follow me @TheHappyAshley.