Hannah’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine… Exposed!
Meet young Hannah! She’s got great taste in products and stars, along with some savvy DIY tricks. Where she falls short: dirty makeup. We kinda get it though—anyone else in this boat?—it’s an easy category to ignore, especially if you don’t use a ton of it. And yet…
Current weather: Warm, humid south-east American summer! Lots of afternoon thunderstorms and 90 degree days.
Hair: Long (not quite boob length), chocolate brown, and somewhat wavy. It grows thick but the hair itself is not coarse or fine, but somewhere in the middle, and prone to split ends, which are dry while my scalp is oily and dandruffy.
Skin: Pretty oily! When I was a teen it was really oily, but these days it’s just a bit greasy feeling in the mornings. I get a zit or two when I’m on my period, and the occasional dry spot.
Favorite star or icon from the past: Elizabeth Taylor, because I have her eyebrows.
In the shower…
I shower once every two or three days, because when I was a kid and my parents were telling me to shower daily, I’m pretty sure it only worsened my oily skin and hair. Before I shower, I brush my hair gently with a paddle brush, mainly to minimize the number of hairs that are inevitably going to fall out and clog my shower drain. Once a week or so in the shower I wash my bod with Everyday Shea Lavender Body Wash, and the rest of the times I just get my feet and armpits. For my hair, I use Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Pure Castile Soap, which helps my dandruff, and I use Everyday Shea Vanilla & Mint Conditioner on my ends (sometimes I switch it up and condition before I wash, which I find I quite like the way it makes my hair feel.) I also sometimes just use pure tea tree oil, a very little of it, on problem patches of my scalp. I like how it tingles! I have a DIY body scrub make of sugar, olive oil, and a little jojoba oil and peppermint oil that I use on my legs after too much chlorinated pool or in the winter when my skin gets drier.
Outside the shower…
After I shower, I use virgin organic coconut oil all over my entire body. I use to have charming back and butt breakouts, and I find that coconut oil has pretty much stopped those entirely. I also pat my face down with grapeseed oil, the best moisturizer for my oily skin. I let my hair air dry, and sometimes I spray it down with a little Acure Organics Leave-In Conditioner, which works as a detangler as well. Then I brush gently once it’s dry. In between showers when I’m feeling dry, I use Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion, and I rub raw shea butter on my feet because they are usually dry and cracked all of the time. On days when I don’t shower, I use a little witch hazel on my face in the morning to swipe away any excess oil gently.
For my hair, I usually leave it alone. But sometimes I put a little Andalou Naturals Healthy Shine Sunflower & Citrus Styling Gel in it while it’s still wet and scrunch it to bring out my waves. If I put it up in a ponytail or a bun for work, I spritz it with Andalou Naturals Full Volume Lavender & Biotin Style Spray to keep my baby hairs from flying about wildly. And, if my hair is dry but I want my beachy waves, I just spray it with a homemade sea salt/ water spray with a little lavender oil in it. (That’s the same list of ingredients as John Masters Organics’ sea salt styling spray, but I made it at home for free!) My makeup isn’t very clean yet, I use mostly Covergirl concealer, eyeliner and shadow and Ulta Minerals face powder and blush. I did buy Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara, and I like it a lot and use it usually in two coats. But, I still use a dirty waterproof one once in a while when I have to. (Thank goodness Josie Maran has a waterproof clean one now! I’ll have to grab it soon.) I don’t use perfume, I just use a little essential oil of whatever I’m feeling like that day (almost always cinnamon, but sometimes sandalwood, vanilla, and on hot days peppermint, which also cools my skin pleasantly.)
Great routine! Now who’s going to rec a clean concealer to this girl?