After giving it some thought, the actress recently decided to switch up her look and shaved the side of her head. “Right now I have the side shaved in the back, shaved cute.” While her thick, full hair was “very beautiful,” Pratt felt like it was starting to become a distraction. “I kind of got to the point where I realized that I was hiding behind my hair, I would, like, add hair to cover my arms and I was like, you know what? If I cut my hair, my face is going to be the main focus.” An added bonus – less hair means less room for tugging.
For this edition of Wash Day Diaries, Pratt walks us through her favorite products for the tender-headed gals who want to get a deep clean and walk away with healthy, moisturized hair for days.
I combine Taraji’s shampoo and conditioner that come in the blue bottle. And then I get a little extra and do a deep cleanse with her Master Cleanse treatment. Being a young woman who has had to wear a lot of weaves in my day, working in the industry, I make sure I get to the root. These little prongs get that minty, peppermint feeling to the scalp and it feels amazing.
Taraji has this sugar scrub that I apply after sectioning my hair. Oh, my goodness, I absolutely love it.
When I was younger and working a show, they colored my hair blonde and I didn’t realize that they were actually bleaching my hair because it was my first time. I just knew that they were doing something crazy. So I was like, OK, after every episode we shoot, I’m going to go to the house and wash my hair thoroughly, then I’m going to sleep with a hair mask on. And it’s something I continue to do.
I like switch between Taraji’s Mother Earth clay mask and a natural one I make at home. After I use Mother Earth, my hair just feels so moisturized and rich and and healthy the next morning, and that’s all you want. As a woman, when your hair is not feeling right, you just don’t feel good.
For the natural mask, I follow a recipe I got from a friend. I mix up some avocado, mayonnaise, castor oil, olive oil and an egg. This one, I don’t leave on overnight. I’ll leave it in for maybe, like, an hour then wash it out. You do want to make sure you get all the food out, because, you know, that’s a little scary.
I love the company Pretty Strands, I actually saw them on a friend’s page. I had never heard about them before but my friend’s daughter has very long and beautiful hair so I’m always still like, what are you using? Oh, let me see, you know.
I sleep with my leave-in conditioner, even though some will tell you to leave it out. But it helps protect my hair which is being touched and tampered on so much.
There’s only one that I use and it’s this one by Tresemme. I didn’t really learn about heat protectant until I got older and had kids. People would say, oh, now that you’re blow drying their hair make sure that you protect it from the heat. I wasn’t doing that for myself but this spray is now a staple.
I use the Yellowbird blow dryer that I stole from my friend’s Instagram. Then I go in with my flat iron, the baby blue BaBylissPRO. I’ve had it for a while and it straightens the hell out of everything.