I’ve been debating publishing this post for awhile now, but you know what?! I decided WTH…there’s a “+ life” in my header, so surely I can talk about other stuff besides all things home, no?!
Most of the time you can find me pinching my pennies. My hair, well, that is the exception. A girl’s gotta splurge on something, right?!
Way back in my high school days, I worked at a beauty salon and learned several tricks of the trade. BUT, I’m no expert, so let’s set that straight right now y’all.
John always says that the proper tools make all the difference when doing home projects. I say the same goes for beautaaay.
So, here’s my low-down. Dude, I’m kinda cray-cray when it comes to my hair regimen! But let me clarify- Not the kinda crazy where I’m like, “Don’t touch the hair!” (with a snap and an arm wave in the air with an attitude). Just the kind of crazy where my vanity looks like a hair stylist’s station. Whatevs. You only live once.
On with the goods! You can click the link underneath the pictures to learn more!
1. I take one Biotin a day with the rest of my vitamins. It’s a vitamin for your hair and nails, and it makes them grow SUPER fast. Before you know it, you’ll be breaking the Guinness Record for Longest Nails. Just kidding. That’s gross. But seriously, my nails are as strong as
rocks diamonds. It’s pretty cool.
2. During the Fall/Winter when I am tanless aka pastey white, I ask my stylist to do a combo of lowlights (color) and highlights (bleach) on the top half of my head. The lowlights keep me from looking washed out. I leave the bottom half of my hair au naturale because it 1.) Looks more natural (duh!) if the bottom is a little darker, and 2.) it’s cheaper to only put foils on half your head! I use Biolage Shampoo and Conditioner for Color Treated Hair. One set of shampoo/conditioner will last me half the year.
Sidenote: Santa always puts this set in my stocking. He knows what’s up.
3. During the Spring/Summer when I am
not quite as ghostly tan, I get only highlights on the top half of my head (and it’s cheaper than doing the highlight/lowlight combo), so I use Clairol Shimmer Lights to keep my blonde bright. It helps prevent my hair from getting all brassy and hay-like. This stuff is amazing, and will last me the other half of the year.
4. I only wash my hair about every 2-3 days, and I put shampoo only on the roots because that’s where it gets oily.
5. Once a week, I put a dime-sized amount of Weleda Hair Oil in my hair, mainly on the ends. I started using this stuff in 2010 and I’m hooked now. It smells kinda’ funny, but my hair was smoother and softer after one month. No lie. If I know I’m going to shampoo the next day, the night before I’ll put Weleda in my hair and sleep with it on. Then in the morning, I shampoo it out and use conditioner like normal. One bottle lasts me about a year. This is the shizzzz:
6. I use conditioner every time I shower. On the days I don’t shampoo, I still use conditioner, mainly on the ends.
7. Leave-in conditioner is my best friend. My hair gets tangled easily; I put a few squirts of this stuff on when I get out of the shower. Works like a charm.
8. I go to the salon about every 10-12 weeks and get my ends trimmed only if they need it, which tends to be every-other visit on average.
9. At least twice a week, I let my hair air dry. It’s naturally wavy, so I’ll either keep it down or throw it up with a clip. Giving it a break from the blow dryer is a good thing. During the work week, I usually don’t straigten or curl it, just blow dry or air dry.
10. I use only metal free pony tail holders. The metal pieces that come on some ponytail holders can break your hair off when you’re pulling them out.
So there you have it!
Oh and again, I’m no expert! If you’re a stylist, add your tips in the comment section!! These are only my opinions on hair and products based on my own chronicles from the past 25 years.
….Well, let’s be real, actually only the past 13 years, because I didn’t care about my hair for the first 12.
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