I'm All About the Goldie Locks!

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. :D

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.

Natrol Biotin 10,000mcg, Maximum Strength, 100 Tablets

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.

Matrix Biolage Colorcare Duo Shampoo 16.9oz Conditioner 16.9oz Set.
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.

Clairol Shimmer Lights 16 oz. Shampoo + 16 oz. Conditioner (Combo Deal)

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:

Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil, 1.7 Ounce

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.

Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner 8 Fl Oz (Pack of 3)

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.

Scunci Effortless Beauty Thick Hair No-damage Bright Elastics, 5Mm, 24-Count

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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37 responses to I'm All About the Goldie Locks!

  1. Carol

    Great advice! As a professional stylist and Cosmetology Instructor, I am so happy to see this post! The only thing I would add is to COMB wet hair, not brush. Wet hair can be stretched to the point of snapping with a brush. You keep up the good work sharing your knowledge. Teach and learn in every interaction. Thanks!

    • Carol!! It’s great to hear I’m doing the correct things for my hair! Thanks so much for the tip on combing instead of brushing….very helpful! Come back soon and say hello on my blog! :)

  2. I LOVED this post!!! i want to check out that oil! I just read recently that Rosemary oil is good for hair growth. Thanks for these tips!

  3. Great post! I am going to re-read this later, and check out the Biotin and weleda. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Fun!! I usually use Sebastien Shampoo/Conditioner but I bought biolage the last time and I’m really enjoying the conditioner! To get the brassy out of my blonde, I use a purple shampoo to bring it back to the colour I like every few weeks. But I’m no expert either! I’m really interested in making my hair and nails stronger, so I’ll have to pick up those vitamins!! Thanks for the tips :)

  5. Marian

    I can attest that Whitney ha gorgeous long hair! Thanks for all the tips!!!

  6. Loved these tips! Totally feel free to post about life any old time. I need to look into that hair oil!

  7. Good stuff, Whitney! I have GOT to try that Weleda oil… my hair has def gotten dryer as I’ve gotten older. :-P
    Oh to be 25 again!
    xo Heidi

    • Oh you should definitely try it if your hair is dry. You may want to use twice a week for the first few months. Your hair will be really oily when you put it on, but that’s good! Just shampoo it out in the morning. After a few weeks, you’ll be able to tell a difference. :)

  8. Great tips! I have yet to find a shampoo/conditioner I love. My new favorite product is a volumizer called Aquage…seriously I am in love. Agreed that it’s okay to splurge on this stuff. ;)

  9. Well, I can honestly say and tell everyone…that I have seen your gorgeous hair in person…and it is gorgeous…so everyone should take heed on your advice, as it is great advice!!….

  10. Great tips! I’m glad you threw some life posts in there too. I just recently posted a hair post too- sometimes it’s good to mix things up!

    I’ll definitely be trying out some of these products : )

  11. I’m the spawn of two barbers but I still pinned this! I use Biolage too, but now I want to try the shimmer stuff!

  12. I’m glad you posted this! It’s great to throw a little life in there…everything we do isn’t ALL about our homes! :)

    I used to always wash my hair every day…even though I knew it wasn’t the best for it. I just couldn’t help it becuase I felt like it would look too oily. Now I realized I could train my hair to go a little longer in between washes, so I’m finally going every 2 days during the work week, and sometimes on the weekends I can go 3 days. I used to religiously use Matrix, and now I think you’ve convinced me to go back to it. Thanks for all your tips! This was great! :)

    And now that I chopped all my hair off last weekend, I decided to get some highlights to mix things up a bit. My appointment is tonight. I’m so anxious! I haven’t gotten hightlights since I was in high school and college. Can you believe I used to be blonde?!

  13. Great tips, Whitney. I’m going to pick up the leave-in conditioner for my daughter. She NEEDS help!

  14. I loved this post. I’m pretty clueless when it comes to hair/makeup and all of that stuff. So I definitely took some notes during this post :P

    I’m going to try to Aussie Leave-In Conditioner (since I already use Aussie products) and I’m going to try the Biotin.

    Thanks for the tips!

  15. This is a GREAT post!! So much fun. I’ve been contemplating getting highlights in my hair….you maybe convinced me. I just don’t want the maintenance. Although, I’m thinking if I get some now I might be able to get away with them growing out and letting the sun “highlight” my hair in the summer? Maybe?

  16. I’m going to have to give this Biotin a try. I have the worst nails, they peel and break often. I haven’t been able to find anything to keep it from happening. Thanks for the tips!

  17. I worked at a salon in high school too! And I’m super particular about getting my hair done, but I haven’t dedicated myself to a full regime yet haha.

  18. My aunt worked at a salon, and used to give us biolage shampoo every year for Christmas. I was my favorite, and I love the smell! For not caring too much about my hair, it’s good to see that I’m doing many things right — at least according to a (non)expert!