Hair Happy

10:28 PM


As a blogger, you might be surprised to learn that the single biggest question I get asked about is regarding my hair. Even before I was blogging I would get a lot of questions from friends/family and sometimes even complete strangers about the products I used, or the hairstyles I created. So while this isn’t a video tutorial (Don’t worry – I plan on doing some of those in the future :)), I wanted to share my tips and tricks that I’ve accumulated throughout the many years of doing my own hair.

I want to start out this tutorial by saying that part of my long locks is honestly just good genetics. I know that might come off vain, and most certainly of no use to you, but my father is almost 60 and still has the thickest head of black hair that you’d ever see. Think McDreamy, only my dad’s hair is thicker. While I didn’t inherit the exact same hair as my dad, I can thank him for the thickness and the fact that my hair grows like a weed. Anyway, I do think genetics has played a part in my hair, but I think the following tutorial plays a bigger role, and since these are all really simple and fairly inexpensive - you're in luck! 

WASHING
I have never (NEVER), washed my hair every single day since I was old enough to know how to wash my own hair. I am certain that when I was old enough to do this on my own, I was simply too lazy to wash, dry and style my hair everyday, but as I got older I learned all about the damage that the constant washing and heat does to your hair. When I tell people this, I am almost always met with the comment “well my hair is too greasy to not wash it everyday” and to that I say “not true”. First of all, it is possible to train your hair to produce less oil, which means after a while you will be able to go longer and longer between washes. If I am feeling really lazy for the week, I will wash my hair twice in 7 days. If I have a little pep in my step for the week, I will wash it three times in 7 days. In the interim, dry shampoo is my bestie. I’ve tried a lot of different ones, but my all time favorite Fekkai Blowout Hair Refreshener. It smells absolutely amazing and works really well with my blonde locks. 

Now when I actually do wash my hair, I always shampoo and condition, but I never condition the roots of my hair. For me, it just weights my hair down and makes it darn right impossible to get volume. 

Right now I am hooked on John Frieda Beach Blonde Smooth Seas shampoo and conditioner. I've always been a fan of John Frieda products, so when I saw this new one at a local pharmacy I knew I needed to try it. It smells delightful and leaves my hair soft and bouncy. Other brands of shampoos/conditioners that I love are OGXPaul Mitchell, & Matrix.

DEEP CONDITIONING
I wish I had the time to deep condition my hair more than I do, but I just don't. That said, I force myself to find time every few weeks to put a deep conditioner on my hair. If I have them at home, I will use a Hask Hair Mask, but it not, I will just use pure coconut oil (I keep it around the house for all sorts of things). My hair always looks like a million bucks after I use a deep conditioner, so if this is a step you skip, I highly recommend you start incorporating it into your regimen. Matter of fact - I think I'll do one tonight!

DRYING
I am not the type of person who lets my hair dry on its own very often. I just don't care for the texture of my hair when it air dries, and I tend to get a really odd wave thing going on, which frankly is not very attractive.

The first step out of the shower is to towel dry my hair as much as possible. I pat dry my hair with the towel, brush it out with a wide tooth comb or the Wet Brush, and then prep my hair with Bumble & Bumble Styling Creme and John Frieda Frizz Control Heat Defeat

In regard to my hair dryer, it is seriously the oldest thing on planet Earth. I am actually in the market for a new one, so if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to let me know!  Right now I am using a very old pink Conair dryer (I wish I could tell you more about it, but every number, feature, name, etc. has been scratched off over many years of use lol). Anyway, I always dry my hair by flipping my head upside down (I am convinced it gives me more volume) and I brush through it as I am drying. It usually takes me 15 - 20 minutes to dry this mane, which is a lot of heat and all the more reason for the heat protectant.

STYLING


I style my hair in lots of different ways. Sometimes I straighten it, sometimes I use a wand to curl it and sometimes I use a clamp to curl it. Either way, I will do some video tutorials on that soon, but in the meantime I have included a list of the different tools I use for styling. If I am doing any type of curling, I always use Blow Pro Textstyle to give my hair some extra texture and I use a pick to brush my hair out after curling - just a little tidbits for ya :)


Ladies, that's it! Super simple - just the way I like it! I do know women who take biotin to help with hair growth, and they all swear by it, so if you are considering adding biotin to your daily supplements please talk to a healtcare professional first, but I say go for it!

Like I said, I plan on doing some video tutorials in the future, so if you have any specific hairstyles you want to see first, leave a comment below. 

Thanks for reading and happy Thursday!




Hair Products
Shampoo/Conditioner; John Frieda Blonde Smooth Seas
Hair Mask; Hask
Curling Prep; Blow Pro Textstyle
Straightner; Nume Megastar
Curling Wand; Nume Octowand

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