Many people have asked me to write a blog post on my hair care. I wrote a post a few years ago, so this is an updated version with some new ideas and products to get and keep your hair healthy.
During my freshmen year of college, I went through a dark phase… I dyed my hair from blonde to brown. I regretted that decision immediately and spent weeks dyeing it back to blonde. You can probably imagine what happened to my hair after over-processing it for weeks straight… it literally broke off! I was left with brittle, thin hair and many bad hair days ahead.
Growing back healthy hair has been a longgggg process, but I can finally say that my hair is back / and healthier than ever before. Here are some of the best ways I’ve found to grow and maintain healthy hair.
My wash routine made the biggest difference in re-growing healthy hair.
As contradictory as it may seem, the more you wash your hair, the more you need to. Washing your hair everyday strips your hair of its natural oil, which can cause frizz, split ends, and an overproduction of sebum (your hair’s oil).
Instead of washing my hair every day, I wait a couple days between washes. And when I do wash my hair, I shampoo twice. According to this Byrdie article, shampooing your hair twice is beneficial because it allows for proper cleansing, giving you longer periods of time with a clean scalp and keeping away the oily hair problem. The first shampoo breaks down the oils and buildup in your hair while the second shampoo completely gets them out.
I wash out my shampoo with warm water and then finish rinsing out my conditioner with cold water. The warm water opens up the hair’s cuticle shaft, while the cold seals the cuticle and locks in moisture.
I have found the “secret” to healthy hair is Olaplex. It saved my hair! The patented formula works on a molecular level to repair broken bonds in the hair caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage. Just after one use my hair felt stronger, smoother, and more vibrant.
About twice a week I’ll use the Hair Perfector No. 3 as a mask. I leave it in for about 10-20 minutes and then follow with Olaplex shampoo and conditioner.
I also like to do a hair rinse a couple times a week using apple cider vinegar. ACV is a healthy alternative to shampoo that gently cleanses and removes impurities from hair. I love dpHUE’s Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse because it’s infused with additional ingredients like Aloe Vera and Argan Oil that help condition the hair.
Once a month, I’ll use a clarifying shampoo for a deep clean and apply it just to my roots. This helps get rid of oil build up and residue on your scalp.
You can nourish your hair from the inside out too. Foods with omega 3 such as walnuts, salmon, and avocado help as well as taking supplements. My favorite are Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides and Briogeo Healthy Hair Supplements. Both contain nutrients known to support healthy hair, skin, and nails. After a few months of taking these, I noticed that my hair was growing faster. On top of that, my skin became more vibrant and my nails became stronger!
I try to use heat sparingly. If I want to style my hair, I'll let my hair air dry almost completely, then go back with a blow dryer to smooth it out—this technique works, and it cuts my blow drying time in half!
I like to blow dry and style my hair with the Dyson Airwrap Styler. It comes with five interchangeable tools used to curl, wave, smooth, and dry with out extreme heat. The Styler dries my hair at lightning speed and leaves me with voluminous, salon styled hair.
My hair holds curl well, so sometimes I will just sleep in thick braids to get a natural wave and add Oribe Dry Texturing Spray to my roots after I undo the braids in the morning.
I have naturally thick hair that’s heavy and lays flat on my head, so to add volume I take my Tangle Teezer to the top of my head and move it around my scalp in a circular motion. I don’t know how stumbled upon this voluminous trick, but it works!
My favorite hairbrush is the iconic Mason Pearson brush. What makes this brush so special is that it’s handcrafted using the same techniques and patents established over 125 years ago. The patented cushion conforms to the contours of the scalp, while the nylon bristles effortlessly detangles your locks. TIP: Always start at the ends and gently work your way up to the roots.
A good rule of thumb for dying your hair is to color it two shades lighter or darker than your natural color.
To maintain my blowout between washes, I’ll spray my hair with dry shampoo, twist my hair in a bun and clip it up before bed. I also sleep on a silk pillowcase. FUN FACT: dry shampoo is most effective when used before bed. Instead of spraying roots and brushing the product out minutes later, leaving it in overnight allows the ingredients time to absorb oil, sweat, and odor.
When I work out, I use an elastic fabric hair tie to put my hair in a low ponytail. Unlike rubber hair ties, elastic hair ties don’t leave creases or tear your hair when you pull them out.
Hope you found this post helpful!
I love experimenting with new makeup products, but when it comes to my everyday beauty routine, I use the following staples:
I believe primer is the most important product in anyone's beauty bag. It's purpose is to help prep and protect the skin as well as extend the wear of your makeup. My favorite primer is Laure Mercier's Blurring primer. The name says it all- this primer blurs imperfections giving you a real-life photo filtered face.
I wear this age-defying tinted moisturizer everyday in place of foundation. The product is clinically proven to prevent and fight signs of aging. On top of that, there's no need to swatch for the perfect shade, It's intelligent formula delivers a universal tint and healthy glow.
An award-winning concealer that corrects, contours, highlights, and perfects. It's creamy consistency also locks in moisture leaving the skin hydrated and creaseless. TIP: whenever picking out an under-eye concealer, choose a shade that's two shades lighter than your skin tone. This will instantly hide dark circles and brighten your face.
My go-to palette day and night, year-round. I love that it's arranged in rows for three easy looks to mix and match. The palette is formulated with amazonian clay, AKA nature's perfect ingredient for better, longer wear.
This highly pigmented formula is infused with Vitamin E for a smooth application. Once applied, the creamy texture can be built up and blended for up to 30 seconds before it sets, resulting in a smudge-proof smoldering effect.
The holy grail of mascaras! This mascara is formulated with lash growing and strengthening ingredients that visibly transformed my lashes from damaged, short and sparse to healthy, long and thick. Since I've been using this product, people have asked if I have lash extensions. Need I say more?
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow ($24)
I use Benefit’s Gimme Brow to replicate model Taylor Hill's eyebrows. The gel contains tiny microfibers that adhere to skin and brow hairs to achieve natural-looking fullness and volume.
This finely milled matte bronzer blends effortlessly into the skin to create a believable sun-kissed glow.
The #1 best selling blush in the US for a reason. This iconic shade delivers a rush of color & subtle shimmer that flatters any skin-tone.
Becca's liquid luminizer melts into the skin leaving a natural, dewy glow. Sometimes I'll mix in a drop with my foundation, for an all-over radiant complexion.
No other brand beats this lip balm. It's my secret to hydrated and naturally plump lips.
NYX butter gloss melts on your lips leaving you with smooth, kissable lips & a sweet pop of color.
One of my all-time favorite lip products! It’s a tinted balm, colored like a lipstick & shiny like a gloss. Basically a triple threat! It adds a velvety touch of color with a lustrous pout.
This setting spray miraculously helps my makeup stay in place all day (or all night). It features patented temperature control technology that actually lowers the temperature of your makeup. The result is makeup that lasts up to 16 hours without melting, fading, or settling into fine lines.
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