~Tips and Tricks for Healthy Long Locks~
I always get questions about my hair and what I use. The most frequent question I get asked is ~ Is your hair fake? Do you wear Extensions? The answer is always the same, No. I have never worn extensions and as much as I think they are amazing, I have no need to. I bought some for my wedding to create thickness and the 23 inches were too short for my hair! So I never even bother because even the longest extensions are too short. I have been growing my hair for years now, naturally my hair grows really fast but there are a few tricks along the way that I use to help it stay healthy and long. Here are some easy tricks to help your hair grow that I think are great to use for any hair type. Just remember that hair growth takes lots and lots of patience, but it is SO worth it!
~Shampoo & Conditioner ~
Moroccan Oil Extra Volume Conditioner~ This is a great conditioner for those seeking long locks. I let it sit in my hair for around five minutes while I whiten my teeth in the shower or shave. It has an amazing smell and adds great body to the hair. It contains Antioxidant Argan oil and nutrients that cleanse,detangle, rejuvenate the scalp and hair. Instantly gives a smooth texture to the hair. It is free of sulfates, parabens, and phosphates. Sometimes I use this Conditioner for a masque and let it sit in my hair for an hour with a hair-cap on. Its great for hair that is overly heated with hot tools.
is a great masque for those who are new to hair masques. It contains Sunflower seed oil known for extreme moisture effects, and Coconut oil as well for Vitality. Anything that has coconut oil theses days people go crazy for, the results that come from coconut oil are amazing though so I wouldn't blame them. This treatment is an Intense deep-penetrating masque that nourishes and fortifies the hair cuticle for absolute hair growth and hair health. massage into the scalp and all through the hair (even the ends) and let sit for an hour in a hair cap.
I've been using Moroccan Oils restorative mask now for around two years. It is great for color-treated hair that needs repair or just a boost of moisture now and then. Rich with Argan oil and proteins to restructures the hair and rejuvenates it from heat or chemical damage. It infuses proteins back into the hair to build its strength back. I switch off using this mask every other month when I am not using my Pureology Oil masque.
Rosemary is a very powerful herb, especially when it comes to growing hair it helps stimulate the growth. It nurtures and strengthens the hair. I found this hair potion years ago from a website that does all home-made remedies for the skin and hair. I have used this recipe three times a month and it really does help with growth.
2 teaspoons dry crushed rosemary leaves
300mls cold water
2 tablespoons castor oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
massage this mixture into the scalp and let sit for atleast an hour
2. Castor Oil Masque
I mix 1/3 cup of Castor Oil into my Conditioner once a month to help promote hair growth, Its a pretty greasy substance so I don't leave it in my hair too long, usually around 20 min. with a head cap and then rinse. It makes my hair silky smooth and I lather it a lot on my ends as well to moisturize them. Like I said this oil is super thick so you only need to do this treatment once a month to every other month.
I have never been the girl to take Vitamins much, probably because I have the worst gag reflex of anyone I know! Vitamins are huge in an every day diet though. I have friends that swear by them, especially prenatal & Biotin vitamins. This past month, as a goal I set for myself, I said I would start taking some sort of Vitamin and see what the Fuss was all about and why they are so great. I recently started taking Solgar's Biotin vitamins and have not seen many changes with my hair or skin, but a lot with my nails. Any type of Biotin pills are supposed to help with all around health in skin, hair and nails. This one is great though because it is hypoallergenic and Dairy free (which I am). When it comes down to the basics though, I think that hair growth stems a lot from genetics, my family all has pretty long hair so I feel it really runs in our family. It doesn't hurt though to try something that could help your hair grow, so I would definitely recommend these vitamins to those who want to at least try!
I rarely ever straighten my hair, If I am wanting straight hair I will do a blow out with a round brush. That is a much healthier way of straightening the hair than using a hot iron every single day. Naturally I have very curly hair. Over the years as its grown longer it has turned into more wavy hair since the weight is so heavy, my natural curl does not hold good anymore. When I do want to have really curly volumous hair I use my Remington Keratin Therapy 1" Wand. I swear by that tool. I have spent so much money in the past on CHI straighteners and curlers to do the trick and nothing makes my hair look better than this wand. I love that it is Clamp-free so you will get no creases in the hair and they have different sizes so you can achieve the smallest curl to the most wavy loose curl.
Even the name sounds sexy. When it comes down to it, Blow-Dryers ARE one of the most important tools in a girls everyday life. This blow dryer by far has been my favorite for years. This powerful AC motor hair dryer has direct ion technology that injects a high volume of ions into the airstream to help condition hair and reduce drying time by 50%. So your hair will be done in no time!
That hairstyle that you can only achieve from visiting a salon?
Well not anymore, here are some tricks that I have learned from different stylist friends to achieve that blow out style in the heart of your home every day.
The perfect Blow-Out at home:
1. Shampoo and condition with quality products.
2. Towel pat hair dry hair, do not do when hair is soaking wet or it will take forever.
3. Make sure every strand of hair is coated with a nice heat-protectant product use: Moraccan Oil
*If you have Flat hair spritz thickening spray into roots, use: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray
*If you have Dry Hair work in a leave in conditioner or shine serum, start by working into ends and then up towards hair shaft.
5. Comb all hair with a wide tooth comb after all product is disbursed.
6. Separate into sections
-Divide combed hair into three sections : bottom, middle, top
-I like to put the hair into mini buns held with a claw clip so that they can soak the product
-start on the bottom hair first
7. Start with your fingers
-In sections run your fingers through the hair and take out pieces to start with
-Hold the hair taught and without a brush dry hair at the roots
-Do this on the each section before you use your brush
8. Use a Round Brush
-Once your roots are dry, you want to move on to your round barreled brush.
-Pull the brush through the hair as you blowdry, pointing the nozzle directly on the hair working towards the ends
-remember to pul the hair tight with the brush and straight out.
-you can add a curl to the ends by turning your brush upwards or under.
9. Top Layer of hair
-with the top layer of hair when you get closer to the bangs and scalp, be sure to pull hair with brush directly vertical towards the sky and point the blow dryer up.
10. When all hair is dry...
-Put the blow dryer on the setting "Cool" and flip hair upside down quickly going over the hair
This will cool down the hair from all the heat and get rid of whispies & frizzies.
11. Finish off with a serum and great hairspray
I don't get trims as often as most people "say" you should. I probably get a trim every six months because my hair grows like crazy after a trim and I don't want to just cut off what I have grown every month. I suggest to either get a trim as often as you feel you should. If you really take care of your ends and use great serums and oils, you don't need a trim every month. At least thats how I feel.
Looking for a stylist?
I have such a hard time finding a new hair stylist that I LOVE, especially when I was so used to my stylist in california. Luckily I found an amazing stylist in Utah, and when I say amazing, I mean it! He is wonderful with color and excellent when it comes to hair cuts. I'm one of those girls that gets her hair cut and wants less than a centimeter trim and don't want to deal with people that cut three inches when I really just wanted nothing cut! That is why Luke is my stylist, he really listens. To me that is so important! If anyone is looking for a new hair stylist definitely check him out!
If you have any other questions about Hair and what else I do, feel free to comment or email me any questions and i will be sure to answer them!