My Hair Growth Plan: All the tears and products.

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I am that girl at the hair salon.

The one cringing in her seat while the stylist, who is most likely annoyed beyond words, trims off just the slightest measurement from my dead, fried strands. I can’t help it. My mother had long, lustrous locks of which she wore like a badge of honor through much of her late teens and early 20’s. It was a legacy I was more than happy to uphold, until, well, I didn’t. I think it was the 6th or 7th grade where I finally let the scissors cut into the thick, warm brown strands which had grown un-touched for close to 5 years.

The result was less-than desirable. What was once long, thick and wavy, was now short, puffy and shapeless. It was then that I also discovered my hair had (No, God!) TEXTURE! The battle had begun. Now please insert years of heat torture, dye, bleach, ombre and that one Summer I tried to look like a Kardashian and you have a head of hair with quite a lengthy history. I learned a lot about my hair over the years, most of all that I was happiest when it was long. So, on my last hair appointment, my stylist and I came up with a plan- you guessed it!- a hair growth plan.

Step 1: A dusting every 6-8 weeks.

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Getting a “dusting” is industry lingo for ‘literally’ cutting off just the ends. This may seem anti-productive, however it ensures that the length you do have will look neat and healthy. Having long, stringy hair is not a good look on anybody. Schedule them ahead of time to take the guess work out, best part is, these types of cuts are usually inexpensive, in some cases you can request a dry cut and save on the wash/ blow-dry fee.

 

Step 2: Wash 2-3 times a week

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Yes, I know, nothing in this world feels better than having freshly washed hair. The problem is, most of our natural oils are stripped away each and every time we lather up. To prevent damage, try washing your hair 2-3 times a week based on how oily you hair tends to get. You will probably be Pinning messy bun tutorials by day 3, but the end result is so worth it.

 

Step 3: Dry with a soft T-shirt

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Finally, a use for that balled up t-shirt in the back of your underwear drawer. Standard towels tend to be made up of fabric that can be harsh on your sensitive strands, leaving them frayed and delicate. A towel absorbs all the extra moisture without the damage.

 

 

Step 4: Satin pillow case

 

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Satin (or silk) pillow cases allow your hair to slip and slide all night rather than being tugged or damaged with friction.

Pick up a pair at Bed Bath and Beyond

 

Step 5: Weekly hair masks

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At least once a week you want to make sure you’re giving your hair a little extra boost of hydration with a hair mask, whether you followed a recipe or stopped by a drug store, there is an option for everyone. Some of my recommendations include Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask and Aussie Most 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, the second is light enough to use daily, both are under $10!

Step 6: Vitamins

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Taking a daily multivitamin is always suggested, however, adding other supplements such as Biotin to your regime can have a significant effect on your hair and nail health . Keep in mind, vitamins work best when your daily diet is healthy as well. So maybe switch that hamburger for a kale salad once and a while.

 

I’m only a few weeks in and already I’m seeing a noticeable difference in my hair’s texture and overall appearance. Like all good things, the length will come in time. Please share your hair story in the comments!

Happy Growing!

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Five things you’re NOT doing to keep your hair frizz-free.

Maintaing frizz-free hair is a daily struggle for those of us with less-than manageable follicles. Here are 5 things you could be doing to ensure those smooth and silky locks stay in place all day long.

1: Talk to your hair stylist.

Some of us are just really exceptional at camouflaging our natural texture. It’s important to explain to every stylist that you indeed do have curly hair, even if your stellar blow dry is telling them differently.

Long layers are your friend, its important to keep some weight in the hair. Volume is not usually an issue for us wavy ladies , leave short layers to the limpy haired gals (poor things).

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2: Ditch the shower for the sink.

I know what you’re going to say, but yes, I’m suggesting that you wash your hair in the sink and here’s why: The steam from your shower causes your hair to swell and expand. Washing your hair with cooler water in the sink is a hell of a lot more comfortable than a freezing shower. Cooler water seals your hair’s cuticle, leaving the shaft smooth and your hair feeling like silk.

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3: Dry your hair with a cotton t-shirt.

From Lauren Conrad’s mouth to your ears. A soft cotton tee is the best way to absorb excess moisture from freshly washed hair. A terrycloth towel can often cause damage when rubbed against your vulnerable strands. A well-used t-shirt does the job without fraying your fringe.I personally use a Bud light promotional tee from Summer 2011, you can feel free to get creative.

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4: Buy the right blow-dryer.

You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a professional bow-dryer but it is important to keep a few things in mind. Ceramic is always best and you want to keep the wattage at 1300 or above. How powerful you blowdryer is will directly effect the amount of time it takes to dry your hair. A concentrator attachment is a must, it focuses the hot air giving you the best control over your style.

I suggest Conair’s Infiniti Pro Hairdryer, it has everything I mentioned above at a great price.

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5: Add the right amount of product.

Many times we can overwhelm our hair with a variety of products that promise miracles. Sometimes the “less is more” mantra really is the best way to go. I start off each blow-dry with a small amount of Argan oil. This special oil is rich in omega fatty acids and rehydrates your hair in a natural way. Argan oil penetrates the follicle increasing your hair’s elasticity and preventing further damage. Add a pearl size amount when you’re done drying for some extra moisture. Finish with a fine midst hairspray to smooth over any fly aways.

Agadir Argan Oil Treatment 12.99 at Target

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L’Oreal Paris Elnett Extra StrongHold UV Hair Spray $11.99 at Target

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Happy frizz-free hair.

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The Best Winter-Time Beauty Products You can Purchase Today.

Over here on the East Coast temps are reaching record lows and our thermostats are working over time! All that freezing wind and forced hot air can reek havoc on your skin, lips and even hair unless you do something about it. I’ve narrowed it down to a few core, easy to find products, everyone should have ready to use. They also happen to be super cheap!

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Vaseline’s new rosy lip tub is super micro, meaning it can fit in a small cross-body bag or clutch. The tint makes your lips look vibrant and healthy, while the light rose scent reminds you of a warmer time. Plus, you have all the moisturizing benefits of classic Vaseline.

Only $1.99 at your local Walgreens

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This product has been a staple in my life for the past 3 years, the natural colloidal oatmeal helps to lock-in moisture leaving skin feeling soft and creamy long after you shower. Aveeno offers a variations of body washes, but their original always proves to be the best.

Only $6.97 at Walgreens

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Are your hands starting to look tortured? Have no fear, Burt’s Bees hand salve is here! This product is 100% natural made from botanical oils and of course, beeswax. Rub it into your hands at night or after being outside for a long period of time. The salve will replenish lost moisture and get you back to hand modeling in no time.

Only $9.99 at Walgreens

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The beauty market seems to be inundated with BB creams, and while there are plenty to sift through, I still find Garnier’s to be the best value. Offered in a variety of shades and specialty formulas, this BB cream protects skin from damaging rays while also maintaining a dewy glow.

Only $13.49 at Walgreens

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Like your skin, your hair needs extra moisture in the colder months as well, and sometimes conditioner just doesn’t do the trick. That’s why I’ve been using Pantene’s Repair and Protect Overnight Miracle Serum. Just like your favorite lotion, you smooth on the serum before bed on wet or dry hair. In the morning your follicles will be soft and manageable without the greasiness you get with some other products.

Only $8.99 at Walgreens

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This non-irritating cleanser helps retain moisture without sacrificing that fresh feeling. Originally created for dermatologists, this formula is mild enough for even the most sensitive skin. Plus, it can also be used as a hand and body cleanser.

Prices Vary at local Walgreens

BONUS SPLURGE PRODUCT

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Feeling a wee bit pasty lately? Benetint is Benefit Cosmetics flagship product originally formulated to give strippers extra rosy nipples (Not Kidding!), this tint is perfect for brightening up you face with a sexy glow. For an extra flushed look, swipe some on your lips as well. Please don’t let the price scare you, this little bottle will last an entire year.

Benetint $30 at Sephora

Please share some of your favorite Winter-Fighting products with me in the comments!

Stay warm out there!

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