hair TIPS + my new haircut!

For today’s post I wanted to share with you some hair related tips for those looking to keep their hair healthy and beautiful – some dos and don’ts if you will.  Here is a great graphic from Madison Reed that talks about ten “hair myths” that are commonly found circulating the web.  I’ll be listing my few of my favorite tips here but take a look at the graphic to see the full list.   ALSO at the end of this post I’ll be unveiling my new hair cut and color!!!!

DO drink water and eat healthy! This tip isn’t on a graphic but I find it very important.  It kind of goes a long with just eating healthier in general.  When you’re not getting the right nutrients, you body uses what it can get to maintain essenti

al processes – hair growth isn’t one of them.  Eating healthy, drinking water, and getting the right amounts of minerals means your body will be able to allocate resources to stronger, shiner and overall better hair.

DO trim your hair! Trimming your hair won’t make your hair grow any faster technically, but what it does do is makes your hair look fuller.  When you grow out your hair, many strands will experience breakage during the growth process, causing the bottom third of your hair to be significantly thinner than the middle.  If you grow your hair out super long but never trim it, the bottom section will end up looking scraggly and unflattering.

DON’T use heat.  This is a hard one.  I don’t know about you but I love me a nice curling iron. Unfortunately the damage from overusing straighteners and other tools can be irreversible.  If you have to use heat tools, use a heat protecting product and don’t use the highest temperature setting (chances are you don’t actually need it that high for it to be functional anyway). I’ve been using TRESemme for several years now and its a favorite.

DON’T over process your hair.  Bleaching or leaving hair dye in for too long, or bleaching too often can seriously kill your hair.  It can leave it porous, dry, brittle, and lifeless.  I’m sure you’ve all heard the horror stories of your best friends, ex-friends, mother’s dog sitter who burned her hair off with bleach.  Its important to take it slow and let your hair have some downtime.  I know its hard to be patience when you have a dark color and you really need platinum like now. But give your hair time to rejuvenate between bleaches and dyes and it will thank you for it.

Now, for my hairs. Ta-da!!

Probably most of you don’t know this, but I chopped off my hair at the end of December just before Christmas.  I was in the mood for a post-wedding hair change and cut off about ten inches to a “semi-blunt bob”. Here is a picture from today that showcases the cut one month later.  At the time it was cut it was a faded mousey brown and hit about the middle of my back.  Because I was dying (#pun) to get back to my beloved scarlet, I had the stylist try to copy a previous red color I had.  It ended up not being red enough and looked too brown after a week so I re-dyed it myself.

Here you can also see the color my hair is now.  This is about three weeks after dying with Loreal HiColor in red.  As you know I try a lot of different boxed hair dyes so this was the first time I had used dye that had to be mixed with developer.  It has now faded from a bright ariel red to a the perfect rich coppery auburn that I love.  I’m still unsure if I’ll be using this to redye in a couple of weeks but if anyone wants a review/tutorial let me know.

Thats all for today! Let me know what hair tips you have! Stay tuned for a face of the day post on the above look. 🙂

P.S. Related. Madison Reed has a fun hair quiz you can check out to see what color you should try next.

Five Minute Pony-tail Curls

So I found this sweet little trick on youtube and if you haven’t tried it you’re really missing out on a super fast way to style your hair.  I’m a natural blonde so my hair is quite thin so this took me about 6 minutes total to do.

1. Comb hair to remove tangles.
2.Place hair in a pony tail on top of your head or as high as you can get it.  I flipped my hair over and then put it up so that the pony tail would sit right on top.
3. Using your favorite curling iron, separate your hair into small or large sections and wrap the hair around the barrel holding for a few seconds and then releasing. You can use whatever size sections and hold them for as long as you like depending on how tight you want your curls/waves to look.  I have a Remington 1inch ceramic curling wand thats clip-less and tapered.  Its fantastic and I definitely recommend you take a look at it if you’re in the market for a super affording curling iron.  And for this style pictured left I think I held the hair on the iron for about 8 seconds.  Next time I”ll do a shorter time to get a more wavy look.
4.After you’re curled the entire pony tail, take the elastic out and run your fingers through the pieces to separate.  Part hair as desired.
5. Curl a few extra sections – one on each side of your face and a couple on the top layer of hair on each side to give the top section a bit more body.  You don’t need to re-curl the whole top, just one or two pieces blended in looks great.
6. Optional: Spritz with hairspray…or don’t if you want a more natural, less structured look.

This is probably my new favorite technique as its so fast and I absolutely despise having to section off my hair all particular like to make sure every piece gets curled.  This solves that issue.

Side note, I really can’t wait til my hair is long long again. Sigh.

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Review: Color Oops hair color remover

I am a natural blonde. I started dying my hair about 4 years ago when I was 17 because I noticed that, like my mom, my pretty blonde locks were starting to grow in a darker, more ash brown shade.  I had always taken a lot of pride in being a blonde, so when it started to change color I just decided to speed up the process.  I’ve been a few different colors since then, but I have been red the longest.  For the last couple years and a year before that I’ve had red hair.  I kind of feel like I was born to be a red head.

Top: before Color Oops. Bottom: After. Left: After Dark Ash

However, for the last several months I’d been playing around with the idea of going blonde again and last night was just in a “whatever lets try it” mood.  I wanted an inexpensive option to play with and planned to just re-red it if it ended up looking disastrous. My plan of attack? Color oops and an box of $3 Dark Ash Blonde hair dye.  I knew that bleaching would be much more harmful and potential more expensive by the time I got toner and all those extra products.  So I spontaneous decided to go the walmart route.

The directions were pretty simple to follow and basically mimic your standard box dye instructions except the fact that when you’re done applying the solution you cover your head with the supplied shower cap thing.

Just a few things to note about the process…

  • The formula is very runny and watery which I didn’t realize until I almost got it in my eyes.  
  • If you think it smells bag when you’re applying it, no…as it develops it starts to smell like rotten eggs…and it will continue to smell like that for goodness knows how long. 
  • If you’re like me, you might consider using a hair dryer to speed up the developing process, don’t. The instructions specifically say not to do this for whatever reason.
  • It is safe to recolor the same day after using this product, but it is recommended to use a protein conditioner before doing so. I also wouldn’t recommend bleaching unless you want dead hair.
I was super skeptical when purchasing this product. I fully expected it to be a complete waste of $10. However, I was shocked when I started rinsing my hair to see blonde strands.  Shocked. I hadn’t seen my hair that color in years.  Now, because the red dyes I’d used before lighted my hair, it wasn’t its original, brown-y or whatever color its supposed to be now but it definitely got all the red out. I’m attaching a before and after picture (they aren’t supposed to be flattering, just to show color. haha). And just for fun, I’m throwing in a picture of what it looks like after I went over it with the $3 box color.
Verdict? I was insanely happy with this product and I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t think it would work like this.  This won’t work for blues, purples, pinks, etc. And I’m not sure how going black to blonde would work. But other than that, I recommend it! If you try this with darker colors send me your before and after pictures! I’d love to see how it works on black or brown hair.

Coming up! My first ipsy bag has been shipped! So look out for my unbagging(?) post coming up next week!