My Hair Makeover
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MY HAIR MAKEOVER
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Lately I have seen a huge change in my hair, going from super thin and lifeless to healthier, stronger, and thicker. So of course I wanted to jump in and share with you a few things I have changed in my routine that seem to be making a big difference!! When we first moved to Scottsdale in 2017, I felt like my hair was turning into straw! The water was dry, the air was dry, and the heat was sucking the life out of my hair. Plus, over the summer, we spent probably 4 days a week in our pool which was ah-mazing, but left my hair in serious need of rehab.
When I went to my hairstylist, I complained that the bottom 2 inches of my hair literally felt like sand paper, and she told me that living in AZ was going to require a little more maintenance for my locks than I was accustomed to. She recommended shampoo and conditioner that was like, $48 for a 2 ounce bottle (literally) and I decided to do some research and figure out simpler ways to help the health of my hair! I started implementing these 5 things immediately. And I have seen a massive difference, so much so that I want to share it with you, too! And, I got you covered, because everything here is super affordable!
Summer is coming and we need all the tricks to keep our hair shiny and smooth despite beach trips and chlorine filled pools, amiright??
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MY 5 HAIR HOLY GRAIL ITEMS
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- This filter in my shower
This was a 5 minute install process that hooked up to my shower and then our shower head attached to the front of it afterwards. Not only is this insanely beneficial for your hair, but also your skin (a sponge for toxins!) This filter:
- Reduces up to 95% of chlorine
- Reduces chemical absorption and vapor inhalation in the shower environment.
- Reduces the levels of hydrogen sulfide, iron, and iron oxide
- Contains bacteriostatic media
- Reduces damage to hair and skin
- Back Flush Attachment to prevent premature clogging
- Includes Massage Shower Head
And I know it was one of the key things to restoring the integrity of my hair. Our hair has pores, and when it is soaking up chlorine every day in the shower, what can we expect but dried out strands?? This is now a non-negotiable for us. Mike said he can even feel a difference with his skin not being dried out after showers!! Just replace once a year or 20,000 gallons. This is my FAVORITE non-negotiable part of my hair care! P.S. If the exact shower head doesn’t pop up for you, just type on “Shower” in the search bar!
Literally, it’s the ONLY brush I use any more. You can use it on wet hair or dry hair and it is MAGIC for detangling and smoothing your hair. Do yourself a favor here and get this exact one, because there are tons of knock offs and they DO NOT WORK!!! Some things you just can’t skimp on. I also have a boar bristle brush which is supposedly the best thing for hair and properly distributing the oils throughout your hair, but I use it probably 10% of the time, and 90% is the tangle brush. When traveling, I don’t even bother bringing my boar bristle brush. Tangle brush only please!!
Using a clip instead of a hair tie when possible is super helpful to help alleviate extra strain on your strands. Hair ties yank, pull, and start to cause splitting and weakness high up on your hair. So, when you just need to get your hair out of your face for washing your face, taking a body shower, or doing chores around the house, I use this type of alligator clip and it works like a charm. I have tried probably a hundred different kinds of clips over the years, some clamp down too hard, some don’t clamp enough, some pull your hair, and some let hairs slip through. It’s aggravating! But this clip, it’s like the holy grail of hair clips. The teeth on it are just right and the flexibility in the clip works like a dream. On a few occasions when my hair is looking perfect and I want to keep it as is for second day hair, I will wrap it up in a high bun and sleep with it in this clip also.
- Shampoo and Conditioner
I became an ingredient NUT when I was 20 years old and living on my own. It was a rainy Tuesday, I was off work, and got stuck on the coach with a bowl full of Brookshire chocolate-acai-thingies and watching tv. An infomercial came on about some new natural product, and just as I nearly clicked away, they said something that caught my attention. The infomercial lady started talking about how cosmetic products can have carcinogenic chemicals inside of them, and that our skin absorbs them. I was FLABBERGASTED. Who on earth would let this happen???? I grabbed my laptop and started googling what these chemicals were called and walked straight into by bathroom and started pulling everything out of my shower: shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, delicious smelling foaming body soap….. And to my dismay, they were ALL TOXIC. I got a big trash bag and in one day cleared out my entire bathroom. I was disgusted. Now, it has been a journey but I take extra good care of what I put in my body and on my body. I am not perfect, but for the most part, I like to try and abide by the 80/20 rule.
- 80% of the time use the best, do the best
- 20% live life and don’t worry about it
So for example, my face cream will be PERFECT ingredients. But my hairspray is going to be the one that just really, really works for me. This was a bit of a tangent but I wanted to preface this point with that story because I truly believe the quality of what you use is of the utmost importance. I used Pureology for YEARS for my hair, and still think they are great but not PERFECT ingredients. It is a huge struggle to find PERFECT ingredients that also give your hair the body, shine, movement and strength we want. Right now, I have been using John Masters Organics, this shampoo and this conditioner. Crazy affordable, smell like a spa, perfect ingredients, and they work great. I’m happy!
- Leave in treatments
Ok, here’s where the “not-perfect-but-it-works” comes in. I just adore these two leave in products. They are my everyday, ride or die leave in conditioners. Here’s how I use them:
- Get out of shower, towel dry hair.
- Spray this one in. It’s more of a detangler and gives some conditioner and nutrients straight to your hair.
- Use tangle brush and comb through hair.
- Spray with this blow dry spray.
I think leave in treatments are so important because they stay with you all day, guarding your hair from the elements.
So Graceful Gladiators, what products do you love for healthy, strong hair? I know when my hair is on point I feel so confident when I am working, traveling, and speaking. I would love to learn your tips and tricks!
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