Long Hair, Don’t Care

HAIR SECRETS! HAIR TRUTHS!

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I could go on and on with what I’d like to change on my body. But that’s not healthy. So, here are the 4 things I get complimented on the most:

  • my eyebrows
  • my long nail beds
  • my smile
  • my hair

I have no idea what I’m doing with any of these. No one taught me how to do my hair or how to do my makeup. My mom used Clinique. I bought Clinique. When girls were crimping, I crimped. And I’ve only cut my hair short, short twice. Once in 4th grade to get the lead in a play. And once for my high school graduation. After high school, I had NO idea how to style short hair, so I grew it back out.

I played with color from sophomore year of high school till Sept. 2011 before moving to Hawaii. I went 3 years without highlighting it. And then added low lights before my wedding. And then brighter highlights a year ago. My hairdresser extraordinaire all those years – Jenny Alida from Unity Salon in Fullerton.

I’m back to the idea of not touching it, but I wanted to make it look nice before growing it out. So I made an appointment at Paul Mitchell Costa Mesa with a student ready to graduate. I asked for a light ombre to blend my highlights. It was $40 +tip and the teachers were always there to supervise (it’s a full day activity. they do it by the book and that takes some time). Win.

So, what I use. I’ve tried a few different things. Spent tons of money on Biolage. Spent a few bucks on Suave. And everything in between. But I’ve found what works for me – what keeps my hair healthy and growin’. It’s not as eco-friendly as I’d like it to be but here it is anyways:

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  • JOHN FRIEDA Sheer Blonde
    • I used this the first few weeks after I dyed it so it wouldn’t get brassy. And then whenever it starts looking orange.
  • L’OREAL PARIS Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner
  • L’OREAL PARIS Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm
    • After the shampoo and conditioner, I put a little on the hair starting from the nape of my neck to the tips.
  • AVEDA Light Elements Smoothing Fluid Lotion Lissante
    • After towel drying, I run it through the bottom half of my hair to the tips.
  • ORGANIC COCONUT OIL (not pictured)
    • I lather it in my hair before and after surfing. Definitely helps with knots. AND it’s super good (and eco-friendly) for your hairs ;)

HOW I STYLE MY HAIR

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It’s pretty easy. It takes a shorter amount of time than straightening it.

  • After using all those products up there, I let my hair air dry.
    • My hair totally dries up if I use the blowdryer and it’s just not the same softness.
  • I part my hair right down the middle and put it over my shoulders.
  • I use a Conair Instant Heat 1″ Curling Iron.
  • From the left side, I take a piece from the back, clamp (?) about 3/5ths of the way up?, and roll out (not in).
  • I do that until I finish that side.

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  • I’d do the same thing on the right side but remember to roll out (not in).
  • After, I’d shake it out.
  • Rat it up.

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  • AND I’M DONE!
    • I rarely blow dry and/or straighten my hair. I don’t curl it often. I get it trimmed and a do a deep conditioning every 10-16 weeks (probably should do that more).

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Obviously, I’m not a hair stylist. I don’t know the terms. I’m sure there are more products and treatments out there. But I dig my hair routine ;)

LONG HAIR, DON’T CARE

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