Review: Healthy Hair Haul

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a review for my blog! Last week, I posted on Instagram asking if you would like to see my hair routine, and many of you expressed your interest– so here it is! For those of you who may not know, my family has owned a hair salon in Minneapolis for the past 11 years. Having grown up in a beauty salon, I’ve learned many tips and tricks on how to achieve/maintain healthy hair, and it’s finally time for me to spill the details! In this post, I’m going to discuss my personal hair journey, the products that I use on a weekly basis, and what kind of treatments I use to restore my hair’s health. I hope that you can learn a thing or two from this article!

Hair Journey

As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up in a hair salon. Throughout the past 11 years, I’ve cut my hair to many different lengths and styles, colored my hair every shade under the rainbow (aside from green), and have had my fair share of hair-related mishaps. About two years ago, I had really long hair that was dyed to a caramel-brown color. It was nice, but I was feeling adventurous. I agreed to be a hair model for my family friend and got my hair bleached four times into a very blonde color.

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But after so much intense bleaching, my hair took a hit and turned very dry, and brittle. I knew that I couldn’t hold onto my long hair for much longer, and chopped it off into a short bob.

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I decided to take advantage of my blonde hair by toning it with different colors such as purple, pink, and blue. I had so much fun experimenting with my hair, but coloring does take its toll. I knew I needed to restore my hair’s health. I did this by investing in quality products and getting my hair trimmed every 2-3 weeks so that I can eliminate split ends and encourage healthy growth. After trying many different products, I think I’ve finally found my favorites that I’m going to recommend to you in this post!

Step 1: Shampoo and Conditioner

Herbal Essences Shampoo and Conditioner

I tend to change my shampoo and conditioner often, but I’m currently using the Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner from Herbal Essences. This set is readily available at any convenience store for around $6-10 each depending on where you go. I’ve noticed that my hair has become a lot softer and looks very silky after using this product for a month. Argan Oil has many benefits for your hair including: taming frizz, repairing brittle hair, clarifying uneven tone, adding shine and softness, and stimulating hair growth.

Step 2: Heat Protection

Heat Protection Glossing Oil

Proclaim’s Glossing Polish is definitely my miracle oil. You can get this product from Sally’s Beauty Supplies for roughly $8-9. I use this product after washing and towel drying my hair. I usually put a dime-sized amount of product into my hands an apply it to my hair, focusing on the ends (don’t even touch the top because your hair could look greasy!). I also add a little bit of this onto my hair after I straighten or curl my locks to make it look shinier and to eliminate any frizz my hair may have. This product is great for colored hair or hair that is frequently exposed to heat. The product’s description claims:

  • Controls unmanageable fly-away hair
  • Sulfate, paraben, and gluten free
  • Enriched with five natural oils
  • Helps repair cuticle damage
  • Adds brilliant shine
  • Eliminates frizzes

Proclaim Glossing Polish helps to eliminate frizz without leaving a heavy coating or buildup; creating a lasting silky shine for healthier looking and feeling hair. This glossing polish is great on wet or dry hair and all hair types.

STEP 3: Vitamins

Vitamins

I’ve been taking Olly’s The Perfect Women’s Multi for the past month, and I’ve been in love with it. I got it at my local drug store for about $12. My nails have gotten a lot stronger, my skin looks brighter, and my hair especially has received the benefit of growing longer. Hair usually grows an average of half an inch every month, but using this product has sped up my hair’s growing process. I think the biotin in this product is what originally drew me towards the product, but there are many other vitamins that are in these yummy gummies:

CaptureBeing someone who’s always on the go, I usually don’t get the nutrients that my body needs. Taking two of these multi-vitamins a day allows me to make up for my bad eating habits of forgetting to eat or just eating non-healthy foods in general.

Step 4: Hair Treatments

Lavender LPT Treatment

THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING EVER. My salon orders products from a Korean beauty supply shop in Seattle, and ever since we came across this product, it’s always been readily stocked in our inventory. This Lavender LPT Treatment from DUAL N is my favorite deep-conditioner of all time. Even though it costs $50 a bottle, there’s a lot of product and a little goes a long way, meaning one bottle can last you a long time. I usually use this product once a week. After shampooing my hair, I’ll wring my hair of any excess water and then lather this product into my hair, focusing on the ends. This product works best with steam, so I’ll sit underneath the steam machine at my salon for about 15-20 minutes, but using the steam from your shower (perhaps while shaving!), will do the same. After 15-20 minutes, I’ll rinse my hair with cold water to maintain shine.  I love how soft my hair feels after using this product, it also leaves my hair smelling like lavender– my favorite scent!

Organic Coconut Oil

Another product that I use to maintain my hair’s health is coconut oil. I bought this Organic Coconut Oil from betterbody foods at my local grocery store for $5. I usually use it 1-2 times a month to restore my hair’s softness and seal my locks with moisture. I’ll take about a table spoon of coconut oil, microwave it for 15-30 seconds (or until it melts, it just depends on the microwave), work it into dry hair, and cover my hair with a shower cap. I usually leave it in my hair for about 1-2 hours (or overnight if I can), and then follow up with my normal shampoo and conditioning routine. I’ve found this product to be the most helpful in restoring my hair’s health after I bleached and colored my hair so many times. I definitely recommend everyone to keep a jar of coconut oil at home because it can be used for cooking, on your hair, as moisturizer for your skin, or even as your lip balm. It has so many different uses and one jar has lasted me for over a year now.

That’s it for my favorite hair products! I hope that this post will help those of you looking to restore or maintain your hair’s health. Hair is definitely something that most of us disregard, but it’s so important to take care of! If you try any of these products, make sure to tell me what your thoughts are!

 

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