We’re talking about HAIR!

Posted August 1, 2019 by Denise in Beauty / 0 Comments

HIYA! In today’s post, we are talking all about Hair and everything that goes with it. I’m by no means an expert but over the past year, most especially the past few months, I’ve taken at least effort to really take care and experiment on products/ try out my stylist’s recommendations whether it be maintenance or go-to products. Below are some tips I have for ya, things Ive learned throughout the past few months– how to research, what style//cut colour to go for etc. So if you’re interested, keep on reading! 😉

TIP 1: GO WITH AN AWESOME STYLIST YOU CAN FULLY TRUST.

I had this vision of what my hair colour should look like and carefully choosing a good hair colourist/stylist is key. I have little knowledge when it comes to hair so fully trusting a good stylist can make or break your experience. I did my research, looked through a lot of portfolios & customer reviews and ran across my stylist’s page. I set up an appointment, was clear of what i wanted yet also open to what she thought would be best for my hair and of course, budget. ONE of the main things why my hair held up in the best possible shape for at least a year! She’s awesome… went above and beyond her duties & gave me tips on how to manage, take care and what are the best products to use.

The salon I go to is: HAIR TEASE LOUNGE in Mississauga, ON. My stylist’s name is Chan and her instagram handle is: @hairbychanb. Just in case you want to check it out!

JULY 2018 : This was my hair when I first had it done in the same place. I asked for a balayage-ombre more on the gray, silver side. I fully trusted her on this! My natural hair colour is black and loved how it turned out!
She did not cut my hair and stayed the way it is– layered.

TIP 2: QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

I can’t emphasize this enough. I’ve had gone a few mishaps on hair colour /hair cut gone wrong solely because I had the mentality of “Its just hair, wont hurt if the service is super cheap” ,or “let’s just go with this, its a good deal” or “no one would notice”.I did no research, no background checks and just chose a stylist, a product, a salon cause “it seems legit” and “its cheap”. I cut down a massive lot when it came to my products, able to save more money in the long run, & of course, saved time as well.

And by good products, meaning–again, the quality regardless of price. There are some good drugstore ones out there and also, doesn’t mean expensive = a great one. I only go now to my stylist ONCE a year (and hair still looks good), & a trim in the middle of the year (thanks to awesome products).

FYI, my Hair type: oily on the top, dry halfway till the bottom, super fine, tangly, curly hair.

TIP 3: DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR TOO OFTEN

There are many reasons on why we shouldn’t. Just like our skin, if we strip and wash often, we feel oh so dry and body will end up producing even more! At first, I didn’t like the feeling since it involved “CHANGE” A change in my routine plus felt sticky & yucky. Eventually, may hair had gotten used to it & stopped producing too much oil all the time. So now, from washing everyday to it be every 2-3 days now. (and yes, I go to the gym lol) but trust me, I still feel and look fresh and clean! no ODOURS! LOL

Everyone’s different and for me, that works! Figure yours out and just pick a good dry shampoo that works best for YOUR hair type.

Dry shampoo i use & switch up from time to time: Living proof , IGK & Batiste.

TIP 4: USE PURPLE SHAMPOO

In order to maintain the icy-ness of my hair and prevent yellowing of the colour, my stylist recommended the No Yellow Purple shampoo ( you can get it from Amazon.com — better hurry cause they sell out often). I use this every other week or if need be.I leave this on for about 2-3 mins and rinse. This I find, is one of the few good ones out in the market!

JAN 2019: Hair still looks bomb! But as you can see, it grew nicely. Purple shampoo was a game changer and so are the other products I used.

TIP 5: YOU MAY BE DOING YOUR ROUTINE WRONG. TRY REVERSE WASHING + USE A GOOD QUALITY SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

…and it does make a difference. What most people usually do is Shampoo then conditioner . Lemme tell ya, its not wrong but I find THE OTHER WAY AROUND IS BETTER. trust me, your dry, Limpy tresses will thank ya. With just being over a year post partum, I lost chunks of hair and really wanted to start fresh and focus on taking care of my hair. So I really wanted to just revive my hair from a coma. If you haven’t heard of reverse washing, continue reading so I can explain.

When you apply conditioner first, it coats your hair with protection. think about a thick film over your hair. once you rinse it with shampoo, which btw can fully strip your oils/ gunk out, the conditioner acts a barrier/protection for your shampoo to do such. The coating left behind acts like a primer for your hair. It then spreads the shampoo more evenly = no product build up, takes out the heavyness or thickness of the conditioner yet still hydrates your tresses leaving you with volume and the right amount of hydration. you get me?

For my shampoo and conditioner, I use: OLAPLEX (sephora/ hair salons) and R+CO (amazon/hair salons) Thats it!

JULY 2019: This was the state before I had it re-coloured again. as you can see, ends are very dry but overall colour and how it grew still looked good! My stylist even said so…so yay! However I had to get it done cause I wanted to lift the colour up.

AND LASTLY,

TIP 6: USE A WET BRUSH & PREP SPRAY BEFORE YOU APPLY HEAT

Use a wet brush to minimize hair breakage and fall out. Trust me, makes such a big difference! Make sure you use a good heat protectant as well. For someone that uses heat all the time (blowdry, curling &/or straightening iron) each time, after I wash my hair, you need a good prep spray that will protect your hair!

Products I use: Its a 10 spray or the REDKEN all-in-ONE. You can easily get both anywhere.

OTHER TOOLS AND PRODUCTS I USE:

  • IGK TEXTURIZING SPRAY – great to use after curling your hair
  • OUAI beach spray- smells oh so good. I use this when I want my natural curls– or when I go to the beach.
  • COCONUT OIL- deep hydration for yo hair. I do this once a week or when needed.
  • CONAIR- 1″ curling Iron, hot tools 1-1/4″ curling Iron
  • GHD straightening iron.

and that is it folks! hope you like my blog post for today! Up until the next time 🙂

JULY 2019: and lastly, my current hair! I requested same colour, however just a tad bit lighter! still Balayage-ombre. I just told her that I want more dimension in my hair in general. still the Icy, a tad bit of caramel look and I love it!
as for my cut and style, this is a blunt cut and just trimmed the dead ends.


and that is it folks! hope you like my blog post for today! Up until the next time 🙂

xo,

Denise

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