Sharing The Secrets To My Best Hair + Q&A
One of my most asked question on Instagram and when I meet people in person, is always about my hair! Whether you are curious about the cut, color, or the products I use to keep it healthy and shiny after years of color, this is the blog post for you! Sharing all my secrets and tips for how to get the most healthy hair.
Guess what? It’s pretty simple.
I have found that it really depends on just a few things, that I will share with you below! This will give you a better understanding for what I do with my hair and why I use the products that I do. And any questions you have should be answered below!
Maintain the health of your hair in the chair. This means that having your hairdresser be honest with the state of your hair is really important. If your hair is brittle, dry, or falling out and breaking off, have a conversation with your hair dresser to best figure out a plan of attack for how to get it back to being healthy again, even if it means less color (maybe a partial foil or balayage instead of a full)!
The products you use on your hair DO matter. I never really understood this until the first time I colored my hair almost four years ago. I had never colored my hair before, but wanted some subtle balayage to brighten my hair without needing a ton of upkeep. Because my hair had never been colored, or bleached before, it was SO dry after that first color. I honestly freaked out because I thought my hair was ruined forever haha! What I learned is that hair that is dyed & colored is stripped of proteins that help keep it soft and healthy. That is why I like a shampoo + conditioner that has some protein in it to help my hair strengthen. I think finding products that work for you hair is super important; and you can ask your hair dresser for tips if you have questions on what type of hair you have!
Invested in a couple quality tools! I have a really great blow dryer from T3, as well as their curling iron and straightener. For me, I want to use the best heat on my hair to protect it, since I am using a blow dryer every day after my shower. I definitely think that there are great drugstore options, but I think especially for a blow dryer it is important to use one that is protecting your hair and has adjustable heat temps.
WHAT IS A BALAYAGE?
Balayage means "to sweep" in French; and is technically a hairstylist painting color onto your hair in a natural way that highlights certain areas. I like that the grow out for a balayage looks natural & not harsh; the way your hairdresser is “painting” your hair is designed to help the grow out look really natural.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER?
For daily use I love Redken Extreme shampoo & conditioner / Moroccan Oil conditioner. I love how they strengthen my hair and kelp keep it soft & healthy. I also occasionally use the Redken Blonde Idol to banish brassy tones; but when I am using purple shampoo I always add it to my shampoo and mix them together. I rarely will use purple shampoo on its own, because it tends to make my hair loose its shine & can make it look purple and dull.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU USE PURPLE SHAMPOO?
I like to use purple shampoo about twice a week. I mix it with my shampoo and lather it together before massaging it into my scalp & hair! Make sure you supplement it with a great conditioner or leave-in conditioner since it can tend to dry your hair out. I would first test it in your hair for 30 seconds (almost just a rinse) before letting it sit in your hair too long. It will depend on how porous your hair is, but sometimes it can make your hair ashy or loose the shine.
WHAT DO YOU ASK FOR WHEN YOU GET A HAIRCUT?
I ask my hairstylist for a clean blunt cut all the way around - almost like a long bob, to my collarbone. She then goes through & adds smooth, subtle layers for a little bit of texture when I curl it. The front “layers” are mainly just from breakage because I wear my hair half up so much, but I ask her to clean them up and smooth them out. I do not have an inverted bob or any hair in front that is longer than in the back.
WHAT IS YOUR NATURAL HAIR COLOR?
My natural hair color is a dirty blonde; if ever you see my roots in a photo that is my exact color. My hairstylist does not need to dye the base color of my hair, she just uses color on top of my natural base since it is fairly light and ashy on its own.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET YOUR HAIR COLORED?
I get my hair colored about every 3 months, which is a little longer than most people would probably wait. Since I have "dirty blonde" hair I don't mind a little grow out and find that it does not bother me when I see a little grow out between appointments. This saves me a little money because I am not getting touchups & color every month or two. The main reason I love to get fresh color is so the blonde is really bright!
HOW DO YOU GET LOOSE WAVES INSTEAD OF
TIGHT CURLS WITH SHORT HAIR?
For my everyday curl look, I have two techniques!
1. I use a straightener to create soft waves. Section your hair our (depending on the thickness) and do several layers of curls. With the straightener I like to curl it by pullig the straightener through my hair (think: curling a ribbon). I will brush the curls out, and add some texture spray & hairspray for volume/texture.
2. You can also use a 1 1/2” barrel and just lightly pull the hot barrel through your hair. Leave about an inch out of the bottom. Let it cool, brush thru to separate curls, and add texture spray to keep pieces separated and give it more life. I have a tutorial on my Instagram called HAIR CURL!