It was a year ago (almost exactly) that I chopped my hair off.
I was coming out of a very dark place, in the midst of watching my family crumble to pieces, and struggling to identify exactly who I was as a person. I was mentally and physically unhealthy and stress had taken over my life. I needed a change. So, I cut off my thin, dead hair and vowed to start fresh. I can honestly say that it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
My life has changed drastically since that day– It got worse before it got better, but it did get better. I decided to pursue my passion for writing, I made new friends, I found my internship, and I began to rediscovered the girl I had once been. Somehow, that haircut was my turning point. It solidified the change that I so desperately needed and forced me to face my fear of the unknown.
Now I’m on the road to growing my hair back out and I’m determined to keep it healthy and strong. I’ve been incorporating new products and tricks into my routine and they seem to be paying off.
The biggest change I’ve made is not washing my hair every day. If you do, stop. Over-washing strips hair of its natural oils and leaves it limp, dry, and thin. For off-days, I swear by Batiste Dry Shampoo. They sell tinted versions for every hair color and it leaves my hair feeling clean and voluminous.
This is an intense treatment that my hairstylist recommended and I’m so thankful that she did. It’s a 3-part system (shampoo, conditioner, and root-spray) that stimulates your scalp and helps create new hair growth. I used this 2-3 days a week and I had new baby hairs growing in almost immediately. It’s a little pricey but worth the investment if your hair is thin or consistently falling out.
Surprisingly, this is the first Lush product I’ve tried and I can definitely see what all the hype is about. This intense conditioner completely changed the texture of my hair from course and dry, to soft and smooth. It’s made with all-natural ingredients and smells heavenly– what more could I ask for?
I’ve heard time and time again about the benefits of using coconut-oil on your hair but my hair stylist said it would probably be too heavy for my fine hair. Instead, she recommended a coconut-milk based serum and I found this one at Target for $8. I apply it after towel-drying my hair and then brush through it with a wide-toothed comb. It’s amazing and makes my head smell like a coconut. Love.
I went to an event at the Fringe Salon of Beverly Hills a few weeks ago and had the opportunity to try their new line of products. Everything was fabulous but the Shine Spray is [by far] my favorite. The directions say it can be applied to wet or dry hair but I typically use it as a finishing spray to give my hair a little extra shine. Fringe products are available exclusively at their salon or on their website.
So, there you have it. Those are the products I’ve been using and I can’t get over the results. If you’re struggling with unhealthy hair or simply want to grow it longer and fuller, I highly recommend them!
What products do you swear by?
Here’s to long, luscious locks…