November 9, 2012

Hair Care

I haven’t always had good hair. I grew up having naturally very thick, straight hair that was light brown with some natural blonde highlights (very similar to what it is now). Towards the end of high school, I got bored with my hair and to my mother’s dismay I dyed it blonde. That was beginning of my hair trauma. After that, I went dark brown then blonde again then back to brown…over and over. All of that can really take a toll on your hair. I remember always wanting long gorgeous hair, but for some reason could never get it to grow past a certain point. After a terrible experience of having my hair accidentally dyed almost orange (!!!) I told myself enough was enough. I did some research and decided to start treating my hair right.

The first step in my new hair care routine was to take a daily b-complex vitamin (I have also taken biotin). My hair was so damaged at that point, that my hair dresser suggested I switch to a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush because my hair was so delicate when wet. I also cut back on blow drying and straightening as much as possible. I now actually prefer to air dry my hair whenever I can. I also tested out many products and my favorite by far is Kerastase. I use a tiny amount of the Elixir oil on my wet hair when I get out of the shower, then the Ciment Thermique right before I style my hair and finish with the Aqua Seal. It has been a couple years now and I can honestly say that if you’re nice to your hair, it will be nice to you!

Do’s:

  • Drink lots of water
  • Take Vitamins like B-Complex
  • Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush

Don’ts:

  • Try to avoid using a blow dryer and opt to air dry as much as possible
  • Don’t over process your hair with dyes and coloring
  • Don’t sleep with your hair in a pony tail (it will break off hairs while you are sleeping)

*I order all of my Kerastase hair products from Amazon because they are a lot less expensive.

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jenn~the stylish housewife November 9, 2012 at 7:21 am

i agree that kerastase products are amazing. i used to use them exclusively for years! definitely great products. my hair dresser always gives me a kerastase deep conditioning treatment every time i get my hair done and i love it! i’ve been considering taking biotin myself…so thank you for the reminder. you have THE most gorgeous hair.

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

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Karolina November 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

thank you for the post! I remember you showed in one in your vids the aveda daily damage remedy, would you recommend it also ? or the cement by kerastase is better? thank you again, I always envy your hair, but in a good way :) XO

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Joyce Lau November 9, 2012 at 11:33 am

Thank-you for this post, I think I’m a little like you, but I still dye my hair soo much. oops. I use loreal Mystic oil :)

Joyce xxx
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Sunshine & Rain

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Penny Pincher Fashion November 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

Definitely need to invest in some of these Kerastase products – I have a couple other friends who swear by them. I have also taken Viviscal tablets to help my hair grow & get thicker and I love the results (just wish they weren’t so expensive)!

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Erika November 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

Thank you for sharing your tips. Your hair is beautiful! I totally agree with you about Vitamin B complex. Perhaps I’ll try some of those Keratase products as well….

x
Erika
http://www.thecardinalplanner.com

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Erika November 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

Thanks for sharing your tips–you have such beautiful hair! I definitely agree with you on vitamin b complex. I may have to try some of those Karastase products as well….

x
Erika
http://www.thecardinalplanner.com

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Lyndsay November 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this! Your hair is absolutely gorgeous, and I’ve been wondering how you keep it looking so. I’m kind of in a similar boat that you were in hair-wise – the recovery process. I’ve been loving Kerastase products too. The Ciment Thermique and Ciment Anti-Usure have been working wonders for me. I’ll have to look into the Elixir Oil and Aqua Seal.

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Katie November 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I was hoping you would do a hair care post! Thank you! Can you also share what shampoo/conditioner you use and whether you shampoo daily or do you do the every other day, 2-3 days method? Love your blog!

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Dina Karivalis (@DKarivalis) November 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

You have truly beautiful hair! Great tips!
xo Dina
Sweetest Somethings 

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Chelsea Lenae November 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I also completely adore Kerastase products. There are so many girls that I talk to that have either never heard of Kerastase or refuse to spend money on high end products. I can truly say that my hair has come so far since I learned to protect it properly. I had chest length, thick, natural red hair until I left high school and then the fun began, bleach blonde, brown, GREEN, pixie cut… and ever since I hadn’t been able to grow it much longer than chin length as it would break off. My stylist told me that I needed to stop coloring it and start treating it like silk if I ever wanted to have long lengths ever again. =)

Chelsea @ How I Dwell Now

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Ashleigh @ Jolie Jouel November 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Great tips! You really do have the best hair!

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Nuha November 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Love this -I can never get enough hair tips! Have you tried argan oil/ Moroccan hair oil? A little goes a long way and it’s SO great for your hair!

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Jenna | The Paleo Project November 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Yesss.. on so many levels. I am naturally light brown and it always bored me so I went back and forth between dark dark brown and highlights and low lights. The damage wasn’t awful, but I needed serious intervention. I’m not back to natural and haven’t dyed in a year. I cut my hair every 4-6 weeks to keep it fresh.

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Jenna | The Paleo Project November 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

now* back to normal.

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Marcy November 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I JUST heard about this brand from a girl I work with just last week who has the most gorgeous long hair! I have long hair, but it is FAR from nice. I’ve done all the coloring and highlights known to [wo]man and I finally decided that I want to stop coloring my hair, and wouldn’t ya know it, now I have a few grey’s right in front! GO FIGURE! But I definitely think if you’re going to have long hair, it is worth the money to actually take care of it, who wants long, nasty, scraggly hair?! Thanks for re-iterating this to me, I’m going on Amazon right now!

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Cassidy Short November 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Great advice, and I totally agree about drinking water & not blow drying too often; I haven’t dyed my hair in over 2.5 years & I definitely notice a difference!

Xoxo
Cassidy

http://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/?m=1

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Ayantika November 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm

very useful tips.I am suffering from hair problem :(
Love,

Bong’s Belleza

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Rachel November 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Thanks for sharing! Great tips :)

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Sarah Webb November 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Thank you for the tips. Do you know that amazon guarantees that the Kerastase products are guaranteed to be the real deal on amazon? I know that most retailers will not sell their products to sites like amazon.

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Sofia November 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

What great products you suggested. I totally need to invest in them Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend.

Sofia

Stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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Alicia November 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I found this very helpful! I am hitting the point of not being able to grow my hair past a point.

Thanks so much!

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The Glitter Life November 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Love kerastase! Try their climate hairspray!

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Shoegal Out In The World November 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Thank you for the tips, I will definitely try them… Have a nice weekend!!!

xo, Violeta

http://www.shoegaloutintheworld.com/

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Alysha @ She's on the Run November 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Great post. How often do you use a curling iron? Is that how you get your hair so perfectly wavy?

I take Biotin right now (I have been for about 2 months). If I’m taking that, do you suggest taking b-complex instead or in addition to?

LOVE LOVE the blog!

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Julia November 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

I try and stay away from hot tools, but I do curl my hair a lot. I probably do it once or twice a week. I also use a 1 1/1 inch barrel curling iron.

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Donna F. November 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Ciment thermique is one of my favorite products. Kerastase products are definitely an investment but so worth it. I’ve been considering biotin supplements and I think I’m going to start taking them. It’s such a process to grow out my hair. Thanks for sharing. Your hair is gorgeous!!

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Lindsay November 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I’ve also learned over time that using a comb on wet hair makes a big difference! And you can’t go wrong with Kerastase! All their products are amazing! I’m fortunate that my best friend is my hair stylist and is able to get them at a steap discount!

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Heather November 10, 2012 at 1:54 am

Great tips! I’m the worst on my hair – blow dry, flat iron, curling iron – every single day… you name it!

XO
Pearls & Paws

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Melissa Stark November 10, 2012 at 2:14 am

Thanks for posting!! How long did it take to get from damaged to this point? My hair is pretty curly, so unfortunately I cannot let it air dry everyday :( So keeping it healthy is tough!!

Thank you!

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Julia November 14, 2012 at 8:18 am

Hi Melissa, It took a good year and a half but then I had another hair drama and it’s been about 7 months since then :)

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Briseidy November 10, 2012 at 3:30 am

nice post! very helpful thanks for sharing! you really have beautiful hair!

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Elizabeth November 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I swear by Biotin! I take the Spring Valley supplements 5000 mcg from Wal-Mart and my hair has grown so much! I love it.

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Amy November 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I sleep with my hair in a ponytail way too often (naughty!). Thank you for the reminder!

AllMouthAndTrousers

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Kacie November 11, 2012 at 4:19 am

I’ve actually been look for some healthy hair tips, I’m horrible with hair! I way over blow dry and I’ve dyed it so many times!

shygirlloudvoice.blogspot.com

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lexi November 11, 2012 at 4:30 am

I am addicted to Karastase products — I just wish they weren’t so expensive! Thanks for the Amazon tip!
Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

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sylvia Dennis November 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

I found them for even cheaper on Feel unique … maybe it isn’t cheaper in the us but Amazon UK are still more expensive than feel unique … :) great tips though you have amazing hair x

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Franziska November 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Thank you for the amazon tip. I’ve been eyeing up Keratise for a while now but it’s so pricey! I’ve also started taking biotin pills after I cut off all of my hair (oops) so I’m hoping the growing out process won’t be too difficult!

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Tess November 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm

You have the most healthy and beautiful looking hair! I’m glad that you shared these tips, I’ve been considering taking biotin daily and might start doing so now after seeing this. I’m so tempted to die my hair to a lighter shade of blonde, but so worried about going back and forth with color like you did.
xo Tess
http://lovelylioness.com

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Olivia November 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Taking care of your hair is so important! Next time I need to restock I’ll keep Kerastase in mind!

xo Olivia
go for the glam

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Lisi November 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Yes, yes, yes. I love this post. You have absolutely stunning hair. I have been using Kerastase products for a few years now and love them, too. I have cut back on blow drying SO much and my hair has never looked better. It’s the longest it’s ever been in my adult life. I have a hard time not sleeping with it in a ponytail because I get so hot and literally wake myself up from sweating – I use a cotton headband wrapped loosely around the pony to avoid breakage. Also, I read somewhere that keeping your hair off your face while sleeping prevents oils to go on your face for breakouts. Great post!!

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laurenzuzic@gmail.com November 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Hi! I love your hair too! After reading this post I am def. going to start on a vitamin B complex. Could you tell me which one you take???? Thank you!

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Julia November 14, 2012 at 8:16 am

Hi Lauren, I take just a regular biotin that I got at a pharmacy. I think they are all pretty much the same!

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Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls November 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Thank you so much for sharing these tips! Your hair is really gorgeous and stunning, so I know that your tips really work :) Kérastase is an amazing brand, and I’ve been dying to try more of their products. Now you’ve given me just the right impulse!

xx Ivana
Macarons and Pearls

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Kenzie Lee November 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been going through a hair nightmare and am excited to try these product!

xo, Kenzie

http://www.cavegirlinthecity.com/

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lolita November 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

Thanks for sharing these great tips!Your hair is gorgeous,and I wanna try these products!
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Linnie (@LinnieatLarge) December 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Thank you for the tips — any suggestions for how to wear your hair when sleeping? I’m used to putting it in a pony tail, so I’m not really sure what to do…

Thank you!

Linnie
LinnieatLarge.com

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Mary December 21, 2012 at 11:59 pm

what kind of B-complex vitamins do you take?
I really want to start taking some but there are so many different brands out there that i’m not sure where to start!

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Monika Vilardo March 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Your hair story is exactly like mine, back in eighth grade I got bleach highlights then I died my hair blonde by myself and it became orangeish and I freaked out so I went to the hairdresser and she had to bleach my hair 3 time before I got the orange out! My hair was so limp and falling out I did not know what to do. I invested money in a better straightener and I also try to air dry my hair and sometimes just blow dry it a few minutes when it is almost dry. I am still working on getting pretty hair but like you said it does take time! (: thanks for your advice

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