MY HAIR

Ok So let’s first talk about my hair. From a general standpoint, my hair is thick, super dry and hard to manage, curly and I have been chemically relaxing it since I was a child. It’s been highlighted and dyed etc as well. I am always in need of moisture. I switch up my routine once in a while too. I had gradually been highlighting and coloring my hair with blonde for the past several months slowly getting it to the golden sunny blonde I had recently been sporting this past summer, I then (foolishly) decided to get semi-permanent hair extensions (brazillian) which I now no longer have, and will explain a little bit more about it below. This changed my routine ALOT.

SO, let’s talk about the NOW. What am I doing now since all of this has happened? Currently I sport a mix of my natural hair, clip in extensions and wigs. I have converted back to my natural hair color so that I don’t have to continue to color my roots in an effort to cut back on chemicals. Surprisingly few people have noticed! I’m delighted. I’m really upfront about the products I use and my experiences with them, and I hope that it helps someone else.

Regarding my semi-permanent extensions I am so bummed out that I did it. I cut my hair short last summer and spent the year growing it back, only to lose it all again. Unfortunately the extensions ripped out a significant amount my hair at the root where they were attached taking all of my length with them. I was left with all of my hair on top but very little throughout on the bottom. The stylist should have known better but here we are. Now I do have a lot of hair in general and we left a lot of hair out on the top to cover them so you couldn’t really tell at first glance. I after dozens of second opinions, for sure it was the absolute WORST type of extension for my hair and I’m just going to leave it at that because the whole situation was bad.  But they did look good, I will say that. but super uncomfortable too. Please educate yourself well before deciding to get any type of permanent hair extensions. If possible try out clip ins for a while, and consult with several stylists, for a consultation. For me, It was an absolute DISASTER and has cost me a fortune in damage control. I’m sharing this experience with my followers and readers to try and save someone else from going through it.

 

SHAMPOO & CONDITONER

This summer I picked up this shampoo and this conditioner from Sally’s and it smells amazing! I like to alternate shampoo and conditioner to keep my hair feeling fresh, this one is also budget friendly!

I love this Shampoo and Conditioner is by Caviar/Alterna it smells really good. You can also purchase the duo Here

I have also had great experiences with THIS CONDITIONER by Paul Mitchell and I also love The Detangler shampoo.

If you are on a drugstore budget I am obsessed with THIS SHAMPOO and THIS CONDITIONER from Pantene. and I also tried out THIS MOISTURIZER from them as well.  It’s super inexpensive and great for thick or chemically relaxed and dyed hair and I think it works really well and it only costs a few dollars!

 

 

HAIR MASQUES

I hadn’t tried out hair masks until recently, but I have found that they help a lot. There are three hair masks that I currently recommend. When I apply a masque to my hair I then put a thin plastic shower cap on over top and let it set for at least fifteen minutes. You can get the clear disposable shower caps at any drugstore and just throw them out afterwards. Another thing you can do with a masque is to apply a cap and then use a portable cap dryer to help it set.

Right now, I am LOVING this Amino Strengthening Masque from Hairfinity. It leaves my hair so soft, and lately I have been letting my hair air dry and blow drying and using heat tools on it as little as possible. This keep s my hair so soft for days.

I love this Treatment Masque by OUAI it’s good for all hair types and it smells absolutely amazing, I also used this on human hair extensions and it worked well for that too.
I also recommend this replenishing moisture masque from Caviar/Alterna
DETANGLER
I love this Detangler from Dove, they recently changed the formula it use to be more of an oil spray but I think the new formula is good.
Another detangler I love is the Tangle Tamer from L’oreal Kids, it smells like pears and I’ve been using it forever.
LEAVE-IN PRODUCTS
I just started using the Hairfinity Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner in combination with the  Strengthening Amino Hair Masque
There are two leave-in conditioner sprays from It’s a 10 that I highly recommend
HAIR SERUMS
This Seaberry Hair Serum from Obliphique is amazing, and it smells so good, it is super hard to find so stock up when you do. It was life changing for me.
I have also had a good experience with Paul Mitchell’s Smoothing Super Skinny Serum
Hairspray and Dry Shampoo/Conditioner
I don’t use dry shampoo often, but I do occasionally in between washes, especially when my previous curls have fallen to help keep some waves. I love this dry shampoo
I also found out that dry conditioner exists, and I love this one from the same brand
When it comes to hairspray I like to go with a softer hairspray because my hair is dry and I don’t like it to become crunchy. I like this hairspray from the same brand and I also have used this hairspray for years
Protecting Your Hair From Heat
Protecting your hair from heat and tools is so important. I certainly didn’t do this as much as I should have in the past, because the heat from curlers and irons can lead to breakage and long term damage. Right now as I am growing out my hair I am limiting the amount that I wash it, use deep conditioners and masques, and let my hair air dry and avoid tools as much as I can. I’m already noticing  a major improvement with my hair.
Before Blowdrying or Straightening I like to use this Thermal Protection Spray from CHI
HAIR TOOLS 
I recommend 3 different hair dryers, I am still in search of my investment hair dryer but have yet to find one that is life changing. I’d love to hear about any dryers that you like.
I love the Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Hairdryer All the Remington Hair Products I have tried are budget friendly and high quality and last a long time.
I also usually need a hair dryer that is 2000 watts which is above the standard 1875 Watts
For the past few years I have been using the Brocato Vibrastrait Oscillating 1″ Flat Iron. The woman who did my hair in college had one and it got my hair so flat, so I stuck with that, it’s worth the investment and you can turn off the pulsating feature as well.
Another hair stylist used this flat iron by Rusk on me and got my hair pin straight
if you are looking for an affordable quality tool.
I recently bought This curling iron and it was a complete game changer. I have never been able to curl my hair for most of my life. It just never worked out no matter what I did. This iron comes with 3 attachments and it’s interchangeable. It works wonders on my hair. It’s totally worth the investment and it also curls my clip in extensions, and also works on wigs.
before I discovered the curling wand above I discovered this automatic curler and it was amazing, it does all the work for you. It’s completely affordable and easy to use. Read the reviews, but try it for yourself. It takes some practice but worked wonders for me.
     I do use the hair tools on my wigs and clip ins as well, but it’s best to do it as little as possible. When I am not using the tools I found that sponge rollers worked well and curling rods.
Having the right hairbrush is a must too! Here are a few that I like!
This is my all time favorite hair brush! They sell out quickly so be sure to grab one if you see it in stock, it is huge and the bristles are strong and they last a long time. For whatever reason I go through brushes so fast, they are in the trash after a month, so the ones I am linking are the real deal.
This is another good heavy duty brush from Goody, it has metal bristles and is really strong.
If you are trying to detangle a wig or clip in extensions I recommend a brush like this or a brush like this.
For Blowdrying I love this barrel brush, I have the huge one, it’s amazing!
To care for my hair at night, I started sleeping with a satin pillowcase and a big satin lined bonnet, it’s good for your hair and your skin, especially if you have dry hair like me.
Tips for Wigs and Extensions
After my issues with the semi-permanent extensions, I resorted to clip in extensions and I have started to experiment with wigs as well. This is kind of a gray area for me so I have really had to be a guinea pig for myself and test out a lot and go through a lot of trial and error to get the hang of this type of hair care since it is brand new to me.
For clip in extensions I got this set of clip in extensions from Bellami Hair I got the Ash Blonde in a 20 inch I dyed them dark brown later, and they have blended perfectly before and after.
It came with a bag and a hanger and a box and a brush. You are supposed to hang them up to store them. I won’t lie these clip ins have been thrown on to my vanity after a night out and not brushed for days and they remained in perfect condition. My dog even got a hold of an entire weft and mangled it into a birds nest and I soaked it in detangler and extensions conditioner and it was good as new. I also dyed them from blonde to brown with no issue. These hold curls well and straighten well. These are true quality. They even come with a test piece so you can try one in your hair before you open the rest and you can return them if you don’t like them. If you are looking for a good set of clip ins I highly recommend this brand
I found this great line of care products for human hair extensions from Sally Beauty and I personally love the smell it makes my human hair extensions and wigs smell amazing and moisturized.
Hair Extension Leave In Mist

 

 

 

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