Changing things up a little - because you spoke and I listened! A few people asked if I could maybe do reviews on some of the products I recommend, so I'm going to give it a shot and see how it goes!
I wasn't sure where to start, so I figured I'd start with what I get asked the most about...and that's my shampoo and conditioner. From most of my pictures you can see that I experiment with my hair color. It's been all one color (it is now) and most recently it's been a combination of dark brown and bright red. In the past I've had blonde or purple or caramel highlights, but nothing like I've done with the red. I'm always getting asked how I keep the color from fading for so long, and how my hair looks so shiny and healthy, and not brittle and damaged. And it's not only people I know asking this, but it's random people when I'm out and about as well.
Here's the thing, usually when people do this, their hair gets ridiculously damaged, and you can tell from one quick glance that their hair has seen better days. But do you know why? It's because you have to basically double treat the hair when you're doing this - you have to do the all over color and you have to bleach the part that's going to be "special". And if you do these wonky colors (said with love and no judgement) on your entire head, this can take a huge toll on your hair health. I don't know about you, but I'd like to have as much hair as possible, as healthy as possible, for as long as possible.
I used to use just a cheap color treatment friendly, buy at whatever store you shop at, kind of shampoo. And I didn't have any issues. Until I started with the wonky colors. My purple faded in four weeks. No joke...four weeks! It looked kinda weird for a couple of days when it first started to fade, but then it kind of blended with itself. Now, I wait as long as possible to see my stylist...not really intentionally, but it's just usually how schedules work. When the purple faded I think I saw her after six weeks. I talked to her about what I could do to make the color last longer and now I'm telling you what she recommended and what I did.
Now, you don't have to have multiple hair colors to use this shampoo, you don't even need to color your hair to use it. I really recommend it to everyone at this point because I just love it!
What my stylist told me was to use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. That if I was just doing one plain color any old color treatment shampoo and conditioner would be fine, but if I'm going to continue with the bright colors that I need to change what I use, otherwise I'd be in her chair ever four weeks, and I'd be spending a butt-ton of money on my hair. While I was sitting in her chair I decided to check with my old pal Google for sulfate free shampoo. I came up with a list and she told me any of them would be fine, and that when they're sulfate free they will be clearly labeled as such. So , then I went to my old pal Amazon and checked out what they had available and, honestly, I didn't buy from there at first.
I went to Target and found the OGX/Organix brand. There are a variety of scents, I personally use coconut milk, and I bought it there so I could try it out. When I finally washed my hair with it (I usually only wash 2 or 3 times per week...I'll explain shortly on this) I loved it! Of course, some of the red washed out, it doesn't prevent it from washing out completely, but it wasn't nearly as bad as what had happened with the purple. So, whether you buy it from my Amazon link (it's a bigger bottle than what you can get at the store) or you go to Target or WalMart or wherever you shop, I totally recommend the OGX/Organix brand! I'll put the link below so you don't have to search for it on the other pages.
Now, as for washing my hair 2 or 3 times per week...
It's taken me a while to get to this point. I was always one of those people who said they could never go a day without washing their hair. But I also always used a ton of product. That was until I became a mom, and that's the honest truth. And it's not that I'm part of the "hot mess express" moms that seem to pride themselves on not taking care of themselves. The only thing I don't do daily is wash my hair and that's because there's no need anymore. The way I got to this point is that I would wash one day, then the next day I would rinse only. I would repeat this for about a week and then I would try to do a wash and two days of rinsing. If I still felt my hair was too oily, I'd just wash. And now I'm at a point where my hair typically looks its best on day 3; it's not oily and it doesn't smell. But when I do use product in my hair, I make sure to brush it out at night and then wash it the next day. I really do believe that, along with changing shampoos, this has been a huge part in my colors having such longevity and my hair being so healthy.
So, that's my schpeal for the shampoo and conditioner I use.
If there are any other products I've recommended that you'd like to know more about, please let me know and I'll be happy to cover them!
Until then, I'll just pick a random product once a week to write about.
I'll talk to you soon!
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