So I guess my hair has been looking a lot better than usual because I’ve been getting a lot more questions about the length and color 😉 But hey, whatever I’ve been doing recently, I’m happy to get the compliments! With that said, today I just wanted to give you guys the run down of what my stylist does in terms of my coloring, how often I get it cut and colored, and then my go-to hair products that I feel like keep my hair nice and healthy!
Let’s start with the coloring. In a nutshell, I get a combination of balayage and babylights (don’t babylights sound so cute?!) hehe. Okay, getting back on track…so for those that aren’t familiar with balayage I like to think of it as a less severe or dramatic form of ombre coloring. Ombre looks much more two toned where as the balayage technique more so blends with your natural color. It’s essentially a highlighting technique that leaves your hair looking multidimensional and keeps it looking natural. And then same goes for the babylights. They are like “micro” highlights that help create more depth and dimension to your hair, usually around your facial area. For those that want me to get even more specific, this is verbatim what my hairdresser says she does for my hair (and anyone living in Wilmington, NC who wants her to do your hair I’m happy to give you her info 😉 ). Oh, and apparently I already have greys?! Keep reading haha, but okay she says:
“I finely weaved sections [of babylights] into your Mohawk area–basically the front, crown and back in between the sections and on top of each balayage painted area. Always lighter around the face. I concentrated around your hairline and part to break up whatever little grays you have and give longevity to your color overall. Basically your color will grow out beautifully and you can go longer between colors”
Okay, so speaking of growing out and going longer between colors…this is one thing I love about my hair color– it SO low maintenance! I literally get my color done twice a year at the most–that’s it! Maybe even once every 8-9 months. I mean, getting your hair cut and colored frequently can get so expensive, and be time consuming! So this technique is super convenient and also very budget friendly. And just for your reference, I had my hair colored last in May and these photos were taken recently–so it’s been about 5 months since my last touch up. In terms of how often I get my hair actually cut, I usually just get it done twice a year. I sometimes get a third haircut, but all in all, I keep my cuts to a minimum. I feel like I keep it healthy enough in the interim that I don’t need frequent cuts, plus I am trying to grow my hair out a little longer so I try to only cut it when it really needs it!
On that note, let’s talk about what I’ve found to be helpful in keeping my hair healthy and growing it out! Some of you have asked if I have extensions, and I’m flattered, but nope! The only extensions I have are my eyelashes 🙂 As far as my hair goes, I only get it cut a couple times a year like I mentioned and just get a very small trim. I basically just trim off what I need for my hair to be healthy so it can continue to grow. I also only wash it 2x a week. For all of you ladies that say, “I can’t do that because mine gets so oily!” Well, YOU’RE MAKING IT OILY BY WASHING IT ALL THE TIME! STOP!! hahah. No, but really. When you wash your hair continuously, your hairs reaction is to product more oil. So, you’re just casuing your hair to be that oily by always washing it! Make dry shampoo your best friend and start washing it less! Also, I’m not sure if this is a contributing factor or not, but I don’t ever brush my hair. Like, really. I don’t even own a hair brush LOL. I’ve read that over brushing your hair can cause damage, so for whatever that’s worth! As far as heating tools, I only use them about 2x a week on my hair. I don’t use any protectant which I should probably start doing but I never really blow dry my hair, or use any tools on it except for my straightener 2x a week to get my waves (tutorial on that coming soon).
Last but not least–products! I’ll be honest with you guys. I don’t have a go-to shampoo and conditioner. I kind of just buy whatever is on sale? I do however have several hair products that I love and have used pretty consistently though the years. I always use Moroccan Oil when I first get out of the shower (mostly on my ends, and a little bit on my crown). I then always use a leave in conditioning spray. I went ahead and linked those products below for you guys plus all my outfit details 🙂
Can you guys think of anything else that I missed? Anything else you want to know–just ask!
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