Friday, April 29, 2011

Mane Tales

Once I figured that a wedding might be on the horizon I decided it was time to start growing my hair.  For the last few years I have kept my hair around the same length, varying within an inch or two and resting around my shoulders.DSCN3217DSCN3760My hair is super fine and I really didn’t know how to deal with it so I mostly wore it in a ponytail all the time.  As my hair has gotten longer I’ve tried to branch out and learn how to do new things with it.  I’ve learned how to do a top knot/sock bun:DSCN4780-editI’ve been playing around with curling my hair and figuring out how to create waves with a flat iron:

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I’ve been trying to embrace my hair as it has been getting longer:IMGP3324With all of this extra styling I’ve been doing I’ve also been trying to take care of my hair.  Gotta watch out for those split ends!IMGP3326What are the tips I’ve picked up along the way?

Getting regular trims is a good thing!  My stylist helps to keep the ends in check and only trims the tiniest amount possible.  She also helps to confirm that my hair is still in great condition as it gets longer.

A heat protectant is a great item to have in your arsenal.  I really like Tresemme’s Heat Protection Spray.  It doesn’t cost much, and you can spray it on both wet and dry hair.  Spray before you blow dry, then spray again before you curl.

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Learning not to wash my hair every day.  This is a big one.  A few months back I would have told you that my hair had to be washed every day.  It gets oily, my scalp gets itchy and the only way to deal with it if I haven’t washed it is to put it in a ponytail. 

Not washing your hair every day takes a bit of time and patience to get your scalp used to it.  With the help of a good dry shampoo you can keep your hair looking and feeling fresh.  I’ve tried out Tresemme’s Fresh Start Dry Shampoo which made my hair feel oilier.  I also tried out TIGI’s Rockaholic Dry Shampoo which worked fairly well but it is also quite expensive.  Honestly the best I have tried so far is plain and simple baby powder:

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If you are looking for tips on how to extend your time between hair washes yet still keep your locks looking great I highly recommend checking out Veronika’s Blushing.  Her blog post is so informative!

Have you got any great hair care tips to share?  Are you going to great lengths to keep your hair healthy if you are trying to grow it out?


Unknown said...

I'm a daily washer and tried that powder trick just the other day actually - all it did was turn my dark hair a funny, hazy shade of gray. It definitely works better for light-haired people (like my sister who insisted I do it in the first place!)

Nicole @ Haute Runner said...

Great post!! I am a daily washer also. I tried washing it every second day but I find it just doesn't work as well when I am working out a lot. I think I will have to try this again as I know I am damaging my hair from all the washing/styling.

Glad to see someone who has similar hair to me has had success with this method. How many days can you go between washings?

I have done the baby powder trick a time or two and it does work!