I know this may seem like a waste of a post and a dumb one, but I swear it's not. Seems like common sense right, brushing your hair? Like duh, you just stick a brush in your hair and make strokes right? Wrong! I have seen so many people brush their hair the wrong way, causing major breakage and hair loss, so I finally decided to make a post about it.
The brush I will be talking about in this post is The Paddle Brush by Wet Brush. This has been my favorite brush to use so far! It is designed to use specifically on wet hair but on dry hair as well. My favorite part, and the most important part, are the bristles. The bristles are soft, flexible, yet strong enough to detangle hair. I've had fancy expensive brushes that never even came close to being as awesome this gentle giant. They had awful stiff bristles that made brushing and detangling hair so difficult! The Paddle Brush is also vented, which makes it easy to use in the shower and easy to clean!
I don't like brushing my hair in the shower so I brush it on dry hair before I shower, and once more (very gently) on towel dried hair. Brushing before the shower helps reduce any tangles and breakage during the showering process and I just find it less complicated.
Now, here comes the proper brushing technique...brush from bottom to top, not top to bottom! At this point, you might be thinking, "You want me to create more tangles??" NO! I'm not talking about teasing or back combing. I'm talking about detangling by working your way up. This way, you are not pushing all the knots in one area creating a mega-knot and then have to rip apart the mega-knot. That's what happens when you start at the top, you create a rat's nest and and end up wondering where all the split ends came from.
In the photos below, I tried my best to explain it in the simplest way I could.
In the first photo, I started on the bottom, a little bit before the end of my hair, and brushed downwards. Once that part was detangled, I moved a little higher and brushed downwards again.
Once that part was finished, I moved higher and repeated until my whole head was soft and tangle free.
My brushes used to be filled with hair jammed between the bristles after brushing but this brush has been a life saver and so has the proper brushing technique.
Have a happy hair day!
Coconut oil has so many benifits and uses.
For this post, I will show you what coconut oil can do for your hair.
Coconut oil is benificial to our hair protein because of the molecular structure and the lauric acid it contains. It penetrates the hair shaft and attaches to the hair rather than sitting on top. It works its magic from inside out and has been proven to help hair recover from dryness, prevent damage, become stronger, and even promote growth!
Not only is it great for your hair alone, but for your scalp as well. If you suffer from dry, itchy scalp or dandruff(and even lice), applying coconut oil can clear and soothe your scalp tremendously due to its anti-fungul benefits.
For this treatment, you will need:
Coconut oil comes in a solid state. You can either add some in a heated pot to liquefy, or simply scoop some in your hand and emulsify to let the warmth from your hand melt it.
Gently brush your hair. You want your hair to be tangle free for easy application.
Section out your hair and start raking the oil through. You can do this on dry or damp hair.
Make sure your hair is saturated with coconut oil and apply on scalp. Take your time to massage your scalp as you do this. This helps stimulate the blood flow and promotes hair growth.
When your hair is fully saturated and you look nice and greasy, put your hair in a topknot and secure with hair ties or bobby pins.
I like to do my treatments overnight to receive maximum benefits. Having my hair up on top of my head helps me with comfortable sleeping. You can wear a hair cap during this process or lay a towel over your pillow so you don't transfer coconut oil on your pillows. If you don't like having the treatment in over night, you can leave it on for 1-3 hours or how ever long you can. I suggest a minimum of 1 hour.
In the morning, I wash it out with my current favorite cleanser, Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner. My hair immediately feels like silk and has so much shine and movement. I love it!!
I recommend doing this treatment once a week for quicker results.
Have a happy hair day!!
Rosemary is known for healthy hair growth. Not only does this rosemary rinse help promote hair growth, it makes your hair so soft, shiny, and smell so amazing!
So I want to share with you guys a very simple DIY on how I make my hair feel like silk.
15 - 20 drops of rosemary essential oil
10 drops of almond oil
7 cups of water
Now, I like to do this in the shower. I can be a bit clumsy so I have figured out that it's best if I do things like this in the shower.
After I cleansed my hair with my Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner, I literally stuck my head in the pot. I like to get the most out of everything so just dumping the pot over my head would make me feel as if I just wasted my rinse. So after its all saturated in my hair, I pour it over my head for one last rinse.
Then, I towel dry my hair with my favorite Deva Curl microfiber towel. Once I get most of the moisture out of my hair, I gently brush my hair and tip my head over to blow dry.
I usually like to air dry my hair but when I'm in a hurry, and don't want to leave the house wet, I blow dry my hair with cold air. NO HEAT. I use the cold shot button like it's the only button on my dryer.
I also like blowdrying my hair upside down for fullness and it seems to speed up the drying process.
That's all there is to the rosemary rinse!
My hair is left silky soft and scented like a wonderful herb garden.
Okay, I want to talk a wee bit about the "Effortless Style"...
The effortless style takes a heck of a lot of effort to achieve. There, I said it. It's the truth.
I am all about the soft, natural, "French" look. The messy tousled hair that seems to look perfectly messy in a way that doesn't look like a hobo. The clear dewy skin, full brows, and a nude lip done in a perfect "I just woke up like this" look and not "what year is it" look. But what is it that these women are doing to look so good and effortless at the same time? A LOT OF EFFORT.
You see, in order to be able to have these luscious locks is the time, dedication, the right tools, the right products, and TLC. Understanding your hair type and texture will also help you. What I've learned is that they don't neglect their hair because they have awesome Aphrodite genes like we think they do. These women are strict on their frequent hair trims(to get rid of those awful split ends), moisturizing hair treatments, staying away from heat tools or less frequent use of heat tools, vitamins &/or a balanced diet, and not ripping their hair out when brushing it.
The same goes for skin care. They wash their face twice a day, always use their correct skin care products, never go to sleep with makeup on, preform at home facials or get professional facials, and of course, a balanced diet and lots of water.
So do you see how much work is in this so called effortless look? It's no wonder why they can wake up and get ready in 15 mins or less looking like a total bombshell. After years and much research in skin care and hair care and my obsession with the effortless look, I decided to go to cosmetology school, learn even more, and teach people about taking better care of themselves. Of course your hair and skin are not the only things you should be taking care of, but its always a good start.
There will be many more blogs to come on this topic. I'm sharing all my secrets! I will show you all the things I do to achieve my healthy shiny hair and clear moisturized skin. Subscribe and stay tuned!
Do you love the natural effortless look as much as I do? Let me know all about it!