1. Lindsay

    I go to the Garden Salon here in Durham and they all swear by reducing the number of times you wash your hair per week. I agree with you, though- even with dry shampoo it still feels greasy. I really love the shampoo by Alterna called Bamboo. It is expensive but I really do see improved results. I think it can be purchased on Amazon or at Ulta.

  2. cathy

    what do you mean by underneath hair? do you highlight your hair? I used to and once I stopped I noticed how much healthier it became.

    • Laura

      The hair underneath the top layer that grows more from the neck area. It’s much darker and almost a different texture. I’m guilty of using sun-in for years to lighten my hair! I’ve heard it’s really bad so I’m switching to highlights this year – I’m nervous that’s going to be really damaging too though…

      • Sun in!!! I remember that stuff, I totally used to use that! In terms of highlights, I think it really depends on the hair salon and product. I am so happy with the dye my salon uses and have not noticed any damage to my hair the past couple years at all! Ask questions.

        I am a firm firm believer in only really good hair products (obviously I know that is not an option for everyone at every time). Your hair is the only thing you wear every day!

        I am obsessed with Pureology shampoos and conditioners. They feel absurdly expensive but are cheaper on amazon, last forever and make my hair feel so good both in the moment and long term. My advice about expensive products is to see if you can buy a sample size first to see if it’s worth it.

        I use the ‘it’s a 10’ brand leave in conditioner with keratin. If you blow dry so often I’d recommend a leave in with keratin to help protect from the heat. Also a good blow dryer. Different heat sources heat the hair differently. I also let my hair air dry as long as possible whenever I can and then finish with the blow dryer. Less heat = less damage.

        Sorry I rambled so much about hair in the comments f the blog, I just really like hair stuff:)

  3. Stephanie

    I think all this advice is really going to depend on each person’s hair type, but I’ve felt that I’ve had to go through a similar regime, myself. I don’t spend much on shampoo, but I use an Argan Oil type conditioner (I’m using a sample that’s lasted forever) that smells like oranges. I leave that on only for a few minutes, then rinse (many have recommended cold water for the conditioner rinse). Afterwards I use either a lotion based Argan Oil product or the actual Moroccan Oil in my wet hair. I have to air dry because my hair is super susceptible to split ends. I usually put it into a bun and it releases into beautiful curls the next morning. I rarely actually use heat to style my hair… maybe once I get it to be healthy I’ll be able to straighten it again.
    I also found out that your brush really matters, as well. I was recommended Maison Pearson brushes, but being $150 I am going to go with the cheaper and just-as-good Denman in their nylon and boar bristles, which are good for thicker/coarser hair. These types of brushes distribute your natural oils through your hair and protect your entire hair strand. A lot of times brushes don’t do this and you end up with dry ends.. which is my problem. I haven’t bought it yet, but will be doing so this week.
    I’m also hoping to find a good shine serum/spray. I used to use Oscar Blandi’s jasmine serum, but it’s pricey… thinking I may just splurge soon.

    • Laura

      “Releases into beautiful curls” sounds delightful:) Thanks for the brush rec.! I’ve heard that the brush matters, but didn’t really understand why until now!

  4. Sophie

    I tried the TJ’s Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner because I have 3 girls and the scent of the Tea Tree is supposed to repel lice (something you don’t need to worry about, but with 3 school-aged children, our family does). In any case, we all loved the conditioner but the shampoo made our scalps itch!

    Then again, no one got lice all winter last year, so we are again using the TJ products this winter!

    Good luck. Your hair is gorgeous — I certainly can’t tell from pictures that it is damaged in any way.

    • Laura

      Thanks! Good to know about the Tea Tree Shampoo – I feel like I’m sensative to an ictchy scalp, so I might not try it afterall…

  5. Caitlin

    Thanks for the great info in this post! I think I might try that Wella mask. Currently I use Morroccan oil after every wash and I love it! It is kind of expensive at $40 for a large bottle, but I use so little each time that the bottle has lasted almost a year. I also have been depating a Keratin treatment, but those come with a hefty price tag.

  6. Leslie

    I know that my curly hair has different needs, but it is true that shampooing less often, as well as shampooing only your roots, is a huge help in saving your hair. The thing is that you basically have to train your hair/scalp to get used to it. It could take a few weeks of feeling kind of yucky before the oil production in your scalp slows down and adjusts to shampooing every two or three days. Sulfate free products are great, as are silicone free conditioners, which weigh the hair down and can create a greasy feeling. If you feel like your scalp needs a good scrub, try using some coarse sugar, like sugar in the raw. Finally, keeping healthy fats and proteins in your diet, especially in the dry winter months, is key. Sorry for the novel, I clearly think about hair way too much! šŸ™‚

    • Laura

      I hear ya, but I just can’t stand the grease! I actually tried to train my scalp when I was abroad one summer, and just couldn’t stand it after 2 or 3 weeks. Thanks for the sugar rec.! Avocado and nuts are staples in my diet, but I don’t so as well with protein:)

  7. lynn

    I think you and I have the same texture hair (blonde, fine but a lot of hair). I love Nexxus Diamatress body shampoo, then when my hair is semi-dry I use very sparingly Nexxus serum Y a leave-in spray serum that produces amazing looking hair. These products really don’t repair hair though and i’m not sure anything does except trims and less processing. Your hair looks pretty on your recent pics though.

  8. Liz

    I swear by the Organix brand Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner. I’m a hair dryer and I also use a flatiron (so bad!!!!) on my fine hair, and this stuff leaves it feeling and smelling amazing. And it’s not expensive!

    • Laura

      I tried that in Dallas! I liked it overall, but it felt sticky when I was blow-drying…I might give it another try!

    • Laura

      I get confused by all the oils! The oil is the same, but the products made with the oil are all different, right?

  9. Pamela

    It is expensive, BUT, my hair was also pretty destroyed by heat styling, so I bit the bullet and got a Keratin treatment that defrizzes/straightens the hair and it lasts 5-6 months. It is amazing because it keeps my hair really soft but also really straight so I don’t have to do any of the heat styling I was doing daily, literally daily, for years (literally years). Anyway, it is an initial splurge, but I really am happy with it, and the amount of time I save in the morning is worth the price (mine was 250 bucks and it takes about 3 hours in the salon). It’s another option!

  10. Alexis

    I use Aveda’s Scalp Benefits Shampoo and Damage Remedy Conditioner. Before I started using it, my scalp got really itchy and too much of my hair started falling out (stress!). I think you have the most beautiful hair though so keep doing what you are doing! šŸ™‚

  11. Elizabeth

    You should try Birchbox (www.birchbox.com); it is only $10 a month and they send you skin/hair/makeup samples. I like it because (1) the products are great for traveling, (2) it lets me try out alot of products, and (3) once you give feedback on the samples, you get Birchbox points (100 points = $10 on Birchbox.com)!

  12. Melissa

    I use the unite leave in conditioner and LOVE IT! I have also been using Therma-Fuse products for the past year and a half and my hair has never been healthier. I have natural curl and normally flat iron at least 5-6 days a week. The Therma Fuse stuff is designed to be used with the flat irons and blow drying and strengthens your hair at the same time. Its not cheap. But its worth it, and the product lasts forever. A little bit goes a long way!

    Good luck

  13. The only hair repair trick I’ve really learned…. is using Kerastase. I think I’ve tried everything and nothing ever seemed like it changed my hair much. I always read of celebs using it to repair their hair after a movie, but it’s so expensive. It really is worth it, for me anyway! But the price still hurts šŸ™

    A trick for the dry shampoo…. I put it on my hair before I go to bed! It seems to work better for me than applying it in the morning. I still wear it up like you, but it looks cleaner (just not shiny like a real shampoo).

  14. Monique

    thank you for the tips, I also use pro natural moroccan argan oil which has helped me a lot to repair my hair. šŸ™‚

  15. Katie

    I want to add one more point to the less shampooing argument. Let me first say that a year ago, I washed my hair every other day or everyday – without exception. Today, I probably shampoo and condition twice per week. First, my hair/scalp has definitely gotten used to this and that process probably only took a month or so. I have tried a zillion dry shampoos and while some of them were OK, they still left lots of extra product on my hair. Which is fine for day two, but I don’t want 4 days worth of product buildup on day 4 – see what I’m saying? I don’t remember where I got this advice, but I use baby powder on unwashed hair with great success. I just sprinkle some powder on my hands – rub it together and run it through my hair (sometimes reapply by section) with my hair flipped upside down. Now, this won’t give additional volume, like a dry shampoo would. However, it does take away any greasiness, etc. and doesn’t leave that goopy product feel. It’s worth a try – trust me. And, it’s super cheap! šŸ™‚

    • Laura

      I actually tried baby powder way back when and it did do a good job! I’ve never tried your application technique though and I bet flipping and adding the powder and brushing helps distribute it better – I usually just spray the top! Thanks for the advice:)

  16. Katie

    One step I forgot to add – be sure to brush your hair, a few minutes after the powder application. This gives the baby powder a chance to soak up the oils and your sort of brush it out/redistribute. Good luck!

  17. I totally feel you on the needing your pillow cases to match your bedding, I would suggest looking for a complimentary color (especially as you’re probably registering for bedding?) For example, I have white sheets, and a tropical quilt, so my pillow cases are bright blue. I wouldn’t want an awkward color but I think during the holidays you can probably find a decent silk pillow sheet set in a color that will compliment your room.

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