9/28/17 Hair

Nine months in! Guys… I honestly did not think that I would make it this far! My hair is now down to my shoulder blades (from my back-almost to the end of them). In previous years my hair has taken a long time to get to this point and then after that it seems to grow really quickly… I hope that this happens but with everything I did to my hair over the past couple years I can’t say for sure.

This journey has been hard for me you guys… and I know that your probably thinking “Really??? IT’S JUST HAIR!” I know this but in the past nine months I have cut it ( going back on my word NOT to), I’ve really wanted to dye it but surprisingly this hasn’t happened yet, and I have honestly thought about putting in EXTENSIONS! Which if you don’t know is one of the WORST things to do to your hair, aside from bleach, when you want to grow it out!

A perk to this journey though is the $$$ aspect of all of this! I know that in different parts of the world, hair care prices vary. In southern california, I used to pay $150-200 for color and cut. And that was roughly every 3-5 months… It’s insane how much money I’ve spent. But with this Journey to hold me accountable, I’ve trimmed my hair only twice and only paid a total of $80!!!

If you want to take a “Journey” like this make sure you know a few things:

what kind of hair you have (thick, thin, wavy, straight, etc.), what type of products your hair needs to be healthy, how often you should wash it, keep away from hot tools and air dry hair as much as possible.

I HOPE these updates still interest you guys and I hope these little tips have helped you guys!

:-* MMB

8/24/17 Hair

You guys…. We’ve hit the end of August! Eight months in and I’ve come to notice that my hair has grown a little. It is back to a little past my arm pit and is still very thick. When I put it up, it lands a little past the nape of my neck. It’s healthy and happy for now! I’ve changed up my hair care products a little. Last post I mentioned that I had started using the ‘It’s a 10 miracle leave in treatment with keratin’ and you guys it has helped my hair SO MUCH in this last month. on top of that I changed my shampoo to the Paul Mitchell Awpui (don’t know if i spelled that right) line.

Changing up your hair care routine is SO important! The biggest problem that your hair faces is that it becomes used to its environment. If you live in a dry area, your hair is going to react to it in a better way than if you all of a sudden move to the ocean. Your hair has to adjust. Its a similar idea with hair products. For example, if your hair is dry and you use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, your hair will slowly start to overcompensate and produce more oil. Eventually the more oil it continues to produce then your hairs natural balance will change and it will become oily. Once that happens it is time to change to an oil controlled shampoo and conditioner.

Its the same set up with hair care products like serums and hair spray as well as leave in conditioners. I didn’t just change my leave in conditioner from ‘Toni & Guy S-Factor Papaya leave in’ to ‘It’s a 10’ because I wanted to. I also changed it because my hair had changed and it needed something that worked with the new environment it was in and with the amount of oil it had begun to produce.

Changing things up for your hair is good for it and it keeps it healthy and happy. I hope these tips helped and I hope to see you in next months update!

~ :-* MMB

7/30/17 Hair

Alright everyone! Seven Months! My hair is happy and healthy as we continue this journey! (Although I have to confess- I did trim it recently) I know, I know… but honestly we’re in the middle of summer time and my hair is just SO THICK! I felt like I had my own heater on my neck. So this month all I did was thin it out a little to help me through the summer. I did mention in my May or June post that the thickness had come back after I had thinned it out in March. So my guess is the thickness will be back by October! This will be great because we will be in the heart of fall!

My hair has gone back to being healthy! I started using moisturizing shampoo/ conditioner with an occasional hair mask. The previous leave-in hair conditioner that I used was a pleasant smell but it didn’t help  my hair at all. This past month I’ve started using the It’s a 10 miracle leave in conditioner plus keratin. I have heard rave reviews about this product and how it helps protect your hair from so much damage and the added bonus of keratin to help boost your hairs natural supply of keratin is a bonus.

Because of the trim I recently got I had him take off very little from the length so my longest layer is at my armpit in front and back. My hair stylist thinned it out just enough so that it’s still thick enough to put into braids/plaits if I want to but thin enough to where the summer heat shouldn’t bother my neck.

You guys I am seven months in to this journey already! It may be a little too soon to ask this but…. Do you think I should continue into 2018? Let me know!

:-* MMB

6/23/17 Hair

6 MONTH RECAP

Hey Guys! We are now at the SIX MONTH mark! AAAAAAHHHHHHHH! First of all I just want to say thank you to all of you guys for taking (what I call) my “hair growth journey” with me! These blog posts have not only helped me find new ways that I can take care of my hair and share them with you but they have also kept me ACCOUNTABLE to stay with it. I am the type of person who has a hard time with changing things but my hair has never been in that category. These posts have helped me stop coloring my lovely hair (which I went crazy doing for two years) or getting fed up and chopping it off!

We are now in the beginning of summer and I worry about staying on track. As I mentioned in my last hair update, the thickness of my hair has returned. If you guys remember I had to trim it in the beginning of March because my ends were discussing. Within just two months, the thickness came back. I have still stayed away from heat products (with the exception of a special occasion, which have only been about once a month) and I have refrained from tying my hair up.

I know with summer here and the heat increasing you all are thinking, “WHAT?! How can you NOT put your hair up?” Believe me, it’s been hard. But I learned that where you tie your hair up is where breakage is 99% likely to happen. So instead of putting my hair in a bun or ponytail (and having to deal with the breakage in a matter of months) I’ve started putting my hair in a braid/plait. This way the rubber bands create less breakage because then I only have to cut off the ends when that breakage happens.

BIG regrets with my hair

Summer is here and it is hot. The last time my hair was really long was in 2012 (almost 5 YEARS  AGO!) It was down to my waist and (in all honesty) not well taken care of. But I loved having it! There were so many hairstyles I tried and new ones I discovered. Then, towards the end of summer, I went to Chicago for 3 days and the heat was intense. Having my thick hair on my neck was not helping me either. I came home and two days after school started up again, I chopped it into a PIXIE! I have always thought that pixies are adorable and edgy but definitely something I wanted to try. For me though, it was a BAD idea! My hair is too thick to carry a pixie and my jaw is slightly too round. It was not the right haircut for me and I regretted it about a week after I got it.

Ever since that decision in 2012 I have been attempting to grow it back out. But with all the different hair colors and treatments I did in the past 5 years its been hard to get it back to the length I wish to have. Which is why I decided to start this journey and see how long I can go for. My goal is to continue it for a whole year. The new year will be my first end mark. But because hair can sometimes take between a year and a half to two years to grow out to a desired length, I will decide at the new year if I want to continue the journey and documenting it for another six months to a year. Thanks for coming along with me!

:-* MMB

 

 

5/28/16 Hair

5 MONTHS IN!

Hi my loves!

So now I am five months into this journey. I had originally decided on this idea in December of last year but I thought it wouldn’t be as accurate to me as I wanted it to be and it would be better to start in the new year (New year, new resolutions, yada yada yada). I know I have probably said all this before.

Background

Just as a brief background: my hair has grown over the past five months but I honestly didn’t see a change until about a month ago. As I said in my last post, the thickness of my hair has come back and the length is just an inch shy of lining up with my armpit.

Give me a minute here to scream, “I WANT MY HAIR TO GROW FASTER!” or “CAN’T YOU JUST MAGICALLY GROW TO THE LENGTH I WANT!”- okay I’m done.

Tips

~Cold Rinse~

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before but giving your hair a cold rinse really helps it. Some would tell you that taking cold showers every once in a while is better-DON’T! The purpose of a hot shower is not just great for you but it also loosens the roots of your hair to open and allow your shampoo & conditioner to get in there and clean. instead of taking a cold shower every once in a while, wash your hair in a warm shower and at the last 2 minutes of every shower, wash your hair in cold water. This will close the root follicle back up and allow for the hair to keep all the nutrients it needs to clean the hair. You may feel cold for a minute after the shower but it’ll go away. And because of the cold shower you are less likely to end up with frizzy dry hair.

~Right Shampoo & Conditioner~

I think I’ve talked about this before as well. Knowing what your hair needs in order to grow is a HUGE bonus! If you are absolutely unsure consult with a hairstylist that has worked on your hair a few times before. They’re the ones to give you the best recommendations. If you want my breakdown: my hair is so thick that it is easy for my ends to get very dry and my roots get really oily if I wait to long to wash it. For me, a moisturizing formula works best for my roots and after my shower,  a mix of texturizing sea spray with a styling treatment oil helps my hair feel heathy and happy. BONUS: I like to give my hair the best treatment and not cause harm to any living thing so I make the choice to use all companies that are animal cruelty free!

I love that you guys are on this journey with me! We’re only five months in and have at least 7 months to go! (That is unless I decide to go for longer lengths!) I can’t believe we’re almost half way through this year! Can’t wait to hit the 6 month mark with you guys! I hope these few tips helped and keep a look out for our 6th month post!

:-* MMB

4/26/17 Hair

It has been two months now since I trimmed my hair. The thickness of it has come back and I am still resisting using as much heat on it as possible (with the exception of this past easter of course). I am only four months in to my hair journey and already I am debating coloring it or chopping it off. But at the same time I have to remind myself that I wanted to stay committed and see this through at least a year. Here are the few tricks I have learned in the last four months alone.

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  1. The Right Shampoo and Conditioner

Knowing what your hair needs in order to allow it to grow out is very important. I’ve gotten very particular about the products I use on my hair over the years. One of my new favorites is by functionofbeauty.com. Their line is sulfate free, cruelty free, and paraben free. You take a quiz about your hair type and they create a formula specific to you. The best part is it isn’t any more expensive than drug store shampoo!

2. Hair Masques

Hair masques are important to growing your hair out. I’ve gone into the necessity of them in great detail in other posts before. And I still believe that they are helpful. If you don’t know what kind of hair masque to use, don’t go to store and guess because chances are, the one you pick yourself may not be the best one for you. The next time you go in for a trim, talk to your stylist in detail about what kind of masques to look for. And depending on your hair type, ask them how often you think you should do them.

3. Trims

I’ve also talked about trims before. When you tell your stylist your growing out your hair their typical response at the end of each appointment is to tell you to come back in at least every two months for a trim. But if you are taking care of your hair and have a good routine for it, this is false. If you want to see how much your hair grows over time and your showing your hair a little love, than you shouldn’t need a trim for at least six months to a year. This time frame, however, is slightly different for everyone because there are different hair types out there.

4. Exercise

This is a topic that I don’t keep up with regularly and I should. Exercise can help your body in SO MANY ways. Whenever your exercise, your heart rate speeds up and pumps more blood throughout your body. The increased blood flow and circulation as well as the rise in body temperature creates a faster circulation throughout the body and sends more oxygen to the scalp which is the nutrients the scalp needs to help hair grow.

I hoped these tips helped! Thanks for coming with me on this “hair journey” lol

:-* MMB

3/30/17 Hair

It’s been another month since I posted about my hair journey. Sometimes I wonder if this journey is worth documenting every month because I know there will be some months I don’t know what to talk about.

At the beginning of this month I got my hair trimmed. Nothing drastic I just needed to trim up the ends. Walked in and ended up finding out that the last person to cut my hair, cut it unevenly. So I had one side that was about a 1/2 inch shorter than the other. Let me tell you… I was FURIOUS about this. But my new hair stylist fixed this problem and I have to say I loved it. He listened to what I wanted and didn’t do anything drastic to the length. Even within the last month I have noticed that my hair has grown!

I’ve also changed my hair care routine a little. I’ve started using a shampoo and conditioner by Pureology that is good for strengthening your hair and allowing it to grow. I’ve also gotten into washing my hair twice a week (I know that sounds gross to some but it works for me and you’re not supposed to wash your hair every day). I’ve also been doing a hair masque once a week. To keep my ends happy and healthy.

stay tuned for more as I continue on this hair journey!

:-* MMB