3/29/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2

3 MONTH INTO MY 2ND YEAR OF MY HAIR JOURNEY! This process has been so long! and as crazy as this sounds… I’m thinking I might go into a year three, depending on what my hair looks like in December. Let’s talk about this month….

I have continued using The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir from last month. I am still as obsessed with this product as I was when I started. I have also continued using the Cocoa Locks from last month, although I have’t been using it as religiously (warm climates have made me want to drink it a little less).

This month I tried the Somerfield Hair Mask. This mask is great because it gives my hair a hydrating boost and they give you the option of adding a protein boost. Protein boosts are great because they help with the hair growth process. I also like that this hair mask comes in a cap form. So all you have to do is make sure you get all your hair inside he cap and seal it around your head. In twenty minutes you take it off and rinse it out!

Another thing I have noticed this past month was from when I got my hair trimmed this month. Yes…. I got my hair trimmed. But it had been eight months since my last trim and my hair needed it. During this process I also learned that all the strands of my hair do not grow at the same rate, which gives me an uneven grow out. Will this make me trim my hair more in this process? No! But it’s good to know. But my hair looks and feels healthier than before and I am happy I gave it some love and took care of the dead ends!

I have learned a few tricks for this journey that most people wouldn’t probably find important but if you are growing out your hair, I think you should:

  1. Take care of your hair. Find a hair regime that you can stick with and DO IT! Your hair will thank you later.
  2. only use the products that are necessary. Putting un-needed things in your hair damages it and slows your process, so don’t use them.
  3. embrace your natural look. Stop using heat tools and dying your hair. People have told me they get so frustrated because they want their hair to grow and it won’t. Heat tools and hair dye are usually the reasons why.
  4. PATIENCE. This is KEY. I know for some of us (myself included) this is  very hard because we want to see results NOW or TOMORROW! But having patience with it will help you see the little changes as it grows over time.

I hope these things helped! See you next month for another update!

:-* MMB

2/22/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2

Alright you guys we are in the second month of the second year! Last time I posted I had decided to start the year off with only two products (Function of Beauty shampoo & conditioner and It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In conditioner). Function of Beauty has been the best option for my hair because it is personalized and cruelty free. There are others out there but lately I have been preferring this one. It’s a 10 Miracle leave in has become a staple in my routine as well. This leave in is also a cruelty free brand and leaves my hair silky smooth after a shower.

Over the past couple months I have backed off of most hair oils. When you want your hair to grow healthy, trying not to overwhelm your hair with so many new products is the best thing. This month I have started using Amla oil. Amla oil is very heavy on my hair because it is made to help dry course hair. Nevertheless, you can still use it on your own hair. Because it’s so thick, I only use it about once every two weeks & I don’t use a lot. Distributing it on my mids & ends only before leaving it in over night. To wash it out, I have to shampoo and condition my hair twice. If this is work you don’t want to do, you don’t have to but the way my hair feels after is amazing.

 

Another oil I have been using is The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir. This stuff smells amazing and I have been using it this last month like an addict! This stuff works wonders! It is also cruelty free and has about 15 different organic ingredients! I love the smell and I use it daily. The Rose Elixir helps with split ends, frizz, and adds shine. Three drops of this stuff goes a long way. I love to use it as a leave in oil after the shower and if my hair looks a little dry before the next time I wash it, I use this as the little pick me up! It’s not as expensive as other oils I’ve tried out there but absolutely worth the investment. I almost wanted to keep it as my little secret!

The last thing I started using this month was Cocoa Locks. If you’re a big fan of hot cocoa like I am, especially during colder months, & you want longer hair, this is a nice addition! I’ve been drinking Cocoa Locks for a month now and I am already seeing changes to my hair. This product is specifically designed to help hair. It tastes amazing and has all the vitamins your hair needs! So many to even name! Just one cup a day and in a month you will start to see a difference! I have! Don’t believe me? Look them up and try it for a month! Leave a comment below and let me know how it’s going for you!

:-* MMB

1/30/18 Hair!- Hair Journey Year 2

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! BEGINNING MY HAIR JOURNEY YEAR 2! My first post of 2018! I am so excited about this last leg of the journey! My patience has really tested me in this last year! But I can say that my hair length is only half way where I want it to be! Before I started this journey I never would have given much thought to how fast my hair could grow or what it really needed to stay healthy. Had I been through beauty school and knew the basics of hair? Yes! But that didn’t mean that I would know exactly what MY hair needed!

Starting this year I am adding some new products to my routine and will be talking about those in the coming months. I don’t want to introduce them to you just yet because I want to give my hair time to adjust to the new products and see how they help my hair.

Some of the products I will be continuing to use are not only good for my hair but all of them are cruelty free!

  1. Function of Beauty– I am continuing with this shampoo and conditioner because it is personalized to my hair type and what I want to achieve! It’s hand made but also cruelty free, sulfate free, paraben free, and toxin free. The best part- the most expensive it is is $35! I changed my formula a little bit from last time but can’t wait to see how this helps my hair in the new year!
  2. Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin– This leave-in conditioner is by It’s A 10 which is also a cruelty free brand. The Keratin is a protein that your hair naturally produces but the added Keratin in the product strengthens the hair as it grows. This product is a little pricey depending on the oz you buy. Although it is more expensive I’ve found that the 10 oz has lasted me almost a year and I use it every time I wash my hair. It can be also found at Ulta and some drug stores.

These are the only two products I’m starting my year with! But I will be adding to it as 2018 progresses! Are you still on this journey with me???

:-* MMB

12/27/17 Hair

Alright everyone! We are now to the end of year one! I can’t believe that I was ale to stick this out but I also can’t believe how much more I have to go! In a lot of my Hair monthly posts I have said “we” a lot. “We’re 7 months in…” “We can do this…” And I realized that I was saying that a lot because I didn’t know if anyone would think, “Maybe I’ll try that…” because then it would become a “we” thing. I didn’t want to do this post to say that it was something everyone should do or keep track of but I think when you aren’t focused on it, its hard to judge how long it can take to grow out your hair. Because everyone is different and everyone’s hair journey will be different. But especially now with easy fixes like extensions, growing out your hair is a process. But through that you can learn the best ways to take care of it. A lot of people hate that part (myself included sometimes) because it means a lot of trial and error. So when you don’t see results right away it can be discouraging. And if your anything like me, you get to a point where it stops mattering. I have had those moments this year where I will see a cute short hair cut and think, “I want that style…” and with my hair history I would have said “long hair be damned” and done it. But 3 months later or so, I would have been upset. These posts have seriously helped me stay on my goal.

And look at how far I have come in just one year. Can you imagine how long my hair can get in just another 6 months?? And just like the last 6 month mark, I know I will be worried about my indecisiveness about my hair. Long hair and hot summer weather make my neck hot, so I think in that time I will be doing A LOT of undoes! But I think if I can stick it out for one year… I can do it for another! Are you still with me???? I’mma keep going into next year #hairgrowth #hairgrowthjourney #hairgrowthjourneyYEAR2

:-* MMB

11/30/17 Hair

11 MONTHS! I’m so proud of myself lol sorry I needed a moment. Well I can say that at this point I am starting to notice my hair growing! Mostly just whenever I put it in a ponytail! If you’ve followed my journey than you know how difficult and frustrating it has been for me to patiently wait for my hair to grow.

Some of the products that I’m still using (and the links to them are in my last hair post) are the function of beauty shampoo and conditioner, the It’s a 10 miracle leave in treatment with keratin, as well as some oils. We’re getting to the end of the year and I would love to post some progression photos for you at the year mark! Next month we will be one year in!

Thank you all for coming on this Hair Journey with me!

:-* MMB

10/30/17 Hair

TEN MONNTHS IN! I hope you all will have/had a safe and fun Halloween!! I have to say (and I think I say this every month) that I am shocked I have gotten this far without cutting it! But it shows I can do it haha. I’ve stopped using supplements and started taking really good care of my hair. But for everyone that process is slightly different. For me, taking care of my hair means washing it every 2 days with the FUNCTION OF BEAUTY shampoo and conditioner. It’s a brand that makes shampoo and conditioner specifically for your hair and its needs based on what you tell them in their online quiz. It’s a little pricey but it’s been working wonders for me. To protect my hair against damage I’ve been using the IT’S A 10 MIRACLE LEAVE IN CONDITIONER WITH KERATIN which I have mentioned before. Keratin is a protein your hair naturally produces so the added keratin in the product helps to boost hair growth and slightly slows down the aging process of each hair strand. Focus any leave in hair treatments on the middle to ends of your hair, focusing on the roots can cause damage to the new hair growth.

I try not to use heat to often but in these photos to show you the growth I did use a straightener. If you are going to blow dry or use any kind of iron on your hair, PLEASE use a heat protectant spray! It’ll protect your hair from heat damage and make split ends less frequent! Lastly, on the days I don’t wash my hair it can get very dry, especially in the colder months. I like to use the littlest pump of the PAUL MITCHELL AWAPUHI STYLING TREATMENT OIL. This stuff smells amazing and just the tiniest bit changes my hair from dry on the second day without a wash, to revived and fresh. You can use these products if you wish and all the links go to where you can purchase them, but find one that works best for you! And I can finally announce…… I WILL OFFICIALLY BE CONTINUING THIS JOURNEY THROUGH 2018! IF YOU’VE BEEN FOLLOWING ALLONG I LOVE YOU AND IF YOU ARE JUST STARTING, I’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU CONTINUE ON THIS JOURNEY WITH ME!

:-* MMB

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