7/25/18 Hair~ Hair Journey Year 2!

Welcome back guys! We are in month seven of year 2! As I remind you guys in every post, this journey has been so long but to me it is worth it! And as you guys know there are a lot of products that I carry over each month as I allow my hair to grow. I’m still using The Innate Life Products but with them being all natural they can create build up in the scalp sometimes! If you guys follow hair guru’s on instagram then you have probably heard of @katydid003 . Her hair is long and gorgeous!

Over the past month I was having some trouble with keeping my hair from looking greasy! I was doing everything I thought I was supposed to! Washing it less frequently, doing hair masks, using natural hair products, using oils. And I was following any Instagram that promoted natural products & hair growth. But no matter what my hair was still looking greasy after I washed it! So I took a chance and reached out to Katy through dms.  She was so sweet and so helpful! Having someone who has already tried a lot on their hair before and who was willing to give me advice has really helped me through this second year of my journey! We went back and forth while I tried to explain what was wrong. She was patient with me and explained to me what happens to your hair when you use sulfate free shampoo (it doesn’t always clear out the build up of oils)

One of the things she recommended was an ACV rinse (apple cider vinegar). And let me tell you! I was skeptical! I HATE the smell of vinegar but at this point there was so much I’ve documented and tried on my head, what was one more. And before trying it, I just wanted to make sure this was a good next step so I looked up the benefits of ACV.

ACV can do so many great things for your hair and scalp!

  1. The oil in your hair known as sebum has a natural pH balance similar to that of ACV.  Because of this, if your hair becomes greasy, or begins to overproduce oil, organic ACV can bring sebum back to its natural balance in the hair
  2. the acid in ACV can kill bacteria and fungus, which are the cause of issues like dandruff, flakiness, and hair loss
  3. it can cleanse and clarify. using a lot of products on your hair (hair masks, shampoos, serums) can create build up. again the acid in ACV can break up the residue and make it easy to rinse out.
  4. the vinegar itself is lightweight so it doesn’t weight down the hair and allows it to have more body
  5. the natural acidity of ACV also helps the cuticle of the hair. by washing away any excess product residue, the cuticle softens releasing tension and detangles
  6. Frizzy hair is caused by the elements and cuticles that lift away from the scalp, when ACV smooths out the cuticle of the hair, it is also smoothing down frizz
  7. if the hair looks healthy and not damaged, it is naturally reflecting light. how the cuticle in each hair strand sits determines if the hair is damaged. EX. if the hair strand is up, you have the appearance of frizz. And if the hair strand faces down, (like after an ACV rinse) the hair is balanced and healthy.
  8. People with porous hair, your strands absorb moisture quickly because your cuticle is blown wide open allowing anything to get in. (your hair can naturally be like this but people who color their hair tend to have this problem mostly). ACV flattens the cuticle and reduces the gaps in the hair cuticle that are caused by damage to the hair.
  9. ACV stimulates hair growth (HELLO! this helps with my journey) because it stimulates blood flow not just to the scalp but to each follicle. Blood flow encourages hair growth and prevents hair loss
  10. every time you do an ACV rinse you will naturally remove tangles, closing cuticles, improving porosity, and making the hair stronger. because of all this your hair will be less prone to split ends and breakage.

Each one of these reasons was what helped me decide to trust Katy’s advice and try an ACV rinse and I am so happy I did. I started this method in the middle of my July month and have only done one rinse a week but I’m seeing progress! Some of you might need to dilute the ACV with some water because the scent is really strong and you may not be able to stomach it. But if you dilute it you will still get the same benefits!

Thanks Katy for suggesting this and for all your advice! And if you try this rinse let me know how it works out for you in the comments below!

:-* MMB

5/23/18 Hair- Hair Journey Year 2

Hey guys I’m back for my May Hair Journey Post. Now that this side of the world is getting heavily into summer I am taking precautions. Since the last post I am still using The Innate Life Products that I mentioned in the last post. I have added some new products to the line up as well. However, because these products are 100% natural compared to other products I have used on this Hair Journey, my hair has been going through a detoxing period. This detoxing period has made my hair look a little more oily but thankfully less dry.

I have also put my hair on a “washing schedule” if you will. I know that sounds bazaar but it has helped me keep my hair healthy and split end free. This schedule has helped me to leave my hair alone and let it naturally distribute oils and help the hair follicles with hair masks. Aside from the hair masks I have used previously, I have also tried a new one this month. It’s so simple. It’s just a mashed up avocado with your choice of a hair oil. I like to mash up the avocado and add just a few drops of Argon oil (but you can use any you prefer) and I only leave it in for 20 minutes to an hour before I wash it out, distributing on the mids to ends. I only use about half the avocado and save the other half for a face mask or if my sisters want to eat it.

Avocado is so moisturizing for the hair and with my hair changing with the season it is a good transition mask. If you’re like me then you understand that with changing seasons your hair is dry & brittle during the fall and winter, normal in the spring, and oily as all hell in the summer.

Let me know if the avocado mask works for you in the comments below! And be sure to keep a look out for my June Hair Journey post (progress photos to come!)

:-* MMB

Hello Hair Mask Review

Hey Guys! I’m back with a review for the Hello Hair Masks! This is an Australian brand that has 100% natural ingredients but is also inexpensive for those of us who are college students! For this review I decided to try the Hydrating mask Island Escape.

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The different oil extracts combined do make it smell like your there’s an island getaway on your head! One of the ingredients I was shocked to see was Pomegranate Seed oil. Pomegranate Seed oil is one of their first ingredients they list and when applied to the scalp, it can promote hair growth, help with dry or itchy scalps, and increase blood circulation to the scalp. Before buying this product I researched all the oils within the hair mask and found that everything they claim on their website is true about the oils they combine.

The only con I had with Hydrating Island Escape product was that I thought it would be a thicker consistency! When I poured it on my hand I was expecting a cream rinse consistency to come out and instead I got a watered down version that almost spilled on my mat and made me run for my bath tub so hopefully I didn’t loose any product!

Another amazing thing about this product is that you can leave it on for 15 minutes, sleep in it, or leave it in for a full 24 hours like I did. Once you wash it out, your hair will be hydrated and happy! No more dullness, no more frizz! And it’ll smell like a tropical paradise!

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Bottom line: I would recommend this product! (My sister and I are even planning a hair mask/face mask and movie night with it soon!) Definitely try this product! Next time I will be trying their Hydrating Mask: The Botanic Edition! Should I do a review on that one as well??? Let me know in the comments below!

~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

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

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