Everyone who knows me knows that my hair has been through quite a lot throughout the years! I started coloring my hair in 6th grade, and have definitely misused a few hot tools back in the day. My natural hair color is that in-between kind of “blah” brown that has no dimension to it , so my mom suggested a few highlights to add some “oomph” to my look. A few highlights turned into a full- head of foils, and a full- head of foils every few months quickly turned into a full- head of foils every 3 or 4 weeks. Before I knew it, I was blonde… and addicted!
If you’re a blonde, you know the struggle of never feeling blonde enough! You also know the struggle of seeing girls with beautiful, dark, shiny hair and debating if life would be easier if you were brunette. I found that answer out the hard way. My sophomore year I dyed my beautiful blonde hair back to my root color. Although it was nice, and it was healthy, it just wasn’t me! So, I went through the process of going blonde again from scratch. Although we did it gradually, my ends started to look damaged, and I still wanted to go blonder. I chopped my hair and asked to get it as blonde as possible! While it looked great, it required a lot of upkeep that my hair couldn’t handle.
As If putting bleach on my hair every 3- 4 weeks wasn’t bad enough, I was about to go to college in the fall and things were about to get a whole lot worse. I didn’t have access to my high end products and masks, I put a lot more heat on my hair, and the water in NC was a lot different than it was in Boston. I also did one of the worst things possible for my hair, and am extremely embarrassed to even admit it. Instead of blowdrying my hair if it was a little bit wet, I would be lazy and put the hot tool directly on it! PLEASE NEVER DO THIS!!
I returned from school for the summer and realized after looking at pictures that my hair was a mess. After talking with my hairdresser, she suggested a keratin treatment, and then no heat or color on my hair for the whole summer. Although my roots would eventually be 3 inches long ( maybe an exaggeration), and my hair was a mess every day, I knew that I needed to consider the health of my hair. Of course, my hair was an extreme case and I am not saying that everyone needs to go cold turkey on heat and color, but it certainly will not hurt it if you cut back a bit! If you can do it, I’d highly recommend giving it a try.
When the summer was over, we cut as much of the dead ends as we could off with it still being somewhat attractive. We added a few highlights, but not nearly as many as I usually would. My hair may have been a little darker than I would have liked, but we were babying my hair, and my hair loved it. During this whole time, I switched my hair products, and looked into a higher end shampoo and conditioner. I came across the Caviar Repair Instant Recovery line and oh my goodness! You guys, I SWEAR by these products. After one wash, I could feel a diference in my hair. I have recommended it to so many people, and they have been blown away with the results as well. Some people may like the cost of drug- store shampoo and conditioners, but it is important to invest in the integrity of your hair.
Every once and a while, I use a deep conditioner, but I usually mix it up. (If I find a good one, you guys will be the first to know.) On top of all of these products, treatments, and lack of color, I was also getting regular trims.
It’s been a little over a year since I’ve started my hair transformation journey. My hair is far from perfect but has made a lot of progress and is finally back to a color I am comfortable with. I am still using the Caviar Repair Instant Recovery shampoo and conditioner, I still limit my heat usage, Get regular trims, and still use the occasional hair mask. My hair is continuing to improve, and I will continue to do what I am doing until I need to mix it up to see results. I do wear clip in extensions, so the length you see in my pictures is a little longer than my natural hair, but the growth has been amazing.
I hope that I was able to help some people today by sharing my hair experience with you guys. I understand how upsetting it can be to hate your hair; I had low self-confidence for the longest time because of it. If I could give the people who are struggling advice, it would be : Rock what you’ve got , it gets better!
I hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday! As always, let me know what you thought of this post in the comments, I love hearing from you!