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It’s a 10 product review, Choosing the right hair products does make a difference!

It’s a 10 product review, Choosing the right hair products does make a difference!.


Healthy Haircare 101: Tips for growing out your hair, Part 1.

If you have decided to grow out your hair or have already been in the process and are frustrated by the lack of progress then this article is for you. 

Here are some do’s and a few things that are a definite don’t if you expect your hair to get longer:

1.  Not getting regular trims along the way.   This one is important.  If you have split ends and don’t cut them off then they will continue to keep splitting and even though your hair is growing you won’t see any Length because the ends are breaking off little by little.

2.  Not laying off the highlights.  Depending on the condition of your hair it is a good idea to avoid doing any major highlighting during the grow out process.  If your hair is already damaged then absolutely under no circumstances should you get highlights.  If your hair is in good shape then I recommend doing highlights in small gradual steps to avoid drying the hair out during the grow out.

3.  Too much Heat. Put the flat iron down and back away and no one gets hurt!  I can guarantee that if you flat iron your hair regularly then your hair will not get longer and if it does it won’t look healthy and shiny.  The flat iron & curling iron are hot powerful tools that will destroy your hair with repeated use.  Yes I know you can’t possibly go out of the house with your hair looking like that…. Well I am here to tell you that if you want your hair to get longer then you are going to have to.  Sorry.  Does that mean you can never flat iron it?? No of course not.  Just save the iron for days you are going some place special and be sure to use a flat iron spray to protect it from the heat.  Flat irons get as hot as 450°!  Think about it for a minute, what would happen if you put your hand in the oven at 450°???  It would burn right?  What about your hair then?


4.  Not using professional salon products.  Using the right shampoo and conditioner does make a difference especially with hair that is in rough shape and is growing out.  Drug store brands are loaded with sulfates and fillers that just coat the hair.  You want a shampoo that will gently cleanse the hair (not strip) and a conditioner that strengthens from the inside out, not just coat the hair.


5.  Sun & chlorine.   With the warmer weather coming so does the summer hair nightmares.  You have to protect your hair from the sun.  That means using a leave in conditioner or styling product that has UV protection.  The sun will dry your hair out and also fade your color.  When sun bathing I recommend wearing a hat or wrapping a towel around your head.  Same advice for using a tanning bed, protect your hair by wrapping a towel around your head.  What about the pool?  Chlorine is no joke, it’s used in pools to kill bacteria.  It can strip your color in a single weekend.  Now imagine for a minute that you just bought an expensive pair of dark wash designer Jeans.  Would you consider rinsing them in the pool?  No of course not!  Why? Because they would get ruined!  That’s my point, if you just invested a lot of money in your hair than why would you dunk your hair in a chlorinated pool??  My advice is go in the pool but don’t dunk your head under water.  I also recommend that you wet your hair with regular water and put it up in a clip BEFORE getting in the pool then rinsing it immediately after you get out.


6.  Not getting in salon conditioning treatments.   Professional conditioning treatments are different than deep conditioners that you use at home.  These products are not for sale to the public.  They have a very high concentration of proteins that are to be used only by professionals in a salon.  The application and timing depends on the product being used.  In salon conditioning treatments deliver exceptional lasting results that can undue a multitude of problems.   Getting routine conditioning treatments with a trim will ensure that you give your hair what it needs to thrive.

7.  Do it yourself color.   Not a good idea.  There isn’t a lot of people that have successfully repeatedly colored their hair at home and have had it remain healthy.  Boxed color is harsh unfortunately and is made to be used on a wide range of hair types.  Salon color is formulated specifically for YOU, for your hair and preference.  It’s only strong enough to do the job it needs to do and nothing more and is also only applied to the hair that needs color like the roots.  Most home color gets applied incorrectly and is overlapped causing an unsightly banding effect.  With continued poor application the hair eventually gets completely damaged and requires corrective color.  Unfortunately in some cases the hair isn’t strong enough to undergo a corrective service and needs to be cut shorter.

To be continued….

So I hope this information helps.  I know some of it may be a drag and isn’t what you wanted to hear but unfortunately it is the truth.  You can grow your hair out but it takes time and proper care.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and stay tuned for part 2. In the mean time feel free to post a haircare question and I’ll be happy to try and answer it for you.

Thanks for reading!

It’s a 10 product review, Choosing the right hair products does make a difference!

Whether you are looking to maintain your already healthy hair or are looking to get your damaged hair back in shape, choosing what products to use can make a significant difference. 

     Not all hair products are alike.  Some are made for a specific hair type or problem.  Some are designed to give a cosmetic result, for instance temporally coating the hair with silicone to cut down on the frizz making blow drying easier.  The biggest issue with that type of product is that it doesn’t fix the root of the problem, it only covers it up.  More often than not if there is frizz it is because the hair is dry or damaged.  My approach to haircare is targeting the underlying problem.  I have found that once you give the hair what it needs it starts behaving and is more manageable.

     So the big question is  “what do I use then”?  There are a million products on the market so I can imagine how confusing it must be for the average consumer, especially with all the commercials and magazine ads seducing us with the promise of luscious locks.  I can assure you that your hair will not look like the model’s hair just by using that product.  It really is not that simple period.  There aren’t any over the counter drug store hair products that produce optimal results.  Ideally your product regime should be customized for your hair by a professional hairstylist. 

     One of my favorite professional haircare lines that I recommend to my clients is “It’s a 10” .   This product line is relatively small and is easy to use.  The “It’s a 10” products run the gamut taking care of a wide range of hair issues and can be used on all types of hair.   Each of their products have multiple uses.  For example the Miracle Leave-in Product in it of itself has many benefits including; preventing split ends, stopping breakage, protecting hair color, adding shine, protection from heat styling, controls frizz and most importantly repairs dry, damaged hair.  That means having to buy less products because the “It’s a 10” line does it all.


     Lastly, it’s important to use the products properly.  For someone with fine hair I recommend using the products with a lighter hand than someone with thick hair.  These products are of high quality and are very concentrated.  A little goes a long way.   Here are some basic directions:

Shampoo:  As soon as you get in the shower shampoo your hair.  (I recommend doing two shampoos) Use about the size of a nickle in the palm of your hand and rub hands together to get it to lather slightly.  Shampoo the hair and rinse.  Follow with the daily conditioner or mask. Please note that this shampoo does not lather like a typical shampoo and is probably different than what you’re used too.  It does not affect it’s ability to cleanse the hair.

Conditioning:  After shampooing gently squeeze the excess water from the hair and apply a quarter size (or less) amount of conditioner or mask to the palm of your hand.Rub your palms together to spread the product and apply to the hair starting at the ends and working up though the rest of the hair.  DO NOT  just plop the conditioner on  top of your head!  Let the conditioner sit on the hair while you continue your shower and RINSE it out right before you are ready to exit the shower.  Follow with the Miracle Leave-in Product.  By allowing the product to remain in your hair while you finished showering you gave the conditioner a chance to really work.  Under NO circumstances should you ever apply conditioner and then go to bed.  More isn’t better, in fact too much moisture can make your hair feel even dryer.  So please don’t go to bed with conditioner on your hair.  5-15 minutes max is a good rule of thumb at home.

Miracle Leave-in Product:  This product is designed to be left on the hair.  Depending on your hair texture spray between 4-6 pumps throughout the hair and comb through.  If your hair is fine you may want to spray the product in your hands and then apply it to your hair.  This product has a creamier texture than most leave-in products, remember a little goes a long way!

     I highly recommend you give this product line a try.  When I have a client that comes in with some serious hair issues this is the product line I recommend for home care to help get their hair back in shape quickly. 

     I will be doing more reviews on hair products and makeup in the future so be sure to subscribe to my blog and share it on Facebook and twitter.    If you have a particular question about your hair please leave a comment or send me an email and I will respond.

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