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Mermaid Hair Elixir

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Hi Ladies!

For the last few months, I have been focusing on restoring the strength and health back into my hair. I have posted about a coconut oil mask in the past, but now I have a coconut hair mask 2.0! I want to call it the mermaid hair elixir, because 1) every girl wants long healthy mermaid hair and 2) the word “elixir” is just way cooler sounding than “mixture,” plus this hair mask is truly a magical potion!

I was introduced to castor oil as a hair treatment within the last year. I use it on its own and in this mask treatment, and can definitely see the benefit from it. Castor oil is full of omega 6 fatty acids and ricinoleic acid which both help to improve blood flow to the scalp and support hair growth. Coconut oil will also help to stimulate hair growth and increase shine. The argan oil will help to make hair silky and prevent split ends. Massaging these oils into your scalp will help to strengthen your hair roots, growing longer, healthier hair.

My hair has been so damaged recently that I have been trying to use this mask at least every two weeks to get the healthier hair I am after. I stocked up on some supplies to create my homemade Mermaid Hair Elixir 🙂

Here is what you will need:

 

Directions:

Bring the coconut oil to above room temperature, so that it is very soft or a liquid. Combine equal parts coconut oil, castor oil, and argan oil into a bowl. Work oil mixture into hair, beginning at the scalp and massaging into roots. Apply mixture all the way to the end of your hair. After using my fingers to work the oil into my strands, I use my boar bristle brush or comb to help evenly distribute the mixture throughout my hair. Once hair is coated with the oil, place a plastic shower cap on to lock in heat. If you are pressed for time or need deeper hydration, use your hair dryer on low heat to help open the hair follicles to soak in the oils.You can leave the oil in your hair anywhere from fifteen minutes to overnight. I like to do this treatment before I start a Netflix show or catch up on emails, so that at least an hour passes before I rinse.

Once finishing the oil treatment, shampoo the oil out, and condition like normal. Test your hair before applying leave-in conditioners or extra styling products, because I typically don’t need nearly as much following this treatment.

Let me know if you like this treatment as much as I do! I have a few other recommendations that I plan to cover in the future for strengthening and growing hair.

May we all have mermaid hair soon!

xx Heather

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Keeping my Blonde Hair, Blonde

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BLNDN 1 BLNDN 2 BLNDN 3TONE YOU Toning Rinse: BLNDN  //  NOURISH YOU Nourishing Conditioner: BLNDN

If you have light-colored hair (especially if chemically treated), it is likely you have to deal with a little bit more upkeep than your brunette friends. Overtime, pale blonde hair tends to get brassy due to the elements and fading color. Additionally, pool water isn’t always a blonde’s best friend.

In order to keep your blonde light and bright, you’ll need to tone it in between salon visits. There are several ways you can do this, but I like to use toning products in the shower. I typically use a toning shampoo or BLNDN’s toning rinse once a week (using toning products every time you wash your hair can be drying to your strands). Blonde toning products are bright purple to cancel out the unwanted yellowy orange hues and bring your hair to the brighter desired shade of blonde.

When using a purple shampoo, I make sure to lather really well all throughout my hair and then let it sit for a minute or two to make sure each strand is scrubbed of the brassy color. When using BLNDN’s toning rinse, I use it between my regular shampoo and conditioner, again covering each strand and letting it sit for a few minutes. It is much stronger than toning shampoo, so be sure not to leave it on too long or else you’ll step out of the shower with a greyish tint to the lighter sections of hair. I speak from experience. 🙂

**If you would like to try out the amazing BLNDN products I pictured above, use the code HEATHER20 for 20% off your entire purchase at BLNDN.com!

Below I linked a few other affordable toning products I love!

xx Heather

Ion Cool Blonde ShampooJoico Color Balance Purple Shampoo Bed Head Dumb Blonde Toning Spray Matrix Total Results So Silver Shampoo John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew dpHUE Cool Blonde Shampoo

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Everyday Loose Curls

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Brunch Look 14

CURLING WAND: Remington //  HAIRSPRAY: Ulta Beauty  //  BRUSH: Ulta Beauty

I’ve been getting questions about how to do my go-to loose curls, so I decided to make a tutorial for them. I think they add such an elegant touch to any look and are perfect for just about any occasion. They are pretty simple to do once you get the hang of the movements. I hope this helps!

Thanks for watching!

Heather

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8 Steps for Healthier Hair

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Dutch to Fishtail

The combination of the furnace blasting dry air, extra-hot showers, and the exhausting amount of time blow-drying all begin to take a toll on your hair.  I thought I would share some tips of things I do to keep my hair shiny and strong year-round (but especially during the winter).

1. Minimize the Number of Washings – I think this is the biggest rule to help save your hair during any season, but even more so when it is cold and dry outside. Each time you wash and dry your hair, you are stripping it of its natural oils. Try to minimize the number of times you are completely washing and drying your hair in a week. I extend the timing between washings by using dry shampoo and utilizing styles like braids and top-knot buns to hide roots. The dry shampoo helps to soak up any excess oil in your roots and prolong the life of your style. Because my hair is so long, my ends actually get super dry between washes, so I use Moroccan Argan oil to combat the dryness and leave my ends silky smooth.

2. Boar Bristle Brush – A boar bristle brush is the perfect tool to help keep you hair damage free (and also great between washings as well). This is one of my favorite tools because it has so many benefits. The structure of the boar bristle brush helps to distribute the oil from your scalp, called sebum, throughout the lengths of your hair, decreasing the amount of oil buildup at your roots (meaning less washing!). By brushing hair from root to tip, the sebum also coats each strand and helps to reduce frizz. This brush only works on dry hair, but you will be so thankful to have this tool in your artillery. You can buy one here or here.

Boar Bristle Brush

3. Coconut Oil Mask – It is best to do some type of deep conditioning treatment to your hair once a week. I like to use extra virgin coconut oil as a hair mask, but I have heard that almond oil works wonders on extra fine hair. With the oil in liquid form (above room temperature), use your hands to rub the oil through your hair and then brush it through to coat each strand. If you wish, you can use your blow-dryer on low to medium heat to allow the hair cuticles to open and really absorb the coconut oil. Leave the oil in your hair for 10-15 minutes and then wash and condition as usual.

Coconut Oil Coconut Oil Mask

4. Cool Water at End of Shower – I like to take really hot showers, and I’m working on consciously turning my water temperature down while showering. The problem is that extremely hot water can be drying and damaging to your skin and hair. To help seal the hair cuticle at the end of a shower, turn the water to cool or cold if you can stand it.  By sealing the cuticle, you are left with shinier and healthier hair, which will decrease the amount of breakage.

5. Cool Blast from Blow-Dryer – Similar to turning the water to cool at the end of a shower, the cool blast at the end of blow-drying your hair will provide similar benefits. When you have completed blow-drying your hair, use the “cool” button for the last 2-3 minutes to help seal the cuticle and boost shine.

6. Cover your Hair from the Elements – When it is windy, snowy, or rainy outside, try your best to cover your hair with a hat or hood. Covering it from the elements will help to decrease the amount of damage it might receive. Hairstyles like braids or buns can also help protect your hair because less hair is completely exposed to the elements.

Watemelon Hat

7. Get a Trim, But Only the Dead Ends – Women always seem to over-trim their hair. The whole, “If I trim it, it will grow more,” doesn’t always apply. The goal of a trim is to take off the dead or split ends from your hair. You don’t always need to take off two inches to achieve this – sometimes it can be as little as a quarter inch. Scheduling a regular hair trim isn’t always needed either. If you are taking good care of your hair and not causing heat damage to it, you can definitely push back and not make the appointment until you need it.

8. Silk or Satin Pillowcase – I recently noticed that my hair was extra dry because of my cotton pillowcase, so I switched to a satin one. These pillowcases help to reduce breakage and damage because of the smoother fibers. You can buy them here or here.

Felt Hat Long Braid Loose Waves Thick Dutch Braid Wavy Hair

Let me know if these tips work for you!!

xx Heather

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Easy Top Knot Bun

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Top Knot Top Knot 1 Top Knot 2 Top Knot 3 Top Knot 4 Top Knot 5 Top Knot 6 Top Knot 7 Top Knot 8 Top Knot 9

I wear this hairstyle at some point during everyday of my life. Whenever my hair is in the way and I need it out of my face, I just twist it up into a top knot bun. My hair is so long and thick that I actually don’t typically use an elastic to secure the hair. I tie it in a knot and it holds by itself. But most people are not as crazy as me and will need to use one. If you are having trouble keeping your hair in the bun, try putting your hair in a ponytail first and then twisting it into the bun and adding another elastic at the end. I also suggest misting your hair with hairspray before starting so you don’t have as many flyaways as I do in the photos 🙂

xx Heather

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Hidden Fishtail Braid

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Hidden Fishtail Braid

Hi everyone,

A few months ago I Instagrammed the photo above, and my braid got a very positive response. I wasn’t expecting anyone to even notice the braid, so thank you 🙂 I thought I would make a quick tutorial for it because it is the easiest way to learn how to fishtail braid. Since you can pull it to the side while braiding, you are able to see each step instead of trying to braid behind your head.

Good luck!

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Single Dutch Braid

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Dutch Braid

So maybe we started out a little too difficult with the Double-Dutch Pull Back Braids. Try the simpler Single Dutch Braid instead. Stay patient when learning to braid. It takes time to get acquainted with how to maneuver your fingers, but after some practice, you’ll be able to braid without looking.

Good luck & enjoy!

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