I haven't had a significant haircut in ages, but finally decided to bite the bullet this past weekend. In January, I took off three inches and just had another FIVE inches cut off! I love my long hair, but I damaged it using a bad blowdryer back in December [basically burned my hair, OUCH.], and it was just feeling really dry and basically looked like straw at the ends. I've also had ombre hair color [darker up top fading into blonde midway down] for nearly two years now, and knew I wanted a change. So I basically chopped off the ombre, and started the process of lightening my base hair color. I have naturally dark brown hair, but now I'm slowly moving towards a lighter, but still natural look. It'll take a total of three or four visits to the salon to achieve the color I'd like, and this is what my hair looks like after trip two. [I cut off my face in the photos I took this morning, because today is a painting day, and I just have no need for makeup!]
Because my hair was in rough shape to begin with AND I'm slowly lightening the color, which also can damage, I decided to rethink the way I take care of my hair. I used to use a product called Moroccan oil on my hair [had one bottle of it for THREE years!], but once that ran out a few months ago, I just stopped using any products in my hair. It blow dries straight and curls without needing hairspray, so I figured why use anything? But I'm realizing now that my hair needs a little bit more love to keep it looking healthy.
I did my research, and picked up new things to try from Sephora [they're currently having their semi annual sale, so I had to take advantage of that!]. There were SO many great reviews of the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil and Primer products, so I knew they'd be a good bet. Both are pricey, but I know that they will last me for years [yes, YEARS]. The oil is similar to the Moroccan oil I used in the past, but feels a bit lighter and immediately makes my hair look and feel healthier when applied to my dry hair. Before blowdrying, I sprayed the primer on my hair [it's meant to protect when using any heat tools] and then put a tiny bit of oil, focusing on the ends of my hair. I added a bit more of the oil to my dry hair just to finish things off. Having shorter hair means the time it takes to dry has been cut almost in half [YAY!] and using these two products seems to already make a huge difference.
Last night I tried out Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector [what a mouthful!], which seems to be a leave in conditioning treatment for my hair. It's not something you need to wash out, and only needs to be reapplied after five shampoos, so we'll see how that holds up. I can't give much of a review of this product yet since I only used it once, but so far so good... AND one more thing! Another goal of mine is to avoid blowdrying and using any heat tools in my hair. But I LOVE my curling iron and the way it gives me gorgeous beachy waves. I need to find a way to create that look without my beloved iron, so I'm going to try out a few products, and decided to start with Blow Bar's Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray. It claims to give you natural, beachy waves without drying out your hair. I used to use Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray, and it works but also makes my hair feel a little crunchy. So I'll give this one a go in a couple days and see how I like it!