I got up to run this morning. You know those days when you can run and run and everything is great and you truly enjoy what your doing? Today was not that day. I got up early and immediately started coughing. I knew I had to run just a little bit so I took off for three miles. That turned into coughing so hard that I swear people thought I had a problem and I cut it short to only two miles. Besides the coughing my legs felt good and I felt like I could keep going but the coughing was too much to handle. Wha Wha. I’m going to try to run again tomorrow in the morning and see how it goes. Two miles is better than no miles. Oh running, how I miss you.
Anyways, I seriously get a lot of emails about my hair. People always ask me how it got so long and how it stays so long and looks so healthy. This is funny because I used to hate my hair. I have really thick, wavy, fluffy hair. It’s not curly, but it’s not really scrunchable either. It just gets wavy and fluffy if I don’t straighten it or curl it. Now, you might ask, how did your hair get so long. Let me give you a little background.
This picture was my junior year in college. I highlighted my hair all through college. My natural hair color is VERY dark brown, today my hair is my natural hair color, but I loved highlighting my hair so much, and every time you go in it just keeps getting brighter and brighter… thus leading me to this next picture.
Ummmm. WHAT WAS I THINKING!? This was when my hair was at it’s brightest, and also it’s driest. Obviously, highlighting your hair doesn’t allow it to grow it just kills it. I know, I know I’ve heard it before a million times, but for some reason I thought my hair would be different. It wasn’t. It was barely growing and always was dried out and dying, which meant more trips to the salon to get it trimmed. It just kept getting more and more blonde, and those roots I had were atrocious! This was when I decided it was time to go back to being a normal brunette. Just like the saying, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
This was around the holiday time my senior year. My hair was back to being dark after dying it as close to my natural color as possible. I missed the blonde, but it was much, much more healthy and was actually starting to show signs of growth. Then I had another horrible lapse of judgment.
and cut hideous bangs. FAIL. Then those took a while to grow out as well. I also kept dying my hair back to the natural color when only absolutely necessary. All those years of bleaching for highlights killed my hair! It grew much, much faster when it was back to it’s natural color and I also got deep conditioning treatments whenever I got my hair done. Lastly, and this is very important but I also started taking these ‘hair, skin and nail’ pills. These pills contain a lot of Biotin, which is what strengthens hair and nails. You can find straight Biotin pills here, and the specific Hair Skin and Nail pills here. I’ve used both and feel that they are both really good options. Also, you can get the Hair, Skin and Nail pills at most Walgreens and pharmacy stores also as well. When I first when to my hair lady and I told her I wanted long brown hair like I used to have before I started highlighting, she recommended them to me. I kid you not, they work like a charm. I can always see a difference in my nails and hair when I take them consistently.
Now, my mop is SUPER long and healthier than it’s been in a long time. The ends are still damaged from the highlighting and it’s taken a long time to grow out but it’s really been because of getting a trim every six to eight weeks, and also taking those vitamins and not highlighting it anymore. When I curl it, I use a straightener instead of a curling iron and have found that if I just blow dry my whole head without using a brush or anything it gives me increased volume and then I just curl the bottom sections to make it curl well. It saves me more time than straightening as well, since I have to straighten it a LOT to make it completely straight, and not get weird little kinks. When curling with a straightener, I just section it out and don’t touch the root area and just curl the bottom. You can make it tighter curls or looser curlers, it’s totally up to you. I really have found that my hair holds the curl much better from a straightener. Hope that helps all the hair questions! And I TOTALLY recommend the pills! :)