My Secret To Healthy Hair

I get so many questions about my hair and the products I use so I thought I would take the opportunity to answer some of them in today’s blog.  I want to start off by saying my hair is extremely thick, coarse and naturally wavy so to say it has been a struggle managing it my entire life would be an understatement. I feel very lucky that I don’t have the normal hair issues that come with getting older. I know a lot of it has to do with genetics because my mother has great hair and she is 81. I wish I could say it is just one thing I do to keep my hair healthy but when you have hair like mine it’s a combination.

Find The Right Stylist The first and most important tip is to find the right stylist for your type of hair. My stylist understands my texture and type of hair which is so important. I love so many short hairstyles but because my hair is thick I found that short hair is not an option for me. Whether your hair is thick or thin a good stylist will understand what hairstyles and products work best for you.

Deep Condition I color and highlight my hair so deep conditioning it once a week is key to soft shiny hair. I prefer to leave the conditioner in overnight and style the next day. It keeps my hair soft, shiny and manageable.

Wash Less Frequently I only wash my hair only once a week and I can hear the gasps as I write. I know this sounds impossible for some but I have been doing this for almost three years and although it wasn’t easy in the beginning it has definitely made my hair feel and look healthier. Shampooing too often strips your hair of its natural oil and makes it dry. I highly recommend a good dry shampoo when you start to wash less frequently. I have tried so many and this is my absolute favorite because it really works!

Hot Rollers The question I’m asked most is how do I achieve the fullness in my hair. It may be a throwback to the eighties but I use these hot rollers and have for years. I put them in my hair before I apply my makeup and take them out when I’m finished. It’s just enough time to give my hair the body I want and no dry ends.

Hair Care Products There are so many hair care products to choose from and I have tried so many through the years and I have found that my holy grail products are from Oribe and Kerastase. All my favorite products are listed below.

Vitamins Another important part of keeping my hair thick and healthy are vitamins. As you get older your hair loses some of its volume and luster. The supplement I use for hair, skin, and nails is Biosil and I have definitely noticed a difference. This is not a paid endorsement it’s just something I found that works for me.

Everybody’s hair is different and that is why it’s so important to find what works best for you. It has been a lot of trial and error over the years but I have finally found my secret to healthy hair!

Check out my YouTube channel for a detailed video on how I style my hair and tons of organizing videos. I love answering your questions so keep them coming!

 

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Kitchen Storage Favorites at Walmart

1. Lidded Glass Jars  The options are endless on what you can store in these jars. I use them for coffee, flour, sugar and keep them on the counter but they would look great in a pantry too! They come in many different sizes and these labels add the finishing touch!

2. White Ceramic Canister Set 4 piece This inexpensive canister set is another option to store everyday essentials. Use these chalkboard labels and personalize what is being stored.

3. iDesign Pantry Organizer These are a favorite to keep food items organized in a cabinet or refrigerator and they have a handle to make it easy to access what you need and slide back in.

4. Mini 4 Ounce Mason Jars (24-pack) These are really great because it can be so hard to find the perfect jar for smaller items. Store spices, oils, powders for tea or arts and crafts. These round clear labels are simple and fit smaller jars perfectly.

5. Ball Glass Wide Mouth Mason Jar Ball Jars are mainly used for canning but these wide mouth jars can be used to store leftover food, arts and crafts, pantry items, spices and they are just so cute!

6. Glass Food Containers (13 piece set) I love using glass storage containers because they can be reused and go in the dishwasher. When you have a big group for the holidays these make storing leftovers a breeze.

7. iDesign Stackable Refrigerator Berry Bin My family is a big fan of all types of berries and these make it easy to clean and store fruits and vegetables. They also keep items fresh longer which is another plus!

8. Glass Meal Prep Containers (3-pack) These are a favorite because they make prepping and storing meals a breeze which will come in handy during the hectic holiday season. These are also glass so they can go in the dishwasher too!

9. Montana Kitchen Canister If you love the farmhouse style these would look great on a kitchen counter or in a pantry. The black lids are modern but with a classic design.

Take advantage of Cyber Monday deals and get your kitchen organized!

 

 

Tips to Finally Let Go of Your Storage Unit

Storage units have seen a significant rise in the past decade. Many people own them and pay thousands of dollars a year to keep them even though they don’t know what is in them. They dread going to their unit(s) because they haven’t been there in years and the thought of tackling it is unbearable so they just keep it.

I will start by saying I know that storage units do serve a purpose in some circumstances such as storing items during a renovation, between moves or items that have been inherited. On the other hand, keeping a storage unit for long periods of time is like having a monkey on your back. You always have that nagging feeling that at some point you are going to have to deal with it. You feel guilty because you are paying a lot of money to store items you can’t even remember. You also start to keep it a secret and that is when you know its time to let go! If this all sounds familiar you are not alone. As an organizer, I go to homes to help people purge and organize but many times after we finish I hear “I didn’t tell you about my storage unit or units”. Honestly, it never surprises me because I hear it so often. 

How can you finally break free from your storage unit? Go there! I just heard gasps as I’m writing this. Don’t worry the first visit is to get your ducks in a row and make a game plan. Enlist the help of a local mover or a strong friend so you can see everything including what is in the very back. Take an inventory of what is in the unit by taking photos and making a list of the items you don’t want to keep. Lastly, if you feel you can not tackle this on your own hire a professional organizer to make the process less stressful.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when looking inside your storage unit.

Do you need an antique dealer to appraise furniture or an art appraiser?

Do you want to sell or consign some of the items? If so where?

Do you need to schedule a donation pickup?

Do you need family members to pick up items?

Do you need a junk removal company?

Do you just need to say goodbye?

The last question is the hardest one of all but once you say goodbye you will never look back. You will feel less stress, save money and only keep the things you need, use and love! Start 2020 with the monkey off your back!