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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Tips To Simplify and Organize Your Makeup

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Purging and organizing makeup is one of the biggest concerns for most women. There are so many new items that hit the market every week and everyone wants the latest skincare or makeup product. I love to follow beauty bloggers because you can learn so much from them when it comes to applying makeup or seeing what they have tried and liked. The downside which I see from an organizers perspective is what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for all, especially when there is an age difference. I have seen more products purchased because of social media and when it arrives it doesn’t look the same on them and it doesn’t get returned which becomes clutter. Ask for samples or buy a travel size first to see if you like it. Always try before you buy!

PURGE
This is always the first step when organizing any area in the home and makeup and skincare is no different. Guilt plays a big role when purging makeup and skincare. If you spend money on an item and you don’t get the results you were looking for it tends to go back in a drawer. Start by removing everything out of the drawers and cabinets this allows you to start with a clean slate before you put everything back. If you don’t know how long to keep a makeup item this article will give you the information on what you need to toss. One important tip to save money is to keep the receipt in the original box and if you don’t like it return it! This will free you of the guilt you feel when tossing something you paid a lot of money for. Makeup and skincare become clutter quickly when not purged often.

SORT
A big part of staying organized especially with makeup is sorting like items. My clients are often surprised how many duplicates they own when we start to sort makeup. Keeping like items together will save money, space and the time you spend searching for items that are thrown in a drawer. Keep only what you use and let the rest go. Simplifying your daily makeup routine will also simplify your makeup.

ORGANIZE
Invest in a product that works for your space. As you can see from the photos there are many options. Are you short on drawer space but have room under the sink? Do you have the counter space to keep a container on the counter to display your makeup? Whatever option you choose make sure everything you keep has a place.

When people ask me where to begin the organizing process I always suggest starting in an area that is manageable and attainable. Purging and organizing your makeup and skincare is the perfect place to begin because those are items that are used on a daily basis. Make 2019 the year to simplify!

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How Many Makeup Brushes Are Too Many?

IMG_0649Makeup brushes deserve their own post simply because they can quickly become bathroom clutter if they do not have a home of there own. How many do you really need? I don’t think there is an exact number and all your brushes do not have to be the most expensive but everyone needs a few basic good quality brushes.

Purge all makeup brushes you never use or any that are in bad shape.  Keep your brushes in decorative containers that you can leave out for easy access. This will keep your make up routine simple and organized.

8. DSC_7629 - editpinterest1pinterest make upThis post would not be complete without mentioning how important it is to clean your makeup brushes. Beauty guru Bobbi Brown gives a simple step by step on how to clean your makeup brushes in Allure magazine.