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  • InHair

    My Visual Diary of Growing Out My Hair

    Growing Out My Hair

    Have you ever found yourself loving yourself with short hair but one day decided “shit, okay so my hair is now too short”? I got to that point early last year.

    After a breakup a few years back, I decided to do what I had always wanted to do and chop off all of my long brunette hair into a pixie cut. I also indulged in wayyyyy too much bleach over the next few months purely because well, I finally could, as my naturally-dark locks were now short enough to play around with bleach.

    I got to a point where I noticed quite obvious hair-breakage around my hairline and temple area and decided the rank regrowth I had within two weeks of a hair appointment was enough. It was time to restore and grow out my hair. And so it began.

    The first step to healthy longer hair was cutting out the bleach cold turkey and return to a blended brunette base whilst keeping my lighter ends. This then allowed me to play around with colours whilst growing out my hair, I remember having lilac, dusty pink and silver shades at some points last year! This was a nice distraction from the awkward shapes my hair was making….. :/ Keeping my as moisturised and hydrated as possible was also key, using specific conditioner, oils and treatments as often as necessary.

    Head scarfs, beanies in the cooler months and plenty of bobby pins helped me through the tough times but I did have another secret weapon. I just had gotten to a point where I was so over this growing out phase that I decided to have some Gorgeous Tape Hair Extensions placed in my hair for about six weeks, which helped in two ways. a) It allowed me to play with braids, buns, ponytails and touselled waves for the first time in YEARS whilst b) allowing my hair to grow a few extra inches. When I finally took them out, I found my hair had grown that much that I was almost able to have a real ponytail, with just a few loose hairs falling out which I can live with.

    Now that I have almost gotten to a point where I am happy with my hairs length, I’ve decided to completely return to the dark (brunette) side but I still like to keep my ends a touch lighter for an on-trend look. My goal is to now completely grow out ALL of my existing layers to a solid bob/lob for a choppy cool look.

    *One product I cannot rave more highly about and one that I have always paid full price for is Kerastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp & Hair Serum Concentrate. Just a few pippets daily applied to the roots will greatly reduce hair growth and thickness within 8 weeks. I used this for a few months last year whilst growing and I completely believe it works. It’s expensive yes but in my opinion, worth it. For further information on this gem, see this link.

    Are you too growing out your hair? Have you found a product that promotes hair growth?

    Share with me in the comments!

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  • InHair

    My Paul Mitchell Haircare Review

    *This post may contain affiliate links for which I receive a commission at no extra cost to you, which assists to support and maintain my freelance writing and this website.

    Paul Mitchell says:

    ‘Your ultimate defense against colour fade. Ultimate Color Repair harnesses the reparative power of quinoa to lock in hair color, restore luster and reverse the signs of damage. Discovered by the Incas thousands of years ago, quinoa is an ancient grain rich in amino acids that penetrate into the hair and bond like a magnet, creating a protective shield.’

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    Emily says ‘”This is really amazeballs!”.

    Shampoo and conditioner are something I am really funny with as I tend to gravitate towards those that really leave my hair silky smooth even though I nearly always rock a messy bed head style… I love that feeling of really conditioning smooshy shampoo (no other way to describe!) and a velvety conditioner, that’s for sure.

    This shampoo provides this, the best I’ve actually tried from recent memory, other than the always-reliable Redken All Soft. My fingers glide through shampoo without any knocks and having previously bleached the life out of my hair, which is kind of a big deal. The conditioner is just as nice, leaving me with soft smooth hair even without applying a hair oil.

    The smell is fine, nothing bad or offensive but it does smell familiar, I just can’t put my finger on what it reminds me of. Obviously quinoa comes to mind but it’s not that ha! The consistency looks gritty / curdled but it doesn’t have any crunch at all, again weird! I WILL definitely repurchase this once empty, promise.

    These two products retail at $25.95AUD and can be purchased instore at Paul Mitchell salons or at various places online.

    What is your favourite brand of hair products?

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  • InHair

    The Right Way to Blow Dry Your Bangs

    A cowlick should not discourage you from learning to appreciate bangs, especially with bangs becoming such a huge trend over the past year. Whether you are trying out bangs for the first time or have faithfully sported yours for years, cowlick is just one of the realities you have to deal with. One of the most important skills that you will be able to learn with your bangs is in terms of blow drying it. If you know the right tricks, it is easier to style to suit your hairstyle so you won’t ever have to suffer from bad-bang hair day again (if there is such a thing!).

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    Follow these tips to tame your cowlick with the use of your blow dryer.

    1. Timing is crucial. You should gently dry your hair and bangs post-shower but do not wait too long. If you wait for the bangs to air dry, it also gives it time to set. Once your bangs have set, it will no longer conform to the style that you wish to create no matter how much you blow dry it.
    2. Positioning is key. Locate where the cowlick starts and then place the thumb of your hand that you are using to hold the brush underneath the specific section you intend to blow dry. At this point, you must place the brush above the thumb such that the bangs are squeezed in between them.
    3. As you are directing the heat from the blow dryer down the hair shaft, pull your bangs towards the right and then to the left. From there, pull it straight down. You have to maintain the tension on the pull of your bangs as you go. Do this until your bangs are completely dry. It is a simple technique yet does a lot of difference in giving your body and style to your bangs.

    If you want to further enhance the blow drying process on your bangs, keep these in mind:

    • If you want a smooth finish to your bangs when you blow dry it, use a nozzle attachment. This attachment will help direct the airflow so you can maximise the heat coming out of the dryer.
    • Brush your bangs in a criss-cross motion while you blow dry it per section. This is a highly effective technique to fight cowlick.

    What other techniques do you use to get more shape into your bangs with a blow dryer?

    AUTHOR: Abby is a writer and social media marketer for My Hair Care. If you are looking for additional resources on hair care and beauty, drop by their blog at http://www.myhaircare.com.au/blog.

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