How to Take Care of Your Hair

If you’re noticing that your hair is starting to feel a little tired and it’s not responding well to the styling measures you take each day, it might be time to start thinking about how you can begin to look after it a little better. There are lots of ways in which you can begin to take better care of your hair and we’re going to discuss those things right now. Read on to find out what you need to know about keeping your hair in optimal condition.

Deep Condition Every Week

A deep condition is the least your hair deserves, and you should be doing this once a week. Regular conditioning often isn’t enough for many people, so it’s worth going the extra mile and ensuring your hair gets the level of nourishment it needs and deserves. Doing this once a week will help it to feel alive and revitalized throughout the week and that’s how it should feel.

Use the Right Vitamins and Supplements

Using good vitamins that can help you to improve the health and strength of your hair is a good idea as well. There are lots of hair vitamins out there that you might want to consider, so find out more about the options and find the ones that you feel will be most beneficial to you. Everyone’s hair is different so you might want to try some options and see which works best.

Eat Plenty of Healthy Protein

Eating the right kinds of foods will also help you to ensure your hair is as strong and healthy as it should be. In particular, you should try to make sure that you’re getting enough healthy protein into your diet as possible. This is great for your hair and you can get it from foods such as leafy greens, oily fish such as salmon and various kinds of nuts and fibers.

Give Your Hair the Chance to Chill on Some Days

Some days, you should really give your hair the opportunity to just do its thing. You don’t always need to be applying heat and lots of products to it. If you dedicate a day or two per week to just leave your hair as it is, it’ll get the chance to chill and that can be really beneficial throughout the week and all year round.

Get it Cut Regularly

Getting your hair cut regularly is not just about maintaining your style. It’s also about making sure that the quality of your hair is strong. And even if you’re trying to grow your hair out, you should get it trimmed by a professional regularly to remove problems such as split ends.

Taking better care of your hair is something we should all do, and we all can do it. It’s easy to neglect your hair and not go to the lengths you should. But when you see the outcomes that come from taking these extra steps, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start taking better care of your hair sooner.

Create Your Own Shampoo + Conditioner with Formulate!

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Ever wonder if the shampoo and conditioner you buy at the store is really one size fits all? There are so many different options out there for you to choose from, what if you were able to create your own?

That is where Formulate comes in. Formulate is a new company that allows you to create your own shampoo and conditioner. It’s super simple, you go on their website and take their quiz aka the “hair wizard”.

On their hair wizard, you get to answer questions about your hair type and what you are looking for. For example, my hair type is fine and wavy. You also answer questions about what it is you are looking for. I was looking for something that helped control oil, protected my color and helped with split ends.

Once you fill out the hair wizard, Formulate gives you your very own personal shampoo and conditioner! It’s amazing. Definitely go check it out now and create your very own shampoo and conditioner here.

 

How to Style a Bridal Hair Piece for Everyday

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A couple weeks ago my friend Shirley reached out to me to tell me about a new company her mom and her just started. Shirley and I interned together at Burberry in NYC seven years ago, can you believe it?! I feel old. LOL. Anyways, when Shirley told me about her new ventures, I was so excited because I think it’s something you guys will love! Shirley’s new line is called Shirley and Audrey and they sell accessories for the modern bride. Now you might be thinking “Esther, I’m not getting married…”. Well girl, neither am I. But these items are so beautiful that you can wear them on your wedding day, or even just out to an event!

I got the hair wreath in Mary, and I wore it to a charity event I went to. I wore it like a headband and tied it in the back. It went so perfectly with what I was wearing and really elevated the outfit. Not to mention, I got tons of compliments on it! I think a hair wreath like this would be so perfect for any event where you need to dress up a little bit, or could even be used as a fancier “flower crown” for something like Coachella!

Whether you are a bride, or just a girl looking for some beautiful items to jazz up your hairdo, go check out Shirley and Audrey. Their quality is AMAZING and all the items are simply beautiful!

For Girls Who Brunch readers, Shirley was kind enough to offer 10% off anything on their website with code GWB10. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram at @esthercollins because I will be giving away one of these hair wreaths there!

Hair Essentials

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Keeping up with my last hair post, I thought I would put together my hair essentials. Now I’m not really a big hair junkie. When it comes to my hair, I’m pretty lazy about it. I can’t even tell you the last time I got a hair cut. That being said, this is the lazy-girl’s guide to hair.

one // Gold Mine by DryBar – I dye my hair fairly often. That being said, I need some extra conditioning. I love this stuff because it has gold shimmer in the conditioner. Since I normally have blonde highlights, the shimmer in this really helps to make the blonde pop. And it smells great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with blonde in their hair.

two // 1907 Zero7 Air Lightweight Dryer by Fromm Beauty – This hair dryer is AMAZING. It’s the best hair dryer I have ever used. It really helps to cut down on drying time. I hate blow drying my hair just because it usually takes a long time. This dryer cuts down that time in half. My roommate has used this as well and is obsessed. She also stated that she’s never found a hair dryer that works as quickly as this does. Not only does it help with drying time, but I’ve found this to be the only dryer that doesn’t make my hair feel completely dry and damaged after. Hands down, the best blow dryer ever.

three // Clean Freak by Not Your Mothers – Okay, let’s be honest here. We all have those days where we just don’t have time to wash our hair, or are too lazy too. Normally I wash my hair everyday since it gets super oily, however on the occasion that I just don’t feel like it, I use this stuff. It does a great job of getting rid of the oil in your hair and the white cast blends pretty well in dark hair.

four // Beach Babe by Not Your Mothers – Another Not Your Mother’s product. They have some great items, at a great price! This stuff is my GO-TO for lazy days. After showering, if you don’t want to style your hair, just spritz some of this in damp hair. It gives great texture with that beachy wave look. Not to mention, this stuff smells AMAZING.

five // Hair Spray by Tresemme –  As far as drug stores go, I think Tresemme is one of my favorite hair care brands. It’s super affordable and works great. I love their hairspray. It really holds a curl all night and into the next day, but it doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy at all. Hair spray is one of those things where I don’t really understand when people pay $$$$ for it. There are great drugstore brands like Tresemme that work like magic as well.

six // Hair Ties by Sephora – Okay. Is it just me or do you guys lose hair ties on a daily basis. I swear I go from having 100 to about 4 in a matter of days. I love hair ties like these. Not only are they fun and colorful, but they really help on not snagging on your hair.

seven // Hair Extensions by Irresistible Me – If you haven’t seen my last post, I show you how incredible these hair extensions are. I’m actually obsessed with them. If you’re looking for extensions, go check out Irresistible Me. The quality and quantity are both great.

eight // The Wet Brush – This has been a hair essential for me for years. It’s the perfect hair brush to brush through your hair without damaging it. It’s also specifically made for brushing your hair while wet.

What are your hair essentials? Let me know in the comments below!

My Review: Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

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Hair extensions have always been something I was curious to try. You see tons of celebrities rocking gorgeous long locks and can’t help but think “I can have that kind of hair, right?” Right. When Irresistible Me reached out to me to see if I wanted to test out their hair extensions I jumped at the opportunity. I was sent a set of their Silky Touch extensions in the color Silky Chocolate Brown. I was a little nervous about the color matching my hair. Since I have highlights, the extensions ended up matching my roots perfectly not but quite the ends. The length I chose was 22″ – 200g ($209). I figured it would be better to get longer and cut them if need be rather than vice versa. At first when I received the extensions I thought the length was a little too long, but once I clipped them into my hair I realized they were the perfect length. As for color, after testing out the extensions I realized that curling both my hair and the extensions helped them to blend perfectly.

The set comes with 10 pieces, 1 pc of 4 clips (7.5″), 2 pcs of 3 clips (6″), 5 pcs of 2 clips (4″), 2 pcs of 1 clip (1.2″). I ended up using all the extensions minus the 2 1 clips and 2 of the 2 clips. They give you A LOT of hair to work with, which is great.

Here is a before and after picture of what I look like with the extensions.

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The extensions made a dramatic difference in how my hair looked. I used to think I had long hair until I saw what I looked like with extensions in! I have to say, I’m absolutely in love with these extensions. The hair is 100% Remy human hair and feels so soft and silky. The clip ins make them extremely easy to take on and off.

My roommate (who is a hair genius) also did this cute fishtail braid with my extensions in. The length really makes the braid stand out!

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Overall, I’m extremely impressed with these Irresistible Me hair extensions. If you are looking to try some hair extensions. Definitely go check out Irresistible Me. They have a variety of hair colors and lengths to choose from. Have you guys ever tried extensions? Let me know in the comments below what you think!

**This post is in collaboration with Irresistible Me, all opinions are my own**

Weekend Reading #7

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Hi my loves! Hope everyone had a fabulous week. Yay, it’s Friday! I’m excited for the weekend to come and just be able to relax, catch up on some sleep, Hawaii Five 0 and maybe even hike Runyon. What do you guys have planned for this weekend?

1. This One Tree Hill reunion last weekend was everything I wanted in my life, and more.

2. How you eat your pizza says a lot about your personality.

3. Secrets for scoring major hotel perks.

4. Expiration dates that you should know.

5. If you live in LA, check out these “secret menus”.

6. If you love making dessert, check this out.

7. Joey Fatone’s open letter to One Direction is hilarious.

8. Julia has the most gorgeous hair ever and here are her tips for hair health

9. Photography tips from Emily.

10. This dessert pizza looks BOMB.

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