Long, thick and healthy hair SECRETS (what vitamins I take, products I use...!)

Hello you!

She has big hair and it's full of SECRETS! (Best movie ever!)

Anyway!

Writing this post by request because I think I've talked to at least 6 people about this lately.

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It's my hair. 

It's gotten REALLY long and it's just massive at this point. Not sure why, but I feel like my hair has been varying levels of thickness in my life. Probably related to diet, and hormones but right now it's a MANE and SUPA THICK!

Thankfully, my hair is my thing. Since I was little and when I was wearing an eye patch. I had my hair.  The uglier I feel, the longer I'll have my hair, hehe.

But it's been nice to be long again, and I wanted to share the biggest secrets to having long thick hair that doesn't break, and can survive coloring and sun damage. 

Good hair can change the world, right?!


Hair secrets:

First, most importantly, is viviscal guys. I SWEAR BY IT. 

Biotin doesn't work. Like I don't know why it just doesn't. Or if it does I never noticed. This is the REAL DEAL. 

I wrote about it before, and you can get it here, but it's the real DEAL. It has changed the game for making my hair so much thicker, and growing so much more quickly from when I had the Rachel cut in August of last year. Sometimes I think about the girl that told me about viviscal at a bar, and I want to kiss her.

You can get a months supply here, for around $25 dollars, or 6 months supply here for $110 which is SUPER cheap for what I've seen! I would do the 6 months so you can really see the results.

Like any vitamin or pill you have to use it for about 3 months before you notice a difference, but it's SO WORTH IT! 

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Also MAJOR.

I wash it once a week, maybe.

I truly go as long as possible, up to two weeks without washing my hair. If you use a good dry shampoo (like this one by Caviar!) it will absorb the excess oil and create volume and lift without drying it out from washing. This has allowed my color to stay, and caused less breakage.

I workout most days, so when it's sweaty I'll dampen the roots with water and shoot it with a blowdryer. But even letting it dry with a little bit of being dirty, gives it lots of volume!

Plus it saves me SO MUCH TIME to not wash my hair.

  • I never blow dry. Ever. My hair is naturally really straight, no wave really, so when it's drying I'll run a wet brush through it as it dries to keep it from doing radical things. It's key to keeping it healthy, because the less heat the better.

Right now I am going off a curling binge, I curled it 3 days in a row and it feels like Bob Marley dreadlocks it's so dry. For that, I'll do a mask once every two weeks. I rotate between expensive and cheap brands. For real L'Oreal has the cheap drugstore brand game on lock, and I love Kerastase masks for all they do. I put the curling iron I use on here. It's BOMB and my curls last fo-eva.

On products, I feel passionately about spending money on products - like the ones I use linked below. Because, if you wash your hair once a week (slash month) you can spend more and use less. The expensive shampoos WORK and have really helped with damage control. 

This is weird, but I don't know, and also TMI but we're all FRIENDS. I also think my hair is thicker since getting off birth control (I have the copper IUD). I felt like those hormones messed with me. Anyone else? Is that legal to write that? LOL.

For coloring, I get it done once every 3 months (down from every 4 weeks when I was MEGA blonde) and having a toner added at the end really helps to draw out the color and make it last SO much longer. Highlighting and coloring your hair can REALLY lead to breakage. For blondes, your essentially removing the the pigment from your hair when you make it blonde (for other colors you are adding pigment).

So, having my hair a darker blonde really has extended my time away from the salon which saves my hair and my wallet :)

Hmmm...I think that could be it as far as secrets. Massaging the scalp is good, I'm like a cat basically if you rub my head. But any questions on hair? Ask me!

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Products I love:


PHEW. That one felt good. Any tips for me? Do you do anything special to keep your hair healthy? Lemme know! Or share below so we can all benefit :) 

Also I'm wearing Ethona Active - it's a new line based out of Los Angeles that I've been working with - and LOVE. It's super soft, fits well and the cut is pretty unique. RECOMMEND IT! 

xoxo

Krista

Embracing your ROOTS (how to grow out your hair color)

Helloooo guys! How's the week? Crazy we are halfway into February, no? 

Okay, so my multi-tonal, multi-color hair has inspired me to write a post. I've been on the fence as to wether or not I go team root/growing out for ombre and I've decided to go full force and just see what my hair is gonna do without coloring it for as long as possible. 

Maybe six months?

I've gone about 3 months at this point (which is longer than I've ever done in my whole life pretty much) and want to see what a real deal ombre will be. I have also thoroughly enjoyed having it a bit darker at the top. I can then do a bold brow on my eyes, and embrace a different make-up palette than with bright blonde.

I've been getting my hair highlighted and colored since I was like 14, when I used so much sun in that something needed to be done to correct the problem that was my vitamin C hair.

I'm trying to find a photo of me when I had BLEACH BLONDE Playboy bunny locks in high-school and early college, but I think they are all photos stored somewhere on a high school party web shots pages or under my bed in a shoe box at my moms.

Anyways, so since I moved to NYC a few years back, I didn't realize that you didn't HAVE to get your hair done every 4 to 6 weeks and actually having a good hair colorist means that you can push it longer because the highlight. Meaning the color isn't RIGHT ON the root. It's as if you create a root which allows for the natural hair color to nicely come in. 

ALSO SO IMPORTANT. Is getting a GLOSS. This is EVERYTHING when having a hair color that allows your natural roots to show and not having the super stripe-y look circa 8th grade highlights. It's as if it gently erases the intenseness of the highlight and smooths it out to create an all over gloss. It's basically a semi-permanent color to lock it all in.

How do I know this? We'll I've probably spent about a year of my life in the chair getting my hair done. 

My girl in NYC was the first to do the gloss, an although it was expensive (I sweat now thinking of the price I paid...) it lasted 2x as long so I didn't need to go as much, and although the color would fade or change (all blondes seem to do that) it looked good until the day I went back to see her. Anastasia at Pas Deux Salon in TribeCa, by the way. She's amazing.

So here in L.A. I've finally found my girl (at Color Chroma Bar in Santa Monica - her name is Jenna), and I haven't been back since NOVEMBER. Which is huge for me, that's like 12 weeks and I am fully embracing the root/beach-y/slept-in hair that I have at the moment.

Thankfully my hair is longer now (thanks Viviscal) but it's sort of nice to have so much dimension in it. 


A few ways to embrace your roots and extend your time away from the salon:

Have an undefined part

Rock it to the side

Enhance the volume

Tease it out

Dry shampoo

Also something that really is SO important to keeping your hair color, is a good shampoo and conditioner. If you're buying nice clothes or bags, or whatever, buying shampoo at a reasonable price completely makes sense. It's the #1 thing that keeps your color and saves you the extra trip at the salon. I can't say enough about investing in good shampoo and conditioner. Kerastase and Oribe are my go-to's with some Bumble and Bumble mixed in.

I also LOVE the L'Oreal damage erasing hair balm which is super cheap. It's helped me to grow my hair out without getting split ends. It's under $10 dollars, buy it now.


Products that are key for lasting hair color:


 There's a point where, with the root, I don't LOVE my hair with it's pulled back tightly and up. Sadly, I'm there now. It's very obvious it's not ombre, but when it get's long enough it will be an easy transition from the darkness to the lightness of my ends. There are definitely hair styles that work well with a root, and it's almost like you just need to put it out there so it's like it's on purpose.


Hair styles to rock with a root:

The mini bun: 

  • Justin HATES when I do the mini bun, but I LOVE IT. I don't know why it feels so fashionable to me. I know like the mini poof, which I did for so long, it will go back out but right now it keeps my hair out of my face and works.
    • To do this look:
      1. Take a two inch section of your hair from the center, about 1/4 inch thick depending on your hair thickness, and twist from the top. 
      2. Bring down around to a bun, loosing a bit so it's not super tight.
      3. Pin down with bobby pins colored to your hair color (I use 4 of them).
      4. Loose wave curl your hair with a 1/2 inch curling iron.
      5. Spray to set!

Teased root low pony tail: 

  • This is a nice and easy switch-up and you can do a middle part or side part. I did a side part here.
    • To do this look:
    1. Lifting 1/4 inch sections of your hair and flipping it to the opposite side, tease your hair starting from the tip to the root until there is thickness created at the root.
    2. Continue this around the halo part of your head so that when you lay the top layer above it covers the teased part of your hair.
    3. Tease as much or as little as you like.
    4. Brush it out but not all the way.
    5. Pull your hair back into a low pony, using a clear ponytail holder to secure. (I didn't have any clear left - weh). 

Easy twists:

  • I like this look as a change for the day, and it's just something different. It's somethings hard because I want both sides to be the exact same, and they rarely are, so even just one twist works too.
    • To do this look:
    1. Part your hair, either middle or to the side.
    2. Tease your hair lightly around the crown to give it a bit of grip and height.
    3. Pick up 1/8th in sections of your hair, twist from the root to the tip as tightly or as loosely as you'd like. 
    4. Pin back with bobby pins of your hair color.

Et voila! 

I am trying to see how long I can go with this, possibly 4 months until it's looking like an actual ombre? But I'm not sure. I also think it's allowing my hair to grow out thicker and longer, because I'm not losing so much hair from highlighting...

Also, I use MAC Pro Sculpting Cream in Coffee Walnut to shade my more acceptable darker brows! It's a bit expensive but it STAYS and STAYS and I also use it to contour my face. 

^^^^^I was moving so quick I had a little wardrobe malfunction - oops hehe.

You can find a few more ideas for hairstyles and ways to grow out your hair color from The Daily Makeover, and Refinery29

What do you guys do when your hair color starts to grow out? Any tips? Also always on the lookout for good products if you know them!

LMK if you have any questions or anything - glad to chat or hear your thoughts!

Love ya, love ya face! Now off to meet some blogging babes in Santa Monica which I'm super pumped about!

xoxo

Krista

THE best kept hair secret in the game

A few months ago I cut my hair short, and was pretty much obsessed. I'm like, blunt bobs all day bitches! It's so easy, and it's so fresh! 

Then two weeks later I was completely over it, and wanted it long again. For some reason I just feel better about myself with long hair? Short hair done the right way with the right bone structure is EVERYTHING. When it's rocked appropriately, it's truly the best. But my round face just can't seem to always feel good about it.

My hair dresser from NYC (at Michael Angelo's Beauty Wonderland in Meatpacking) moved to Denver, so when I saw him during a visit to Denver, he goes,

"Remember when everyone cut their hair short, thought it was so amazing for a week, and then immediately wanted the length back" 

HA. For me, that's true. I know other babes who are KILLING the short hair right now, tho. So it's all relative!

I don't know what it is, but my hair has definitely been my security blanket for as long as I can remember. It's sort of a trademark/my one endearing quality that I cherish. I think right now I want to keep the length for my youth (not sure what that means). I also got best hair in high school so that was probably the closest I've been to winning something in my life you know?!

LOL.

Even back in the day when I was highlighting my hair to the heavens, a bleach blonde, I was all about the length. Honestly, I should probably do a 'high school/college' Krista post and share my extension laden LOCKS. It's amazing.

So now that I decided to grow my hair out, I needed some help to speed the process. Everyone says Biotin, which I've taken for quite some time, but I never felt like it did anything super drastic. It was like, probably a myth.  

My current hair inspiration, below:

BUT.

Then I found Vivisical. I'm not sure exactly when or how, but I thought to give it a try in hopes of mermaid locks. 

What it is:

Scientifically formulated supplements with the exclusive marine complex AminoMar® which helps to nourish thinning hair and promote existing healthy hair growth* from within.
— Viviscal

This stuff is seriously the real freakin' deal. 

There are many factors that influence healthy hair growth. These encompass a wide range of emotional and lifestyle conditions that can prevent the body from effectively absorbing the essential nutrients it needs to support healthy hair. Whether it's hormonal changes or birth control, I feel like my hair thickness and ability to grow has changed. Stress poor diet and over-styling also play a factor!

Ingredients:

  • AminoMar®: The groundbreaking, clinically proven marine complex available exclusively in Viviscal supplements. Derived from key marine protein molecules combined with a blend of Horsetail (Stem) Extract and naturally occurring Silica, it provides essential nutrients needed to promote existing hair growth from within.
  • Biotin: Also known as Vitamin H, it is a water-soluble Vitamin B complex (Vitamin B7) that helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein and thus essential in the formation of the hair structure.
  • Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that helps to absorb more Iron into the blood, which in turn promotes hair growth. Vitamin C in Viviscal supplements is sourced from the acerola cherry.
  • Iron: An essential mineral that has several important roles in the body, Iron helps to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around to cells in the body, including hair follicles. Thinning hair can be one of the visible symptoms of anemia (Iron deficiency).

How to take it:

I've been taking Viviscal for about 4 months, and probably noticed results around 3 months, but want to continue to have it grow. You take the vitamin 2x daily, one in the morning and one in the evening with food.

Since I started taking it 4 months ago I have noticed such a difference in the thickness, and length of my locks. It's now my official favorite vitamin to take, and the only where I actually notice the change. 

Where to buy it:

I get mine from Amazon, you can using the link below:

I'll basically take a pill for anything. Ha, honestly and I've tried so many!

Also guys I know I may act like it, and it totally seems like it, but I'm not a doctor, so don't take any of these recommendations like I am a doctor, hehe.

I think that's all I can write about hair growth vitamins. LOL. I hope this helps as an add to your beauty routine! Even if you're on the short hair game, it makes your hair thicker and stronger, so that's always a plus.

Also guys it's weird to be in California for the Holidays! It's like 75 and sunny, no snow in sight! AH! I sort of miss it!

What is everyone doing? Lot's of travel and family? I feel like i want updated from everyone!

Have the best week, almost ending 2015! 

With love,
Krista

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