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I compiled a list of ALL the most frequently asked hair questions I get from you guys and did my best to answer them as thoroughly as possible! Hair is a tricky subject…and everyone’s hair growth process is going to be different, but I’m sharing every product, tool, and tip that I’ve had success with. I like to try different products every once in a while but I definitely have some things that I swear by and have been using for over a decade. Keep reading to learn how to start taking better care of your hair…

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How often do you wash your hair?

I’m trying to wash it less but it really just depends on my schedule. The main problem with washing your hair every day is the stress you put it under with all the brushing, blow drying, and styling. Also – if you’re shampooing every day, that can strip away natural oils, so your scalp overproduces oil to make up for it – leaving you with oily hair at the roots and dry at the ends with no volume. I try to go atleast every two days without washing it – sometimes 3 if I can just throw it up in a bun on the 3rd day. On the days when I don’t have to shoot or go to events, I let it air dry as often as possible clipped up in a bun or in a loose braid.

What shampoo and conditioner do you use?

I switch it up quite a bit, but some of my favorites are…

Volume shampoo & conditioner for fine hair:

Every day shampoo & conditioner:

Favorite Drugstore Shampoo & Conditioner:

What curling iron do you use?

I’ve used the same curling iron since freshman year of college! I use this 1″ conair curling iron:

What blow dryer do you use?

My hair takes forever to blow dry, so this has always been my favorite because it’s VERY powerful (in the mid size):

What brush do you use?

I will never use another brush! If you’re not using this, you need to be. It is so gentle on your hair – wet or dry.

How do you prevent your hair from breaking in a ponytail when you workout?

I always workout in a no-slip headband and a thin hair tie to prevent breakage. The headband keeps the hair out of my face, and the thin hair tie keeps it controlled but not too tight to where it causes breakage. I usually won’t put my hair in a high pony or use thick hair ties because it pulls on my hair too much.


What’s your favorite hair mask?

I love both of these and use a hair mask twice a week:

What dry shampoo do you use?

This works the best and is always my first choice:

Do you use a serum?

Every single day on my towel dried hair. I’ve used this for over a decade!

How do you curl your hair?

I did a youtube tutorial explain it step by step, watch it in this blog post!

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How often do you get your hair highlighted and how does your stylist color your hair?

This blog post is old, but still holds true. It explains how my stylist does my highlights and what she uses for color: read it here.

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Who does your hair in NYC? Chicago? 

NYC: Tiffanie Richards at Nunzio Salon in the Upper East Side.

Chicago: I never got my hair done here, I always went home to get it done in Indiana. But if I did, I’d go to RMCM.

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Do you take any supplements for your hair? 

I have in the past, but lately my hair has been falling out a little more than usual (in the shower, brushing, etc.), so I’ve been looking into it. I think I’m going to try Nutrafol. I read an article on Harper’s Bazaar that said “Nearly every dermatologist we interviewed for the 2019 Anti-Aging Awards agreed: in a sea of powders, gummies, pills, and shots promising thicker and fuller hair, Nutrafol is the only one that delivers results. Be patient: results can take three to six months—and you’ll need to keep taking it to maintain your new hair growth. It works by fighting off inflammation and free radicals that impair follicle function”.

Find it online here:

Foods to eat for healthy hair?

Clean eating, regular exercise, and lots of water are three things you need to start incorporating into your weekly routine for your body & your hair’s sake. Green vegetables, especially kale, spinach, and broccoli, act as natural shine boosters. Lean proteins – like eggs, chicken, and fish help maintain healthy hair growth. Salmon, avocado, walnuts, and greek yogurt are all “mane-munchies”.

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Favorite hairstyles?

 

Other hair tips?

  • Always brush your hair out before you get in the shower to prevent tangles. Be extremely gentle with your hair every time you brush it.
  • Only use conditioner from the middle to the ends of your hair.
  • Let it air dry as often as possible. Sleep with damp hair in two loose braids – it smooths frizz, loosens curls, and gives straight hair beachy wave.
  • Don’t rub your hair with a towel after showering – pat/squeeze the water out.
  • Don’t tease your hair!! This destroys the texture of your hair. You won’t see me in a bunch of different hairstyles very often because as cute as they are – excessive pulling, tight hair ties, hair spray, etc. = more breakage. Also – not a huge fan of blow outs – way too much pulling and heat.
  • Make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep each night. Your hair grows fastest at night and 8 hours of sleep will reduce stress and prevent hair from falling out.

 

Wishing you good hair days ahead!

 

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  • Jenny
    Reply

    Great tips!! I’m going to try the Moroccan Oil shampoo and conditioner!!

    • Julie
      Reply

      Nutrafol is an amazing hair growth product; I swear by it!

  • Brianna
    Reply

    Great tips! My hair does produce a lot of oils so I’ve been trying to not wash it as often 🙂
    Brianna | http://briannamarielifestyle.com/

  • Renee
    Reply

    Ok but how do you get your hair in that cute style bun?!! Ive tried so many times and it does not look like that! lol a tutorial on it?!

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