Tips for Growing Out Your Hair
We’ve all been there, you chopped off all your hair channeling a more mature vibe. Sure you were rocking that crop for a couple weeks, maybe even a couple of months. But then… the time comes. You miss your long hair, you wish you never cut it in the first place. Hair doesn’t grow overnight, we all know that. If you’re looking for an overnight fix, this isn’t the post for you. However- I do have some tips a tricks for healthier, therefore longer, hair.
1. MANE AND TAIL- now you may be saying what… the…? that’s horse shampoo. And you would be right, however Mane and Tail can be used on humans too.
This shampoo is only $6 at Target, and I have found that my hair is stronger, shiner and grows faster when I consistently use it. They also make a slightly more expensive version for color-treated hair that I’ve only been able to find at Sally Beauty Supply.
2. HAIR OIL- At one point in my life I was deep in the youtube universe and I stumbled upon this girl with incredibly long hair. She went on and on in this video about the use of hair oil. I’ve tried quite a few brands since then and have come up with a personal favorite.
I actually got this Moroccan oil in a sample size in my Ipsy bag at one point and it has since become my favorite hair oil. It’s thicker so you don’t want to go crazy, but I apply it to my ends after a shower to keep hair from breaking and to reduce split ends. Doing so helps your hair grow longer over time.
3. GET A HAIRCUT- this may seem like the most backwards hack ever, but honestly trimming your ends will help in the long run. This reduces breakage therefore leaving hair thicker and eventually longer. As much as you want to hold on to every bit of length you have when growing your hair out, trimming your hair regularly is for the best.
4.VITAMINS- there are many vitamins that claim to grow your hair skin and nails. I can’t personally say which works better because I’ve only tried a few but I would say anything that has Biotin or Vitamin A in it is a good starting place. You don’t have to shell out tons of cash to get the sugar bear hair supplements that the stars use because essentially a vitamin is a vitamin and those are very gimmicky.
5. WASH HAIR SPARINGLY- Yes you definitely need to shampoo your hair sometimes because not washing enough can lead to all kinds of issues-not to mention greasy hair. But you really shouldn’t be shampooing your hair every day if you’re trying to grow it out. Shampoo strips natural oils in your hair. These oils keep the hair healthy and strong. So I suggest every 3 days if you can swing it. I know sometimes by the 2nd day I can’t take it anymore but I usually try to wait 3.
That’s all I’ve got for tips for growing your hair long. I hope this helps!
Temperature Color Changing Gel Polish
Have you heard of the latest trend in gel nail polish? I know I saw this color-change nail polish at my salon and thought that it was gimmicky and wouldn’t work or would barely change colors. However, I’ve recently started buying temperature changing gel polish online and I am obsessed.
It totally works, my nails drastically change color and it’s not only when I run them under cold water (as I had feared). Sometimes even when I’m at home my hands will just get a little chilly and it’s enough to completely change the color of my nails. I think it’s the coolest thing ever.
Here’s some before and after pictures of color changing polishes:
There’s some cool things you can do with this polish, I found this picture and am thinking of trying this myself–
If you do the design in a similar color to the warm one then it shows up more when your nails are cold which I think is super cool.
I’m sure there’s tons of other things you can do with this so be on the lookout for this new nail trend!!
My Brow Opinions
Brows are so in right now, many girls are spending a lot of time in order to perfect the shape of their brows and ensure that they look thicker. I spend a lot time on my brows myself so this is just some insight into my brow routine and my brow opinions!
1. Wax, thread or pluck
I think that threading is the way to go. Obviously you can pluck and wax in between threading because… let’s face it threading hurts like a b****. I usually get my brows threaded every few months and wax and pluck in between to keep them cleaner looking. I just think that threading is much more precise and I always think it looks better. I definitely get the most compliments after my eyebrows have been threaded. All in all this is a personal decision and this is just my opinion.
2. Filling in your brows
I personally fill in my brows every day, but I try to remain subtle. I just prefer the more blended and natural look. I use 3 products on my brows regularly.
I start with Gimme Brow by Benefit Cosmetics. It is a gel but it has little fibers in it to make your brows look more voluminous and I really like it. Also, it’s only $12 for mini at ulta or sephora, which lasts me a couple months.
Then I go back in with a pencil. I am not particular regarding my pencils, as long as it matches the gel color and isn’t TOO bold, I think it’ll look nice.
Finally, I finish up with a clear gel to keep everything in place. I use Control Freak by Nyx, I bought this at target for $6 and it works like a charm. I think that, even if you aren’t a person that needs help shaping or filling you brows in, this product could be useful to you. It keeps my brows perfectly in place all day.
3. Tinting your brows
If you’re like me and you were born with flesh colored eyebrows, you may appreciate this helpful hint.
Every few weeks I tint my brows with Just For Men beard dye. This will run you about $8 and if you seal everything up it should last you around a year. It works great but the downside is that it doesn’t last long. It fades out after a couple weeks and you have to do it again. However it’s not too time consuming or difficult. I just bought a little mascara wand and I mix a small amount of the dye then comb it into my brows. You only want to leave it for like 5-10 minutes. Being that it’s your face and near your eyes, you need to be careful that you’re keeping it contained to just your brows and that you’re following the instructions. Afterwards you want to make sure it’s completely off your brows because it will burn if it’s not fully removed (found that out the hard way) Overall this is quick and makes it easier if you are like me and have very light brows naturally.
My opinion here my not be very popular but I feel like you should at least try to trace your natural brows. I see so many girls drawing shapes on their faces that could never actually be a real eyebrow. I’m all for embellishing or building upon what you have but I just think it looks so much better when it looks real. So for shaping, I say try to keep it looking natural. Here’s some general guidelines regarding shaping that I stole from Buzzfeed:
Step 1: Hold the tweezer vertically from the outermost part of your nostril straight up to your eyebrow. The place where the tweezer hits is where the head (or innermost part) of your eyebrow should begin.
Step 2: Hold the tweezer horizontally at the top of each brow to make sure they’re at the same height. If they don’t match up, you can fill in the lower eyebrow to match the higher one.
Step 3: Hold the tweezer diagonally from the outermost part of your nostril to the outermost part of your eye. Where the tweezer extends past your eye is where the tail (or outermost part) of your eyebrow should end.
So, that’s about it. Let me know in the comments what you do to ensure your brows are always on fleek (;
There are a lot of different ways to do your nails, it may seem like it’s just putting on polish but for those who really like to do their nails or get them done a lot of thought goes into it.
First there are different shapes for nails, usually when you’re discussing shape it’s with acrylic. Acrylic nails for those who don’t know are built on top of the real nail creating a longer, harder nail.
There’s also “Louboutin Nails”- This is inspired by the shoe, the top is black and the underside is red.
Matte Nails are really in right now as well, instead of a glossy finish it’s dull and matte.
Negative space nails are one of my favorite trends, this involves leaving empty space on the nail to create a design.
There’s plenty of other nail trends these are just some of my favorites.
How to Keep Blonde Hair Blonde
I naturally have very dark brown hair, for the past year or so I’ve had at least some blonde in my hair. Anyone that has bleached their hair knows how hard it is to keep it looking salon fresh. Bleached hair is toned to make it look prettier, and eventually that tone fades out leaving you with a copper-brassy-UGLY look. If you don’t want to spend tons of money every month to re-tone it…. I have the perfect solution.
Purple Shampoo. Purple shampoo cancels out the copper tones and leaves you with a cleaner, brighter looking blonde. Many say that you just wash your hair with this every day and that will do this trick, I haven’t found that to be the case. It helps but doesn’t fix it.
Here’s my process:
I use this Joico Purple Toning Shampoo, which I buy from Ulta. It runs around $15 a bottle and lasts me around a month.
I wash with this every day as recommend but I also do more than that. Once a week I do a deep tone. On completely dry hair, I pack the shampoo on. I make sure every blonde spot is fully saturated and I leave it on for 20 minutes to half an hour then shampoo as normal. I wouldn’t recommend leaving it too much longer than that because I’ve seen videos of girls accidentally giving their hair a purple tint and that’s obviously not the goal. I’ve found complete success with this and I can get my color to last months longer than it does without the shampoo. They also make conditioner which I’ve never used but I assume it would only make the effect better if you’re willing to spend the extra money.
Most people know that there are a couple kinds of eyeliner, there’s gel, liquid and pencil eyeliner. Certain kinds are better suited for specific looks. This post is going to discuss some of the most popular eyeliner trends of 2017.
1. The one that is so hot right now… Winged eyeliner.
The length and angle of you wing is completely up to you, this look is proabably a little dramatic for every day wear but it’s definitely personal preference. This look is easiest to achieve with a liquid or a gel eyeliner. Doing a wing with pencil doesn’t give you the clean lines that are desired.
2. The smudged look- this is usually used to make your eyes appear more smoky or grungey.
Smudged looks are usually done with a pencil and a blending brush. You can smudge as little or as much as you like.
3. Colored liner- this is a fun look to make your eyes pop or to add drama or a whimsical feel. Some colors are made to compliment your eye color but my favorite colored eyeliner looks are with neon colors or white.
As you can see from the picture, this look varries. You can add the color on top of black, instead of black. I’ve even seen people blend from one color at one corner of their eye to another color at the other corner. These looks take more practice but are extremely unique and fun.
4. Thick underlining- this is an edgier look, one I don’t rock myself but I find it’s super hot on the runway this year.
This look is achieved by lining your water line with a pencil, this is a quick way to draw attention to your eyes and make your eye color more noticeable.