From a very young age, I remember wanting to have straight hair and going through great lengths (no pun intended) to achieve it. I also recall how other girls, the ones with straight hair, just as fastidiously wanted to have curls, more volume, etc. Hair frames our face and we can dramatically change our appearance simply by the way we style our hair. As with all things, however, the most important factor is health-if our hair is dehydrated, mistreated, no hair style will mask that save a hat or scarf!
In my beauty research, I came across a fun tidbit that I have been loving recently. You see, I like my hair straight, but with volume and bounce (have I become a Jersey girl?!). The thing is, when I straighten my hair, I lose volume due to the blow drying and I used to stay away from any volumizing product because I never felt like those products were for me- my hair is not fine nor thinning.
One day, though, for a body scrub, I purchased two gigantic bags of epsom salt. I did not need that much salt, however, I bought it at BJs Wholesale Club and it came in a 2 pack. Since I had so much, I ventured out to see what other uses there are for Epsom Salt. Well, I found one that I tried immediately. For volume, mix epsom salt with conditioner and leave on for a few minutes, as you would a deep conditioning mask, between 10-20 minutes, if in a rush at least 5! Some people heat the conditioner and epsom salt, I think that dissolves the granules, I have not yet tried it the way. Instead, I mix a fistful of epsom salt with about as much conditioner. I am not sure what it is, but this leaves your hair with bounce, shiny and just enough volume.
One of my very good friends, we are as family, is very into hair care. I like to learn about other people’s beauty routines, what works for them, etc. and so I invited her to do this beauty profile, below is our Q&A.
Jennifer’s gorgeous locks!
1. What is your daily beauty routine?
In the morning, I always wash my face with Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser. I follow that with Neutrogena Oil Free Combination Skin Moisturizer or Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid Lotion. Then, I go on to my usual makeup routine: foundation, bronzer, mascara and my eyebrows with the Anastasia Brow Kit. At the end of the day, I remove my makeup with my Aveeno cleanser or an Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover wipe. Then I use Pond’s Nourishing Moisturizer Cream.
2. What is one hair product you couldn’t live without?
3. What is your weekday hair routine, like mornings before work?
When my hair is straight, I sleep with my hair loose or loosely tied. I bundle it in a towel wrap for the shower, after I shower, I let it loose, run my fingers through it and it’s ready to go out the door! When my hair is curly, I have to style it every day-pony tail or bun or fixing it with gel or leave in conditioner.
4. Do you deep condition or do other treatments? If so, how often?
I straighten my hair usually every 2 weeks, when I straighten it, yes I do a deep conditioner or treatment. When my hair is curly, I was it about every 3 days. Conditioners I use (not all at the same time, I use these in rotation):
- Super Conditioner 10 in 1,
- Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Strengthening Mask,
- Aussie 3 Minute Mask,
- Crece Pelo (a Dominican conditioner).
About every 2 weeks, I do the following oil treatment: Mix 1 or 2 ounces of each of these oils and then apply to hair, leave in 20 minutes:
- Coconut Oil
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Castor Oil
- Argan Oil
- Lavender Oil
I used to apply this treatment all over, but now I only apply it at the roots and sometimes a little on the ends.
5. Do you take any vitamins or eat special foods specifically for the health of your hair?
I take Vitamin C gummies; Hair, Nail & Skin gummies, and I incorporate the following into my diet: salmon, almonds, walnuts, avocado, eggs, sweet potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, bananas and strawberries.
6. What is the wackiest hair treatment you’ve tried and how did it work out (or not)?
I don’t remember which conditioner it was, but I once tried a conditioner that left my hair feeling rough and tangled!
Well, that last one was not very wacky! I for one tried black strap molasses, supposed to do wonders for your hair. I can’t tell you whether it works or not because I only tried it once, it was so messy and sticky that I never ventured to try it again! Some people swear by it though…
What are some of your hair routines/secrets? Wacky treatments you’ve tried?
Thanks and cheers to long, healthy, luscious locks!