As a child, I wanted a lotttttt of things. Among those many things, I wanted to be Jewish, Japanese, a movie star/dog groomer and basically anything else that I was not. What can I say? I was infatuated with being different. So, naturally, I also wanted to trade my forever thin (kind of straggly at the time) locks for curly hair. It was classic case of wanting what we can't have and my healthy, non-fried hair is seriously grateful that I came into my own and have come to embrace my thin, straight style. Still, I do love to experiment with different highlights and textures, and I've learned (the hard way) that my thin hair benefits from a little extra TLC to make up for it. Here are a few of my favorite tips/tricks/pieces of advice to keep thin hair looking fresh all day long (and btw, none of the products in this post are sponsored, I just love them and thought I'd share!) :
ALSO: Check out the end of this post for a free thin hair cheat sheet!!
Switch it up.
Any type of hair will adapt to your washing routine at some point, so switch up the type of product you're using. The amount of time in between changing products may vary according to your exact hair type, but professionals recommend changing out your shampoo at least every month to prevent buildup and increased oil production.
Some products are too heavy for thin hair.
Ever had a problem with your hair getting greasy, even right after you've washed it? It's frustrating, disgusting, and feels like there's no solution. Try switching out your shampoo and conditioner for a "lighter" brand. Many solutions that work wonders on curly hair tend to build up and weigh thin hair down, so look for a product that either specifically says it's designed for thin hair or for getting locks super clean. ALSO: more is not better, so watch how much product you're using, especially in the shower. A little conditioner goes a long way.
(I use this brand.)
Dry shampoo is life.
I don't know what'd I'd do without dry shampoo. It's a thin-haired girl's BFF. I use it to add a little volume to my hair in the morning and keep a travel bottle in my backpack for when it gets flat later on. Because let's face it, if you've got thin hair you KNOW, it's not a matter of if it'll get flat, it's a matter of when. It's all about preference when it comes to choosing a brand, but I love this one because it has a hint of color in it, which is great if my roots are getting a little dark. And it smells good too!
Your hair needs a detox too.
One of my biggest issues with my thin hair is product buildup. I recently discovered Neutrogena sells a detoxifying shampoo that just needs to be used once a week to nix buildup and make your regular formula work better. I'm absolutely loving this as a detox for whenever I feel my hair getting greasy from product overuse.
Hopes this helps, and let me know if you have any questions!
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Despite the fact that New York is currently awaiting a massive snow storm right now (*sigh*), spring is right around the corner.
Aside from doing a deep clean of my closet and going on a major clothing haul to prep for the next few months of fashion posts, I also try I try to reevaluate my beauty/skincare routine each season. Spring is one of my favorite times, because it brings lots of beautiful colors and delicious new scents.
However, it can be a tricky transition going from the dry winter weather to luscious spring in the blink of an eye. Of course, this is always how it seems to happen in New York. Luckily though, I've established a few rules of thumb (totally through trial and error) that'll help even the most troubled skin transition seamlessly into the upcoming season...
Dry brushing is one of those topics that I reference all the time and have been meaning to do a full-fledged post on for what seems like literal ages. I started dry brushing after reading another blogger's lowdown on it a few years ago, and I've pretty much been obsessed ever since. It's something that I try to do almost every time before I get in the shower, and my skin is definitely thankful for it!
But wait, WTF is dry brushing?
If you read TBC's Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gift Guide (and you should, bc it features some real goodies), you're probably not surprised to see more V-Day inspired content. It's obvious that I love the color pink, so I'll pretty much take advantage of any opportunity to exploit that passion — Valentine's Day included, of course.
Today's post is extra special though — not just because it's pretty, but because it's a damn gem when it comes to skincare. You ladies know how I feel about sick-o unnatural products, especially when they cost a small fortune. I mean, how am I supposed to save up for this bag when I'm blowing my entire paycheck on glorified soap? Thanks, but no thanks.
Lately, I've become V picky about my nighttime routine. I only use a handful of products nowadays, and I'm always careful to check the ingredients before applying anything to my skin. After all, most people would be shocked to hear that, according to this source, women absorb up to FIVE POUNDS of damaging chemicals a year — all thanks to their beauty products.
But does this mean you should immediately toss everything that's currently housed on your vanity without second thought? Thank the Lord, no! My motto has always been that slow and steady wins the race. Cutting something out cold turkey doesn't typically work for anyone, and I will always stand by the idea that one of the most important factors in creating a healthy lifestyle is about finding balance. Know your facts, and actively choose what you allow to go in (and on) your body.
If you read the 'Best of 2016' roundup last week, you already know that one of my goals for this year is to publish more DIY beauty recipes. I only created a few in 2016, but they were some of my most-visited and shared posts of the entire year. This one even got featured in a Bloglovin' edit, which was kind of a big deal considering it was the first natural beauty tutorial I'd ever posted here on The Blonde Chiffon.
So, cheers to the first DIY beauty remedy of 2017 here on TBC. It's one of my favorite concoctions yet, so I know you'll be just as obsessed as I am.