So, funny story – I never meant to start a blog and have a readership or share a lot of photos of myself, lol… I actually started this blog as a way to kind of document living in Virginia while John was in medical school & also as a way for my family to see what we were up to as I was 14 hours from home. I’m a small town Arkansas girl so I never would have thought anyone would care what mascara I wore or curling iron I used! I say all of that to say that the whole reason my blog got started as more of a style/beauty blog was because people would find it and the first questions asked were “how do you curl your hair?” and “what mascara do you wear?” & BAM! I look up and for the past 3 years I have been writing 5 days a week about daily looks & favorite makeup/hair products & now baby/travel/home decor! So crazy how things evolve!
Anyway, I have done tons of hair posts & even tutorials over the past 3-4 years. I think there are over 100 posts about HAIR alone like how to get volume, how to keep curls in tact, what shampoo I love, what volume powder I love, curling irons, messy ponytail tutorial, faux braid tutorial, etc. BUT I have never done a ‘BEHIND THE SCENES’ of getting my hair done & I get a TON of questions about my hair color, cut, etc. SOOO, today I thought I’d do a full post all about my hair appointments & what I ask for.. [PS. THere’s a BEAUTY tab up top and if you hover, the HAIR tab will drop down and see all posts that incorporate hair talk.]
WHAT TYPE OF HAIR CUT DO I ASK FOR?
I have had the same hair cut since I was 11! No joke, I’ve always had long, thick hair & I have always preferred my hair curled so I have a specific type of cut and if I ever try someone new (like when we moved a lot during John’s 4th year rotations) I would literally go back home to my hair girl from childhood and have her fix it! So I ask for ‘long layers’ — I do this because it takes off some of the weight but also gives the hair more volume AND the best part is that it makes my hair hold curl better & makes the curls bouncier. The alternative would mean all of my curls would kind of lie on top of each other – right?! So I like my top layer to be quite a bit shorter than the longest layer. I also like for the layers to be more on the ‘choppy’ side or to have some texture… I think a lot of hair stylist have a tool that does this(?!) – it also thins out the ends so you hair isn’t as heavy & takes out some of the bulkiness. The idea behind this is to have super fine layers within the long layers. This is key for not only having bouncier curls, but also making the curls last longer. I notice that when my hair hasn’t been cut in ages and the layers are not as fresh – my curls don’t look as good & are weighted down so they don’t stay in tact.
I actually went to Fayetteville, AR last week and had Kelly Stuckey, the owner of Crown Beauty Bar, give my hair a complete makeover. Since having Luke [who is 6mos now], I have not had the time to get my hair cut, balayaged touched up, etc. so I let Kelly takeover completely and she did SUCH a good job. She freshened up my layers, trimmed off all the dead ends, & brought my hair back to life! She knew exactly what I meant when I told her I wanted long layers!
WHAT COLOR IS MY HAIR?
I get asked about my hair color ALL the time. For years I would say ‘brown’ not really knowing what it meant because I always had ‘virgin’ hair & didn’t realize there are levels (or whatever, lol!). I didn’t put any thing on my hair until I was 25 years old and I went ombre! Yet, even then they only put color on the ends & left . The past 2 years I’ve kept my hair balayaged though. It’s how I prefer my hair – mainly because it gives it some dimension & really showcases the curls. It is also very easy & low maintenance. It has a more natural look – like some pieces are just sun kissed as opposed to the highlighted or ombre look. Typically, my balayage is more warm & has more ‘orange’ to it but I had Kelly go a little cooler w/it this time. My hair gets brassy quickly so the orange color tends to go brassier more quickly & only looks more orangey (lol) but cooler tone has a bit more brightness. In all honestly, there is not a huge difference in photos but I can see it in real life more. Each time I ask a hair stylist what my natural hair color is they either say level 4 or level 5. My balayage is usually more of a level 6 or 7.
‘They’ say that you can tell if balayage is well done if you can wear it straight and it looks good – and I actually really love my hair straight & balayaged. Now, the effect it has when curled makes it more evident & makes the color really pop. I’ll attach a photo w/it curled..
Some salons just do more of a hair painting technique to get the balayage look, but Kelly at Crown Beauty Bar did a little different technique [not sure of the name] but it made it more uniform – yet it has more of a natural look as opposed to just choosing certain pieces. I really don’t mind either technique – after having both done I have never been disappointed with either!
Also, I have been getting grays for a few years now. I have my dad’s hair which has its pros & cons [I tweeted this pic last week of him holding me as a newborn & you can see how thick & dark our hair is naturally.] The con to having gotten his hair gene is that my grays are more prevalent than some of my other brunette friends! I have always been opposite to putting a permanent color on my grays so I have always just gotten a glaze on the top to hide them. The glaze is great for shine and hiding gray but only works for a short time [4 weeks max for me] so Kelly and her team put a permanent color to hide grays. I was hesitant about this just because I don’t know a lot about color! I was worried it not look like my natural color or be too dark or too light or grow out weird but she was right – it worked perfect. I don’t like my hair to be too dark – it just doesn’t match my skin tone so I like to keep it more natural.
I’ll attach a photo of my hair from my iPhone right after we finished my hair at Crown.. I feel like this photo will show the truest color & all – it’s indoors w/not a ton of light & there’s not edit or filter.
HOW OFTEN DO I TRIM MY HAIR?
Prior to having Luke, I got my hair trimmed every 3 months or so which worked w/toning my balayage as well. I think my hair probably needs trimmed more frequently than that, but with traveling a lot it was always tough to get home and get something scheduled. As I said earlier, my curls lose their bounciness & hold once the layers grow too much or too thick so I kind of do it based on how my hair is curling!
DID I LOSE HAIR AFTER HAVING LUKE?
Ugh, yes. I was determined to not lose any! Everyone says that when you are pregnant with a boy, you glow and have better skin & hair and that was so not the truth for me. During pregnancy, my skin and hair were both dry. My hair did not grow much & just didn’t look super healthy. A girlfriend was selling a popular MLM hair product & told me that it would change my hair dramatically. So I started using it while pregnant and tried it for 2-3 months and never saw any change unfortunately. I thought maybe it would prevent my hair from falling out after having Luke but it didn’t. It was 5 days before Luke turned 3 months that I noticed my hair falling out in clumps. I can’t even exaggerate how bad it was – it went on for ab 5 weeks. Cue the song popular song by Dashboard Confessional, Screaming Infidelities… “your hair is everywhere!”.. haha. That was like the theme song in my house bc my hair was EVERYwhere. I would wake up in the morning & it would be in my bed. I actually went to Ulta and randomly decided to try THIS product and believe it or not I noticed a lot of growth in just a couple of weeks. I hate to steer anyone in the wrong direction – so I am not going to say “this product made my hair grow back in two weeks!!!” but I did see a change after using this product. It could have been a number of things that played a part though. I want to add a quick disclaimer – hair products and skin care products are totally hit or miss for everything. Not everything is going to work for everyone! Like, I have 3 foundations that work for me – and there are hundreds that don’t – yet they work on some of my girlfriends beautifully.. So I would recommend keeping that in mind when you are trying products. Definitely sample products first – especially if they are expensive. I typically believe ‘you get what you pay for’ but in this case the $40 set worked better for me in 2-3 weeks than the $100 product I tried for several weeks. I actually stay away from knocking any products on here because I know everything is hit or miss for everyone!
Now, I will say that Kelly from Crown Beauty Bar has amazing, beautiful blonde hair. She also has an 18month old and I asked her how she avoided losing her hair and she said that she used some products before having her baby and that helped her from losing the hair to begin with AND she uses products that help the hair grow. She actually recommended a few products to me that I am currently using & so far I do like them. I have only been using them for 2 weeks so I don’t want to rave just yet [give me a few more weeks!] but the one product I am obsessed w/is an energizing serum that is FOR hormone related hair loss – and it feels SO good on your scalp!!! I literally dread washing my hair typically but not anymore bc I look forward to this step- it feels SO good! I’m actually not sure where you can buy this product online – I’ve never seen the brand before but I will add Kelly’s salon info at the end and you can call them! PS. This is not a sponsored post for the brand or for Crown Beauty Bar – I actually contacted them to check availability on certain days since I live a couple of hours away. I have always followed them on IG and my BFF from undergrad, Audrey, goes there & she used them to go from brunette to blonde and her hair was super healthy looking despite the transition so that’s why I chose to go there! I genuinely enjoyed my experience & the girls there were just all around wonderful. They helped w/ Luke, answered all of my questions, made recommendations, were super patient w/me as I showed photos of what I liked and didn’t like, & I just felt like they really cared and didn’t get annoyed w/me! I don’t know a lot ab hair so I don’t know the terminology – I just know what I think looks good so I always have visuals on hand, lol.
HOW DO I KEEP MY HAIR HEALTHY & SHINY?
I get questions about my hairs health SO frequently and I always think “wow, that is so nice!” bc I’m my own worst critique you know?! I look at my hair and think “oh my gosh, I need to skin the curling iron for the next month!”. I will say this, I don’t use a blow drier much on my hair – mainly because I shower & take baths at night after Luke is in bed and am too exhausted to commit the time to blow drying. I don’t like this habit bc I typically wake up looking like a crazy person w/weird creases!!! However, in the photos above in the orange cardigan – I did this and I just use an oil and run a straightener over it to make it look sleek & smooth. [I have a full post on SLEEK, STRAIGHT HAIR HERE.] I’m a huge, huge ALTERNA fan – I really adore their products & I have tried many of them and like them all! More recently, w/ travels & all, I’ve been swearing by THIS product – it’s a dry oil mist that just keeps my hair super shiny & eliminates the frizz!
HOW OFTEN DO I WASH MY HAIR?
So, if you are a newer reader, you may not know that 2 years ago I did a round of Isotretinoin (accutane) bc I had cystic acne for YEARS. Not only did the medication treat my acne, but it also got rid of my excessive oil production. Throughout college, I washed my hair almost every night! Once I entered the real world and was working long hours I realized I needed to ‘train my scalp’ so I committed like a month to training my scalp to produce less oil – going from nightly washes to every 2 nights was so worth the hassle of training my scalp, lol. I can do another post on it w/tips for resetting your oil glands if you all want – like how to survive not washing! Anyway, not that I’ve done Accutane, I don’t really have much oil at all [insert praise hand emoji!]. I work out and still don’t have to wash my hair! I wash my hair once, maybe twice per week. I mentioned previously that I hate washing it bc it’s a production. I use shampoo, condition, use a mask, then I have to brush it and I have products I use while it’s wet so it’s like a good hour long ordeal. If I have to blow dry it – well … goodness gracious I’m done for – I am not joking it’s a production. I typically never blow dry it If I sleep w/it wet I wear it in a top knot on top of my head w/ONE of these to reduce the weird creases a regular ponytail holder would leave! If I don’t sleep w/it up, it looks very crazy in the morning but if I sleep it with up it is not quite as mad and I don’t have like – cowlicks – from where I slept. In the mornings if it is still damp I blow dry it before I straighten it (or curl it). OH, an important thing that people don’t really think about is their pillowcase! I use THIS pillow case not only to help w/hair but also for skin.
FAVORITE HAIR PRODUCTS
I get asked a LOT about hair products I love so I thought I’d just round up everything. Before losing my hair, I had 3-4 shampoo/conditioner combos I constantly rotated between – like I’d use one set, and when it was done switch to the other. I’ll put them all in the widget under this section so you can easily shop them!
This is the masque I always used prior to products I am using now! I always use a masque in shower/bath bc my hair needs all the extra love & hydration it can get! I really focus it on my ends & I always leave it in the recommended time.
This is the HEAT SPRAY I always use before curling my hair – I’ve noticed it helps my curls stay in longer also.
My favorite volume powder.
My favorite brush for daily use. (It’s a splurge item but I love mine.)
Ask other questions in the comments and I can add them to this post! 🙂
CROWN BEAUTY BAR INFO: 479-935-4070