The Ultimate Guide To Long And Healthy Hair

Long and Healthy hair tips and tricksHair goals, hair goals everywhere. No matter where we look, we can find something telling us how to get healthy, shiny hair. But the funny things is, we’re told to use bajillions of products for that coveted shine, yet if our hair was truly healthy, we would only need a few things to keep it that way!

As a girl with thick, waist length hair, I know a thing or two about haircare. My desire for long and healthy locks started when I was very little; Jasmine and Pocahontas were my hair role models! So, throughout my life I’ve researched tips and tricks to give me that Disney princess hair.

From all that research, I’ve compiled a list of the tips that have worked for me, and a few promising time-tested techniques that I would like to try in the near future.

Without further ado, here’s my ultimate guide to long and healthy hair!

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#1 Nutrition and Hydration

Let’s get the basics out of the way, shall we? If you’re body isn’t healthy, you’re hair won’t be healthy. It’s as simple as that. So, eat a well-rounded diet and drink that water! If you don’t feel you’re getting the necessary nutrients from your daily diet (or you have a health problem that makes it difficult), I do recommend taking a high quality multivitamin.

The very best I’ve found is Smarty Pants Women’s Complete vitamins. They contain all of the essentials, plus a few bonuses like fish oil and biotin (both great for your hair!), and they’re free of allergens and fillers. But the best part is, they’re gummies and taste great!

#2 Gentle Products

Always, always get a sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfates strip your hair (and if you dye, your color too) which isn’t good for your ‘do’. Go for the natural and non-toxic products on the shelves. And remember to get the variety specific to your hair type! If your hair is a bit dry, get a deeply moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. If it’s flat (because thick + long hair = flat roots most of the time) don’t be afraid to try a volumizing products. They’re not only for the thin haired ladies! I’ve tried several brands, some I’ve liked and some I didn’t.

California Baby is one of the purest hair and body care companies out there, but their formula barely lathers. As someone with tons of hair, it’s hard to get it clean with a super low lather shampoo. A clean brand I do like is Everyone; it lathers and the conditioner leaves my hair soft and shiny. However, another super clean brand that I’m really looking forward to trying out is Carina Organics. They have great reviews and it looks very promising! If you’ve tried them out, let me know if you like them!

#3 Moisturize the Ends

It seems that the majority of girls with thick hair have oily hair too. If that’s the case with you, as it is with me, you may have thought your hair was already well-moisturized in the past. However, just because your roots get oily, doesn’t mean that oil gets to the ends of your hair. Moisturized ends are what keeps your hair from being a big frizz ball!

I’ve tried using coconut, castor, argan, and olive oil hair masks, but nothing works as well as applying an oil hair serum to the ends of my hair daily. My favorite brand is Badger hair oil. I soaks into my hair and takes away any brittle or dry feeling that creeps up from time to time.

Another way to make sure the ends of your hair are moisturized is by focusing your conditioner below your roots. After I do that, I leave it in my hair for the rest of my shower and rinse at the very end. I find that this makes my hair a lot softer than if I rinse it out only a minute or two after putting it in.

*Bonus tip: Make sure to brush and detangle your hair before showering so that you don’t have to work through tangles in wet hair; that leads to breakage!

#4 Wash Less Often

Washing everyday if you have shorter hair is probably okay, but when you have longer hair, it dries out because your natural oils don’t get the chance to reach your hair ends. I typically wash every other day, but I’ve recently discovered that brushing your hair with a boar bristle brush is supposed to help you go longer. It works by spreading your natural oils all the way down your hair shaft so that they don’t build up at the roots.

This is something I really want to try because it’s been used by women for hundreds of years! I even recently read an article that told of a woman in either the 1800’s or 1900’s who was dubbed as having the most beautiful hair only used this method to clean her hair. Now I’m not sure if I would go that far, but I would definitely use a boar bristle brush to extend the time between washes.

#5 Style Without Heat

I’ll start by saying that using heat occasionally is totally fine. But try to style without heat as much as possible; we don’t want to be singing our hair! And if you have thick hair, you knkw first hand that heat styling doesn’t always hold very well anyway. I usually take my showers in the evening so that my hair can air dry. This is also helpful if you want to do heatless overnight curls, which requires your hair to be slightly damp. Here’s my absolute favorite heatless curl tutorial!

#6 Protectively Style For Bed

Believe it or not, this tip has been a game-changer for my hair! Either put your hair in a loose bun or braids before going to sleep so that it doesn’t tangle as you toss and turn in bed. Before I started doing this, I would wake up every morning with my hair all knotted together. Then I would try to brush it out, which only lead to hair breaking off and split ends. After I started styling before bed, no more tangles!

#7 Ditch the Chemicals

Not long ago, I was still having my hair dyed a very dark brown at the salon, but recently I found a natural dying method that works well and doubles as a conditioning treatment! It’s a mixture from the company Henna Color Lab. I got mahogany, which was made from a blend of indigo, henna, and other plants. The color turned out beautifully, although I think I’ll need to redo my roots because henna color has to build up to achieve a true dark color.

The best part though, is that my hair has become ridiculously shiny and soft since using this! I’ve tried many sore-bought hair masks and DIY masks in the past, but all of them seriously pale in comparison to this hair dye, for reals. My air has always been on the course side, but this stuff has turned it into the soft hair I’d always dreamed of. You can dye your hair any color except blonde with henna mixtures, because they can’t lighten color.

 

There are many more tips out there, like scalp massage, using silk pillow covers and hot oil treatments, etc. but the above are the only tips that have made a difference for me. I hope you enjoyed and learned something from this hair care guide! Make sure to comment below with any hair advice that has worked for you!

If you enjoyed this post, you might also like this one about my secret weapon for acne!

 

8 Bible Verses For When You Can’t Forgive Yourself

Bible Verses For ForgivenesOne of the biggest problems Christians struggle with is forgiving themselves. It can be so difficult to accept that we are forgiven after we’ve sinned, but that’s exactly what God want for us! He desires so deeply for us to live in freedom.

Below are eight Bible verses that will remind you what the Word has to say about why you can forgive yourself.

Psalm 103:8-12

“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Acts 10:43

“All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Romans 8:1-2

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

1 Corinthians 6:11

“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Ephesians 1:7-8

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, In accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,”

Ephesians 3:12

“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

Hebrews 10:22-23

“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Now is the time to let go of your guilt and shame. Take hold of what Christ died to give you! You’re chains are gone; you’ve been set free. Go forward with a new peace in your heart, knowing that you don’t have to carry this burden anymore.

Pin or share this with someone who needs to hear this message. Tell me in the comments below about what helped (or is helping) you overcome guilt in your life. Let’s encourage each other! Have a blessed week!

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Lifestyle Inspiration Roundup | July 2017 Edition

Lifestyle Inspiration Roundup July 2017Welcome to the first edition of the new monthly roundup posts! Each month in these posts, you will find lifestyle inspiration to keep things fresh and fun. And July is just the beginning!

July is the prime of summertime. Chillaxing in the pool, having cookouts, and don’t forget bonfire s’mores! What would make these moments even better? Some good mood music.

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Music

Even if you don’t like country music, the lyrics and tune of Summer Nights by Rascal Flatts is the perfect summer mood song! Because summer nights are the most magical part of this season. So turn up the volume and get ready to listen to some feel good music!

Atmosphere

I don’t know about you, but I like to change up my surroundings according to the season. For me, July is all about seashells, flowers, and all an around nautical theme. Blues, greens, and the smell of a sea breeze are my go-tos. Here are some pieces I found that I would so love to have at my house!

Entertainment

I just might feature these guys every month because they absolutely rock! Rhett and Link from Good Mythical Morning, or GMM as their fans the “Mythical Beasts” like to call them, have a knack for making people laugh. They do everything crazy and fun. The video featured above is one of my favorites. It made me laugh so hard that I was sweating!

Try Something New

Each month is an opportunity to try something new and enrich your life in some way. This month, try gardening! It’s a little late in the year for planting most seeds, but you can get a mature plant at your local home garden store. If you’re already gardening (yay for you!) then try out a new plant! Grow some flowers or produce that you can enjoy the fruits of (pun intended) later.

July Challenge

With each roundup post there will also be a monthly challenge issued to help you help make the world a better place! For July, I challenge you to help someone that needs a break to relax! Summer is the time to recuperate, especially for the people that are chronically overworked. So grab whoever that is and take them somewhere fun or relaxing so that they can shake off the day’s worries.

Thanks for being a part of the first monthly inspiration roundup! Share if you enjoyed it and subscribe so you can make sure get next month’s edition. Comment below with any suggestions for August! See you soon!

P.S. Are you a Bible Babe? Check out my monthly Christian inspo roundup!

Christian Inspiration Roundup | July 2017 Edition

Christian books, music, videos, and inspirationAs Christians, we know the importance of discovering new learning tools and inspiring materials, so that we can grow closer to God. Because of that, I’ve decided to start a new monthly series.

Introducing monthly inspiration roundups!

Each month, I will be compiling a list of a few helpful, fun, and\or encouraging things I’ve found to help keep your faith walk always fresh and moving. Oh yeah.

Without further ado, let’s get started with our first edition: July 2017!

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Music

In honor of summer camp season, I chose the song that was my favorite during my camp years: You Won’t Relent by Jesus Culture. This song has the ability to send chills up my spine and bring tears to my eyes. It talks about how God won’t relent calling us closer because of His unquenchable love for us.

Reading


I love Christian self-help books, and this one helped form my view of God’s purpose for femininity. It’s called Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. This book really goes into depth about the mysteries of a woman’s soul and how to use your womanhood for the Lord. No matter your age, the message is something we all need to hear in order to change our world for the better!

Listening

Take some time out to listen to these two wonderful ladies from Girl Defined. Whether you watch this video, or some of their others, they do a great job of explaining how God sees us and what He wants for us in life. While woman of any age can benefit from their channel, I would definitely recommend their content to teens and young women.

Something New

Each month is a new opportunity to try something new! This month, I’m going to start writing out Bible verses to remember them better. I invite you to try it with me! If you’re already doing this (yay you!) then try to add a new twist, like writing them in print, then cursive, then all caps. Things like this help us memorize!

July Challenge

Along with these monthly inspiration roundups, I’m going to issue a monthly challenge. For July, I challenge you to go above and beyond in some way to be kind to your family. Sometimes, it’s more difficult to be nice to the people closest to you. That’s why being kind to family is so important. When being kind is hard to do, and yet is still done, it shows God’s love shining through us! So, this month be extra helpful around the house, be encouraging, let someone else watch what they want on TV. Make July the month of kindness!

Thank you for being a part of the first inspiration roundup! Don’t for get to pin, share, and leave a comment sharing what you thought about July’s list, and suggesting what to share next month. Stay tuned for August!

P.S. Did you enjoy this post? Head on over to my lifestyle inspo roundup for July!