My Way To Long And Strong Hair
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Hello, hello [Cassidy here!] and welcome to my long and healthy hair journey! For the past two years, I’ve been focused on giving life to my hair and now I’m here to give you all my secrets! As we all know, 2020 is a stay-at-home year and in the meantime, I can give my hair the break it needs. I’ve dyed my hair since I was about 15 years old [long story short, my mom and I had a at-home disaster with a box dye and had to head to the salon!] Since then, I have made it a habit to go to the salon every 8 weeks, and at that point I really loved it. I always have the best stylists who will let me live out my hair color dreams! Of course, I have light brown/sand blonde hair, but I have all colors in the sun – blonde, black, pink, brown, and red. Believe me when I say it’s been through a LOT! So, like I said, being quarantined at home gave my hair the break it needed and gave me a reason to let it grow and see my natural color. As you read this post, keep in mind that this is my own personal experience and not all hair is the same. I am not an expert or a hair stylist. I encourage you to do your own research and talk to your stylist as you start considering new hair regimens! So now that we have a bit of background, let’s get started with it!
In 2019, I recently cut my hair and let it be natural and bright blonde [sorry hairstylists, I don’t know all of the right words!] for my upcoming wedding. I love and adore this look, and have rocked it for years before that. Maintenance is so low and styling is really easy. For this cut, I requested a short bob and I always like it better when my stylist uses a razor to style my ends! To keep up with this look [keeping the cut short and blending my highlights as my roots grew in]I will go to the salon every 8 to 10 weeks.
In 2020, I started growing my hair out and just like that, I let my natural hair appear little by little! When I got to the salon, I began to move away from my head full of baby lights, and ask for a soothing treatment to blend in with my natural hair color. This is an important step when growing your hair out to make it look more seamless and to avoid rough lines. I also asked for frame pieces or “money pieces” that were bright and bold yellow on my face because I was not ready to part with my blonde! To keep my look fresh, I will go to the salon about 10 hours a week for a haircut [another important step!] and to refresh my chunky blonde pieces. [Talk to your stylist about balayage if you are interested in growing out your hair to your natural color]!
By 2021, you can really start to see me age and my hair naturally. I visit the hair salon less and less, but I am extremely happy with the way my blonde facial features and hair are growing. It looks super natural and like sunshine! During this time, I did my best to keep pruning, but at this point, I didn’t color at all!
Finally, 2022! I continue to let my hair grow and get regular trims, anywhere from 3-6 months! I ended up cutting out all the unnatural/dyed yellows and anything you can see in these photos is due to natural sun exposure/lightning. Even so, my hair is starting to get a bit heavy and hard to style since it’s all about the same length. So I went to the salon and asked for “90s layers / Jennifer Anniston look,” which is what created this voluminous, flashy look in the photos above. At this point I haven’t dyed my hair in over a year and I can FINALLY see what my natural hair color looks like. [it had been awhile] And I’m happy to say I love it! Of course, I love all the other fun hair colors I’ve dyed in the past, but this is a very nice change!
Overall, to get the hair I wanted, I had to be very patient and resist the old habits. [using high heat, constantly coloring, etc.] Check out all my favorite products that keep my hair looking long and shiny, as well as some tips and tricks to help my hair grow faster in these few short years!
Shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo set / Texture spray / Wet brush / Leaving Therapy / Heat protectant / Curl Definer / Hairdryer
Unfortunately, I don’t have any breakout secrets or products that will work like magic potions but here are a few things I’ve learned in my hair care journey!
Cassidy is our Visual Content Creator and Social Outreach Specialist. When she’s not taking pictures, editing videos, creating incredible graphics, or educating the LIY team about sustainability and social causes, you can see Cassidy gazing at her two baby mice and her husband. his move. With a passion for savings, interior design and modern eclectic style, you can always expect to discover the most unique thanks to Cassidy.