Sometimes extreme situations call for extreme measures.
At first, the feeling of helplessness & more anxiety creeps in, but eventually, we realize that there are some things in our control & we are ready to take the right course of action needed to improve the issues. Starting with reducing stress levels & improving lifestyle, we also can control what we use & ingest. So we get right to it!
I like to relate everything to food & the foodie in me started looking at creating a hair regimen that is sort of like a weekly meal prep plan. Creating healthy mains, sides & allowing yourself to indulge in a healthy dessert will definitely satisfy the palette. To add to that, sticking to an effective regimen tailored for you & having patience always shows amazing results! So below, I've helped break it down for you in the same way I did for myself!
Choosing Your Two Mains: Your Shampoo & Conditioner
Selecting the right duo that suits your hair type can seem overwhelming sometimes when it should be such a simple task. It is a tough one to narrow down considering there is a variety of brands that offer hydrating, curling, bodifying & clarifying with ABC-XYZ Boosting Technology & Salon quality ingredients etc. etc. Let's face it, we have a hard time even pronouncing some of these words...
Since we are elaborating the topic of hair fall, I'll just suggest keeping it simple & narrowing it down.
Write down what you are observing first. Here is a little help if you're having some trouble.
Due to the shedding, your hair type may be becoming limp & in need of some volume. It may be losing its lustre, and you may often see it becoming extremely oily because a) there isn’t a lot of hair for the natural oils to travel through to and b) most shampoos contain extremely low grade & harsh sulfates that are stripping the natural oils. This can cause the scalp to actually over produce oil, so that it can compensate for the lack of!
Also, don’t get caught up by the fancy packaging and cool names - they're often just a marketing gimmick, to get more $$ out of you & yes even some professional grade hair care lines also know how to play us!
Tip: Look for Sulfate-Free Shampoos & Conditioners.
Below are my favourites so far amongst everything I have tried over the past 2 years.
OGX Beauty have a ton of categories with their hair care lineup however, there were two ranges that helped me the most
Product: Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Collection
On Sale Now at Wal-Mart Canada for $6.88 ea, 100 ml
What it does:
This duo does exactly that! It makes your hair feel thicker, fuller & stronger with ProVitamin B7, commonly known as Biotin. I’m sure many of you have heard that word before and know that it has a hand in stimulating healthy growth of the hair, skin & nails, but for those of you that don’t - it’s basically a Vitamin B, formerly known as coenzyme R which assists with how our bodies utilize fats & amino-acids. Amino Acids are organic compounds that link up together in chains if seen under a microscope and are basically human building blocks! So, think of it like drinking a protein shake after a workout, but only this time it's your hair instead that has had a crazy long workout & is in need of a post-workout protein-shake.
But that’s not all this duo does! It plumps in collagen which is the thing that adds volume, dimension, strength and fullness to your hair. Best part - it's sulfate-free!
Usage: Apply OGX Thick & Full Shampoo generously to wet hair, massage into a lather through to ends, then rinse the hair thoroughly. After shampooing, follow with OGX Conditioner. Avoid contact with eyes. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately.
They also have an oil treatment which I have not tried yet but may give it a shot
Product: Restoring + Bonding Plex Shampoo & Conditioner
On Sale Now at Wal-Mart Canada for $6.88 ea, 100ml
What it does: If you recently visited your Hair Dresser & got yourself a gorgeous balayage; Or have an obsession of lightening your hair (like I do), then you can’t stop the inevitable. You are going to see breakage. A good part of hair loss is also caused by weakness & breakage. By lightening & bleaching, we are basically killing all the melanin or as I like to call it - the “hair fat”.
Let me give you a hypothetical example…. You may be someone who goes on and off those no carb/ crash diets and lose a lot of weight as a result. While you may look great for a little while but you know deep down inside you’re feeling weak & frail; mentally & perhaps physically collapsing.
Now apply the same concept to your hair when you’re lightening & colour treating it. So in order to get your strength back, you have to work out, exercise, introduce a balanced diet & perhaps some Vitamins & Supplements.
Think of these two products as doing that for your hair. It is literally restrengthening, restoring, & saving your hair from snapping & collapsing! With salon- technology Cystine which is an intense smoothing & repair treatment which is essentially cross-linking polymer and keratin proteins to help repair the hair cuticle. It basically helps prevent it against future damage. I like that word a lot - “preventable”
Usage: Apply & work in the Bonding Plex Shampoo to wet hair, massage into a lather and work through to ends. Rinse hair thoroughly and follow with Bonding Plex Conditioner for best results
This line also comes with a bonding cream which I have not tried, but will give it a try and post a review
2. Choosing your Sides
Just like a wholesome meal should include a variety of sides, similarly your hair care routine for hair loss requires a side of good treatments for the scalp.
Product: Kaleidoscope Miracle Drops
Amazon Prime 26.82 ea, 2oz
What it does: It is a complete intensive hair regrowth formula for women & men. Helps achieve amazing results & prevent hair loss ( there’s that words again) from all natural ingredients. This growth system containing power ingredients such as tea tree oil helps revitalizes the hair follicles that have been weakened due to all the factors mentioned in my previous post.
100% natural and drug-free
natural ingredients include tea tree, leaf oil, peppermint oil aloe Barbadenis leaf extract, Ylang Ylang, Granium, and vitamins, A,D, and E
Safe & gentle - kaleidoscope miracle drop hair growth oil is very gentle yet provides amazing results
Can be used by both men & women and intended for all hair types. It is designed to help with hair loss, hair thinning & breakage, dry & itchy scalp, alopecia, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis
Even if you wear it out, you smell GREAT!
Usage: Take a before picture. You have to commit to applying this 3-5 times per week. I often apply it after I’ve shampooed especially in the dry, itchy & thinning areas - especially around around the hairline. Just drop & dab. It is suggested having it on through the day. If you sleep with it, your pillowcase or your head scarf will absorb a lot of the product. I usually apply it and slick my hair back into a bun for the day. It doesn’t feel too greasy & the smell is just so calming. I think the scent even relieves anxiety. It’s like scalp therapy & aroma therapy in one! You may experience a tingling sensation due to the essential oils working their miracle. You do see results in 4-6 weeks & the shedding reduces tremendously with each application! Take & after picture & tag us @dollmeupmakeup!
Product: Olaplex Hair Perfectorr No.3 Repairing Treatment
Amazon Prime $36.20 ea. 3.3 Ounce
What it does: This is NOT a conditioner, but more of a leave-in concentrate that strengthens hair from within that reduces breakage even further. It strengthens & restructures the hair strands from within. You see the theme here! Strengthen, Strengthen, Strengthen!
Created by two of the top PhD's in chemistry and materials science, Olaplex products feature first-of-their-kind bond-building technology, which relinks the broken disulfide bonds caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage to the hair. This formula is made to work with every hair type, providing real, structural repair that works from within.
Recommended Use: Apply a generous amount to towel-dried hair and comb through. Leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes. Keep in mind, the longer it's on, the more effective it is. Rinse, shampoo and condition.
How I use it: Typically, I apply it to my fried ends, just after my shampoo/conditioner routine (which is 2 to 3 times a week) on wet hair. Remember to towel dry & untangle your freshly washed hair with a wide tooth comb working bottom of the hair strands to the top. Then take a quarter size dollop and apply over dry, lightened & affected areas. I usually use this in conjunction with the Kaleidoscope Miracle Drops as I use those on just my scalp & the Olaplex on the actual hair strands. Then just leave it be & let dry naturally. Throw it in a bun when dry and get on with your day. That’s not a huge sacrifice as I leave the glamorous styling for weekends & nights out!
3. What's for Dessert?
I’m not sure about you, but Dessert is one of my favourite parts of a meal. I feel the same about my hair routine as well! I recently came across a Canadian made wellness line called Age-Quencher which was sparked by a leading Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Holly Fennel - Cheif Medical Advisor who had a plea from several of her patients on how to maintain energy & vitality as one goes through these often natural but sometimes traumatic physical changes. That enabled & motivated the AQ Team to create trusted topical as well as consumable products backed by science & reported several individuals that they not only feel better, but there were visible improvements in their hair and nails & especially skin became more youthful and radiant. So if you’ve got room in your hair appetite for something sweet, my recommendations are:
Product: The Glow Kit - Comes with two consumables
Ageless Beauty Vitamin - 60 capsules &
Hydrate Beauty Electrolyte - 50 servings
$110 for the duo, but save 15% with my coupon code at checkout: dollmeupmakeup
What it does: I realized if I am using shampoos with collagen & other vitamins topically (outside-in), then this process can be even more effective inside-out.
A common cause for dry/brittle hair that causes hair fall and breakage is dehydration &/or a deficiency of a vitamin or mineral. The GLOW KIT combines the power of HYDRATE ELECTROLYTES - a sugar free beverage enhancer that provides more than just great taste! It delivers intense hydration to every part of your body so not only do you look great, but takes away that feeling of being lethargic, foggy & lacking motivation. The HYDRATE ELECTROLYTES are paired with the AGELESS BEAUTY VITAMINS for overall health, glowing radiant skin, luminous hair and manicure worthy nails! Formulated with highly bioavailable forms of Grape Seed & Green Tea Extracts, Hyaluronic Acid, Pomegranate, Resveratrol, Silica, Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin E, Selenium, R-alpha-Lipoic Acid and Zinc, this powerful combination of electrolytes and antioxidants also helps prevent signs of aging at the cellular level leaving you energized and radiant all throughout.
How to Use:
AGELESS BEAUTY VITAMINS come in an easy swallow veggie capsule & recommended dose is 2 capsules daily with food. Can be taken together or separately - it’s totally up to you!
HYDRATE ELECTROLYTES: Use 1-2 scoops daily in 16oz of water anytime during the day.
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