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10.04.2017

10 Tips For Healthy Hair


Today I'm excited to share my most requested blog post! It seems like the most common theme of the DM's I receive on Instagram is always about my hair... What shampoo and products do you use? How often do you wash it? How do you keep your hair from looking burned when you have to use hot tools so much for concerts? etc... So, I thought, I would dedicate an entire blog post to my 10 Tips for Healthy Hair... All of the hair products I use and outfit details will be linked at the bottom of the post.

1. I color my hair as little as possible

Last year I got my hair dyed for the first time ever. I'm 26 and finally made the plunge. In my 20's, my hair has darkened up significantly and I had really been missing the vibrant blonde color I always had through my teenage years... Since I don't get a chance to just bask in the sun very often anymore (ain't nobody got time for that!) I decided to get balayage highlights. My sweet hairdresser friend, Carmen Wagner, did it for me (Nashville ladies you can check her out HERE). I got it done in October of last year and just got it done again in August (almost a year later). Balayage is much less damaging to your hair than using foils! Since they don't use heat to lighten your hair color, the result is much less damaging for your hair, and the color is beautiful since it is just going to lighten your natural hair color. What I love most about balayage is since it is hand painted on your hair you can let it grow out completely and it doesn't leave a harsh line. It's a very natural way to brighten up your hair without a drastic change, and you don't have to get it done very often (or ever again) if you don't want to. Once or twice a year is plenty if you want to keep up the lighter look without over-processing your hair.

2. I use color vibrancy shampoo and conditioner 

I use Loreal Paris' (red bottle) Color Vibrancy Shampoo and Conditioner to keep the color vibrant as long as possible. It always helps to use shampoo for colored hair if your hair has been colored. If you don't have colored hair then I highly recommend THIS SHAMPOO and THIS CONDITIONER instead... I used it before I started coloring my hair. The best part is it's only around $10 for the shampoo AND conditioner!







3. I wash my hair 4-5 times a week

Now, I know everyone is on the "only wash your hair once or twice a week" kick since it's healthier for your hair... but I prefer to wash more often to keep my hair looking bouncy. When I am on the road I wash my hair every day (usually a few hours before our concert). At home I usually go every other day or MAX 3 days (and I'm usually wearing a top knot (tutorial coming soon) or hat on day 3! HA). I also wash my hair in a very specific way to give my hair shine and bounce...

4. I let the conditioner sit in my hair for my entire shower

When I get in the shower I immediately shampoo my hair, focusing mostly on the roots. I use whatever product is left and lightly run it over my ponytail, then rinse thoroughly. I then use a large handful of conditioner and rub it into both hands. I use one hand to smooth conditioner on the top my hair. Don't scrub it into your roots, you don't want it to weigh it down, but using conditioner on the surface of  the top of your hair will give it lots of shine! (I have super thick hair, but if you have thinner hair then don't use the entire handful). Then, I use the other hand and saturate my entire ponytail in conditioner. Now, here's the key.... DON'T RINSE IT YET! While you are finishing up your shower let the conditioner sit in your hair for 5-7 mins (or until you are finished with your shower). At the end of your shower thoroughly rinse the conditioner out of your hair. Your hair should feel extremely soft at this point! 



5. I always use a Wet Brush on my hair to prevent breakage after showering

After you get out of the shower, rough dry your hair with a towel. Be careful, towels can be damaging on your hair. If my hair is wet, I always brush my hair out with a Wet Brush! I really love THIS ONE that folds for travel. It is my absolute favorite brush for wet hair! Do yourself a favor and run to the store and buy one! Make sure you never use it while you are blow drying though. The bristles are made of plastic and can melt into your hair! This is only to be used for wet hair without heat. 

6. Wash your hair at night and let it air dry when possible

If I don't have an event to be at for a few days and I'm just spending time at home, I like to wash my hair at night before bed. I usually brush it out, put it into a low bun, and let it air dry while I sleep. My hair is super thick, so my bun is usually still wet when I get up. I usually will put it in a ponytail in the morning to allow it to dry more. You can never go wrong with not using heat. I do this on days I don't have to go anywhere important since it's definitely not as sleek looking as blow drying.

7. I always use heat protector spray

I use Loreal Paris Sleek It Heat Protector Spray immediately after I brush out my wet hair to protect it if I'm going to blow dry after my shower. I spray it pretty liberally throughout my hair and then brush it out to distribute the product.

8. I let my hair air dry for at least a half hour before blow drying

I usually let my hair air dry while I'm brushing my teeth, getting dressed, or washing my face, then I will blow dry. My hair is usually about half dry by the time I blow dry it. This helps keep your hair much healthier since you only have to blow dry half as long. I also have a pretty specific way of blow drying my hair. I always use my favorite LONG HAIR REVLON BRUSH... Since it's made for long hair it keeps your hair from tangling and breaking while blow drying. I also use THIS BLOW DRYER with the styling tip. I always blow dry the front first. I brush my hair the entire time I'm blow drying. I blow dry it straight down to keep it from frizzing (and looking like a lion's mane). I then flip my head upside down after the front is dry, and repeat the brushing and drying. Brushing while you dry helps your hair to be much more sleek when you are finished...

9. Use that heat protector TWICE!

After I have finished blow drying I always lightly spray my hair with the Loreal Paris Sleek It Heat Protector Spray again to make sure my hair is protected from heat styling. It dries super quickly so don't worry about it making your hair wet after you just dried it. I run the brush through my hair to evenly distribute the product. I usually go on to either straighten or curl my hair, so I want to make sure my hair is double protected. You'll notice that this protector spray keeps your hair super shiny, but not greasy!

10. Only use heat tools ONCE on each piece of hair!

In my teenage years I never used protector spray and if a piece of hair was frizzy or wavy I would go over the piece of hair multiple times with a straightener until it was perfectly straight. It left my hair much thinner in the front and lots of broken and damaged ends. I started noticing it was taking a toll on my hair and made a rule for myself to only straighten or curl each piece of hair ONE time. It has made a drastic difference in my hair. It is much thicker, shinier, and bouncy! Heat tools make your hair look "better" for the time being unless you abuse them. Try the "only once" rule and you will see a big difference in the health of your hair!





I've linked all of my exact hair products and tools above. They're all super affordable!    


Unfortunately, my entire outfit is sold out ,but I found an almost exact duplicate of each item and I've linked them above. Use the code STYLE on the top or denim skirt and receive an additional 20% off! If you purchase them together you'll also get free shipping!

I hope you enjoyed my 10 tips for healthy hair! Let me know if you have any comments or questions about my hair routine or any other hair tutorials you'd like to see!

34 comments :

  1. Wow, you have beautiful hair! I'll try some of these tips! Thank you! -Grace

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    1. Thank you! :) Let me know how they work for you!

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  2. Awesome Courtney. Thank you. Will try these products and techniques. . 😄

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    1. Let me know how it works for you! :)

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  3. I had never used L'Oreal products but ever since your hair tutorial on C Fam Sisters I have been using the L'Oreal thickening shampoo/condition and the L'Oreal heat protector spray. I'm super happy with their performance! I'm really excited to try the wet brush and the "only once" rule.

    What product do you recommend for scrunching curly/wavy hair?

    You asked for hair tutorial ideas and here are my three picks based off hairstyle photos I've seen on your Instagram. Straight with curls at the bottom, curly/wavy, and a low bun/twist with pieces pulled out around the face.

    I'm loving your blog! Great job, girl!

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    1. I'll have to do a post on my wavy hair look as well. I kinda play it by ear and do something different every time. Since my hair is so thick it can be kinda unruly wavy haha

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  4. I'm definitely going to try that heatspray!! Thanks, Courtney!1

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    1. My mom started using it and she's hooked!

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  5. I have to wash my hair daily as my hair is fine. If I don't, it feels like it is stuck to my head. Do you recommend using L'Oreal thickening shampoo and conditioner (if they have it)? In order to give my hair some body (I like to have a poof at the crown on of my head), I use a round brush and put heat to it. I wonder if this is damaging my hair as the top layer of my hair seems to be more fried than underneath? I know it's hard to say without seeing it, but just curious if you would have any suggestions with this little information. Thank you Courtney for your time! Much love!

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    1. I definitely recommend the purple bottle colonizing loreal shampoo. That is the first one I ever used and was hooked on their products. 😊 I try not to concentrate any hot tool too much on Just one area of my hair, but the front of my hair is definitely thinner than the back from curling etc. 😊 Maybe try a deep conditioning treatment?

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  6. Can't wait for the top knot tutorial! :)

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    1. That's probably my most requested tutorial right now! haha. I think it's funny because it's the easiest, and my husband is not a fan of it hahaha!

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  7. Do you have to fill your eyebrows in couse your blonde? Mine are so blond it looks like I hardly have eyebrows, I need some tips :)

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    1. My eyebrows are light brown so I only fill in the thinner areas a little with the soft brown brow precise pencil by Maybelline. They have a blonde color, but you could try the soft brown. Just use a light hand. 😊

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  8. I would love 💖 to see a tutorial on the braiding then a nice bun you do at the back of your head.It looks neat 😆 (it was on the fall pics of you hugging Emma ) Thank you for your time..❤

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

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  9. Thank you for these tips Courtney. I will keep these in mind and be sure to try them out. Do you put your hair in a bun or ponytail every night when you sleep to prevent tangles?

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    1. Usually a high bun... If I'm not going to wash my hair the following day then I do a low bun since the high bun makes too many creases. :)

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  10. Kiana and I were just talking about hair tips this week, NEEDING some! �� I lived in Papua New Guinea for my teen years and have no sisters, so I have NO clue how to help her when it comes to styling. She has thigh length straight blonde hair that does not "hang" together all bouncy and pretty when it is down. Not very thick, either.

    Any ideas as to what to use and how to style big, bouncy curls that stay in longer than the ride to church?!


    Thank,
    Deanna

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  11. I love these tips and tricks! Thank you! I love your style! And your singing! Me and other ladies are singing my favorite song that you guys sing.”Gotta get to Jesus.” :)

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  12. Hello Courtney...just now seeing this post...I LOVE your tips for hair styling etc...I have extremely thick, course hair and I have a hard time getting it to be smooth and silky :) And I have to say...before your tutorial about getting curly hair on Cfamsisters I could NEVER get my hair to even wave! Thanks to a new skinny barrel curling wand I can get defined curls that last all day! So I have one quick question...could I use a wet comb in place of a wet brush? I saw wet combs as well as brushes at Target and wondered if they were similar. Thanks as always for your beautiful inspiration :)

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  13. Your hair always looks so amazing!!

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  14. How Long does it take for you to do your hair or does it depend on how you are doing it. Example. curling it or straightening it.

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    1. I'd say it takes me about 10 minutes to straighten my hair and probably 20-25 to curl it depending on what I'm using to curl it.:)

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  16. Courtney,
    Thanks so much for sharing this! You have beautiful hair... so it's nice to know what you're doing to get it looking so GREAT! My hair needs some help these days (it's very long and I get tired of dealing with it -sometimes!). I also use and love the wet brush - it's literally the only brush I buy now. We brush out hair SO much, why not use a good brush?
    Thanks again for sharing - I found this post very helpful! Keep the blog posts coming!
    Rebekah Joy
    www.moreradiance.com

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  17. If you go to professional hairdressers, they can show you how to handle such issues very well. Thanks for providing this information.

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  20. This sounds like a nice tip, need to try it.

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