Wednesday, January 6, 2016

All Your Hair Questions Answered: How I Curl My Hair + Keep it Healthy!

Southern Curls and Pearls hair

A few of my most-asked questions from readers include how do you curl your hair? and how do you keep your hair healthy? Today, I'm going over every little detail of my haircare... including how to keep your hair healthy and make it grow long, and even how many times I shampoo it per week. At the bottom of this post, you'll find a YouTube video showing exactly how I curl my hair!

To preface this post, let's just say that I didn't always have the healthiest hair. In middle school, I got blonde highlights and straightened my hair almost every single day before school... I remember it looking almost like straw :/ It wasn't until I stopped highlighting my hair, let it dry naturally and seriously started conditioning it that I noticed a huge difference. So if your hair is not super healthy right now - there's hope! Let's start with some Q&A questions...

Q: How often do you shampoo your hair?
A: I wash and condition my hair around 2-3 times per week... it depends on what I have going on, but I definitely don't wash it every day. (FYI I take a bath or use a shower cap on days when I don't wash my hair!) Not shampooing every day is actually really good for your hair - there are a lot of natural oils in your hair that make it healthier and shinier and you strip your hair of these oils every time you shampoo. I typically wash mine at the beginning of the week... once I blow dry it and curl it, I won't have to for a few days. Sometimes I touch up the curls with a curling wand if I have an event that day/night, but that's it.

Q: What shampoo and conditioner do you use?
A: I like to switch up my shampoo and conditioner a lot so that my hair doesn't get too used to one product - it does better that way! Right now I'm using L'Oreal Everpure shampoo and conditioner that I picked up from Target. I've used L'Oreal's Everpure line for a few years and really love their products because they're really gentle and moisturizing. During the summer I was using L'Occitane's repairing shampoo and I really love that too - I'll probably go back to using it once I finish my current products.

Q: Do you recommend taking vitamins for hair growth?
A: I have heard mixed reviews on vitamins - they work for some people, and don't work for others. I recently started using this brand from Amazon after reading an article raving about them. I used them for almost one full month and didn't see much difference so I stopped - then the next month my hair grew like crazy - so I ordered some more! They contain Biotin as well as a bunch of vitamins (Vitamin C and E in particular), so they are really good for you regardless.

Products to help keep your hair healthy!

Q: Do you use a heat protectant?
A: Yes! Heat protectants are my best friends - especially because I blow dry and curl my hair so often. I really like this one (shown above in the pink bottle). I apply it before blow drying, it protects your hair from heat up to 450 degrees.

Q: Can you recommend some good deep conditioner?
A: I'm a HUGE fan of deep conditioners… I apply them once a week and I think they're the main reason my hair stays pretty healthy. I love both this deep conditioning wrap and this wrap for split ends. They really do work - the split end wrap is pretty cool because you just slide it over your ponytail and keep it on for 15 minutes. I'll clean or answer emails while it's conditioning my hair!

Q: What's one hair product you can't live without?
Definitely this Moroccanoil Treatment (shown above in the small brown bottle - I had to buy more because I ran out of my other bottle!). A little bit goes a long way, so this product will last you a long time. I apply it before blow drying my hair, and sometimes use a small amount on dry hair to tame flyways and condition split ends. It's truly a miracle worker!

For healthy hair, brush you scalp 5 minutes every night with a wire brush

Q: Any tips for growing out your hair?
Taking care of your body by exercising and eating the right foods is actually the best way to make your hair grow... Make sure you're getting enough protein and vitamins in your diet. I've also heard that brushing your scalp with a wire-bristled brush can help stimulate the hair follicles and promote hair growth. I try to brush mine with this brush (shown above) for about five minutes every night. Also - they say you're supposed to get a trim every six weeks, but I totally don't follow that rule. Don't get a trim unless you need one, otherwise you're just preventing your hair from getting longer!

Q: What dry shampoo do you use?
I use Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo in the "dark tones" since my hair is brown (they also make one for you lighter haired gals!). I use it a lot, especially if I want to get away with not washing my hair another day. A good tip is to apply it at night if you know you're not going to shower the next morning, so your hair can soak it up all night.

Q: Do you wear hair extensions?
Nope! I don't wear hair extensions currently and never have. :)

Southern curls and pearls curling wand

Q: What heat products do you use to blow dry, straighten, and curl your hair?
To blow dry, I use this travel sized hair dryer - it's incredibly powerful for it's size, and I love that it folds up to become even more compact. It's perfect for travel! To straighten my hair, I use a Chi 1" straightener - mine is super old, so there are probably some better ones out now. And finally, to curl my hair I use this T3 curling wand with the 1" attachment. It really is an amazing curling wand… it's an investment, but definitely worth it.

Q: How do your curl your hair?
Woohoo, final question! I actually filmed a YouTube video on New Year's Eve while I was getting ready… it's much easier to show you guys how I curl my hair, rather than try to type out how to do it. Sorry if I'm awkward on camera, but hopefully this video helps some! The curling wand I use is here, and the Conair Pro Hair Clips I show in the video can be found here.


Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel! :)

If I didn't answer your hair question, feel free to leave yours in the comment section & I'll reply back to you!
Thanks for reading!
xoxo

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79 comments:

  1. I also only wash my hair 2-3x's a week.. it's made such a difference! I had the same chi for years until my hairdresser convinced me to get rid of it last time I saw her. I was bragging about how long it's lasted and she told me even though they rarely die, they should only be used for 3-4 years at the most! Mine was 8 haha.

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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    1. Ahh thanks for the tip! Maybe it's time to get rid of my Chi!

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  2. Always love your hair. Thanks for the tips

    Kisses from www.poshnessary.com

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  3. This is so helpful! I love your tips, especially that heat protectant. Can't wait to try some of these out. Thanks for sharing!

    xo
    www.charltonlee.com

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  4. You hair always looks so great! Thank for your sharing! <3

    Shall We Sasa

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  5. Love your hair! Always looks so pretty and healthy :) What dress are you wearing in the photo?

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    1. It's an old one from Nordstrom - I got it over the summer! I'll check and see if it's online but it's probably out of stock now!

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    2. Is it a dress or a sleepwear set? And what brand? I love it, too!!

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  6. Your hair always looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!

    xo, Jordan and Grace
    twoblondepreps.blogspot.com

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  7. Your hair always looks fab! I LOVE Moroccanoil products! They make my hair feel SO soft!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  8. Love this post! Thank you for the tips! My hair has been looking pretty unhealthy, so hopefully some of these methods will work for me. I am especially excited to try the deep conditioning. Do you use the entire pack of those hair therapies all at once or do they last a while? Also, you said you deep condition once a week, but do you use the split end therapy and the hair therapy at the same time or switch off from week to week?

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    1. One pack of Hair Therapy contains one mask - so I use one once a week, switching off between the Hair Therapy and Split End Therapy. :)

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  9. L'Occitane and Moroccan Oil are great brands and have amazing products for hair, but I also love Macadamia and Keune for my hair. :)

    http://lartoffashion.com

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  10. Love this post! What a great idea!

    Thanks for sharing!
    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

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  11. I loved this post!! Your hair is always perfect so getting the behind the scenes details is perfection!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  12. Such a great post and isn't moroccan oil a miracle worker?! I cannot wait to try the rest of these products!

    Happy Wednesday // http://lifeplusbe.com

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  13. Thank you for finally sharing a tutorial. Your hair always looks so beautiful and perfect!

    www.laurenfarrellny.com/blog

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  14. Beautiful hair! One question, how do you style your hair for bed? Do you just sleep with it down? Just wondering how you maintain your curls for multiple days! Thanks!

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  15. Beautiful hair! Do you brush your curls? And how do you style your hair before bed? Just wondering how you maintain your curls for multiple days. Thank you!

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    1. I brush them out with my fingers, but I usually don't brush them out with an actual brush - it makes my hair look too frizzy! Before bed I usually wrap my hair into a bun on top of my head.. this keeps the curls in tact :)

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  16. I love Moroccan Oil dry shampoo as well! I got it after one of your earlier blog posts and can't live without it now. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Thanks so much for this! Your hair is so beautiful, so I'm glad to pick up a few tips!

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  18. Could you do a video of your everyday makeup routine? I also have a question, how do you get your eyelashes to look so long?

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  19. Could you do a YouTube tutorials of your everyday makeup routine? And one other question, how do you get your eyelashes to look so long?

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    1. Yes I've been thinking of doing one on my everyday makeup routine - so I will work on that! In this video I'm actually wearing false lashes by Urban Decay, but the mascara I use is really great. I typically use L'Oreal Double Extend primer followed by Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. Hope that helps!

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  20. Love that floral dress you're wearing in the pic!

    xo | The Fashion Forecast

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  21. Love the floral dress you're wearing! Great hair tips.

    xo | The Fashion Forecast

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  22. How long does it take for you to curl your hair?

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    1. About 20 minutes! I can get it done in 10 though if I curl larger chunks of hair :)

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  23. This is such a helpful post! I need to buy the heat protector cream...i've been lagging on that big time! XO

    @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

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  24. Do you use hair spray? Great post- thanks!

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    1. Nope - I never use hairspray! This curling wand is so good that my curls stay all day and for multiple days. Plus, whenever I have used hairspray in the past it made my hair feel hard and I didn't like the texture of it!

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  25. Thanks for this awesome tutorial! I usually use a curling iron, but I've been thinking of switching it up because I tend to get kinks in my hair from the clamp. Great to see the products you use too!

    Lifestyle by Joules

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  26. Your hair always looks so amazing! What do you do with your hair when working out and what do you do with your hair after it gets sweaty if you only wash it a few times a week?
    Thank you for all of your helpful tips!

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  27. Perfect timing! My hair has been feeling so dry and brittle lately and I"m sure the cold winter air doesn't help! I'm going to start using some of these tips ASAP!
    -Angela & Amy
    filetostyle.com

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  28. I love this helpful post! Can't wait to try some of your tips and tricks. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Your hair is amazing! I will definitely be trying out some of these products! :)

    Rachel
    Simply Rachel Nicole

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  30. Such great tips! I too just started washing my hair 3 times a week, and they stopped falling out for the most part! Some of these products sound like a dream come true; can't wait to test them out!
    Nidhi
    An Unblurred Lady

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  31. Love it! You should totally do more videos! Great tip on putting the dry shampoo on at night! I'm definitely going to have to try that!

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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  32. Your hair is so beautiful! Thanks for the hair tutorial! Definitely will come in handy for this week. I also love your product recommendations! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  33. This is great. I'll admit that I have hair envy. I am hopeless when it comes to my hair. I've tried and tried and I just can't seem to style it. But I'm not giving up, and these tips can hopefully help me!
    -Beth
    www.bandgsparrow.blogspot.com

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  34. My hair doesn't seem to hold the curl for very long. By the time I get to wherever I am going, my hair is back to being straight. That's partially just my hair type, but I'm wondering...do you really not use mousse or hairspray?
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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    1. Hey Kari, nope, I don't use mousse or hairspray but I think it's just my hair! My hair is naturally wavy/curly, so it tends to hold curl pretty well. If your hair is naturally straight, you will probably need mousse or hairspray to make it hold better. Hope that helps! :)

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  35. This is quite personal, so I 100% understand if you do not answer it, but who do you see in Charlotte for haircuts and whatnot?

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    1. My hair stylist is Leslie Harris, she's located in the Ballantyne area. I'm happy to send you her number if you want to contact her - she's amazing and I've been going to her pretty much my entire life!

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  36. Thank you so much for posting this together! Your hair always looks so perfect!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  37. Thank you so much for this post! You really do have beautiful hair & those curls are insane!

    www.lucylovestosparkle.com

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  38. Great and really helpful post! You have beautiful hair and it was very interesting to read which products you use for it.
    ♡ Kristina
    TheKontemporary

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  39. I only wash my hair 2-3x per week as well and it has made a major difference! I'll definitely be trying the hair wraps and dry shampoo you mentioned! Your hair is gorgeous! �� Thank you for sharing your tips!

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  40. You have the best hair ever! I'll definitely be using some of these products!
    xoxo Hunter
    hunterbrianne.com

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  41. Beautiful hair! Thanks for sharing!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

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  42. Love your post. A lot of good advice in there. I try to take care of the health of my hair. Your post will surely be helpful.

    https://ahsknaka.wordpress.com/

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  43. Absolutely love your blog and style! Your hair is stunning. Have you highlighted or colored it much? I have a similar hair color and was wondering if you had suggestions for highlights or low lights. Your hair has perfect dimension! Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Hey Caitlin! I used to get blonde highlights in my hair until about three years ago, and at that time I dyed it dark brown. Since then it has lightened up a bunch from being in the sun, but I haven't had any highlights or lowlights done in three years! Thanks for your comment!

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  44. love your curls! Thanks for sharing!!! I use Frizz Ease by Redken and love it! I need to grow mine out for the wedding.

    xx,
    Ash

    CvilletoDC.blogspot.com

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  45. Great tips! I'm gonna get the vitamins you recommended! I honestly always thought you wore hair extensions because your hair is so gorgeous and voluminous! Can't wait to get my hair healthier!

    HashtagFabLife

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  46. Great tips! I've been struggling to keep my hair healthy so this post was very helpful!

    Andy
    https://fabulouslydressed.wordpress.com/

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  47. Loved this post! So helpful!
    I was wondering if you color your hair? I've noticed sometimes if I use hair masks it strips the color dye I use. And I was also wondering your hair is thick?
    Sorry for all the questions! Love your blog! 💛

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    1. Hey Christina! I don't color my hair anymore… I used to get blonde highlights, but three years ago I dyed it back to brunette and since then I haven't done anything to it! I noticed that over the three years it has lightened up a lot, but I think it's because the hair dye was originally a lot darker than my natural color. And yes, my hair is very thick.. it wasn't always this way, but when I went through puberty it got really thick on its own!

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  48. Thanks for this article it is so helpful. I really have a huge problem in my hair, the roots of my hair are so shing and healthy and end straight and my hair is thick and tall, but the ends are another story, they are not shiny at all and all of them are split. I really don't know what products to use to make it more shiner and healthier.If you have any suggestions, please tell me.

    http://dressmecasual.blogspot.com

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  49. Great post, Caitlin! Your hair always looks gorgeous :)

    Love from South Africa

    arumlilea.com

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  50. I just love how you do your hair and this answers all I wanted to know. And yay I have to watch and subscribe now.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  51. Thanks for all your tips :)
    You have beautiful hair!

    xxx, Lena

    ellecouture.blogspot.de
    Instagram: ellecouture_lena
    Twitter: @lenafe94

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  52. Great tips! Thanks for sharing :)

    xx Kathryn
    www.chicandshimmer.com

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  53. Great video and beautiful hair!
    http://fabuloustorture.blogspot.com

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  54. Such beautiful curls!

    xoxoangielynn.blogspot.com

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  55. All of your tips are so helpful! I really want to give that dry shampoo a try since I'm a brown haired girl. ;) I loved the video as well!

    Natalie

    www.forallthingspinkandpretty.com

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  56. Amazing post!!!
    Just loved it,
    Emma
    www.emmalovesfashion.com

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  57. Are you still using the Nixon hair treatment?

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  58. This post is great! I have a question for you.I run almost every day so I wash my hair a lot! Does the dry shampoo removes sweat and odor? Do you wash your hair only after doing cardio? Thanks!

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  59. Nice post! Your hair is so pretty!

    http://MartasFashionDiary.com/white-fairytale/

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  60. Thanks for sharing your hair care! I have a question, when you blow dry your hair, do u use a brush as you dry or just run your fingers throw your hair? If i dont use a brush my hair tends to fly everywhere. Thanks for your help!

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    1. Hey Caitlin, I use a round brush to blow dry my hair! I section it off with the Conair clip and blow dry it in sections too. Hope that helps! :)

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  61. How do you wear your hair when you sleep? I hate mine in my face but if I put it up I always have dents the next morning, which means back over it with the straightener/curler. I try o wash my hair and style it and let it stay that way until I was it 2-3 days later. Any suggestions?

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