Hair is super important to many of us moms. We’ll spend extravagant amounts of time and money to give our hair the perfect shade, cut, style and texture. Sometimes we feel like going straight and sleek, other times we want to add some fun and give it a few curls. Whatever the case, we moms want to have beautiful, healthy hair.
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A few months ago I noticed one of my Facebook friends had posted a pic of her hair before and after she tried some healthy hair tips. The change was amazing, and I am not the only one that noticed! She had lots of moms commenting and asking her what she did. She was super sweet and patient to answer everyone’s hair questions. After seeing all the response, I asked her if she would be willing to share her hair story with my readers. In fact, I tried some of her tips and saw a lot less hairs in my hairbrush! My hair grew much stronger after only a few weeks of implementing one of her tips.
Without further adieu, I am going to let Amanda tell her story.
Hi Pint-sized Treasures’ fans! I am a mom just like you and I understand just how important it is to have healthy, beautiful hair. I am so excited about getting the chance to share my hair story with you. I hope it encourages you if you are struggling with damaged hair and want to see your hair gain its bounce and youth back.
My story goes like this: I have always been blessed with long healthy hair. However, this past October everything changed.
I was invited to take part in a mission trip to Africa. Like most foreign mission trips, there were certain required and recommended medications I needed to take to prepare for the trip. I went to my family doctor and she gave me the typical medications, which were anti-malaria and typhoid pills.
I began the medication one month before I traveled to Africa. After taking the medication for two months, I noticed some thinning of my hair. At first it wasn’t drastic, but over time I noticed my naturally thick hair started becoming thinner and thinner.
After I returned from my trip, my husband asked if I had done something different to my hair. That’s when it hit me. If my husband noticed something different, it must be really damaged. We combed out my hair and my husband snapped a picture. Wow! I was so shocked and naturally upset by how much hair had broken off. My only quick-fix solution that seemed feasible was to give my hair a trim so the damage would not be so obvious. (Just so you can see the difference yourself, here are pics that show the transformation. The far left is the before picture, and the other two are one and two months after I started my at-home healthy hair treatments.)
My damaged hair sent me into healthy hair research. The first thing I wanted to know was this:
What caused my hair to become so damaged?
As I researched more and more, I found out the ugly truth. Normally, people do not experience side effects from the medications I had been on the past few months. However, lucky me, I was in that 1% who can experience negative side effects.
Now that I knew the why, I wanted to know the how.
How could I repair all this damage? I wanted my healthy, thick hair back!
On my quest to healthy hair, I decided to heal my hair on the inside and the out. The first step? A new hair dryer.
After some researching, I found one that had controlled heat settings and was known for being gentle on your hair. I chose the RX7 Superlite Ionic Tourmaline Hairdryer. I was lucky enough and found it at TJ Max for around $35.00 — yeah, I’m a frugal mom too! Next, I started checking out vitamins. I found the “normal” vitamins for hair health, such as a multi-vitamin and Biotin were the most commonly used. So I started taking one multi-vitamin and 5,000 mcg of Biotin at night. Then I was introduced to a vitamin called Silica Complex.This vitamin has been my saving grace. I take it 3 times a day (with each meal).
Those two steps were making a difference, but this last one made a huge impact! I began to search for hair products that would help protect my hair when I needed to apply heat to my hair — you know the straighteners and curling irons that make our hair beautiful for dates with our hubbies. I purchased Moroccan Oil,($43). I know. Don’t faint on me here! It is an expensive investment for hair, but it was worth it. The large bottle of Moroccan Oil will probably last you an entire year! When my hair is damp, I place approximately a dime-sized amount onto the ends of my hair. If my hair seems a little dry after I have dried and styled it, I will add about half of the previous amount again — just to the ends of my hair. I also bought two shampoos, Keratin Complex smoothing therapy and Blow pro essentials (hydra quench). These are known for adding moisture and I started using those frequently. I snagged them both for a discounted price. If you live near a Marshall’s or TJMaxx, that is where I normally score some discounts on expensive hair products. Moroccan oil hardly ever goes on sale because of the high demand, but again, $43 for an entire year is not really that bad!
I’ll be honest. At first I didn’t notice much change, but this is coming from someone who didn’t notice the excessive hair damage. But I wanted to document all these healthy hair experiments to see if they were really working. My husband took photos of my hair each month to see if there were any subtle changes — and there were! My hair is still healing, but it has come so far. I want to encourage you other moms out there that deal with hair fall, thin or dull hair, that there are steps you can do to revive it again. Don’t give up! Here’s the quick list again of my healthy hair tips!
Five Secret Tips to Healthy Hair
- Use a hair dryer with controlled and gentle heat settings.
- Take one multi-vitamin and 5,000 mcg of Biotin at night.
- Take Silica Complex three times per day. (with meals)
- Invest in quality, moisturizing shampoos.
- Apply Moroccan Oil to hair.
Have you struggled with damaged hair before? What steps did you take to gain your healthy, thickness and shine back? Share your story in the comments!
These great pics of Amanda were provided by Shane Keith at Shane Keith Photography. If you want to capture your memories with style, detail and class, contact Shane today!
*Amanda and Alison are not healthcare professionals, only moms that desire healthy hair.*
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