How to Take Care of Your Hair In Your 20’s

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In your 20’s, they always say: take care of yourself for the future. While many people are referring to skincare or diet, I always thought hair is just as important to take care of during this period. I’ve been coloring my hair lighter since I was 15 and on top of it, use quite a bit of heat to get it to look sleek and straight. Now that I’m in my 20’s, the damage that’s been caused by hair dye and heat is starting to catch up to me and has left my hair dull and life-less. Luckily, it’s not too late to change my hair care routine and thought I should share it with you gals! Here’s how I’ve been taking care of my hair lately in order to protect it from future damage and preserve it for the future:

 

Diet Changes 

I don’t believe in making big, dramatic changes to your diet overnight or taking a million vitamins. Instead, I made small changes to my diet that slowly made a difference to my hair and health overtime. I incorporated more eggs, salmon, spinach, beans, and nuts to my diet which is packed with powerful vitamins such as biotin, vitamin c, and iron. These three vitamins can help to reduce hair loss, prevent breakage and more importantly: repair hair so it can lead to new, healthy hair.

 

Avoiding The Ponytail 

The first thing that I used to do when I would come home from school or work is put my hair up in a bun. One day, I was at the salon and my hairstylist pointed out the hair loss happening on the back of my head. A subtle, strange line of hair loss which I didn’t even know about! She said it was actually from putting my hair up so much and recommended I try and avoid tight ponytails or buns. I know it’s hard, but give it a try. It also prevents hair loss from your front hairline!

 

 

Limiting Dry Shampoo

I know, I know…we all love dry shampoo. Trust me, I have tons of bottles stocked up underneath my bathroom sink and even keep an emergency mini bottle in my car and in my work purse. Yet I started to notice an awful pattern: every time I went too long without washing my hair and having pounds of dry shampoo in it, I would have awful hair loss on the day that I finally washed it. I realized that it was building up on my scalp, blocking pores and finally resulting in hair loss in the shower. Now, I adjusted my dry shampoo routine and only go 2 days without washing my hair and using a LIGHT layer of dry shampoo on my roots and avoiding the scalp area at all costs.

 

Safe Products 

 

 

As I’m getting older, I’m becoming more aware of the beauty products that I use and the ingredients that goes into them. I recently discovered the new Biotera Natural Origin Restore line at Sally’s Beauty. Biotera products are free from harsh sulfates, parabens and dyes and completely safe for color-treated hair which is something that I always look for. Did I mention the packaging is also 100% recyclable and features biodegradable formulas? Amazing! I purchased the Biotera Restore Strengthening Shampoo, Conditioner and Masque which is packed with delicious-smelling goji berry and chia extract.

Since the first day I started using these products, I noticed my hair was shiny, smooth and bouncy again. I hate products that weigh my hair down and results in using more products and heat on my hair afterwards. By the way have you ever noticed that sulfate-free shampoos don’t foam up as much and leaves your scalp with a thin film of grease after you get out of the shower? This one doesn’t!

 

 

I can finally feel how healthy and clean my scalp is and the best part is that I can leave my house with my naturally curly hair and don’t have to worry about taking extra steps to make it look good. Of course, check out how AMAZING my hair looks when it’s straightened with my go-to blow-out technique that I’ll talk about on the blog soon. Just look at how healthy it looks compared to how it used to be!

Check out more products from Biotera at your local Sally’s Beauty and try their other new lines such as the Biotera Natural Origin Nuture Masque or the Biotera Natural Origin Renew Leave-in Silky Milk.

 

Thanks for reading,

-Ruya

Four Ways to Keep Your Blonde Hair Healthy w/ Biotera Natural Origins

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Where are my blondes at?! I had no clue how hard it was to keep my blonde actually blonde until I took the plunge and caught onto the Blonde Train. While I had virgin hair and it took two sessions to get to my blonde, I’m not naive to know that going blonde and staying blonde (through toning) can be hard on your hair. The bleaching process is more damaging and delicate than any other color.

 

While you should always get professional advice from a licensed hair stylist, here’s a few easy tips with Biotera Natural Origins on how to add strength, softness and health back to your hair in between toning!

1. Tone down the toning shampoo.

Truth be told, I didn’t know how purple shampoo exactly worked until recently. In case you weren’t in the know like I was, purple neutralizes yellow (they’re opposite from each other on the color wheel). So when you shampoo with purple, it deposits a small amount of violet pigment to neutralize the yellow. Try using your toning shampoo once a week, if you can. Using toning shampoo more often than needed can actually dry out your hair!

2. Dry shampoo is your best friend.

I mean, if you’re a mom, you already knew this one but this is actually a tip straight from my hair stylist! Dry shampoo is great for in between shampoos (obviously) and the less you’re shampooing your light hair, the better as it preserves your color.

 

3. Find a cleansing, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.

When looking for a shampoo to use in between toning, you really want to find a color-safe, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner! Personally, I like one that’s all natural and strengthens my hair as well. That’s why I love Biotera Natural Origin’s RESTORE line, that you can find at your local Sally’s. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, silicones and dyes. Each bottle shares the percentage of naturally derived ingredients! The line includes a strengthening shampoo and conditioner enriched with nutrient-rich Goji Berry and Chia Extract as well as a hair masque but I’ll get into that in a second. I love using this shampoo and conditioner together as it cleanses my hair (which is something I need, using as much dry shampoo as I use) but is gentle enough that I don’t have to worry about it stripping my color. I like to use these two and then rinse with cold water to lock in my follicles, ensuring super soft hair.

4. Masque it.

Hair masques are a blonde’s best friend! If you’ve ever wondered what liquid silk in a bottle feels like, just try out Biotera Natural Origin’s RESTORE Masque! Directions say to use it on damp hair and leave it on for three minutes but I suggest, for super hydrating powers, to leave it on for about a half and hour and thank me later. The scent is out of this world and the masque is the icing on the cake from this powerful trio of products to keeping my hair strong, soft and hydrated.

Before / After Using the Biotera Natural Origin RESTORE Line

The before is about day three hair with copious amount of dry shampoo in it. It’s lookin’ pretty – uh, rough? The after is directly after using the Biotera Natural Origin RESTORE Shampoo, Conditioner and Masque. It’s SO soft to the touch and fluffy!

 

There you have it, guys! Four super easy ways to help keep that blonde light, hydrated, soft and strong. I love using the Biotera Natural Origin RESTORE shampoo, conditioner and masque as it’s affordable (all the products are under $10) and really help my hair maintain it’s color! You can find them at your local Sally’s or shop the image below!

 

Natural Haircare Line for Color-Treated Hair

  

     

 

Natural haircare line for color-treated hair

 

       

 

 

        

 

 

 

      

 

 

    

 

Four Lifesaving Products for Damaged Hair You Need to Stock Up On

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Let’s face it – I love to curl my hair but using hot rollers every day doesn’t exactly lead to happy, healthy hair! I’m stocking up on all my favorite lifesaving products for damaged hair to get my blow out looking beautiful again!

 

 

love curly hair. It’s a shame I wasn’t born with naturally curly hair, just for the amount of money I’ve spent on curlers and hair spray over the years! But soft, beautiful curls come at a price – while I’ve never dyed my hair and I don’t expose it to chlorine often, my hair is very dry and brittle. Constant heat exposure and product build up over the years will do that to a girl!

But not anymore! I’m turning my hair from dry to restored in with just four products – and here’s how I did it.

Not every product is going to “fix” your hair. You have to look for products that are specific to what your hair needs to be healthy again. For me, my hair was dry and brittle so I needed products with a lot of moisture, which is why I stocked up on the Biotera Natural Origin NURTURE line at Sally Beauty – here’s what you need to know:

  • It’s made to moisturize your hair. If dry isn’t your problem, there’s also a RESTORE line for damaged hair and a RENEW Silky Milk for daily moisture.
  • The real reason why I snagged this brand is because it’s free from silicones, sulfates (sulfated surfactants), parabens and dyes – just a few things my hair can do without! Plus, it features biodegradable formulas and 100% recyclable packaging**, so you can care for your hair – and the Earth – at the same time!
  • If you’ve dyed your hair, these are color safe products that gently restore beauty and radiance, delivering the honest-to-goodness healthy hair you need to achieve salon perfection.

 

Step 1: Condition, then shampoo, then masque

 

Fun fact: there is not one, not two, but three outfit changes featured in this post! I was so excited about my new hair care products that I couldn’t wait to start photographing this post. On the left above is a picture of the “Before” – this is second day hair using a generic supermarket brand for shampoo and conditioner.

On the right is the “After” – can you see how much shinier and silkier my hair looks with just one wash? Here’s how I did it:

  • First, condition: Natural Origin NURTURE Conditioner
  • Second, shampoo: Natural Origin NURTURE Shampoo
  • Third, masque: Natural Origin NURTURE Masque

Because I’m using a masque for extra moisture, I conditioned first and shampooed second to give my hair a break in between all of the moisturizing happening.

But as smooth and shiny as my “new” hair looks – we have to talk about coconut oil and honey. Specifically, that’s what the Nurture line is scented with and it’s literally the best hair scent ever. Nothing smells as fresh and sweet as coconut oil plus honey! Move over, heavily-fragranced salon products loaded with chemicals – with up to 97% naturally derived ingredients, Biotera offers a high-quality alternative to Biolage® R.A.W. for less!

 

Step 2: Detangle and style

 

Any hair care routine to prepare for the perfect curled blowout isn’t complete without detangling! Trust me when I say you need to get yourself a bottle of the Biotera Natural Origin RENEW Leave-in Silky Milk – I do a few spritzes on damp hair to detangle and then a few spritzes post-detangling to minimize frizz and static. Biotera needs to make travel-sized bottles of the Leave-in Silky Milk so I can take this with me during the day!

 

 

Voila! Now my hair is ready for curlers! This is my new daily routine because it’s simple and I can really see a difference before I even style my hair in rollers. In order to get healthy, frizz-free and shiny curls, I need to have the right hair products to nurture my dry and damaged hair!

And here’s a FINAL “After” picture (bonus points for a wardrobe change because I was very unprepared for the Michigan cold!) after I used my hot rollers!

 

 

I don’t feature products on A Thing of Beauty that I’m not truly passionate about – so when I say you need to run to Sally Beauty to get these products, I mean it! Visit your local Sally Beauty store and you can stock up on your own Biotera routine – I got all four of my products for under $50, easily!

 

 

Happy shopping – and good luck turning your hair from dry or damaged to restored and beautiful!

New Year New Look: My New Healthy Hair Routine for 2019

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How is the first week of 2019 treating you? Hopefully you are recovered from plenty of time spent ringing in the New Year, and are ready to start the new year with a bang! This time of year is great for reflecting on all the changes the previous year, diving into your goals, and trying something new. I’m not particularly one for New Years Resolutions, but I did set one that I’m going to try to keep – take better care of my hair! It may sound shallow compared to people that are setting career, fitness and other big life goals. But self-care is important, and it goes for both the inside and out. I have to admit that I was not the best to my hair in 2018!

I experimented with color and a chemical treatment, and did way more straightening than I used to. By the end of the year my strands were, dry, frizzy, full of breakage and desperately needing some TLC. I decided that I’m going to dedicate the first half of 2019 to restoring the health and strength of my hair. Part of that journey means lots of protective styling to give my hair the break it needs. Protective styling breaks are essential for naturally kinky textures since our hair tends to be drier, more coarse and prone to damage from frequent manipulation. So you will see me wearing lots more protective styles like braids and wigs, which still allow for flexibility and fun with your hair, but they keep your natural hair safe from damage causing elements. I also found some new star products that so far have been a hero for my hair!

 

 

Biotera Natural Origin Collection features seven color-safe products that gently restore beauty and radiance, delivering the honest-to-goodness healthy hair you need to achieve salon perfection. The products feature up to 97% naturally derived ingredients, offering a high quality alternative to some premium products for a fraction of the cost.

 

 

I’ve been using the NURTURE Conditioner and Masque, which is perfect for dry hair. It’s enriched with nourishing Coconut Oil and Honey and smells just delicious! I alternate the NURTURE line with the RESTORE strengthening line, which repairs damaged hair. It’s enriched with nutrient-rich Goji Berry and Chia Extract, and all their products are free from silicones, sulfates, parabens and dyes. They also use biodegradable formulas and 100% recyclable packaging, so you can care for your hair and the Earth at the same time. Here’s a quick tutorial on my new healthy hair routine and how I’m saving my strands without compromising my style!

Sunday’s are wash day so I start by gently detangling my hair using the Biotera Nuture Conditioner. I separate my curls into small sections and using just a little bit of my homemade spritz (aloe vera juice & rosewater) and a lot of the conditioner, I gently finger detangle each section. I do not use a comb or any styling tools, just my fingers and a lot of patience. Then I pop on a plastic cap and let that sit for a bit, mostly just to give my arms a break! Then shampoo and follow with a deep conditioning mask. I alternate between the Nuture and Restore Masques to balance moisturization and strengthening. As far as styling, I’m keeping that super simple! My hair hangs out in braids or twists and during the week I play with fun hair accessories, headwraps, or wigs so I always look cute and stylish. The routine is easy, simple, and keeping my hair healthy.

 

When shopping for my hair/ beauty essentials, like my Biotera products or fun hair accessories to style with, Sally Beauty is the place to start. Look for Biotera next time you are there, and learn more about the brand and product line on their site!
Let me know what your 2019 resolutions are, for beauty, hair, health or whatever!
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