Hair Care! Your Questions Answered!

I get so many questions on my hair! Which is fabulous but some times difficult to explain in great detail. With there being so much feedback I figured why not pass the torch and share my hair secrets with the world. 

For a long time (as long as I remember) bobs with bangs were questionable. When growing out my pixie cut, I cut my hair into a crazy short A-Line with bangs. It was the greatest decision hair wise I have ever made. 

My original cut has evolved to a long A-Line and I have kept the ballsy short bangs because I love the bob with bangs look! Around summer time I wanted to up the dramatic-ness and make it even more unique! I had always wanted an ombre but had never seen it on short hair. It was definitely a long haired style. I found a blog called One Little Momma and saw pictures of her short ombre! I fell in love immediately and decided to go for it. 

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Wanting to be careful on my hair so that it looked good in the long run I did little bits at a time, slowly adding more and more bleach higher and higher. By the end of Summer I had evolved to a full ombre with the blonde, brown, and dark brown.  

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The Process
 

I book my hair appointments every 6ish weeks. Then I go in for a color touch up every other appointment along with my cut. In the mean time I dye my roots using Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Hair Color which I have used forever and really like. 

When I go in for my color and cut appointment it takes about 2-3 hours so I bring a book. My sister recently gave me "Shes Come Undone" which I started yesterday! When I am to excited to read I take pictures on snapchat (follow me! @flowerchildslc), check instagram, facebook, other various social media accounts, and of course read bloglovin. 

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Hair Care

As far as the after care I use a variety of products. For washing I use Matrix Biolage Color Treated Shampoo. I mainly got it because my hair guru uses it on me at the salon, but I actually really like the smell!

I use a hair mask in the shower about once week. I am currently using Roots from Lush. Its actually meant for fine thin hair but for my bleached ends I feel like it does its job. I dont love the smell because it doesn't mesh well with my shampoo and conditioner (it smells minty). I recently got "Hair Food" by Clairol sent to me from influenster for testing purposes and I adore it! It works just as great as Roots but it smells better and is easier to blend into your hair (Roots is a bit chunky). I use Hair Food once a week during my bath night since I dont usually wash my hair that night and it gets a bit frazzled from being wet. 

I like to use leave in conditioner just on my ends. Right now I am experimenting with different brands and products. Ipsy has been sending me a lot of leave in conditioners which I am loving! So far my favorite is the "Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask". Its actually meant to be washed out sort of like Roots, but I like to put this product on my ends when I style my hair and throughout my hair after its washed. It smells amazing and leaves your hair silky smooth! 

For styling products I use two Bed Head products. "Hard To get" for texture and style and "Masterpiece Hairspray". I love the smell of both of these and they both give me the look I want! 

I hope this answered some of your questions! I love the feedback I get on my current hair, its definitely one of my favorites! 

Much love to all of you! 

-Magnolia Rose

 

HowTo Grow Out A Pixie Cut!

I have been documenting my growing pains since May of 2013. There is not a lot of resources out there that involve pictures for growing it out successfully and we all go through a mullet phase which sucks! Growing out a pixie isn't the most glamorous thing in the world but there are ways to make it look less stupid without using extensions :)

I decided to chop it off because I was bored and wanted something new! I have always had long hair but it's got a mind of its own and was either up in a ponytail or pissing me off so I chopped it. I did it in pieces because I wasn't ballsy enough to go from long to pixie! I chopped 15 inches off and rocked a short a-line for about 6 months.

I donated 15 inches which is something I have always wanted to do. Once the a-line got boring I chopped it into a pixie!

What I LOVE about pixie hair cuts is they are so versatile, easy to do, and fun! The confidence that comes from cutting all of your hair off is worth it! I definitely had times where I was super bummed out that I had cut it but for the most part I loved it! Theres something about having your face totally exposed that forces you to carry yourself in a comfortable and confident way. You no longer have hair to hide behind so you just learn not to hide.

I think girls are too particular about their hair. While having my pixie almost every female that complimented me also said they wished they could do it...People! Its hair. It will grow back, you can and should do it! If you're not ready to chop it all off do it in pieces like I did. It makes it less dramatic to ease into it.

SO! When I decided I was ready to start growing it out, it was because I was bored again (haha). I now know what works best for my face shape and features and what I personally like the best!

In the search to find inspiration for growing it out successfully, I didnt find much. I think most people avoid taking pictures during their awkward phase and/or they just wear hats to hide the awkwardness. Every pic below is 2 weeks apart.

Heres how to grow out your pixie without looking like a total douche bag! (WITH PICTURES) 

The trick is to let it do it's thing while trimming the back enough to where it eventually evens out. For some reason hair grows more in the back then the front (or at least thats how it was for me). Once it got to a point where I could put it behind my ears I just worked on growing it out EVEN everywhere. Meaning trimming the back and framing the front since the front was slow and annoying. This for me was when it really started to look mullet-ish. Just keep pushing that shit behind your ears and buy some super cute hats! 

After it grew about half an inch I chopped it into a short blunt bob because it was such a 20's style cut that I actually really liked. It was way better than the awkward un-even cut. It worked perfect since the front was growing soooooo slow!

Then you just wait, trim, wait, trim, wait trim....

After my flapper hair grew another inch I chopped the back super short and its now exactly where I want it! I plan on having this cut for a while! I love it! By far my favorite hair cut I have ever had :)

*FROM PIC #1 TO THE LATEST IS 6 MONTHS!


A few tips and tricks!

-Take your vitamins! The one I am taking includes biotin which is essential for kickstarting the hair growing process! Giving your body what it needs will help your hair grow naturally :) 

-Lots of water to flush out toxins and a diet rich in protein help as well! You want your hair to grow strong and healthy so having toxins in your body or not eating a healthy diet isn't helping you out. Think long term! 

-Essential oils will help stimulate your hair! I suggest using 3 drops of Lavender, Rosemary and Cedar wood! I put mine into a glass spray bottle along with some fractionated coconut oil, rub it into my hair and then rinse in the shower!

-Avoid blow drying your hair and/or styling it with a flat iron. If you do use a heat protector. 

-Be patient and wear hats! 

I hope this was helpful for any of you wanting to cut, grow, or maintain your pixie! 

-Magnolia Rose