Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Reversing hair damage

I could have been the poster child for damaged hair.
After being a blonde all my life, I went dark and it dried my hair out. The ends were horrible, so I had to chop over an inch off. 
Then came a Kardashian marathon that had me determined to get healthy, shiny black hair.
So, being the product junkie I am, I hoarded every hair repair product I could find. My bathroom looked like a hair salon.
I have oils, lotions, 3 day treatments, masks, shampoos, conditioners,  styling products, all of it! All in hopes that I would repair the damage and get shine.
These are the products I've narrowed it down to, as well as a before and after picture in a time span of 3 months!

The Products:

Nexxus Pro-Mend Split End Binding Conditioner
Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo
Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil
Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir
Natrol Biotin 10,000mcg Max Strength
(and Nestle Pure Life!)
and (optional) The "Wet" Brush

The Routine:
Alright...Here we go.
I actually prefer "no-poo", but because I wanted something extremely moisturizing, I wanted to add some actual shampoos.
I don't wash my hair much, nor do I blow dry it or straighten it.
Since I'm a stay at home, I don't worry too much about it looking dirty or whatever, but if I do have to go somewhere I just pull it into a messy bun and spray a bit if dry shampoo on it before hand so it has some volume.
I only wash my hair 3 times a week, sometimes only 2.
I take my Biotin every morning and I chug two bottles of water after I take it. I drink water all day and I'm convinced it truly helps with the growth, and I know the Biotin does. My nails look AMAZING!
I brush my hair with my Wet brush all the time, not just when wet. It is amazing. It doesn't break my hair and it gets tangles out so easily.
Keeping the hair smooth and tangle free will really help your hair out.

I rub a little of tropical traditions organic virgin coconut oil on my ends several times a day. It only takes a tiny bit to cover it all. My hair is dark so it doesn't look oily, but I'm sure it would require less on blonde since blonde will show more of the oil. After I apply it to my ends, I wipe my hands off a bit on a towel and then I use my finger tips and massage my scalp for approximately 1 minute.

Before I go to bed every night, I do a full coconut oil mask. I take a larger amount of the oil and saturate all of my hair, paying special attention to the ends and my layers. I use the Wet brush and brush it a lot to get the oil all over my hair and let it really absorb it. I usually just throw it in a loose bun or braid afterwards and put an elastic headband on to keep it off my face and sleep with it in my hair.
In the morning I just rinse it with cold water.

When I do wash it, I do it after washing the coconut oil out. I still use cold water and just easy gently and really only use the conditioner on my ends. I can't stress how great this coconut oil has been on my hair. Tropical Traditions was kind enough to send me a sample of the product to try out, and I really wanted to include the review in this post just to really make my readers understand that I had such great results with it that I actually made it a part of my daily routine. 

I towel dry and apply the Nexxus Elixir to the ends, and sometimes a tiny but more of the coconut oil.

I NEVER dry my hair on hot on the rare occasion I do dry it.
And I never straighten it afterwards! If I absolutely have to straighten it, I dry my hair at night and let it rest and straighten it the next day.

And here are my results:

The left side is in March, the other is from today (May).

And this is from before I started using the coconut oil and after! 

If you're interested in placing an order with Tropical Traditions and picking up the exact kind that I have used you can visit their website here:
If by some chance you don't love the results you get with your hair, you can reuse the product for hundreds of other purposes! I apply it all over my body as a moisturizer, I use it as an eye makeup remover, and it works great (for me) at treating acne. You can cook with it as well (it doesn't even store in your body as fat!) and it has so many medicinal purposes I can't even begin to list them all. Its a really great investment that I don't feel like any of you will regret!


  1. Looks awesome! I can tell a huge difference. Where did you purchase the biotin? I'm a natural red head and I went blonde a month after having my LO. I recently went back to red because my hair was so dry and fried. Slowly trying to make it back to healthy hair :) How do you like the Moroccan Oil Shampoo?

    1. I ordered the Biotin on I couldn't find the 10,000mcg anywhere else. I love the Morococcan Oil. I was just using Keratin oil by Organix but it made it too oily and seemed to dry it out afterwards so I switched to this and I love it.

  2. I used to be a natural blonde but I have been brunette now for over four years. I tried the two toned look and bleached the bottom half so now it is fried. I have very smooth hair and rarely use heat but the bottom half is always dry and wont grow. I have very long hair but it is thin so Im getting tape extensions this week. Do you think the coconut mask will work with that? I'd love to try it :).

    1. I think it'll work really well with it! I had extensions for a long time and I think the key to them actually helping you move forward with hair growth is to just take EXTRA good care of your hair while using them, even if you just use clip ins!

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  4. Your hair looks beautiful!
    I used coconut oil on my hair once and I couldn't get it out for THREE DAYS!
    Maybe I used too much? I don't know I have a LOT of hair.
    How do you rinse it all out of your hair?

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    4. How long does the process take until your hair gets better ?

  6. How do you get the coconut oil out with just water?? I've tried coconut masks out a few times but I stopped because my hair felt so greasy because I couldn't get it out even if I washed it twice

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  8. This is amazing thanks. I do the same I just wasn't sure if u use the coconut oil every night. I thought it was only once a week

  9. omg, I loved this article and am now obsessed with your blog as a result. I am a former pageant girl, thus, I had supremely dry ends! I've been 'off the heat', ( well, on and off- when I go out- maybe 4-5x a month?) for a few months. I use the Paul Mitchell Strengthening line and 10,000mg of Biotin a day, and have used it for about a month. I have been meaning to try the coconut oil mask. I have wavy, thin hair which is up to my shoulders. I had tape in extensions, but they ruined my hair because I wasn't taking proper care of my hair. Any input is helpful- get this series going!