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Hair Color And Products

A friend discovered some gray hair on my head when I was 18 and she was playing with my hair while we were in class. Well, I'm not 18 anymore (technically but physically and mentally I am). The gray hair spread throughout the years and I've been coloring it to blend it in with my natural hair color whenever I feel it is necessary. Usually every other month or so, it's a boring process that I rather not bother with too often. I'm waiting for a miracle pill that will eliminate gray hair and restore the hair back to it's original color. I read that Jennifer Lopez started graying at a young age also and she dyes her hair every two weeks or so. That's like a full time occupation! But she is supposedly completely gray, I am about 30% gray a hairstylist recently told me after she looked at my hair. So I only color the regrowth and most of the gray is in the front around my face and especially in one spot. When I first started coloring my hair I used box color. I didn't know what I was doing and it took a few tries to find the right shade.
The first time it got too dark. Another time somebody that was working as a hairstylist colored my hair at my house and she did it way too light. Even professionals can get it wrong. I'm not going to go to a salon to color my hair when I can do it at home. I'm not putting in highlights or lowlights or trying to bleach it or do something complicated, all I'm doing is coloring the gray. Well, after the box color I started experimenting with other colors that I would get at Sally Beauty Supply. I started with Clairol and then I tried One'n Only Argan Oil color. I would mix two and then three different shades together. It was good enough for me. Although now I'm back to using box color. I think that the One'n Only Argan Oil was too strong, the developer or something. I noticed lots of breakage and my hair got dry. I don't think my hair was breaking from the box color, it's probably gentler on the hair.....that is my guess but I don't work with hair so I don't know for sure. The last time I colored my hair, which was last week, I tried Garnier Olia. I was a little nervous that the shade was going to be wrong but it turned out OK, so I think I will stick with it for a while. Now I have a bunch of Clairol and Argan Oil colors at home, I can open up a salon here and start coloring some hair. Me with hair color in. You have to leave it in for about 45 minutes, perfect for some selfies and the rest is boring time.




I also lost A LOT of hair since about October or November. That's when I started noticing.
And when I say a lot....I mean a lot. To me it seems like a third of my hair fell out. Of course I was worried. That's why I had my thyroid checked and I also did a complete blood panel when I was in Vegas and everything came out fine. So it could be stress. I live a fairly calm life I think. I do not like a lot of drama, please spare me your drama and psycho episodes.....thank you. There were two people that added some drama to my life last year. Awful.....ugh. Or it could be the natural growing and shedding cycle of the hair. I guess hair has a resting phase, a growing phase and a shedding phase - anagen, catogen and telogen. Again, this is something I read about. OR it could be another thing that caused the hair loss. Last year I wanted to moisturize my hair the natural way and read about people using coconut oil on their hair and scalp. I thought that sounded like a great idea and coated my hair with coconut oil and massaged it thoroughly into my scalp and left it in for over 24 hours on three occasions (that I can think of). Then I read some more about it and found reports of people that noticed a significant hair loss after using coconut oil like that. Well, the coconut oil clogs the hair follicles and that might cause the hair to fall out. So now you know, do not rub coconut oil into your scalp. It didn't work for me and my hair didn't feel noticeably moisturized afterwards anyways, not more than usual after using a good conditioner. Now I REALLY regret using that coconut oil on my hair and scalp (I'm sure it works for some hair types but not on mine). To me my hair is now thin. Long and thin. That looks bad. I still have a lot of hair (compared to some people) but NOT like before. So now I'm sad. :-( Well, I could also be losing hair cause I'm getting older, some people do experience hair loss when they get older. Now I'm even more sad! :-( :-( Then of course there is one more possible explanation.....some evil and jealous Baba Yaga might have put a curse on me but I am sending the same curse back at the Baba Yaga tenfold.
I like to try new products for my hair all the time. So I recently tried the Mane'n Tail shampoo and conditioner, I have the leave in conditioning spray but haven't tried it yet. I got an Aveda shampoo that is supposed to exfoliate the scalp. It's from their new Invati product line for thinning hair. I also found some serum Phytocyane by Phyto Paris that you are supposed to massage into your scalp for about a month. You open up a vial and rub in the contents two-three times a week, again I'm lazy but I will give it a try one of these days. It's for temporary hair thinning due to stress, fatigue or pregnancy. I got a leave in conditioner called It's a 10 that I have been using a few times now. I was curious about the Wen products so I got a leave in replenishing treatment spray that I tried and a moisturizing mask that I haven't tried yet. And some other deep moisturizing masks from L'Oreal. Plus whatever other products I'm already using......it seems like a lot but it's really not. I wash my hair every three or four days, less if I'm lazy and don't work. I use shampoo, conditioner and sometimes a deep conditioning mask. Leave in conditioning spray as of lately. I did experiment with the coconut oil, never again. I also mixed egg, olive oil plus a bit of honey and put that in my hair a few times this year and last but the egg made my hair feel weird (the protein in the egg I suspect). Then I color the grays every other month or so and that's it.
No straightening, curling, spraying, blow drying, extensions.....I spend 0 time on that stuff.
I air dry my hair and comb it. That's it. Hopefully my hair will grow back fast ( but since it's long it will probably take a while).



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Annette on :

When I was 14 my best friend and I tried the egg thing....well we were at school standing around with our friends and someone said they could smell egg. We looked at each other busted out laughing and vowed never to do that again :-) I had super thick hair and it is thinner now but still looks healthy. I like Bumble and Bumble products but I am always open to new things. Sometimes losing hair has to do with fluctuations of estrogen......I really like my primrose oil supplements. Thank you for sharing all sorts of stuff and that cucumber meal of Mandy's looks yummy!

Tatiana on :

Primrose oil? I might have to look into that.....for some reason I am thinking you told me about the primrose oil a while back but I might be wrong.
Thank You Annette!

Annette on :

I did ;-)

Julia on :

Bumble&Bumble products are great. I've used many of their shampoos& conditioners, as well as leave in conditioners/ moisturizers over the past years & loved them all. Really good quality & nice results. I am not sure where Tatiana can find B&B products, maybe look at Fred Meyer or a salon, but to get an idea of what they have to offer i would look at their website or the website of a place that carries B&B products. Da Nang, habibte !

Kay on :

I have had long hair for years and have tried many different things on it. But I will not be trying the coconut oil! ;-)
Have you ever tried taking a Biotin supplement? That might help.

Tatiana on :

I'm taking biotin right now and before I was taking some other stuff called skin hair and nails (something like that).
No.....do not use the coconut oil....lots of people say they love it but there are plenty of reports that describe significant hair loss from it too....I wish I would had read that first.
:-)

Dee on :

Have you read reviews on Wen products? I had to quit Wen. My hair at first was great but it started coming out in tufts when I showered. I went online and found hundreds on people saying the same thing.

Dee

Tatiana on :

Whaaaaat?! No way! And Wen that seems so nice and gentle on the hair.....ok now I'm going to read the reviews. Having hair come out in tufts.....I can't even imagine.
Thanks Dee!
:-)

Mandy on :

Oh no! The coconut oil thing is scary! I've done it a few times, never again. It's suppose to be like a natural antibacterial right? I put it on my butt bumps I get from dancing. Maybe it's too harsh for your scalp?

HAAA! I tried the egg thing too when I was in high school! I had to go home in the middle of the day because I smelled so bad!

You are so brave for coloring your long hair yourself. I do my own too. I'm a fan of the Ion stuff from Sally's. Ion semi permanent 9v, then a few drops of the Clairol Radiance in 6n for toning after bleaching. The Ion Reconstructor, comes in a packet, it makes my hair normal after bleaching and super shiny too, I swear by that stuff. That One and Only stuff was nasty crap. The Aveda color conditioner is really nice. Along with Joico K-pak conditiner.
I researched the Wen online, many people said it made their hair fall out :-(
Baba Yaga hahahahha!!

Tatiana on :

Coconut oil is supposedly a "superfood" and has lots of medicinal properties like antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. Probably great for the butt zits us dancers get....I have to try on mine!
I should probably start eating a teaspoon of it every day so I can kill that parasite that I heard lives in my brain, a diagnosis made by a kind reader. :-D
I suspect the coconut oil clogged my hair follicles.....or like you say is too harsh for the scalp. Never again!
Ion! Yes! Last time I went to Sally I asked for their BEST product. The sales lady told me the Ion Repair Solutions, haven't used it yet but when I do and if I like it I will go back and get 40 packets.

Annette on :

Obviously we all care about your beautiful long hair ;-) I order my bumble and bumble online. They usually have free shipping and send great samples. Their website is great. It isn't cheap but lasts a long time.

Tatiana on :

Thanks.....! I will now look into Bumble and Bumble. Eventually.....that is.
:-)

Mandy on :

Brain parasite AAAAH! I've recently seen a video of a worm pulled out of someones eyeball, and watched a few House episodes... Pinworms and brain worms!!! OH NO!

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