Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My Hair Story/Extension Free Finally!

The most frequently asked questions I receive are regarding my hair so I decided it's about time I blogged about it!

Throughout my early twenties, I was platinum blonde. Yes, horrible. I'm very aware of this now lol so needless to say my hair was a bit damaged. I then decided to get extensions (which I honestly didn't need) between fusion extensions, the weave and tape extensions, I pretty much ruined my beautiful hair. I assumed I would always wear extensions so it wasn't necessary to focus on healthy hair. Wrong. Oh so wrong!! I dyed my hair back to brunette about 3 years ago and 2 years ago, I took my tape in extensions out. I decided I would never wear permanent extensions again and just use clip ins when needed. This truly saved my hair! Between that and dying it once a year, my hair started to grow fast. 

Basically what made my hair grow was a combination of a few things;
1) not wearing permanent extensions. It allows your hair to grow without causing damage and breakage 
2) minimal dying. Last summer I put highlights in and I dyed it again in December, all one color (dark brown) on Sunday I had highlight put in again but I'll be going back on Monday to add more, then I'll post a pic! I don't get highlights at the root, it's more of an ombré ish look (balayge I believe it's called) so as it grows out, it still looks great without having roots. So I try to go as long as I can without dying it (unless I'm craving a change lol)
3) I wash it less. Every 3 days instead of every day or every other day. The natural oils your own hair produces is great for your hair. If you can go longer, the better!
4) I always use an argon oil after showering onto wet hair. Our hair needs nourishment and oils so what better product to use than argan oil! In the past I used Moroccan oil but I was going through it quite frequently so I switched to "One n Only" argan oil. I purchase it from Sally's beauty supply. It costs between $8-$15. 
5) I always air dry my hair. The only time k blow dry is if I'm pressed for time or I want a lot of volume. Then I'll blow dry upside down and use a round brush but that's not very often. 
6) I only use a straightener or curling iron
 a few times a month. Heat is horrible for our poor hair. I'm lucky that I work from home and don't have to do my hair and makeup but I know most women do have to style their hair but to use less heat, I would air dry my hair and rock a bun or pony tail. Stylish and classy while sparring your hair of heat. 

This is my hair last week!
My hair is extremely thick, especially the top half so I brush up my ends with a comb to create volume throughout the bottom. 

Here's a little hair diary of how my hair was 2 years ago right after I took the tape extensions out and current photos!
Two years ago. Rocking an acute mullet.
All my hair was broken off on top so those aren't layers, It's broken hair lol
I combed up the ends to creats volume but you can tell how short it was
Summer of last year
Summer of last year
Finally my bangs and "layers aka broken hair" grew out
After I added highlights
In November. Pretty much my natural color
Around the same time as the photo above
Again, around the same time as the photo above
And current !!
Allllllll my hair!! Wooohoooo

I was having a very full hair day in these photos lol

The argan oil I use.

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment or email me at nicolecourchaine@gmail.com

I hope this post was helpful to any of you fabulous ladies trying to restore the beautiful hair you once had before dying and extensions lol 

Love Nicole 
Xoxoxoxo

10 comments:

  1. Your posts are so informative!!!!!! Please do more beauty related posts :) you rock chicka!!

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  2. That’s amazing! I feel like we have similar hair stories, except mine definitely doesn’t grow AS fast lol. Did you get haircuts often? For YEARS I was so against cutting my hair and didn’t believe you truly needed trims in order for it to grow! lol. I’ve had keratin extensions in since December and I regularly get haircuts now and my hair stylist claims she notices some growth lmao so we’ll see how it goes in a few months haha

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    1. Yesss lol we have a lot in common when it comes to makeup, hair and clothes haha honestly I'm horrible with getting it cut, prob twice a year 🙈 I honestly think the main reason it grew so much was the no extensions and minimal heat!

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  3. Love the bustier your wearing in one of the pics with the relaxed fit shorts. lounge outfit, love it. wheres that top from? would look cute with a skater skirt toooo

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  4. hey Nicole! what colour of the belami do you wear? thanks!

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  5. How long did it take you to grow your hair out I have been needing
    To use the tape ins for now cuz I can't do short hair on me lol I have been using argan and some amazing
    Itslian products as well nexxus and matrix I steer clear of alcohol free products and take
    Biotin 2x a day. I'm a little
    Impatien

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  6. How long did it take you to grow your hair out I have been needing
    To use the tape ins for now cuz I can't do short hair on me lol I have been using argan and some amazing
    Itslian products as well nexxus and matrix I steer clear of alcohol free products and take
    Biotin 2x a day. I'm a little
    Impatien

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  7. How long did it take you to grow your hair out I have been needing
    To use the tape ins for now cuz I can't do short hair on me lol I have been using argan and some amazing
    Itslian products as well nexxus and matrix I steer clear of alcohol free products and take
    Biotin 2x a day. I'm a little
    Impatien

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