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For starters, using paraben and sulfate free shampoo and conditioner helps keep the wave in my hair while thoroughly washing all the product and dirt from from my hair. Sulfates are used to make shampoo lather, but they can have a severe drying effect on the hair. Studies show that parabens artificially mimic estrogens in the body, which could lead to additional fat storage, male breast growth, metabolic, developmental, hormonal and neurological disorders, as well as various cancers. A local dermatologist confirmed this to be true to her knowledge: “The more products that you use containing parabens, the higher risk for these things [above] to occur.”

Recommended shampoo and conditioner: Garnier Whole blends (I really like the milk and honey one) and OGX (Organics) shampoo and conditioner. Each brand has a series of scents and added ingredients that you can choose from.

Each bottle contains information on what certain ingredients can help with, such as moisture, curls or frizz. I tend to avoid the products that have the phrase ‘creates the appearance of’ on the bottle, because I don’t want my hair to just look healthy, I want it to truly be healthy and radiant.

Fill an empty 16 ounce water bottle a quarter of the way with apple cider vinegar. Add distilled water to dilute the vinegar, then tilt your head back and have someone slowly pour the mixture onto your roots, starting at your forehead, let sit for two or three minutes, then wash out with shampoo and condition as usual. Vinegar helps seal the cuticle of the hair, helping color last longer and making it look shiny.

If your hair is thinning due to stress, rosemary has been proven to be very effective at restoring hair follicles and stimulating regrowth. I add 10-15 drops of pure rosemary oil to my shampoo and conditioner bottles. ALWAYS PATCH TEST NEW PRODUCTS ON YOUR HAND BEFORE YOUR SCALP! Combine ¼ cup of coconut oil, two drops of rosemary oil and two drops of lavender oil into the same bowl. Mix well then apply to your hair, focusing on the scalp. If you want extra moisture, you can thoroughly mash an avocado and mix it in as well, focusing the avocado on the tips. Drench your hair in the mask before wrapping it with a warm towel (the warm towel opens your hair cuticles and allows the mask to soak in). Rinse out after 10-15 minutes.

I mix a few hefty drops of GENTIAN VIOLET in with conditioner and mix it until I reach the desired color. Play around with a test strand before your entire head; the goal is to cancel out golden tones to leave your lighter strands a shade of blonde instead of orange. Because this mixture works rapidly, try to work it into your hair as quickly as possible. It will begin to work within 2-10 minutes, depending on the brassiness of your hair. Then wash and condition as usual. Please keep in mind that, though I have been playing with my hair for six to seven years, I am not a professional . I have accidentally turned my hair purple by using too much of this product, so do make sure to test it first. If your hair does turn purple, try not to worry, one or two of these masks, a night of coconut oil in your hair and two to three washes will return your hair back to bleached blonde.