6 Things I Did to Grow Healthy Hair This Summer

Long, shiny, thick, healthy hair is always the goal. Unfortunately, only a few of us actually wake up with shampoo commercial worthy tresses. I for one, have never had naturally silky, smooth, hair and have always been envious of my friends who did. I, like most, have always had a [love] hate relationship with my frizzy, thick, poofy, tangly, unmanageable hair. Remember Mia Thermopolis from the Princess Diaries pre glow up? Yeah, that’s pretty much my hair if I let it air dry with no product.

Luckily, I grew up with a mom who was always religious about getting her roots touched up and a trim every 4-6 weeks and would let me tag along with her to the salon for a trim and some highlights here and there. Even as a tween, I remember asking (and probably annoying) my hairstylist hundreds of questions about which products I should use to tame my frizz, mend my split ends, add shine, enhance my highlights, or whatever else I was wanting to do to get magazine worthy hair. As I grew older and continued my mom’s routine of frequenting the hair salon I continued to ask my hairstylists about the newest products to drop and for all the tips and ticks get healthy hair. I’ve also become a lowkey product hoarder (hey, it’s research), and have tried just about every treatment, product, and hair tool out there. Not gonna lie, I would literally eat worms and roll around in the dirt if you told me it would give me Kardashian hair.
Before my wedding I had gotten tape in hair extensions and absolutely loved the look of thick, full, and healthy hair. I had pretty much given up on the idea of growing my hair out super long, since it never seemed to look as healthy once it got past my shoulders. My ends would always split and my hair would look dry and stringy. Not cute.
When I knew I would be in Chicago all summer, and didn’t want to deal with the upkeep and reapplication of my tape ins, I had my hairstylist remove my extensions and asked her to give me a simple blunt cut that made my hair look super thick and healthy. Since I was spending the summer in a new city where I didn’t dare trust anyone I didn’t know to touch my hair, I decided to step up my at home hair routine. Much to my surprise, the other day, while styling my hair, I noticed how long it has grown and how healthy it has become! So here are the 6 simple things I did to grow my hair out this summer and my favorite hair products for healthier hair.

1. Brush it Out

I know brushing your hair seems like such common sense, but how you brush, when you brush, and using the right type of brush for your hair type makes all the difference in the world. A few months ago I was noticing that my hair was looking a little dull and no matter how much I washed it, I seemed to always still have product residue on my scalp. It turns out that the hairbrush that I was using needed to be replaced, since I had it for a while and it had a lot of product build up on it that was transfering onto my hair (EW). Once I replaced my brush, I immediately noticed a difference in my hair. I went for the T3 dry vent brush, which had holes designed for airflow, while blow drying my hair. I also love that it is white, which means I can see any hair or product that gets transferred onto it, making it easy to clean so that none of the product get stuck in my hair. Before I wash my hair I spray a little leave in conditioner in it and brush it out starting from the ends to remove any tangles and work my way up to the scalp. This makes it easier to shampoo and condition my hair more evenly. I also keep a wide tooth comb in my shower and run it through my hair once I’ve added conditioner to evenly distribute the product. Another thing I do, is brush my hair every night before I go to sleep, really focusing on my scalp. Brushing your scalp will stimulate your hair follicles making it easier for the hair to grow.

 

2. Treat Yo Self 

I never miss an opportunity to treat my self, especially when it comes to my hair! I was first introduced to hair treatments back when I was in college and was heavy into bleaching my hair (dark times for me). My hairstylist definitely hated me a little bit for ruining my hair and recommended doing a weekly treatment to bring it back to life. I’ve tried a lot of DIY treatments and products over the years and have come across some real winners. When I want to go the DIY route, coconut oil is definitely my go to (Trader Joe’s brand is my favorite). I’ve recently upped my treatment game from once a week to twice a week and sometimes I leave it on overnight when I notice my hair feeling extra dry. The longer you keep a treatment in, the better.

 

3. Do a Cleanse 

Don’t worry, not that kind of cleanse. Sulfate free and all natural shampoo and conditioner have become super popular in recent years, due to the lack of artificial ingredients and harsh chemicals. I, of course jumped on board and switched my products to sulfate free to avoid exposing my hair to those nasty chemicals. A couple months ago I noticed my hair seemed to always be oily, even right after washing and blow drying it. I found myself reaching for my dry shampoo more than usual. When I asked my hairstylist what she thought the problem was she immediately asked me if my shampoo and conditioners were sulfate free. “Of course!” I said, knowing good and well that sulfate free products were all the rage. To my surprise she told me that while sulfate free products were great, since they don’t lather up, they always get all the product and oil out of your hair, which can cause more build up over time. She suggested that I add a clarifying cleanser to my routine once a week to help remove all that dry shampoo and oil and it has made a world of difference!! My hair now feels squeaky clean after using it and I can go even longer between washes.

4. Turn Down the Heat

As someone who has been using hot tools pretty regularly since the 5th grade (RIP to my OG Conair straightener), I am all too familiar with the damage that heat can do to your hair. I’ve gone through it all — split ends, dry brittle hair, and even breakage. And.. it sucks!! However, I’ve learned over the years how unnecessary it is to use my hot tools on the highest heat setting. Every hairstylist that I’ve asked has told me, there is never a need to use your hot tools on high and the best tip I’ve ever received was to figure out the lowest heat setting you can use to style your hair. Everyone has a different hair type and some don’t need as much heat as others. Investing in a hair dryer, straightener, and curling iron with multiple heat settings was a big game changer for me. I was able to play around with the different heat settings and learned that I can get the same results by styling my hair on low heat settings as I can with high settings. The only difference is I don’t burn my hair off!! I’ve also begun to wash my hair at night more often so that it air dries while I sleep, and I don’t have to blow it as often, and doing “no heat hairstyles” (usually a low bun bc I’m lazy) a couple times a week to give my hair a break from hot tools.

5. Protect Your Hair

Since I can’t do no heat styles all the time, I always use good heat protecting products before I blow dry, straighten or curl my hair. I also apply a little on if I know I’m going to be outside all day, that way my hair gets extra protection from the sun.

6. Take Your Vitamins

Don’t worry y’all, I’m not going to post an Instagram photo with a certain teddy bear shaped gummy. But I do know that adding collagen and hair strengthening vitamins to my daily routine has made a huge difference in my hair. Healthy hair grows from the inside out so upping your water intake, and adding a hair vitamin to your regimen will help you grow and maintain strong and healthy hair.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts She Really Wants

Ditch the flowers and chocolates and get her something she really wants this Valentine’s Day. I’ve curated a list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts your special someone will love all year, whether you’re shopping for your galpal, girlfriend, mom, sister, or yourself (cause, let’s be honest, we all are). So drop a hint to your bae, or shop for a friend straight from my blog! Sending some love has never been so easy!

XOXO

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  1. So we love so much of the same things, I have that TooFaced Eye Shadow palette. I love the Furry Phone case, I need to find one for a Samsung 🙂 And i put furry slides in my Valentines Must haves too! LOL! Your blog is awesome, I’m going to subscribe. Check mine out when you have a chance! 🙂

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Shop my Favorite Skincare!

 

For those of you who follow me on Snapchat (@chicintheHOT), you may have already gotten a sneak peek of a few of my current favorite skincare products, including the amazing cleanser and moisturizer by Estée Lauder, my go to SPF for protection without the oily texture or “sunscreen smell” by Supergoop, the perfect retinol eye serum by Dr. Dennis Gross, and the newest addition to my skincare regimen, these daily cleanse vitamins by HUM, (they’re like a detox for skin)!

I’ve made it my mission this year to improve my overall health as much as possible, and skincare plays a huge role in taking care of my body. So I’ve made it a point to not only make regular appointments with my dermatologist and esthetician, but also invest in high quality products that work. I know it can be difficult shopping for skincare with what seems like endless products out there. But fear not, my friends, after trying what seems like everything, I’ve created a guide to my favorite skincare products for you to shop straight from my blog!

Enjoy!

 

Do you have any favorite skincare products? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Holiday Giveaway | FOUR Winners!

Chic in the Heart of Texas is almost 1 year old! (We officially turn 1 in January). So in order to celebrate I wanted to do something new and exciting for my chic fam! I decided to finally jump into YouTube, which is something I have always wanted to do. I decided to team up with four incredible local boutiques and create a video to feature them. Oh, and theres also an AMAZING giveaway!

I teamed up with Chic’tique, J for JMR, Zelle Boutique, and Chalet. All of these shops have been featured on my blog and social media several times throughout the year. And that simply because, I love them. Since starting my blog I have really made it an effort to only feature with brands that I wear, shop, and love. These four have certainly made the top of my list. And what’s even better, is that all four shops are right here in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas! Doesn’t get any better than that. Watch the video below to learn about these fabulous shops and enter to win some amazing prizes!

What you can win:

FOUR lucky winners will be randomly selected.
*ONE winner will receive a $75 giftcard to Chic’tiqe
*ONE winner will receive a piece of jewelry from J for JMR
*ONE winner will receive a scarf and a giftcard from Zelle Boutique
*ONE winner will receive a skincare kit from Chalet
ALL FOUR WINNERS will also receive a stocking filled with holiday goods!

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
1. LIKE and COMMENT on this video
2. SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel

*Giveaway ends on 12/16/16 at 5pm CT

ONCE ALL FOUR WINNERS HAVE BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED
head over to my snapchat @chicintheHOT
to find out who won each prize!

GOOD LUCK!

XOXO

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Holiday Gift Guide: Makeup + Beauty

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A little holiday glam for ya! Shopping for the glamazon on your list has never been easier. I’ve selected some of my personal all time faves as well as new and holiday picks any makeup enthusiast is sure to love! Shop my picks straight from my blog!

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Summer Vacation

imageHello y’all! It has been a minute since I’ve last posted. I have been nonstop traveling all summer long! I went on a weekend long photoshoot in Marfa, Texas to take tons of summer outfit posts for the blog. Then I went to Miami for a friend’s bachelorette party, which was incredible! We went to the beach all day and the clubs all night. Now I have a few days in San Antonio before I head out to Las Vegas for a few days.

But before I go I want to share my beach essentials with you! I received an absolutely stunning swimsuit from Bikini Bunny Boutique that I will be wearing all summer long! Bikini Bunny Boutique carries gorgeous, luxury swimsuits in so many fabulous colors and styles, perfect to wear day or night at the pool or beach. I absolutely love the bikini I got. The asymmetrical straps make it so unique and flattering. I have never received so many compliments from a swimsuit in my life. If you are looking for a truly unique swimsuit this summer, Bikini Bunny Boutique will not disappoint.

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Swimsuit: Bikini Bunny Boutique, Sunglasses: Krewe, Hat: Lack of Color, Skincare: Supergoop SPF, Kopari Coconut Body Glow, Haircare: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

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Galentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, but don’t stress girl, I got you! I searched the Internet high and low to put together a list of 80 Galentine’s Day gifts (*bonus: some of these items are on sale!!) including jewelry, accessories, handbags, pjs, cosmetics, perfume, and more! So whether you’re shopping for your galpals, dropping hints to your boo, or just want to treat yo self there’s no need to look any further!
Xoxo

22. It Girl Bobbi, $12
26. Twist Scarf, $20
50. Golden Stars Mug, $11.50
53. You Me Heart Mug, $6.90
63. Heart Lip Balm, $5.50
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Lash Extensions 101

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Okay, it’s no secret that lash extensions are the new, on trend, beauty ritual of the moment. After all, who doesn’t want long, thick, batt-worthy lashes without all the drama of falsies, hard to remove waterproof mascara and eyelash curlers? I, for one, have never been great at applying those strips of false lashes (even after watching, what may easily be, hours of YouTube tutorials on how to properly apply them) and once I finally, after several failed attempts, get those falsies on, they always end up feeling uncomfortable and falling off before the end of the night (not cute).            

So when I first heard about this new lash extension craze I was way eager to find out more. Don’t get me wrong, I was definitely skeptical at first, when hearing that the one set of lash extensions could easily last up to 3 weeks, and even more so after a few google searches led to some articles about women who had gotten cringe worthy allergic reactions and even infections on their eyes from sketchy salons using industrial strength adhesives to apply the lashes (yikes).

But, after researching several salons in my area and finding one that I trusted, I built up the nerve and decided to take the plunge for long sexy lashes. And O-M-G am I glad I did!! The end result was absolutely amazing! I never thought my lashes could look so full and voluminous, yet natural at the same time.

But before you go running to the salon there are some things you need to know before your first lash extension appointment.

1. Not all salons are the same (obviously) so make sure you do a little research to be sure you are going to a reputable salon. Trust me ladies, having gorgeous lashes won’t be so cute with an eye infection. So don’t be shy, ask your technician about the types of adhesives they use to ensure your skin will be safe from harsh chemicals. I went to Emme Nail Spa at The Eilan, where An did my lashes. She told me that she was using a mild, adhesive, which was made for sensitive skin, but believe me, it definitely did the job of keeping my lashes on for the entire 3 weeks.

images2. It’s pricy. Unfortunately, lash extensions do run about $150 for your first set and about $50 for fills. So if you see a salon advertising lash extensions at a way lower price, you may want to ask some questions. It could be a red flag that they aren’t using the best quality products.

3. It takes time. The entire appointment takes about 2-3 hours from start to finish. They begin by prepping your skin, removing any eye makeup or mascara before beginning.

They then put a gentle strip of tape to separate the lower lashline from the top, which, I know sounds awful, but you hardly feel a thing!

After that, the technician applies a padding underneath your eye to absorb any excess glue and to protect your skin.

Once the actual application begins you need to remain still with your eyes closed. I actually often fall asleep during this process because, lets just face it, it’s hard to lay still with your eyes closed for 2+ hours, especially with the calming spa soundtrack playing in the background. An actually said that it’s totally fine to take a little nap, as long as I remain still. The reason it takes so long is because each lash extension is applied one by one, on top of each of your real lashes, which is what makes them look so natural.

*side note: I once drank waayyyyy too much coffee before my lash appointment and my eyes began twitching so much that I had to reschedule (super embarrassing!). So learn from my mistakes, ladies, decaf only until after the appointment!

4. There are different styles! Long and thick, flared out and curly, or short and natural. It’s up to you! Ask your technician about the options they offer and pick one that’s right for you. I got the Extreme Lashes, which were extra long and thick like Katy Perry’s before a trip to Las Vegas, and absolutely loved them! But after winter break was over, I wanted a more natural look so I went for a slightly shorter lash with a flare, which was perfect for going to class during the day or out at night.

5. They need to be cared for. Don’t worry though, nothing major. Just be sure that after your appointment you don’t get any water on them for 24 hours to give the glue a chance to work it’s magic. After that they should be fully bonded. Your technician should also give you a spoolie, which is basically a mascara wand. Use it to brush your lashes twice a day, morning and night, to keep them from getting tangled.

6. THEY ARE AMAZING! Seriously! I absolutely love how they enhance my eyes without having to do anything to them. I love how I don’t have to fuss with falsies or mascara (not to mention all the drama of removing layers upon layers of mascara). I honestly love everything about them and will continue to get them filled and highly recommend you give them a try too if you’re looking to up your lash game.

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