In the midst of skincare, healthy eating, fitness, eyelash extensions and perfect brows I think many of us forget to love our locks.
… or at least I do.
Here are a few of my favorite must-have hair care products.
1. Hask Dry Shampoo
I don’t know about you but I try to wash my hair as little as possible. Basically, as long as I can get away with unwashed hair I will. And if you ever see me wearing a hat, you can be sure my hair is dirty. If you’re like me and can’t be bothered by washing your hair nightly, dry shampoo is my saving grace. I usually reach for mine on day three, and after a few sprays I’ve thoroughly convinced you that I woke up with freshly washed hair… muhahaha. Now you know my secret.
2. Maui shampoo & conditioner
If you’re looking for a good silicone and sulfate-free duo I’d highly recommend these guys. They have a range of scents and specialized ones, they make my hair smooth and shiny and they smell amazing.
3. Vanity Planet leave-in conditioning treatment
Made with enriched oils and vitamins, this revitalizing hair treatment strengthens and repairs damaged or dry hair. Love this one for the winter months when my scalp gets dry, or as a great addition to any pampering routine. Hair mask + a bath, now that’s heaven.
4. Matrix Sleek Look hair oil
I have been using this product since I was around 11… and guess what, I still love it. I use this when my hair is damp from the shower and it does a great job of detangling the hair, leaving soft, shiny locks. I start at my ears and work it in, focusing on the ends which need the most love.
As always, thanks for reading… give yourself a spa night and don’t forget to love your locks.
Ever scroll through Instagram and find yourself awestruck by pictures of girls on beaches with luxuriously long locks blowing in the wind?
A few years ago, I chopped my hair just beneath my chin… and let me tell you, that was a big mistake. I think just about every girl has been where I was: wanting a change, but then after a few months pass, wishing more than anything that you could go back and keep your long hair. Since then, I have been growing out my hair, and only getting the standard 1/2 inch trim about every three months. It took a while for me to see real results of growth, but now I am happier with my hair than ever before. It’s long (almost to my butt), healthy, shiny and thick.
Today I’m going to share my tips and tricks with all of you about how I grew out my hair to be healthy and long, and how I maintain it.
Shampoo and Conditioner:
To be honest, I don’t have a specific holy-grail shampoo and conditioner combination that I could recommend. I have tried way too many to count, but some of my favorites are the Hask Argan oil, Matrix Sleek look, and Mane and Tail moisturizing duo. I have heard that switching up the products in your hair is important for new growth, therefore, I don’t stick with just one shampoo and one conditioner for more than a couple of months. I don’t think your choice of shampoo and conditioner matter a whole ton, but I always opt for ultra moisturizing and mostly natural ones.
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Coconut Oil Hair Mask:
For the past few months I have been doing weekly coconut oil hair masks, and I feel like I’ve already seen significant results. Once a week, before I jump in the shower, I melt a generous amount of coconut oil between my hands and massage it into my hair, root to tip. It’s completely up to you the amount you use, but I like to saturate my locks in oil to the point that my hair looks wet. Then I flip my hair upside down and massage it into my scalp for a few minutes, kind of like giving myself a head massage. I leave the hair treatment on anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, but it’s all about your preference.
Lately, instead of using my hands to massage the oil in, I have been using this cool little hair tool from Vanity Planet. It fits in the palm of your hand, and has large plastic bristles that vibrate on the scalp to give your head a massage that helps with blood flow and hair growth. Not to mention, it’s the cutest mint green color. It feels so good and makes for a relaxing experience. It is perfect to use with any hair mask, or even just in the shower when you are shampooing your hair. (Yes, it is waterproof).
Okay, I know, I know…. I have talked about this product way too much recently, but it’s only because I genuinely swear by it. The Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen has honestly made my hair thicker than ever (even though I already have ridiculously thick hair), shiner than ever and longer than ever. No joke. I take an average of three tablespoons a day, just diluted in either juice or a smoothie, and I’m telling you, it does wonders for the skin and hair. I’m obsessed. But don’t take my word for it, just go get some yourself and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
I know it’s nothing ground-breaking, but those are my hair tips and tricks for long, healthy locks. Also, I don’t brush my hair on a regular basis, which cuts down on breakage. And, I only wash my hair every other day to every two days, which is said to help with hair growth since you aren’t constantly stripping it of it’s natural oils. How do I keep my hair from not looking greasy you ask? Lots of dry shampoo.
I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was just as full of flavor as mine!
I figured I would write a small catch-up of my current life events for all of my lovely readers.
My Thanksgiving was all I could have wished for and more. My family, my aunt, uncle, cousins, grandma and I all spent our holiday at the beautiful Oregon coast. My relatives own a lovely beach house close to the border of Oregon and California where we were blessed to vacation for a few days. If you’ve ever ventured to the Oregon coast before, you would know that the weather can often be very cold and foggy; the sun rarely being prominent. However, for the two full days we stayed there, the sun was shining and the air was nearly the warmest I can ever recall it being. God was truly blessing us at such a wonderful time filled with family!
The morning of our departure day, my uncle, dad and I decided to hit the waves since the water was glassy and surfable. The ocean was cold as ever, but the sun warmed our bodies through our wetsuits as we managed to ride each precious wave. When I surf, there are absolutely no words to describe my feelings of elation during the solitude I am given with the sea. No other activity brings me the same perspective and makes me realize the enormity of our world, crafted by my maker’s hands. I hope one day, if you haven’t already, everyone would be able to feel the sensation that comes with surfing.
As for the rest of my extended weekend and past endeavors, I have been busy as a bee doing my Christmas shopping early, mostly online. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather sit in my warm, cozy house searching the internet for fabulous things rather than braving the crowded stores filled with scatter-brained bargain shoppers. But whatever floats your boat.
My mind has been a flurry of blogging ideas for the month of December, so please stay tuned for exciting new material! Also, please let me know in the comments whether you would enjoy seeing a Christmas gift guide or DIY gift guide in the future because I would love to create it for you. Because trust me, I know how stressful gift planning/buying can be.
Well, that’s all for today’s catch-up with Madeline, thank you for reading and don’t forget to comment, like and follow for the fun planned this month! Love all. Love Madeline.
Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all survived since Mondays are sometimes not so fun.
I first want to start by saying I hope you are all looking forward to Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it), because I know I sure am! Thanksgiving is surely my second favorite holiday of the year, following Christmas. I love looking forward to precious family time, yummy, home-cooked food, and the warm feeling of the holiday season. What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?
…. When I woke up later then I had planned to today, I quickly racked my brain for a classy, yet grunge outfit that was easy to throw on in a pinch. Luckily, my tired brain was able to function early this morning and I came up with this all black, contrasting textures, entirely vintage, look. Although, from a distance, it may seem very simple, being that it is all the same color: black, when you take a closer look you will find that the different textures, such as angora wool, denim, cable knit and leather come together nicely to create a more interesting and sophisticated feel.
At times, when all black is paired together, it may relay almost a goth-like vibe, however, since I sported a soft turtle neck sweater with fashion forward lace-up boots and a trendy button-down denim dress (in which I styled to replicate a skirt), the look is transformed into something much more edgy.
I decided to put my hair into a simple half ponytail in order to keep it out of my face. I kept my makeup very neutral, as I do most days, with bold brows, a hint of bronzer in my crease and natural mascara.
If you choose to replicate this look, I would love if you would send me a picture (Instagram listed below). Thank you for reading. I am so thankful for you! I want to know what all of you are thankful for, so please leave me a comment below!
During the chilly months of the year, do you ever find your hair to be lacking in moisture and shininess? Or does your scalp ever feel itchy?
I know that I experience all of these qualities in my normally-shiny, hydrated locks when the fall and winter months begin to show themselves. And just let me tell you, I do not like dry, brittle, dandruff-dusted hair, and I’m sure you don’t either.
Now that you know my thoughts on gross winter hair, I feel the need to tell you about a variety of products I have absolutely been loving. Just recently I began using Hask’s keratin-infused hair care line of shampoo, conditioner, hair oil, and deep conditioning treatment mask. This array of products is designed to infuse hair with a great amount of moisture and nutrients, such as keratin. When all four products are used together, the outcome is luscious, healthy, repaired locks.
I tend to gravitate towards very thick formulas of conditioner to keep my hair looking and feeling it’s softest all year round. When I first used the Hask Keratin conditioner I enjoyed the thick consistency, but the application felt to be very generic; however, once I washed the product out, I was extremely pleased to find that my hair was smoother than ever. The shampoo was also very good for my hair; lathering well and leaving behind a very clean feeling. But my main focus for a hair care line is the conditioner, which I have nothing bad to say about it.
After leaving the shower, I proceeded to lather my hair (root to tip) with the deep conditioner that is apart of the line. I left it on for ten minutes (as is directed) and followed the application with a thorough rinsing. This product made my hair feel nice and hydrated in the moment, but in my opinion, left no lasting results. Not to say that I didn’t like it, but my hair didn’t benefit tremendously from the thick treatment.
I finished my routine by thoroughly distributing a pea sized amount of the repairing hair oil into my damp hair; beginning at the ears, making my way to the ends. I had tried this product on it’s own about a year ago, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint the second time around. This product is definitely my favorite one out of Hask’s keratin line! The formula does not leave my hair feeling heavy or weighed-down, but rather silky, shiny and weightless.
Overall, I would surely recommend all of these Hask hair care products to anyone looking for a rejuvenating hair boost. The formula does just what it’s said to, hydrate! which is the perfect thing my hair needs as we transition into winter. Not only do the products work incredibly well, they are also free of sulfates, parabens, gluten and artificial colors.
Thank you all for your endless support, and keep an eye out for my skincare routine which I will be posting in the near future! Until then, I would love any post ideas you may have, please leave them in a comment for me. Love all. Love Madeline.
Today, in Oregon, has been the first official day that feels like fall (and not the middle of summer); bringing autumn showers and fallen leaves.
Just a few days ago, WordPress kindly reminded me of my one year anniversary with them. Can you believe it? I’ve stuck with blogging through writers block, late night jumbled words and many times of limited creativity. Yay me!
I want to let each one of you know just how special you are to me, because without you all, I probably wouldn’t have stuck with this whole blogging deal. I want to remind you that I am passionate about what I do because you encourage me to pursue my dreams. Thank you a million for all of your love and support💜💜.
& please lookout for a giveaway sometime in the near future on honor of my one year. & please give me any ideas of future blog posts you would like to see from me, I would really appreciate it!
A day filled with emotion, but in the end, faith in His plan.//
School terrorism is NOT funny, ever. Not last week, and definitely not today. When will people turn from evil, and rest their eyes on the one who created everything good?
I can only hope and pray that that day will come soon; when people finally take off the blinders and see clearly that there is comfort in His words and promises.
God always has a plan, even though you may not be able to see it in the moment. And this is something I am trying to constantly remind myself of; because even things like not getting much playing time during a soccer game or not being on time to an event are apart of his plan. It’s learning to put your undivided faith in Him that makes life worth living, and it’s something we all could use some practice doing.
Listen for His voice and you will hear it.
I love you all. Love Madeline. xoxo
p.s. – each morning I send out a bible verse that speaks to my heart, if you would like to receive my daily text messages, please contact me and I will gladly personally send them to you!
Stand tall in what you believe. Do everything with passion.
Plaid, black and messy ponytails //
As I took each careful step on my voyage up the mountain, I was filled with a deep knowing that I’m on the right path. Not following anyone but my Creator, not changing myself for any reason other than improvement. I am me; different than every other person who has walked this earth; made for a purpose.
… and so are you.
What a beautiful view, what a wonderful life. Am I right?
This pretty place is called Onion Mountian lookout in Southern Oregon, and my oh my, I’ve never been more in love with one single place. Where do you love to spend your time outdoors? Do you prefer mountains or flat lands?
These are the days I love, the days I look forward to, the days that remind me of my beautiful life.
I was finally given a moment of silence, free from the commotion of non-stop soccer and constant school work. I was able to spend a day with a good friend of mine, sipping coffee that warmed our souls, eating hot donuts and speaking words that illuminated our hearts. There is nothing better than a day off, and this one called for dressing up…
My style is changing with the leaves this time of year. I find myself reaching for earth/neutral tones instead of patterns or bright colors.
This skirt is equipped with large pockets and a belt, perfect for transitioning from summer to fall.
Shirt- Old Navy
Skirt- Old Navy
Thank you for reading my thoughts today, you guys are lovely. What have you been up to? School, sports, work? Tell me about it!
When the weather begins to cool down, leaves start to change from vibrant greens to warm hues of orange and red. Fall is right around the corner, and as much as I’ve tried to hold onto summer, I’m now ready for a change of season.
So many wonderful things come with Fall. Cozy, cute clothes that keep the cold away, hot drinks that warm you from the inside out and traditional scents that remind us all of the holidays.
With is outfit, I decided to pair the maroon jogger-type pants (from old navy) with a dressier button down patterned shirt. I wore converse to finish the look, not drawing any attention away from the clothing. Although the outfit is simple, I really like the dark colors and comfort that it gives.
What would you girls like to see me blog about next? Thank you always for the constant love and support💜💜