MRS.NIPPLE MAMA TIPS
When purchasing a shampoo and conditioner make sure the product is free of:
Sodium lauryl sulfate, a popular surfactant found in shampoos, has been linked to birth defects in animal studies.
Synthetic fragrances which may contain phthalates (Phthalates may alter hormone levels)
The preservative, methylisothiazolinone (MIT) In scientific studies, MIT inhibited the growth of rats’ nerve cells
Pregnant or not, choosing a safe shampoo and conditioned is important because your hair follicles provide entry points into your skin, so these chemicals could easily enter your body. Keep in mind it's even more important you are confident in your hair care products because these are products you will be using on a weekly basis throughout your pregnancy. That being said, navigating the lists of ingredients on beauty products seems to be more of an art, something many of us do not want to spend time doing.
1. Less is more when it comes to daily hair care
2. I keep it as natural as possible with chemical free products
3. I also try and go as long as possible between washes. If I don't do an intense workout, with my thick coarse hair I can get by for about five days after a good blowout.
4. I try to let my hair air dry as much as possible. I blow out my hair around once or once every other week.
5. If I let my hair air dry but I have a meeting or event I just run a Drybar curling iron through it, SHOP HERE.
ALL NATURAL SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER
I just started using a shampoo, conditioner, and leave in conditioner I’m loving. The shampoo really gets your hair clean, only one wash is needed. I think this would be an especially great line if your hair is hard to really get clean. I struggle with build up on my scalp and this line really helped with that. The conditioner and leave in conditioner leave your hair feeling hydrated without getting that feeling that it’s being weighed down. I asked the team behind the Be Chic line and they shared that the fatty acids and rich vitamins found in coconut oil protect and moisturize hair during the cleaning ritual. Coconut binds to the hair proteins and helps remove dirt and excess oils without stealing your hairs natural beauty. You can find the full line of products, HERE. I wash my hair 1 to 2 times per week using this line and I use the leave in conditioner 1 time per week.
The best way to extend my color between highlights is with purple shampoo. If you have blond highlights or your brown highlights tend to get warm purple shampoo will do the trick to tone down your hair at home. I try and wash my hair with purple shampoo and conditioner once per week. Let the shampoo sit on for a few minutes. Here is my go-to purple SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER. Purple shampoo can give your highlights LIFE I highly recommend you add it to your weekly routine.
Keratin is something I've been doing for years. When I was pregnant with both boys it was the number one thing I missed! It honestly is life changing, especially for my other curly or thick haired mamas. I highly recommend getting a treatment done (if you are not pregnant or breastfeeding). It takes a few hours so schedule the time, but it’s worth it. Most times your hair is treated with the solution, you are put under a dryer, and then your hair is blow dried and straightened with a flat iron to seal in the product. The results in the photo were taken before my first wash. My hair is very curly so after my first wash my hair was still very wavy, all the keratin does is help cut the frizz and make your hair more manageable. It also cuts your blow dry time in half. When I lived in the city the salon I went to used Lasio Mocha Silk (wash in 24 hours). I love this brand. Recently I went to Becker Salon in Greenwich, CT where I also had good results though I don’t know which brand they used. If you are pregnant/breastfeeding or would rather not use harsh chemicals on your hair then I’ve also heard wonderful things about Magic Sleek, HERE. They recommend you run the list of ingredients by your doctor first, HERE. Keratin is an investment but you get your money back in the amount of time you save spent on maintenance.
gray hair color
I dye my roots at home to cover my grays. I’ll share all the details in a following post but I would recommend you ask your hair dresser for the brand she uses when she dyes your hair. Ask for brand, your shade, step by step process, and have her order it for you in bulk or buy on amazon. It sounded so intimidating at first but it’s incredibly easy and my hair has looked so great each time. My hair dresser was ok with this because I don’t have the time to go into the salon every two weeks. I still give her a good amount of business with my balayage appointments. I love balayage! It brightens up your face and I think it looks much more natural on brunettes then foil highlights. Think of it as free painting highlights to really get that natural sun kissed look. I’ve been doing this for years. If you’ve never done highlights or balayage and you have brown hair give it a try! It really brightens up my face drastically.
Happy Friday mamas! Hope you enjoyed this post about how I maintain my hair. May your weekend be filled with as many kisses from your babies as possible.