Thursday, October 15, 2015

Amp Up The Volume

In the past few years, I've experienced significant hair loss that I've mentioned quite often here on the blog.  All of my life I've had very thick naturally curly hair and achieving volume was never a problem for me (see image here). So, when I started to notice my hair thinning suddenly in my early thirties, I was extremely discouraged.  I've tested all different types of volumizing products and, while some of them did help, nothing I tried was a permanent solution.  So, when Women's Rogaine approached me and offered for me to try their foaming hair regrowth treatment, I couldn't wait to get started.

I honestly didn't think I would need this type of product until I was much older, but the truth is that women can lose their hair at any time in life and for multiple different reasons.  Instead of focusing on how upset I was over my thinning hair, I chose to focus on what I could control & take matters into my own hands.  I've only been using Women's Rogaine for a month and though I haven't seen significant hair growth yet (it typically takes 3-4 months), I've noticed less strands falling out on a daily basis, which is certainly an improvement.  And the reviews speak for themselves when you read through and see that 100% of users would recommend Women's Rogaine to their friends!

Today I'm launching a new mini-series of tutorials to chronicle how Women's Rogaine has helped me amp up the volume to achieve my favorite hairstyles.  I personally am so excited to see the hair growth that I will achieve over the course of the next 3 months using this product and I can't wait to share the results with you!  For this first tutorial, I wanted to create an easy everyday style that will work for long, medium or short hair like mine.  Since many of you have asked how I get my loose textured waves to look natural, I've worked those steps into this guide to help show you how to do it yourself.  


Apply Women's Rogaine foam to dry hair, focusing on the scalp & taking care to not let it drip onto your face (I find that a cloth headband helps).  Let the product dry completely - this takes about an hour.  I like to do my makeup while it's drying and then style my hair afterwards.  Once dry, lightly run a brush through you hair to break up any stiffness from the product. 

Step 1: Use a 1 1/4" curling iron to begin curling small sections of hair away from your face.  Holding the curling iron vertically, without using the clamp, wrap sections of hair around leaving about 1" free at the bottom (the key to achieving a cool beachy wave and not a ringlet curl is ensuring the ends are straight).
Step 2: Continue using this method & work your way around your head until all strands are curled.  Let hair cool completely and then lightly run your fingers through to break up the waves and give it a tousled look.  (You might need to go through with a flat iron and straighten a few ends to give them a uniform shape).
Step 3: Take a small section of hair from the front of your crown & begin to french braid back.  Stop the french braid when you get to your ear and finish with a regular braid until you reach your ends, securing with a clear elastic.
Step 4: To make your braid appear thicker, I like to do a technique called "pancaking".  This is such an important step, especially for those of us with thin hair.  Grab opposite sides of each braided sections & pull them apart to give your braid a fuller appearance.  You want to do this gently so you don't completely undo the braid (particularly important if you have bangs that you're growing out or shorter layers that can come loose).  Continue pancaking each section until the desired thickness is achieved.
Step 5: Take two bobby pins and secure the end of your braid underneath hair, crisscrossing the pins to hold the braid in place.  You don't want the end of the braid or the elastic to be visible.
Step 6:  Finished product.  (You can also repeat the same steps on the other side of your hair and pin it back for a full crown look.)

Thank you to Women's Rogaine for kindly sponsoring this post.
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


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