Post # 1
At the 8 month mark, I am ready to hear all the wisdom and advice the bees wish to share with me regarding beauty regimes and routines. I have been thinking of buying a salon/spa package or something for facials, exfoliation and other stuff I don’t normally do to prepare my skin, hair and nails for the big day.
A friend told me about this cold treatments to reduce fat in specific spots like love handles, etc. Has anyone tried this? Have you discovered an amazing product that makes your hair shine/grow? Please share!
I am not cutting my hair until my wedding because I want it to be LONG in curls. I do need to hydrate like crazy both for my skin and hair. Any other secrets out there?
Just some background I am of light complexion, my hair is dark brown but I do highlights. I had acne when I was a teenager and I am trying to lose weight and tone too. I am not interested in getting a tan as I tend to get RED instead of a beautiful color.
Any recommendations out there?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
Hair- Try the Lee Stafford conditioning treatment. It’s at Ulta in a pink container. I use it every time I wash my hair (about every 3 days) and even though my hair is already long I can tell a difference in my hair.
Skin- If you want a slight tan, try the Jergen’s Healthy glow lotion, over time it will tan your skin some. I’ve noticed it also helps tighten up/tone your skin a bit.
Face- If you still have occasional breakouts/clogged pores, try the Dermologica skin care line and do a pore cleansing mask once a week.
Start a teeth whitening routine.
I actually took prenatals for a year before my wedding because of course DH proposed right after I chopped my hair off, and I wanted long hair for the wedding. My hair length in my profile pic was in March 2013, and by September it was to my bra line. I ended up wearing extensions to add a little length and thickness since I wore my hair down and curly.
Post # 3
MuseForever: You should still get the occasional trim – your wedding is not until next April???! That’s way too long to go without a trim. I’d say you should go roughly every 10-12 weeks and just have them take off a teeny half inch (hair grows .5-.75 inches per month, so if you remove a half inch every three months, you’re still going to have plenty of growth). Otherwise your ends will split, and hair that is in bad condition doesn’t hold curl as well as hair that’s been maintained (I have noticed this even with myself). Just FYI!!
Post # 4
MissCountryGirl727: I like how you organized your post, so I’m stealing the idea 😉 Also, I’ve always wondered if treatments for longer hair make your body/facial hair grow longer and faster, as well? I have a fairly aggressive lady stache but LOVE having long hair. I also love dying it and having healthy hair, so I cut it often. I’ve always wanted to try out hair growth/length/strength treatments but am sooooo nervous they will affect moy whole hairy body!
MuseForever: My response is probably going to be pretty ‘blah’ seeming but it works for me! I have clear skin with an occassional white head. Also, I really get stress pimples. Stress breakouts, really. My body just loves reacting my stress lol So here’s my routine.
Hair – My ‘trick’ is doing a weekly coconut oil mask! Put a little dish of coconut oil in your bathroom. Take a hot shower. Do your normal hair routine. When you get out, while the bathroom is still nice and steamy, towel dry your hair and apply the coconut oil. Be generous with it. Wrap your hair in a plastic grocery bag or plastic wrap and go to sleep. Wash your hair GOOD in the morning to get all the oil out and then voila, beautiful shiny hair!
Skin- Aveeno lotion applied generously daily after the shower. Coconut oil mask every few days. Read instructions for hair mask and swap all the ‘hair’s with ‘skin’s. But don’t wrap yourself in plastic, please.
Face – Basis face wash morning and night. Basis is the bomb! Benzoyl peroxide on my t-zone and moisturizer with spf on my cheeks and neck. The real secret though, is BB cream! I use Maybelline, personally.
Teeth- I swish for 1 minute everyday with hydrogen peroxide and water after brushing. I keep it in FI’s old mouthwash bottles so it has a minty taste still 😀 And, the look of the mouthwash bottle can be quite decieving to the tastebuds, especially at first.
Last tricks are drinking lots of water and I also take 2 tbsps coconut oil in my coffee everyday (and 2 drops oregano oil for my immune system). No proof the coconut oil works, just my belief and experience that it does improve your body overall. I’m excited to hear what everyone else has to say!!! Bring on the trciks! 🙂
Post # 5
applecat: Thanks, you are right. I will go for a trim because I have to get my highlights done anyway but what I meant was that I wouldn’t cut much or change styles 🙂 The curls not holding is a good observation actually, I hadn’t thought about it.
christin5135: Interesting, tell me more about coconut oil. I actually bought it at whole foods but haven’t used it other than to add a bit to some shakes. You basically mix it with black coffee?
Post # 6
MissCountryGirl727: I just got a new conditioner that my stylist recommended so I will have to wait to try yours. What shampoo do you recommend though? I’ve been using this Argan Oil shampoo but I don’t like it. I feel like it actually damaged my hair, believe it or not.
Post # 7
MuseForever: Yep, just stir in 2 tablespoons for about 3 cups (travel thermos). I use flavored coffee, personally. Hazelnut cinnamon is my favorite 🙂
Post # 8
christin5135: I’ve been using the Lee Stafford “for hair that never grows past a certain length” for a little over a month and still taking prenatals since I’m now TTC. I have dark hair and Cherokee blood I can get a bit of a stache too. Not really that noticeable, but enough to where it bothers me. I haven’t noticed any difference in the rest of my body hair, but I’m gonna wax/shave/nair/tweeze it all off anyway so I guess I never thought about it much. Lol
Post # 9
MuseForever: you can use the hair treatment with your new conditioner. You shampoo like usual, apply the treatment &wait 5 minutes. I usually wash my face/body & shave my legs while it sits. Then rinse and use your conditioner. For shampoo, I use a couple different kinds. Like I said before, I try not to wash my hair every day so my shampoo depends on what I’ve done to it. If I wear it scrunched I have a lot of hair products on it (mousse, gel, hairspray) so I used a clarifying shampoo, the cheap VO5 clarifying shampoo works fine for me. Normally I’ve been using shampoo for color treated hair (I forgot the name, black and pink bottle) and in the winter I throw in a dandruff shampoo bc my scalp gets dry in the winter here.
Post # 10
Hi! I’m at the 10-month mark, so I feel silly posting on this topic already but… About a week after we got engaged, I made an appt. with my dermatologist (I’ve struggled with acne for years, but have been clear since taking Accutane 8-9 years ago). I wanted Retin-A, after I read about how great it is at softening wrinkles and just generally making skin look better. He wrote me the Rx, and I’ve been loving the results (I’ve been using it nightly for about 2 months). I highly recommend Retin A if you’re concerned about dullness, fine lines, and just overall texture.
I’m also taking a bunch of supplements: Biotin, fish oil, zinc, and probiotics. I feel all of these make my skin and hair look good.