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September 24, 2011

All about my hair

Updated 29 Aug 2013.

In this post I'll try to answer all frequently asked questions about my hair type, color, care and styling products. If I'll miss something, please let me know in comments below :) You can also read my entire hair story

My natural hair is on the oily side, it is totally straight and very thin. I guess this is what makes it soft, shiny and naturally frizz-free. I blow dry my hair only on special occasions when I want some extra volume at my roots and I'm very moderate in using high temperature tools too. On a casual daily basis I only go for overnight curling techniques that do not involve heat and I believe this really helps to preserve my hair healthy. At the moment my hair is shoulder length, so whenever you see it long and thick, I'm wearing Glam Time clip-in hair extensions. In the following video I answer all frequently asked questions about hair extensions usage and care.




I was born with dark blonde hair... I havn't seen it for ages but from I remember it is quite similar to the color on this photo


I've already tried most natural and unnatural hair colors one can imagine (blue and green are the only ones left behind), and till I started having my hair bleached to platinum blonde in 2009, I never even had to use a hair conditioner, it would simply overload my hair. I would still apply it every once in a while just on my ends, just for the sake of it :)

Till recently my hair was bleached and toned every 5-6 weeks, and everyone kept on asking me how did I keep it in such a good condition despite all the strong chemicals and stuff. I have two answers to that.

One, a good colorist. Once I tried to bleach my hair myself and it was a total disaster... then I've also modeled for different hairdressers and they too abused my hair to the point I decided I won't model for colorists ever again! When they'd try to do my roots, they would always fail to match them with the color of my remaing hair - my roots would either end up brassy yellow or greyish white. I don't know what is worse... yellow looks cheap, while white is oh-so-damaging for my poor hair! And when they'd try to tone my hair down, they'd make it look all dull and lifeless. Apparently matte (=dull) hair is a big hair trend these days that they were showing off on my hair, but it's so far from what I consider beautiful...

Finally, I found a colorist that knew how to use bleach lol. He started to bleach my hair with L'Oreal Blondys with 30 vol developer leaving it on my hair for 50 mins. This purple liquid worked magic compared to white powder bleach either from L'Oreal or Wella that was used on my hair before and never fully met my expectations. After bleaching, my hair was toned with L'Oreal toners, usually it's a mix of P0, P01 and P02.




Two, my hair type. As I mentioned before, my hair is naturally quite oily and even though bleaching does dry it out to a certain extent, I quite like the texture that it gives to my hair. My natural hair is super smooth, silky and flat which makes it difficult to style, while bleached hair is rougher and appears fuller.

I guess my hair type is just bleach-friendly, though after 3 years of bleaching I noticed that my ends have gotten quite fragile. And in fact, the condition of my hair has really worsened after a 2-week vacation in Maldives where I was diving every day, twice a day. Salt+sun+wind have damaged my hair like nothing ever before. For the first time in 3 years of bleaching, my ends started to feel dry and I noticed that they are gradually breaking off. There is no product that can really repair your hair (I just keep on trimming my ends every 6 weeks while growing out healthier hair), but using a right conditioner you can make your hair appear healthy and feel smooth from one wash to another. So every time I wash my hair I use one of the following products:

1. L'Oreal hair conditioner that comes with Récital Préférence hair dye. It's my mom who buys it, she doesn't need a conditioner, so she gives it to me. I madly love this product for the comfort of use and for the results it has on my hair. I wish it was possible to buy it separately from the hair dye, but unfortunately L'Oreal doesn't seem to hear my prayers. They have other products that I use (those listed below are quite good), but still not as good as this one.


2. Shu Uemura Full Shimmer hair mask is super expensive (twice cheaper is you buy it online!) but probably it's the best product I ever tried along with (1).

3. L'Oreal Ever Strong hair mask. This one is one of my most recent discoveries and surprisingly I'm more happy with this product than with most professional ones.

4. L'Oreal Force Vector hair mask.

5. John Frieda Sheer Blonde conditioner for lightest blondes. I don't see how it affects my color, but I quite like the texture of this product.

To get the best effect from these products, you can apply them on your towel dried hair and cover your head with a shower cap and then with a towel. Wait for ~1 hour, and once you rinse your hair afterwards, it should be super soft and smooth. Whenever I do it, I just cannot stop touching my hair lol Though I don't do it too often, otherwise my hair is too flat and difficult to style.

I started from hair conditioners and not from shampoos because I can never notice any particular effect of a shampoo on my hair. I simply choose any that foams well and these days it's either John Frieda Sheer Blonde that I use to wash my hair every 3 days or so, or L'Oreal Ever Strong. I really like Ever Strong, because it foams really well and easily removes even thick Castor oil that I recently use for hair growth (I started using it very recently and I'll write another post about it if I see any results.)

If I plan to style my hair and want to make it easy, I texturize my hair with one of the following products. For people with soft and silky smooth hair like mine, they are life savers :)

1. Wella SP Volumagic. This product is my No.1 Must-Have. I apply it on towel-dried hair and then blow dry my hair with my head upside down. This gives an incredible lift to my roots and a perfect texture for styling. I just love how it gives the feeling of volume and thickness without overloading my hair.

2. Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Volume Boost Volume Lotion. I use it just like Wella SP Volumagic and it also gives fantastic results.

When it comes to hairsprays, I find it very important to use rather light and flexible ones that look natural (invisible), do not glue my hair together and are easy to brush out. These are my favorite ones:

1. Schwarzkopf Got2B Happy hour.

2. L'Oreal Infinium Queen.

Hope this info helps, and do let me know what are your favorite products and hair tips in the comments below!

Hugs,
Lilith.

42 comments:

  1. My hair tends to be more on the dry side. I actually have to buy the smaller sized shampoos ans conditioners and switch them out with different brands once it duns out or ny hair gets used to the formula in them and dries my hair out something fierce. I've tried to go a honey blondeuuust quite a few times, but I can never get my hair to lift just right.

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  2. i love all your youtube tutorials!!

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  3. Def love all your video tutorials. Found your blog very informational. My hair is a lot like yours in the way that it is very naturally straight, and I do mean straight... I find it very interesting that you bleach your hair so often and it still looks gorgeous. I myself have just recently started dying my hair, while pregnant my naturally bleach blonde hair turned dirty dish water/light brown. I actually do it myself. I have had some terrible experiences at salons so I hardly go anymore. Luckily my best friend is almost finished with beauty school and knows just what I should buy and now I love my hair color. I have tried coloring products from the store, but they died my hair Orange! And I do mean Orange. But now I buy my products from a salon product store and I love it.... Wow blah blah blah. Sorry! Love you tutorials and enjoyed your blog... I too use a shampoo after dying my hair that keeps it from become brassy, i cent remember the brand, but it is purple and not just the bottle. The shampoo is purple too... I'm gonna have to try out the styling products you recommend, I have a hard time getting my hair curly and staying curly

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  4. I'm so glad you are writing a blog! I have used many of your tutorials and you are wonderful!

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  5. Hey girls! Thank you for your feedback! :))

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  6. I hear your voice when I'm reading it, I love your accent :) Greetings from Poland :)

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  7. Thanks for all this info, it's very useful!

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  8. Hi I just found your videos and find them very helpful. I was wondering though what the brand is for the sponge/foam rollers you use. I've never seen them before and I like the idea of being able to curl my hair while I sleep.

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  9. Hey I am so excited to follow your blog:)

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  10. Do you only wash your hair every 3 days? You said you used your shampoo every three days, so do you use dry shampoo or anything the in between days? I have extremely thick hair and could defiantly go three days before washing but usually thin hair like yours becomes very oily.

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  11. lilith , i love u and i love ur first blog

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  12. Hi Lilith, I follow you on YT and I love your haistyles!
    You're very lucky you hair is oily and doesen't get damaged from such a lot of peroxide ;)
    My hair is very dry so I can use only natural coloring products (such as henna) but I'm never happy with the color result :(

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  13. Hi Lilith,
    I have very very long medium thickness,slightly dry, dyed hair. I myself love the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner. My hair looks much healthier and smoother using it and I have used it for sometime.It smells good too. I have tried other shampoo's and conditioners but none seem to compare to this one for me. I always go back. But I do agree with wanting the conditioners that only come with the hair dyes. The conditioner I use now is the closest I have found to that same effect.
    I am also a huge fan of your youtube channel. You make me want to cut my hair so I can do more of your hairstyles. I find it too hard with the length I have now ( almost to my waist !) Keep up the good work ! We are loving it ! I know you only have so much time to make your videos but I agree with the women who are requesting you to do make-up tutorials. I have seen a few but would love to see you do more of those also. Take care !

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  14. Dear Lilith,
    First off, thank you so much for all your videos, thanks to you I now have many new hairstyles to show off. I was wondering if you could expand a bit on Thr l'Oreal Fiberceutic treatments. Are they really very good? Can you tell a significant difference in the texture of your hair since you started using them? Your hair does look wonderfully healthy, so I'm guessing yes, but... would you say they are Holy Grail hair stuff?
    Thank you so much! A

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  15. hi lilith
    came across your videos on youtube. loved all your hairstyles.
    i needed your advice. i too have very thin, straight and silky hair but i have hairfall problem. i tried many things but none helped. if i part my hair at certain places a lot of scalp shows. can u suggest me something to help me with my hairfall problem.
    and i would also like a tutorial on french knot for long hair. i have waist length hair, i love french knot but am never able to do it.

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  16. So awesome to see you have a blog! I, too, am reading it in your accent, and it is greatly improved :) Being of the dry, dry -driest- hair camp, and thin, also, there is one conditioner I use that apparently works well on thicker and oilier hair as well. It's called Baba de Caracol, or Snail Conditioner. It makes my hair much softer, and seems to quiet the frizz just a bit. If you don't mind putting snail goo on your hair, it should work for you, too!

    I am still looking for good hair masks for dry hair, so if anyone knows, recommend some, please! You can buy the Baba from Amazon, but I don't find it in drug stores here in the U.S.

    Good luck Lilith, I love your channel!

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  17. Wad up chick!
    You def deserve to be paid for taking your time on helping all of us out haha. On that note thank you for all of your time yo and mad congrats to all of your achievement's.
    P.S. If you can you should def hook it up with some more shorter hair tutorials if you can.

    Thanks again yo and take care!

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  18. So happy you started a blog! I hope you keep writting on it. I am looking for a good flexible spray, ill try your suggestions.

    For other girls reading this, who have thick dry hair: i have found a magic conditionner! I used Bain de Terre's 2 minute conditionneur in jasmin. This is the beefed up version of the regular conditionner. The shampoo and regular cond. are nothing special, but this 2 minute one had an effect no other conditionner has. It made my hair soft and glossy. Used almost no styling products and got big fat curls, no frizz. Again, its the blue tube, written 2 minutes, and you really have to leave it in 2 full minutes to get the effects.

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  19. oh thanks lilith for everything that helped me alot :)

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  20. Hi Lilith, thank you for all the tips and tricks and information about the dying products!! After consulting with a good hairdresser, I finally decided to dye my hair white-blonde, as you can see on my profile picture.
    I was very happy with how the color turned out, since I absolutely passionately hate any faint traces of yellow in my hair. Unforturnately, as I feared, day by day I see the color grow more dim/yellow, even though I have used a Guhl silvershampoo the past week, 3 times. I did not leave in in too long, cause my past experience tell me that that would make my hair darker. I want to keep it as light and cool as possible, do you have any tips??? Thanks!

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  21. Hi there!

    I came across your tutorials on another page that I'd "liked"; WEN by Chaz Dean. I instantly feel in love with your cute, easy to follow tutorials, and your adorable accent!
    With all the L'Oreal products you mentioned, I was wondering if you'd ever tried WEN? I was thrilled that WEN's FB led me to you, so wanted to ask...I've been using the products for about 2 years now and they've replaced all the products you mentioned above for me, and wrapped them into one. Just thought I'd share.

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  22. Hi,

    I really love your vids. Always with great ideas.

    I read through this post and was intrigued with L'Oreal Fiberceutic. I want to try it. But I would like to know how to use it. On a YouTube video posted by L'Oreal Professional they blow dry the hair at the end. Is this a necessary part of the process?

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  23. Foolishly enough I always thought you were a natural blond!

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  24. Hi sweetie
    It's so nice and generous of you to share all these.
    Wish you best of luck in your career.
    Do you work in a hair salon ?

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  25. Hi Lilith! I was wondering if you could do a new post updating your more recent products as some of these are no longer in circulation. If you have done so already, could you post a link to that post here? I may have missed it. Thank you for all the work you do! It's greatly appreciated.

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  27. hi Dear i hav a ques plz ans it
    actly i hav black hairs n its long bt its so thin n i use Lo'real Paris repair 5 shampoo i don't use conditioner of it n hair spray wen i try new hairstyles plz gv me sm tips i wan my hair smoother silky shiny can u tell me what shld i use for it

    and my sis hav a prob with hair after marriage. Her Hairs are small till shoulder very rough and naturally curls can u plz tell me any suggestion for her hair

    THANK U

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  29. Hey there, starting to use a hair conditioner is the only thing I can recommend you. The natural remedies I've tried so far never had any noticeable affect on my hair. The longer you leave it in your hair, the smoother and shinier your hair will be. So for enhanced results, you could apply a conditioner on towel-dried hair and leave for an hour or so under a shower cap wrapped with a towel. Once you wash your hair, let it dry naturally to avoid over drying caused by a hair drier. Good luck! X

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  30. Some time ago I've updated this post so all the products listed here are the ones I'm currently using. Regarding Fiberceutic, I think it's a kind of overpriced for the effect. It doesn't do any miracles, just conditions your hair from one wash to another like any other good conditioner, plus adds some extra texture, but nothing major.

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  37. Perfect explanation excellent details as usual..

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  38. Love your blog and videos! Great job and thank you for all your hard work in keeping the tutorial so short and easy to follow. My hair is quite similar with yours (thin, blond and straight). About a year ago my hair dresser recommended a great shampoo, conditioner and hair mask. The name of the collection is One n Only Argan Oil. You should try it. You will LOVE IT! It's the best thing that ever happened to my hair :)

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