J's Tips for Long, Healthy Hair

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In no way do I consider myself an expert in this field. You won’t be getting any “perfect loose curls” tutorials or styling how-to’s from me… (check out our girl Olivia Rink if that’s what you’re looking for!)

One thing I do have? Experience with long hair. For proof, here’s a photo circa 1996, when my hair reached it’s longest and my mom refused to cut it.

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Over the past couple of years, I’ve held on to my length (as my mom knew all along, it works for me…just ask my college friends about the time I got a bob in Rome). And because I’ve had to play around with the right mix of hair care before finding what finally worked, I thought I’d document some of my tips & tricks for your benefit. Again, I’m no expert, I’m a real twenty-something trying to figure it all out, but I’m dedicated to doing so and sharing it with you. And hey, that’s what this blog is all about — we’re your partners in finding out what’s real, what’s worked for us, and what you can trust.

Many of my tips relate to nutrition and lifestyle, but I’ve included some of my favorite products, hair experts and routines as well!

Jeannie's Tips for Long, healthy hair

A healthy diet: Much like our skin, our hair is a direct reflection of what goes INto our body, not solely what we put ON it. Be sure to get lots of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, and vitamins A, C, D and E.

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Collagen: If you’re not yet hip to the benefits of collagen, where have you been? Well, welcome to 2019. *Here’s what you should know as it relates to collagen and healthy hair:

  • Increases the body's natural moisture level, which improves the appearance and structure of hair!

  • Collagen is rich in amino acids that your body needs to build keratin, the protein that makes up hair.

  • Collagen can act as an antioxidant and fight damage to hair follicles caused by free radicals. (source)

Our favorite collagen brand? Vital Proteins. They’re a local Chicago company who made it their mission to help people feel better and live fuller lives through sustainably-sourced nutrition products, promoting health, fitness and natural beauty. Try their new Collagen Beauty Glow, which is made with marine-based collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics.

Safer Shampoo & Conditioner: “There are more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today, and many don't have any safety data. This is particularly true of those used in the skin care and beauty industry. Beautycounter is committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what's required by U.S. law: they've prohibited the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals.” (source). Which is why it’s the only hair care product I use.

Cold Showers! Sure, showering in hot water feels great. But did you know that it has the tendency to dry out your skin? Using cold water helps tighten up the skin, prevents clogged pores on the skin and scalp and prevents hair from being stripped of its healthy natural oils too quickly. More benefits of enduring shivering showers: increased alertness, improved circulation, eases stress, speeds up muscle recovery, and so much more (source).

Frequent cuts from my girl Christin at Art + Science Salon. Getting regular trims get rid of split ends that break your hair. And eliminating the breakage gives the illusion that your hair is growing faster. So while it may seem counter-intuitive, cut your hair often!

A full highlight every 4-6 weeks with Penny at Art + Science Salon — okay this one is purely cosmetic, I’ll admit. But Penny is amazing! If you’re blonde and looking for someone in Chicago, GO see her!

For 20% off your services, be sure to mention fitcityblonde when you see christin, penny or rae!

What are your hair hacks? I’d love to know! Shoot me a comment on this post and I’ll share the best ones on our Instagram stories.

*Keep in mind, the benefits and uses of collagen in the human diet are relatively recent, and therefore, human studies on the use of collagen to increase hair growth are lacking. But there continues to be evidence that collagen may improve hair health, strength and appearance.

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