Get The Look: Perrie Edwards from Little Mix- “DNA” Music Video

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Products Used:

Face
-Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Lotion ($26)
-Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer in “L45” ($25)
-Bare Escentuals Mineral Foundation in “Fairly Light” ($27)
-MAC Sculpting Powder in “Bone Beige” (PRO Product, $15.50)
-MAC Powder Blush in “Cantaloupe” (PRO Product; $17)
-MAC Shaping Powder in “Emphasize” (PRO Product; $15.50)

Eyes
-Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion in “Original” ($20)
-Base: MAC Chromaline in “Black Black” (PRO Product; $18.50)
-Highlighter: MAC Eyeshadow in “Shroom” ($15)
-All over lid:D Urban Decay Eyeshadow in “Creep” ($18)
-Most of lid, corners, underneath the eyes: MAC Eyeshadow in “Carbon” ($15)
-Upper eye liner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in “Trooper” ($18)
-Lower water line: Beautique Eyeliner in “Black” ($2.49)
-Mascara: Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition in “Black” ($18)
-False lashes: Unknown brand/type (Probably from Sally’s)

Lips
-VERY light sweeping of MAC Eyeshadow “Carbon” all over ($15)
-Red lipstick: Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in “Outlaw” ($19)
-To moisturize lips: Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($22.50)

The original makeup artist for this music video is Adam Burrell. You can find all of the actual products he used on Perrie and the rest of the girls HERE. He’s a fantastic artist and I’m a huge fan of his work.

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(Image from Adam Burrell’s Facebook fan page)

Quick edit: I posted my recreation on Adam’s FB fan page and he liked it! Super exciting!

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ARCHIVE: 12 March 2011

This is going to be a short post. BUT- Just a quick note before I get started… I’m going to be filming either a hair or makeup tutorial tomorrow. Go to my ask box and let me know which one you guys would rather have me do.

I’m just posting real quick about my two-day Effy-inspired looks. Effy is a character from Skins. (UK) I believe that she’s the only first generation character still on. So… I decided to go with her look. I didn’t take a picture the second day- sorry guys! But here’s day one: (3.8.11)




Yes, I know I look dramatic. I was trying to show you all the elements of the makeup and the hair without my entire face going crazy since it scrunches up when I smile. First off, I curled my hair completely, hairsprayed, clipped it up for about fourty minutes, then took it down and combed it out to create the cascading curl look. I simply blow-dried my bangs with a round brush. They’re going out quite nicely, thankfully not too awkward looking. My eyes were the same both days. Dark grey on the ball of my eye, black on the outer edge, white on the brow bone, with winged black gel liner on top and black pencil liner on the bottom. Three coats of mascara. (MAC, BE, and Physician’s Formula.) I used a bit of my BE mineral foundation as well as my BE blush from the Happiness Collection called “glee radiance.” The lips are just my natural color with a bit of clear gloss. The outfit is one of my favorites. I got the shirt at a hotel in LA. I love Marilyn Monroe. She was a confident, beautiful, curvy woman who made the most of her short life. I really didn’t cut much of the shirt. I’m not sure how to explain this; The area where the fabric is folded over and sewn at the bottom of the shirt, top of the shirt, and end of sleeves- you know where I’m talking about? I just cut that part off, leaving it with a sort of ripped, loose look. I colored her lips in with red fabric marker. The skirt is one I got for $4 at Maurice’s a little over a year ago. I took a pair of old, black leggings that I was planning on throwing away (They were ripped up at the bottom.) and just started cutting them up. Why spend $100 on ripped up leggings when you can make them yourself? A few people asked for a tutorial, so I might be doing that soon! Thoughts? I topped the outfit off with tall, purple boots. Oh! And I also wore two rings. They’re both silver with Swarovski crystals. One has a leaf pattern, the other a flower pattern.

I’m going to bed now, it’s just past one in the morning! Leave me your thoughts and let me know what you’d like to see in the future! I’m going to try to start doing video tutorials soon; I’ve just been too busy to make them and edit them recently.

ARCHIVE: 5 February 2011

Hello guys! This is going to be a post about Snow Week at my school. Before I get into that I just wanted to answer some questions I’ve been getting:
-My titles are lyrics from the song that’s currently playing as I type these.
-No, cover-up does not have the same effect as foundation.
-I’m from Minnesota.

Now back to Snow Week. At my school we have a week every February called “Snow Week.” Students can make teams and participate in competitions, we have a dress-up day for each day of the week all leading up to the Neon Dance on Saturday! I love the Neon Dance so much, but I’ll be posting about that probably on Sunday. I love the dress-up days. We have them twice a year- homecoming week and snow week. This week we have…
Monday- Pajama Day
Tuesday- Ugly Sweater Day
Wednesday- Safari Day
Thursday- Patriotic Day
Friday- Jersey Day

I’m going to be talking about my outfits for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Monday was pajama day. Nearly everyone wore footie pajamas, but I wanted to be different and footie pajamas are way too hot for over-heated school! So I decided to go with a Risky Business look. You know? The one where Tom Cruise slides out? “Just take those old records off the shelf!”

I was going to originally wear shorter shorts, but those just looked like I had a one night stand so here’s what I ended up with:

For makeup? I literally wore the makeup I woke up in. I figured for a straight-out-of-bed look why not do that literally? I stole one of my dad’s long sleeved, purple, striped, button-down shirts. I buttoned one of the buttons and left the rest open. I wore a dark purple camisole underneath. For shorts I have little turquoise pajama shorts with lime green polka dots. I put my hair in messy pigtails. For socks, even though you can’t see them, they were Spongebob Squarepants! I didn’t wear shoes that day.

Wednesday was Safari Day. I wanted to dress up and do my makeup like the black swan, but swans aren’t really a part of a safari… So instead I decided to do tiger-inspired eyes. Me, being the dumb one, I am, didn’t take very good pictures, but here are the two I do have:


(I’m being a tiger here.)
Oh! And I got full bangs. But more about that another time.
How did I do my eyes? YAYYY:) You get a tutorial. If you don’t want to figure out how to do this, just skip down past the text!

Tiger Eyes How-To
Level of Difficulty- Expert (Just keep practicing!)
Here’s what you’re gonna need: Primer, dark and light gold shadows, white cream eyeliner, burnt orange cream eyeshadow. If you don’t have this, just take a red eyeshadow and an orange eyeshadow and mix it together slightly wet. It should work just fine. Black gel eyeliner, brushes for said shadows and liners, false lashes, and an eyelash curler.

  1. Start by priming your eyes. You can use an actual primer (My favorite is Urban Decay’s Potion Primer) or you can improvise and use a liquid foundation or liquid/stick cover-up. Mineral doesn’t work that well, but it’s better than nothing. It’s giving your makeup a layer to stick to that isn’t your skin.
  2. Brush the dark gold shadow on the outer v and crease of your eye. Blend well.
  3. Brush the light gold shadow on the inside of the eye, as well as below the waterline.
  4. Blend the colors well.
  5. Right outside the crease on the v line, brush a tiny bit of the burnt orange shadow. Don’t put on too much. You can always add more, but it’s a lot harder to take off a bit. Blend well.
  6. Line your upper lid with black gel liner in a cat-like formation. (Winged)
  7. Line the bottom, as well as the water line with the black gel liner. Be careful not to get it in your eye- gel liner tends to irritate more than pencil.
  8. Here comes the hard part. If you want to stop now, you’ll just have a fun goldish, red eye. For the tiger eye you can continue on. For reference, I suggest having a picture of the makeup you’re going to be doing and/or a picture of a tiger’s eyes.
  9. Using the black gel liner, make small, short lines on the outer edge of your eye. Don’t go past the midpoint. (If you don’t know where the midpoint is- it’s the middle of your pupil.)
  10. Bring the lines out in a v shape. Bring it out at least a few centimeters, for the dramatic, tiger look.
  11. Don’t forget to add one or two lines underneath the eye.
  12. Add or erase lines as needed. To remove them, I like using a q-tip dipped in makeup remover. Be careful not to erase the shadow, and if you do, remember to fix it.
  13. Once you’re done fixing the black lines, it’s time to fill them in with a white cream eyeliner. I used a pencil liner, but it had a creamy feeling and I warmed it up on my hand before using it. Fill in most of the spaces inside the black lines.
  14. At the end of the outer v, blend the white out with the black. (You still want a winged look, just a bit thicker.)
  15. Fix the lines, and add black if needed.
  16. Get out your false lashes, and trim them to the length you need. If you don’t, they’ll poke you in the eyes all day and it’s terribly annoying.
  17. Using your lash glue, (I like Duo from Sephora, it’s about $8 and should last ages!) line the strip of the lash with a thin layer. If it’s too thick, it will glob down and won’t look very good.
  18. Let it dry for 30-50 seconds. You want the glue to be tacky. If you put the lashes on right away, the glue will sting your eye.
  19. Carefully place the eyelash as close as you possibly can to your actual lash line. Move around as necessary, but not too much that the glue won’t work anymore.
  20. Wait a few minutes, then curl your lashes. (Your real lashes and fake lashes together.)
  21. Apply mascara if needed/wanted.

Voila! You’re done! Remember, each eye shouldn’t look exactly the same because that’s definitely not how it is in nature. Play around with this and don’t expect it to be perfect the first time. The picture that you see of my eyes is my first time doing it, and it didn’t come out exactly how I wanted it, but I still liked it. If you have any questions, just go to the ask box and send it in! I’ll try to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Onto patriotic day!
Honestly I’m not a very patriotic person and I think that patriotic outfits generally look pretty tacky. So instead, I went with a chic look. Curled hair, heavy makeup, nice jacket, jeggings, and heels. I really liked how my makeup turned out! I blended the colors together a lot so it didn’t look globbed on.

Side note- Yes, I am wearing false lashes here.

Here you can see just a bit of my outfit. I have my hair slightly curled, bangs down, light red lipstick, and a white jacket with a red camisole underneath. Even though you can’t see them, I’m wearing plain jeggings from H&M. I got them in August for about $10.  This is one of my favorite coats, but you can’t really see it in this picture. I wore it for Confirmation last may… Please excuse my dumbfound look. It was extremely sunny and rather annoying to take pitures in.

I got this coat from Bebe, last year at the end of the season on sale for about $50. Bebe can be expensive, but make sure to check out their sales because you can find really good deals! This was a $140 coat! By the way, if you guys haven’t figured this out yet, I don’t pay full price for anything. Bargains FTW.

ARCHIVE: 11 December 2010

Hello! Today I’m going to be showing you how to achieve this look. (Just the eyes.) It may seem difficult, but it’s really not. Obviously this isn’t an everyday look, but for parties (Maybe New Year’s parties?) it’s really fun!

Things you’ll need:

  • Range of eyeshadow colors including: Purple, blue, green, and yellow. (You’re probably going to want different shades of each color)
  • I find that it’s best to use a palette for these types of looks. A great one that I use nearly everyday is the Coastal Scents 88 Piece, which you can find here:http://www.coastalscents.com/cfwebstore/index.cfm/product/1677_122/88-piece-makeup-palette.cfm
  • It’s a pretty inexpensive palette, the colors are vibrant, and the shadow applies smoothly.
  • Black eyeliner- I’d use gel for this, but pencil or liquid work just as well.
  • False lashes (Optional)
  • Eyeshadow brushes… This is important! Don’t use the pads to put on your eyeshadow. They don’t work as well, you won’t get very vibrant color, and they scratch your skin. Your eyelids are sensitive, so you don’t want to put weird things on them!
  • A blending brush. These are generally big, puffy versions of eyeshadow brushes. If you don’t have one, an eyeshadow brush will work okay.

Let’s start!

  1. Put primer on. This will hold your color better and the colors will show up much brighter.
  2. We’re going to start from the inner eye. (The part of your eyelid that is closest to the bridge of your nose.) Sweep a bright yellow on the top AND bottom of your eyes, covering about 1/3 of your eyes. (When I say eyes, I mean your upper lid and your lower lid, where you’d normally put eyeliner on on the bottom.)
  3. Take a light teal-green (I think it looks similar to Ariel’s fins. FYI- She’s the Little Mermaid.) and sweep it from about 3/4 of the way down on the yellow and finish of half of your eyes. Remember, we’re going from right to left.
  4. Take a brighter green and go over nearly all of the light teal and bring it towards the end of your eyes. Remember, you’re blending all of these colors together as you’re doing it. You don’t want hard lines.
  5. Using a royal blue, apply a small amount on the outer corner of the upper lid. This will be the least used color on the upper lid.
  6. Using the same royal blue, apply a large amount on the lower lid, tapering out about two centimeters and up.
  7. On your upper lid, taper a navy blue, but go starting in the middle of your crease. (The part where below your eyebrow bone where the skin indents.)
  8. Finish the colors off by brushing a bright purple at the ends and tapering it out, making a “V” shape that should be colored in.
  9. Next, we’re going to add eyeliner. I’ll add three separate tutorials for gel, liquid, and pencil liner. So just scroll down a bit more to find them, and come back up here when you’re done! (Some of you might know how to do this, so you can skip this step.)
  10. Adding false lashes- OPTIONAL. If you’re not adding false lashes, skip to the next step. I’d suggest having someone else put these on or just not doing them if don’t feel comfortable putting them on. I always get asked if they hurt. The answer is no. Although- don’t open your eyes when you first put them down. If the glue gets in your eyes, it burns! Now I’m assuming you have your lashes, as well as lash glue. Some lashes come with tiny bottles of glue. Don’t use that. It doesn’t work well. I like Sephora’s lash glue. It’s inexpensive. It’s called “Duo” I believe. Now to begin. Take a lash and notice which side is longer. The side that’s longer with go on your outer eye and the shorter will go on your inner eye. (You should’ve figured out the latter if you read the first part of the sentence.) Squeeze a THIN line of lash glue (Quick note: Elmer’s won’t work. I’m serious. People have asked me before.) onto the eyelash strip. Blow on it for thirty-fourty seconds while it dries a bit, becoming tacky. Then, close your eye and put the lash on trying push it as far back and as far down as you can so it’s the closest to your lash. It probably won’t come out perfect if you’re not used to doing them. They can be frustrating. Open your eye and wait a bit. While you’re waiting, do the other eye. I like waiting about ten minutes to make sure they’re fully dried. If you mess with them before they’re dry, it’s disaster. Let’s pretend your ten minute chill-fest is over. Using a lash curler, now I know this next part is just shocking, curl your lashes. This will make them look more natural and get them to mix in with your natural lashes better. Here is what a lash looks like when applied in an alright manner- (I’m not an expert.)

    This does have mascara on it too, though.
  11. Mascara time! Most of you probably know how to put on mascara, it’s really not that difficult. But a few things you might want to know is that when you’re putting on layers, there are ways to do it. Makeup artists differ in the brush size to begin and end with, so you can find your own medium, but I’m going to tell you my favorite. I start with a brush that has a lot of thin bristles. Next, I move onto my thin, short, bristled brush. I finish off with a thick bristled brush. It’s really up to you what you’d like.
  12. Your look is complete! This might not turn out the way you want it right away. But keep practicing and you’ll figure it out.

Eyeliner tutorials:

Gel

  • Remember to use a brush for this.
  • Get a good amount of gel liner on your brush, making sure it’s even.
  • Obviously you’re going to bring the brush up to your eye and start in the middle, lining to the outer corner. (The way people do this varies, but for beginners and just for comfort, this usually works best.)
  • If you’d like a cat eye, go for it. I’m not going to explain cat eyes because this is just a mini-tutorial.
  • Taper it a tad bit at the end. (If you’re not doing the cat eye.) Line the inner corner, meeting up in the middle to make a smooth line.
  • Repeat on the other eye.

Liquid
Follow the steps for the gel liner. Liquid liner sometimes is a hard or soft brush, depending on the kind. The same process can be used. They look about the same. Gel liner is generally easier to apply.

Pencil

  • Pencil eyeliner is where my comfort zone is. It’s quick, easy, and inexpensive. The problem with pencil is it doesn’t show up as well as liquid and gel and it smudges quite a bit.
  • To get a good line, I pull the corners of my eyes over. It tightens up your lid.
  • You can now basically just draw the line on.
  • Taper it at the end if you’d like.

For both liners- apply a small amount on the bottom outer corner, going towards the inner corner about 1/4 of the way.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, and happy holidays!

ARCHIVE: 7 December 2010

Sorry I haven’t posted recently, but I’ve been nasty sick and I don’t think you want a post or video on, “How to cough up mucus and lay in bed gasping for air as your immune system fails you.” Not pleasant. I would like to be sleeping right now, but I slept all day and I’m not very tired and it’s also harder to breathe when I lay down. Hopefully I’ll edit the one video I did make before I got sick soon. (Jar of Hearts)

Anyway, today is an interesting post. I was looking through the Beauty Gurus on YouTube and came across Promise’s video. (For those of you who don’t know- Promise is Michelle Phan’s, the biggest Guru on YT, sister.) Her video is a “Ganguro” look. At first I thought it was a Halloween tutorial, but now I realize it’s actually a style!

This is the average Ganguro look. It is an alternative fashion in Japan and has been around for about 10 years. It is characterized by dark, bronzed skin, lots of creamy white makeup around the eyes and lips, black eyeliner, bright hair, and many facial and hair adornments. I have no problem with this look, I can respect the culture. However, it’s not for me. I don’t think this would look all that great on me. Oh well!

The thing I found interesting about this is that while in Japan it is considered a subculture in fashion, if you take off the hair/facial adornments and lighten up on the eye and lip makeup, this is what people refer to as a “cake-face.” I’ve been told I cake on my makeup. I personally don’t think I do, but teach their own.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Adam Lambert, but his makeup is very caked on. You can see he has pock marks which are caused by acne. In an effort to cover them, he has more makeup than necessary on. Looking at his cheeks especially you’ll notice how the foundation looks creamy and painted on rather than blending with his skin. The good thing about his is that it matches his skin tone. Speaking of skin tones…
The more commonly known cake-faces are called at my school, “carrots.” Best known example? Snooki!

Excessive tanning can cause orange looking skin, rather than a nice bronze glow. Speaking from my experience, (Seeing girls at my school who cake on makeup) this generally happens not when one uses a UV tanning bed, (like Snooki does) but from spray-tanning. Let me get one thing straight here- I am not bashing people who spray-tan. I’m just trying to explain ways to make the tan look more natural and not like a spray. Spray tanning can work, but it can also produce an orange skin tone, discoloration, and patches of darker color. It truly depends on the person. I know people who spray-tan that clearly should not, and I also know people who do and look fine. The spray-tan by itself usually doesn’t make the skin look too orange-y, but the makeup that is applied after does. Many people use bronzers which, when used correctly, can look gorgeous, but when used incorrectly…

Yeah it just doesn’t look good. So here are some tips for applying bronzer-

  • Use a powder-based bronzer because it will blend with the foundation you already are wearing.
  • Don’t put it all over your face! Bronzer is not the equivalent of foundation. It is mean to accentuate certain areas of the face, namely the cheeks.
  • Apply bronzer to in the hollows of your cheeks OR the apples of your cheeks. If you do both, there will be too much.
  • Apply a small amount first. It’s much harder to take away the bronzer without ruining the rest of your makeup than it is to simply apply a bit more.
  • Don’t use expired makeup. Yes, makeup does expire! Everyone’s guilty of keeping makeup too long. I do! There are certain things that you can and can’t keep for too long and bronzer is one of those that you need to THROW AWAY! I’d suggest getting a new bronzer every six months if it’s a creme or a pressed powder. Mineral or loose powder could probably go up to a year. It also depends on the quality of the makeup. If you’re getting Dollar Store brand, get another one in a month. If you’re using Yves Saint Laurent then you can probably use it for a year.
  • Blend it with the rest of your makeup. It should highlight your face, not darken it.
  • Don’t go for a color that’s too dark for you. If you’re buying a brand where they have a store or a counter, or you’re buying something from a store like Sephora or Ulta, ask an employee to help you! That’s why they’re there.

The last thing I’ll talk about is the nasty face line. I’m pretty tolerant of screw-ups in makeup because not everyone knows how to do their makeup correctly and really, it’s not a big deal. BUT, I can’t stand it when I see the foundation line.
After searching for quite a bit, I found an example.

You can see the literal line where the makeup stops and starts in the first picture. Don’t do this! It’s not contouring.

I think I’ve made my point.
This is the end of this post. Ttfn!

ARCHIVE: 25 November 2010

Hi there! This will probably be a shortish post. I’m going to show you guys my new hair and talk about bleaching.

This is the reaction I get when people find out I’ve bleached my hair:

They pretty much flip out because first off- they think I bleached my entire head of hair. Second, everyone knows bleaching your hair is unhealthy. And third- I’m a natural brunette with dark eyebrows and dark brown eyes. Now here’s what YOU need to know:

  • It’s not all of my hair, it’s a thick section on my left side, the one without bangs.
  • It’s not white blonde. My hair didn’t take the color as well because it’s pre-colored dark brown. (Yes, my hair is naturally dark brown, but I had it foiled blonde over the summer and when I wanted to go brown again in September I had to dye it to its natural color.)
  • I got it professionally done so it doesn’t look like crap.
  • I know how to take care of my hair and it’s pretty healthy to begin with.

I like it a lot actually. I based it off of Christina Perri’s look. If you don’t know who she is, look up her music. It’s amazing; the song, Jar of Hearts is an obsession.

^^ That would be Chrsistina Perri. Love her. Love her tattoos and her hair and just basically everything about her. Look up her story of fame too- it’s great!
Here’s the night I got it done…


Here’s what I looked like the next day, after actually brushing out, drying, and styling my hair. I like it a lot!

If you’re planning on bleaching your hair, think about it a long time. Here’s what you need to know if you’re going to do it:

  • Bleaching your hair will, without a doubt, ruin your hair no matter how healthy it is. It doesn’t matter how well you take care of it before, it will still screw it up.
  • If your hair is pre-fried, basically it feels like hay, don’t bleach your hair because it’s likely your hair is going to fall out and I’m pretty sure you don’t want that.
  • Frying your hair comes from too much dyeing, bleaching, or heat styling. If you straighten your hair everyday, it’s likely this will happen to you. Curling will do this too, but it’s not as harsh because it doesn’t cover every part of your hair. A note about heat styling- there are products out there that can help you. Go get some heat protectant and put it on before you use anything with heat on your hair, every single time! (I like Tresemme’s, it’s about $3-5. You can get it at Target. CHI’s 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protectant is nice too and is only about $12.)
  • The bleach will make your hair dry and coarse. Your natural texture will be compromised.
  • There’s always a possibility of your hair breaking off. Know the risks.
  • Bleached hair doesn’t look the same on everyone, ask your stylist about it first.
  • Consult your stylist before getting it done- see if he or she thinks your hair is going to break off or fall out to make sure you’re not risking it.
  • Go to a professional stylist! DO NOT try to bleach your hair by yourself.

This is what fried bleach hair looks like:

I’m not an expert on bleached hair and I don’t have a ton of experience with it. Talk to a stylist, google it, or check some YouTube videos for more information. I highly recommend not to try it yourself.

ARCHIVE: 22 November 2010

I really should be in bed right now, but I’m not all that tired, which is surprising since I had a very eventful weekend. I just got out of the shower and started using a new shampoo which got me thinking about hair and behold- a post about haircare!

Hi:)

First off I’m going to talk about the devil- PANTENE.
Everyone absolutely loves Pantene because it makes your hair seem super healthy and SHINY. No, it makes your hair terribly unhealthy and basically kills all of the essential oils and proteins your hair needs. The reason Pantene is called Pantene is because its main ingredient, and basically what it’s made of is something called “panthenol.” For those of you who don’t know what this- it’s floor wax. Panthenol=floor wax. So you’re actually waxing your hair. If you use Pantene, or something that has loads of panthenol, next time you go get a haircut ask them to show you how they scrape the wax off of your hair. They’ll run a blade down your hair and wax lands in their hand. If you’ve ever scratched a candle with your nail and the little bits of wax come off- that’s what it looks like. It’s disgusting. This is basically what you’re doing to your hair:
 Nasty, right? It was really hard to find an image of what the wax in your hair looks like, because you can’t really see it very well unless you’re up close or literally take it out, but basically…

Besides taking nutrients out of your hair, you’ll probably have slower hair growth. Now- I know one of you smartasses is going to come to me saying, “Melissa!!!111! Lyke ur hair doesnt stop growin ever!!1!” That’s correct, BUT– although your hair may be growing at the top, if you don’t take care of the rest of it you’re going to get various looks at the bottom. Your hair could get crunchy, hard, split, (like split ends) and basically look crappy. The reason it seems like your hair isn’t growing when it’s unhealthy is because the hair at the end is breaking off. So basically you’re body is naturally giving you a haircut- but since it breaks off all the time you can never let it grow farther. That’s why it’s better to cut off half an inch once every month or two than let the body take its course and lose an inch (or more) each month. Also, since it’s breaking- the end of your hair will look uneven. So basically it looks like you have a bad haircut. Tough break, broski.

But hark! You can help your hair! If your hair is gross, go get a hair cut and a moisturizing treatment or malibu. Moisturizing treatments and malibus are both going to make your hair very soft, shiny, and healthy; the only difference is that a malibu will take out the bad chemicals in your hair. Most swimmers get this. So unless you’re in chlorine or something like that a lot, just get a moisturizing treatment.

Then, go out and buy new shampoo and conditioner. (Btw- The thing about changing the type of shampoo/conditioner you use after you run out to make your hair healthier is a myth. I do it sometimes because I like to change it up, new scents and such, but it really isn’t beneficial in any way.) I like to use Bumble & Bumble. (B&B) I usually get it at Cole’s Salon, which is Minnesota based, but you can probably buy it elsewhere as well as online. I did find some at Target once- I flipped out and bought it. Two little shampoos for $18?! Wooop woop! This is what I’m currently using:

Not everyone will be able to afford this stuff- it’s quite expensive. So for drug store brands I suggest using Tresemme. It’s fairly cheap and really isn’t too bad for your hair! I also LOVE their heat-protectant. Most stylists will tell you it’s one of the best. (Unless they’re being paid to promote another product…)
I like their moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner, it makes your hair really soft and doesn’t get dirty quickly.

Garnier Fructis is alright too. But not my favorite- still kind of waxy. Don’t under any circumstances use Bath & Body Works shampoo/conditioner. It smells amazing, but it’s TERRIBLE for your hair. Stick to lotions and body sprays, B&BW.

I’m not too familiar with gels and things like it, so this is going to be a short portion, but from what I’ve used I like RUSK Being Undressed. I’m not sure of the price for this.

One last tip before I go:
When you’re washing your hair, make sure it gets really sudsy or it’s not clean! (Don’t listen to this rule when using organic products usually because they tend to be clean after one lather and don’t generally get sudsy.) Read the directions as well. And you know how it says “Lather, rinse, repeat?” Follow those directions. Your hair will be much nicer if you repeat the process.