Dear hair, I'm so sorry for abusing you:

Hello my sweets! I hope you had a fabulous week; it's FRIDAY!!!!! :)

I wanted to share my current hair care routine with you... I recently made the decision to get rid of my black hair... I had it black for about 8 months and as much as I loved it, it was just time for a change... Here was the color before:

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I was using John Frieda's Precision Foam Color in 2A Luminous Blue Black.... What I loved about having black hair the most is it barely faded for me... And even when it did, it still looked great. I prefer foam dye because it is SO much easier to put on yourself.

And now:

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So, to get to the color I am now, I sat through a bleach cap for maybe a half hourish and then got it dyed to a warm toned red-brown. I went from a level 1 up to a 6 so we got it pretty light; it's really hard to show the true color in pictures, it looks different in every lighting - but it's a bit lighter than this in person.

Knowing how damaged my hair is from dying it monthly, and now from the bleach and even more dye, I knew I had to invest in some good quality hair care products. Keep in mind, I am in no way educated when it comes to hair! Estheticians focus on skin care - the closest we get to dealing with hair is waxing.. But, I've been using this routine for about two weeks and it has worked wonders for me:

The first thing I purchased was the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque...

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You have seen this mentioned by just about every YouTube beauty guru and probably just as many beauty bloggers.. I didn't want to fall into the hype, but after trying cheaper alternatives and not seeing (or I should say feeling) the results, I decided to just bite the bullet and pay the $30 for this... It's definitely not cheap, but the jar is pretty large and you don't need to use a lot with each use. I also recently heard that Target has a set of two - you get one free!! Amazing deal.. Not sure if every Target will have these, but grab them if you see it!

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I try to only wash my hair every other day, or every 3 days if I can get away with it so I'll usually use this every time I wash my hair (if you wash your hair daily, it's recommended to only use this once a week)

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It's a very thick and rich consistency and it smells so good. I have a ton of different color treatment shampoos I alternate so I'll wash my hair with whichever one of those, ring it out a little and then apply maybe a quarter size amount, working it in from my ears down to the ends. I'll leave it in for 7-12 minutes while I'm washing up, shaving, whatever, and then rinse it out. I was pleasantly surprised at how soft my hair felt even while rinsing. I've been really enjoying this and I think it's worth the high price tag because it does make a difference and it will last a long time. My hair has gotten so much softer from using this.

Purchase Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask, 8.5 ounces Jar from Amazon.com - they have the 16.9oz (the size I have) and the 8.5oz!

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Once I'm out of the shower, I'll wrap my hair in a towel and let it sit for a while.. I have tried to avoid using heat on my hair as much as possible, so I usually let it air dry (I'll throw it in a bun for a while if I want some volume)... Once I feel like most of the water has been soaked up, but my hair is still damp - I remove the towel and then apply:

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It's a 10 Miracle leave-in product... This is another expensive product that has been raved about forever..

On the back, it claims to: repair dry and damaged hair, adds shine, detangles, controls frizz, seals and protects hair color, prevents split ends, stops hair breakage, creates silkiness, enhances natural body, and also has thermal protection.

I haven't been using this long enough to agree with all of these claims, but so far my hair feels a lot softer, it definitely detangles and it has helped control frizz, it may have given some extra body and shine to it as well.. The others, I'll definitely have to use this more to see if it will help with damage and everything else. This is usually $30 something for the big bottle (there is a smaller size for around $20), but luckily my salon was having a sale so I got the large size for only $24. I'll spray this into my damp hair, and massage it in a little then comb it out...

Next, I apply:

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One 'N Only Argan Oil Treatment.. I mentioned this in a Sally's Beauty Haul... I love this stuff, it makes my hair SO soft and it's only $10.. I'll apply this right after the it's a 10 spray, put a dime size amount into my hair and work it into the ends of my hair, usually from the jawline down and then leave my hair to dry.

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When I do use heat on my hair, whether it be drying or curling it - this is my favorite heat protectant:

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I love this product! It works great and it doesn't leave my hair feeling heavy or greasy in any way and it smells great too!

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Oh, let me add in a flop as well....

Previous to buying the Macadamia Masque, I wanted to try a cheaper alternative...

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I saw this at Ulta for only $7 and it had gotten some good reviews so I tried it out for a few months and saw no difference... It smells nice, but it's just like any other regular conditioner I have.

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I don't know if you can tell, but the consistency is NO WHERE near as thick as the Deep Repair Masque... I'd recommend just avoiding this, unless you are looking for a 'run of the mill' conditioner.

So, there's my current routine.. It isn't too complicated but I love that I don't have to use a ton of products to see great results. I really love these products and I think all three may be Holy Grail status pretty soon.

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