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Hi silvery-haired friends! I know that it's been "long-time-no-see" over here in the How Bourgeois house. We're just chugging along, trying to get the school year rhythm off to a good start, and enjoying the warmth and sun while it lasts.
In fact, as I write this, there is the cubbiest, most adorable ball of a chipmunk, sunning himself on my patio. I just want to hug him, he's so cute! He must know that colder days are coming sooner or later to Michigan.
In addition to homeschooling, we've had a few outings and a trip to see the fall colors up north. We just had the exterior of our house painted and I've made some decorations to go with the festive new paint, but more about of all that another time.
Today, instead of apple orchards and crockpot recipes, I'm here to talk about GRAY HAIR! Woo hoo!
You guys have been doing such a wonderful job of bravely going forth with your gray hair plans. I've been receiving the most beautiful, inspiring updates from so many of you. They remind me all of the time of how quickly the"grow-out" phase becomes a memory in the past. I know for those of you in the early stages, it might seem that your new hair grows at a snail's pace. Rest assured though, I PROMISE , once you get past the "skunk Stripe Slump," it just gets EASIER and FASTER! Soon you'll feel more like YOU again, and you'll go about your days barely even thinking about your hair color anymore.
I'm wanted to pop in and share my own gray hair update with you. This is especially because I think I've finally found my groove for keeping this silvery mop of mine in good shape. There's been lots of trial and error and experimentation with products, and now I've got my routine down.
So this is what my hair is looking like these days after washing and drying and straightening it.....
This is the flatter, non-poofy version of my hair, but some days I leave it fluffier and add in waves hot rollers.
My hair is still pretty short from the haircut that I had in the beginning of summer. I've decided to grow it out again, but the cut was well worth it to get my yellowed ends off. I regret, as I do every time, deciding to cut bangs! Those will be grown out too. I'm envious of women who can effortlessly wear bangs and look great in them. I feel on me, they're just not my best look.
So here's the scoop - Joico's Color Endure Violet Shampoo and Conditioner has been a total GAME CHANGER for me!!!! Not only has the giant 33.8 oz bottles lasted me for FOUR MONTHS, but this sulfate and paraben-free duo has made my hair softer and brighter than it has ever been!
I promise, this is my true and honest opinion. I haven't been gifted these products or asked to review them. They've helped my hair to stay whiter and full of light, and I wanted to hopefully help you too!
If you are someone who struggles with brassy tones and dullness in your gray, like I do, Joico can really help. I've tried so many "purple" shampoos and conditioners, and this one has worked better for me than any other has. I've found the conditioner to be moisturizing enough for my hair type, and it does a nice job with frizz and tangles.
The only draw-back that I've seen in the past four months is that sometimes, IF I leave the shampoo on for too long while in the shower, my hair takes on a slight purple cast until the next time I wash my hair. This can be easily remedied by simply leaving the shampoo on for a minute or two instead of longer, or using a clarifying shampoo. You can find a clarifying shampoo at any local drugstore. I use one from Pantene once in a while. All-in-all though, Joyce's violet shampoo and conditioner is absolutely worth it and definitely effective! Not to mention, I LOVE not having to go out and buy shampoo and conditioner very often. The 33 oz. bottles are great! (By the way, for those of you who are unsure, you can also purchase each in smaller size bottles.) Beyond all that, this shampoo and conditioner is sulfate-free and paraben-free, which is not super easy to find.
So, if you're anything like me and regularly do the "no-no" of heat styling to cut down on frizz or if your snow white hair is yellowed by frequent use of hair products- Joico is a lifesaver for your gray hair! :)
That's the hair update! I hope all my Silver Sisters are doing well and enjoying this favorite, lovely month of mine. More again soon!
With Lots of Love,