I am thrilled to introduce the second contributor to Love, Joleen: Jill of These Parents! I have been a fan of Jill's for a while now. I found her on Instagram when I was looking for cool moms to follow. I love seeing the beautiful photos of her family's many adventures and that she and her husband co-author their blog! She's gorgeous, and often shares beauty and makeup tips with her followers, which is mostly what she'll be contributing here. As someone who thoroughly enjoys these types of tutorials, I cannot wait for her contributions! Welcome, Jill!
If you don't follow me on Instagram you dont know that in the past 3 weeks, I have dyed or bleached my hair 5 times. Yes you read that right. And it’s all Katy Perry’s fault.
I was searching Pinterest and stumbled on a photo of her with bright purple ends. Within 45 minutes there was bleach in my naturally nearly black hair and I was pouring out Purple Haze Manic Panic into a bowl with a Sally’s Beauty Supply dye brush.
The results? Nothing more than about an inch of brassy plum hair on my ends. I kinda liked it but it just wasn’t quite as show stopping as I’d hoped it’d be. So more bleach. More Manic Panic. And more stained bath towels and bra straps.
The results? Everything from the ears down was fried bright purple, until I washed it and then it turned bright red. What was a thinking? I thought I learned my lesson about DIY hair coloring in high school.I couldn’t wait to dye my hair back to it’s natural color. And thankfully just a drugstore box of dark brown dye worked. But what was left on my head was some seriously straw like hair. I’ve read amazing things about coconut oil as a hair mask. And it did work but my hair was so greasy, even after 2 washes. So I went on google, searched youtube, and stumble on many great reviews of grape seed oil to repair damaged hair. I tried it, and instantly my hair went from dry and sad to silky, shiny bouncy hair.
I hugged the bottle of grape seed oil rocking back and fourth thanking it for saving me from getting a pixie cut for the 3rd time in my life. If you color your hair, or if you have dry hair that can use some moisture this winter, I urge you to try out this hair mask. Its a combination of two mask recipes I found online, and it worked out so well.
First. If you have any too-old avocados in the house use that up. A fresh one works too though. I have lots of hair. If you have shorter or thinner hair just use half an avocado. I use a whole one. Fork mash it in a bowl. Next warm up a 1/4 of a cup of grape seed oil. If you have a microwave, 30-40 seconds is plenty. Be sure to check the heat on your wrist before just dumping on your head. I use my stove top to warm it up. 2 minutes on medium normally gets it just right. I then pour the oil into the avocado and mix.
Apply to hair, making sure to get the scalp too. Even though it’s the end that are most damaged, you want your roots to soak up those great nutrients too. Its not a pretty look. You’ve been warned. ;)
Wrap in plastic or a shower cap. And let it set for a minimum of 20 minutes. I left it in for 2 hours though before rinsing out with my usual shampoo and conditioner.
The end result after blow drying straight with a round brush is super soft hair. I hope you guys try this out and let me know how it works for you.
Jill Wojslaw is a stay at home mom raising two daughters in Seattle, Washington, together with her husband, Justin.