How I Brought My Hair Back to Life

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Sail to Sable Dress c/o (STS also available at Tuckernuck) / Similar Wrap Coat (Also similar here, and I love this red one.) / Burberry Scarf (And LOVE this snood, which is actually marketed for girls but totally works for women and it’s a fraction of the cost of the women’s scarf!) / Sole Society Pumps (And love these Sam Edelmans–in other colors here and here–and these Ferragamos!)

If you’ve been reading here for a while, you probably know that I’m pretty self-conscious about my hair. It’s baby fine, over processed, and dry, and it lacks body. I also have somewhat curly hair in real life. (SHOCKING, right?) Clearly, I blow-dry and/or straighten the heck out of it, damaging it even further.

I can’t stop, though!

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I tried; really, I did. I tried dyeing my hair brown and that only resulted in olive green locks. (Long story, but I had to wear a baseball hat for a solid week until I could get it fixed.) I tried washing my hair every other day to give it a break, but I ended up feeling downright disgusting. (I know: you’re supposed to stick with it for several months or something, but I looked like one big greaseball. I just couldn’t.) I also tried throwing out my hair dryer. Result: a horrible cold that I couldn’t kick for three weeks. (Don’t know for sure whether it was the wet hair that caused it, but I’m assuming, haha.) Finally, I tried giving up the straight iron. I’ll admit that I lasted the longest with this endeavor, but ugh: those curls on the sides of my head STILL irk me. (Part of the problem of having a style blog: endless photos of yourself, documenting all your worst hair days!)

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I do everything you’re not supposed to do to your hair, and then I get upset when it feels like straw. For a while, I was going to the salon and to get “repairing treatments.” They seemed to do the trick, but they were pretty expensive and they only lasted four to six weeks.A few months ago, though, I was at our pharmacy picking up baby wash for Emma when a little gold bottle caught my eye:  Pantene Smooth and Sleek 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. (Scroll down a bit and you’ll see it.) Feeling down in the dumps about my hair and being a longtime Pantene fan, I decided to buy it.

And my whole “hair world” changed. Really: it’s magic.There are a couple of kinds: Smooth and Sleek 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner for frizzy hair and Moisture Renewal 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner for extra dry hair. I’ve tried both, and they both leave my hair feeling like silk. (So go for whichever one you find!) Besides the fact that it actually works, I think the best part is that it actually takes three minutes. When I get into the shower, I wash my face first, and then I shampoo my hair, rinse and apply the 3 Minute Miracle. By the time I’m done soaping and shaving my legs, I can rinse the 3 Minute out and I’m done. An entire shower–complete with a deep conditioning treatment–in five minutes? I love it and Emma loves it! (Also, you don’t have to do it every day. My hair is simply fried.)

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Anyway, when Pantene reached out and asked if I’d like to try Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Finishing Conditioner (specializing in reducing frizz and increasing softness and shine), I was so excited. Of course, I immediately said yes, and then got my butt back to our pharmacy because I couldn’t wait for the package to arrive, haha. (Probably could have been a bit more patient. But, I mean, at under $5 per bottle for both Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Finishing Conditioner, why wait?!)

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Long story short, I called Mitch at work during lunch after using the Pantene “Smooth and Sleek” shampoo and conditioner. Of course, I almost instantly realized I probably should have called Jess instead, but I just couldn’t get over how soft and frizz-free my hair was. Let’s reiterate the softness part: CRAZY soft. And when my mom came to visit, she said my hair had never looked better!

I’ve been using the shampoo and conditioner for a little over a month now, and I’m still in love with the results. The 3 Minute Miracle did wonders on my locks, but coupled with the shampoo and conditioner, my hair is even silkier and even more frizz-free. It’s far less tangly, too, which makes a big difference when I’m dealing with winter hats all the time! Finally, the Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek Collection and more Pantene Pro-V Hair Care products are available on Amazon. Having my hair products shipped to my home is a huge time-saver!

I’ve also done a few other things to foster healthier hair:

I now get frequent haircuts. I’m ashamed to admit that while I’ve been highlighting my hair for years, I typically cut my hair at home. Until recently. I’m now on my second real haircut (in years), and my hair looks and feels twice as thick and twice as healthy. So much less breakage!

I give my hair a break three times per week. These days, especially during the winter, Emma and I are home alone without plans. On those days, I let my hair air dry for about an hour, and then I blow dry it for a minute or two so it’s completely dry. But I go without the straightener or curler, and simply throw my hair up in a ponytail. Just the three days “off” have made a big difference.

I go longer between highlights. Before, I’d four to six weeks between highlights. Now, I go a full eight weeks, and I only get “partials.” (Save once or twice per year.) Can you tell? I mean, I can. But my girlfriends swear they can’t!

Do you have any easy tips for keeping your hair soft and silky? Would love to hear!

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Shop the post:

Sail to Sable Dress c/o (STS also available at Tuckernuck) / Similar Wrap Coat (Also similar here, and I love this red one.) / Burberry Scarf (And LOVE this snood, which is actually marketed for girls but totally works for women and it’s a fraction of the cost of the women’s scarf!) / Sole Society Pumps (And love these Sam Edelmans–in other colors here and here–and these Ferragamos!)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PANTENE. The opinions and text are all mine. As always, thank you so much for supporting the parnterships that keep Kelly in the City up and running!