I’m in a constant struggle of what I want to do with my hair. Do I want it long? Yes. Do I want it short? Yes. Do I want it colorful? Yes. Do I want it natural? Yes. Do you see the problem? I want all of the things. So… I sat down and was like, “let’s get serious about this hair situation.” 



I did a thing….

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This is my hair a couple of weeks ago, straightened. Right after I used Ion Color Brilliance on my hair. It washed out after 2 washes. I wouldn’t recommend that product, like at all. Anyway, this gives you an idea of how long my hair is right now. I’ll be posting more pictures of my hair when it’s not straightened, probably on instagram


So, I’m going to grow my hair out. I want long mermaid hair. Why am I telling you this? Because you are going to hold me accountable for my hair growth. Yay! 

But wait, there’s more. 

I want -healthy- hair

I’ve compiled a list of things that I am going to do and products I’m going to use to ensure that. 

  • Kick the sulfates.  I’m not going to use any sulfates in my hair. This isn’t too big of a deal because I’ve already made the switch to no sulfates. I didn’t  even mean to do this one but I did. Mostly because I’m obsessed with the Not Your Mother’s hair products so I gradually made the switch over and didn’t even realize I was cutting out sulfates. 
  • Little to No Heat. Okay, this one is going to be the hardest for me. I have wavy hair. I generally straighten it because if I don’t it ends up being a big poofy mess. But, Alabama is hot and I hate blow drying my hair because you just end up sweating and getting your hair all gross again anyway… So Little to no heat. Preferably no heat. 
  • Deep Condition/Hair Mask. I’m sometimes really good about putting in a hair mask or deep conditioner but I’m more than often not… So i’m going to try and do this at least once a week. I have really dry hair (Thanks, wavy hair… and bleach.) so I’m not worried too much about over conditioning it. 
  • No Color – Easy enough I haven’t really colored my hair in months. I put some pink Ion in a couple weeks ago but it’s already gone and it’s a non-damaging kind of dye (Like Manic Panic) so, this one will be super easy to follow. 
  • Hair Safe Accessories – No elastics, metal, etc. I use the hair ties without the metal connector already and hardly use bobby pins. I put my hair up while I sleep – usually on top of my head. That’s generally the only time my hair is up. Unless it’s super hot and then it goes up in a bun. 
  • Drink More Water/Take Vitamins. I’m so bad at vitamins. I’m horrible at it, actually. I take so many allergy medicines and asthma medicines that I hate the idea of taking another pill. But, I’m going to take my vitamins regularly. I’ve made an alarm on my phone even! I cut out soda a long time ago so I have been drinking a lot of juice and water already but I’m going to actively watch my water intake. 


Things I’m already doing for my hair

  • Boar Bristle Brush – These kinds of brushes naturally condition hair. I don’t brush my hair very often because it’s a combination of curly/wavy and when I do, it becomes a big poof of frizz. But, boar bristle brushes reduce the frizz and can even help cut back on the need for frequent washings. Pretty cool, eh? I love mine.

  • Leave-in Conditioner – This is actually the only product I use in my hair. Crazy, right? I don’t use any curl product or anything, just leave-in conditioner. I can’t stand my hair feeling producty so I am super careful about what I put in my hair. 


    • Washing less often – I was my hair about once every three or so days. I can sometimes push it out more if my hair doesn’t look too bad. It was really easy for my to do this because I don’t have naturally oily hair so my hair doesn’t get that greasy look very often. I have no advice on how to do this, other than plan on having your hair up and investing in some dry shampoo if you have oily hair. 


Do you have any hair tips for me? Let me know below 



Heather is a 29 year old Social Media specialist that enjoys writing, reading, video games, and nerdy things in general. She has two children, 3 dogs, and a handful of chickens. Her favorite fandoms are Star Wars, Tolkien, and the Harry Potter universe.


  1. Danielle Knapp

    I’ve got mermaid hair right now, but it’s probably not as healthy as it should be. Love all the Not Your Mother’s products 🙂

  2. I swear, it’s ridiculous. I don’t overwash my hair by any means but I cannot even imagine having to deal with that upkeep!

  3. This is a great post and I can relate so much! I want to do all of the things with my hair but it just is not possible. I am going to have to borrow some of your hair goals for myself 🙂 I need to find a good shampoo and conditioner and start doing leave in conditioner treatments as well as find a good dry shampoo.

  4. Excellent post! I love Not Your Mother’s stuff, but I actually haven’t tried their shampoo/conditioner. And I just recently got myself a boar bristle brush…I LOVE it! Never used one before, and it’s wonderful. Best of luck on your hair growing journey!

  5. This post is super helpful! I’m going to research into some of these. I used that rose ion color when i had ombre/blonde ends and it washed out SO FAST!!! YEESH. Expensive upkeep am i right?

  6. I went through that after having babies. It seems like it took a year or two for my hormones to balance out again and eventually my hair went back to it’s normal thickness. It’s really crazy what having a baby does to your body!

  7. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness

    This is a great post! I need a change of pace with my hair – I’ve had it long for 10+ years and now it’s just always in a ponytail. But since having a baby it’s SO thing and frail. I need to get some of these products to help!

  8. Seriously, I love how my hair is feeling lately. I switched about a month or two ago and it’s been LOVELY!

  9. Bleach is so bad for your hair, too. I’ve had like every shade of hair color so I’ve spent a good amount of time bleaching it. It’s not too bad if you can take care of it the right way and moisturize it. I don’t really work in the corporate world so I can get away with some stuff on my hair. Web Dev = no one sees me 99% of the time. 😀 But I think I’m going to focus on growing it out and then maybe having pretty colors in it… so it can be like real mermaid hair!

  10. Oh man, I love dry shampoo. I have tried a bunch of different ones. I’m pretty sold on them. BUT I don’t have super oily hair so that might make a difference, too. I use Not Your Mother’s brand and like it.

    I haven’t done enough research on Overtone … But I’d like to try it, I think. I really just want like rose gold hair. That’s it. Like still blonde but pink, too. That’s it. I feel like it’s not that much to ask for but I can’t seem to get it right.

  11. Good luck on growing your hair out! Sounds like you’re taking the right steps!

  12. Have you tried any of those color depositing shampoo/conditioners, like Overtone? I feel like those would give you some color (since you already have blonde hair) without having to do a full-on dye job! A lot more gentle, too. I’m trying to get better about washing my hair more often, but I suck at it! I have a Dove dry shampoo, and I don’t know if I don’t like THAT dry shampoo or if I just don’t like dry shampoo in general. Sigh.

  13. You sound just like me. When it comes to my hair, I want to do it all! But, I work in the corporate world, and I’m not sure how crazy I can go. I’ve also never done anything to my hair but cut it. No highlights, no hair dye. Nothing. And I’m super terrified of ruining my hair if I try anything. It’s also a very dark shade, so my options are limited unless I’m willing to bleach.

  14. I switched to sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my hair! It makes a big difference in texture and shine.

    xoxo, Sam | thehauntedhousewife.com

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