Maintaining That Glory 101

It is very common to get questions like “What do you do to keep your ends nice?” or “how do you take care of that much hair?!” In this blog, I am going to share with you some of my favorite hair tips & tricks!

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WASH

Apple cider vinegar is a PH balancer. Often times, the water from your shower is chemically unbalanced causing your hair to get either very dry or very oily. Apple cider vinegar not only helps your scalp remain chemically balanced, but it also strips your hair of the products you’ve put on it. 

So here’s what to do…

  1. Find a squirty bottle (can be easily found at Sally’s for $1). 
  2. Fill it with half water and half organic Apple cider vinegar “WITH MOTHER”!
  3. Shampoo your hair and rinse
  4. Pour apple cider vinegar onto your scalp and apply conditioner to the ends of your hair. 
  5. Leave for 3 minutes and then rinse. (The smell goes away when your hair dries.)

KEEPIN’ IT SLICK

I always love doing slick back hairstyles that are sleek and shiny, but often times it’s hard to keep your hair looking well groomed to do such a classy hairstyle. I use a couple different products to help with this.

  • Argan oil: I like to put this in the ends of my hair before doing any hairstyle, to keep it shiny and smooth.
  • Freezeit:  This is my favorite hairspray because it maintains the many MANY flyaways I have. I spray this not only at the end, but also on each section of hair before I curl it.
  • Mousse: A simple mousse such as Treseme can really help in the creation of buns. For each section that I want to curl and/or pin up, I apply mousse, and then a small amount of freezeit. This keeps it shiny and slick.

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BUNS MADE TO LAST

In doing hairstyles for church, we can walk out the door with a cute hairstyle, but within an hour it looks as though it has melted. I have received lots of questions on how I style my hair. Each of my hair styles usually begin with the same sturdy base.

  1. Use two ponytail holders for security.
  2. Depending on hair length, make a knot out of your entire ponytail, pin the sides using large bobby pins, and leave out the ends to style/pin to that knot base. (For shorter hair or bigger buns, pull out two sections of hair before making the base knot to use for more styling/curling/pinning)
  3. Spray each section you pin right after it is pinned.

Creating a base for your bun is probably the most valuable trick in creating a hairstyle that lasts. Being meticulous along the way of creating a bun just adds to the lifetime of a hairstyle.

CONCLUSION

It takes some time for each of us to find our own groove with our own type of hair. Set aside a couple of hours every once in a while to experiment with different styles, methods of styling, and products that work for your hair! The most important thing is that we want to take care of our glory, and let it be a testimonial to your relationship with God, and living a Godly lifestyle! Until next time…

Bethany Marsh Bio

Girls With Curls

If you have naturally curly hair, you know the struggle is real! Your hair has a mind of it’s own most days and it NEVER seems to do what you want it to do. Instead of trying to straighten your beautiful curls, this is a blog post dedicated to girls that want to embrace the curl!

Here is a hair how-to just for you:

How do I tame the frizz?

Okay, friends. I have a confession: You never completely tame the frizz. Frizz is a part of curly hair, but don’t worry, there are ways to TRAIN the frizz!

Get the right hair products for your hair type!

Did you know there are hair types? Neither did I! There are actually hair types ranging from 1 to 4 and knowing your hair type is imperative to determining your plan of attack. Go look up your hair type and research hair products appropriate for your hair type. Embrace trying different products until you find what works for you! Curly hair is a journey and you probably won’t find the perfect products the first time. Do your research, try new things, and if you find something that works, always share your secrets with your curly haired friends!

How-To Videos!

There are many curly haired girls that have walked this journey before you, so ALWAYS seek advice! Go watch curly hair how-to videos & try out new techniques. Sometimes you don’t know until you try it, and if you don’t like it just wash your hair and try something else! How-to videos will explain great products and techniques tried and proven to produce the best curly hairstyle.

*PLOPPING*

Plopping is a great technique to use for curly haired girls! If you’ve never heard of plopping, watch the YouTube below!

Plopping is my go-to curly hair technique! Using the plopping technique can help the hair products put in curly hair settle and soak in, which can help control the frizz. Also, if you like to wash your hair at night, using plopping is great. You can put all of your products in your hair, plop your hair, and then sleep on it all night. I definitely recommend trying this technique on your beautiful curly locks!

Embrace the Curl!

Always remember that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! God chose for your hair to be curly so I encourage you to embrace your curl. Curly hair may seem like a burden, but I promise you, girl, it is a blessing! Have fun trying new techniques, shopping for new hair products, and researching hair routines. Enjoy your curly hair journey & if you find techniques and hair products that work for you, make sure to share your discoveries with your friends!

about sarah

Sarah Barnhill, 21, is from Texas and is the middle sibling out of three girls in the Barnhill family. She recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor’s degree. Her favorite snack happens to be Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos!