How to save your hair from winter static

I know what you’re thinking, “Karolina, why are you just now giving me winter advice?It’s almost February!” But if you live in the Northeast like me, winter could continue for at least another month. Plus, I wanted a couple of months to test out these products before I declared them lifesavers. So, cut me some slack.

Now let’s get into it. I have never in my life gone through an entire winter without staticky hair. Hair that sticks to my hats, sweaters — and when I have bangs — hair that’s plastered to my forehead. As you may know, I’ve battled with my hair my whole life (thinness, hair loss, dryness, etc. Read this if you want to know how I won that battle).

This winter, I changed things up and I experienced my first cold months sans-static.

Here’s what worked for me:

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*full transparency* Virtue Labs sent me these products a couple of months ago. I started using them and fell absolutely in love after seeing the results. They’ve truly changed my hair, and in-turn my confidence and my life. I’ve decided to work with them after being seduced by their awesome products and ethical production.

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  • Virtue Labs The One For All 6-in-1 Styler: Use about a quarter-sized amount (depending on the length/thickness of your hair,  your perfect product amount may change) on damp hair. Smooth through mid-shaft to ends. Comb through for a smoother look and scrunch for a wavier look OR style however you’d like!
  • Virtue Labs The Perfect Ending Split End Serum: Just do what you did up there ^!

Pretty simple, huh? And it works beautifully. I now have stronger, more conditioned hair.

Bonus: If you have frizz and want to tame it, Ouai’s Smooth Spray is killer.

 

How I grew my hair back (after harsh meds and disastrous haircuts)

I’ve struggled with my hair for my whole life. I wasn’t gifted super thick locks to begin with (thanks, genetics), but the combination of harsh medications and rapid weight loss certainly doesn’t help. To make matters worse, a few years ago I was seduced by the cliche of chopping my hair after a breakup. On good days, it was adorable. But it also meant I needed to suffer through the process of growing it out once I was tired of sporting a bob.

Here’s what helped me achieve the healthiest — and soon to be longest — hair I’ve ever had.

BIOTIN — It makes all of your hair grow more. But hey, it’s easier to quickly remove hair than it is to grow it back. It’s worth extra waxing and this is what I swear by. I take organic biotin chews because I take so many other pills that I figure I’ll give my stomach a break.

REGULAR TRIMS — Keep the hair that you do have on your head, healthy and strong. I usually get a trim every two months.

STYLE — Get yourself an awesome stylist to make all the in between cuts look intentional. I’ve been going to Jaime at Stilisti in Boston for years now. She took my mullet and turned it into a cute cut at each stage of hair growth. It saved me, because I probably would have chopped my hair off again in desperation for a style.

PRODUCT — It matters. Some products can leave residue on your hair that will lead to breakage. You don’t want to undo all of your hard work! I’ve been using Virtue products for the past week. Full disclosure, they did send them to me. However, my hair has never felt so smooth and healthy and I find myself recommending the products to all my friends and family. Even my fiancé uses it!

Every body is a #BodyHero

Glossier recently came out with the mother-of-all campaigns for their new oil wash and lotion — Body Hero. It includes women of all shapes and colors and truly shows the beauty in every body.

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My fellow Glossier reps kicked off the launch with their own stunning and unique photos. They shared their insecurities and perfect imperfections in personalized posts. I’ve really never been more grateful to be a part of such a cool company.

I wanted to support it with my own badass photo and shimmery body. But to be honest, I’ve been fighting my body everyday — especially lately. I certainly have not felt like a hero. It’s hard to feel like a hero when you struggle to get out of bed every morning. When you can’t hold your partner’s hand because it hurts too much. When every fiber in your body aches around your brittle bones and hurting insides.

So I locked myself in my bedroom, accompanied by my cat and partner, and I had myself a good cry.

I realized that because my body fights everyday, I am a Body Hero. I have dealt with harsh criticism from myself since I was little and learned that I would always be different. I’ve looked at stretch marks and IV bruises and patches of psoriasis with such disgust. But our bodies don’t deserve that! My stretch marks are records of years of chronic illness that no doctor will ever have on file. My IV bruises are proof that I can tolerate a sting. And my psoriasis is confirmation that yes, my body and spirit can handle more.

So although you may feel weaker than maybe you might’ve been without an autoimmune disease, you have so much strength to be able to get yourself up and take on the day. Feed off of that tenacity and know you’re a hero. Each body, every body is a #BodyHero.