11 years married today💕💕💕
Grabbed breakfast, got our nails done ;), massages, painted our first shiplap wall (the true test of marriage...), and now headed to dinner. It hasn’t always been easy but it’s 1000% worth it because it makes today that much more sweeter than the beginning. Love you babe🥂🖤✨🎨
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11 years married today💕💕💕 Grabbed...

My dress is on sale for $33 and going quick! Runs TTS. You can shop all of my looks at the link in my bio or download the @liketoknow.it app and follow me over there- Ellabrooksblog 🖤 http://liketk.it/2Eczh @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKsalealert

My dress is on sale...

Classic Mel😉 This cute coat sold out so fast during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I never had time to share! But it’s baaaack👏🏻 Yes I was dying of heat taking this pic☺️ but come Fall/Winter👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Go down 1 size (wearing a size 2) http://liketk.it/2Eagc @liketoknow.it #liketkit #nordstrom

Classic Mel😉 This cute coat...

Full look at today’s OOTD🖤 My tee is from @zara which I can’t link😭 I’ll try to find it and put it up in my stories. I am going to link some graphic tees you guys went crazy over in my stories a few days ago- all around $15! My exact shorts are linked, $10 sunnies & $37 purse! Shop all of my outfits at the link in my bio🖤
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Full look at today’s OOTD🖤...

The perks of working together - “lunch meeting” 😊 #nonottlikethat #likefood #eating

The perks of working together...

Literally obsessed with this blazer😻 it’s on sale for $32 with code GET20. Wear it in the fall over denim shorts, with jeans and booties in the winter, or pair it with heels and black pants for workwear🖤 Fits TTS - wearing a size 4 Also, my oversized sunnies are only $10👏🏻
Shop it all at the link in my bio 
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Literally obsessed with this blazer😻...

#sundayswiththecoles 🖤 Can we all take  a second to appreciate that huge genuine grin on Jude’s face😍😍😍 #judemood is feeling life today💃🏼👏🏻✨Ps- had to include our self time fail👌🏻
#sundayswiththecoles http://liketk.it/2E5oh @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKfamily

#sundayswiththecoles 🖤 Can we all...

Fresh hair✨✨ thanks to my girl @painted.by.trista 🌈 (cut, color, & hand tied extensions - I have one row for volume)
My denim jacket is on sale for $31 with code ENJOY- fits True To size. Everything else linked at the link in my bio! 
http://liketk.it/2E499 @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKunder50 #LTKsalealert

Fresh hair✨✨ thanks to my...

The perks of being the baby...
1. Mom and dad rarely say no
2. You get treated like a baby even when you’re no longer a baby 
3. When you fight with your siblings & everyone gets in trouble- you always win🥇
4. You get away with going barefoot👣 amongst other things because by the last, as long as they’re alive🙌🏻
#judemood #mybabyboy #guesswhoelseisthebaby🙋🏼‍♀️
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The perks of being the...

☕️ at one of my favorite coffee shops - @bluebottle in SF😍💯 Linking all outfit details at the link in my bio- my headband comes in a pack of 3 for $15, loooove the fit of this jacket, these are some of my go to mom jeans (on sale), and these slides are also on sale! http://liketk.it/2E1zp  @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKshoecrush #LTKsalealert #LTKunder50 #amazonfashion

☕️ at one of my...

How to Successfully Repair Damaged Hair

Hand Tied Extensions & color done by @painted.by.trista

I’ve shared a few hair posts on my blog (Here & here), however I wanted to write one that was very specific as to how I’ve successfully treated my damaged hair and brought it back to life – literally. It hasn’t been a fast process, in fact it’s taken a little over a year to get to where I am now, but I can honestly say the products I’ll be sharing below have drastically improved my hairs condition to the point that I can say I have healthy (while being blonde for that matter!) hair today.

Let’s rewind. As a blonde, it is very hard and honestly a job to maintain healthy hair. The color/highlight/bleach/toner/products/heat/etc. you name it… we use a lot on our hair and it can be very damaging if not taken care of properly. I haven’t always had healthy hair. It’s had it’s ups and downs, but nothing quite compared to the condition it was in a little over a year ago. I went to a hairstylist (she will go unnamed) who literally fried off my hair. I came home and had a whole new layer right above my jaw bone and split ends for days! Ugh – it was not fun. Mainly because I knew I had quite the challenge ahead to get my hair back to a healthier place. So point A is make sure you go to someone who knows what they are doing! Trust me, it’s worth the extra $50!

I’ve tried a lot of products over the past year to help restore my hair. There has been a lot of trial and error. Some of them have worked tremendously, and others not so much. Below are the steps I would recommend for restoring your hair back to life…

  1. Trim your split ends/hair. I know it’s the last thing you want to hear, because really we are trying to grow our hair out here, but you have to get rid of the dead parts. Even if it’s just the smallest amount, it’s needed. That hair won’t come back to life anyway.
  2. This is my #1 recommended product for anyone- whether you have healthy hair, damaged hair, blonde hair, brown hair, split ends, no split ends… use hair oil!!! This stuff is like food for your hair. It needs the nutrients and oils to help maintain healthy hair. This product made the biggest difference in my opinion! I use this brand, however I know there are a lot of good hair oils out there. All I can say is that this one worked wonders for me! (I do swear by everything this brand makes, it’s just a little pricier. But the quality is top notch!) Application wise, I use it after I’ve blow dried and styled my hair as a finishing serum. I would also recommend applying it to your ends every three days or so (if you go longer in between washes) to keep your hair hydrated/nourished. If you have thicker hair, you can get away with using more, but a little bit goes a long way as it can make you hair look too greasy if you go overboard. I have also heard unbelievable things about these power drops. I’m going to order it!
  3. Make sure you are using a heat protectant. This could also be put in the for anyone and everyone category, however, this is vital for damaged hair to ensure things don’t get worse. I use this heat protectant (again, there are a lot of good ones out there) and put it in all throughout my hair right before I blow dry. Tip: Make sure you are doing it before you blow dry (not before straitening/curling ironing) because the heat from blow drying your hair can also cause damage.
  4. Shampoo/Conditioner – Make sure you are using a good shampoo/conditioner. Some people skip this step and I think that’s a big no no. Every hair product you use works together to help build your hair back up to a healthy place. I use this shampoo/conditioner or this one by Navy Hair Care (use the code ELLA for 30% off) – I honestly love both and think you can’t go wrong either way! Both are also extension safe.
  5. Use this deep conditioner and leave it on your hair for an hour (or even overnight with your hair wrapped up in a towel) – it works so well and helps to soften and condition to prevent future breakage/damage. I’d say use it at least once every two weeks if your hair is in bad shape.
  6. A few more products I use that help condition and keep it healthy are this spray leave-in conditioner (looooove this product). This one is another great miracle worker leave-in conditioner. I’ve used it for years! I also use this product to help give shine and a finished look/touch. Again, you can use the code ELLA for a discount.
  7. Refrain from using as much heat as possible. I hated hearing that and honestly I couldn’t stick to it. I still blow dried and straitened/curled my hair because I just can’t pull off the natural look (my hair is like half straight, half wavy, half curly… it can’t make up it’s mind), but I have made sure to use tools that are less damaging – a ceramic barrel, tourmaline technology, multiple heat settings etc.. Chrome or metal curling irons are going to be the least expensive, however the most damaging. It’s important to invest into the tools you are using as your hair will either love you or hate you depending on what you decide to use on it.

I’m linking everything I use for my hair below… again, I’ve tested a lot of products and this is what has worked best for me over the past year.

XOXO
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  • Amie
    February 7, 2019

    Thanks for this post! I love being blonde but it’s so so hard on my hair! I’ll be picking up several of these products!

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