I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I maintain my hair. It’s no secret that I am not a natural redhead (for those who didn’t know I guess the secret’s out now!). And since I used to do pageants and used to be a professional model, my hair was put to the test A LOT. There’s a reason I needed to capitalize A LOT. After years of extensions, lots of hairspray, and constant hairstyling with hot curling irons, my hair needed a little TLC.
I am naturally light blonde – which makes me look EVEN MORE Scandinavian – but I dyed my hair red almost 10 years ago for a role in a school play. I was given the option to wear a wig (which the director was not really interested in doing) or I could dye my hair red. My mom had dyed her hair red years earlier and I really wanted to dye my hair red, too. Some of my favorite characters in films had gorgeous red hair, such as Rose in Titanic, Satine in Moulin Rouge, and even Ariel the Little Mermaid, and I always felt red was more my color. I jumped at the opportunity to dye my hair red, and I have been dyeing it red ever since.
However, keeping my hair red is no easy task. I have to get it dyed every 4-5 weeks because my hair grows fast and my blonde roots are pretty obnoxious when they start to come in. Although dyeing your hair is better than bleaching it, you’re still altering its natural state which has its effects after a while. My hair actually looked the worst during my reign as Miss USA because it was constantly being styled for photo shoots, red carpet events, television appearances, etc (plus it was being dyed more of a strawberry blonde color instead of my usual rich auburn which completely stripped it) and I had A LOT of extensions in my hair. Once my reign was over, I cut my hair short and I had my extensions removed. I basically had to regrow my hair.
Years later, my hair is finally getting it’s groove back from before pageant and modeling days. I have also been using some excellent products to keep it strong and healthy that I am more than happy to share with you guys!
Shampoo: Kérastase Bain Volumactive Shampoo
A volumizing shampoo recommended by my friend (and renowned hairstylist) Michael Boychuck for my thin hair.
Conditioner: Kérastase Chroma Captive Conditioner
Also recommended by Michael Boychuck, I apply this after my shampoo (and masque if I choose to do a treatment in the shower).
Masque: Kérastase Masque Chroma Riche
I apply this masque on my ends after shampooing and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing out. It’s a deep conditioner that’s perfect for when my ends get a little dry.
Volumizing Spray: Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray
I spritz this spray from roots to ends after towel-drying my hair. I have noticed a big difference when I use this spray before a blowout. My hair suddenly looks like it has more layers and appears thicker.
For the perfect blowout: Royal Blowout Styling Spray
My hair idol (and idol for many other things) is Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Her hair and her blowouts are always ON POINT. This product, which is appropriately named, helps give my blowouts a little extra va-voom factor like Catherine’s.
Serum: Kérastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate Treatment
I just started using this product and already I am excited about it. Since I have thin hair, I apply it around 4 sections than the recommended 2. I will have a better update after a few more weeks but for now I am definitely a fan. I apply it on dry hair before bed.