Battling Hair Loss and 5 Steps to a Luscious Mane

Over the past few weeks I have been sharing with you my personal health journey.  First I spoke about my self-care tips and the truth behind my health condition, next I covered my dietary changes and how I am using food as medicine, and today I want to discuss something that affects so many people and that is hair and particularly hair loss. 

The truth is that most of my adult life I've struggled with thinning hair and in that time I've learned many techniques to cover it up or camouflage it. It is one of my biggest insecurities and something that I've struggled with for a long time which is why I was so ecstatic to join my blogger babe Sandra of La Pecosa Preciosa to visit Ona Diaz-Santin aka the Hair Saint at 5 Salon & Spa in Fort Lee, New Jersey.   So I sat with Ona, an educator at Wella Professionals and an expert in thinning hair to discuss her top tips for rehabbing your hair and of course she gave me a fabulous makeover while doing so.  

What you feed your body WILL affect your hair

Now you guys know that by now I am all about feeding your body yummy nutritious food that will support its development. One thing I loved that Ona mentioned was to stop focusing on what to eliminate from our diets and to focus more on what to add back in. "It's not about what you take away but what you add."  So ladies, first things first, if you are looking to repair your hair think about the food, supplements and vitamins that you can add to your diet that will aid and support the development of your hair. 

Trim the Dead

Ladies, a good trim is an absolute must for healthy hair. Aside from that, a great haircut will support your hair pattern and will accent your beautiful face. So tip number two is to trim all the dead ends. Ironically enough I've found the more often I trim the faster my hair grows. 

Limit the heat

Ladies, if you want luscious thick hair then you have to be careful with the heat tools you use. Heat can be damaging to your hair and using multiple heating tools in one sitting or back-to-back can really put a strain on your mane.  Always remember to use a heat protectant and a satin pillowcase at night to protect you hair while you sleep.

Use the right products

For my makeover Ona used products by Wella Professionals and stressed the importance of using the right products for your hair. On me she used Wella EIMI Thermal Image, Wella EIMI Smooth – Perfect Me Lightweight BB Lotion, Wella Eimi Glam Mist.  At first I will admit I was a little nervous because typically I just use an oil serum on my hair and anything more then that leaves my hair weighed down and oily looking. Well, did the Hair Saint prove me wrong! The three products worked amazingly well together to give me full, voluminous hair that was full of life, not flat. If you check out Sandra's post you will see Ona used a completely different set of products on her hair.

Work With a Professional

Ladies, when we are sick we go to the doctor.  When our car breaks down we go to a mechanic. So why is it that so many of us like to take the DIY approach to our hair. Yes, I know at times going to the salon seems like an unnecessary expense but trust me, working with a professional hair stylist will not only have you looking fabulous but it will also help you improve the quality of your hair. So ladies, if you don't live in the NY tri-state area, talk to friends, colleagues and family members and source yourself your very own hair saint.

For a full indepth review of 5 Salon and Spa and Ona, the Hair Saint make sure to visit Sandra at La Pecosa Preciosa.






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  • Sandra Negron
    December 19, 2016 at 10:48 am

    This post is so good!

  • Gladys Colon
    December 19, 2016 at 11:03 am


  • Chardline Chanel-Faiteau
    December 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Thanks for being so open about your entire journey…especially this. I have to show this to my hair stylist. But it makes sense that she's always trimming my ends when I go lol. 

  • Alysse Dalessandro
    December 23, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Your hair looks beautiful! 

  • Natalia Lilly
    December 23, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Heat is my weakness! I prefer my hair staight rather than in its natual curly state. I really need to lay off of it because I can definitely see the damage. Thanks for sharing these great tips. Also going to add some vitamins to my diet!

  • Jeniese
    December 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Your openess has taught me so much about what you are experiencing. It's also encouraging me to be more open about my Diabetes. These are great tips on hair care!