By Katie Cassidy & Paul Edwards | Photography by Lynsey Eaton
It’s time for a confession: For two years of my life, I had hair extensions. You see, I went from blonde to brown, to blonde, to jet black, then to bleached blonde… You get the idea. And as you can image, by the end of it all, my hair was closer in texture to Kentucky Fried Chicken than any mane I’d ever seen. It was bad, to say the least. So in my world, the obvious alternative was to get extensions. Which sounded great at the time but, after trying everything from Great Lengths to sew-in, the extension experiment made me wishing for the days fried chicken hair was my only problem.
I wanted my natural hair back. Conveniently, right about this time I booked a little show called “Arrow” and found myself in the chair of the “Hair Master,” Paul Edwards, on a weekly basis. Paul is a genius when it comes to color, styling and making a ‘do look fab. My first day on pre-production Paul took one look at me and said, “Katie Cassidy, what the hell did you do to your hair? We are taking this shit out and getting your hair back.” After over a year with Paul at my side (and tricks up his sleeve), I’m happy to say these locks are 100% NAT-UR-AL! About time.
Here are just a few of the lessons I learned along the way:
1. Take BIOTIN (a vitamin that helps hair and nail growth) daily. They even have leave-in Biotin hair serums that work on repairing your hair directly (here).
2. Wash your hair at little as possible. Instead, use dry shampoo on days when you don’t wash your hair. I know it sounds gross, but trust me on this one.
3. Lower the temperature on your irons, ladies. It’s an easy thing to do. Remember, you aren’t trying to bake a cake.
4. To that end, when you don’t have to iron or blow dry, don’t. All of that heat takes a toll on your hair. Give it a break (pun definitely intended) every now and then.
5. Monthly Dust ups (slight trims) are essential.
6. If extensions are a must, use clip-in. No exceptions.
7. I sleep with coconut oil in my hair from time to time. Definitely worth a try!
8. When styling, I love putting Moroccan Oil on the ends of my hair. It smooths everything out and conditions split ends in the process.
9. And last but not least, when you are looking for a little more body, try Lea Journo’s “Pouf” Volumizing Spray. I live for it.
Lower the temperature on your irons, ladies. It’s an easy thing to do. Remember, you aren’t trying to bake a cake.