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Healthy hair can be faked.

I am a big believer in taking good care of my hair and keeping it nice, healthy and shiny.
I am also (as it would seem) a big believer in bleaching my once healthy shiny silky hair within an inch of it’s life.

Cause I wanted to be blonde.
And I figured I could nurse it back to health eventually (working on that, I’ll keep you posted)

But in the meantime… I’m just gonna fake it.

Fake it! Perfect hairstyle for smoothing out drab frizzy or damaged hair.
Not everyday (cause there’s heat involved) but if I do it once a week it will last me 3 or 4 days.
Which will allow me to maintain a healthy sense denial.

Make even damaged hair look shiny and silky

1. 1 1/2″ Hot Tools Curling Iron (BTW I know I didn’t add this to the list but I had to tell you, since I’ve been using the Malibu hard water elixir I have been amazed with how well my hair holds curl! Bouncy, light fresh and not at all weighed down with grime, post about that HERE)
2. Awesome hair oil
3. Fab heat protected
4. Fine tooth comb

First work oil into your hair starting at the ends and working up to about mid shaft. I use it in dime size amounts until my hair no longer feels dry at the ends. A little at a time keeps you from getting too much in one area. Next I section my hair in two and pull op the top half.
Now time to begin the stylin’


1. Take 1 1/2″ sections and spray with heat protectant then comb through section
2. Take the iron and clam the hair near the root ( I run it through the root a couple times to warm it up) then clamp down and slide through while curling away from your face until you get to the end of the strand.
3. Lightly twirl the strand and let it cool

Repeat the process on the rest of the hair. I rotate the curl going away from my face and toward my face each time, making sure the pieces that frame my face are all away)

Once your hair is COMPLETELY COOL shake it out and break up the curls.

This technique makes your hair look lustrous and healthy by smoothing the cuticle, adding wave/body and quenching it’s thirst.

I have a video where I do a similar technique in case the pictorial isn’t giving you enough info. Click HERE to see that:)

I hope this helps some of you even if you hair isn’t damaged, it’s one of my favorite styles and it looks pretty on hair of any length!
For long hair though, I would recommend a smaller iron (like 1″ or 1 1/4″) since your hair has more weight and might pull on your curl.


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    May 8, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I use this same Got2b Hair Oil and I LOVE it. Ive tried many of them and this one gives me a really nice shine. I like the twirl idea at the end, I may give that a try. I don’t curl or do much to my hair nowadays..with a 9 month old and working full time I just don’t have the I have Long SUPER thick hair thats somewhat curly..and a ton of takes me at least 30-40 mins to curl all of it. I really wish I could do it more since I feel better about myself when I do….If there was only a short cut that would make it faster, Maybe only curling the top layer? Anyways great post as always..thanks!

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      May 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      ahhha short cut! THe thing I do that shortens my time in the long run is curl it with a smaller curling iron, it doesn’t take any less time but it holds for days! You get the first day of a tighter curl and then by the 3rd of 4th day (however many days you can stand without washing) it looks loose and relaxed. I hope that helps!

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      July 30, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      I adore the got 2 B hair oil as well! I just used it for the first time…my hair hasn’t felt this healthy since I was a little kid! I have very thick, semi-long wavy hair, and I’ve found that oils work fantastically. Will definitely be trying this curl look!

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    Jen williams
    May 8, 2013 at 5:13 am

    How are you nursing your hair back to health? Need to do the same with mine!

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    May 8, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Do you have any suggestions on the barrel size I should use for mid-neck/shoulder length hair? Thanks =]

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      May 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      I’m thinking a 1 1/4″ barrel would be perfect!

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    May 8, 2013 at 5:42 am

    You mentioned the style lasts you 3 to 4 days. Do you have any tips on how to make your style last when you go to the gym? Thanks!

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      May 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Have you tried dry shampoo? It’s a total game changer!!

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    Beth Hess
    May 8, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Thanks – I have long-ish hair and these are great tips. I curl it regularly b/c it is very fine and flat. Does which heat spray I buy matter? I have one but am willing to get a better one, or is it more the point of actually using one?

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      May 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      you know, that is something that is pretty hard to review. I just picked the treseme one because I like it and it seems like it works well. I’m not really sure how else to gage if it’s working or not!?

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    May 8, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I know this may be a long shot, but could you do a video/give some tips on what to do with super curly hair? I love the look of your loose curls & I follow your advice, but my hair is already curly & just gets even more curly.. Yikes!! I know you can help.. You rock!!!

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    May 8, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Love the blog!! Tried the twirl curl last night and LOVED it! But I’m wondering… Do you do anything special to your hair while sleeping to help the curl last???

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      May 8, 2013 at 6:33 am

      Maybe you could do a tutorial showing the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th day of hair, and how you manage it. When I go to bed with curled hair I wake with a ratted mess and when I comb it out the curl is nearly gone. What am I doing wrong?? I’m confused as to how you can get so many days out of your curl.

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        November 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        Try going to youtube, searching elle folwer and finding her 2 day curl tutorial. Skip to the end and she shows you how to make curls last 2-3 days. The link to the video is: I know that this way late, but I hope I helped

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    May 8, 2013 at 6:17 am

    I too have a case of over-dyed/bleached long hair, thanks so much for the tips!
    Did you remove your extensions? Your hair looks shorter! Just wondering 🙂

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    May 8, 2013 at 6:36 am

    My hair was very damaged, I’m a brunette I haven’t dyed or bleached my hair but my new hair dryer has completely heat damaged my hair after a few months of use. I have been doing this routine to get my hair back to health for three weeks and I can already see some great results:

    – Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask: I wanted to understand what the fuss was about, turns out this mask has been a miracle for my hair

    – Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment: My ends were horrible (most of them split, some of them were so damaged my hair looked white) but I have been trying to grow my hair for a while and I really don’t want to get a haircut. I have seen major changes over the past three weeks, and it smells amazing. Your hair completely absorbs it even if you apply a bit too much, so no greasy hair in the morning.

    – Kerastase Elixir Ultime: this is quite pricey, but one drop goes a very long way so I think it will last me a while. I have been using it every morning after flat ironing or curling my hair, and it made my hair look instantly healthier and shinier (I couldn’t believe it).

    – Coconut oil is also one of my favorite products to use (it makes your hair grow really fast as well)

    I hope that helps!

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    May 8, 2013 at 7:04 am

    I find that curling my hair hides damage a lot better than keeping it straight (obviously!) That Tresemme heat protectant has been my go-to for years!

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    kassie (@kmakesithappen)
    May 8, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Loving your hair color, it looks amazing on you! I to bleach my hair because I`m a natural burnette that`s a wanna be blonde so this little tutorial will help fake it till the end! Thanks

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    May 8, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Malibu is amazing!! we just got it in to the salon I work at and im hooked!! such a great treatment! I love the twirl technique but my hair only does it properly if I curl with my straightener, I think my curling iron is just too big for my wavy textured hair. Another great option instead of iron curls would be to use hot rollers, for some hair types that’s the best type of curls to do and the nice part is they’re hot going in and its totally cooled in the shape you want when the rollers come out 🙂

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    May 8, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I swear you must be reading my mind. Thanks for another stellar post. Do you have any tips on getting the little flyaway’s on top of your head to stay down? I always feel like I’m walking around with a halo of frizz. It seems like no amount of hairspray, oils or other products can tame the little buggers.

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    May 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Are you no longer using Wen? I was anxious to hear your review after a long period of usage.

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    Maddy Cane
    May 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Would love to hear how you are making your hair healthy again, I really need your tips as mine is so damaged! xxx
    Maddy from

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    May 8, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I noticed on your “Dirty Hair Tricks” post that you said you had extensions. I don’t recall you mentioning that on the blog. I, too, have them and it turns hair styling/products into a whole new game. (Sometimes, a not so easy game!) A hair oil on my hair=losing an extension. Sucks.

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    May 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I love trying your curls! That are all soooo pretty. I have fine and straight hair, but a lot of it and it tends to tangle REALLY BAD especially at the nape of my neck. All the tangles make it hard to keep the pretty curls for more than a day, I’ve gone two before but I had to use A LOT of conditioner as well as deep conditioner to detangle everything. Is there anyway to solve this problem or am I just stuck with straight hair forever

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    May 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I’m amazed at how healthy your hair looks in the after! I wish I had known this before I went ahead and cut off all of my unhealthy hair!

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    Hope Howland (@HHDesigns)
    May 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Love the tips… thanks!

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    linda p
    May 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Cara….as always, I love your post. I do feel the need write this comment to STRONGLY voice my concern about some of the ladies that seem to be under the impression that this is a fix all for damaged hair!!! Ladies, please, please realize that if your hair is really damaged, and you have split ends the ONLY thing that will repair your hair and get it on the road to recovery is a trim!!! Split ends DO NOT repair themselves…..ever!!!! As a professional hairdresser I cannot express how bothersome it is to hear women constantly say that their is damaged, but they dont want to cut it!!! People wonder why our hair looks good….guess what….we cut/ trim it!!!! Why have long nasty hair!!! Do the right thing and trim that nasty stuff just hanging there!!! Thanks again for all you do!

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    Haute Mommy
    May 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Very helpful! Do you think the oil will weigh down fine hair?

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    Liz Tea Bee
    May 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Ok, I am super confused. Can spell it out for us? How long is your hair. In “Confessions of a Long Hair Addict” it’s nearly your butt but the first time I saw you mention extensions for length was after you went blond.

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      May 12, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Yes, I’m curious too about this too!!

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        May 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        Haha I completely understand the confusion! I had long thick hair when I did the long hair post, then I went blonde. I couldn’t get my hair quite as blonde as I wanted so my stylist suggested using blonde extensions to lighten it even more and add a little more length. Then I look the extensions out and that was the first time I really saw how much damage the bleach had cause. My hair was like hash browns for the last 6-8 inches, so I cut off the most damaged parts. I decided not to do extensions again until I get my hair a little stronger. So that’s where I’m at! 🙂

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    May 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you for the link to your previous video when your hair was much longer. I love the way your hair is styled in the pics that correspond to your step by step instructions…however if there is any way that you could do a video showing how you got that beautiful style, you know…it always looks different on longer hair 🙂 And are you finishing off with a hairspray or any sort of texturizing pomade or even sea salt spray to get the textured look?

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    May 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    i’ve been using that treseme heat protective spray forever and not only does it work but it smells great too! are you anticipating doing a cara version of the great gatsby roaring 20’s look? it’s a timeless look i’d like to see you tackle!

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    Marlo Axton Sabbahi
    May 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Hi!! Do you have any suggestions for brunettes that want to get rid of red tones in hair?? Would it be a blue-green shampoo? Where/what brand could I use? thanks!!

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    May 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Cara! I love your blog. First time commenting on here I think!! I’m ultra lazy when it comes to color so I did a soft ombre last year. I fell in love with it and finally needed a re-touch to my color and I asked her to go a little more dramatic (I naturally have dark brown hair) and a little heavier on the golden blonde ends. I love the look (hello, Pinterest-worthy hair!!) but of course that amount of lightening is going to do some damage. I’ve been using Carol’s Daughter Monoi Oil Repair Sacred Strengthening Serum. It’s pretty pricey but a little goes a long way. I use it 3 times a week just on my ends and it’s truly made a world of a difference. It’s a bit of a heavier oil so it might not be great for when you plan to wear your hair down and heat style, but for a wash and ponytail/updo/messy bun kinda day once a week to give your hair some nourishment.

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    May 8, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I think this works for darker colored hair too. When I curl my hair with hair oil using hair iron, my hair looks healthy again!

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    May 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I always do this! My hair looks much healthier when I curl it and luckily my curls stay in for days!

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    May 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Are you using any product before you blow dry your hair as well? Can’t wait to dry this method today!!

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    May 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    If you apply the heat protectant to dry hair, obviously it makes it a little damp. Should I wait until it’s completely dry or it is ok to curl when it’s damp?

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    May 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    How do you nurse hair back to health while subjecting it to all that heat and stuff? Wouldn’t that make it worse even with the moisturizing product? If I tried to nurse my hair back to health like that I’d be bald in a hot minute.

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    May 10, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Can you use that Malibu stuff on brunette hair or is it just for blondes?

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    May 11, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I thought you might like this story… you have mentioned Got 2 B Oil-licious in a previous post, so when I saw it at Walgreens one day I decided to give it a try. After about a month of use (I put it on my damp hair before blowdrying and on my dry, styled hair to give it a little shine) I decided to read all the info on the back of the bottle. While I was reading I was thinking, “WTF this is instructions for washing your hair,” so I turn it around and sure enough it says, “shampoo” (in pretty large letters).

    Long story short, my obsession with your blog and complete trust in your advice has driven me to put shampoo in my hair long after I get out of the shower… for a month!!! Surprisingly, my hair did look shiny and healthy and felt great. I can’t wait to see what the ACTUAL hair oil will do for me 😉

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    May 11, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I have to suggest D’Cinque hair products for your hair…it will whip your hair into shape in one treatment.

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    Monique Brown
    May 13, 2013 at 8:40 am

    great, thank you so much for the tips, are very helpful , I’ll try that and I also use argan oil from pro naturals which is really good for hair too. 😀

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    Vivienne24 (@ViLovesBeauty)
    May 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Thanks for sharing! I recommend any product from Pro Naturals moroccan argan oil too, very moisturizing and repairing.

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    Sarah (SeeSarahBake)
    May 22, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Same question- How do you sleep on your curls to make them last? I wake up with a flattened mess 🙁

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    May 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

    How do you keep you hair looking good for 4 days at a time without washing??? I did the curling technique but i find when I wake up the next day my hair is a mess ha! Do you put yours up or do you sleep on it? Special kind of pillow case? I’m trying to get my hair long and healthy (It takes forever!) Would love to know 🙂 Thanks!

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    September 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Hi I’m from chino California and have been looking to get this color of hair for awhile now! I’m naturally a dirty blonde and have highlighted the life out of my hair! I’ve been wanting to go brown to not only make my hair more healthy, but brighten my blue eyes up. My current hair stylist never seems to get the color right and it never looks like the pictures I bring in, which I understand it cant always be exact but when I ask to go darker and I end up even blonder there’s a problem. Any suggestions on where to go and what colors to ask for when wanting the hair color in the picture above?
    Thank you !!!

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    January 17, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Hii, I bleached my hair too and use mythic oil from l’oreal paris. It keeps my hair smooth, soft and shiny 🙂 love your blog btw 🙂

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