My Journey Through Personalized Hair Products

My Journey Through Personalized Hair Products

I was hooked!

I was a product of having all of my hair chopped off as a child. My mom always said, “You just had too much hair to deal with, so I had the hairdresser cut it off.” Every since I took control over my own hair, I have kept it on the longer side. I have thick and curly hair, and it is hard to manage on most occasions. I have spent hundreds of dollars coloring my hair, and hundreds of dollars experimenting with different shampoos and conditioners. I have tried the drug store brands, which left my hair dry and out of control. As I grew older, I have invested money into salon brands, which ended up costing $32 for a 8 oz bottle of shampoo, and $32 for a 8 oz bottle of conditioner, only to have my hair looking oily.

A few weeks ago, I was scrolling through Facebook, and had scrolled past an Ad for a product called Function of Beauty. I tend not to click on the links because I end up buying the stuff, and this case was no different. I had made it to the website, and started to look around. After looking through the site, I started googling reviews on the product. I spent the next hour reading reviews for shampoo and conditioner. I was hooked! The idea of personalized hair products seemed like a dream come true.

When you first get to the website, you get to take a “Hair Quiz.” There are four parts to the quiz. The first part is creating your hair profile. The image below includes the questions you need to complete about your type of hair.You are able to show what type of hair you have, your hair structure, and your scalp moisture. When taking the hair quiz, it had never occurred to me that different hair types deserve different types of shampoos and conditioners. It doesn’t make sense that all these years I have been sharing shampoo and conditioner with my mom, who has very thin and straight hair.

The next step in the personalized hair care process is determining your hair goals. Function of Beauty provides 17 common hair goals. You have to pick at least one hair goal, and can select up to 5. Once you click on the hair goals that you want to achieve, it lists the active ingredients that will be in your personalized hair product. Below is an image of the possible hair goals you can choose from.

The third part of the hair quiz is my favorite part of the journey to finding the perfect shampoo and conditioner. The third step is customizing your formula. You get to choose the color of your shampoo and the color of your conditioner. If you prefer to have no color dye added to your products, you can chose to have them colorless. Then you get to choose the fragrance of your products. Once the fragrance is chosen, you get to choose the strength of the fragrance. Your products can have a light smell, medium smell, or a stronger smell. Finally, you type in your name in the last step, which will be printed on the bottles. Below is a picture of all the options offered in the third part of the hair quiz

The final step of the hair quiz is the purchasing step. Function of Beauty offers many different options when buying your products. I love how it gives you the option to purchase different sized shampoos and conditioners. You also get the option to have your products ordered every month, two months, three months, or can just do a one time purchase. Below is the pricing chart.

I received my personalized shampoo and conditioner in the mail about a week ago. The first time I used it, I could see and feel a huge difference. The shampoo actually lathered in my hair, and after conditioning, my hair was so soft and easy to comb. I have been nothing but pleased with this product. The only drawback was it took roughly 2 weeks to receive my products, but everything is personalized and that takes time.I love that my products shipped for free. The products are manufactured in the United States and are not tested on animals. If you are like me, and have struggled with finding the right shampoo and conditioner, I highly recommend giving Function of Beauty a try. Here is the link to your new experience with personalized hair products:

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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My Hair Journey After Box Bleaching My Hair

Although it may seem cheap and easy, the reality of box bleaching your hair is disastrous. Professionals, this article is dedicated to you.


In 2017, I made the disastrous decision to box bleach my hair that I am still paying for today.

It seemed cheap, easy, and was something fun I could do at midnight. Little did I know, this would be a choice that I would still be regretting to this day. Besides the awful reality of box bleaching your hair, such as the chemicals in store hair dye already being disastrous for your hair, if you don't know what you're doing you not only run the risk of damaging your hair, having your hair fall out, but could also seriously hurting your scalp.

Follow me on my hair journey over the past two years and use this article to look back on if you're ever bored and in need for a change. Wait to go to a salon!

May 23rd, 2017.

Nichole Doty

I like to call this moment the calm before the storm. Back in 2017, I had long dark hair. I loved my hair and was very proud of how long I grew it. This is the longest my hair had ever been at this point in my life, and I absolutely loved it.

July 31st, 2017.

Nichole Doty

This was the day that everything changed. I made the terrible decision to not only box bleach my hair but to add box pink hair dye on the underneath of it. Not only did it look terrible, but it was also an irreversible decision that was made that I would have to live with for the next few years to come.

August 12th, 2017.

Kasey Bauner, (kasey_bauner via instagram), who works at Jay Marie Salon and Spa in Schereville, was able to save my hair in a beautiful way.

Nichole Doty

HALLELUJAH! My hot mess was fixed! Through hours and hundreds of dollars later spent at the salon, they were able to salvage my hair without shaving all of it off!

December 9th, 2017.

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A few months later, after some length came in, that's when the roots started to appear. After the first glace at the outgrowth, I knew that I would have to keep chopping my hair until the roots fully grew out.

January 5th, 2018.

Nichole Doty

This was the first big chop I had to do since the box bleach disaster I did to my head. I knew that I didn't want to dye my hair back to its original color, so this began my repetitive cycle of hair growing out, getting a drastic chop, and growing it out again.

July 5th, 2018.

Nichole Doty

In July, my hair started to show more length since I had to originally chop it. My roots were starting to come in the dark so I had to try and wear hairstyles that would discretely cover how much my hair had grown.

August 31st, 2018.

Another big chop when school started in the fall of 2018. There's something so disappointing about having to keep growing out your hair just to chop it, but unfortunately, that's what I signed up for when I got myself into this mess.

November 29th, 2018.

At this point, my roots looked terrible. From the back of my head, the roots were growing towards the middle. I had to keep reminding myself that I couldn't see the back of my head so I could gracefully ignore how terrible it looked. Aside from this awful outgrowth I had going on, the color in my hair was starting to settle into a yellow mess.

January 31st, 2019.

Nichole Doty

As if I didn't learn my lesson from the first time, I started to experiment with different colors. I used the L'Oreal Colorista Semi-Permanent dye. I will say, though, this really is the most Semi-Permanent dye I have ever used as it would fully wash out in two weeks without any traces of color left behind.

April 25th, 2019.

I felt as though if I added different colors to my hair it would make the roots look more natural. As it did, I do NOT recommend the Kiss Tintation hair dye. This was the most patchy dye I have ever used, although I did love the blue.

May 12th, 2019.

Nichole Doty

As of just a few weeks ago, my hair was a big green mess. The dye would not leave my hair, so I started to panic that I really messed up this time. I could no longer wait at this point as I felt the frantic need to chop my hair.

May 23rd, 2019.

Nichole Doty

Here we have it! At the end of my journey thus far, I have managed to almost have all of my natural colors back! Although there are some green strands still left behind, I am mostly back to a full head of hair being the same color.

Overall, I want this article to serve as a warning to those who are like me and don't think through decisions properly. I'm the type of person when I want something I want it at that exact moment no matter what. My rash decision has led to poor self esteem and issues throughout these past two years. Am I being dramatic? Maybe. Maybe I'm like you who feels as though your hair is a big part of your identity and who you are as a person. Thank you for following my hair journey and remember: ALWAYS think through big decisions properly and wait to go to a salon to get your hair done!


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