Happy Monday! I’ve recently had a few requests on what’s going on with my hair. How I style it, what products I use, etc. And oh my word, I’m so crazy honored! I love all things hair and hair product related so to write this post is right up my beauty-lovin’ alley. But before we dive in, let me make an honest note that there are many days within my week where my hair gets thrown up in a greasy top knot or a baseball cap because it’s dirty, I don’t have time, or I just plain don’t have the energy to style it. So please don’t read this and think this is a daily routine situation. And I’ll also note that so many of these products can be used solo, in mini-combination, or in full force all together! But you don’t have to have the army with you all the time. What are we, Kardashians? No. And that’s a good thing. Ok, now that we’re clear on that reality check, let’s dive in.
POST-SHOWER PREP & AIR DRYING
Bumble and Bumble Tonic: First off, this stuff smells heavenly. It has tea tree oil in it, but not too much. It’s fresh and invigorating and the first thing I spritz in my initial towel-dried hair out of a shower. It’s an amazing detangler and works into your scalp with a little tingle. It also has some great conditioning nutrients. One bottle lasts a long time and I’ve been using it for years and love it.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Air Dry Waves: This is a new to me product that I tried on a whim. Guess what, air dry fans? It’s good. Real good. And a lifesaver if you’re running super late with wet hair! With damp hair (not soaking wet right from the shower) I work this foam in and then scrunch like it’s 1988. Technically, this stuff is formulated to scrunch in and be out the door! I’ve certainly done that with this and it’s been pretty impressive. I will say, nothing makes waves look polished unless you have a wand or iron. They just don’t. But this product works really well at taming what your natural waves and emulating that beachy-touseld look that is so in right now.
Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray: This stuff is a cult classic and rightfully so. A little goes a long way, but spritz through damp hair and it helps create some texture through your stands. I love it in combination with the product described above. It definitely helps with the waves becoming more defined and staying put throughout the day. Plus, it’s subtle salt water smell makes you feel like you’re on a beach!
BLOWDRY & STYLE
TRESemmé Heat Tamer: Stop frying your hair! Heat protectant is crucial if you’re going to blow dry or style with irons. And this one is a bargain buy! Spritz it on damp or dry hair before applying heat.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Keraflex Hairspray: Ok, but first. I LOVE HAIRSPRAY. Really, you’ll never find me without it. And I’m not afraid to go big when using it. My husband Sam jokes that he can’t be within 10 feet of the bathroom when I’m doing my hair because of how toxic it is with all the hairspray. He’s learned to deal with it. I’m constantly trying new ones (because I go through it so much) and sometimes I go high-end and sometimes it’s drugstore. I picked this one up at Ulta last week and I love it thus far. I HAVE seen a difference in frizz – my waves stayed intact this weekend with all the rain! So, I’m calling this one a keeper.
- My styling tip with hairspray: spritz a light layer through your dry hair before you start to use an iron. This will help your curls stay when heat is applied.
Sultra ‘The Bombshell’ Curling Wand: A curling wand is really the only tool that’s going to create a true wave. A curling iron creates a softer, more polished curl. There IS a difference! I know their clamp-less exterior is scary, but you can do it! There are countess YouTube tutorials on how to do it, just search ‘curling wand tutorial’. And if that’s weird, email me and I’ll come over and help! With my current mid-length hair, a 1/4 inch barrel works and I would say that’s the right size for anyone with mid-to long hair. If you want a tighter wave, opt for a 1 inch.
- My biggest wand tips: 1. Be patient. 2. Grab conservative amounts of hair at a time – too much hair means it’s not getting direct contact with the barrel and not creating the wave. 3. Always curl AWAY from your face. Think Farrah Fawcett style, but just today’s version. Trust me. Curls that go in towards your face don’t look right. Think Shirley Temple. Both are fabulous women actresses, of course, but let’s stick to channeling Farrah as grown women. Please and thanks.
FINISH IT OFF
Pantene Smooth Frizz Fix Serum: Similar to Moroccan Oil, but a little bit lighter (and cheaper!) of a formula. This stuff works wonders at fighting frizz, adding shine without looking greasy, and is perfect for finishing off your look. I put less than a dime-sized amount in my hands and then let it work through as I finger comb my hair out from using the wand.
And to top it all off?? More hairspray. ALWAYS more hairspray! Unless it’s a super firm hold formula and that gets too tacky real quick. Stick to lighter hold formulas and build! You only need super firm if you’re doing things like an up-do.
Voilà! Soft waves. I know that is a LOT of product and a lot of steps. I totally get that it can feel overwhelming. But like I noted, you can absolutely break it all into chunks. I do! For starters, I only wash my hair 3 times a week (thanks to dry shampoo). Also, I often let it air dry the day or night I wash it, then style it with the wand the next morning. Yes, there are absolutely some days where all of these steps happen back to back, but only if if necessary. Happy hair styling!
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