FashionJanuary 28, 2014

Good Hair Day

I’ve been asked a few times via followers to do a post about how I do and take care of my hair. It’s funny because I really don’t do anything super special.  I am pretty blessed with my mom’s thick hair (by the way, her hair is still crazy amazing at 60-something- we should ask HER what SHE does).  My hair was always my safety blanket, even when I felt horrible about every other part of how I looked. Even when I was sick, my hair stayed pretty great.  So when I had a majorly awful coloring (and corrective coloring) incident with a new colorist four years ago that left me with such damaged hair that started breaking and falling out, I absolutely lost my shit (pardon my French, but it’s true).  It took that to realize how much of my confidence was wrapped up in my strands.  The more I stressed about it the worse it got, a vicious cycle.  For over a year I was so self-conscious and depressed (even though everyone said they couldn’t tell much of a difference).  Long story short, I skipped coloring it for a very long time, did lots of masks and worked on my stress level and it got better.   So now when people compliment my hair it makes me happy again!  While I’m not one to do photo-shoots of myself doing my hair, here are my favorite products and how I get my messy waves:

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Left, happy waves in the early fall    Right, miserable waves in the winter.

(That is not a duckface, that is a “I hate the cold” face”)

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1. & 2. I am so obsessed with this L’Oreal shampoo and conditioner. It’s works wonders for such a good price. Better than some I’ve tried that cost six times this much!

3. Once in a while I love using this peppermint shampoo to feel like I’m really cleaning my scalp. I lather it up and leave it for a few minutes to get a good tingle on.

4. I put a pump or two of through the ends/ middle of my wet hair and then brush through. This big bottle has lasted me over two years so for the price it’s worth it!

5. Another oil I use sometimes is this L’Oreal one, I’ll spray on my ends if I’m out of Absolue.  I also use this on my dry hair (sparingly) to calm frizzies! It’s genius!

6. I love to air dry my hair as it has natural wave- when it’s not 194 degrees below zero I’ll spray this sea salt spray on my hair from roots to mid-shaft and let it air dry for good slightly tacky texture.

7. If it’s freezing out (like now) I’ll put a little bit of this mousse on the roots and blow dry with my head upside down for some lift and volume. I’ll use a large round brush here and there but I don’t dry it straight because the more texture there is before I curl the longer the waves last!

8. I use this 1″ super hot (i.e. I’ve branded Andrew with this when he’s come into the bathroom at an ill-advised time) curling iron.  I section my hair with clips so I can get the underneath part first and holding the iron with the wand pointed down I take 1-2″ sections and wrap them around the barrel away from the face. Wrap fro root to tip- don’t start at the bottom!  Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat over entire head.

9. I flip my head over, tousle everything so it’s not so perfectly curled and sometimes blast the root with a little Oribe Dry Spray (amazing dry shampoo/ texturizer).  A lot of times I skip this and do it the second day when I don’t wash it. P.S. this stuff is AWESOME for updos as it adds a lot of grip to the hair!

10. To finish, a light spritz of Elnett– the only hairspray I’ve used that isn’t crunchy at all.

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