Okay I probably could live without them, but you get the point!
For shampoo and conditioner, I experiment quite a bit. I am always thinking that I'll be able to find a pair that will change my life. For a while now I've been loyal to my OGX Thick & Full Biotin and Collagen shampoo and conditioner. It smells nice, makes my hair soft, and reduces frizz- not much more I can ask for! Post shower I brush my hair out gently with my Wetbrush, and throw it up in a Turbie Twist hair towel.
Naturally, my hair doesn't have a lot going on. It isn't really curly, and it isn't silky straight and smooth: it is an awkward mix of wavy and frizzy that I am just not in love with. So, pretty much every time I wash my hair, I blow dry it. I use two products to prep my hair for every blow-out: Bumble & Bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil and the Kristin Ess Instant Lift Thickening Spray. The hair oil makes my hair silky soft, shiny, and reduces frizz while also acting as a heat protectant. I use one pump, rub it between my hands, and rub it into my towel-dried hair before blow drying. Next, I take a couple spritzes of the thickening spray and try to disperse that evenly through my hair, focusing at the roots. This stuff really does add volume and thickness to your hair without making it crunchy or sticky, and it helps prolong my at-home blowouts and curls.
Now, my blow drier. I used to just use the cheapest hair drier I picked up at Walmart when I was 11, until it had some sort of malfunction and singed off a chunk of my hair. I went that same day to Ulta, picked up the DryBar Buttercup blow dryer, and it changed my life. Cut my dry time in half, and somehow manages to make my hair smoother and shinier than my cheap dryer ever did. It is an expensive blow dryer, but for someone who blow drys their hair every time they wash it- it is so, so worth it.
If you're thinking that this all sounds like a lot of work every time I wash my hair; then you would be correct. It's a lot of work. So, I only wash my hair two to three times a week. How do I manage? Dry shampoo. Like, a lot of dry shampoo. My personal favorite is the Batiste dry shampoo. It smells great, and it is super powdery which helps soak up the oils in my hair. Since it is so powdery, you have to be careful to really brush it through your hair so it doesn't get a white cast. What I do is I section my hair, spray it down, brush it out, then flip my head over and hit it with my blow drier. This allows the dry shampoo to soak up the oil, and brushing and hitting it with the blow drier gets rid of the powder-cast and adds volume.
Now, for curling. I am a curling wand girl, my hair doesn't hold a curl when I use a clamp curling iron. I have been using the Kristin Ess for Target pivoting curling wand, and I am in love. The head of the iron actually pivots, so you don't have to hold your arm up at an awkward angle to wrap your locks around the barrel. The barrel is 1 and 1/4, and it gives the prettiest, soft curls. A lot of days I will just take 3 large sections on each side, curl them, and then brush them out with my Kristin Ess comb. It gives a sort of faux, blow-out curl effect that I am in love with. My favorite hairspray at the moment is this Lock it Weather Control one from L'Oreal, which helps battle humidity and smells like coconuts- which is a nice little touch!
If you have made it this far, bravo. I hope you found this helpful, and if you have and questions leave them below! And if you have any hair secrets, please leave those below as well!
'till next time,