Hey guys! Happy Humpday! I’m super excited today to have the gorgeous Gina from Sweet and Modern guest posting for me, and you all are in for a total treat. She shares my love for makeup, fashion, and baking, so I pretty much knew we’d be friends from the get go!
Today, she’s going to be sharing how she maintains her beautiful locks, and sharing her favorite hair products. I’m also guest posting on her blog today, where I’m talking all about lip products. Be sure and check it out over here!
As much as I love experimenting with make up, nothing gets me more excited than hair products that work. When it comes to hair, I am low maintenance to the MAX. I get my hair trimmed maybe every 3-4 months, I don’t color my hair, and I rarely use hairspray. I just like to keep things simple and easy! After years of experimenting, I finally have it down to a science…. and I wanted to share my routine + favorite products with you all today!
Low Maintenance Hair Routine
First off, I have to say, I only wash my hair 1-2 times a week (#godblessdryshampoo). But also, it’s no coincidence that I can go longer than that if needed. I attribute that to Living Proof shampoo & conditioner. I use the No Frizz line. This stuff is no joke. I used my old shampoo for a short stint when I ran out and I was shocked at how much faster I had to wash my hair (hello oil!) I’ve discussed this before, but they are doing something right over there. I always pin my hair up in a bun during showers (or use a shower cap!) and my hair stays perfectly intact!
On the days I wash my hair, I towel dry it and comb it out immediately using my Wet Brush. You must get a Wet Brush. If you somehow missed the boat, here is your life raft. Seriously, I cannot stress this enough. Especially those of you with long hair. Total. Gamechanger.
Next, I put in some sort of repair cream/heat protectant. This is crucial! Although I try to avoid a lot of heat, the days that I do style, I want my hair to be protected. I use Living Proof Split End repair, It’s a 10, and Kenra Blow Out Spray. Depending on how my hair feels, the weather, how I am planning to style it….will determine which one. More often than not, I use at least two together. I am guessing this isn’t recommended by any of these companies, but it works for me. 🙂
If time allows, I let my hair air dry to about 50% dry. I will then flip my hair over and blow dry just the roots. Not everyone does this (or needs to!) but my hair does not dry attractively at the root without a little guidance. Just giving it a little one minute blast does wonders! I then let the rest air dry. If I am in a rush and have to go out, I dry all of it at once (upside down … because volume).
Now.. you will notice I don’t put a lot of stuff in my hair, and in my experience, the more product I use, the less time my style holds. On special occasions where I am going for extra volume, I like to put Dry Bar Southern Belle to my roots before any blow drying. Just a little goes a long way for pumping your roots up!
Once my hair is dry (usually several hours later or the next morning) I will section my hair off and use a curling iron to put some loose, messy curls in. I prefer to use a 1 inch wand. Day one curls are a little tighter than I would prefer but it helps to add more days to your style! After the curls are cooled, I finger comb through my hair after the curls are cooled to make them a little more natural.
I then use Drybar’s Triple Sec (aka the holy grail of volume and texture) to spray on the top section of my hair. I usually massage it into my scalp for max volume. If you have to pick one product to get this month, make it Triple Sec. It is unreal how quickly it can transform your hair and … the smell. Oh the smell. I’ve never sprayed this in my hair without my husband saying “your hair smells really good!” It’s just heavenly.
And then, of course, a day or so post wash, I start incorporating Drybar’s Detox in the AM. Detox is Drybar’s dry shampoo and it is the delightful cousin to Triple Sec. It works, it smells amazing and I cannot sing its praises enough. I have tried nearly every dry shampoo worth mentioning and I keep coming back to this. Yes, it is kind of pricey. Also, yes …. it is that good.
I have to give a special shout out to my “runner up” (and more budget friendly option) Batiste Dry shampoo. Truly, this stuff works. And it is half the price. Ladies tell me over and over that dry shampoo just doesn’t work for them. I know everyone has different hair and sometimes certain styles require a lot more maintenance. But… with some experimentation, most people can get several days out of a wash!
So, there you have it! My curls fade day by day, and if they are looking particularly rough by day 4, I usually start pulling my hair half back or resort to a bun (or hat if I’m not at work!) I love my low maintenance routine. Washing less = getting ready faster + decreased heat damage. Yes please!
So I have to know… what are your favorite, must have products?! Tips and tricks? Let me know in the comments!
A huge thanks to Gina for guest posting for me today! Who else feels like they need to step up their hair game now? I know I’ll be using some of these tips and I’m definitely interested in the wet brush and dry shampoos she mentioned! Hope you enjoyed today’s post and be sure and show Gina some love in the comments and give her blog a visit to check out my guest post on lip products!
Thanks for stopping by!-Cara