I’m going to kick this Friday off with a couple fun facts about me. The first one is that I won “best hair” in high school. This sounds like a super jerky thing for me to mention, but I’m only doing it because it softens the blow for my second fun fact. When I was in 7th grade, I watched You’ve Got Mail* and fell in love with Meg Ryan’s hair. This was before smart phones and all of that, so instead of screenshotting a photo of the exact thing I wanted, I just asked the girl who did my hair if she had ever seen the movie. She said she hadn’t but that she thought she knew the style I was talking about. Spoiler alert: it didn’t go well. I got a very short, very shaggy haircut that went barely past my ears and I was mortified. I started growing it out immediately and slowly transitioned to an equally cool (jokes) zig-zag-parted bob that flipped out (literally, I curled it up with a curling iron every day) all around the bottom. I did get mistaken for an Olsen twin once, so that was cool. But other than that, middle school was not my hair’s most shining time.
*I just looked up a photo of Meg and my hair stylist actually kind of nailed it. I just shouldn’t have been rocking a 40-year-old’s haircut at the ripe age of 12. Great — glad that’s settled.
Luckily, I made a comeback. I take way better care of my hair nowadays, have finally gotten the hang of styling it, and know which products are my friends and which ones aren’t.
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HAIR TIPS AND TRICKS
- I only wash my hair once or twice a week. That freaks a lot of people out, but I swear it’s the best trick for healthy hair! It’s totally worth it to train your locks to get to this point. If the thought of sleeping in less-than-clean hair worries you, you can always put it up in a loose bun (preferably with a Scrunchie or loose hair tie) and change your pillow case often.
- Before getting into the shower, I use this WET-N-DRY BRUSH (starting at the ends and making my way up to my scalp) to get the tangles out. I find that it gets really messy and tangled if I shampoo without brushing first.
- My favorite SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER are by It’s a 10. They are the perfect consistency, don’t strip my color, and are super moisturizing. I also use a purple shampoo to prevent my blonde from getting brassy. Since I only wash my hair once or twice a week, I mix THIS with my normal shampoo and conditioner (1 part purple, 1 part normal) each time.
- After washing my hair, I spray in LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER by It’s a 10, too. It’s expensive, but when you’re only washing your hair and using this a couple times a week, it lasts. I may or may not brush it through with the Wet-N-Dry Brush, just depending on how smooth I want my hair to air dry.
- If my hair is feeling extra dry, frizzy, or dull, I’ll use one to two pumps of this KERATIN OIL after the leave-in conditioner.
- To speed up my drying process, I’ve started using the this TOWEL to wrap my hair. I never rub my hair with a normal terry cloth towel because it can cause major breakage. If I want to wring my hair out, I’ll use a couple paper towels to minimize the damage.
- I almost never blow dry my hair. I’ve probably used my BLOWDRYER once in the last six months. Instead, I usually wash my hair at night or earlier in the morning on a day I know I don’t need to style it. Some people aren’t fans of sleeping on wet hair, but I’ve never had an issue. Sometimes, I’ll brush the front pieces back and do a slick braid if I don’t need completely dry hair in the morning. Or I’ll do a loose ballerina bun without a hair tie when I lie on my pillow. It’ll eventually fall out, but I like that it’s not rubbing all over the place. I feel like the products I use on my wet hair prevents it from getting damaged or tangled at night.
- Dry shampoo is my bestie. I use it almost every day, whether my hair truly needs it or not. I spray it on my roots and rub it in my fingers to avoid any visible residue. It’s perfect for adding extra volume or texturizing clean hair. I go for the cheap stuff because it works and I use a ton of it. THIS ONE is my favorite — you can usually find a two-pack at Target for under $7. If you’re worried about gross hair after working out, you can also spray in some dry shampoo and use a blow dryer to make your style last longer and keep you smelling fresh post-workout. I try to avoid the heat at all costs, but if you’re desperate, this totally works!
- When I’m in between washes, I use a thick HEADBAND every time I wash my face. Wet hair around your face is no bueno! I’ll also wear the headband underneath my shower cap to avoid any moisture from touching my hairline in front or back.
- On most days, I wake up and put my partially damp hair in a french braid and let it air dry the rest of the way while also giving me some waves. Once it’s completely dry, I’ll use my FLAT IRON to straighten out any wild pieces around my face. This iron is inexpensive, heats up quickly, and its ceramic plates are easy on my hair.
- Depending on the look I’m going for, I’ll either use this 1 1/2 INCH or this 1 INCH curling iron. They’re both under $20 and seriously work. I’ve had both of mine for over three years and they’re still kickin’. I took the clamp off of the 1 1/2 inch one so I could use it as a wand for looser waves. In the photos here, I used the 1 inch (with the clamp) for most of my head and then used the 1 1/2 inch wand for the top halo portion of my hair (basically two inches above my ears). I don’t love super tight curls around my face, so the mixture helps me achieve a softer look.
- To finish it all off, I usually add hair spray and texturizing spray. I’m not crazy picky when it comes to hair spray, but I love how THIS ONE doesn’t make my hair feel stiff or heavy. And I’ve talked about this before, but I love the AMIKA TEXTURIZING SPRAY. I spray it mostly on the ends to get more of an undone, piece-y look.
- Aside from all of this, I’m also still taking my PRENATAL VITAMINS. I’ve been lucky enough to avoid hormonal breakage and I definitely think taking one of these a day has helped make that possible.