Growing up in a dance studio, I spent most days slicking back my ponytail with sparkly hair gel or finding the easiest and quickest route to make a bun presentable enough for my ballet teacher. In middle and high school, I went through the phase of flat ironing my hair until it was stick straight or using hot rollers to give that Lindsay Lohan circa 2004 “Mean Girls” look. Luckily, over the years, I have learned (mainly the hard way) what works best for my type of hair…oily, yet frizzy and thin…lovely, right? The following are my current hair products and why or how I have come to use them.
Nexxus Therappe Moisture Rebalancing Shampoo // Nexxus Humectress Moisture Restoring Conditioner // Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum // Garnier Fructis 8.5-ounce Curl Shaping Spray Gel // L’Oreal Professional Infinium 4 Finishing Spray // Sexy Hair Big Volume Dry Shampoo // Aveda detangle brush // J.Crew Elastic Hair Tie Pack // Riviera Matte Tort Claw Clips
I’m going to go from shower to style…
- Nexxus Shampoo & Conditioner – I started using this after finding it at Costco in the huge containers with pumps (like they have in salons) for a really good deal. It makes my hair super soft and silky, while replenishing nutrients and repairing damage. It’s enriched with a Caviar Complex and 100% pure, concentrated Elastin Protein.
- I started using this after finding it at Costco in the huge containers with pumps (like they have in salons) for a really good deal. It makes my hair super soft and silky, while replenishing nutrients and repairing damage. It’s enriched with a Caviar Complex and 100% pure, concentrated Elastin Protein.
- Anti-Frizz Serum – I discovered Garnier products in high school when their TV commercials were all the rage and my best friend, Christina, began using them. After washing my hair, I apply one pump of this into my palm, then lather it into my hair (while wet) before blow drying (or letting it air dry). I especially work it into my ends and feel it helps keep my natural frizz somewhat at bay.
- Curl Shaping Gel – I’ve also used this spray gel since high school. While still wet, I run my fingers through towel dried hair (don’t brush), then turn my head upside down and spray several pumps of this on my locks. Next, do the scrunching motion a few times, flip over, fix the scary pieces, and let it air dry. Now keep your hands out of it (or you’ll turn into a frizzy mess)…after completely dry, it tends to feel slightly crunchy, so I mess with it a little (scrunching again with my hands). Voila! Beachy natural waves.
- Finishing/Hair Spray – I discovered this spray a few years ago when raiding my mom’s bathroom. My hair is very stubborn about holding heat-induced curl, but this spray creates a phenomenal hold while not feeling crispy or hard.
- Dry Shampoo – A few years ago, I began reading and hearing how washing your hair daily can strip out your natural oils and overall, be unhealthy for your hair and scalp. I have always washed my hair every day, as it tends to be on the thinner side and becomes oily/greasy pretty quickly. On a kick to make my hair healthier, I decided to try washing it every-other day. This dry shampoo does wonders with keeping the oil at bay and smells wonderful!
- Hair Ties – Lately, I’ve been loving hair ties like these J.Crew ones. They are snag-free, don’t break your hair like some of the rubbery and more coarse versions, and don’t leave and indention when you take out a pony.
- Paddle Brush – I randomly purchased a similar version of this brush a few years ago on a TJ Maxx run. I love the look it gives off (totally reminding me of the American Girl Doll version I had for my dolls growing up) and it works great for blowouts.
- Hair clips – These clips are perfect for long hair. I keep them in almost every room of the house and one in my purse. They are perfect for quickly quickly holding your hair back to wash you face or to hold a messy top-knot bun when you don’t have a hair tie handy.
I would love to hear all of your favorite products! Please feel free to reply and share!
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xx // deidra