Ah, the hair! We color it, curl it, twirl it, iron it, blow dry it, comb it, brush it, and finger fluff it. We might even pluck it, if we find a gray. And most of us do it ever day. Every. Single. Day.
I’ve always had wavy hair, and when I was younger, I blew it dry with a round brush, trying desperately to make my wavy curls go where I wanted them to go. It’s just been in the last ten years or so that I’ve really embraced the curly gurl within me. Since my hair is truly wavy, it takes product and diffusing to get the curls I wear every day. If I leave it completely alone (with no product) to air dry, I get some kind of wavy, 1970s. hippie chick look. Yikes! On the plus side, my hair loves humidity. Like, when everyone else’s hair is frizzing out, mine is competing for Hair of the Year. It’s bizarre.
Several of you have asked me about my hair – what products I use, how I fix it, etc. First of all, I want you to know how much that means to me. Thank you! Today I’m going to share my go-to products and my routine with you. Even if you aren’t a curly gurl, you might know a curly gurl who could benefit! Some of the products I’m sharing today would make great holiday gifts for the curly gurls in your life. I’ve done the work for you. All the links and images I am sharing are clickable and I’ve done my best to find the very best prices. You go, gurl!
Shampooing and Conditioning:
If you are a regular visitor to Empty Nest Blessed, you know I meet my boyfriend, gym, every morning, so I have to wash my hair every day. To camouflage those pesky gray hairs, I get my hair highlighted about every 6 weeks. I’ve tried lots of shampoos for color-treated hair, and my latest favorite is Pantene ProV Color Preserve Shampoo. I am super picky about conditioner because if it’s too softening, it actually makes my curls fall flat. I love Redken Curvaceous Conditioner! You can leave it in, or rinse it out. It conditions but is not heavy and doesn’t coat my hair and weigh down my curls. (Click the images for more information.)
As soon as I’m out of the shower, I wrap my hair in a Turbie Twist to soak up the excess water. This ingenious towel is super absorbent 100% microfiber and it actually stays in place because of its unique design. You twist it on your hair and then loop it closed at the back of your head. (Drier hair makes for less blow drying, and that’s a good thing!) It works on my short hair, and I bought one for my college daughter, who uses it on her nearly waist-length hair. She keeps it on the whole time she is getting ready, and never even blow drys at all!
After a few minutes in the Turbie Twist, I remove it and work Tresemme Curl Care Flawless Curls Extra Hold Mousse in at the roots. Like most curly gurls, the underside of my hair is curlier than the top, so I do this for volume. Next, I scrunch a cream serum product – Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl – on the top layer. It seals in moisture for frizz control. I’m all for that! (Click the images for more information.)
Repeat after me: curly gurls must diffuse and scrunch. I’ve always used the universal-fit Curly Co. Collapsible Hair Diffuser on a regular blow dryer, but my new awesome discovery is the Bed Head Curlipops Diffuser Dryer. Besides having the cutest name for a product I’ve heard in a long time, this tourmaline, ionic dryer adds shine, reduces frizz, and drys my hair at warp speed. It is awesome. Remember: diffuse and scrunch, diffuse and scrunch.
For those days when I want to take a break from the products and diffuser, I use John Freida’s Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air Dry Waves Styling Foam. It doesn’t give me the tighter curls, but it helps me get the waves under control so I do not look like some kind of crazy hippie woman. I apply it, and then scrunch, scrunch, scrunch! (Click the images for more information.)
Redken Quick Dry hairspray is the greatest hairspray ever invented. I am not kidding you. As the name suggests, it dries fast, so it doesn’t wet my hair down. (Don’t you hate it when that happens?) It holds my hair without the crunch and stiffness, yet it doesn’t leave it too soft so I feel like I didn’t apply anything at all. I spray it on, and then more scrunching. Try this hairspray, seriously. You’re welcome. (Click the images for more information.)
Who wants to haul all those tools and products on a trip? Not me! A few years ago, my hairstylist turned me on to this tiny but powerful BaByliss Pro Titanium Travel blow dryer. It is super lightweight (9.6 ounces), and it is about the size of your open hand (5.5 x 3.1 x 6.2 inches), but it has the power of a full-size dryer, let me tell you. Even though many hotels provide blow dryers, I had one too many bad experiences with their reliability, so now I just take this little one I can count on to do the job! For diffusing when I travel, my stylist turned me on to the ultralight Hot Sock diffuser. It slides onto the end of your blow dryer, and diffuses away. Love! (Click the images for more information.)
Wishing you a good hair day today and a happy weekend! Do you have a hair product you swear by? If so, please leave me a comment and let me in on it!
Photo by Megan Weaver.
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