Wanna know something funny? Even with the wide variety of topics I post about on Empty Nest Blessed, I get questions about my hair from my followers almost every day! (It ranks second only to questions I get about the empty nest.) Let’s face it, no matter what your age, stage, size, or occupation, if you’re a woman, your hair is a thanggg. 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 every day. Every. Single. Day.
I’ve always had wavy hair. 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 embraced the curly gurl within me. Since my hair is truly wavy, it takes products and diffusing to get the loose, mind-of-their-own 😂 curls I wear every day. If I leave it completely alone, don’t add any product, and let it air dry, I end up with some kind of wavy, 1970s hippie-chick look. 😬 Yikes! On the plus side, my diva-like hair loves humidity. Like, when everyone else’s hair is frizzing out, mine is pretty much living it’s best life.
Today I’m sharing my go-to products and my hair care routine with you. Even if you aren’t a curly gurl, you might know a curly gurl who could benefit, so please feel free to share this post! You can click on any of the images or pink text links for more information. Alternatively, if you want to see all of these products in one convenient place, I’ve linked them on the Empty Nest Blessed Amazon page! You’ll find them under the “Curly Hair Care” category.
It may not look like it from my photos, but I have thinning hair. Declining estrogen levels make thinning hair a normal part of aging for women, but in my case, I also have an auto-immune disease that contributes to the situation as well. When it comes to hair loss, men typically start the process with a receding hairline, whereas female hair loss tends to occur as a gradual thinning all over the scalp. I take Biotin, to help with hair growth and health, and I also use collagen. I actually wrote an entire post about the results I’ve seen with collagen, and how I decided on the particular brand I use, etc. (You can read that post HERE.) Finally, I also use over-the-counter Rogaine Foam for Women to stimulate hair regrowth. It’s helped me a lot.
Shampooing and Conditioning
If you’ve been hanging around here for a while now, you know that I work out 4-5 mornings a week, so I pretty much have to wash my hair daily. To camouflage those pesky gray hairs, I get my hair highlighted about every six weeks. I’ve tried lots of shampoos for color-treated hair, and my latest favorite is Garnier Fructis Color Shield Shampoo. I’m super picky about conditioner because if it’s too softening, it makes my curls fall flat. I love Redken Curvaceous Conditioner! You can leave it in, or rinse it out. It conditions, but it’s not heavy and doesn’t weigh down my hair.
As soon as I’m out of the shower, I wrap my hair in a Turbie Twist to soak up excess water. This ingenious towel is made of super absorbent 100% microfiber, and it 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 young adult daughter, who has longer hair. She keeps it on the whole time she’s getting ready, and never even blow drys at all!
Next, it’s time for mousse. I’ve tried lots, and I’m super picky! I want one that will provide lift and volume without weighing my hair down or make it sticky or crunchy! (I hate that! 😝) Here’s what I use.
First, I work the product with the ridiculous name of Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Spray Mousse 🤣 in at the roots to help with volume. Then I work either MoroccanOil Volumizing Mousse or OGX Locking + Coconut Curls Decadent Creamy Mousse into my curls to hydrate, enhance, and prevent frizz.
Drying & Diffusing
Repeat after me:
curly wavy gurls must diffuse and scrunch. Get your hands and fingers in there and scrunch like your life depends upon it!
For diffusing, I keep it pretty simple and use the universal-fit Conair Diffuser on my blow dryer. Recently, one of my friends was going on and on about her DevaFuser Diffuser. In fact, she was so enthused that I was ready to get one!
And then I saw it.
I don’t know what to say, except that it’s creepy-looking! (Also, it’s super-expensive, so there’s that!) I just couldn’t make myself pull the trigger and buy it. Do any of you have one? If so, please leave a comment at the end of this post and let us know your thoughts, okay?
If you’re in the market for a new blow dryer, I highly recommend this 1875 W Remington dryer. (I own last year’s model.) It’s a salon-quality dryer without the price! It’s lightweight, has 90% more ions than standard ionic dryers, and ceramic technology for even heat distribution. It adds shine, reduces frizz, and dries my hair at warp speed. It is awesome. I have to say, though, being the practical girl, my favorite thing about it might be that is has a removable air filter on the end, so cleaning it is easy-peasy!
I think Redken Quick Dry hairspray might just be the greatest hairspray ever invented. I’m not even kidding you. As the name suggests, it dries fast, so it doesn’t weigh my hair down. It doesn’t leave it too soft, so I feel like I didn’t apply anything at all, yet it holds my hair without as much crunch and stiffness as most other hairsprays. I spray it on, and then I keep scrunching. Seriously, try this hairspray, no matter what type of hair you have!
On humid days when my curls are living their best life and loving it, I want a softer feel and less hold. On those days I use OGX Locking + Coconut Curls Finishing Mist. It enhances my curls and smells delish.
In the past, when we traveled, I used to take the ultralight Hot Sock diffuser to use with the hotel blow dryer. But after some bad experiences with the dryer overheating 😟, I sprung for a travel hair dryer that I can count on to do the job. This year I bought Sephora’s Mini Blast Ionic Blow Dryer. It has dual-voltage technology so you can use it anywhere in the world! It’s lightweight and teeny tiny (like, 5.5″ x 3″ x 3″), but it has the power of a full-size dryer. It comes with a diffuser attachment, and the small size means (ahem!) more room for clothes and shoes in the suitcase, amirite? 🙌
Did you read my post on the top 2019 fall fashion trends? If so, you know that gold is one of the hot colors of the year! You also know that the blazer is back in a big way, especially if it has a single button and it’s nipped in slightly at the waist! I paired my gold, single-button blazer with the prettiest embellished floral-appliqué tank and these comfy “girlfriend” jeans with a slimming “shadow detail” on the inside seam. (Girlfriend jeans are not as loose as boyfriend jeans, but they’re less fitted than skinny jeans.) Finally, I added these croc-embossed (another fall trend) pumps to finish everything off. 💛
Wishing you a good hair day today and every day, sweet curly gurls! Do you have a hair product you adore? If so, please leave a comment and let us all in on it!
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Photo by Megan Weaver.