Messy hair don't care, the lazy girl's guide to great hair
My hair is by far the #1 thing I get asked about so I thought it was time to put all of my tips and tricks down in one place. Let's get started, shall we??
My hair is naturally thick, fine, slightly wavy, and intensely processed (I've gone from dark red to bleached blonde twice in a 3 year period). These tips are based on my own experiences/hair texture but I believe some of these will be applicable to other hair types as well, just something to keep in mind when trying these at home :)
The average woman spends 40 minute every single day styling her hair. I don't know about you, but I can think of A LOT of other ways I'd rather spend that time. Which brings us to my first tip. If you want to have the best hair with the least amount of time, you have to invest in the foundations. i.e. a great cut and color. As tempting as it may be to add yet ANOTHER pair of heels to your closet, you're better off spending more of your vanity budget (i.e. the money you allocate to fashion and beauty buys) on a great hair stylist. Those heels will be exciting when you wear them, but your hair impacts your look every single day. A knowledgeable stylist will give you a cut that works with, rather than against, your natural texture, minimizing the time you spend on a daily basis. In some cases, you'l even be able to go longer between hair appointments as a great style still looks pretty good, even when its a bit grown out. I've been seeing Jacob Inocencio of Steel + Laquer for the last year and he's absolutely amazing, if you're in the Bay area I highly recommend checking him out. .
A lot of people talk about not washing their hair but for me that has never worked. Unless I've had a professional blow out, my hair HAS to be washed daily otherwise it looks greasy and dull. I've also found that its important to switch up my shampoo and conditioner regularly so that my hair doesn't get weighed down.
When I want something more moisturizing, I use this Shampoo and Treatment from Plarmia. It's a Japanese brand I've never seen in salons but it can usually be found on amazon. I use the Shampoo and Treatment 1-2x per week and the Oil daily.
I've put my hair through A LOT of damage in the last few years so I try to be gentle with it on a daily basis by limiting heat styling. I rarely use a blow dryer (less than once a week), instead I use this brush which pulls out excess moisture while you brush so that it dries more quickly. Next I apply the Plarmia Hairserum oil from the middle of my hair to the ends, it tames fly aways and leaves hair looking smooth. Once it's dry, I'll either leave it straight-ish or throw it in a topknot.
This product is a total game changer. Unlike other ties, it wont snag your hair when you pull it out. The ridges ensure it never leaves that ugly ponytail bump should you want to wear your hair down later in the day, and if you twist it just right you'll be left with perfect beachy waves, no curling iron required!
If I'm curling my hair, I always use this iron from GHD. It's lightweight, super easy to use, and the curls last all day. It's dual voltage so it is great for international travel, I've had mine for 3 years and it still works perfectly.
I curl my entire head, let the curls cool for one minute, then do a hair flip to shake things out a bit. If I'm going to a formal event, I'll do a few sprays of L'oreal Ellnet Satin Hairspray (which can be found at most drugstores). Otherwise, I'll skip hairspray and liberally apply the Oribe Apres Beach texturizing spray.
I'm a big believer that the best hair is always a little bit messy so I'm never that fussed if a curl is going the wrong way or if they fall out a bit as the day goes on. If anything, I think hair that's perfectly "done" looks a bit uptight and, frankly, outdated. If my hair is really in need of a mid day boost, I'll flip it upside down, run my fingers through the roots, shake it out, then apply this to help tame any flyaways near my face and I'm good to go. Easy as can be!