Bangs, fringe, breakage — whatever you call it, it'll fit in some butterfly clips.
Considering that I just excitedly showed you how I get Taylor Swift-y waves in my new lob, it’s embarrassing how infrequently I’ve actually done it since. Even though it was quick and easy, it’s still more effort than I’m willing to put in to my hair on a weekday before work.
I’ve had to force myself to deal with my hair in its naturally straight state. Which, I know, “boohoo you have naturally straight hair,” but the grass is always greener and I do still wish I had at least some texture in my hair.
Although I have a lot of hair, it lies really limp and frizzy if I don’t work with it at least a little bit. Also not helpful is how quickly my hair gets greasy, which basically makes it look like a wet blanket sitting on my head. It’s super-cute.
I’ve mixed and matched a boatload of products until I found exactly what works to combat the frizz and the flat. And they take almost no effort at all to use (i.e. I’ll actually use them) and give a great hair day, every day.
Sudsing up ever other day is needed to keep my oiliness at bay. When my hair is feeling slightly drier, or at least not so greasy, I turn to the Pantene Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner. This line is formulated with argan oil to pack a serious moisture punch, and to help keep frizziness under control. Using this shampoo and conditioner always leaves my hair silky without weighing it down.
I was surprised this shampoo is sulfate-free. Most sulfate-free shampoos I’ve tried don’t make my hair feel clean, so I gave up on them for ages until I found this dream team. Not only does it get all the gunk out of my hair without it feeling stripped, but it still works to combat the poofy frizz that usually accompanies a deep cleanse.
Before blow-drying my hair, I will add one of two products. For days when I want a ton of volume at the roots I’ll dive into the Vidal Sassoon Extra Firm Hold Mousse.
I find the funniest thing to adjust to after chopping off several inches of hair is that I will still dispense my long-hair amount of product, which is way too much for my current length. Be extra-careful not to do that with mousse because you can still overdo it and end up with crunchy hair. But with just the right amount (I use about a golfball-size blob of mousse and cover all of my hair) you’ll get volume and a whole lot of staying power to however you choose to style it, straight or otherwise.
When I’m going for that sleek, just-got-my-hair-did look, I use Bumble and bumble Straight Blow Dry balm. This product has the coolest texture — it feels like a silicone-based face primer, and when you apply it to your wet hair, it feels like silk. As an added bonus, it includes heat protection.
This product makes my hair sleek, frizz free, and so swishy. Like you got a professional blowout but you didn’t.
An essential for drying my bangs and getting my ends to lie straight or curl under is this Conair hairbrush. My exact brush is no longer available but the closest one currently out is called the Contemporaries Porcupine Cushion Brush, which — what in the heck kind of name is that? But whatever. The bristles smooth out the hair without pulling on individual strands, and because it’s flat (as opposed to a round brush) it doesn’t give my hair too much bend.
What are your essential hair products?
Do you style your hair every day, or just occasionally?