I am not delusional enough to think many people care about my hair or hair routine.
But a few people have asked recently, and in the last year I've really stepped up my game so that I'm no longer completely annoyed by my flat, limp hair on a daily basis, so I figured I'd share what works for me.
The first thing is that I only wash my hair once a week. When I was working full-time, I used to wash my hair every other day, but after Ella was born, I started stretching it to two days and then three between washes, and eventually realized I could absolutely go longer stretches.
My hair is NOT oily at all, so I really can go more like 10-12 days, but it's most convenient for me to wash it on Sunday mornings because I have more time, so 7 days it is right now.
I do my hair every single day (always have), so not washing it most days means I can have it done in less than ten minutes.
Here are the products I use:
- Pureology Hydrate Shampoo
- Paul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Rinse Conditioner
- Hot Tools Turbo Blow Dryer
- Revlon Flat Iron
- T|Studio Curling Wand
- Smoothing Super Skinny Serum
- Suave Refresh and Revive Dry Shampoo
- Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder
- Nume Hair Oil
As far as Pureology goes, I know people love this stuff, but frankly, I haven't noticed a major difference. At the rate I wash my hair, I'll probably be using my giant bottle of it until I die, but I don't know that I'd necessarily run back out to buy it again since it's definitely on the more expensive end of shampoos.
On the days I wash my hair, I blow dry it (I usually brush it - which I know you're not supposed to do - blow dry it for a minute or two, then let it dry for a bit while I do my make-up, and then blow dry it the rest of the way).
Then I rub some Super Skinny Serum through all my hair (especially the bottom half) and flat iron everything. I use a $10 flat iron that Merrick gave me when she got a newer, nicer one, and it's still going strong some 4 years since she sent it to me. My hair is already so naturally straight that it takes at least a day and usually two of not being washed before it will really hold a curl very well (you can see my straight hair in these photos).
If it's looking particularly flat, I'll spray some dry shampoo in about four lines running from my front hairline toward the back of my skull and let it sit for 30 seconds or so before rubbing it in, and then add a little hair powder on my part and massage that in to get a little lift.
I finish off with some NuMe Hair Oil to keep the little flyaways in place and give my hair a little shine, and voila! There's Day 1 (and usually 2 also).
After those days, I just brush my hair in the morning, then curl it with a curling wand. I have this $25 curling wand, which I set to 410 degrees, and I love it.
In fact, NuMe sent me one of their magic wands and it was significantly less impressive for my hair. I don't know if it was the fact that it was a little fatter than my current one, but it didn't hold a curl AT ALL for me - my hair looked almost completely straight by the end of the day. It also has no stand, so it rolled around on my counter and immediately melted a little dot in my makeup holder, and there's no plastic tip like my other one has, so it was very difficult to curl my hair without burning my fingertips.
I know every blogger swears by their NuMe wand, so I was surprised by how unimpressed I was, but after a few days, I went straight back to my $25 Target one and haven't picked up the NuMe one again.
I curl my hair in about 10 sections and hold each one for about 10 seconds, wrapping my hair away from my face. Then I let it sit for a couple of minutes before I run my fingers through it and add some dry shampoo and hair powder (after two days or so, I usually only use the dry shampoo and hair powder every other day, because I generally have enough built up that I can just massage it a little and it'll act like I just added some).
I've seen some bloggers talk about "leftover curls" and it's very rare that my hair stays curly enough to get away without curling it again (see: extremely straight hair).
But since it only takes me a few minutes to do the whole thing, it doesn't bother me to do it on a daily basis.
Maybe someday I'll learn some other hairstyles, but . . . probably not.
Photos by Grace + Vine Studios