hair care

June 13th, 2012 · 6 Comments

The last time I did a post about my daily hair routine, it was completely different than it is today!  Going blonde ended up changing my hair a lot more than I even expected — when I look at this video, which was my everyday hair routine, almost none of it is the same now.

Most importantly: I used to flatiron my hair every time I washed it (3-4 times per week), and now I pull out my flatiron maybe twice a month.  I try to avoid anything with heat altogether — rather than letting my hair air dry and then styling it with a curling iron or flatiron, now I rely on a few really great products and leave it to air dry completely.  Moving to Houston probably contributed to this change — summer humidity does a number on heat-styled hair (to the point where, despite flatironing, I basically felt like I was back at square one after 20 minutes outside).  Almost every photo you’ve seen in the last few months is of my hair air-dryed after one or a few of these products!

Since I’ve changed my routine, I thought I’d share my absolute favorites with you guys!  These are the ones I grab every single day — so from left to right (ish), here goes:

Mark. Give It To Me Straight Super Smoothing Lotion and Curl to Curl Reactivate and Define Mist:

After using them for a few months, I’m flat-out amazed at the quality of the Mark. beauty products — they compare to really expensive products, but they’re incredibly affordable.  Not a day goes by when I don’t use them!  Each of these sprays is around $15 — the curl spray ($14) is incredibly light (and doubles as a heat-protectant spray, if you’re looking to style) and does such a great job of keeping my natural waves free from humidity-induced frizz.  I use the straightening lotion ($16) almost every time I get out of the shower, it’s perfect to keep hair healthy and smooth as an everyday product!

Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide and Chroma Cristal Shine Perfecting Mist:

I fell in love with both of these products during February Fashion Week, but had so much trouble finding them afterwards — turns out the Cristalliste line is brand new, but it’s now available online!  Both of these are amazing for shine — I usually use them once my hair has air-dried, to get rid of any frizz or flyaways that have formed in the meantime!  Since going blonde, my hair is a lot less healthy than it was in its un-dyed state, but these always leave me feeling like my hair least looks healthy.  These are more expensive, but a single bottle lasts forever!  I’ve been using them since February and I’m only about 1/3 of the way through each bottle. 

Suave Keratin Infusion Leave-In Conditioner:

This is a really great leave-in conditioner and it is three dollars.  Ok, it’s $3.49, but are you kidding me?  Sometimes it’s so nice to have a product you can grab at any drugstore and just go through once a week without worrying about it!  Again, because my hair needs a lot more TLC since going blonde, I try to use leave-in conditioner almost every time my hair gets wet, just so I don’t get breakage from brushing (it’s way to easy to yank through knots and wind up with major damage). 

Paul Mitchell Daily Moisture Shampoo and Daily Moisture Treatment:

This is the shampoo and conditioner I’ve been using nonstop — I go back and forth on using shampoo that’s made especially for color-treated hair, and to be honest, most of the time I end up using regular-hair shampoo.  When you have hair products that are great quality, they shouldn’t (hopefully) hurt the color in your hair!  I haven’t noticed any color fading or changes since using this, and I love how thicky and healthy the shampoo makes my hair feel!  I use a ton of the conditioner too (I’m embarrassed to tell you how often I go through a bottle) because whether or not I’m using a leave-in conditioner, I always still use conditioner in the shower.  And as a bonus, these products are unisex — so Chad can even borrow them! 

So there you have it!  What’s your daily hair care routine?

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colors and prints

August 12th, 2011 · 11 Comments

Such a fun night yesterday at Anthropologie!  Got to see all my favorite girls, and pose in some super-cute fall clothes.  It’s almost enough to make me happy that August is halfway over… until I remember that annoying tag-along to fall, WINTER (ugh).

Also, I am obsessed with how they did my hair for these photos!  No matter how good I get at doing my hair, there’s something really lovely about having a professional do it.  Just look at those perfect curls!  (Many thanks to Jordan for snapping this picture!)

Anthro is running a little contest for all the bloggers who attended — so check out their gallery of outfits from the event and remember to “Like” mine!  (As a little bonus for you guys — if I’m in the top 5, I’ll be giving away two pairs of Anthropologie flats!)

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tutorial: fishtail braid

August 11th, 2011 · 14 Comments

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (in fact, I think I say it about 25 times in this video):

This style is SO much easier than it looks!

The fishtail braid gives you this huge wow factor, but it’s actually incredibly simple.  It’s a little tricky to get the technique at first, but once you’ve done it three or four times, you could literally recreate this style blindfolded.  And you don’t need any special tools — just a hair elastic and your hands!

When I asked you guys what your favorite summer styles were, probably three quarters of you said styles that were off your neck (blame the August heat for that one)!  So every single one of you should give this a ty– super chic, super easy, and perfect for those hot summer days when you don’t want to wear your hair down!

PS — Did you know you can watch my videos in HD?  Just change the “360p” button on the bottom of the video to “720p HD” and you’re good to go.  You know, just in case you need to see what every single strand of hair is doing in this video…

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