hair care

June 13th, 2012

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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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sarah // Jun 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

    What a great post. I am also a blonde (wish it was natural!) and am always trying to find products that work well with my hair type. Will definitely be trying the Kerastasse Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide asap! I just started using Bumble & Bumble shampoo and leave-in conditioner and am in LOVE with both of them. It leaves my hair SO soft and so far, are worth the price (in my opinion)!


  • 2 Nicole // Jun 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I use those Paul Mitchell treatments as well and LOVE them

    [Treasure Tromp] 

  • 3 Tineey // Jun 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I love reading this! I feel like going blonde, I had to change up my whole routine. I’ve been using a purple toning shampoo to keep the brassiness away.

    I need to try the Kerastase Lumiere Liquid — heard so much good things about it!


  • 4 Lauren // Jun 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I just ordered some Mark products so I’m excited to see how they work. Have you tried ‘It’s a 10’. Its a leave in, heat protector,shine serum etc., all in one and it’s light and doesn’t lesve a greasy head. I would die without the stuff. It’s available at Target and not super expensive, especially for how awesome it is.

  • 5 IMDB // Jun 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    After using a sample of Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine, I was amazed at the results! Went out and bought the full sized shampoo, conditioner, and threw in the deep conditioner for good measure. Love the price! Love the results! This from a blond on top, red on bottom, frizzy before now, wash one day, flat iron the next woman.

  • 6 Aalia Eliza // Feb 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

    What an exquisite collection of hair products its feel like to use them for my hair salon services –

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