There are certain things that simplify life, dry shampoo being one of them! Luckily I get away with two washes and styles, and dry shampoo the other days of the week. After reading an article on the scary ingredients most dry shampoos contain, I checked the label on my regular go-to and saw ingredients like liquified petroleum gas! No thanks. Since it’s the hair product I use the most, I recently switched to a version free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. The other major benefits is it’s all organic, and doesn’t have any harsh chemicals. I noticed that dry shampoo in the powder form goes a really long way. Sprinkling it into my palms and rubbing it into my roots absorbs oil and creates a ton of volume, without the damp white residue the aerosol form can leave behind. How cute is the packaging?
Drybar is definitely a place I indulge in, whenever I’m in a city that has one. I can’t say enough amazing things about their products. To get blowout-worthy hair at home I use a purifying shampoo, a volumizing conditioner and then a volumzing mousse on freshly combed damp hair. I dry my roots, then flip my head over and dry 80% off my hair, flip back over and style as I dry. I usually follow up with a styling wand for beachy waves, then spritz with a medium finish hairspray.
To keep my blowout in tact over the next following days (day two is usually always better), I shower with a terry cloth lined shower cap, use dry shampoo, a 3-in-1 texturizer, and a sea salt spray. These products aid in only having to repeat the process a couple times per week.
I rock my best “loose/undone waves” once they have been slept in. I sometimes style my hair the day of, but it gives a more done up look instead of an I woke up like this perfectly fallen waves (literally.) Doing this routine the night before makes for an extremely easy morning, eliminating any styling, while achieving perfectly fallen waves, that with the help of dry shampoo and shine spray will last a day or two afterwards.
After washing my hair I use a detangling brush to smoothly brush out my wet strands. I then spray a volumizer at the roots, a protein cream from the crown down and the layers around my face (it works wonders!), and use a couple drops of a hydrating oil on my ends (it keeps ends shiny & speeds up the drying time.)
After blow drying or letting it air dry, or a combination of the two, I spritz on a shine spray from the crown down, and around my face. I grab a section of hair and smooth through it with a shine brush (this helps eliminate frizz & great for blow drying too) and use a curling rod to make slightly undone curls. (Video tutorial coming soon!)
To do this, I hold the curling rod upside down, vertically, and wrap the section of hair around it in the direction away from my face, and holding the ends with my fingers to secure it. I hold each curl for about 20 seconds and then unravel, as I still hold the curling rod vertically upside down. I do this until all sections are complete, in no particular order so it doesn’t look too uniform, then spray my favorite medium finish hold hairspray throughout. It keeps curls intact, but keeps hair feeling and looking soft, instead of crunchy or straw-like. Once cool, you can work your fingers through it.
By the next morning the sections have fallen into the perfectly loose waves. I have never been a fan of shower caps, because they have always held more humidity and moisture, until I came across this one by Drybar (at Sephora) The terrycloth lining prevents moisture, and keeps your locks looking exactly the same before you slipped it on. I usually throw my hair into a loose messy bun and slip on the shower cap while showering. When I’m finished, I remove and spray a little dry shampoo at the roots for volume and to avoid greasiness, while holding the rest of my hair away, not to get it anywhere else. I then spritz a little shine spray and work my fingers through if needed, and it’s complete! Having extra time in the morning without having to style and having a good hair day at the same time equals double perks! For the following days, repeat with the shower cap, dry shampoo (roots only), and shine spray around the face and crown down. You can use the shine brush and redo any waves to touch up, as well.
1. Drybar The Morning After Kit 2. Urban Decay Naked, Naked2, & Naked3 3. Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touche Éclat’ Radiant Touch (Limited Edition) 4. NARS ‘Audacious’ Lipstick (Raquel) 5. Boscia The Black Collection 6. NARS ‘NARSissist’ Smoky Eye Compact 7. NARS ‘Audacious’ Lipstick (Annabella) 8. Philosophy ‘have a cherry christmas’ Shampoo, Body Wash & Bubble Bath Ornament 9. NARS ‘Larger Than Life’ Long Wear Eyeliner 10. Kate Spade New York ‘Pasley Park Merit’ Zip Around Cosmetic Case 11. Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes
The Drybar Morning After Kit keeps my blowouts in tack on the days in between. The Naked palettes are amazing, especially for travel, you have so many options. Yves Saint Laurent Eclat Radiant Touch is the only concealer I use, it’s subtle & great for touch ups & how cute is the limited edition packaging? Nars Audacious Lipsticks are a fave, Raquel has been my fave Fall hue. Boscia is my go to skincare line, this collection is the formula for luminous skin. Philosophy ‘have a cherry christmas’ is my favorite scent from their collection, it’s shimmery & smells delicious. Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes ups the anty on any eyelash game!
What’s in your gym bag? These are some of my essentials (I haven’t upgraded to the Fitbit yet, I use this.) I swear I get more use out of my Lululemon clothes than anything else I own, so it’s always worth the investment (once you’ve tried, you’ll never go back!) In search of an organized gym bag, this one looks like the perfect fit. I can’t get enough Manduka gym towels and Sparkly Soul headbands (they’re super cute & stay put!) What are some of your essentials?