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?
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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. Try Something New – You only regret the chances you didn’t take.
2. Sport a New Do – Braids are Summer’s hottest accessory. Keep cool, while looking cute.
3. Cool Off with a Refreshing Cocktail – Watermelon & Champagne? Can you think of a better pairing?
4. Find Your Prints – Summer is the ultimate time to have fun with fashion. Prints are in full force. Find your perfect match.
5. Fairs, Carnivals, Festivals – Need I say more?
6. Indulge. – Salted Caramel? You’re just beating the heat.
8. Go on a Picnic – Finally, you have an excuse to buy that Kate Spade champagne tote.
9. Adventure Awaits – Buy a ticket & leave.
10. Throw a chic soirée – String lights make me swoon.
11. Try Out a Trend – Mirrored Sunnies are a safe bet if you’re not ready to get wild.
12. Plan a Staycation – Explore hidden gems in your own city.
13. Channel Your Inner Holly Golightly – Diamonds and floppy hats are always acceptable.
14. Document – Snapshot your memories.
15. Go to an Outdoor Movie – Or create one in your backyard.
16. Get Your DIY On – Glue guns optional.
17. Lighten Up – Who doesn’t love a fresh faced Summer glow?
18. Relax – Pool day, enough said.
19. Buy a bouquet – Guaranteed to brighten your day.
20. Get Grillin’ – Finally put those upteen recipes you pinned to good use.
21. Get Sweaty – Try a Summer sport and reap the benefits.
22. Have a Spa Day – Or invite over your besties for a spa night.
After spotting Christine from DeSmitten‘s undone waves at the IFB Conference, I have been obsessed the effortlessly chic do. Christine shared her beauty must-have, Bumble and Bumble’s Brilliantine, and since we have a similar hair length, I couldn’t wait to try it! Later that day, Nicole Richie was spotted at The Grove (one of my favorite spots!) sporting a similar do (& much shorter bob.) I can’t get enough of this shiny slept-in look.
- Vday Mani. I’m obsessed with this power duo by my fave 3-free polish, butter LONDON.
- Oscar Blandi ‘Post Workout Essentials’ Kit. What’s worse than a bad hair day? Gym hair. This kit is meant to do the trick to savor that blowout just one more day.
- Champagne Ice Cubes. …Tip* Keep in the freezer for impromptu mimosas.
- Freeze Your Jeans. I came across this alternative tip from on Madewell’s Tumblr page.
“Shh…a jean secret our denim team swears by:
Though it may sound strange, we say don’t wash your jeans. What to do instead? Pack them in a plastic bag and freeze them for a day or two. All unsavory elements will disappear—and your beloved blues won’t have faded or shrunk in the process (like they would in the wash!).”
This week has been crazy, yet exciting. I’m happy to catch up and share. This morning, I headed off to the Drybar for a long awaited blowout to start off a busy day.
Choose your do (I picked the Straight Up), get a quick wash, and simply sit back and relax, stress-free for 35 minutes.. The end result a great hair day (or two.)