Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My Every Day Hair Care Routine

A few weeks ago, I had a reader request to share my favorite hair care products. And I have to say... I've been through many phases with my locks. But right now is probably the most I have ever truly enjoyed my hair. I've finally embraced that it has a mind of it's own, is slightly messy and is definitely not perfect. In fact, these are all reasons why I now love it!!

First things first, I don't wash my hair every day. I usually wash it every 3-4 days (ummm dry shampoo has become my best friend) My hair is extremely curly, and now colored, which means it can dry out easily. If I shampoo it too often, it starts to feel icky... Now onto my favorite products!

My Hair Care Routine - Wavy Air Dried

1. Ask your hair dresser the best shampoo & conditioner based on your hair type. My hair gal, Ashleigh, recommended Bed Head's Level 3 Resurrection. I'm in love with it - super moisturizing and totally repairs my bleached strands. Also, when you find something you love - try to buy in bulk to receive a discount. I found these 2 huge bottles at Nordstrom Rack and scored them for 25 bucks total!!

2. This is a key element no matter your hair type. DO NOT wrap your hair in a towel. A towel has texture that can pull your strands, breaking them and making it brittle. Instead, wrap your head in an old cotton t-shirt (like your boyfriends white v-neck - clean of course!) This way, the cotton tee soaks up all the excess water without doing any damage.

3. Since my hair is curly and dry, sometimes my scalp gets dry too. Enter the most soothing spray ever: Bumble & Bumble Tonic Lotion. With it's tea-tree oil extract and vitamins it's like a serious thirst quenching cocktail for your mane. You can spray this directly on your strands - but I mostly spray directly on my scalp after "tee-drying" my hair. Ahhhh I can just feel it now :)
4. Moroccan Oil is perfect for dried out tresses. But I've found a fab budget buy if you can't shell out the 50 bucks for the original. I use Organix's Moroccan Argan Oil on the ends of my hair. It keeps them looking healthy and less frayed. Never put it near your roots or on the front pieces, otherwise you'll have oily strands - blech!

5. With my curly ringlets, I am on a constant quest for moisture. Leave in conditioner is a MUST for me. My college roommate introduced me to Redken's Anti-Snap and I've been addicted ever since. It doesn't weigh down my hair yet keep my strands silky soft. I put a small amount on throughout (top and bottom) then comb through my hair completely. De-tangler bonus!

6. This is the one I'm most excited about.. when I say this is the best product I've ever discovered, I'm not kidding... Frederic Fekkai Anti-Fade Top Coat is my hair's lifesaver. I love that I can put it on whether my hair is wet or dry. It says that it helps tame frizz but it does that and so much more - it's seriously the jam. On next day shampoos I can just apply a drop or two on my strands and I have instant bedhead that isn't too bedhead-y (if that makes any sense....)

7. Lastly, I stay away from the hair dryer. Gone are the days of waking up 2 hours before work/meetings and blow drying every. single. strand. I roll the windows down in my car, take a walk outside and just let me hair do it's thing. I couldn't even tell you the last time I plugged in my hair dryer.... Sounds a little crazy but my hair has never looked better or has been healthier. Plus, aren't I saving the environment or something?

The end result is how my hair looks for most of my personal style posts. What you see is what you get - meaning those photos show how truly I wear an outfit, style my hair and do my makeup. Some days I love getting fancy/glam. But most days I just air dry my locks, swipe on some lipstick, wear a fun outfit and go!

So those are my favorite products that I use - What are some of yours?

please note all products mentioned are actually used by me and I was in no way compensated for this post. I just seriously love everything so much! :)


  1. Oh I wish I could get away with not blow drying. :/ Not in this humidity though...
    I really enjoyed your recommendations!

  2. I love seeing people's hair care routines! I am junkie myself :)

  3. I will definitely have to check out some of your suggestions. I love how everyone has a routine and swears by it. I stopped using a blow dryer 95% of the time. I wash at night and let it air dry. I will only use the dryer if a spot is still wet. I wish my hair was as long as yours! Your ombre is fab too!

    1. Oooh yes especially since we have similar hair.. You should go to my girl who does my hair! She's in Santa Monica and is AMAZING!!

  4. Great tips! I have read the t-shirt thing before but never tried it and now I'm really interested - do you just, like, twist it up in a tee the same way you would with a towel? Also love the product recommendations - thanks! I love moroccan oil and dry shampoo too, and rarely use my hair dryer (more out of laziness than anything, but I like the earth saving excuse too :) Definitely saving this list for the next time I need anything!

    1. Yes - so I put my head upside down, then through the bottom of the shirt, wrap the shirt around my head and then twist - like you would with a towel. Then I just tuck the ends into the bottom to keep it secure. I hope you try it and I hope it works for you! :)

  5. I can't wait to try the t-shirt trick!

  6. Great recommendations! I never thought about the tshirt v towel thing before. I'm definitely integrating that into my routine.


  7. The thing I love most about this post is the layout of the products!! I love how you put it all together.

    And your hair is amazing, obviously.

    TheStylist LA


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