I freaking love big hair and have no shame in my hair game. To date I think I have had my hair every color and every hair style known to man. I’ve also tried about a gazillion hair products, so chances are I could write a review on the product that you are using.
I get so many questions about how I fix my hair and what I use on it that I figured it was finally time to show you how easy it is to get my look. For all of you hair folks, this one’s for you!
First of all, let’s talk about my shampoo/conditioner situation. I love love love the Way to Grow Shampoo and Conditioner from Not Your Mother’s. I love sulfate free products, and these two really do make my hair grow. Best part, they are about $6 each at Ulta or CVS. I only wash my hair twice a week because I like to keep my hair healthy and use other products to keep my hair looking fab. Also, it takes a while to blow dry my hair, and I like to save time. Side note: Not Your Mother’s has a huge product line to help you reach your desired look (I like the Beach products, too).
After the shampoo and conditioner process is over, I emerge from the shower looking like a real hot mess. Exhibit A. Also, it is at this point that I share with you I have naturally curly hair. Obviously.
Blow drying my hair takes forever, but I have found ways to cut out some time. Exhibit B, this crazy looking thing. You can purchase this hair bonnet that looks like it is from 1950 (or a spaceship) by clicking here….it’s on Amazon for less than $10! You hook your blow dryer into the end so it helps dry your hair much quicker…sometimes I roll my hair in velcro rollers first, but not always. I also rely heavily on my Wet Brush…..I have the classic I use at home and a mini brush in my purse at all times.
After drying, I sometimes look like my finger was in an electric socket. It’s ok….and a quick fix for me!
This right here is my secret weapon: Aquage Transforming Spray. I use this before styling and after styling. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find in stores, but you can find it on Amazon (Yes, I love Amazon).
Before styling I lightly spray my hair with Aquage. I make weird faces consistently throughout the process.
When you get to this step, channel your inner Marcia Brady and brush your hair. I use my Wet Brush and brush probably more than the necessary amount. The Aquage I have sprayed tames my hair a bit, and I am ready to start my fun styling process.
During the blow drying process, I am heating up my hot rollers. Of all of the rollers I have tried, these are my favorite. And at only $20 at Walmart, they are affordable. I don’t use rollers with the clips….very anti the kinks they leave behind in my hair.
Place the rollers in your hair. The purple curlers here are actually the same brand, just a little bigger. I use these on the top of my head and always leave out the front piece to style later.
Once your curlers are in place, spray a light dusting of the Aquage transforming spray to set them in place.
While my curls are setting, I put on my makeup. This is the best time to do it because your hair is off your face. I let the curlers set for about 10 minutes, which is the same amount of time it takes me to do my makeup. Winning!
When you start to take your curlers out, your curls will be very tight. Don’t worry….we will fix that in the next step. Just take the curlers out and admire your Shirley Temple-like curls for a minute.
I then tousle my hair and loosen the curls by shaking my hair a bit and using my fingers as a comb. If you want your curls tighter, don’t tousle as much. Sometimes I brush my curls out with the Wet Brush and make them into waves. The curls keep shape (and volume) thanks to the Aquage spray.
Before I finish up my hair process, let me address the elephant in the room: I get ready in beach cover ups. I have a bunch like this one and love them. I can throw them on and off, and they don’t mess up my hair or makeup after I finish both up. My favorite cover ups (for getting ready and for the beach) are from Target.
If needed, I use a curling iron to curl the pieces that frame my face or any weird pieces that curled in a strange manner. It happens. Don’t pretend it doesn’t.
This may seem like a lot of work, but it honestly isn’t. Drying is the most time consuming part, but the roller/styling process takes about 15 minutes total. I follow the same process on days I don’t shampoo my hair. Ever hear of dry shampoo? It’s one of the greatest inventions ever. This is the one I rely on. I spray a little on my hair, blast a little with the blow dryer, then style as usual.
Every couple of days, I use oil in my hair before brushing. My favorite oil is this one from Ogx….surprise, it’s coconut….one of my favorite scents. You can buy this at any store, and it costs about $7 a bottle. Last month in my Birchbox I got a pricey oil to try….one that retails for about $40. It couldn’t hold a candle to my coconut heaven oil!
The final result: my signature curly look. I lightly spray Aquage once my styling process is over. As it gets more humid, more spray is used to prevent my hair from turning into a lion mane. Just wait. The time is near.
Here’s the thing with hair: It’s weird. It took me a loooonnnnngggggg time to find products that work. The products I mentioned here? All products recommended to me by friends, which is why I wanted to share them with you. I would’ve never discovered Aquage on my own, I initially thought Wet brushes were weird looking when I saw them in the store, and I was convinced Not Your Mother’s was a cheap brand. Fortunately, I trust my friends, so when they suggested these things to me I tried them and fell in love. Moral of the story: be willing to try things, and trust the people you love most. There are lots of great sites that can hook you up with samples so you aren’t flushing money down the drain (my favorite is Birchbox and it’s only $10 a month).
Hair is fun.