I hope by now you gals know that I only post about things I use and truly love on here! I’m not paid to write about any of the products I feature. With that being said, you need to go buy this conditioner. My hair is almost always parched (frizziness being a nasty side effect of dryness), but this conditioner has been a lifesaver. I used to just leave it in for a few minutes in the shower and then rinse it out. Ever since moving to San Francisco, however, I’ve upped my game and I’ve started using as a leave-in conditioner. It’s perfect for dry, damaged, color-treated strands and doesn’t leave a heavy or greasy residue. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty WORKHORSE of a hair product, this conditioner is it. It also smells delicious… I consider that a bonus ;).
Once upon a time, there was a girl at my school with the most gorgeous, shiny, thick hair. I went up to her one day and asked, awestruck, how on earth she got her hair to look that beautiful. Her secret? The girl’s mom did hot oil treatments on her hair. After school that day I asked my mom if she would do hot oil treatments on my hair, too (she finally relented after a lot of begging). The outcome was seriously phenomenal hair… and I’ve been doing hot oil treatments ever since.
It may sound counterintuitive to add extra oil to your hair (especially if you have an oily scalp to begin with), but the oil will deeply hydrate, soften, and repair your split ends. Follow my easy steps for a seriously sexy mane!
Step One: Heat 1/4 cup olive oil (you may need more/less depending on hair length & thickness) in the microwave for 1 minute, or until oil is thin and warm. Be careful not to overheat the oil, otherwise you will end up a burn victim.
Step Two: Wear a towel around your shoulders and do this by a sink. You’re going to make a mess.
Step Three: Start by dunking the ends of your hair in the oil and using your hands to work it through the rest of your hair. By the time you use up the oil, your hair should be saturated from root to tip.
Step Four: Gently comb through hair with a wide tooth comb to distribute the oil. Clip your hair up and cover your head with a shower cap. The heat from the oil combined with the heat generated by your head will open the hair cuticle and allow for better oil absorption.
Step Five: Leave oil on your hair for 20-30 minutes. Jump in the shower and shampoo and condition normally.
Indulge in your olive oil hair treatment once a week for best results. It makes such a difference and people will be asking YOU how to get that gorgeous head o’ hair.
Listen up, gals: it’s time to talk dirty. Wanna know my dirtiest secret? I don’t wash my hair very often. Now, before you get any crazy ideas, let’s be clear – I shower daily. When I tell people I only wash my hair twice a week, sometimes they assume I only shower twice a week, too (umm… ???). At first it took some getting used to, but I’ve actually grown to prefer the texture of my second and third day hair. If you think you’re ready to join the club and give up the incessant hair washing, keep reading to find out all the dirty details!
Dry shampoo will become your best friend. Focusing on the front hairline and crown, spray the dry shampoo on your roots right before you hit the sheets. You’ll wake up to really awesome, voluminous bedhead the next morning. Spritz on a little more before heading out the door and you’re good! I’m currently loving Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo. It works beautifully and smells amazing (BONUS: it’s also super affordable).
You’re actually protecting your hair. By not washing your hair daily, you’re allowing the natural oils from your scalp to moisturize and nourish your strands. This becomes especially important in the upcoming dry, winter months. Also, by not washing every day you are therefore, by default, not heat styling every day. Your hair will thank you!
Buy a shower cap. Sorry gals, there’s no way around this one. You may look like one of the Golden Girls, but a shower cap is an absolute necessity for anyone skipping shampoo. Steam and water droplets from your shower can cause frizziness and extra greasiness. Also, due to the lingering steam in the bathroom, don’t forget to leave it on even after you’ve stepped out of the shower. Just buck up and buy one at Target for like $3 and you can thank me later.
Braids and topknots just look so much better. Don’t even bother trying to make a braid or topknot look good with clean hair – it just doesn’t work. Clean hair is much too slippery with too many flyaways. Dirty hair holds a style better and allows you to play around with texture (if you can’t tell, I really love hair with texture). You can also tease and curl to your heart’s content and it won’t fall out in three seconds!
It just plain saves time. When it comes down to it, would I rather spend an hour blowdrying/curling/styling my hair or sitting on the couch catching up on seasons 5-8 of Dexter? Yup, no contest. You guys, I’m sooo lazy I can’t even be bothered most of the time.
In a pinch, a hat always saves the day. If you haven’t noticed from my Instagram feed, I’m really loving hats this fall. They cover up greasy roots juuust fine. Plus, they always make you look super stylish and put-together. Win-win.
Are you ready to try it out? Let me know in the comments section below!
Connie Britton’s hair is so famous it even has its own Twitter account!
Want shinier hair? I mean… who doesn’t?! Shiny hair equates to healthy hair. However, dyeing, heat styling, and washing it too often inevitably lead to less-than-glossy locks. If your hair is looking a little dull and lifeless, amp it up with a hair glaze! Glazing between dye jobs keeps your hair looking healthy and shiny. As a blonde, I’m constantly battling dullness. Blonde hair is really porous and absorbs more light than it reflects. Not mention my hair is naturally dry to begin with…. Anyway, I tried John Frieda Clear Shine glaze and now I’m totally sold! In just two uses it’s already made my hair shinier and given me that gold-spun shimmer all blondes seek. :)
Snag a bottle for yourself and let me know what you think!
Like most people, I was blowdrying my hair the wrong way for years. It wasn’t until I asked my friend (and pro hairstylist), Jenna, for step-by-step instructions that I finally learned the correct technique. So here ya go, straight from the mouth of an expert!
1. Gently pat and squeeze your hair with a towel to get the excess water out. DO NOT rub the towel all over your head because you’ll rough up the cuticle and cause frizziness.
2. Carefully comb through your hair with a wide tooth comb, starting at the ends and working your way to the roots. This way you aren’t yanking at knots and causing breakage (your hair is more elastic when wet and therefore more prone to breakage).
3. Apply a smoothing balm or styling creme all over hair (remember my favorite?).
4. Set your blow dryer on low-medium heat and remove the nozzle (for now). Rough dry your hair with just your hands and fingers until it is 80% dry.
Pro tip: Don’t even begin to try to style your hair until it is at least 80% dry because it won’t hold.
5. Section off the bottom part of your hair and clip up the rest.
6. Put the nozzle on the dryer & turn the heat up to the hottest setting.
Pro tip: Want to know the secret to a Jennifer Aniston-worthy shiny & sleek blowout? HOT HOT HOT heat!
7. Using a large ceramic (no metal ones, please!) round brush, begin by taking a 1-2″ section of hair. Starting at the root, put the nozzle of the dryer directly on your hair with the round brush underneath. In one slow movement, move the brush and dryer simultaneously from the root to end of your hair, always pointing the nozzle away from your head. Think of this process almost as if you’re squeegee-ing out the last 20% of moisture from your hair. The plastic nozzle is much safer to touch to your precious strands than the hot coils of the dryer. It’s normal to see a bit of steam during this process… your hair isn’t burning, don’t worry!
8. Repeat for the rest of the bottom unclipped section of hair, working in 1-2″ sections.
9. Once the bottom part is done, unclip another section of hair and repeat the process. Do this until your entire head has been styled.
10. Press the ‘cool’ button on your dryer and turn it down to the lowest heat setting. Blast your hair for 30 seconds with cool air to seal the cuticle.
Pro tip: Sometimes I want my hair to have some waviness and extra body so I twirl it up in a big bun while my hair is still hot and use a large clip to hold it. I leave it in for about 10-15 minutes while I’m getting dressed and unclip it on my way out the door. This method will give you sleek, full-bodied waves!
Calling all blondes (sorry my brunette beauties, but this post is all about the blondies)! Want to know the secret to keeping your hair color shimmery instead of brassy? Invest in a purple shampoo! With just one wash a week with a purple shampoo, you can maintain your bright blonde color without constant trips to the salon.
To maintain my blonde, I use Clairol Shimmer Lights. Don’t be intimidated by the color of the shampoo! A proper purple shampoo will be extremely pigmented, dark purple in color, and viscous. If you’re familiar with the color wheel, you know that purple is the complementary color to yellow. Therefore, by using purple shampoo, the purple pigments are deposited in your strands and cancel out any yellow, brassy tones in your hair. Purple shampoo also works if you have blonde highlights that need refreshing.
To use: lather up your hair with the purple shampoo and leave on for 3-5 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly and finish with a deep conditioner. Use 1-2 times a week for best results!