Many of you have been asking about my hair routine so I finally decided to share my “secrets”. I am going to try my best to explain the steps I take to achieve my typical curly hair style but I think without posting a VLOG it may be difficult to follow all the steps. I will share photos of my step-by-step hair routine in the future but I want to know exactly what you would like to see in my future post before I do. I would love to know if there are particular styling questions or images you would like me to include.
First and foremost, my hair is not my hair! No surprise to most of you I am sure. I have about 100 pieces of 18″ keratin bond extensions. Most of my life I have had long hair and about 10 years ago I kept cutting it shorter and shorter until I finally ended up with a sleek bob with bangs. I loved that style and cut BUT it wasn’t versatile and was missing my long hair.
To achieve long hair once again, I decided to get hair extensions. Going from short hair to long hair was a drastic change. I was used to drying and styling my hair in 15 minutes maximum. With long hair that is probably how long it takes just to dry it with a hairdryer messily. I love the look I can achieve with longer hair, it is much more versatile. I can wear loose waves, curly, straight, braid it, tie it in a ponytail, etc. I had one color of dark brown for many years because it was easier to maintain and I didn’t have to worry about roots growing out and my color looking dull. When I was ready for a change I wanted to try something more drastic and opted for four different sets of color extension to give my hair more depth and definition. Since I have gone lighter, the bleach is killing my hair but I am loving the change in color and the contrast it creates so I will likely keep it light only a few more months.
Although an extremely unflattering photo below, I wanted to include a before image of my hair after I wash and finger dry it so you are able to see how the progression begins.
What items you will need:
- Dryer Lemon Drop Daily Detangler
- flat iron
- 1.25″ curling iron
- Drybar Medium Round Brush
- Drybar Small Round Brush
- Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner
- your hair dryer of choice
- 2 hair clips to place hair in sections
I change the brand of shampoo and conditioner I use typically every time I finish each bottle. I generally have some sort of salon shampoo and conditioner in my shower. Right now I am loving Kevin Murphy products! It works wonders on my color treated and over-processed bleached hair. I also have two huge bottles of Pantene shampoo and conditioner for the days when I want to switch it up if my hair is needing a break from it’s usual washing routine.
Something that amazes pretty much ALL my friends is that I wash, dry and style my hair EVERY SINGLE DAY! Yes you heard me correctly. I don’t feel clean if I don’t wash my hair daily. I am fully aware of my crazy OCD ways. I have been told many times over and over but I’m not going to change.
After I wash my hair, I towel dry it and add a small amount of Living Proof No Frizz leave in conditioner. I apply my makeup and let it air dry as much as possible and then finish drying it with a hairdryer. Depending on my mood and where I am going I decide whether or not I am going to use a round brush or just dry it free hand. If I want a smoother sleeker look and if time permits it I will dry it section by section with a round brush. I will use the larger brush to have a smoother finish and then wrap my hair around the smaller round brush while I am working on the next section.
Again, I know without images this may be difficult to visualize for some of you without photos so I promise to post some soon.
Once I am done with my blow-dry, if I want a tighter curl I will use my flatiron to achieve this look. I find this the fastest way to curl my hair and I find the curl stays all day. So much so that I can hardly brush it out if I find it too curly even at the end of my day.
I finish getting dressed so the curls are able to set and just before I am ready to walk out the door I flip my hair upside down and run my fingers through it. I will sometimes add another dab of Living Proff No Frizz product to keep it looking more silky smooth and appear to not be so dry. Sometimes I will add a quick hairspray to keep the flyaways down and my hair in place especially with the static I experience when the cold weather arrives.
If I want a looser curl I use a 1″ barrel curling iron or for an even more beachy look I will use a 1 1/4″ barrel iron. All depending on the look I am wishing to achieve and the amount of time I have to get ready.
Something else that shocks people when I tell them that I wash, dry and style my hair daily is that this whole process takes me around one hour. Yes I could be doing something better with my time or be sleeping in longer but as I mentioned before I do not feel clean without washing my hair. Even if you see me with a top knot, ponytail, braid or hat, I can assure you that I still have completed all the above steps. Don’t judge! The only time I will not style it is when I am on holidays on a beach with extreme humidity. Only then will I wash it and tie it on top of my head in a top knot.
Another interesting fact is that I have never been to a salon for a blow-dry, ever! I often leave the salon after my hair is wash colored and cut with wet hair because I don’t love how anyone else does my hair. I can remember doing this even since my high school days. Weirdo I know!
Please do not forget to let me know what you want me to include in my future hair post! I love reading your feedback and receiving your input 🙂
Until next time,