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My Four Favorite Hair Products (including the $4 game changer)

October 20, 2015

I get complimented a lot on my hair which kind of blows my mind because my hair has always been my least favorite. It doesn't "wash and wear" well.  It's wavy and a little wiry and needs some heat to get it to behave.  But with a few tricks over the past year or so I've grown to really love it.  I like the undone look that can be created a curling wand and ability to wear it for a few days and I get questioned a good bit about what products I use.

I give most of the credit to my friend Marie at Salon Van De for helping me get the golden blonde color I like best and a cut that works well my wavy style.  I have a lot of hair and long layers help weigh down the puffiness.  My hair likes to go big if left on it's own!  I would have rocked the dallas look in the 80's.  My hair color is naturally very dark brown and I tried to go back to that natural color for a few years but never loved it.  I'm also going grey and white.  Not just a few stray hairs like many women in their 30's get, I'm talking full on white hair in the front and salt and pepper in the back.  Thankfully the blonde hides that much better.  In fact when I tried to maintain a more light brown the front looked super platinum streaked because of the white strands and that wasn't a look I liked.  Yes, I have full on white roots in the front of my head.  In fact, you can sometimes notice my hair looking lighter in pictures on instagram and that's usually because I'm due for a touch up for my white roots!  My mom and grandmother both danced right over gray hair and went white early so I should have seen this coming I guess!


As for the style, there are two cheap drugstore products I use every day.  Every single day.  NOT YOUR MOTHER'S CLEAN FREAK REFRESHING DRY SHAMPOO ($4 at Target) and L'OREAL Elnett Satin extra strong hold hairspray ($12ish at Target). These two are total game changers for me.  If I want to go a few days without washing my hair I just spray it right before bed and again right when I wake up.  It absorbs any oil on the roots and helps bring back the curl. 


I don't use any specific kind of shampoo.  I've tried them all and love some more than others but typically I just pick up something from Target when I run out and forget to stop by a salon for something nicer.  While my hair is wet I use a quarter size dollop of Aveda Smooth InfusionIt's like lotion for your hair and does a tremendous job of keeping my hair from drying out.  After that I spray on Aveda Brilliant protectant spray and comb out the tangles.  This helps against heat damage from the blow dryer and curling wand.

I try to let it air dry as long as possible and then use the hair dryer on medium to get it completely dry.  Then I straighten it with my hair straightener.  I'm not trying to get it completely straight but rather take the pouf down a notch.  My hair expands when it dries and gets really big.  Then I curl it with a curling wand and spray each curl with hairspray.  Next I brush it out and begin to hand curl each piece back together with my hands.  Basically I just twist to redefine the curl and then spray with hair spray.  I think the brushing it out and then re-twisting by hand is what gives it a more natural look.  It feels a little bit too done when I skip that part.




The whole thing takes a good thirty or forty minutes or so which is why it's really awesome to get a few days out of it.  And, if anything, I prefer it the next day so I'm happily able to shower and style at night instead of rushing in the mornings.

Any tips or tricks you have to get a few days out of your hair style?  I'd love to hear them!

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17 comments:

  1. Thank you for this! I've always admired your pretty hair. Love Aveda products - they smell amazing!

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    1. Thank you :) I love that they remind me of a spa. Such a good smell!

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  2. I LOVE the not your mothers dry shampoo!!! I have really fine hair, and it really helps give me some umph!

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    1. I've tried many and it's by far my favorite!

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  3. I need to try that dry shampoo and I never thought to spray it on at night. Do you also spray the hair spray at night or just the dry shampoo? I have really wavy, frizzy hair and I have tried a million straightening products and I love PHYTO PHYTODÉFRISANT Botanical Straightening Balm the best - http://www.amazon.com/PHYTO-PHYTOD%C3%89FRISANT-Botanical-Straightening-Balm/dp/B000KQ73QS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1445364760&sr=8-1&keywords=phyto+phytodefrisant

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    1. yes ma'am. I'm a bit of a spray addict I think. I've been known to add in round three or four if it's a busy day :) Hmm, might need to try that next. Your hair sounds like my hair!

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    2. I can't find a dry shampoo that I like so I am excited to get this one. Also, the spray on at night might be game changing. I also use L'oreal Every Pure Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner and really like them.

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    3. spraying at night is key. Especially bc you have dark hair. Sometimes it will randomly spray out more white and you just have to shake it out with your fingers to blend it back in :)

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  4. Yaasss!! Not Your Mother's is my favorite! I can go 4-5 days without washing my hair with that stuff and it always looks and smells fresh! I'm gonna have to try out the others! :)

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    1. Yes ma'am! I don't know how that stuff is still on the shelves. I buy it two at a time!

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  5. I cannot use a curling wand to save my life.

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  6. I've been trying different dry shampoos hoping to find one I love. So far Suave has been the go to, but I will have to try this one!

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  7. I have to try your hairspray. I am trying to grow out a realllllly bad cut I got from a very sweet but inexperienced stylist when my awesome stylist went and had her baby 4 weeks early. I will try every trick to wrangle my locks these days and love reading about what works for you with your gorgeous hair!

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  8. I have been using Oribe dry shampoo (recommended by Natalie) and Aqualage hairspray recommended by Cassie, but need a new hair straightener. I will have to try that one out! You have such pretty hair! Even if it is coming in white--my mom went white too right away, so I am thinking I will probably be the same. Hey, it makes it easier to get that champagne blonde right?

    Annie- All Things Big And Small

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  9. Great review, thank you so much for sharing.

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  10. Hi Julia! Just purchased the Aveda products from Nordstrom and am very much looking forward to using them. Your hair sounds just like mine, except yours sounds much thicker (you lucky girl). Have a great weekend!

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  11. Love hearing about other gals hair products! I love Dove Dry Shampoo and Aussie Instant Freeze is my hairspray go to. I've tried the Elnett but I think I have to much hair for it to hold the curls really well!

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