Wednesday, 18 June 2014

How I Do My Hair

First things first, I want to make it very clear that I do not consider myself any sort of expert in hair or hairstyling. In fact, the reason why I style my hair the way that I do is because I am so inept that this is pretty much the only thing I can do. My hair gets oily very quickly and I have a lot of hair in terms of the number of strands I possess (according to my hair dresser), but each strand is rather fine (that's what he said? I dunno. There's a joke there somewhere). Anyways, this means that my hair tangles a lot and doesn't have much texture, making it difficult to hold a style or retain volume.

And yet, as I recently declared--echoing the words of the great Dolly Parton--my motto is the higher the hair, the closer to God. I might just embroider that onto a pillow. I like a lot of volume in my hair, so I need a lot of product to help me get there. But I never want my hair to look like it has a ton of product in it. My 'signature look' aka the only thing I can manage is portrayed below (over and over again):

To achieve this somewhat acceptable style, I start by running through my hair with the Wet Brush (a god send that you can pick up at most drugstores and Target), and then spritz the Oribe Maximista Volumizing Spray (available here) onto my roots. Recently, a kind soul on Instagram told me that while the Oribe Maximista is good for volume, Oribe Volumista is even better. Her exact words were "Maximista is New York big. Volumista is Texas big." Guess which I'll be choosing after my current bottle runs out?

Following the spritz, I choose from one of two Living Proof products to run through my hair: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment or Living Proof Prime Style Extender (available at Sephora). If someone wants to elaborate on the differences between these two products in the comments, that would be great, but for my money they do pretty much the same thing: add a bit of shine and help hold the volume and curl in my hair. For what it's worth, the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioner are great, too.

Next, I fully blow dry my hair. I have so much hair that I normally do this in two stages. I'll blow dry most of the way, then walk away and do something else because I get bored. Then I will come back in the meantime to finish the job.

Now comes the most glamorous part: putting hot rollers into my hair (I use this Conair set). This makes me feel all kinds of nostalgia, as I grew up with my mom putting curlers into my hair all the time for dance competitions and recitals. Anyways, I think this lifetime of dance-induced practice has enabled me to use hot curlers with relative ease. One top trick is that if the curler is burning your scalp or neck, grab a tissue and place it in between. It really is effective. Another thing I make sure to do is use smaller curlers around the face and the crown of the head. I save the bigger curlers for underneath.

Voilà - the end result
After leaving the curlers in until they go back to room temperature, or for as long as I can, I will grab my trusty can of the Bumble & Bumble Dryspun Finish Spray (available here). I will gently separate the curls and use this spray over each. I think the Bumble & Bumble makes my hair a little bit less 'done up', hopefully mitigating the 'Texas pageant' look (which, you may be surprised to read, I try to avoid). Dryspun Finish Spray adds a little bit of grit to the hair, which I find really helps the style hold. But unlike hairspray, it's not crunchy and won't make your hair clump together.

I'm not a total hairspray hater, though, so sometimes I will use a tiny bit of L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray (here). Additionally, if you find your roots need some volume, run out and get you some Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-Powder (here). It's a whiteish powder you sprinkle near your roots. After using it and giving your locks a bit of a zhush, you'll be set. And unlike many dry shampoos I've tried, this neither leaves your hair with a white or gray cast (even dark hair like mine) nor does it make it feel grimy.

Do you have any hair styling tips or tricks? What are your favorite products?

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