With a fresh hair cut and color, I have been able to try new hair products and use products I’ve used before but didn’t work for long hair. I’m so excited because I have a big list of things that work really well for this new hairstyle and I’m eager to share it with you.
I asked for a LOB. It’s the abbreviation for Long Bob. I wanted a lot of layers so when I took a curling iron to it, I got a nice bend to my hair.
I had a ton of Inso images saved on a secret Pinterest board that I’ve had for years. Being able to share what I wanted and didn’t want with my stylist was great because she really did give me what I asked for.
Knowing what I wanted, I made sure to get her feedback too! She is the expert so If it wasn’t going to look the way I wanted, I trusted her to tell me and give it to me straight.
I made an appointment a few weeks later for my color. I knew I wanted highlights. We discussed it during the cut. So the same images I shared with her the first time, we revisited.
This is when I relied on her expertise because color is a whole process in itself. Between the undertone of hair the color, texture and length it’s a lot. We both agreed that platinum blonde is a no-go for me. Not that I wanted it. But I did want to have some highlights with the option to add more pieces and go lighter for the summer time.
She suggested I did Balayage. It’s a way of coloring the hair by painting and using foils. After agreeing, we moved forward.
In-between both hair appointments, I wanted to share the hair products I’ve been LOVING and need to get my hair to be salon silky and light. I own a lot of hair tools and products already, but I’ve been enjoying the whole process of washing and styling because it doesn’t take me forever.
THE HAIR PRODUCTS
My hair holds a lot of water and takes forever to dry. I knew this and it was cool to hear her verify it. Usually, I’d wash my hair the night before and allow it to air-dry. Since the length is gone, I’m able to dry it in half the time.
FLAT IRON / STRAIGHTENING
I’ve gone through a lot of flat irons. I started off with CHI and when that didn’t work anymore, I tried others. I have two hair straighteners in my collection but I’m moving away from plain hair straighteners and trying a new device. More on that in a bit.
I’ve been loving steam straighteners. You’re probably questioning everything at this very moment when you heard steam. It actually does work! I have a video on it that you can watch below.
I spoke with my hairstylist about it and she confirmed. It’s better for your hair because it water/steam. I love it and highly recommend it! I have my whole family in-love with it.
DEAL ALERT!Enjoy $20 Off by ordering it on Amazon. I went to the store and paid more!
When I don’t use it, I miss it. If you want to find the one I personally use, click here. You get it for only $60 as I paid $80. So,
For styling, I have a ton. I’ll keep it as short as I can because this is changing as I buy more. But right now, I’m enjoying the Matrix Grip Cream to get piece-y texture at my ends.
Another favorite is from Oribe texture spray. I used this product when I had long hair. But It does wonders for my cut hair. I love to use it to give me a little more volume and fullness without looking poofy.
Kerastase has a really nice hair spray called power hold that isn’t crunchy and smells SO good. I spray it for the scent but it’s great that it holds my bends.
I own way too many curing irons and wands. I used to do hair for weddings and Prom so I always had multiple. For my new hair, I love a bend. If you clicked this post and saw the above picture, that’s what I like.
My favorite curling irons are wands. It easier and gives me what I want without my arms feeling like they’re going to fall off.
T3 has this incredible curling iron/wand that I have been able to use. It has a shorter barrel, but all my hair fits and I’ve been using it. I couldn’t use it before because my hair wouldn’t fit. It was too long. But now I can.
I also love the wand from NUME – I’ve had my set for a long time and It still works. I used to be an affiliate before they got bought out but It’s a great wand so I recommend it.
Before the cut, I washed my hair 2-3 times a week. Any more than that and my hair was dry and a pain to style. Now, I wash it 3-4 days a week. In-between washes, I use dry shampoo. So far, I love using Amika Perk Up Dry shampoo. I love the scent. (Can you tell I’m obsessed with my hair smelling good?)
I also love Matrix dry shampoo. It’s not heavy and doesn’t leave a white cast to my dark hair.
It doesn’t make my scalp sore like some other dry shampoo’s I’ve used in the past and it does a great job at extending my blow-out or straightening for a little longer.
SHAMPOO / CONDITIONERS
I switch these every time I finish a set. I’ve been using Tresseme for YEARS along with Garnier. It’s what my mom bought in bulk from Costco growing up so I always some-how revert every now and then.
For high-end, I use Kerastase, Redken and have been enjoying Maui Moisture a lot. Another one is from Love Beauty Planet.
Again, these change and rotate, but the ones above end up being
WATCH MY HAIR TUTORIAL
If you’d like to watch my routine from blow-dry to straightening, watch the video below! It’s my favorite way to style currently and I hope it’s helpful for anyone who has hair as I do.
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