One of the questions I’m asked most often is what products I use on my hair. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that great hair products make a big difference in the appearance of a hairstyle and how long it lasts throughout the day and through events, weddings, etc. Before we get into the products I use and the order in which I apply them (just as important as the products themselves) I think it’s important to give you a little run-down on my hair type just in case it’s different from yours.
I have hair that’s both highlighted and lowlighted, fine in texture but there’s a lot of it. I now have no-heat, no-glue, n0-tape hair extensions from Glamour Bar that add volume and a bit of length. These photos were taken pre-hair extensions (you can see them here) but I was pleased to discover all of these products work well with them, so I haven’t really had to alter my hair routine at all.
Styling Prep – While Damp
- Spritz Reference of Sweden Thickening Spray into roots and focusing on the crown area, distributing with your fingertips.
- Take a nickel-sized dollop of Kérastase Forme Fatale cream-gel, flip your head over, and distribute this halfway down your hair to the ends. Comb through with a hair pick to gently detangle. This product adds volume, movement, light hold, and a beautiful shimmering sheen to your hair. Twist hair half-up in a large claw clip to air dry while you apply lotion, do your makeup, etc.
- When hair has air dried for 10 minutes or so, flip your head over and apply a nickel-sized dollop of DryBar Hot Toddy halfway down your hair to the ends. This product is a heat and UV protectant that will protect your hair from your styling tools as well as the environment throughout the day.
- I love this t3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Hair Dryer because it’s lightweight and it dries my hair in half the time. Blow-dry hair with a round brush, focusing on creating volume at the roots by pulling the brush straight up and curling hair around the brush itself. I finish my bangs by pointing the blow dryer downward and smoothing them down with a round brush.
Styling – While Dry
- If you’re starting with second-day hair (or more, I’m not here to judge) spritz some DryBar Detox dry shampoo in the roots and the sections around your face. I love this dry shampoo because it smells beautiful and it erases any trace of greasy hair better than any other brand I’ve used. P.S. The key to making hair last multiple days is to brush it out at night, then twist up and wear on top of your head like a granny bun while you sleep.
- Curl hair away from your face to create the loose waves I often wear in my photos. Wrap sections no larger than the curling iron barrel you use to ensure the curl holds. I like to hold sections for 10 seconds or so, then unwind and let the curl cool. This interchangeable curling wand is great because it comes with three barrel styles perfectly designed for curls, loose curls, and beach waves. I’m using the largest barrel in these photos.
- As you curl, spray each finished section with DryBar’s Money Maker hair spray. It smells divine (as all their products do – think the best combo of fresh + feminine) and it gives a soft, flexible hold to hair. Once you’re done curling, spray all over your hair.
- Once your curls are completely cooled (about 5-10 minutes) I flip my head over and spritz Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray all over the underside of my hair, taking my fingers to my scalp to help distribute product and break up curls. This product smells incredibly sexy and gives texture, hold, and volume to your hair.
- Tip your head back over with all its sexy new volume. Use the round brush to smooth any fly-aways. To finish off your look, spritz a few sprays of Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue on the ends. This product is a silky hair oil that hydrates ends, gives a floral fragrance to hair, and creates silky movement. A little goes a long way… I’ve had mine for almost a year.