HAPPY NEW YEAR, DIMES!
I have tried several hair styles and colors over the years, and I’m always working toward the same goal. Why then is it so hard to have healthy, shiny hair that does what I want it to?! I thought for a long time that I was just destined to have flat, thin hair for the rest of my life.
While I can’t actually change my hair type, I have noticed a few ways that I could achieve the styles I was seeing on Pinterest. After many failed purchases, I feel like I’ve finally found my holy grail hair products for 2020.
Products, products, product.
I first realized I needed to up my game when I couldn’t quite duplicate what my hair stylist was doing when I went to the salon. Visit after visit I would think to myself what are these stylists doing to make my hair look like this? After trying several salons over the last 15 years, I saw one common theme. They all used high quality (not necessarily expensive) styling products and treatments.
I know what you’re thinking: I hate putting all of that expensive gunk in my hair for it to still fall flat! If your products aren’t working for you, you may be using them incorrectly. Make sure to always read the directions and ask for help when choosing the more pricey products to test.
Below you’ll find some of my favorite hair products. Almost all are affordable, gentle and take only a small amount to get the job done.
Take a look!
Since going blonde, I have to be even more careful with my hair. These shampoos still give me a good lather and help keep the brassiness at bay. The L’Oréal products are especially affordable and are part of a larger product line that has some great smelling S&C options.
Seeing copper colors in your hair when you paid for highlights? Those fresh blonde colors don’t stay that way forever! I use purple shampoo 1-2 times a week to keep my blonde locks bright until it’s time to get them dyed again. I will be writing a post soon talking about a few different brands but until then, here is my favorite!
Even though I use hair masks before I wash my hair, I typically use a smoothing serum or detangler right after I get out of the shower. Especially with using hot tools like a blow dryer and curling iron, I fee like a serum seals the cuticle and prevents additional damage from my hot tools.
I’m not one for using a lot of hair spray because my hair tends to “fall” even with a high intensity spray. I do, however, like to use texturizing sprays! I will either use a low grade hairspray like this one or a texturizing spray (my fav) right after I have styled my hair. If I am curling my hair, I will curl a row, let it cool for a minute or so and spray the styling product. After another minute or TWO, I will gently brush through the curls so they look more full but still stay pretty well.
Due to the bleach and chlorine (I swim laps often), I have to be extremely diligent about conditioning my hair. I use a hair mask almost every time before I wash my hair. It’s a little more time consuming, but it’s kept my hair feeling soft even through the highlighting treatments. My favorite are the Hi-Pro Packs. I keep them in my swim bag and one pack lasts me 2-3 uses. The tea tree scent is my favorite, but they also have the “extremely damaged” treatment in a bottle so you can keep it under the sink and is easier to pour into your hand. Pro tip: Start with damp hair. I usually use a mask on day 3 hair which has a lot of built up dry shampoo in it. Starting with damp hair means the hair will soak up conditioning treatment as your hair dries.
My current favorite is this scent by Batiste. I’ve also tried 10-15 other kinds over the years, and it really is all about personal preference! In a pinch, and when I need extra texture, I’ll use this powder which, to me, is sort of in between a dry shampoo and a root thickening powder.
I’m not a huge fan of heat protectants because I’ve never truly found one that I like! That being said, I’ve kept these two in my cabinet for a long time. If you have a better recommendation, let me know in the comments below! I really wish I could find something that I love.
Hot Tools products have impressed me time and time again. I currently use their curling iron and blow dryer. I also love anything travel size, so the EVA NYC tools are great for a carryon. Keep in mind most products need to be dual voltage to work oversees, so if you’re going across the pond, I’d recommend this travel hair dryer. I took it to Ireland, Spain and a several other places in the U.S. and it’s only TWELVE DOLLARS!
These are just a few accessories that I am loving lately! I don’t use them often, but a pretty barette or hair scarf is great to tie a look together.
That was A LOT of information, but it really is all about how you use each product. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to leave a Q or message me on Instagram! I love sharing products and tutorials with you guys, so don’t be a stranger this year. 🙂