caring for straight(ish) hair
Today I want to talk about how I’ve learned to care for my hair, which isn’t stick straight but usually isn’t *super* wavy either. It can also get pretty oily in the summer; I have oily skin on my face, and the two typically go together.
First, I tend to wash my hair every day. I know some people are very against this, but it’s what works for me! Since my hair is pretty straight and thin, it tends to get weighed down with product and I hate the feeling of sleeping on it. So I wash it every night.
When my hair is wet, I comb out any tangles with a wide-toothed comb. I’ve found this results in way less breakage than if I comb or brush my hair when it’s dry. I use a wooden comb that was a gift, so I’m unsure of what brand it is, but there are lots of great wide-toothed combs out there.
I rarely blow dry my hair. I used to blow dry it every day in high school so it would be stick straight, but thankfully that’s not the look anymore 🙃 It’s straight enough without subjecting it to unnecessary heat every day, and heat also makes hair brittle and more prone to breakage unless you use proper heat protectant products. If I do blow dry my hair, I use amika: - Brooklyn Bombshell Blowout Spray
I’ll be honest: I haven’t been styling my hair much at all since I’ve been working from home since March 😬 Most days it’s just a scrunchie ponytail for me. I’ll occasionally add some Batiste - Batiste Dry Shampoo
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Aug. 2, 2020
ChloeLipkaFinally. Someone who also washes their hair everyday! I’ve tried to go every other day and use dry shampoo, but it never works!!
Aug. 8, 2020·2 likes
lizbentley17right!! I’ve tried not washing every day and it just doesn’t work for me. There were a lot of days last semester where I worked so late that I genuinely didn’t have time to wash my hair, and I do use dry shampoo for times like that. but otherwise... I will wash my hair every day lol
Aug. 8, 2020
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Perfect and safe to use on kertain treated hairs This is one of the best dry shampoos I have used and is awesome quality compared to a lot of higher end ones I have used. Its at an amazing price point and I love the scents The best one is coconut one . After using so many dry shampoo . I can say it's perfect for me and safe for kertain treated hairs . It's free of talc . It smells great and leaves no residue . More over its cheapBatiste - Batiste Dry Shampoo and now my go to dry shampo always ❤️
This a dry shampoo trial size i received by @amika and recently finished. I use dry shampoo all the time as I do not wash my hair every day and have quite an oily scalp. Dry shampoos are a really good way to neutralize that oiliness and give my hair a clean look, however this one I felt like I had to spray on alot more than I normally would with my regular dry shampoo, so it ran out much quicker. It worked just as well to get rid of the oily hair look, but again, with use of more product as compared to my other dry shampoo, and so Id have to say I prefer the “less is more” product. Plus at 33$ versus my 12$ drugstore one- its a no brainer! My original dry shampoo is Batiste - Batiste Dry Shampoo which is much cheaper and allows me to use less product, and therefore would last me longer. #cheriepartner
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Perfect Trio for Volumized, Full Bodied Hair ⚡️
My hair has been embarrassingly thinning, so when Amika gifted me products to help with volume, excitement was an understatement! We always tend to want what we don’t have; if we have curly hair, we want straight hair - if we have thick hair, we want finer hair - & so fourth. 💜 𝒫𝓁𝓊𝓈 𝒮𝒾𝓏𝑒 𝒫𝑒𝓇𝒻𝑒𝒸𝓉 𝐵𝑜𝒹𝓎 𝑀𝑜𝓊𝓈𝓈𝑒 - Lightweight, medium hold, provides hair with volume & body for a more fuller appearance ⚡️ 𝒯𝒽𝒾𝒸𝒸 𝒱𝑜𝓁𝓊𝓂𝒾𝓏𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝐵𝒶𝓈𝑒 - Body boosting, highly concentrated styling cream to plump & thicken hair to provide full volume that will last all day ⚡️ 𝐵𝓇𝑜𝑜𝓀𝓁𝓎𝓃 𝐵𝑜𝓂𝒷𝓈𝒽𝑒𝓁𝓁 𝐵𝓁𝑜𝓌𝑜𝓊𝓉 𝒮𝓅𝓇𝒶𝓎 - Muti purpose, weightless spray that acts like a primer before blowing out your hair & helps achieve volume, body & shinier hair ⚡️ amika: - Thicc Volumizing Base amika: - Brooklyn Bombshell Blowout Spray amika: - Plus Size Perfect Body Mousse
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I have flat, medium straight hair which can get boring because of its lack of volume, texture and shape. I was thrilled to use these products especially the mousse which is definitely my favorite from the set. I’ve used them all four times over the course of the last two weeks. I must admit, the first try didn’t work well because I had too much product in my hair - which made it really sticky and clumpy. Hence, I had to wash my hair again. However, I was able to figure out the perfect amount to use in order to achieve the volume, shine, and softness I’ve been looking for. Here are my quick thoughts about these products, from most to least favorite: ✨amika: - Plus Size Perfect Body Mousse is my favorite because I was able to achieve the fuller look and feel almost instantly, and very easily. It has a soft, lightweight texture that smells amazing! I apply it to my damp hair, and then blow dry. It does not make my hair feel crunchy or dry. I love the volume and texture it gives my hair. ✨amika: - Brooklyn Bombshell Blowout Spray is a decent spray that I have a love-hate relationship with. I can’t seem to find the right amount to use because it makes my hair sticky and difficult to blow dry. But, I used it on my mother-in-law’s hair and her hair looked so beautiful afterwards! It also didn’t give her hair any sticky feeling. It definitely seems to work better for thin/finer hair like hers. ✨amika: - Thicc Volumizing Base is a lightweight styling cream. Just like the blowout spray, I think the right amount is the key. Unfortunately, this one didn’t work for me. It made my hair extremely sticky and impossible to brush. So much so that I had to wash my hair again. On another try, I used a pea sized amount on my hair, and it made my hair greasy and heavy. I love Amika products and they still one of my favorite hair brands! Even though two of these products didn’t work well for my hair type, it doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. I think that finding the right products for your hair types or hair needs is essential.
how I deal with thin hair
Thin hair... I’ve always had it, so I’ve picked up a few tricks over the years for dealing with it. I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair, but I’ve found just a couple of products that, along with a few tips and tricks, keep my thin hair looking thicker and more voluminous. ￼first, I’ve learned that long hair is NOT for me, as it emphasizes how thin my hair is. thin hair means I’m prone to breakage and split ends, both of which are pretty evident if my hair gets too long. so sadly, if you also have thin hair, long locks may be worth reconsidering. ￼second, I’ve learned to never apply conditioner to my scalp—just the ends of my hair. conditioning my scalp weighs down my thin strands and causes buildup. ￼third, I’ve learned that flipping your head upside down while blow drying with volumizing products isn’t just something girls do in movies... it actually works! These are two products that I use on almost a daily basis to help with my thin, flat hair: ￼amika: - Brooklyn Bombshell Blowout Spray . I think this is the older packaging, but this stuff is amazing. I spray it on my wet hair and blow dry, and wow—I swear my hair has twice the volume. It smells amazing, but don’t overdo it like I did the first few times because then my hair was just a tad crunchy. This stuff is great because you don’t need much to see results, which is why this has lasted me so long. ￼SACHAJUAN - Dark Volume Powder . This is a newer product to me, and it’s decidedly pricier than the Amika spray, but it gives my hair volume and texture, and the packaging and scent are luxe. I tend to use this just on my roots, while I use the Amika spray all over. In the before picture, I had no product in my hair. Then I sprayed my hair with water to make it damp and blow dried with the amika: - Brooklyn Bombshell Blowout Spray for just a few minutes, then I added the SACHAJUAN - Dark Volume Powder for a little extra volume. If anyone else has tips or products that help with thin/flat hair, I’m all ears!
My favorite cute (and easy!) hairstyle
Two things about me: one, I am very low maintenance when it comes to doing my hair. Two, I love anything and everything vintage, especially when it comes to clothes and accessories. Thus I love using a vintage hair scarf like this to accessorize! This makes such a statement and adds so much to just a standard ponytail. My hair is naturally wavy and pretty thick, though it tends to lack volume at the roots. This style works best for longer hair (though there are plenty of other ways to wear head scarves even if you have short hair!) What you’ll need: ￼￼a hair elastic ￼￼a lightweight scarf, preferably a rectangular one (not square) made of lightweight material like silk. This one is silk and measures 18” long and 12” wide. ￼dry shampoo or volumizing spray First, use some dry shampoo or volumizing spray to add volume to your roots. I absolutely adore the SACHAJUAN - Dark Volume Powder . It adds volume and texture to my roots like I didn’t even know was possible—way more than other products or dry shampoos I’ve tried in the past. It’s pricey, but a little goes a long way and since I don’t do my hair super often, this can should last me a long time. Next, use the hair elastic to pull your hair into a high ponytail. Last, tie the scarf around the base of your ponytail, and there you have it! This is such a quick way to add some vintage flair to any outfit.
Flat iron Do’s & Dont’s
"No heat protection " This is a common mistake that most people make when blow drying their hair. You can choose to apply a serum or a cream heat protector before drying on your damp hair or use an aerosol spray that you can spray on each section before you heat it with a flat iron or curl it. KÉRASTASE - Nutritive Nectar Thermique Conditioner This is my favorite heat protector cream this year. Kerastase has the best hair products for repair 👍 Since blow dryers have heat, and damp hair is more fragile than dry hair. If your hair is really fragile or breaking, it's the heat that brings the damage. Using heat protection will keep your hair in the best condition possible given the fact that you are using heat tools. This is also when most damage comes from. “Do not go up & down multiple times” When heating the hair with flat iron, try not go up and down. Correct way is to slowly moving from the scalp to the root. It makes all the follicles point the same direction. This also create the sleek finish and add extra shine if you do it correctly. Dos Comb your hair One thing you should notice is that the iron seals whatever goes into the hair. By this, it means that, if there are a lot of crinkles in a section of your hair and you go straight to straightening. What you did is to seal the whole section including all the crinkles into the hair. It is always recommended to avoid using a comb first. Section your hair I like to iron with small sections about 1 inch wide. Sectioning shift to diagonal section, keep portions nice and small, working on diagonal, easy to get the texture we want. give a light mist, once it gets dry, we can go ahead and apply the heat. One thing to notice here is that when we work on the diagonal, after the hair falls, it still has a little bit movement to it. So it doesnt get flat. What we did is that we keep the iron on the diagonal and this would leave with a much nicer result.
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Sleek+Straight; Best Styles for Oval Face Shape
My face shape has always been a cross between oval & round; I have found that one of the most flattering styles for my shape is sleek and straight. Here’s the steps I take to achieve shiny, sleek, healthy looking hair that frames my face and helps to slim down the roundness👇🏻 My hair is naturally straight and is fine in texture. While my natural colour is blonde, it is also colour-treated (bleached) throughout. 1️⃣ I started with day-old, air-dried hair; first I sprayed in the eva·nyc - Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer to protect my strands from the heat of my flat iron and prime it for styling. This spray is a very fine mist and works great to prep the hair for heat styling (my only con is that it’s very strongly perfume scented). 2️⃣ Next I ran my eva·nyc - Spectrum Far-Infrared Styling Iron through my hair, concentrating on the hair around my face to make sure it was evenly sleek and not frizzy. Personally, I only flat iron my hair from just above my ears down because I find if I flat iron the roots it leaves my hair too flat and without any volume. 3️⃣ Last, I misted on some of my KEVIN.MURPHY - Shimmer Me Blonde which is a shine-enhancing spray made for blondes, with violet-hued reflects to tone out brassiness (they have one for brunettes/redheads too!). I love this stuff, it feels nourishing but light and makes my hair shiny without being greasy. Honestly, it’s a super simple look but I always feel a little bit glam when I go for sleek + straight locks - it feels so timeless. Hope you enjoyed!!💁🏼♀️🤍
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How to Survive Second Day Hair
Second day hair can sometimes feel and look the worst – but it doesn’t need to be if you manage it properly. It’s difficult making sure your hair washing days line up with your gym schedule or days you actually might have to look presentable. All you need is a good trusty dry shampoo and some hair styling tips to get away with it (I won’t tell if you don’t!).Make sure to brush out your hair! It sounds obvious but sometimes I skip this step in the mornings (and I bet some of you reading do too!). One of my favourite brushes is this wide toothed wooden comb I bought from Amazon. It’s super gentle on the hair and can detangle any knots perfectly without any tugging. I switched to a wooden comb because I noticed my hair was getting extremely static a few months ago from the previous brush I had been using which had plastic bristles. I haven’t looked back since! A good dry shampoo goes a long way. One of my favourites is this cherry dry shampoo by Batiste. It’s super easy to work into the hair, great for building volume and leaves the hair smelling fruity and fresh. It great for absorbing any grease and gives my hair that boost that it needs, leaving it feeling clean all day. Curl your hair – I’m not sure about you but I’ve realised that curls work best on second day hair (and look the best too). They just hold so much better and for longer (even without hair spray). It’s great for adding some volume back into your hair that you might have lost after sleeping on it throughout the night. Make sure to use a heat protective spray before curling with a wider barrel for looser curls. Follow up with a volumising hair spray to hold your curls in and give it an extra lift.
How to avoid greasy hair in summer? My secret is...
When it comes to summer, many girls with long hair always have oily hair trouble. As a girl who doesn't want to wash hair every day, in this post I'll share my tips for avoiding oily hair. The first thing I would recommend is a scalp scrub. KÉRASTASE - Energizing Scrub: Purifying Scrub for Oily ScalpI believe some girls may know something about scrubs. Our oily hair may come from two conditions. The first condition is that our scalp is not clean and causes our greasy hair. In different cities and work environments where the air is bad or dust is serious, it can make your scalp dirty, and regular shampoos don't work very well. Therefore, it is very necessary to use scalp scrub once or twice a week. I bought Kerastase scalp scrub from Sephora about $40. It's creamy white texture. Remember to apply a scrub and then use the shampoo. The second one that I would recommend is the Schwarzkopf - Osis+ Dust It Mattifying Powder 10g. It is not only a good thing to use in my daily life, but also a must for going out. If one day you don't want to wash your hair and it's not particularly oily. Then I highly recommend this one. Just a few seconds and a gentle pat on the scalp can make your hair less greasy. It is about $15, also available on Sephora's website. Finally, I'd like to share my summer hair style, as my hair is longer .I mostly use a headband in the summer, or a ponytail and braid. Sometimes a saucy bun, or a stewardess's hairstyle. This will not only make our hair look less oily, but also allow us to change our styles to suit our clothes.
KÉRASTASE-Energizing Scrub: Purifying Scrub for Oily Scalp
✨DAMAGE FREE BLOWOUT W ONE PRODUCT✨
Do you always blow out your curly or wavy hair? I do 🙋🏼♀️. I like to describe my hair as wavy. Not cute wavy but frizzy, cotton ball-texture wavy. Here is my quick fire way to blow dry your hair smooth and get it to last using ONLY ONE PRODUCT! Woo hoo! ✨THE PRODUCT✨ Aveda’s Smooth Infusion glossing straightener! You can get away with using only this because it helps straighten the hair, adds shine and protects the hair from heat damage/humidity using organic aloe, maize and guar bean. The consistency is somewhere between a gel and cream. It has an earthy, natural signature Aveda scent (think citrusy, floral) and retails for $26. ✨HOW I USE IT✨ I start with towel dried hair and put a *dime* size amount of the glossing straightener in my hand and work through my mids and ends. Make sure to evenly disperse this product throughout hair with your fingers, it is a little bit thicker. Also a little bit goes a long way, you can use too much so be careful and stick to the dime size! Rough dry your hair using fingers until hair is 60-70% dry making sure the airflow from your blow dryer is going down the hair shaft. No need for a brush yet! Section your hair using duck bill clips into 3 sections. Crown area, middle, and nape area. Use medium size round brush to smooth out hair section by section. Make sure you have tension while using the round brush, the tension will be what really helps to smooth out the hair. Make sure hair is 100% dry in each section before moving to the next Use a flat iron to touch anything up and you are done!
They Saved My Coarse Hair! 👍👏
Coarse hair seems to be a common problem among many people, yet, having smooth and luscious hair is desired by most. Nowadays, there are many products on the market that can help us treat coarse hair, and I’ll be introducing a hair essence and heat protectant that will achieve just that! My Hair Type: I have to admit that I brought this problem to myself. My hair used to be smooth and healthy, however, I was into dying my hair in various bright colors that involved many times of bleaching, which ultimately damaged my hair, almost beyond repair. For a while, my hair was coarse on the part that has been bleached and endless split ends followed. My hair became extremely weak and prone to breakage. On top of those problems, I have oily hair roots but dry ends. Product 1: Heat Protectant - Tresemme RP7 Pre-Styling Spray $3.59 / 300 ml This is such an affordable product that should be a staple item in everyone’s hair care collection. One cause for coarse hair could be too much heat on the hair. When we blow dry too closely to our hair or at a temperature that’s too high, or style our hair with a straightener or curler, our hair could be damaged and dry, thus, becoming coarse. This is where heat Protectant is important. I love the packaging because it is a spray-on product, which makes application very easy, you simply spray onto dry or wet hair before blow-drying or styling. The scent is very mild and makes the hair smell nice. The texture also feels lightweight and coats the hair nicely. I noticed that my hair became smooth and shiny right after application, and over months of usage, my hair felt stronger, and there are less split ends and less tangles. One thing I would note is to avoid applying onto the scalp because it can make the hair oily and flat. Product 2: Hair Essence - Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Creme for Hair $4.95 / 135 ml We’ve all heard of bb cream for the face, which is a product that is supposed to benefit the skin in multiple ways. In this case, this product is a bb cream for hair. It is a multi-tasking leave on treatment. It truly lives up to its name, because it really moisturized, detangled and defrizzed my hair. It can be applied onto dry or wet hair, at day or night. For me, I like to apply this before bedtime. I would dispense two pumps into my hair and apply it evenly on my hair, except for the scalp. I would notice a huge difference the next day, where my hair feels extremely smooth and silky, and all of the coarseness would be gone. The packaging is nice and convenient, the price is very affordable, and most of all, I love the scent. It smells like perfume for the hair. I absolutely adore this product and would highly recommend this to my friends and family. I have emptied at least three bottles of this, so I encourage you to give this a try too!
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