wait, wait. let me explain the title of this post. look, i have great hair and i know it. hear me out. i’ll never have long legs, enjoy an average height (i’m 5’2), have poreless skin or even a strong jaw (thanks, mom). but, my hair? it can look darn good and i’m not apologizing for saying so. does that make me better than you? heck no! i believe we need to appreciate and celebrate our strengths because we all have plenty of weak points. are you with me? so, let’s talk hair.
mine is thick, long and, yes, glossy. the texture is medium, but it’s actually naturally curly and frizzy. it’s heavy and takes 20 minutes to blow dry and double that time to curl with a curling iron. this means i will rarely make the effort to get it perfectly coiffed and most days, prefer a wet top knot because i actually like to get important stuff done. because it’s so thick and heavy, i’ll never, ever know the joy of a sock bun and i go through shampoo like bottled water. the grass is always greener, folks!
tongue in cheek, this is a mini-hair retrospective including testimonials (and yes, bethenny really did say that! i stood in line for hours to meet her and she complimented me? i mean…).
so, how can you get your hair as gorge as it can be? i have a few ideas about this.
IN THE SHOWER
shampoo: i love hair that feels fresh and clean without residue. aveda rosemary mint shampoo is the one i return to time after time because it really cleanses my scalp to remove buildup. and yes, it smells amazing. it may strip color so skip this one if you have color added to your hair.
conditioner: aveda shampure conditioner is a lightweight choice that keeps my hair moisturized without weighing it down. it’s hard to find a conditioner that moisturizes without that nasty buildup, but this is the one!
treatment conditioner: every once in awhile hair needs a good deep moisturizing treatment and moroccanoil restorative hair mask is enriched with argan oil to smooth and nourish deeply. i apply it overnight if my hair feels especially straw-like and it’s perfect for the end of summer when our hair is super dehydrated and damaged (don’t forget, no product, regardless of how it’s marketed, will repair damage, but deep moisture will help the hair lay flat and look glossy)
hair dryer: ghd recently gifted me a hair dryer, and as you know, i’m a huge fan of their tools… i own two of their flat irons already! this is definitely the ultimate hair dyer that you’ll have around for years to come. some professional hair dryers can be heavy and clunky – i used to have a babyliss that wasn’t only a lot heavier, but, oddly, made my hair tangle and it also took so much longer to get my hair dry with it. this ghd air hairdryer is super light, and the ionic charge helps to lock in moisture to reduce damage and breakage. i was in the market for a new salon-quality dryer, and this is my new holy grail. i totally believe in spending a lot on great tools because they will stand the test of time. the higher temp and powerful motor of the ghd gets the hair dryer faster and will therefore help to avoid heat damage that happens over time.
drying tips: starting with wet hair, dry to halfway before introducing a brush to really blow it out which speeds up that high intensity work portion of your at-home blowout. when you’re done, your hair should be bone dry (don’t miss the nape of the neck!). leaving any moisture in the hair will cause frizzies to pop up and really ruin the smooth texture you’ve created.
curling iron: nothing beats hot tools curling iron (i have the one inch). it’s affordable and the best on the market. the metal rod gets nice and hot, but if you have fine hair, there is also a temperature control (so you can avoid this).
flat iron: i mean, i own two of these babies. the ghd styler is, in my opinion and experience, the best. yes, it’s an expensive tool, but because it gets so hot, it will smooth the hair without damaging it and give you a super shiny finish. i use this to finish my hair, but only in a few spots i feel need to be smoothed instead of that all over flat iron effect. and call me a sucker, but i kinda think the ghd limited edition pink flat iron is cute…
serum: the moroccanoil treatment is such a necessity for me. it adds gloss, smooths texture and controls frizzies. i don’t like a lot of product in my hair, so i use a little dab of this after i flat iron to soften and shine to the ends only. it’s a silicon based serum with argan oil – the silicon coats the hair to add weight and reduce frizz and the argan actually add moisture to the hair which is why they term it a “treatment”. if your hair is really dry and coarse, you can apply this to wet hair before blowdrying to seal the hair shaft.
hairspray: another moroccanoil product! no i don’t work for them. the luminous hairspray is so fine that it’s really a soft mist. it locks hair in place without getting crunchy or flaky. i simply adore this hairspray and use it before and after i curl my hair.