Let me start off with saying I’m not the type of girl who’s really into hair and make-up products. I never really learned how to do that stuff, and am pretty super low maintenance when it comes to that. I rarely wear ANY make-up at all, and usually only do my hair for special occasions. I have been “that girl” at work who’s hair is always in a ponytail. But as I hit 30, I realized that I want to start being more “grown-up” and have started incorporating some things into my non-existent beauty regime. I still do not wear make-up every day; mostly because I have oily skin and any cover-up clogs my pores and breaks me out, but since I cut my hair back down to a manageable length, I have been “doing it” every single day. Except on Sundays. Sundays are my lazy days.
So, for those girls out there that are low maintenance like myself, or are looking for some quick go-to styles that are easy peasy to do – I’m going to show you what products I use and how I do my chin-length hair. Get excited!
The only heat products I use are a blow-dryer (I have a basic one with a concentrator enhancement) that probably cost me no more than $25, and a flat iron. I just bought a new flat-iron that replaced my old Revlon one. I’m not sure what brand this one was but it too probably wasn’t more than $25. There are three hair products that I use almost daily (besides shampoo and conditioner):
- It’s a 10 (regular)
- Kenra Medium Hold (13) hair spray
- Bumble and Bumble Straight
- Suave dry shampoo
It’s a 10 is probably one of the best hair products I’ve come across in my 30 years. My stylist used it on me a few months back and I’ve been hooked ever since. This product can be used for TEN different options when styling your hair – but mostly it’s a great heat protectant, calms the frizz, improves shine and helps detangle. I will spray it into my hair while it’s damp right before I’m ready to start blow drying. It helps me comb it out, while prepping it for the heat that’s to come with the dryer. I have the larger bottle of the regular brand, but they have travel sized options as well as have a variety of options for your hair care needs (ie. For Blondes, Plus Keratin, Volumizing, and Light). I love it and a large bottle (approx. $34) has lasted me about six months and I still have some left.
Kenra is another great brand that my stylist clued me in on. It smells terrific and has a medium hold (which is the one I use) that keeps hair in place, but still allows you t o run your fingers through. It holds up hair in the humidity and heat, which is awesome since my hair is a natural frizz ball. I used the Perfect Medium Spray #13 (what an awesome number!). This has lasted me awhile, as well and I usually only use it when I’m curling my hair. I’ll spray it on after I pull the curls a part to help keep the curl.
Bumble and Bumble Straight is a blow drying creme that you use to dry hair straight. However, I use it as a straightening creme when I’m flat ironing as the It’s a 10 is already a protectant on my hair. I feel that the B&B helps provide that extra protection, while really helping my hair stay straight after drilling it with high heat. It smells yummy and I use a teeny tiny bit as it can weigh hair down, especially since I’m not using it in the blow dry process. I’d recommend going with half of the size of a dime if you have chin length hair.
Suave dry shampoo is cheap and easy. There are TONS of dry shampoo brands out there, but why pay tons of money when a $1.99 bottle of Suave does the trick? It’s great to spray on for those days when you don’t have time to wash your hair and just want to style and go. I used this on my curly days mostly – when I’ll spray the roots, then spray all over with It’s a 10, curl, and then use Kenra to finish.
So, how do I do my hair? Either straight or curly. On Monday’s I’ll wash and blow dry and flat iron and wear it as straight as I can get it. Then the next day, I’ll skip the wash and use some dry shampoo to help curl it for a different look. I use the flat iron for both straightening and curling.
For straight hair:
- Shampoo and condition hair
- Apply It’s a 10 spray while hair is damp and comb out (make sure to ring out excess water from hair)
- Use a comb (or round brush for more volume) with blow dryer to dry hair (a concentrator helps keep hair straight)
- After hair is dry, run a tiny bit of Bumble and Bumble straight through hair (top and underneath)
- Part hair (half up/half down) and start flat ironing hair in small sections starting underneath hair and working way to top
- Keep parting until all hair is flat ironed
For curly hair:
(keep in mind the pic above is on a 90 degree day, so it’s not as voluminous as I started. holy humidity!)
- Skip washing hair
- Spray Suave dry shampoo on roots and brush in
- Spray It’s a 10 all over hair
- Pull hair half up/half down and start curling underneath, working way to top of hair (crown)
- Once all of the hair is curled, gently pull a part curls as desired
- Finish with Kenra hair spray all over
It probably takes me about 20-30 minutes to do my hair, which is really manageable in the mornings. I hope this helps! Feel free to share your hair care secrets!