Current hair favorites: Summer 2016

I’ve been trying a few new hair care products over the past few months and thought I’d do a quick round-up of the ones I’ve been loving.



DP Hue Cool Blonde Shampoo. I’ve been doing the whole bayalage thing since last year and this shampoo has been helping to keep the brassyness at bay. Asian hair tends to pull warmer tones when it’s dyed lighter, so it can get that undesirable orange look weeks after being color treated. I use this once a week to combat that and get me to my next appointment. I’ve also been using the DPHUE Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner (yes I’m cheating on Wen), but I’m no totally in love with them.

Oribe Dry Texturing Spray. To be totally honest, I can’t remember if I talked about this yet. Sorry if this is redundant, but I didn’t want to skip it because I loved it enough to buy another bottle. And this stuff ain’t cheap ($40 to be exact). It adds some extra volume and texture (obviously) to my hair when it’s kind of falling flat. And it smells really good too.

Oribe Apres Beach Wave & Shine Spray. I got this when I picked up my second bottle of the above. I wanted to try something that I could quickly spray into wet hair when I don’t have time to blow dry. I love this because it doesn’t leave my hair feeling dry and crunchy after I use it like some other salt sprays. And it also smells amazing.

Ouai Hair Oil. My hair is perpetually dry at the ends and all the buzz around the brand created by the Kardashians’ hair stylist got to me. So far, I really like it. I use it after blow drying to smooth out the ends of my hair for some added shine. Or I’ll run it through my hair before air drying. This also smells nice and floral, I think like honeysuckle or baby’s breath.

Dr. PAWPAW It Does it All 7-in-1 Hair Treatment Styler. This is another gem I found at Urban Outfitters and it’s a real winner. It’s uses include detangler, leave-in conditioner, split-end reducer, and heat protectant, among others. I spray this in after showering as a leave-in and detangler and my hair has never felt so soft. It’s amazing. And it smells tropical like mangoes and coconuts (if you haven’t noticed yet I’m not very good at pinpointing scents). I will definitely be buying more of this when I run out.

Wet Brush. This baby is even better than the Tangle Teaser. It actually beats it, hands down. The only time I really brush my hair is after I shower and this makes getting through all the tangles so much quicker and less painful. So glad I gave this a try!

So that concludes all my recent hair care loves, if you’ve tried anything I mentioned, let me know how it worked for you!

Hair care from Day 1 to Day 3 (or so).

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Day 1, 2, & 3 hair.

I was talking to a friend about how I only wash my hair every 2 to 3 days, usually just twice a week. I remember when I was in high school and college, I washed my hair daily (honestly, where did I find the time?). Once I started working, I think I started eventually doing every other day and now that I’m a mom, it’s twice a week, more only if very necessary (usually if there’s an occasion that I want my hair to be freshly blown out for). So I thought I’d share how I get from Day 1 to Day 3ish and the products that get me there.

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L to R: Wen Cleansing Conditioner, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Styling Treatment, Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish, Batiste Dry Shampoo, Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray

Day 1: Wash day.

One of the main reasons I don’t wash my hair daily, other than it’s not the best thing for my thick, coarse, and dry hair, is that’s it’s just too time consuming. My hair is long and there’s a lot of it. I also hate how it looks air-dried and blowdrying it only takes more time. And generally, it’s only going to suck more moisture out of your hair if you’re constantly washing away your natural oils. But, I digress. I wash my hair with Wen Cleansing Conditioner in Sweet Almond Mint. It’s pricey and more time consuming than the usual shampoo and conditioner route, but my hair has never been in better condition and it doesn’t get as oily as fast at the roots anymore since I’ve been using it for the past 4 months. I usually let it air dry while I’m doing my makeup, then I blow dry it a bit more until it’s 70% dry. I apply the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment to prep for the blow dry. I also like to do this with my head flipped down to get a little extra volume. Then I use a round brush to blowout my hair (I’ve talked about my blowdryer and round brush here). And that’s it. I don’t usually use any other product in my hair on the first day, I like how it feels airy and clean. I know some people love second day hair because it has more grit to it, but I still like first day hair more.

Day 2: Getting greasy.

Usually by day 2, the oils are starting to build up at my roots, depending on how bad it is I’ll use dry shampoo. My favorites are Batiste (drugstore) and Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo (more expensive). I talk about both here. My hair tends to be a little deflated by day 2 and if it’s not overly greasy I’ll use the Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish. It helps absorb the oil and adds a little more ‘oomph’ to my hair. I spray it in my roots and around the top section of my hair then ruffle it around with my fingers. Instant volume. Sometimes day 2 hair can last for two days, meaning it’s not so bad that I need to wear my hair up or pulled back. And sometimes I bump up the front section and pin it back when my bangs look more greasy at the roots.

Day 3: Must do up-do.

There’s way too much grit and grease going on that there’s no leaving my hair down and adding any more dry shampoo would be pointless. I usually just pull my hair into a bun at the top of my head, but lately I’ve been trying new things. I took two sections of hair at my part, leaving about an inch loose in the front, and braided them back, securing with bobby pins under the back side of my hair. Then I gathered it all to one side and braided it together. I use a little L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray to keep any strays in place. And I’m done. Then the cycle repeats itself. Sometimes when day 2 extends a day longer, I can get to day 4 before having to wash my hair (hence day 3ish).

What’s your hair care routine? Are you a daily wash girl or do you try to extend the time between washes too?