HOW I STYLE MY HAIR
Have you ever wondered how to get perfect, beachy waves? I definitely have. Unfortunately, I'm still not a pro at achieving them and some days my hair looks more Taylor Swift circa 2008 than Ashley Olsen. Luckily, there are some great products out there to help people like you and I. Here are a few that I swear by:
TO REFRESH + VOLUMINIZE
1. Dove Refresh + Care Volume Dry Shampoo ($4) / I may or may not have read an interview where M.K. & Ashley's hair stylist mentioned using this product and ran to the nearest Walgreens to purchase it. In comparison to other drugstore dry shampoos I've tried over the past year (yes, year. I used to wash my hair everyday, welp!), this one does a great job of absorbing all excess oils, giving you some extra volume.
How to use: Shake. Hold 6 inches away from roots/locks + spray evenly. Let sit for 1 minute. Brush out.
2. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42) / Most of you have probably seen this product all over the blogosphere--I know I have. When my Dove dry shampoo ran out, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and I am never getting off. In addition to adding a lot of texture, it holds your curls, protects colored locks and works as a dry shampoo. The cherry on top is that it smells amazing! Definitely lives up to the hype.
How to use: Shake. Hold 6 inches away from roots/locks + spray evenly. Add heat for extra volume.
TO TEXTURIZE + NOURISH
3. R + Co Mannequin Styling Paste ($28) / If you find yourself constantly blow-drying your hair, make sure you use some kind of paste or spray to help protect from the heat. This one gives volume, conditions and reduces static, working with you and your hairdryer to achieve that tousled rolled-out-of-bed look.
How to use: Flip damp hair upside down. Work through with fingers. Don't brush out.
4. R + Co Rockaway Salt Spray ($25) / The downside to a lot of salt sprays is that it can leave your hair feeling stiff and tangled. Fortunately for us, this Rockaway spray is able to give achieve voluminous waves without making you feel like you have a bird's nest for hair. Just spritz on while your hair is damp and air dry for beach day hair even in the dead of winter!
How to use: Spray over hair. Scrunch with hands.
5. Bumble and bumble. Hairdresser's Invisible Oil ($39) / I got a sample size of this a few months ago from Sephora and love how weightless it feels! The last time I used hair oil was back in 2007 when I straightened my hair religiously and really needed the extra shine and silkiness. While most oils I've tried do a good job of nourishing my hair, they could feel heavy and cause it to look greasy. Despite my initial skepticism, I didn't experience either problem with the Invisible Oil.
How to use: Work sparingly into damp hair before styling or smooth over bottom 2/3 of dry hair.
TO DRY + STYLE
6. Conair Infiniti Pro hair dryer ($35) / Prior to moving to San Francisco, I was on the hunt for an affordable and durable hair dryer that would dry my hair efficiently without causing too much additional heat damage. After a few days of scouring the internet and reading countless reviews, I settled on this one. It dries my hair very quickly and doesn't leave me feeling like I just roasted my locks! All of my friends who have used it also love it. Need I say more? It's a hair dryer.
How to use: Separate hair into sections. Use until hair is about 80% dry + blast cool air periodically to help prevent heat damage.
7. Hot Tools Professional Curling Iron 1-1/4" ($28) / While air-drying and salt spray usually does the trick, some days just call for a more refined curl. This curling iron creates loose curls that give your hair a really nice, natural-looking wave. Here's a tip: if you have fine or color-treated hair, keep your iron at 200 degrees or lower. If your hair is thick and coarse, you can adjust it higher--200-300 degrees. Everyone is different--it's really just trial-and-error until you find the perfect curling temperature and method for you.
How to use: Divide hair into sections. Hold curling iron open + wrap hair around it loosely. Hold for 5 seconds. Release + tug on ends. Spray with your favorite product to hold.
TO DETANGLE + SMOOTH
8. The Wet Brush ($9) / No matter what I do, I usually end up with a wad of tangles that I can't even work through with my fingers and conditioner. I'm not sure how it does it, but this brush will detangle every single knot that it comes across.
How to use: Work through wet hair from bottom up.
9. Sephora Medium Round Brush ($20) / Round brushes are essential if your hair gets frizzy like mine. Combined with a hairdryer, a round brush can add volume, reduce frizz and add a bit of a curl. Just make sure your locks are at least 50% dry before you bring in the round brush, as it won't make much of a difference on wet hair!
How to use: Wrap hair over brush. Run brush through hair while drying. Repeat while blasting cool air.