Have you ever wondered how the heck your hairstylists hair always looks perfect? For starters, hair is what we do for a living, so we know a thing or two about how to make it look it’s best. You’d be surprised that many hairstylists are quite low maintenance with their own hair though and have ways of making it look good without spending tons of time primping. An awesome hair site I blog for, Latest Hairstyles, recently asked me to divulge some of our secrets for you to use at home. Check them out here.
I don’t care who you are, I KNOW you love getting an amazing blow dry style from your hairstylist. Heck, even I love nothing more than to sit back and have someone take care of it for me. Hairstylists can make your hair look perfect, they do it so quickly and effortlessly, and you leave the salon feeling like a million bucks. You probably even wait more days than you’re willing to admit to wash it, just to savor this blow out for as long as possible. Sound familiar?
What if I told you you too can style your hair just like your hairstylist? In this story I wrote for Latest Hairstyles, I break it down into 5 easy steps. Check it out below…
Who doesn’t love a great blow out?! Whether you just visited the salon and your stylist gave you a bomb blowdry style, or you went to one of those Blow Dry Bar’s, I know you will do everything in your power to make that blow dry last as long as possible. Women skip work outs, they sleep sitting upright, and at times they may even skip taking a shower. No judgement here, I get it. Even I LOVE a good blow out and I love it even more when some one else does it for me.
Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know about how to make your blow dry style last…
Blow Dry with Volume and Curls
If your blow out has lots of volume and curls like Jennifer Lopez’s hair, your best bet is to sleep with your hair in a loose high bun and secure it with a spin pin or 2. Flip your head upside down and twist your hair on the top of your head. Wrap it around into a bun and screw these little pins into your hair.
What is a Spin Pin you ask? They are these little guys:
What’s great about spin pins is they won’t create any dents in your curls, and unlike bobby pins, you only need about 2 for even the thickest hair. You can buy these at Target or CVS. When you lets your hair down in the morning, shake it out and fluff it up. If you feel like you’ve lost your volume at the crown of your hair, don’t be afraid to tease it a bit. I prefer to tease hair with a boar bristle brush rather than a comb because it’s more gentle on the hair, and I actually feel it works much better.
What type of brush do I tease with? A Small Denman Boar Bristle is my favorite:
*You can purchase this brush at most beauty supply stores or online.
Now if you had some crazy dreams and awake to greasy hair you still have hope. Dry Shampoo (hair powder) is a life saver. Every girls needs this stuff! Not only does it absorb grease and oil, but it will help create volume within your hair as well. Put some at the roots of your hair before you tease and watch out! Your hair will get massive, and awesome…
Does Dry Shampoo actually clean your hair? NO, but who cares!
I’ve mentioned Khlorane before and I’ll mention it again. This is my favorite dry shampoo for many reasons. It doesn’t smell bad, it’s light and won’t make your hair feel tacky, and it won’t add color to your hair. You can purchase Khlorane at most high end beauty supply stores, and we happen to carry it at my salon, Román Salon.
Blow Dry with Loose Beachy Waves
Whitney Port’s look is actually pretty easy to maintain. Before bed, put your hair in a low, loose braid. If you have thick hair you may want to do 2 braids. The trick is you want to secure this braid with a SCRUNCHIE, yes a scrunchie. Once you take your hair out in the morning your waves will wake back up. Spritz a styling spray like Spray de Mode by Bumble and bumble if your hair needs some extra roughness and texture. If the mid shaft or ends of your hair are looking dull and blah, use a hair oil like Kérastase Elixir Ultime. P.S. They still sell scrunchies everywhere so go buy one, and maybe wear it on your wrist during the day if you’re feeling crazy
Smooth and Straight Blow Dry
Jennifer Aniston is the queen of this sort of blow dry style. Yes she has the luxury of having someone style her hair daily, but you can actually recreate this look quite easily. The trick is maintaining some volume and movement at the crown of the head, but still making sure you don’t have dents or any frizziness at the ends.
To bring back that smooth fullness on top you will need 3 medium to large velcro rollers and a blow drier.
1. Grab your bang area and pull it straight up. Wrap the hair into the roller going away from your face. Roll it all the way down to your head and move on to the section right behind it repeat, and do the same with the following section behind that one.
2. Once your 3 rollers are set on top of your head you can put some heat to them with your blow drier for about 1-2 minutes. It’s best to have your blow drier on a low setting so it doesn’t blow your hair all over the place. The goal is to heat the hair up that’s sitting in the roller. Once they all feel warm you can stop with the drier and wait a few minutes to let the hair cool. Do not remove the rollers until the hair actually feels cool!
3. Spray the cooling hair with a light weight aerosol hairspray, like Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer. While the rollers are cooling this is a perfect time to touch up the ends of your hair with a flat iron if it needs it. Put your flat iron on a low heat setting, and run it through the ends just a few times. Remove the rollers, flip your head upside down, shake it out, and smooth your hair with your fingers or a soft bristle brush. If you’re looking for a new blow drier or flat iron, check this blog post out: The Best (and affordable) Styling Tools.
And there you have it. Remember, if at first you don’t succeed try try again. Styling hair takes practice and patience, but it’s worth it to learn how to do this stuff on your own. Not only will you save money, you will look your best on a daily basis. Have at it ladies, and make me proud
Hot weather means beach time, tanning, outdoor activities, jogs in the sand, beautiful sunsets, possibly an evening mojito? I feel like I’m on vacation just writing these things. When it comes to styling your hair though, hot weather can create some obstacles. Sweat = moisture = frizz = yuck. You can spend an hour smoothing out your hair, and the moment the humidity hits it or you sweat a little bit you’re pretty much screwed.
STOP being a slave to your hair and go au natural! Learn how to work with your natural texture and you will save yourself time and stress. Straight and soft hair is boring anyway! Texture and roughness is really sexy right now, and if you can learn how to work with what you have, you will be forever grateful to… yourself!
If you have naturally curly hair like Kate Hudson, Vanessa Hudgens, or Annalynne Mccord, take note! They all usually represent their natural texture, with minimal enhancement.
One of my favorite things to do once curly/wavy hair is dry is to take a few pieces around the face and top of the head and curl them with a curling iron. These few “perfect” curls mixed with the natural curls really snazz up the style and can help if your hair looks too frizzy or too wild.
If you have long hair, try braiding your hair loosely while it’s a little damp, and let it dry like that. Once the hair is mostly dry unwrap the braids and shake out the fun texture. If it looks to kinky then spritz a little water on them and it will soften the wave.
My favorite curly hair products:
This styling spray adds volume and texture to the hair to create a sexy, wind-blown feel. Its salt-infused formula adds fullness, hold, and a cool, matte finish. Salt water is no secret to editorial stylists for adding volume and texture, and anyone who has been in the ocean knows of that salty, sexy, sun-dried, wind-styled feel (that seems such a shame to wash out). So while Bumble and bumble hasn’t exactly bottled the real thing, they’ve replicated and improved it, including seaweed and kelp extracts to enhance moisture.
Moroccanoil Curl Control Cream is formulated for naturally curly and wavy hair with an advanced technology that offers intense conditioning and detangling properties. Curl Control Cream delivers exceptional movement to hair while enhancing natural curls and offering optimal hold, adding volume, control and shine as well as providing humidity resistance.
Unlike old school hair mousse, Kaze Wave will not make your hair crispy or crunchy. It also protects your hair from heat tools, so this is a great product to let dry into your wet hair and then add a few curls with a curling iron.
Learn to love what you got ladies
Ions, Ceramic, Tourmaline, Wattage, it all can get confusing when attempting to purchase hair tools. I mean, all you want to do is style your hair, not have to open up a dictionary to understand what this verbage even means. Time to break it down a bit and share some of my favorite hair tools with you…
Folica.com (my favorite discount hair tool website)
When shopping around for a blow dryer, you see the word watts with a number on every box. Basically, the higher the wattage means more heat, the lower the wattage means less heat. Plain and simple. A blow dryer with a high wattage will generally dry your hair much quicker than a blow dryer with a low wattage. This BaByliss Pro TT Dryer in the picture above is a great blow dryer to use at home for any hair type, and definitely worth the investment of $80.
The Kristal Dryer by Ibiza is awesome. This is the blow dryer I use at the salon, and is for people who want to try to recreate the “salon blow dry” like their hairstylist gives them. This dryer is “ion- free”, which helps to preserve your hairs body and strength. If a styling tool is Ionic, it means it is good for creating frizz-free hair. Ibiza also has THE BEST round brushes ever. You can check them out here.
Purchase HAI here.
I’ve been telling clients about this flat iron for years. The HAI Convertable Ceramic Flat Iron is legit and it’s so affordable! With a 2 year guarantee, it’s completely worth the $80. Ceramic plates on a flat iron are much more gentle on your hair in comparison to the old school metal plates. There is a temperature dial on this flat iron, so be sure it’s not up too high.
Investing in a good flat iron is very important if you flat iron regularly. Keep in mind though, if you have damaged hair, flat ironing is one of the harshest things you can do to your fragile locks. No matter how fancy the flat iron is, it’s still something to try not to do on a regular basis.
Purchase GHD here.
GHD Flat Irons are pretty fabulous. Once I started using their flat irons I became hooked, and probably won’t use any other in the salon. With no temperature control, this flat iron actually sets it’s own temperature depending on your hair porosity, so I feel like it never gets too hot to burn your hair. It also has universal voltage so you can travel with it! They really thought of it all when designing this flat iron.
What size flat iron is best?
1 inch is generally the best for all hair types. GHD also makes a “stick” version which is smaller than 1 inch, and great for short hair or bangs. If you have really long hair and flat iron for easy smoothing, you can get a larger size flat iron, like 2 inches, to quicken your styling time.
Purchase on Folica.com
You can purchase Hot Tools Professional curling irons online and at most beauty supply stores. These curling irons are super affordable, work great, and are actually the type of curling iron a lot of famous hairstylists use Little insider tip for you.
How do I know what size curling iron to use?
The smaller the iron the tighter the curl, the larger the iron, the looser the curl. Generally, a 1 inch- 1 1/4 inch barrel is perfect for everyone.If you have very long hair and want a real loose curl, then you can purchase a larger iron.
Personally, I like to use my regular curling iron to create beach waves in my hair, but I understand that dealing with the clip can be a challenge for a lot of women. I’ve seen clip-less curling irons sold for up to $200, and that is just plain silly. Do not waste your money! You can purchase this Conair Iron at Target, and for under $40, I think you can have a lot of fun playing with this tool. If you buy it and struggle with trying to curl your hair, call your hairstylist and see if they can give you a lesson… it’s easier than you think!
Important “Hairstylist” Tips:
* Always see what the warranty is on your new hair tool. Usually you can fill out some paperwork to cover yourself if it breaks within 1-2 years.
* Remember to use a heat protectant styling product BEFORE you use ANY heat tool. Ask your hairstylist what product they think is best for you.
I want to hear from you! What are your favorite styling tools?
I MISS BEING TAN! So much that I had to write that in caps.
We’ve been lucky in LA because the weather has been so warm, however while people may be laying out in the sun, I’m busy doing hair everyday, and haven’t had a chance to enjoy it. And my friends in New England who keep getting 2 feet of snow every few days definitely have not seen the sun in a while. Here are a few things I’ve learned to help get us by until the summer sun gets here full time…
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
I first heard about this product from a high profile client of mine. She swore by it and uses it every time she has to wear a dress for appearances and events. Then I heard about it again just a few weeks later while I styled hair for a fashion show. All the models started whipping this stuff out of their bags and spraying away! Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs isn’t a self tanner, it’s more of a make up for your skin. It will give you instant color, even out your skin tone on your legs which does make you look thinner (wahoo!!!), and actually looks super natural. If any of the color gets on your clothes or bedding, it says it will wash off too, so no worries there. I’d still recommend washing it off at the end of the night.
$13-$15 Rite Aid, Target, Walgreens, everywhere.
Spray di Sole Organic Spray Tan
Every celebrity gets spray tans frequently. We all know the sun and tanning beds aren’t the best for our skin and if you have fair skin, it takes so much effort to get a nice tan. I’ve used at home self tanners, done the Mystic Tan, and had many spray tans before, but the best I’ve found was actually at my salon, Román Salon. I try hard not to sell my services or promote my salon on this blog and keep it neutral, but this spray tan is so legit it would be rude of me to not share it with you. Sadie is the “spray tanner” and she really does a fabulous job. It’s the first spray tan I’ve ever gotten that I don’t have to run home and wash my hands after or actually put bleach on my feet to even them out ( yup.. it’s happened). Spray di Sole is one of the top spray tan solutions, and because it’s organic, you don’t have to be fearful of it sitting on your skin. Sadie is professional and you will love her too. And she has sprayed so many celebrities and they come back for more, so you know she’s doing a great job. If you live in the LA area, definitely try her out. If you are not in Los Angeles, look online and call around to try to find someone who is doing organic spray tanning in your area. I always recommend to hop on Yelp.com and scope out your spray tan professional before taking the plunge.
$65 at Román Salon and it lasts for a week.
Jergen’s Natural Glow Lotion
I’ve written about this product before, but it seemed fit to include it in this story. Jergen’s Natural Glow Lotion is something every girl should own. It’s a body lotion that has a slight hint of self tanner in it and will gradually give you a little tan. It’s natural and you don’t have to worry about orange hands or streaks. If you used to use this lotion and hated the smell, I encourage you to try it again because they’ve improved it big time.
$8-$10 Target, Rite Aid, possibly your local grocery store.
Yipee for holidays and the chilly weather that comes with it!
I live in Los Angeles, so our winter consists of sunshine and 60 degree temps. BUT some days, when we’re lucky, it’s much chillier, the sun disappears behind the clouds, and for a moment it sort of feels like winter. I’m originally from Massachusetts, so yes when this happens, it gives me a taste of home and happiness.
Tis the season, and I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds with you. These may even be cool gift ideas too…
A must for dry, flakey lips. This Sugar Lip Polish by Fresh feels so nice and leaves your lips so soft! A little goes a long way, so this little container will last a while.
Atmosphere Protection Cream by OSEA is my absolute favorite facial moisturizer. OSEA is an eco-friendly and vegan line and I love all of their products and what their company stands for. Atmosphere Protection Cream is so lightweight, but it really does hydrate your skin without leaving an oily film. You can purchase this product on OSEA’s Website
This is the best and easiest way to keep some color on your skin! Jergen’s Natural Glow is a body lotion with a hint of self tanner. You can apply it daily, and slowly see your tan unfold. It won’t stain your hands, and if you start to notice the color looking funky, just exfoliate in the shower, and you’re good to go! They offer 2 different colors depending on your skin tone, Light and Medium/Tan. Even though I have fair skin, I use the Medium/Tan because it delivers the color quicker.
Ahh my most favorite perfume. Lavanilla Laboratories Vanilla Grapefruit is delicious. The fragrance is unlike any other perfume and it’s so delicate and soft.
Peter Thomas Roth Powder Sunscreen is a no brainer if you forget to apply sunscreen every day. Personally, I hate how sunblock feels on my face. This product is actually a powder, and you can apply it on top of your make up! You can dust it on anytime of the day, and it will actually absorb oil on your skin too. You can buy this at Sephora, or directly through Peter Thomas Roth’s Website.
Every purchase of any Chains of Grace jewelry benefits Love146, a charity dedicated to stopping child sex slavery. The jewelry designer, Candice Mann, is so passionate about the jewelry she hand makes and the organization she supports. These necklaces are a fabulous gift idea. She packages each necklace in it’s own special box with a message about the piece of jewelry you’ve purchased and about Love146. Click Chains Of Grace to browse her online store on Etsy.
Ok this may seem weird, but Emu Oil has been a go to remedy for me for a while now. I started using Emu Oil for joint pain I have in my hands. At times, my hands get so stiff and sore, and Emu Oil has literally been my savior. You can purchase it online from RSD. This natural remedy has been proven in relieving:
-Dry & Itchy Skin
-Burns, Cuts, Scrapes
Happy Holidays to you!
Ok ladies I dedicate this story to you. Not only do I want to inform you ALL about hair extensions, but I want to save you from a potential hair disaster or embarrassing moment!
Hair extensions can dramatically change your look. Not everyone is blessed with hair that is able to grow long and thick, and extensions can give you the hair you’ve always dreamed of having…
Truth be told, some hair extensions can be damaging to your hair, but the fault may not all be on your hairstylist. When you get extensions, you must commit to really nurturing your new hair and caring for it. If you don’t, that’s when you can have some disastrous effects.
If you are considering adding length to your hair, but aren’t ready for the commitment of hair extensions, clip- in’s may be the perfect solution for you. Clip-in hair pieces can be purchased at most wig stores, and some beauty supply stores. They are perfect for someone who only wants to add volume and length occasionally, like on the weekends, or for an event. WEAR CLIP-IN’S WITH CAUTION! You can’t sleep or swim with them, so save yourself the embarrassment and don’t wear them when trying to do either. I’ve seen clip-in pieces on the floor at a club, in the bathroom at a restaurant, in the pool in Las Vegas.. yup.
NOTE: Be sure your clip-in’s match your own hair! I see it ALL the time… a girl with light brown hair with lots of gold highlights, wearing bleach blonde clip-in pieces. It looks so unnatural and is screaming FAKE! If you have different tones of color in your hair, then your clip-in’s must have different tones too.
If you find yourself becoming addicted to your clip-in’s and wearing them almost every day, it’s probably time to start shopping around for a more permanent method…
Hair extensions are an investment…
There are many different types of extensions, all different price ranges and qualities, and I encourage you to do some homework and shop around to find a method and a hairstylist that seems best for you. I get emails daily with the same question over and over, “How much do hair extensions cost?” Though I understand this is a very important question that needs to be answered, it’s not as simple as that. Price varies depending on many things, and you need to learn all about them to better understand where your money is going.
Generally your biggest investment when getting hair extensions is the hair. If the hair is really cheap, then it probably won’t last very long, and you will have to replace it frequently. The better the quality, the longer it will last. If the hair is expensive, then that means it definitely should last you a long time. If a stylist is charging you $2500 for extensions, and says you have to replace the hair every few months, then she is ripping you off. Hair that is that price should last you up to a year.
Once you have hair extensions installed in your hair, you will need them to be “maintenanced” every few months. This means as your own hair grows, so do the extensions, and after about 2 months it’s time to move the extensions back up to your scalp. This is an additional service so it’s important to consider this when investing in hair extensions.
As for the types of hair extensions, there are many, and I don’t want to bash any one type in particular. My belief is if you trust your hairstylist, have seen their portfolio of hair extension work, and feel confident in them, then go for it! Everyone has their own personal preference, and whatever works best for you works best for you. I always encourage clients to come in to my salon to meet me, see the extensions I have in my own head, feel them, and I’ll even put one extension in their own hair so they can see how it’s done and feel it for themselves. ALWAYS SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION BEFORE GETTING HAIR EXTENSIONS! This is a must, and I won’t even order hair until consulting with my client. It’s not like you’re getting plastic surgery or permanently changing your life forever, however extensions aren’t cheap, and you need to feel good about your new hair awaiting you!
Important Questions To Ask Your Stylist
1. Am I a good candidate for hair extensions?
You need to be sure that your hair can even handle hair extensions. Bad candidates include: someone losing their hair, someone whose hair is too short for installation, someone with severely damaged hair.
2. How long will the hair last?
Be sure you are getting what you are paying for! The hair extensions I do cost $2000, but the hair lasts you at least a year! If a stylists offers you a cheap deal, but you need to purchase hair every 3 months, it’s probably not worth it. Do the math in your head, and be smart about this! With extensions, you generally get what you pay for…
3. What will the maintenance be?
Depending on the method of extensions, they do require some maintenance. As your own hair grows, so do the extensions, and you need to be informed how often you will be sitting in your stylists chair and what the cost of this service is.
4. What is the potential damage of the hair extensions they offer?
Your stylist should be able to answer this quickly and honestly. And if they have extensions, they should show you the condition of their own hair. If you have a well experienced stylist with a great reputation for doing hair extensions, and you care for your hair as you are told to, your hair will be fine and you shouldn’t be in fear of damage. But be sure they make you feel comfortable in this and find a way to prove to you are you are in good hands.
5. What does the initial cost include? Are there any hidden charges?
Once hair extensions are installed you will need a “blending” haircut to finish off the service. I include this in my service charge, but I have had a stylist sniper in that additional charge on me, without me realizing it wasn’t included in the price ( unfortunately even though I do extensions, I can’t do my own!). My philosophy is if you are my client, I will take care of you, and if there is ever going to be an additional charge for a service offered, you will be informed of that. Just look out for yourself, that’s all!
Everyone who desires mermaid hair deserves it
It’s officially winter and the chilly air is an instant reminder of that! Cold weather brings on heaters, super hot showers, blow dryers, and these things can really compromise the strength and integrity of your hair. I have some good news for you though! Winter is a great time to repair your hair. During summer, we’re constantly in the sun, swimming in pools and the ocean, and it’s so difficult to really nurture our lovely locks. Winter gives us a chance for a new hair beginning!
I’ve scrounged through tons of products, tried and tested, and came up with my 10 “MUST HAVE” hair products for this season…
1. LoveShampoo & Conditoner by Davines
I love Love Shampoo & Conditioner! The smell, the color, the feel, it’s incredible. Davines is a product line that uses lots of natural yummy ingredients in their products like fruits, oils, veggies, nuts. Love is is great for winter frizz and flyaway hair, and they even make a Love for curly hair too!
2. Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo
Winter is a perfect time to do some deep cleaning to your hair and scalp. Using a clarifying shampoo a few times a month can remove build up from hair products, minerals in your shower water, and the environment. After washing with a clarifying shampoo your hair will instantly have a new pep in it’s step and your color will appear more vibrant.
3. Essence Absolue by Shu Uemura
If your hair is super thirsty and you enjoy putting oil on it, Essence Absolue is legit. Most shine serums just sit on your hair, but this stuff soaks right into your cuticle and feels insane! Apply to wet hair, then apply more when dry if you’d like. It’s like a leave in vitamin treatment for your hair, and you will notice a difference right away. It’s not cheap, $68 a bottle, but once I started using it I understood why… It’s. Worth. It.
4, Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray by ORIBE
Cold air usually means wind, static, and flyaways. No bueno. This aerosol styling spray is the perfect solution to nix all these hair dilemmas. It’s so light that you can’t apply too much, but it’s just enough hold to save your hair. And the smell is so good you’ll want to spray it on your body to use as perfume!
5. Nutritive Masquintense by Kérastase
This hair mask is fabulous! It’s a perfect addition to your beauty routine, and if you do it once a week, your hair will be very happy. If you have fine hair and are afraid of hair masks, Nutritive Masquintense has different levels for different hair types so we all can have healthy, moisturized hair, no matter what texture!
6. Root Lift Spray Mousse by Pureology
Often times our hair tends to fall flat in winter, so we need a little help from a styling product. This Root Lift Spray Mousse is great! Apply at roots on towel dried hair, and blow dry your hair upside down to instantly add some pep in your hair.
7. Tonic Lotion by Bumble & Bumble
Don’t be fooled by the name, Tonic Lotion is not a lotion, it’s a very light spray. I LOVE this stuff! Spray it ALLLL over your hair and don’t be afraid to use too much! Tonic actually evens out the porosity of your hair, fills in the cuticle, helps with tangles, frizz, and lifeless hair. It’s not a styling product, just straight nutrition for your hair. Made with peppermint and tea tree oil, it’s so invigorating and unlike any other product. YUM.
8. Nectar Thermique by Kérastase
I use Nectar Thermique on every single client. This is a heat protectant styling cream that is amazing for every hair type. It’s so soft, I rub the access product into my hands as if it’s a lotion! If you blow dry, flat iron, or curl your hair, you need to use a heat protectant, no if’s, and’s, or but’s! Hair is fragile and can’t take all the styling damage. This product creates a protective layer around your tender strands, all while conditioning and nourishing your hair. Often times I’ll use it in my hair and let it air dry and it makes my hair look and feel so shiny and soft.
9. Khlorane Dry Shampoo
I’ve written about Khlorane before, and I’m doing it again! Dry shampoo is a hair savior! Washing your hair frequently can be very drying, and using a dry shampoo will absorb the oil in your hair and allow you to go for days with dirty hair! Sounds gross, but it’s not I promise! Think of all the time you will save not washing and styling your hair EVERY day! You’re welcome.
10. It’s A 10 Miracle Shine Spray
This product is a great for your finishing touches. It’s a shine spray that is so gentle and light, it seems almost impossible to make your hair greasy. It smells beautiful, feels nice, and adds this perfect glossy shine to your hair. Mist onto dry hair about 12 inches away from your head. It’s also great for slick back up do’s too!
Note: You can find all these products at any high end salon, beauty supply, or online.
Some may know of it as dry shampoo, others may know of it as hair powder. What ever you call it, this stuff is legit and every girl should own a bottle of it.
Hair powder isn’t a new discovery, and has actually been around for quite some time. In the 18th century, men used powder to tint the color of their wigs to make them more white (can you even imagine a time when men wore wigs?!). Nowadays we use hair powder a little differently…
Hair powder (or dry shampoo if you may) can be used for a few different hair issues. The main benefit of this product is that it absorbs the oil in your hair, and can save you from washing your hair for days. Honestly, if you have the right hair powder, it’s pretty gross how long you can go with dirty hair. This is where the term “dry shampoo” comes from. It doesn’t actually clean your hair, but it sucks up all that oil. Another amazing benefit is that it can create TONS of volume in your hair! If you have naturally limp hair, spray a little powder at your roots, tease it a bit, and you will freak over how big you can make your hair.
Over the years, I have tried and tested quite a few different hair powders, and I thought I’d share my experience in hopes to help you find the perfect one for you!
Let’s start with my all time FAVORITE…
Khlorane Dry Shampoo
When I started using Khlorane I instantly fell for this product. It was unlike any other hair powder I had used before and I just love it! Khlorane works great, it isn’t heavy, it doesn’t make your hair feel tacky, and the fragrance is subtle. Khlorane won’t leave any coloring on the hair, even if you have dark hair, and it just rocks! You can find Khlorane at Sephora and some high end beauty supply stores.
Jumping straight to my least favorite…
BigSexyHair Volumizing Dry Shampoo
BigSexyHair Volumizing Dry Shampoo sounds like it should be the most fabulous hair powder right? I mean, that name says it all and screams Victoria’s Secret Hair, BUT I hate this stuff! The first time I tried it my hair was pretty clean (washed it the day before). My intention was to spray some in for additional volume, and BIG SEXY HAIR (come on!). This stuff FEELS SO TACKY! My hair felt dirty, rough, and I was afraid to even put my comb through it because it felt like I’d break my hair off if I brushed through it. Yuck. If I was styling hair for a photo shoot and needed to vamp up some hair, this MAYBE would work, but for the every day user, I give this a thumbs down. I’ll spare telling you where you can purchase this product, and you can thank me later…
This may be my second favorite…
Naturia Dry Shampoo by Rene Furterer
Naturia Hair Powder reminds me bit of Khlorane. It’s a light hair powder that won’t make your hair feel tacky, like the BigSexyHair one will do. What’s unique about this powder is that it sprays a translucent color. It reminds me of a blot face powder if you will. It works great, and Rene Furterer is a fabulous brand of hair products. My ONLY complaint about this hair powder is the smell! I hate to say this, but it kind of smells like B.O. (body odor). I thought I was crazy in this thought, so I kept it to myself and continued using it, until a client of mine whispered this same thought in my ear! She too thought it smelled like B.O., and then I didn’t feel as crazy. Judge for yourself, because this stuff really works great. You can purchase Naturia Dry Shampoo at any high end salon or beauty supply that carries Rene Furterer products.
Couldn’t go without mentioning…
Bumble and bumble Hair Powder
I love Bumble and bumble styling products. Their concept is so fun, and the products really do work. Initially when they created their version of this product many years ago, the powder was in a little bottle and you had to “pouf” it into your hair. This created a challenge for most people, so thankfully they reformulated and created an aerosol spray hair powder. What’s unique about this stuff is it comes in 5 different colors. So their intention is that a redhead will use the Red Hair Powder, and if you have black hair you use the Black. The only thing is, this stuff can make a mess! It won’t stain, so fear not, but you can get colored powder everywhere if you’re not careful when applying. I generally recommend almost everyone to just purchase the White Hair Powder, just for safety purposes. This powder is a little tacky, but in a good way. This is fantastic for photo shoots, and once it’s in your hair you can tease it to the ceiling! My favorite is the Blondish Hair Powder. It’s the perfect level 7 caramel color (for stylists ears of savvy clients), and if you have roots, this color can actually camouflage them temporarily! You can purchase Bumble and bumble at many salons.
1. Be sure to apply powder to DRY hair. If you spray this stuff on wet hair it will not be a good outcome.
2. Don’t spray powder directly on the part of your hair. Start an inch down from your part and spray. If you spray it too close to your part or hairline, you have potential of seeing the powder in your hair.
3. Spray powder from about 8-12 inches away from your head. Don’t be afraid to go nuts either!
4. Once hair powder is in your hair, tease it up, smooth it out, and rock your big hair. The powder helps to create a cushion in your hair and the tease will not fall out.
5. You can use at home products to absorb oil too! These won’t have the same affect as a professional aersol hair powder, but if you’re in a crunch, it will do. I’ve heard of people using baby powder, baking soda, cornstarch, and Goldbond (yes Goldbond) to temporarily act as a dry shampoo.