Not to brag too much about my co-blogging friend, Brunette, but she has shampoo commercial worthy hair. One day while having hair envy, I asked her what she put in it that day because it looked particularly great and she said “oh this is what it looks like when it air dries.” It’s incredible. Mine, on the other hand, takes a bit of work. These are the 5 things I always have on hand, and with the exception of one, they all retail under $10.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
With these long tresses I try to avoid washing my hair everyday because of the time involved, but I have oilier hair so a dry shampoo is a must. If it is a dry shampoo, I have probably tried it. Some work great, but by the end of the day, the smell is just too much for me. Others hardly work on my oily hair so I end up using the entire thing way too quickly. Batiste is not terribly expensive, has plenty of scents to choose from, and soaks up the dirt and oil perfectly. Now that I have found it, I prefer the second-and if I am lucky third-day hair to my first day hair. It has tons of volume and smells delicious, too.
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
Or my “I am one busy mama today and don’t have time for a blow dryer” miracle spray. I literally get out of the shower, squeeze the excess water out of my hair, flip my head over and spray this in. I scrunch it up a bit and let it air dry. I don’t run a comb through it or anything because it seems to achieve the “beach wave” look better without combing through. You might have to experiment with how much you need to put in to get the look you want. Too much can make you hair really crunchy but even then, when I brush it out my hair is crazy soft.
This has literally saved my relationship with my daughter. Now, we still have occasional “ow, mom” moments when we do her hair, but the Tangle Teezer has significantly reduced the angst in the morning hair do’ing routine. I started using it myself and I don’t think I have used a brush since. Its wonderful for little girls with tender heads, but perfect for big girls, too.
I know, I know, the coconut oil thing is so overdone, but seriously it is something that I have to have. When my ends are feeling a little dry, I put a teensy bit on my hands and run it over my ends. I used to attempt to deep condition with it, but I couldn’t get it all the way out and I ended up looking like I hadn’t washed my hair in a year. Now I use it sparingly on my ends to soften up my hair.
Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid
Thank goodness for that whole 6 months that my sister was in the Aveda hair program. She won a bottle during class and I got to reap the benefits. This is definitely the priciest item on the list, but I love it when I want to get a smooth, straight hair look. It also helps with my fly-aways. Just use very, very sparingly.