Hair Care & Styling Guide: Part 1


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FINALLY! I have graduated college after waiting and waiting for the exact moment where I could turn my back on school for good (no offense to my lovely college and don't get me wrong I am v grateful for my education) because I have always been eager to enter adulthood. Well, it finally happened last weekend, it was everything I had hoped for, and now it is behind me. With my old life in the past, a new semi-terrifying adult life has begun. I actually am a bit too ambitious for my own good and decided to enter adulthood before I could wrap a pretty little bow on top of my undergrad years, but everything just fell in to place! I have started working full-time, bought a car, moved back home (for now), and... I cut my hair!

I have been dying to do this for a few months now but I knew I wanted my hair to be long for graduation day (because whoever designed graduation caps didn't think about how bizarre they really looked). Anyway, I cut about 5 inches off of my hair which may not seem like a lot, but for someone who is used to having long hair it definitely is. The last time my hair was on the shorter end was in September but I wasn't fully ready at the time for such a big change and I immediately regretted it. Eventually, the new length grew on me, but this time around I could not be more satisfied with how it turned out! I showed my wonderful hairdresser, Jean, some inspiration photos and she got it just right. After throwing in some angles and layers, my hair goals were accomplished. I feel like I look a little bit more my age and am ready to take on the adult world.

Care

Shampoo & Conditioner

I recently got a few questions about hair care and I was a bit hesitant to make a post because if I am being honest, I don't have an elaborate hair routine by any means. Generally I shower at night and go to sleep with my hair wet. Since I usually style my hair everyday with heat, I like to cut out blow drying it if possible. For shampoo and conditioner, I change it up pretty often but right now I am loving the Kristin Ess products that are available at Target! Otherwise, I usually reach for a mid-level brand that isn't too cheap but also not too expensive. Depending on the season, I like to look for key words such as "smooth", "moisturizing", and "frizz-free" (winter) or "texture" (summer- hello beach waves!)

Leave-in conditioner

I don't really use any hair masks because I find they weigh my hair down and make it greasy, so I just opt for a leave in conditioner. My favorite is the Whipped Cream leave in conditioner by  Milk_Shake but Garnier also has a great leave in conditioner too. The best part about leave in conditioners are that they always leave your hair feeling super soft, make it easy to style, and provide extra moisture to dry ends.

Consistent trims

Lastly, I make sure to get a trim every 2-3 months to clean up dead ends and keep my hair healthy. My hair grows pretty fast, so if I want to keep a certain length, or have my layers looking clean and fresh, then 2-3 months is pretty standard for me. Aside from having a fresh cut, it also promotes hair growth and keeps your hair from being weighed down from split ends.

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Styling

Sleek & Straight

The first step before straightening your hair is to spray a heat protector on it. I'd be lying if I said I did this every time I straighten my hair but I will say that there is a distinct difference in the outcome when I do. It's number one job is to protect your hair from the heat but it also makes it easier for your flat iron to work its magic and it creates extra shine too. I section my hair half up and half down, and then do each side of the top half afterwards. The straightener I use is the Babyliss Nano Titanium Pro flat iron and I am not lying when I say I have had this flat iron for almost 10 years and it is still going strong!

Natural Waves

This is probably what I do most frequently. I section my hair the way I usually do and then I use my flat iron to curl medium sized sections of hair. It's a bit tricky to curl your hair with a straightener, but once you get the hang of it, it only takes about 5 minutes to curl all of your hair. Then, I take a frizz-free cream and run it on the top and throughout my hair to smooth out the waves.

Loose Curls

This is my favorite way to style my hair for special occasions. It doesn't look too different from when I curl my hair with a straightener, but I find that the curls are a bit more elegant looking. So, I take a regular curling iron and clamp the top of a medium sized section of hair. Then, I lightly release the clamp, twist the handle to wrap part of the strand around the barrel, and clamp again. Then repeat until you reach the end of the section of hair. I'm sure this makes no sense, so maybe one day I will film a video for you! But for now, this will have to do. Then I simply use hairspray to set the curls!

Beach Waves

For whatever reason this generally only works on my hair in the summertime but first, I run a texturizing cream through my hair while it is damp and then I create two french braids. I go to sleep and in the morning shake out the braids and spray some sea salt spray throughout for a tousled look. My favorite is the Not Your Mother's Beach Babe spray. Easy!

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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this hair care and styling guide! Keep an eye out for Part 2 where I will be sharing with you another change in my hairstyle and some more hair tips & tricks. Comment below if you can guess what it will be (hint: the "style" or "technique" is often mispronounced)!

xx, N

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