Top Five Hair Styling Essentials

After bearing my soul in Monday’s post, I feel the need to lighten it up a bit. So, today it’s all about the hair. Now that I’m sporting this long bob (and plan to for a while — I’m in love), I’m realizing that I depend more on products than I did when my hair was long. While there are many days (especially when I’m working my stay-at-home auntie gig) that I throw my hair up in a top knot and forget it, but when I am going out or am in the mood to look put together, there are a few products that make my hair so much better than it is if I just leave it to its own devices.

Living Proof, Restore Perfecting Spray. I talked about this leave-in treatment back in May and am still loving it. I apply to this my hair right after I wash it and towel dry it. It helps prep my hair for heat styling, makes it easier to comb through and helps to keep my frizz at bay. Also, now that it’s summer and I’m spending more time outside, I appreciate the added bonus of UV protection. I would also recommend Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer.

Garnier Fructis, De-Constructed Texture Tease Dry Touch Finish Spray. When my hair was longer, I found that I didn’t need a texture spray very often, but that has certainly changed in the last couple of months. Adding a texture spray gives my hair the body and movement that I want and helps me to achieve the cool girl hair à la Abigail Spencer or Julianne Hough (when she had a bob). At the moment, I’m still loving the Garnier texture spray, but plan to go back to the Thickening Dryspun Finish from Bumble and Bumble as well as test out the latest from Living Proof and Ouai.

Aveda, Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner. Having shorter hair means that I have to style it every day (though some days require less work than others), which can mean more damage. Thankfully I’ve been able to cut down that damage with this amazing spray from Aveda. It offers the same heat protection that I use with my leave-in sprays, but is something I can use on dry hair. It also helps the ends of my hair to feel softer and conditioned, since they tend to feel dry when I go days without washing my hair.

Bumble and Bumble, Surf Spray. This is another product that I love using on second or third day hair. I try not to wash my hair too often, but there are days when even dry shampoo can’t quite bring it back to life. Enter surf spray. After re-curling a few pieces of my hair (or just going with what I have left over from the day before), I will spritz Surf Spray in my hair (focusing on the mid-lengths to ends) and scrunch it up. This spray adds texture, hold and gives my hair the un-done look that I’m loving right now. I also like John Frieda’s Beach Blonde Sea Waves Salt Spray and Garnier Beach Chic Texture Spray.

Batiste, Dry Shampoo. And finally, I can’t end this post without talking about my number one hair styling essential: dry shampoo. Whenever I need a bit of volume at my roots, oil to disappear or texture to do braids or an updo without the stickiness that I can sometimes get with too much texture spray, dry shampoo is my best friend. In my opinion, Batiste is the best all-around shampoo (it absorbs oil, adds volume without too much grit), but I would also recommend the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo (it does a great job of making your hair look clean, but doesn’t add as much volume) or Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo (it gives a lot of volume, but you can definitely feel it).

What products are essentials in your hair routine?

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