Since I have these amazing Irresistible Me extensions in, I can do so much more with my hair! My favorite is a little spin-off of a Fishtail braid and I call it the "can't fishtail" because it's a little cheat to achieving that fishtail look without all the work! I'm wearing Irresistible Me's 22 inch Medium Brown #4 from their Royal Remi collection. Love them and how great they make the simplest of looks!
Hey guys! I have been getting lots of questions lately about my hair, the products I use, and haircare lately so I figured I would do a little q&a. If you follow my Instagram or Facebook you would have seen the day myself and a bunch of fantastic San Diego bloggers took a limo (provided by Aal In Limo Services!) to get our hair done at Plaza Hair Salon! It was such a fantastic experience. The pictures above are before and after pictures of us outside our party bus at the salon!
I promise this wasn't procrastination, normally I would blame my lazy blogging skills but it takes me awhile to really get a feel for the quality of the cut. Sometimes you go to a hair salon where the stylist curls your hair and you aren't really able to see how even they cut the layers (or sometimes how uneven!) so I usually wait a couple weeks until I've put my hair in all my usual styles to see how the cut stacks up.
This time my stylist passed all my little tests. She asked all the right questions (do you part your hair down the middle or to the side? I say both!) and when it's all said and done, the layers look even when I straighten my hair, I have just enough layers to add that little bit of volume when I curl my hair, and the layers were cut in such a way that when I put my hair up in a messy bun I have the first, second, and third layers to create that relaxed messy beach look. I know it seems funny, but those are honestly the things I look for when I get a new cut!
What should I tell my stylist?
As a military wife, I travel a lot, and I take my pampering opportunities when they come. Sometimes this means going when we're home in Arizona for the holidays (we visit a lot!) and grandma can watch the baby. This also means I have to find a new salon, which is a nightmare. Yelp helps, but often times I still walk into a salon with a certain amount of anxiety so I try to communicate what I want as clearly as I can. I always make sure to tell my stylist that I part my hair down the middle and to the side (it matters!), and that I want to keep my long layers. I always give the 90's Jennifer Anniston cut as an example of a no-no, think more Kate Upton and less Rachel off Friends! I also communicate that I want a little bit of volume so it doesn't look flat when curling my hair.
Right now my hair actually isn't dyed or highlighted except on the ends. This is the product of an ombre done about 2 years ago! I know I should get it dyed again but I don't hate my hair color enough to justify spending the money yet ;)
Right now I'm using Kenra's moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. It's good, but it's definitely not fantastic. I think my absolute favorite is 'It's a 10' Shampoo and Conditioner. It's a little pricey, but my hair has never been smoother! I also like L'oreal's Everpure shampoo and THIS conditioner combo. I would say I use the L'oreal shampoo and conditioner most often because it's affordable but also because using the conditioner is like going to the spa. It's mint and rosemary scented and it's absolutely to die for.
Anyway, this is the final product! I was super happy with the result and even happier that it stood up to all my wacky tests.
The whole experience was super relaxing and gave me exactly the kind of 'me' time I was looking for. I'm so grateful that I'm in a point in my life where I have my partner by my side to take care of the baby when I want to take a break and get some pampering done. It wasn't always like that! Remembering back circa 2014 when Andrew broke his leg and I was finishing up my business degree. Isla was still super colicy and I was taking care of TWO babies who were in a lot of pain! Time for self improvement or pampering was few and far to come by back then. Counting my blessings! Thanks for coming on this journey with me, leave me a comment and let me know any salon advice you would give to people trying out a new stylist!
Since the makeup tutorial was a success, I've gotten requests to do a hair tutorial. This makes me so nervous because every time I do my hair there is a very good chance that it can turn out terribly! You never know what your hair is going to do. Or at least I don't. Still, I've used a lot of hair products and I can at least share my experience with those. I am a little too vain about my mane and have tried lots of different products over the years trying to tame it. So far, these are the best I have come by.
I'm not a huge fan of putting a ton of product in my hair. I know that there are tons of products out there that could make it shinier, less frizzy, more voluminous, etc. But I prefer to find one product that does it all instead of dragging my hair routine out an extra hour by putting a hundred different products in it. Please comment with your favorite hair products for volume and hold! Those are always two issues I am continually working on with my own hair.
Another reason why I'm nervous about doing a hair tutorial: I have to spill my (grimy?) secrets! Eek! Okay, so I actually only wash my hair every other day. Sometimes I stretch it out to 3 days, and on the third day I'll wear my hair in one of those really stylish puffed up ponytails or messy bun. But if you see me daily, you'll know that on the first day my hair looks amazing, the second day I'm rocking the 'messy beach curls' look, and by the 3rd day I'm wearing a pony tail.
This routine saves me time, but it also saves me wear and tear on my hair. I have to get my hair cut every 3 months (at least!) because of how fast it grows. My hair dresser always remarks on how healthy my hair is, so I think it's working! But I recognize that not everyone can maintain that kind of routine. My sister, (shout out to Olivia!) who has very similar hair, says she can't even go a day without her hair feeling grimy or dirty. This is completely understandable, especially considering all the products we girls use! But if you can swing it, wash your hair every other day. It helps to put your hair up in a bun when you sleep to protect it from oils! And a shower cap and bun will do the trick for keeping your hair dry in the shower.