Honestly, this post should be titled “five hair products I need year round” because realistically, my routine doesn’t change much come summer. In the winter I need repair from the cold, dry air and in summer I need it from the chlorine and the sun. In the summer I can’t be bothered to wash my hair regularly and so dry shampoo is a staple…and in the winter the idea of getting out of a warm shower into a cold apartment means dry shampoo comes in handy as well. But regardless, there are five hair products (in addition to a good shampoo and conditioner that I’m still on the hunt for) that
every girl I need (need being a relative term but, well, you know :).
Summer beauty / hair essentials:
1. Dry Shampoo: Not on the bandwagon yet? Fix that. I remember in college my roommate had dry shampoo and loved it and I thought she was the weirdest ever for it. Silly, silly me. I love Suave’s Dry Shampoo for taking the grease out of unwashed hair but also for adding a little extra texture or volume to just washed hair (if I’m curling it). I’ve heard good things about a few other dry shampoos but you can’t beat the price point of Suave’s.
2. Heat Protection: I use this spray before I curl my hair and again, the price point of this Tresseme is great. I use to use a garnier version but I like this one better. My hair stylist (ha – read: old roommate who does my hair) recommended I brush through my hair after I spray the heat protector on it to better coat my hair.
3. Hairspray: I finish off my loose curls with Mark Hill Fabulous Finish Hairspray for a hold that lasts all day and well into the next (as long as I’ve curled my hair a day after I washed it — curling freshly washed hair always means my curls will be gone within an hour or two). I love the pretty packaging on this and have been meaning to try some of Mark Hill’s other products like the MiracOILicious nourishing shampoo and conditioner.
4. Argan oil: Natural oils are great for taming flyaways and getting a sleek, natural look. Plus, they do wonders for hair thats dried out from the sun or the cold. I picked up these mini bottles for $1.50 (buy one get one free) at Walgreens and really love how easy the bottle is to transport. You only need a very small amount so if you’re unsure about using oil on your hair, start with a small bottle like this.
5. Moisturizing Treatment: From the curling, the chlorine, and the sun, my hair needs a bit of repair come the end of summer. This moisturizer reminds me of the treatments you can get in the salon but at a fraction of the price.
**If you pick up any beauty products at Walgreens they’re running a Gift With Purchase offer till August 30th. Just visit http://www.walgreens.com/summerbeautygwp for a FREE travel-size make-up brush set with any $20 beauty and personal care purchase.
And a few pictures of my go-to summer curls (okay, my go-to year round curls) + an actual baby bump:
^the GAP dress I’ve been raving about it — I wear this or the solid navy version at least twice a week.
^a baby bump!
^okay, I may have let my stomach out a bit for that first one, but there really is a bump and a tiny little baby in there (who is hungry today … I’ve eaten a small meal every two hours since I woke up six hours ago) #sixteenweeks
dress: GAP (I love the solid version too)
^^and that is the epitome of my pregnancy dressing: throw on a dress, add a pair of shoes, and forget the bracelet you put on three days ago is still there …. so easy and so comfortable (I made the mistake of wearing pants to a girls dinner last night… pants that fit me six months ago + homemade cafe rio = a very uncomfortable combination).