I'm one of those people who can't live without heat styling my hair. I'd say I have it easy as I don't have major dandruff problem, dye or blow dry my hair, but I have slightly natural wave which makes my short bob look crazy unless I straighten it. I call my hair "like a horse's tail" because it's thick, coarse and on the dry side! Yup, I look like a pony out of the shower. Today I'm showing you how I humanize myself while protecting my hair!
Taking the heat
To avoid further damaging my hair I try to be consistent with heat protection and never straighten my hair when it's still wet. To my knowledge the flat iron increases the heat you're applying to your wet hair, damaging and making it look even coarser. You know the "swissssh" sound your flat iron makes when it touches your damp hair? It's no good. Always air dry or blow-dry your hair before flat ironing or curling your hair! Heat protective serums can also aid both drying the hair quicker, making it sleeker and easier to handle - and protect from the heat, of course.
My favorite tool - travel size flat iron
I wanted to invest in a good quality iron that would last years, but I wasn't ready to break the bank. My favorite tool is an old Cloud9 travel-sized flat iron. For my short bob it's excellent for both styling and adding loose waves to the hair. I can still divide my hair in layers and get rid of the annoying, unruly waves - even ones near the nape of my neck. My flat iron has has only one heat setting, but it works for me. It heats up under a minute and also cools down quite quickly. I've also heard that T3 makes excellent heat tools for hair, but I'd repurchase Cloud9.
Heat styling products routine
After I've washed my hair with a shampoo and conditioner I properly towel dry hair and let it be for a few minutes. I've heard that microfiber towels are quick and effective especially for drying longer hair, but I haven't tested them myself yet. After my hair is not dripping any more, I add some hair oil I have at hand. I've tested the OUAI and Wella hair oils, but both of them feel too heavily scented for me. They both do give a nice healthy sheen to my hair without making it look greasy. I can even apply the Wella oil on my bangs, but not sure I would repurchase because of the smell.. Here's my current routine products:
Wella Perfect Me BB-lotion*
What is a BB-lotion you ask..? I have no idea, branding I assume. I haven't used hair lotions in a recent memory, so this product was a wonderful surprise to smooth my coarse texture. I've tried smoothing "serums" and "gels" in the past, but they all have that silicon-like slippery feel. The Wella Perfect me BB Lotion has a like light cream-lotion that you can apply on dry or damp hair. I imagine this would tame frizzy locks and bring beautiful smoothness to lighter hair types.
Wella Shape Me 48H Memory Hair Gel*
I'm not kidding when I say this product made me raise an eyebrow. A gel heat protectant, really? But I heard it works wonders with the BB lotion, giving hair both protection and hold for two days. You know when a makeup foundation says "up to 110% more coverage! lasts up to 25h!" or other ridiculous claims, well, this gel doesn't lie. I apply the lightweight gel to my hair and my hair doesn't look or feel like an oil slick. The gel activates when you apply heat styling and I gotta say my hair looks pretty nice and healthy. Even the next day! I usually touch up my hair in the mornings, but with this gel I've had no need to. Impressed.
OUAI the Matte Pommade
This pommade is wonderful for that piece-y look, I like to apply it on my bangs and ends of my hair to give them some detail and separation. I like it when my hair looks shiny and healthy, but not greasy or slippery from products. The matte pommade is pretty hard in the jar and you only need the tiniest bit - this jar has lasted me for ages (at least 1.5 years and I still have a ton left). The smell is nice, floral but not overpowering (compared to the OUAI hair oil). I would prefer if it had more unisex scent so I could share it with my partner.
I haven't talked much about my hair, perfume or body products on the blog, but that's going to change. My passion for beauty isn't all about makeup and skincare, but how other aspects as well, including how we see beauty. What would you like to read about next? Nails? Brushes? Body care? Any wishes?
*Wella BB-Lotion and Memory Gel kindly gifted for consideration. Thoughts my honest & my own.