Well beauties, for today, here's an answer to a question I get a lot (it's so sweet of people to ask)...
Q: HOW DO YOU DO YOUR HAIR?
Warning: I am a hair junkie. You ready for this?
Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer - For years and years and years (!), I have used this Aveda Curl Cream. Works beautifully (I used it in these photos). But I always hated spending so much money on it, so I was always on the hunt for something cheaper. NEVER found anything that I liked as well (I've tried just about everything). But I recently heard about ...
Garnier Fructis Curl Sculpting Cream/Gel. I tried it and to my amazement, I think I love it as much as the Aveda Curl Cream. This was a major breakthrough for me...Because it is a mere $2.98 from Wal-Mart! And I am pretty darn certain it gives me the same result as the Aveda Curl Cream. I now have (8) of them stocked in my cupboard (a NY girl has to stock up at Wal-Mart when she can, you know.)
Highlights / Lowlights - I also find that hair color (highlights) are very, very important for curly hair. I find it actually gives my curls more definition & makes them pop a little more. I definitely had highlights going on in these photos, but whenever I don't have highlights, I miss it. Also, I highly, highly recommend "hair painting" as the technique to add highlights to curly hair (or straight) cause they add the color right to the natural separation and wave of your individual curls. Plus you don't get a line at your scalp so as it grows out so it looks SO natural. I already mentioned my favorite hair salon in New York. They know how to do it right. Victoria, the owner, is amazing. I am also a huge fan of Aubrey Nelson. She used to work at Whittemore House, but now lives in Salt Lake City. You will die over her style. I've hardly seen anything like it. She is available for freelance haircuts & can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haircuts - People who know me know that I am picky about my haircuts. I have such thick hair, that it can get screwed up easily. I am currently looking for a new stylist in NYC, actually (please leave any suggestions in the comments!) But here are some of my all-time favorite stylists: Rubi Jones (she is now doing hair in Paris and also has this hair blog. Again, greatest style I've seen. She knows her stuff.) I also love Annika Lohrke, the owner of AeroLab Salon in Salt Lake City. I was lucky enough to have her cut my hair back in the day and even talked her into flying to NYC periodically to give all of us NY girls some haircuts.
Moroccan Oil Treatment- The day before these photos, I used Morroccan Oil on my hair - it was left on all day/all night, then washed out with shampoo the next morning. I tell ya, that Morroccan Oil does wonders. It makes my hair so soft and the curls better than ever. I forget about using it sometimes and should do it more regularly. I think it works best if you really give it some time to soak in. And it's probably something you could do as often as once every one or two weeks, if you were really diligent.
John Frieda Curl Around Shampoo/Conditioner - I've used all the fancy pants brand shampoos - Bumble, Aveda, DevaCurl, etc. But I love this John Frieda stuff perfectly fine. It doesn't seem to build up any residue on my hair overtime. And, I can get it at Duane Reade. And, it saves me a ton of money.
Bumble & Bumble Does It All Hairspray - I love this stuff and I've used it for years. It seems to last a long time. It's light weight but still adds something and really, you can't get too much of it. I usually spray this on my wet hair after applying the curl creme. And then I use it on my dry hair to make it look more finished & to define the curls some more.
Sachuajuan Spray Wax -This stuff is lifechanging. :) I spray it on damp hair and then usually one more time after my hair dries. It gives the curls really cool definition. This product you have to be careful with, however, as you can get too much of it.
Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray- I use this stuff from time to time to give my hair some cool, beachy texture.
Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine - Love this stuff. Adds some shine after my hair is dry. Gives my hair a messy, slept-in look but somehow makes it still look finished. A little bit goes a long way, but with all my hair I wish it came in a bigger tube.
Shower Routine - I just comb through my hair in the shower, with the condition in. Then barely rinse the condition out (leave a tiny bit in) then towel dry lightly. Scrunch all over. Add curl creme. Scrunch some more. Maybe spray in some hairspray or my spray wax or surf spray (or all three). AIR DRY (important!). Fluff when almost dry, upside down. Fluff some more when fully dry. That's it.
I have experimented with the Devachan Salon techniques (a major curly hair salon in NYC). But for me, they don't make my hair look any better than what I've been doing for years.
Now, if you really want to know .... I only go through a shampoo & dry about twice a week. On the other days, I simply don't do a thing to it. I literally spend 0 seconds on it, unless I am adding some baby powder to my roots. Good thing New Yorkers are down with bed head. In fact, they're down with anything. It's kind of liberating.
Well, beauties, I am happy to share all this with you. Now go rock your curls!
P.S. In true hair junkie / addict fashion, I am dying to hear what your favorite hair products are.... DISH!
P.P.S After writing this post, I got a call from Woodley & Bunny, a super chic salon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They want me to be a hair model next week in front of 100 people while SACHA MITIC (!) himself does my hair. He is the founder of Sachajuan, the Swedish company mentioned above. SWEET! Pics will be coming....
(Photos by Saydi Eyre Shumway)