Hair care is one of those things that I don’t really mention much on my blog, mainly because I really struggle to make my hair look decent. Over the years, my hair has gone through some significant damage. Only recently did I decide that I should just leave it the way it is in order to give it a well deserved break. I still have a hard time figuring out how to make my hair look as “perfect” as possible, however I just find that it takes a lot of effort to keep hair (my hair, especially) prim and proper 24/7. In short, I’m always on the hunt for the best way to make my hair look good with minimal damage, and most importantly, minimal effort.
After years and years, I think I finally got a good routine going for me all thanks to some products I recently discovered. If you’ve got naturally wavy hair and you’re all about the frizz-free fuss-free hair care life, then please keep reading to find out what has been working for me!
To start, I’ll give a brief description of what exactly my hair is like. As stated in the title, I have natural wavy hair. It tends to be quite frizzy if I just leave it the way it is, can get quite dry at the ends while having a relatively oily scalp. The texture is coarse but I do not have a thick head of hair. Basically, my hair type is very annoying to deal with.
The look I typically go for is a wavy hairstyle that is more-or-less polished with a good amount of volume. Ever since we’ve been getting warmer weather, I tend to let my hair air-dry and opt out of using any hot tools. I’ve got a couple products that have helped me achieve this.
Sebastian Dark Oil
For the longest time before this product was introduced to me, I was an avid user of the ever-so popular Moroccan Oil. It did help my hair feel more moisturized, however I didn’t find that it helped too much with the frizz, and I also felt as if it weighed my hair down quite a bit. I went to get my semi-annual hair cut a couple months ago (don’t judge me), and my lovely hair dresser used the Sebastian Dark Oil on my hair. This stuff is seriously the bomb-diggity. It leaves your hair feeling so soft and smooth without weighing your hair down. It’s an oil, but it doesn’t really have a greasy feel. I find that even when I leave my hair to air dry, my hair isn’t nearly as frizzy as it usually gets if I don’t add any product. To top it all off, it smells incredible. I’m trying to find a perfume that smells similar because it seriously is one of the best products I’ve ever smelled. It is a bit pricey, about $44 CAD, however I think the bottle is a good size and I don’t really have to use much with my long-ish hair. I got mine from Chatters, which I highly recommend checking out if you’re in Canada and looking for good quality beauty products.
Alterna Bamboo Beach Breeze Dry Balm Air Dry Styler
This product was sent to me for my consideration. I was very intrigued by this product because I have never used anything quite like it. I always avoided using anything related to air drying my hair because every other time I’ve tried to do so always lead to disappointing results. To my surprise, this product has quickly become a summer staple of mine! It does a great job of defining my waves to make my hair look very beachy and effortless, all while keeping the frizz away. I use a small amount on damp hair, making sure to scrunch up my hair to get as much texture as possible. When my hair dries, it doesn’t feel like there’s product in my hair at all. In fact, it feels weightless and looks quite voluminous as well, which is always a plus if you’ve got thin hair. I’m pretty disappointed that it’s a limited edition product, but if you want to give it a try (which I totally suggest doing so if you have a similar hair type to mine), you can get it at Chatters or Sephora for $29 CAD.
On the days where I’m not feeling so lazy, I’ll go ahead and use some hot tools just to get a more polished look. I still try to dry my hair as much as possible before blow drying by keeping my hair wrapped up in a microfibre towel or an old cotton t-shirt. Doing this minimizes the frizz and retains some of the waves.
Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
This is admittedly a splurge, but I would be lying if I said that I didn’t love this hair dryer. It’s the first “fancy” hair dryer I’ve ever used, and I’m so glad I bought it because it really makes drying my hair much less of a daunting task. I usually use the ‘cool’ setting to prevent heat damage, but if I towel-dry my hair a bit beforehand, it usually takes me about 10-15 minutes to fully dry my hair. Using this dryer leaves my hair silky with minimal frizz. Of course there will still be some frizz, but usually if I sleep on my hair the frizz is practically gone the next morning. I use the Sebastian Dark Oil before blow drying my hair to make it more smooth and hydrated.
ISA Professional Digital Titanium Flat Iron Hair Straightener
This product was sent to me for my consideration. It has been a good 6 years since I purchased my last hair straightener. Honestly, it served me well, but I was ready to try something new. This ISA Flat Iron caught my attention due to the fact that it has titanium plates instead of ceramic ones, which are what I’m used to. The main highlights of the ISA Flat Iron that impressed me were mainly that it was very light-weight and sleek compared to my old ceramic straightener, the titanium plates allowed for the flat iron to heat up very quickly, and the plates on the ISA Flat Iron were fairly long which allowed me to style bigger chunks of hair, therefore allowing me to style my hair much more quickly. I’ve mainly been using this flat iron to give my hair some loose beachy waves, which works like a charm! I’ve tried straightening my hair on one occasion and it left my hair pin-straight, which was quite impressive given that it took me barely any time to achieve that look! This flat iron is a bit on the pricier side, about $129 USD, but it’s appears to be a very high quality, no-fuss product that gets the job done quickly and nicely. This product can be purchased from the ISA Professional website with free shipping to the US and Canada.
I won’t say my hair is the best that it can possibly be, because there are still a few areas where my hair care routine could use some revamping (**if any of my lovely readers can suggest some good shampoos and conditioners, please help a girl out!**). But for now, I’m pretty happy with how my hair is looking these days, especially considering the fact that it barely takes any effort for me to make it look presentable during such a hot and humid month.
What is your hair type, and what are your summer hair care staples?
Let me know in the comments below!
Note: The Alterna Bamboo Beach Breeze Dry Balm Air Dry Styler and the ISA Professional Titanium Flat Iron were received as complimentary items for my consideration. In addition, I was not required to write a review on these products. I also did not receive any compensation for these reviews.