One of my resolutions for this year is the cloyingly diffuse directive “be an adult.” This includes doing my hair every day. For years I have coasted by with ponytails, top knots, and texturing spray that makes air-dried hair feel kind of intentional (…?) but I am turning 36 in June, and 36 year olds do their hair. My current regimen is to wash my hair at night, apply a detangler, brush it straight, and then curl it first thing in the morning, which feels manageable. When I am feeling extra, I blow dry it straight — and I hate blow-drying my hair because it takes forever. I may be the only woman on earth who did not mind the postpartum hair shedding because — dismaying as it is to watch clumps of your hair fall out in the shower — it actually made my hair a little easier to work with. (Ha!) I would love to invest in one of these Dyson dryers but I cannot justify the price tag knowing how unlikely it is I will ever get into a serious relationship with blow-drying my own hair.
At any rate, thought I’d share my absolute favorite products for hair at the moment:
PANTENE PRO-V CONDITIONER (I ALSO LOVE THE OUAI CONDITIONER BUT MY HAIR IS SO DRY AND TANGLY — THIS STUFF REALLY REALLY WORKS AND, BONUS!, IS $7)
I FOLLOW IT UP WITH THE OUAI TREATMENT MASQUE, WHICH HAS BEEN SO WONDERFUL FOR MY DRY HAIR
JUST ORDERED A PACK OF THESE AFTER READING A RAVE REVIEW — WILL REPORT BACK
THE BODY SHOP PADDLE BRUSH (HAVE OWNED THIS SINCE MY TEENS — WORKS REALLY WELL IF YOU ARE BLOW-DRYING STRAIGHT, AND IF SO, I LIKE TO USE BIOSILK ON MY HAIR BEFORE DRYING, SOMETHING MY SISTER TURNED ME ON TO IN COLLEGE!)
HOT TOOLS 3/4″ CURLING IRON — THE ABSOLUTE BEST CURLING IRON ON THE MARKET AND I LIKE THIS BARREL SIZE FOR BEACHY WAVES, WHICH IS HOW I WEAR MY HAIR MOST OF THE TIME
WEEZIE SHORT BATHROBE — THE PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENT TO BLOW-DRYING HAIR! THE SHORT SLEEVES ARE A REVELATION!
DRYBAR MONEY MAKER HAIR SPRAY (WHEN I’M NOT LOOKING TO ADD TEXTURE TO MY HAIR AND JUST WANT TO SET IT)
FINALLY ORDERED ONE OF THESE WHEN THE PRICE DROPPED TO $36 (ITS EN ROUTE AS WE SPEAK) — CANNOT WAIT TO TRY IT! MAYBE THIS WILL HELP WITH MY BLOW-DRYING AVERSION?!
For your little one’s head: If you’re vacation-bound, H&M has the cutest sun hats right now! Love this (very Minnow Swim) and this. And FlapHappy’s UPF 50 sunhats are fantastic, too — I bought mini one in white last summer and it went with everything (when she’d actually wear it…grr!). Beyond that, my favorite hair care products for little ones:
NATEMIA BABY BRUSH (FOR HILL — LOVE GIVING HIM A SIDE PART AFTER BATH)
NOODLE & BOO MOISTURIZING HAIR POLISH (I USE THIS WHEN REFRESHING MINI’S HAIR LATER IN THE DAY)
OUAI FINISHING CREME (I USE THIS FOR FLYAWAYS AND ALL OF THE LITTLE BABY HAIRS AROUND MINI’S FACE FOR DRESSIER OCCASIONS)
P.S. Some other new beauty finds (most of them well-priced). Update: very impressed with this $15 moisturizer, though it’s not quite as hydrating as my ride-or-die Belif gel cream. Still, very very impressed. Will keep it in the rotation.