If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how I style my hair I could retire a very rich woman. Or how I get big volume in my hair. So today, your wish is my command. I’m going to show you how I style my own hair at home and the exact products I use. Oh, and there are a few tips and tricks involved.
Two things: 1) This is in no way sponsored content. Everything I use I own and have been using for a long time. 2) Before my daughter Taylor calls me out on this I will fess up. I have a BarFly Membership at The Dry Bar. It’s a game changer for me! 90% of the time when I shoot for the blog or do TV segments, I have had a professional blow out. It’s a huge timesaver. I shoot at 9:00 AM with my photographer on Monday’s so I typically book the 7:30 AM blow out. I also get them for special occasions and events. But today’s pictures for this blog post was all ME! I did my own hair!
I’m going to do this in a step by step process list so that you can see chronologically what I do. The pictures above are in order from top to bottom. The only part we did not photograph was me washing my hair in the shower. Nobody wants to see my naked body. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
NOTE: I have coarse, wavy, thick hair. I always have. It’s processed for color and the occasional Keratin smoothing treatment. My colorist is Gaby Chico in Dallas. I just want to clarify that up front because I have never had beautiful, silky smooth hair. When I was in high school I used a full set of hot rollers to curl my hair into the Farah Fawcett style every.single.day. I started highlighting my hair when I was in college. Do the math, it’s been abused and processed for many years!
Tips & Tricks to Styling Your Hair
1. I wash my hair every 3-4 days. It’s dry and can hold a style easily without getting dirty or oily. Currently I’m using the purple dpHUE cool blonde shampoo and conditioner. Check this blog post about why I love this hair care line and the Creative Director, Justin Anderson (the man is full of personality). I use all of their products and I am so excited that Nordstrom now carries them!
2. As soon as I get out of the shower, I towel dry my hair and add 1-2 pumps of The One Balm by Frederic Fekkai. I also add a full pump of dpHUE Argon Oil. It’s light and colorless which is important for blondes. Use your hands to move the product all the way through your hair. Then I comb it and let it air dry for 5-10 minutes while I do my face prep and body lotion.
3. Next, I dry my hair with my Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. This is the #1 reason why I can do my own hair at home. It cuts my drying time in half and smooths out my hair. Yes, I flip my hair upside down to get the underneath part dry. When it’s about 80% dry, I start using my round brush to give it shape. The Dyson dryer is EXPENSIVE so view it as an investment in your hair. It’s worth every single penny and I have no regrets for buying it online. QVC is offering the Dyson Supersonic dryer + Aquis Towel Accessories together in a bundle price right now!
4. To get loose curls or beach waves, I use my GHD curling wand. The trick is to leave the ends out. If you prefer a curling iron, I recommend this one from T3. Remember to move quickly as the iron really gets hot!
6. Fly away hair and wispies trick: I have a million little fly away hairs that stick straight up on my head. Anyone who dries my hair always fights with these. I learned this hair trick on set for a commercial shoot. Take any hairspray and spray it directly onto your hands. Rub together and then over the top fo your head. It calms your hair down. Voila!
My hair is now done for a solid 3-4 days. All I do is lightly comb though it the next day, use all the products and styling tools to touch up and I’m done. By day 3 or 4 it will be pulled back in a pony tail, but still styled. FYI – Justin Anderson explained to me why the frequent use of dpHUE Argon Oil is NOT making my hair greasy. It’s because my hair is coarse and dry and NEEDS the oil. It literally soaks it up! So if you have fine, limp hair, you might have to adjust a bit.
As far as volume goes, my hair has lots of volume on its own. It just naturally wants to be “big hair”. Thank God I live in Texas where that’s a thing. Big hair, don’t care!
Feel free to leave comments and ask questions. xoxo – Tanya
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photo: Audrie Dollins