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CO-WASHING // CLEANSING CONDITIONERS

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Let’s have a lil chat about CO-WASHING, aka: “conditioner washing”. The first time anyone told me I should try washing my hair with a cleansing conditioner, I was like GIRL BYE. I’m a bubble loving froth queen so I was just not about to rub condtioner in my hair without shampooing. And I was certainly not going to believe that that’s going to leave me with anything but a hot greasy mess after blowdrying. Uh… Until I tried it. Let me tell you that I blew out my hair and it was (I swear) bouncier and fuller than usual. So then I was like– okay, beginner’s luck. My hair must have been cleaner than I thought to start. I did it again– same results. I kept thinking to myself– if this works so well then why doesn’t everyone do it?? I realized that just like me, most people probably want the bubbles. It’s just what we know. Bubbles mean there’s a cleaning agent and if there’s a cleaning agent, then there are less oils. And yes, while that’s true, it doesn’t mean that’s a good thing. After diving deeper into the actual science of hair for the last few years, I’ve realized how much we need to keep some of those natural oils (don’t vomit, it’s called sebum) on the scalp and in the hair. Sebum is hands down the greatest conditioner a girl can get. Better than the most expensive thing from the beauty supply or even the most natural organic oil you can find at a health food store. Using a cleansing conditioner will take the oils off the suface almost completely, but it will leave the good stuff on the inside so it can do it’s work to moisturize and strengthen from within.

Personally, I tried co-washing for the first time a couple years ago and anytime I see someone struggling with moisture or breakage or dull hair, I immediately chime in to tell them to try co-washing. It’s a hard sell but once you try it, you understand and you feel the difference. Each brand is going to have a different application suggestion, but I like to imagine my hair split into 4 equal sections– two in the front and two in the back. I take a couple pumps and rub it into my scalp, section by section. Then once it’s all in, I massage it into my scalp for a couple minutes, then rinse. But check the bottle for additional instructions.

CURLY, THICK, WAVY OR COARSE HAIR: No one benefits more from this that my curly girls. Co-washing is truly a must for anyone with curly hair, as curly hair naturally lacks moisture. Thick, coarse hair often needs some extra TLC in the moisture department as well. Wash your hair every 3-5 days (3 for coarse, thick and closer to 5 for curly girls) and use this every time.

FINE, STRAIGHT, LIGHTLY WAVY, OR LIMP HAIR: If you have finer or straight hair and you’re terrified to commit, try alternating first. You’ll at least be saving more of your oils than you are now. I have fine hair but a lot of it. I co-wash twice a week and regular wash once a week. And then in the summer, I like to alternate because my hair produces more oil when it’s hot out.

1. Ouidad Curl Co-Wash Low-Foam Cleansing Conditioner

2. Sofn’free GroHealthy Nothing But Cleansing Conditioner

3. WEN Lavender Cleansing Conditioner

4. Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Cleansing Conditioner

5. L’Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner 

6. Renpure Solutions Cleansing Conditioner

7. Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner

8. Renpure Coconut Creme Cowash Cleansing Conditioner 

I know this is a lot for some, and take your time in convincing yourself to try it… but TRY IT. You will be shocked at how light and airy your hair feels after co-washing. There’s a cool new co-washing product coming out soon that I can’t wait to tell you about. But for now, tell us your co-washing experiences (or fears) in the comments below, and please include your hair type/texture! This is such a great topic to discuss…

AIR DRYING YOUR HAIR

 

PHOTOS + POST: KRISTIN ESS

  PHOTOS + POST: KRISTIN ESS

Believe it or not there’s a lot more to air drying hair than just letting your hair dry……. in the air. There are steps you can take to make your air dried hair look pretty epic and it’s not as hard as you might think. Follow these tips and find the air drying product for your hair type down at the bottom!

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  1. Use a WIDE TOOTH COMB to detangle while you’re in the shower or immediately after you get out. Don’t wait too long to comb through or your curl wave pattern will break up. Find your part (if you want one) and do a quick comb through.
  2. Pick your favorite product from the round up below for air drying! I have different favorites for different hair needs so be sure you’re using the one best suited for your own hair. (Here we’re using the new AIR DRY FOAM for which I added a shopping link down below and more info!)
  3. “Scrunch” the product of your choice into your hair. Be sure to deliver the right amount to the area where your hair needs it most– for example, if you want volume, scrunch a volume-focused product into the root and work your way to the ends. If you want to focus on moisture, start at the bottom where your hair may be the driest and work your way up using a moisture-focused product.
  4. A long time ago I told you guys about my favorite thing for curly hair– t-shirt drying. Use an old t-shirt to squeeze excess moisture out of the hair. Using a t-shirt instead of a towel is genius because the little loops from a towel can easily cause frizz whether you realize it or not! They’re like teeny tiny little combs and sometimes hairs stick to them as you scrunch, breaking up the curl.
  5. Always flip your head upside down and give it a little scrunch. By doing that you can avoid that “pasted down” look that is often a result of air drying. By flipping a scrunching you’re lifting the root off your head just a little. For more volume, do this a couple times as it dries.
  6. Continue scrunching from the bottom up as the hair dries. Not a ton, but just a couple times here and there to encourage the wave or curl.
  7. If you have “puffy hair”, and it tends to get wide or super frizzy, twist your hair into a loose bun for 10-20 minutes as you air dry. Then let it to continue drying. That should help contain some of that puffiness.
  8. At the end, add a good HAIR SERUM of your choice! Only if you feel like you need it! If you don’t, lucky you. Sometimes just for extra polishing, I’ll take a flat iron on low heat and just finish off my ends very lightly. Sounds silly because the point of this is air drying but if you’re going somewhere and you just want it a little more refined, seal down your ends with the lightest amount of heat. You’re still skipping heat styling on 90% of the hair.

Here are my favorites for each hair type, including the one we used up top!

the beauty department air drying

  1. R + CO CHIFFON This is more like a light leave in conditioning foam, in my opinion. I wasn’t expecting that the first time I used it. I thought it was going to be more like a regular mousse with a little hold. My hair didn’t have hold at all, it was just soft and bouncy. This is great for anyone needing additional softness when air drying. You can use this on straight, wavy or curly hair. Not going to do anything for puffy or frizzy hair, really.
  2. JOHN FRIEDA AIR DRY FOAM I loved this and it’s super affordable. It gives a very light hold and doesn’t feel heavy. Weightless foams are becoming very popular for air drying and this was the one we used up top. Kept the waves in and frizz out. May not be enough hold for curlier hair types though.
  3. LEONOR GREYL ECLAT NATUREL I’ve been using this stuff for years. I love this for over processed blondes and anyone with significant dryness. Natural oils are packed into this cream and it’s sooooooo great. It brings the most dead hair back to life. Major nourishment.
  4. SACHAJUAN OCEAN MIST Love this for exactly what you’d think. Beachy waves. Some ocean sprays have a lil too much grit for my liking, leaving the hair feeling like there’s a film on it. This doesn’t do that at all and it’s pretty light weight which works well on finer hair (as most ocean sprays do not).
  5. ORIBE CURL GLOSS Anybody air drying major curls should have this is their bathroom. It lasts a long time (which is important because it’s pretty pricey) but I love it SO much. Curly hair lacks moisture, and often lacks shine because of that. This brings back the shine in a way that just looks healthy, not wet and crunchy.
  6. SEBASTIAN WHIPPED CREAM This one is amazing for classic wavy hair and curly hair that needs more volume. It’s whipped and literally feels like whipped cream. It encourages waves and curls to get “bigger” but also feels moisturizing at the same time.
  7. LIVING PROOF CURL ENHANCING STYLING MOUSSE I like this for anyone who’s in between. So let’s say you have not-quite-wavy or not-quite curly hair. This curl enhancer will knock you into the next bracket because it actually help form stronger curl patterns.
  8. DR BRONNERS FAIR TRADE ORGANIC HAIR CREME Shout out to my organic, vegan- loving curly girls. This a cream formula made from organic natural ingredients. I love it for anyone who needs to “take it down a notch” with the width of their hair. If you hair gets big and wide, work some of this in from root to ends and see it settle. The weight doesn’t over-power. It just helps to calm excess volume. Also, feels like you’ve had conditioner in your hair the whole time when you go to rinse it out.
  9. ORIBE GEL SERUM For those of you who need MORE! If you already have wave or curl and you want it big big big, use some gel serum. I love this for wild, untamed crazy curls. It’s going to give you a MAD curly hair flip.
  10. SEBASTIAN POTION 9 I’ve been using this since I was a kid and I’ve used it on many hair types. It’s great for the slightest hold and for adding shine and moisture. I don’t use it every time I shampoo, just once a week or so when my fine but very thick hair feels like it needs a little extra moisture and I don’t have time to do a treatment!

Do you have any favorites for air drying?

ANTI-HUMECTANTS FOR HAIR

photos/post: Kristin Ess

photos/post: Kristin Ess

The weather is changing and there’s a lot more moisture in the air, which can be great for your skin but awful after fresh blowout. One of our favorite ways to preserve a new blowout, flat iron waves or curling iron curls when it’s humid outside is to use either an anti-humectant spray or balm, depending on your hair type… but more about that later.

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When you blowdry your hair, you’re removing water from the inside as well as the outside. As it dries, you’re (for lack of a better word) “re-forming” the hair into whatever shape you’re round brushing, curling or flat iron it into. Once the hair is dry completely and your look is set, you want to avoid letting too much moisture or water back into the hair because that will encourage your hair to go back to it’s natural state or at least part way there often causing frizziness or limp locks (definitely not saying there’s anything wrong with your hair’s natural state, for the record).

 

 

thebeautydepartment anti humectant

 

Anti-humectant to the rescue!! You may remember HERE when I was in Miami with Lauren and I talked about using this spray to keep out the Miami moisture. Anti-humectants basically create a thin invisible film on the hair that will repel water and moisture, keeping it styled the way you want it. I typically use two different types of anti-humectant products. A balm or a spray. I tend to use THIS SUPER FINE SPRAY version for thin or fine hair because it’s a lighter application. I finish the heat styling that I want to do on the hair and then spray a light veil of this. When it comes to thick, coarse or curly blown out hair, I will often turn to THIS BALM version. It’s the balm. Ha! Warm up a pea sized dab of this in between the palms of your hands and distribute evenly, starting in area where moisture attacks your hair the most, this can be different for everyone.

 

 

 

the beauty dept anti humectant

 

Whichever you choose, try to be light handed with it because you don’t need much. Anti-humectant products tend to last me a very long time. They shampoo out really easily and never feel oily or greasy when applied correctly. Follow the instruction on the bottle and do what’s right for your own amount of hair. These are also great in the summer when it’s hot or if you sweat at night, which often causes the underneath of your hair to frizz up.

Have you ever tried anti-humectant spray or balm? If so, spill it in the comments below!

Hot roller favorites

photo by kristin ess, post by norah curlee

Blame it on Mad Men if you will, but hot rollers are making a comeback! There’s a reason why the women of yesteryear could always be spotted sporting a full set of these in salons everywhere. Curling your hair with an iron takes time, giving yourself a blow out can be difficult and labor intensive, but rollers take just minutes and free up your hands to move on with your beauty routine! You can eat breakfast, curl your lashes and freshen up your mani all while these hotties are doing the grunt work for you. Perfectly styled hair with minimal effort. Genius.

With so many different options available, there is a set out there for everyone, and naturally…we have a few favorites. Lets roll…

 

1. We love these jumbo rollers by John Frieda for creating larger curls/waves and they heat up in only 2 minutes!

2. This set from Conair has 2x the flocking for better heat protection and a smoother curl.

3. We love that this set has cool end rings…not burning your hands is always a good thing!

4. This option from T3 is a bit of a splurge but comes with two different sizes and it’s ion levels help retain moisture to fight frizz.

5. Revlon offers a 20 piece set with 3 various sizes to mix it up!

6. These by Remington have heated clips that add additional heat transfer for a longer lasting curl. Smart!

7. For the girls with hair for days! These by Babyliss tally in at 30 rollers…that should do it!

8. We love the temperature settings on this Conair set.

9. This 5-roller set from Conair is perfect for travel with its compact case!

 

If you are someone who is pressed for time or just can’t be bothered to juggle a curling wand or round brush then hair rollers may just be your knight in shining armor. Are you already a roller girl? We want to know your holy grail set in the comments below!