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Listen– we all have something in common; we want to do less and spend less while still getting epic results with our hair, correct? If you say no, you’re def on the wrong website. I love finding a new use for an old product. I mean, I would even try shampoo as a styling product just to see how it goes. (No, but I really would.) Recently I’ve been really into using curl creams on ALL hair types, not just my curly girls. Let me tell you why! Curl cream is meant to give definition but not in that drying/sticky/mattifying way like pomade. It’s soft, it’s moisturizing and it takes you on an all-expense-paid-trip to Shiny Town, USA. It’s different than your average styling cream because styling creams usually have hold and curl cream has no hold (at least the ones I use). Lately I’ve been using it on my signature waves lately to add texture without drying. It’s been amazing and the biggest benefit is your hair doesn’t feel super chalky or tangly– on the contrary it feels healthy and you still get the same kind of separation, but the hair just has a shiny finish instead of a matte finish. Sometimes a hairstyle calls for styling with pomade or texture spray but sometimes shiny, soft separation is the way to go.

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I love using curl cream when I want the hair to have that “air dried” look even though it wasn’t air dried. Try it and give your hair a break from mattifying every once in a while. Here are my favorites at every price point! A dab will do ya. I usually use about a dime size for Lucy’s whole head and apply it to blow dried, styled hair. Split that amount in half for finer hair or double it for thick coarse hair!


Oh! And the biggest benefit other than ditching the dryness is when you get in the shower and rinse your hair it almost feels like you’ve had conditioner in your hair all day. So… do you repurpose hair products? Tell me!!! Always on the hunt for alternative uses! xx


best at home blowout the beauty dept

Most of us are trying to live our best life and do less with our hair while hoping it looks better than ever. While I love an air-dry scenario or a second day wave/dry shampoo combo, sometimes you just have to go FULL blowout. If you find yourself faced with the daunting task of round brushing your own mane, trust me– you will want to have one or two of these bottled-up miracles on hand to get you through…

  • ORIBE ROYAL BLOWOUT : my favorite for coarse, thick, unruly, curly, wavy, frizzy and/or slow-to-dry hair. Apply a very thin veil all over before blowdrying. I feel like my brush goes through 100 times smoother and doesn’t get caught on anything. I’ve also noticed it speeds up drying time significantly. I have yet to find something comperable to this in a more affordable price range, but I will say this bottle seems to last for ages, so I would say it’s worth the splurge.
  • LIVING PROOF BLOWOUT STYLING SPRAY: great on fine, straight hair that needs styling support from the inside out. I love this because sometimes you’ve got that head of hair that’s so straight or fine or long and it doesn’t want to wrap around the brush. This spray helps create a little grip which helps you get tension and bend as you need it.
  • DRY BAR HOT TODDY RESTORATIVE CREAM: If you stuggle with dryness, damage, if you bleach your hair, highlight heavily or if you just desperately need a haircut but you can’t seem to prioritize it, use this if you’re going to blow your hair out. Evenly apply a dime size from middle to ends on wet hair. Blow out as usual. It helps me get softness on even the driest, most damaged hair. (This will get your through, but like also, GO get your haircut!) By the way, you can use this in conjunction with the others– just apply this on the ends first and then the spray on top!

If you need help with shine or smoothing after you’re done blowing out, peep THIS POST on our favorite finishing serums.


moving beauty storage

If you’ve packed up and moved recently you know, and if you haven’t moved recently you’ve probably blocked it from your memory: moving can be a nightmare! This month I’ve been slowly packing up my entire life and one of the most time consuming/challenging parts of my move was my beauty closet, bathroom and vanity. I thought it would be fun to share the beauty-related part of my move so that if you’re faced with this challenge in the upcoming months, you can come peep this guide for help!

I recently jumped on the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up train, thanks to a friend of mine. Look it up if you don’t know about it! The concept is basically that you hold something in your hand and if it truly brings you joy, you keep it and if it doesn’t you toss it, donate it or give it to a friend. Since there are hundreds (maybe thousands if we’re being honest) of beauty products between my house, studio and office, that’s a lot of holding product in your hands. Instead I decided to work backwards on that method; I sat down and thought about what products TRULY bring me joy after the world’s longest day or what I won’t skip even on a manic monday morning. Things that came to mind for me:

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You get the point… So once I thought of all of those things and boxed them up, I then gathered my essentials: razors, hot irons, medicine cabinet contents, lady stuff, etc… and I box that up too. One major thing I learned is that you have to pack a small kit for yourself, almost like a travel kit, to get you by for a couple days if your move is going to take some time.


Over the years, I have cultivated a massive collection of epic products so I can’t just throw those out because that would be crazy and wasteful! Here’s how I divi’d it all up…

FIRST THINGS FIRST: I check for expiration dates, major clogging that’s not fixable, dryness, product separation, scent changes, shattered palettes and broken bottles or pumps. Toss out anything that’s not quite right.

THE $$$$ ONES: For the expensive things I like to gather my gals. I call up a bunch of my friends and have a little beauty party. I let them take whatever they want because I know they’ll use it if they don’t know how, I can explain it on the spot. For the most part, I give these things to friends instead of donating because I’ve seen donations get tossed for being misunderstood. Example: I donated a very tiny jar eye cream that was around 100 dollars and the guy accepting the donations thought it was a sample and asked me if was trash. Lesson learned.

THE BRAND NEW ONES: If something is brand new and still in the box you can donate it to a local women’s shelter to be given away as a holiday gift. You can also specify that you would like it to be given to a woman who is trying to get back on her feet, feel better about herself and going out for job interviews.

OPENED BUT STILL FULL: A lot of times I will receive a great product and I’ll open it to try it but not necessarily want to keep it. I recently started donating all of those things to an AMAZING charity called The Beauty Bus. It’s the most incredible organization and they’re doing the sweetest things. I dare you to go on that website and not bawl your eyeballs out.

Beauty Bus Foundation delivers dignity, hope and respite to chronically or terminally ill men, women and children and their caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products.

I also donate to my favorite women’s shelters, family programs, beauty schools, etc. Google foundations in your area and read the reviews online about their donation programs!

And last, but certainly not least is putting these things in actual boxes. I found the best was was to break everything up into categories. I used small “banker boxes” (because beauty product gets heavy AF real fast). I got them on Amazon went with these categories. Feel free to merge some if you have less of one category or break some up if you have more!

  • IN-SHOWER (makes it easier to unpack)

If you’re packing up this weekend or anytime soon, we hope this advise help! And here’s hoping you’re more organized when you get there than you were before you left!

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hair drying gloves deva curl urban outfitters studio dry

If you know me, you know I love trying gimmicky things because sometimes you end up finding a diamond in the rough! Enter hair drying gloves. I got these out of curiosity and they ended up being a fast favorite. I don’t use them on my clients but I do use them at home. Often I go to put mousse, curl cream, leave-in or wave spray in my hair and end up with more dried onto my hands than my hair. Not only do these help with that, but they also helped me cut down on drying time. Here’s what I know for sure about these handy things…

There are a couple kinds on the market. For finer hair or anyone wanting to add some soft texture to their curls/waves I would recommend THESE GLOVES because they’re more like a towel which tends to build texture. But if your mane concern is to keep curls or waves calm, cool & collected, THESE GLOVES are your best bet because they are made of microfibers which we know helps with frizz.

By trial and error, I’ve discovered the best way to use hair drying gloves is to apply the product with your bare hands first, rinse your hands, then put the gloves on. Begin scrunching at the ends and work your way up into the root. These are so absorbent and remove surface moisture quickly. These would be particularly good for anyone wanting to cut back on their heat styling time. Think about it… if you get into the roots with these gloves and absorb a bit of the moisuture before blowdrying, you’ll definitely trim down the time you’ll spend pointing hot air at your hair and scalp, without having to wait for the hair to air-dry. And it’s 100000 times easier to get in there with “towel fingers” than an actual towel. Feel me??

Have you tried anything gimmicky or gadgety lately which ended up working well that you want to share? If so spill the deets in the comments below please!