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My Favorite Hair Products

My hair is my eternal struggle, and I'm sure many of you feel the same way. It's funny-- for something so strongly tied with femininity and the female identity (for most of society), you'd think that we'd have it figured out by now. Still, I've gathered my fair share of hair related knowledge over the years, so I thought I'd share some of my favorites with you!

Just FYI: I have mostly straight, thick, more oily hair that is easily weighed down by product and quickly dulled. I don't wash it as often as I should, as I'm usually going for that relaxed waves sort of look. I'm currently growing out my mid-length lob into longer locks a la something I had a few years ago.

Shampoo + Conditioner

For shampoo, I'm really not very picky. I like something that really cleanses the hair without drying it out, so more clarifying options like Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo (although I often buy the generic version at Sally's) or classics like The Body Shop Banana Shampoo fit the bill. It's a major splurge, but I love the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub for ridding my hair of product build-up and increasing my time between washes. I don't currently use conditioner due to my shorter length, but I've loved Living Proof's PhD option and Eva NYC's Therapy Session Hair Mask in the past.

Leave Ins

I tend to keep it pretty simple with leave ins: if I'm blow drying I'll do a combo of Verb Ghost Oil (lots of hydration without being heavy) and Bumble and bumble Brilliantine (makes your hair super shiny), which totally does the trick. If I'm letting it air dry, I'll spray in something-- right now I'm using the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Conditioning Spray and love it. If you're a big air dryer, I love the Bumble and bumble Don't Blow It because it adds subtle texture and gives you that second day texture on day one.


Styling is a whole 'nother can of worms, but my favorite type of product to buy. Lately I've been starting off any dry hair styling with Amika's The Shield Style Extending Spray, as it gives freshly washed hair a bit of texture and something for any tool to hold on to. To spritz on after it's Oribe or bust-- I swear by the Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray for giving any curls that loose wave look and have been enjoying the cult favorite Dry Texturizing Spray for a bit of extra uumph on straight hair. I love their Superfine Hairspray too, as it holds well without being crispy.

My one must have, hidden gem product is one I use for smoothing down my flyaways: IGK Laid-Back Defrizz And Anti-Static Spray. This stuff is rad. It's a bit heavier and more like a dry way than a hairspray, but still look natural in the hair and has great hold. IGK is a new line to Sephora and I've loved everything I've tried so far.


In terms of hot tools, I actually really love the options available from Remington. They're cheap and cheerful and have lasted really well for me. I have this flat iron, and two different curling wands, this 1/2 to 1 inch and this 1 inch to 1 1/2 inch. I steal my mom's blow dryer when I dry my hair, so I don't really have a favorite there.

Other random things: I love WetBrush for all my hair brushes: I used this paddle one on the daily and this vented one for blow drying my hair. I invested in a nicer comb last year and it's made a world of difference. DryBar has the best sectioning clips, which I use any time I curl or straighten my hair. The best bobbi pins are from Sally's and you only have to buy a pack of them every year or so. These fun ponytails are expensive but so much better than any other options on the market, as they hold super well and don't leave marks if you sleep in them.

Whew-- that's everything! I hope you enjoyed learning about all my favorites and hopefully found a few products to try out yourself. Let me know if you have any hair must haves in the comments below!


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