Hair styling is a part of my every day routine I would gladly give up in two seconds flat if I possibly could.
I cannot stand it.
I loathe it.
I dread it.
I fear it.
No really, I fear it! Because my hair works great some days then others, for no reason, it looks like crap.
But because I have fine hair (not “thin” as some people say. Thin implies one has “thinning hair” or not a lot of it which isn’t true) and it’s pretty straight I have to do a whole “process” when styling it. And it MUST be blown out every day if I leave the house because my hair just does not work at all if it air dries. Think frizz, bent looking hair, flat and limp. Ick.
Oh and let’s be clear. I am not one of those unexplainable people who can go 2-3 days in-between washings. I cannot even fathom that. My hair would be SO flat, greasy and dark (super blond hair gets darker with product/oils) it’s just not possible. And no, dry shampoo is not the answer for me.
My daily routine:
- First I wrap it in a towel when I get out of the shower to soak up some of the moisture while I apply my makeup.
- 10-15 minutes later I comb it out with a large tooth comb.
- Then I use whatever product I am using on it and distribute throughout my hair.
- Then I blow dry the bangs area first making sure they are full dry, lest they start to move in a direction I don’t want them to.
- Then I dry the rest with my hands for a minute to soak up more water.
- Then I section and blow out using a round brush. In all I usually section it into three sections (bottom, middle, very top).
- Finally after about 8-10 minutes of blow drying that part is done.
- Then, if the sides didn’t get totally straight, I will flat iron them for a second because I don’t like when the sides of my bob aren’t totally even and straight down (no bends).
- If I’m feeling like having BIG hair I use a dry shampoo at the roots and that helps give me volume and “grip” to lightly backcomb at the crown.
- Then I lightly spray the bangs and top and I’m done.
In reality this only takes me about 15 minutes but it’s about 14 minutes longer than I would prefer. 😉
All this to say I found two Bumble and bumble products this past year that I truly love and have helped me with styling.
Bumble and bumble Straight Blow Dry is a balm that helps fight frizz and also is a heat-activated.
You use just a dime size (for my hair anyway) and work throughout hair before blow drying.
It helps give my hair some weight and definitely helps with the frizzies I tend to get near my face.
Be careful not to overdo how much you put in your hair though because I used too much once and it made my hair a bit limp.
Bumble and bumble Texture Hair (un) Dressing Creme is my favorite one though.
This stuff is also a creme that comes in a tube. It’s fairly sticky (when wet only) and has a paste-like texture. But like the tube says, it gives you this kind of gritty texture. A little goes a long way!
What I love about it is that it gives my hair MASSIVE hold and a certain “heft” so when I blow out the sides straight, they stay straight. It gives a somewhat matte finish (no shine) but not in a dry looking way. It makes my hair feel much thicker also, which I love. It also helps my hair stay in place!
My hair is so fine that if I walk into a strong wind, the bob ends usually flip outwards. They will STAY flipped outwards if I am against the wind (cue Bob Segar) for too long. It drives me insane. I am so anal about my hair. But this gives my hair some weight and hold so that it helps keep it the way I actually styled it.
The only thing I don’t love about these products is that they are on the more expensive side. However for me it’s not that big of an issue because I spend a lot on my hair every 7-8 weeks, so I try not to use cheap shampoo, conditioner and styling products.
Anyway, I highly recommend these products if you have hair similar to mine!
Availability: Sephora, salons, etc.
Pricing: $26 for the Texture balm and $28 for the Straight balm. (5 oz each).
Have you tried either of these? What are your go-to styling products?