Got my hair ‘did a few weeks ago
and have been too lazy to finish up this post and picked up a few items I’ve been lusting for, but also learned a new blow-dry smoothing trick I thought I’d share. It’s embarrassingly obvious so don’t judge.
I decided to get fancy and dust off my Photoshop skills (above pic). I know. Blowing your mind.
If you’ve never tried the Shuga line, I highly recommend this Dellaria’s salon brand – - it’s amazing quality. They’re a bit different from your traditional styling products because they are made with yogurt proteins and natural plant and milk sugars instead of synthetic ingredients (RE: fake stuff).
1. Shuga Leave-in Conditioner, $20: I’d probably die w/o leave-in, that’s how much I adore it as a styling product. My hair feels like hay. Not kidding.
I was a litttle skeptical of a this one bc of the can, but it was phenomenal. And the scent is fantastic, like candy.. you’ll want to huff it. Spray all over your wet hair to detangle and condition.
2. Shuga Gel Creme, $18: Use a dime to quarter-sized drop of this and scrunch in for incredible hold before blow drying. I especially love this when I’m going to curl my hair but it’s an advanced-level product I think b/c you really have to work it in! *Note: I don’t recommend this if you don’t plan to blow dry. I’ve found that it gets a bit sticky. Imagine dumping a yogurt in your hair? Ew. I’m not saying this is how this product works but I want to be clear that you must blow dry if you use this one.
3. Moroccan Oil – Light, $42: Amaaazing!! I admit I avoided this one because of the price, but my friend Michelle raved about it, so I splurged when I saw a 20% off back-to-school sale at Dellaria’s and I’m glad I did! If you have fried ends or overly processed hair, this is for you. It’s a TREATMENT, not just a styling product, so it does double duty, which I love.
4. Medium Ceramic Barrel Brush (2- 2 1/2″), $28 (but you can find them for more/less, too) Seriously, cue the violins. I often skip a blow dry at the salon to save time after my color, and a few $$, but I had plans after my last salon visit, so I dried it myself before leaving. I used a little of the Shuga leave-in, combed it out, and did my thing using a paddle brush and looked like I stuck my hand in a light socket. I frizzed out so much I was embarrassed to make eye contact with my stylist, Samara.
Normally, I use a lot more products to tame the beast, so I’m convinced that is why it looked so awful, but Samara had a few spare mins and offered to finish the blow-out for me. Using a medium-sized ceramic round brush, she just grabbed small sections of hair at the root and brushed down the length of each section while she hit it with a little warm air, completely smoothing out the crazy fly-away pieces around my hairline and angles. It was incredible.
I realize now that my own round brush is aluminum which is great b/c it speeds up blow drying time, but isn’t quite doing the smoothing job that a ceramic brush does. So this is a redic long-winded way of saying that using a ceramic round brush to smooth out your at-home blowout is a MUST! I’ll post once I decide which one I want to buy, but I’m liking what I read about the MoroccanOil one I linked to above.