Ohhhh my goodness, where do I even begin? This post has been a LONG time coming! My most frequently asked questions are usually something regarding my hair- from what products and tools I use, how often I wash my hair, what salon I go to in Dallas and so on.. Honestly, it has taken me awhile to tackle this because I have found when it comes to hair EVERYONE is different because we all have different hair texture, length, color, preferences, etc. So products and tools that I may LOVE might not be the best for someone else. So I want to start this post off by saying that these are all of my personal opinions on my favorites and what I have found works best for me. None of this is sponsored, just products, tools, and practices that I truly am obsessed with.
Hair Texture + Color
Before I go into detail about what products and tools I use let me first fill you in on my hair because like I said– what might work for me, might not necessarily work for you! I have SUPER thick, coarse, wavy hair thats extremely textured. Because of that, I will say that I am able to use quite a bit of product without it making my hair “greasy”, and that my hair fortunately holds style really well. Because of this, I only wash my hair 1-2x a week. Yes! It all honestly kind of depends on a lot of factors such as what I have going on during that week, workouts, etc. But I never wash my hair more than twice in one week. I know that might not be the case for everyone but I will say that I believe I have almost “trained” my hair to an extent to go that long between washes. Also, hats will be your BFF if you are able to wear them. I live in ball caps and fedoras when day 5,6,7 rolls around!
Growing up, I had CRAZY thick, coarse, wavy hair that did it’s own thing- I looked like a legit wild child. I would always complain to my mom because I couldn’t have a slicked back perfect ponytail like some of my other friends- HA! As time has gone on, I have learned how to manage and care for my hair. All I can say is, work with what you’ve got. Many of us want what we can’t have of course- so take care of your mane. I can’t stress that enough!
For color, first I will start with my natural hair color which is like a super light boring brown. My mom would call it “mousey brown” hair– meh. Nothing special about it at all… just boring light brown. With that being said, I started highlighting my hair when I was in middle school. Blonde highlights- YES, blonde! I did this pretty much all through high school- because who didn’t want to look like LC from Laguna Beach in the early 2000’s ? I took the plunge to the dark side when I was about 18 years old the Summer before I went to college, and I haven’t looked back. First I just dyed it dark brown, and then on a whim I decided to dye it black. Ever since then I have been coloring my hair black (over 9 years now), yes just black! I have been dying my hair jet black for so long I can’t even imagine what I would look like with any other hair color! That has honestly become my “signature” color and how people know and recognize me. People are shocked to find out that is not my natural hair color.
Where I get my hair done in Dallas:
Here in Dallas I have been going to Troy at Tangerine Salons (the Preston Hollow Village location) for the past 3 years. Tangerine is an Aveda Lifestyle salon and use and carry all Aveda products. From the moment I walk in till I walk out the door it is hands down the best salon experience I have ever had. I have referred many of my girlfriends in Dallas to them and I swear now over half of my friends get their hair done there! Troy always does the BEST job on my hair and not only takes in to account what I am looking for but also what is best for my hair and to keep it healthy! I usually get my hair colored every 8 weeks or so (sometimes longer– perks of not having blonde or highlights, less maintenance!), and I will be honest I usually only get it trimmed about twice a year. I know everyone has their opinions on trims and hair growth but I have found thats what works for me and I try to take really good care of my hair and my ends so they don’t dry out. However, to each their own!
If you do not live in the Dallas area, my tip to finding a great stylist is to first of all ask around. Utilize your friends and social media– if someone has a style or hair color, texture, cut, etc similar to yours ask who they go to and then stalk them on social media. haha. Not kidding! That is honestly how I find most of the services I use in my area.
Holy grail hair care products
Aveda Be Curly Co Wash + Aveda Dry Remedy Conditioner
For shampoo I use the Aveda Be Curly Co Wash (per my stylist at Tangerine Salon, Troy’s recommendation). It is a sulfate-free shampoo that removes build up, which is great for me because I only wash my hair 1-2 times a week so its typically housing A LOT of product! For a conditioner I use the Aveda Dry Remedy conditioner which I LOVE because my hair gets very dry and even brittle at times at the ends. I go through a ton of conditioner vs shampoo so a great conditioner is top priority for me!
Sprays: Drybar Prep Rally + Kerastase Discipline Spray + Drybar Mr. Incredible
After washing my hair I towel dry it and try to get as much water + moisture out of it as I can before applying product. First I use the Drybar Prep Rally spray which is basically a detangler- I will say out of all the Drybar products this is not my absolute favorite, BUT I still think it’s great and serves it’s purpose. Next I will use the Kerastase Discipline spray which is a thermal, anti-frizz spray. I cannot stress enough how important thermal protection of some sort is for your hair– especially when applying heat like our blow dryer, curling iron, straightener. And lastttt of the sprays I use the Drybar Mr.Incredible leave in conditioning spray. This stuff is legit AF- I got this in a PR package and had never really heard of it, but was SO pleasantly surprised after using it. I spray this mainly focusing on the ends of my hair to keep them moisturized.
Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother + Kerastase Nectar Thermique
Next I use the Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother, and a little bit of this goes a long way! This I use mainly to smooth and tame my thick, coarse hair…. smoothing products are always a must for me and I have really loved this one (and trust me I have tried A LOT). I then also use the Kerastase Nectar Thermique which is a fairly similar smoothing product that also provides even more heat protection.
Dry Sprays: Drybar Triple Sec + Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray + Drybar Dry Shampoo
Okay so these next three products are most definitely the products I use the most and what allow me to maximize my time between washes. Out of everything I talked about in this post if I had to choose one holy grail product it would be the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. It is a bit of a splurge but I 100% swear by this stuff and that it’s liquid gold. I use this honestly all throughout my hair to add some texture and “grit” — mainly spraying this around my crown and roots to give some volume. I have also used this on my hair wet which I hear is one way to use it as well. However, I could not tell a difference I think I prefer to use it dry. Like I said, it’s a bit of a splurge but worth every penny in my opinion. Another texturizing product I use quite a bit is the Drybar Triple Sec. It is a very similar, if not identical product to the Oribe texturizing spray. I also use this as I would a dry shampoo– however, my favorite thing about this product is that it smells AMAZING. I would be lying if I said I didn’t sometimes spray this on my body like perfume! Ha! Lastly, I am the dry shampoo queen. I live on this shit. And coffee. I am always trying new ones, and have a few I rotate through. However, the Drybar Dry Shampoo is the one I use consistently the most and continue to repurchase. It smells great, it does a great job at absorbing oils, and blends fairly well. I will say as a brunette it can be difficult with dry shampoos because a lot of them leave a white residue. I always spray about 6-8 inches away from my roots and then make sure to brush it through, and work it in really well and usually it does a pretty good job of blending. I have yet to discover a dry shampoo for brunettes that is either clear, or slightly tinted that I love. Usually the ones for brunettes that are tinted a bit leave a residue on your hands if you touch your hair. The dry bar shampoo for brunettes is THE WORST. Brown shit everywhere. Which made me sad because I love the original so much. I plan to do a complete round up of all my favorite dry shampoos at some point here on the blog.
Hair Tools: BioIonic Hair Dryer + T3 Curling Wand + BioIonic Curling Iron
Next are the tools I use on my hair! First things first- I DESPISE blow drying my hair. My hair is extremely thick, coarse, etc. blah blah… the last thing I want to do is hold a heavy blow dryer above my head for 30 min. So finding a hair dryer to meet my standards has been a task. I have been using the BioIonic 10X Ultralight Speed Dryer for about 6 months now and I am VERY impressed. I can dry my hair in about 15 min AND it leaves it smooth and soft- which is so amazing. I can go straight from here to curling my hair. Where before I used to have to run a straightener through it to smooth it out before I could begin curling. I had been debating on splurging on the Dyson dryer but I honestly see no reason to because I feel like this one does a great job and is half the price. For my loose waves (like I have in these photos) I use the T3 Micro curling wand. Again, this is a bit of a splurge but SO worth it. It comes with three barrels that are all different sizes you can use. Using a wand takes a bit of practice but once you get it down I think it is SO easy. This one holds my curl really well. I usually curl it really tight and then brush through it at the end for the loose waves. From there I usually only have to touch up my curls once or twice, depending on what all I have going on. And last when I am only curling my ends or looking for a loose curl at the end I use my BioIonic Curling Iron with a 1.25″ barrel. This is the same brand as the hair dryer I use and I think it does a really great job. I usually use this when I am in a hurry and don’t have time to use the wand on my hair because that typically takes a little longer. I have even used this as a wand and just wrapped my hair around the barrel. I have a few different curling irons but this is definitely the one I use the most.
Shop all of the products and tools I shared in this post below:
And there you have it! These are all my holy grail hair products that I swear by. Like I have reiterated throughout this post- what works for me, might not be the best option for someone else because everyone is different. However, through (much) product testing these take the cake! What are your favorite hair products? I would love to try them! Let me know if you have any questions or if there are any other hair tips you want me to cover here on the blog! I also have a “Hair Fav’s” page here on the blog that I am constantly updating with all of my favorite products- you can find that here.