Beauty & Health

HAIR HOW TO: THE PERFECT CALIFORNIA ROMANTIC WAVES

After I did my favourite beauty product post last week I got a ton of emails and comments asking about how I do my hair. It’s actually the question I get asked most often, people wondering what’s my trick, how I get the “perfect loose curls” “wavy-straight” “beach wavy” “perfect sun lightened colour” look. I’ve done posts on it in the past, but I know I have a lot of new readers so for everyone that hasn’t seen it I wanted to share with you my hair tricks and tips.

Washing: For shampoo and conditioner I use Kerastase, Bain Satin shampoo and Masquintense conditioner. I have several little tricks that I do to try and keep my hair as healthy as it can be while washing it because I do lighten my hair, which does terrible damage. First off, I never wash my hair every day. That only dries it out more. Second, before I wash my hair I soak the ends in a Moroccan oil conditioner while they are still dry. That way when I am shampooing my hair the conditioner has already coated the ends so the shampoo won’t dry out the ends more. Because you really only need to be shampooing your scalp.

Colour: If you are getting your hair done, especially lightened, NEVER ever do it yourself. If you are looking to get the natural look that fades to blonde at the ends, the “ombre” look. There is a technique for it. Don’t try and do it yourself, it won’t work. It’s called balayage, and it’s not easy to do. Research a hairdresser that is known for it. Be sure to stress the words “natural”, “sun-kissed”, and “no streaks.”

Style: Before drying my hair, I use several products, a dime size amount of Loreal Professionals Mythic Oil, a couple sprays of Enjoy’s leave in conditioner, and maybe even a dime size amount of Brazilian Blowouts hair serum. After drying (whether I air dry or blow-dry depends on how much time I have to get ready). I usually let it half air dry then blow dry the rest. I tuck the front behind my ears while it’s drying so I get that natural wave right around my face. After drying, starting from the bottom up I take small one-inch pieces and quickly use my fingers to twirl it around a 1-inch curling iron. You don’t need to use the clasp, for more messy looking waves just twist your hair around and hold for a few seconds. Make sure you are curling in the direction away from your face. Imagine the wind blowing at your face which way your hair would be blowing. Granted my hair curls pretty well I never use hair spray because I like it best after it starts falling out, and especially the second day. To make it piecey and beachy though I spray Blow’s Beach Blow through it and shake it around.

I am also a big fan of the Brazilian Blowout treatment. I know there is controversy surrounding the ingredients but if you are getting the actual real “Brazilian blowout” product I guarantee you it works wonders. Go to a good professional salon and make sure they are using the real product. If you are not paying more than 200 dollars for it, than you probably aren’t getting the real thing.

So, there we go ladies, all you need to look effortlessly beaut on the beach…apart from the Chanel bikini and Celine sunglasses of course!