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Hair styling products

Summer hair is completely different than winter hair. Humidity, sun, beach, all can wreck a little havoc on hair.  I’m pretty good about protecting my hair (and face) by wearing a hat or cap when I know I’m going to be outside for an extended period of time. Let’s face it – hair coloring is expensive and I don’t want the sun to ruin it any faster than the grey’s popping in can ruin a good color. And short hair styling is totally different than longer hair – I know, I’ve had both.  Right now my hair is on the longer side so I don’t wash it every day like I did when it was shorter.  I have a lot of hair, but it’s very fine hair with some body, so here’s what I’m using right now on my hair for styling – and I don’t use them all every day.

Paul Mitchell – Firm Style Super Clean Extra – Funny how I discovered this on a trip in Argentina of all places. I ran out of my hairspray while vacationing there and picked this up and haven’t let it down since. I’ve tried others, but this one holds the style without giving my hair a hard, crunchy feel. It even works through horrible humid weather.

Oribe – Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray – In the last year my hair has taken on an texture I’ve been unfamiliar with my whole life – frizz. Especially in the humidity – frizz. When I’m done blow drying my hair and before I sometimes put a curling iron to my hair, I’ll spray a bit of this in it. I was recently introduced to this product by Ronnie Stam from Oribe and it helps control the frizz without any heavy or oily feel to the hair that some anti-humidity sprays can do.

Oribe – Dry Texturizing Spray – If you haven’t tried Dry you don’t know what you’re missing, and it flies off the shelves it’s so popular. I like using this in a couple ways with my fine hair it can be silky soft and difficult to hold a curl so adding a little texture goes a long way. This is how Ronnie Stam taught me to use it – when I’m blow drying my hair using a round brush I will dry a section of my hair and roll the round brush to my scalp, spray Dry and apply the blow dryer heat to it and leave it set.  It help to hold the curl and adds a bit of texture so it doesn’t fall out so quickly.  The other way I use this is on those days that I don’t wash my hair – I spray Dry at the roots of my hair on the top and blow dry like normal. I love how this makes my hair look and feel and unlike so many other powders or sprays for “2nd day hair”, this one leaves no powder or white residue anywhere.  It now comes in a purse size too.

Phyto – Phytovolume Actif – They recently changed the packaging on this, so it may look different to you if you are familiar with this.  I can’t tell you how many years I’ve been using this to spray at the roots of my hair on the top and upper sides of my hair when it is damp. I am sure it’s been over 10 years, probably closer to 20? I like the volume I get from it, it never, ever, irritates my scalp – a problem I’ve had with many other spray volumizers and I like how weightless it feels – like no product in the hair at all, making it easy to layer products without feeling like you have a lot in your hair.

Oribe –  Gel Serum –  Again, another product that Ronnie Stam from Oribe introduced me to and makes me wonder why I never used it before, it’s that good! Some may think that a gel is only for short hair – think again. When my hair is damp and after using the Phyto Volume spray I then use about a nickle size of Gel Serum – taking a small bit on my fingertips and concentrating it at the roots and then the remaining product on my hands I run it thru the length of my hair.  It helps to hold the style and gives my hair shine like I’ve never had shine before.

No. 4 – Super Comb Prep & Protect – When my hair is pretty wet, I’ll spray a few shots of this on my hair before I even comb it out. I can instantly feel it soften and smooth my hair making it easy to comb thru and it protects the hair from the hot styling tools.

As I mentioned before, I don’t use every one of these products every day – that would be a bit much and unnecessary.  And yes, these products for the most part are expensive, but they last a long, long, time as they are high quality and of concentrated formulas so only a small amount is needed.

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