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Soft Curls for Summer

Soft Curls for Summer

For those of you who are just checking in -- I've got big hair. It's got some issues. It's dry, it's color treated, and I'm growing out straight-across bangs that have been part of me for almost four years. The easiest way to make this grow-out look good has been to spend more time embracing my natural texture. I also live in the zone of high-humidity. It can be a lot! I have worked to break down a great group of products to make my hair really fantastic.

Natural hair texture from one of last week’s posts.

Natural hair texture from one of last week’s posts.

Everything that I let touch my hair:

Kristen Ess Signature Shampoo and Conditioner

I am usually really fickle about shampoo. I'll try one, it's fine, but not awesome, and then I'll switch. Not the case anymore! I'm on my third bottle of both of these! I feel like this is one shampoo I'll stick with. It's sulfate and silicone free and smells like cucumbers. I've caught Charles stealing this on occasion. It really is that good. It claims to use zip-up technology to seal split ends, which I don't really believe, but it does leave my hair moisturized and residue-free. 

Not Your Mother's Blonde Moment Purple Shampoo

I have a fairly subtle ombre that's around four months old. I was surprised at how brassy it gets. My brown hair also pulls red very easily. Because of that, once a week or so, I shampoo with this. It takes out those red tones and brassiness, and you can totally use it on brown hair! It's not just for blondes.

The Ouai Leave-In Conditioner

Okay, I used the damage repair treat on my ends, I use this on my roots to help add some vertical lift and to define my wave pattern. It makes my hair smell great, and it also provides a little bit of hold.

Garnier Curl Treats Jelly

The texture of this is so weird, but it does wonders at defining smooth, but very touchable curls. I got in PR, but have repurchased it myself because it’s that good and it’s very budget friendly.

Dry Bar Triple Sec Dry Shampoo

Hey. Nobody has time to wash their hair everyday. Maybe if your hair is reallllly short. Not mine. I do not have time for that. I bounced back and forth between this dry shampoo and the Living Proof PHD dry shampoo, but this one is just better. It's dumb expensive but it really makes the biggest difference when it comes to my hair. My hair looks like it's on the first day after washing, even on day four. It also doesn't leave a white cast, or a weird smell.

L'Oreal Elnett Hair Spray

I don't often use hairspray, but I will, on occasion, want a little bit of extra hold. This one has been my most recent favorite because it makes it possible to brush out my curls. Wait, what? You know that breaks like the first commandment of curly hair? I know, but hear me out. The hold is that good. My curls usually don't look super fun the next day unless they're treated with some kind of high-hold product. I spray this all over my curls, go to bed, and then brush them out the next day, and I'm good to go! Hair s touchable, not stiff, but still looks great!

Your turn! What are your favorite hair products for perfect, touchable hair?

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