I’m a sucker for a good Outfits of the Week post. Getting a glimpse at what someone wears Monday-Friday not only gives an insight into their style but also their career and how their daily life might differ from my own. I’m so into fashion and make-up that my hair game has taken an unfortunate turn for the worst in the last few years. I tell myself I don’t have the time or the products or the skill to give my hair the attention it needs and deserves.
One of our favorite fashion bloggers, Jess Keys of The Golden Girl, knows that you don’t have to be a pro to have amazing hair (and that she does!). Jess took us through a week in her life, all through the eyes of her favorite hairstyles and discusses her favorite products, why you need a good dry shampoo in your life ASAP, and her go-to workout styles.
I try to go three days in between washes, but I’ve been trying to stretch it to four – really depends on what I have going on that week and how presentable I need to look on a given day. I try to let it air-dry as much as I can and only use hot tools when I’m planning to do a photoshoot or if I’m going out somewhere special (like date night on Saturday, for example!) Otherwise, it’s au natural!
Yes! I have loved sharing my experience on Instagram stories because I learn SO MUCH from my readers. It’s one of my favorite parts of blogging, being part of such an active community and sharing so many great tips with one another!
Anyway, here are some of the best tips I’ve learned from trial and error and through my Instagram fam’s collective savviness on the subject:
Blow-dry just the roots
When you wash your hair, let your hair air dry as much as possible, but, if you hit the roots (just the roots, because, you know, hair dryer = damage so you want to minimize as much as possible – I generally avoid blow dryers as much as possible, but this part I’ve bent the rules for) with the blow-drier for a hot second and get your roots dry (we’re talking, like, just the top half-inch to inch of your hair) then it REALLY helps to combat grease. This really makes an incredible difference in setting your hair up to be less greasy.
Use a shower cap
I don’t know why I just dismissed the idea of using a shower cap for the first 29-odd years of life – maybe because my mom had this grandma yellow one that she used to use all the time that scarred me – but the idea occurred to me to give it another go. It really helps combat frizz, because even if my hair doesn’t get wet in the shower, it does get crazy from the steam. I also like that it’s actually cute and definitely not your mom’s 80’s-tastic shower cap!
Dry shampoo before bed
Of course, you use it after to help soak up existing grease, but where dry shampoo truly shines is in its preventative effects – it’s great to spray on before you go to bed! You’ll wake up with more voluminous bedhead and it’s amazing.
I spray dry shampoo on my roots and hairline before I work out – this really helps to keep it looking fresh throughout my workout! Hair bands work great, too! Make sure to take your hair down right after your workout – spray a little more dry shampoo, and then hit it with a blow dryer at the roots again if you need to.
My trick is to spray your hair before you curl it, brush it out (note, I only brush my hair with a brush if I’m going to curl it – not if I’m going to air-dry it!) and then curl about 1.5” sections away from your face. Hold it for a few seconds, then catch the curl and pin it with some alligator clips. Let the curl cool, then remove. Tousle with fingers and then finish with a texture spray!
If my hair is dry, a quick spritz with more texture spray usually does the trick! If it’s wet, I’ll put some moisturizing cream, oil, or leave-in conditioner, followed by some sea salt spray (this is my favorite), and put it in a side-bride and then take the braid out when it’s about 85% of the way dry so it ends up being soft and wavy.
I’m a big proponent of the air-dried beach waves look, which I have about 80% of the time. (I have a full tutorial on how I do this on my blog!) It’s non-damaging, and I’m a big fan of the “perfectly undone” look. (My husband, Neal, lovingly refers to me as “his beautiful mess” because I am the definition of controlled chaos – he loves my air-dried hair because it suits my personality).
A high-pony or topknot are also go-to’s – all you need is about two minutes and some good bobby pins! (These are a game-changer – I can use like three and they’ll secure my whole top-knot.)
Ah, yes. Chicago weather! When it’s hot, sticky, and windy, I usually go for a topknot or a low chignon, so there’s nothing to blow away in the wind! If you have flyaways, go with a chignon with a side part (so those pesky flyaways around the frame of your face are covered by your longer strands of hair!)