My top frequently asked question is about my hair. What products do I use? How I style it? How I make it between washes? Anything hair related! I do have a full video tutorial for my everyday curls on my IGTV (check it out here). However, over the years I have accumulated my favorite or holy grail hair products. These are hair products I swear by and could not live without. Some I have used for a long time and some are relatively new but have quickly become a favorite.
I would like to point out I have pretty wavy hair and a lot of it. My hair is color-treated with a few minimal highlights. These products work for me and I swear by them, but they might not work for everyone. My sister and I were blessed with my dad’s hair but my mom has extremely thin hair so I know hair is so personal and you have to find what works for you. Hopefully, some of these do work for you if you decide to try them but I just wanted to make you aware.
Holy Grail Hair Products
I know I know, Suave 2-in-1?! I swear it’s my number one holy grail hair item. I’ve tried a lot of shampoos and conditioners and this one is my favorite. I’ve tried other drugstore products and even high-end products and this one leaves my hair feeling just the way I like it. Last time, I went to my hairstylist, I asked how my hair condition looked and she said my hair was super healthy then I told her what I used and she said if it works for you then it works!
I take showers at night because I am not a morning person at all. So I wash my once every 2-3 days and since I wash it at night I go to bed with it wet and I actually don’t brush it until the morning. I know that sounds crazy but I actually feel like when I brush or comb my hair wet it causes so much breakage. It’s so much easier for me to wait until the morning to brush it. I also have a lot of hair and it’s pretty thick so I hit with the blow dryer in the morning since it’s typically still damp. This also brings it to life a little bit more.
DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo
I seriously swear by the DryBar Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo is the reason I was able to train my hair to go longer than a day. My whole life I was a wash my hair everyday type of girl, up until about 2-3 years ago when the dry shampoo trend was at its peak. I had tried some drugstore brands but didn’t get the hype. Having a lot of hair I was tired of styling it every. single. day. I started with a small tester size and was immediately hooked. I’ve been using this dry shampoo religiously for the past 2-3 years. I’ve strayed to try new things but this is my holy grail dry shampoo.
Dove Dry Shampoo
I just shared my love for the DryBar dry shampoo, but one caveat is it’s $28 a bottle. As much it’s worth every penny of $28, sometimes quite frankly I just don’t have the budget for $28 a bottle of dry shampoo. Around Christmas time I got a sample pack of a bunch of dry shampoos, I tried all of them and quickly eliminated almost all of them except the Dove Dry Shampoo. To my surprise, I actually like this one! I have since then bought a full-size version of this and will use it intermittently with my DryBar one to make that one last longer. I think the Dove Dry Shampoo is perfect for day 2-3 hair but anything longer you’ll need to call in the big guns with DryBar.
Pantene Dry Conditioner
I also received the Pantene Dry Conditioner in my sampler set and fell in love. At first, I was like, what the heck is a dry conditioner? Do I even need that? Then I started using it and was hooked. Aside from it smelling absolutely delicious it really helps bring shine and life back to my hair after a few days of not washing it. I only use it on the ends and spray and then rub it in similar to how you would use a texture spray. I find that it not only adds shine but also makes the ends look smooth and nice again. I also have purchased a full size of this one since running through the trial size.
RandCo TROPHY Shine + Texture Spray
The RandCo TROPHY Shine + Texture Spray is new to me, but I find that when I curl my hair I love to have a texture spray. I always brush out my curls to avoid that Shirley Temple look but sometimes they like to stick together, so this helps them have texture and shine and that natural curled look without being too uniform.
RandCo FOIL Frizz + Static Control Spray
The RandCo FOIL Frizz + Static Control Spray is also relatively new to me, but I already can’t live without it especially this time of year. My hair is at an all-time static high. With coats, sweaters, hats, and scarves my hair is full of static electricity. This keeps static at bay and also helps with frizz which is something I am also constantly trying to combat. Although pricey, this product is worth it for the winter.
L’Oreal Elnett Hair Spray
Growing up in the dance world I have tried just about every single hair spray out there. Although there are some more heavy-duty ones than this one, the L’Oreal Elnett Hair Spray is perfect for everyday use. It’s a stronghold but still flexible and lightweight. I like to hit my hair with this on day one of styling to keep everything in place and really lock it before my next wash. I love aerosol hairsprays because they are easier to use and control and this one has the most seamless spray.
Hot Tools Curling Iron
I have shared my Hot Tools curling iron before but this is something I can’t live without. So much so that when I went to Chicago I forgot mine and immediately bought a new one. I know some of my blogger friends swear by wands or the T3 curling iron, but I haven’t been able to get on board. This one is affordable and available at a lot of retailers. I use the 1” curling iron and my curls last for days and it’s easy to use with an easy heat setting. I have been using this style curling iron for at least 6 years now.
DryBar Flat Iron
I don’t wear my hair straight too often, mainly because it gives me major high school flashbacks, but occasionally it’s just easier to run the flat iron through it in the morning and go. I was on the hunt for a good flat iron without breaking the bank and quite frankly I just couldn’t find one. One year for Christmas, Jared got me the DryBar Flat Iron because he knows how obsessed with DryBar I am and I haven’t looked back. I love love love the heat settings and the digital dial, but I also love how easy it makes straightening my hair. Combined with the dry shampoos and dry conditioner I can go at least three days with my straight hair and just hit with touch up each morning.
I love the DryBar clips for sectioning off my hair. As mentioned, I have thick hair so these really hold all of my hair when I am styling it and make it easy.
I have seen hair tie trends come and go but let me tell you, Teleties are the best of the best. I have both the thin ones and the thick ones. I typically use the thin ones for tight high ponies for everyday use or for working out. I use the thick ones for low buns which is my preferred hairstyle while I am lounging at home. I also use the thick ones for a loose high pony at night to sleep in. To help my hair stay intact between washes, I sleep in a loose high pony which helps my curls stay a little more together and helps minimize cowlicks. These don’t leave crease for me with which is a major win (I do think creases with hair bands are also determined by your hair type, so I can’t say this would be the same for everyone).
DryBar Shower Cap
I have been using my DryBar shower cap for two years. I received it as a birthday gift, because it was something I wanted to try but didn’t want to spend the money on. Since using it, I swear it’s the key to making my hair last between washes. It is such great quality and long-lasting, especially for girls with lots of hair! The terry cloth lining keeps moisture out and is comfortable to wear and the outer lining is thick and protective.
I don’t brush my hair actually that often, I know again, I’m out of the ordinary. The main time I brush my hair is on the initial styling day, but that’s where the Wet Brush is key. I find that it’s gentle on my hair. It’s not like any other brush I’ve used before.
I don’t use all of these products every single day, but I definitely rotate all of this weekly depending on what stage of the hair washing process I’m on. I am constantly trying new hair products, but these are the ones I keep reaching for and keep repurchasing.