I’ve been in a rut for the past couple years now, especially with my hair. The last time I got a haircut before my recent trip to the salon was probably 3-4 years ago. I was growing out my hair, but I also didn’t know how to style my hair and dealt with lots of hair falling out which was probably due to split ends, lack of nutrients, and dealing with hypothyroidism. I also used to wash my hair every day which I keep hearing is not good for you but since I shower every day it was kind of weird for me not to wash my hair. What does it even mean to not wash your hair? Do you wet it and just not use any shampoo? Do you not wet it at all? These were all confusing questions that I didn’t understand. After getting some clarification from my hair stylist, I invested in a decent shower cap and I’ve developed a habit of washing my hair 2-3 times a week instead of every single day. After following that routine, I noticed my hair isn’t quite as oily as it used to be since I’m no longer stripping it of its natural oils and getting ready in general has become so much easier.
When I finally decided to take the plunge and do something drastic with my hair, I already knew what salon I would go to because I had been keeping tabs on Be Scene Studios which is owned and operated by founder, Linh Phan. The client list of the studio includes many YouTubers, bloggers, and socialmedialites. With Linh Phan’s growing portfolio, you can be confident that he only surrounds himself with the best of the best. I ended up making an appointment with April who happens to be down to earth and a beautiful person. Not only is she a talented hair stylist, she can probably be a model if she isn’t already one. Seriously, she’s gorgeous; go check out her Instagram.
Now that my hair has been lightened and has been dyed pink, it’s a bit much to maintain. The color you see from the after photo, unfortunately, faded after 1-2 washes. I went back to get more pink in and ended up going with a more vibrant and darker pink so that when it starts to fade, it will give me the shade that I initially wanted. April suggested a color depositing shampoo to help maintain the pink and I’m still testing it out. I’ve also made a habit of taking vitamins to help with my hair and nails. My favorite is from Sports Research which is Biotin 5000mcg per veggie softgel.
Here are the current products that I am rotating for my hair care and styling needs. I have had some products for a while now and will use them until they’re finished but have been slowly trying to switch up my products for more environmentally friendly and cruelty-free ones.
Cleansing & Conditioning
1. R+Co Gemstone Color Shampoo & R+Co Gemstone Color Conditioner – The shampoo and conditioner is lightly scented but definitely not overpowering. All their products are salon quality and formulated without parabens, sulfates (SLS or SLES), mineral oil and petrolatum. They are all vegetarian, cruelty-free, gluten-free and color-safe.
2. Davines Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner or Coconut Oil – Once a week I treat my hair to a conditioning mask since dying your hair–especially lightening it–can be damaging.
3. L’Oreal Paris EverStyle Texture Series Energizing Dry Shampoo – In between shampoos when I really need it I will use a dry shampoo. I think I picked this one up because it is a favorite of a YouTuber that I follow. I haven’t had to use it much but when my hair does get greasy it really helps. It’s also formulated with no silicones, no synthetic dyes, and 100% vegan.
Prepping & Styling
4. Oribe Foundation Mist – I was introduced to this line by a hair stylist and have been using this mist as a “primer” to detangle and provide heat protection.
5. R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray – I’m trying to get on the texturizing bandwagon and still testing out products so this one is still new to me. When I need volume I use this in my hair or I will spray it on slightly damp hair to enhance my natural waves.
6. ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray – I mostly use this one for volume and to touch up my hair in between styling on days my hair is just too flat.
7. R+Co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray – So far this hair spray has been nice, it doesn’t leave my hair crunchy and seems to help my hair maintain any curls and waves I add to it.
8. Shower Cap: Drybar ‘Morning After’ Shower Cap – I had already invested in other yellow items from Drybar’s line so why not. The quality seems good; the interior is terry-cloth which keeps out moisture, the exterior has a cotton-lined elastic which is comfortably secure and the vinyl shell protects my hair and keeps it dry.
Hair Clips: Drybar ‘Hold Me’ Hair Clips – These clips hold my hair and don’t slip. I have pretty thick hair and this can handle it so I’m very happy with it. I have a set of 4 which really helps when I section my hair to dry or curl.
Brushes: Drybar Super Lemon Drop Daily Detangler & Drybar ‘Half Pint’ Small Round Ceramic Brush – I use the detangler after my hair has been towel-dried a bit and it helps to detangle and distribute product in my hair before I dry it. I use the round brush to help style my hair as I blow dry it.
Blow Dryer: Drybar ‘Buttercup’ Blow Dryer – When it was time for me to replace my hair dryer, I wasn’t sure which I would get but figured I would just get one that matches my curling iron and brushes. It works and I haven’t had a problem with it.
Curling Iron: Drybar ‘3-Day Bender’ Digital Curling Iron – At first, I really disliked this curling iron and all curling irons in general but this one in particular. Because I have thick hair and just so much of it, it takes a long time to for me to curl and my arms usually get tired. With this curling iron, it has a built-in rotating barrel (don’t worry, it’s manual so you have control over your curls). That definitely took some getting used to but once I finally got the hang of using the rotating barrel, it really made curling my hair so much easier and takes half the time it usually takes me on traditional curling irons. Anything that cuts my time in half is a plus in my book.