All about my hair

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I wish I had that much volume in my hair! This post is going to be all about my locks. How I get it cut, where I go, the color I just got done, where I find inspiration, products I use to style, protect and treat and my daily hair routine. This post ended up being a little longer than anticipated but I like to provide links and detailed descriptions. You may want some wine for this one.

I typically find my inspiration on Pinterest. I have a pin board dedicated to my next #hairgoals that I post to constantly. You can find me on Pinterest here. I get my hair colored or touched up every 10 weeks with a trim or cut every 20 weeks. I’ve been on this schedule for years now and it’s just part of my hair care routine. Plus, I love my stylist.

7e823a31ef6c8bf4b6b2c0b052101fa773aac0d6db63fd2f1b9e0bcaac735c4cThis years most recent obsession is the rose gold trend. I have always loved rose gold. I just got my wedding bands re-done in rose gold. I own so many nail polishes that are all different shades of rose gold. Why not my hair? So, that’s what I did. These photos are the inspiration that I brought in. I went in knowing that my hair will not turn out this pink and I wasn’t going for the super bold pink look anyhow. I wanted a subtle pink with a nice gradient. I do not typically put fashion colors in my hair but for this one I made an exception. I have talked about transitioning into a red head for years and this is a step in the right direction for me.

I have been all over to get my hair done and cut. For awhile I went to ANiU Salon and Spa in Middleton but once we built our house in the country, we were just too far away. After ANiU I went to Shear Excellent by Kassie llc in Verona, but that got to be a little too far as well. I searched closer and tried out Temptd Salon where my good friend worked. She recently went out on her own and I’ve been going to her ever since! Hair By Jenna in Monona. HairByJennaW is her page on Facebook. A close friend, a great stylist and she is quite the perfectionist. She will not let me leave until we got the formula right. If you’re in the Monona area, look her up! She’s right on Monona Drive.

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This is how my hair turned out. Can we talk about how beautiful and refreshing my hair looks! My stylist put two different shades of red, one dark and one light, a bit of lavender and some strawberry blonde highlights too. She made my roots a natural brown for a smooth transition. No cut needed this trip.

I cut 9+ inches off my hair after my wedding and have been at or around shoulder length for almost two years now. I have a layered lob with some face framing. I find that this length gives me so much more volume, which I’m always after and I can get ready a lot faster in the mornings.

Every morning I brush out my hair with a wide tooth comb. Snarls and tangles drive me crazy. For starters, I do not wash my hair every day. I shower every day but I can go at least 3 days without washing my hair. This is so much better for your hair. If you have oily hair not washing it every day will actually help. With constant shampooing you are stripping all the natural oils that are in your hair, so in turn, your hair is working overtime to produce more oils because you keep washing them out. A list of products I use is listed below.

  • Dry Shampoo and I are besties. Always have been, always will be. I really like Not Your Mothers Clean Freak for a light refresh. If I want some volume along with it, I go for Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo. Holy volume with this guy. Use with caution. With any dry shampoo you need to work it into your roots for absorption. You will read reviews left and right saying ‘This product is crap, leaves white residue.’ No, you just need to read the back and use it correctly.
  • Hair spray and I are friends. For a flexible hold I like  Garnier Fructis Style Flexible Control Hairspray. It’s cheap, it smells amazing and it gives the right amount of hold so my hair can still bounce around. For a strong hold I use Kenra Professional Volume Spray 25. Holy hold. My hair does not move an inch with this stuff.
  • Texture spray and I are acquaintances. I don’t use texture spray every day, only when I curl my hair after I just wash it. After day one, I tend to have enough lift in my hair to get my desired volume. I use Umberto Dry Texture Spray. I don’t know what turned me onto this but I’ve stuck with it for years. It doesn’t really smell like anything to me but it adds nice texture to my roots.
  • Shine spray and I are… well, we say ‘Hi’ in passing just to be nice. I don’t use shine spray very often either but when I do, I grab Umberto Shimmer Shine Spray. It does not add a lot of shine, which I like but adds just enough to make my hair look freshly washed.

Read below for products I use when I wash my hair.

  • I recently got a VoxBox from Influenster for the Living Proof Restore line. (To sign up for Influenster, clicScreen Shot 2017-02-19 at 10.47.58 AM.pngk my link here) It could not have come at a more perfect time! I love trying new things so Influenster is perfect for me. It allows me to try and review products for free. I typically switch up my shampoo and conditioner once I’m done with a bottle. Currently I have been using the Living Proof Restore Line. Smells amazing and the perfecting spray works wonders on my tangles.
  • I use a hair mask about twice a month. I use the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Mask. It’s great for over-processed color treated hair. It even helps to protect against future damage from dyeing. This hair mask gives so much moisture back to my hair.
  • After I get out of the shower I ALWAYS and I repeat ALWAYS use a heat protector on my hair before I go anywhere near my hair dryer. I use Kenra Professional Platinum Hot Spray. This stuff is amazing. Smells great and protects my hair from harmful hot tools without the frizz. It’s a little more expensive but so worth it. I haven’t found anything else that comes close to the amount of protection I get from this stuff.
  • I use a root booster to give more volume to my hair. I use Not Your Mothers Plump For Joy. This is a thickening root lifter. Put a couple pumps in your hand and work it into your hair focusing at the roots. Use on damp hair.
  • If I have extra dry ends I use a hair oil. I have a few different kinds but one that I really like is the OGX Moroccan Argan Oil. It helps mend split ends and adds a protector against UV rays. You can put this all over your hair but I focus it on the ends. Added bonus… it smells so good.

This all may seem like a lot and reading back, it kind of is, but this has all become such a routine for me that it doesn’t seem like much at all. There are a million products out there. You just have to keep trying different until you find the ones that work for you. Remember, more expensive does not always mean better. Do your research and focus on your hair needs. I get most of my hair care products at Target.

What products I use to style my hair.

  • Hair dryer – Conner Infinity Pro AC Motor Dryer. Dries my hair so fast so there is less heat exposure.
  • Hair brushes – Goody Volumizing Round Brush. I like the boar bristles because it helps distributes your hair’s natural oils which helps to add natural shine. I use this brush when I’m drying my hair. Any old wide tooth comb is a must have as well as a teasing comb.
  • Curling wands – I like to purchase sets when it comes to curling wands. You get more for your money and all you have to change is the barrel. No additional cords. I have the Eva – NYC 4 in 1 curling wand.
  • Straighteners – I have two. One larger on from Revlon and a thinner one from CHI.
  • Curling irons – I use this less often than my curling wands but it’s still nice to have one. I have an inexpensive one from Conair. The 1″ curling wands and irons work the best with my length hair.
  • Hair clips – You can get any ones but I like these best. Goody brand. I also use these. They work best to hold up my layers when I’m curling my hair.

What do you use? What should I try out?

Thanks for reading. Until next time, Ashley.

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