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In Beauty on
October 30, 2017

My New Favorite Dry Texturizing Spray

Best Dry Texturizing Spray for Fine Hair

I’m always on the hunt for products to add volume and texture to my fine hair. I’ve tried plenty of volumizing shampoo and conditioners, mousses, hairsprays, you name it! However, the product that really changed the game for me was dry texturizing spray.

I discovered dry texturizing spray for the first time a few years ago and fell in love! It’s super simple to use and is great for adding volume, texture, and hold to your style. Just like with anything, though, there are a ton of different brands and variations of dry texturizing spray out there. I’ve definitely tried some that I love and some that I don’t love so much.

I think a big factor to consider when looking for a texturizing spray is your specific hair type. For me, I need something that doesn’t weigh my hair down and at the same time adds body, and I recently found a product that does just that!

Kristen Ess Dry Texturizing Spray

I am the biggest fan of Kristen Ess. She’s a hairstylist who has done hair for celebs like Lauren Conrad, Lucy Hale, and Ashley Tisdale, and this year she launched her own line of hair products at Target! I love her style and all of the tips she shares.

Ever since her product line launched, I’ve been itching to give it a try. So, one day when I was walking through Target (supposed to be getting things other than beauty products haha), I spotted her collection! I was immediately drawn to the Dry Finish Working Texture Spray so I decided to give it a go.

My Thoughts

I can honestly say I love this product! Aside from the cute packaging of her products, they smell amazing and really work. Unlike most sprays I’ve tried, this one holds all day and has immediate results which I love. Plus, it smells amazing! My only word of caution would be that if you don’t like hair products with strong scents, this one might not be for you. Definitely smell it in the store before purchasing to make sure you like it!

How I Use It

I’ve tried using this product a few different ways. I find that they all pretty much have the same effect, but you can play with different methods depending on your hair type and the look/intensity you’re going for. Here are a few tricks you can try at home:

  1. Lightly spray the product all over your head after you’ve styled it. Just be careful right around the roots because you don’t want it to get too stiff!
  2. Lightly spray the product over your hear before styling. This will give your hair extra hold before going in with a curling wand.
  3. Flip your head over and spray the product on. This is for days you want extra volume!
  4. Lift up sections of hair around your crown and spray underneath for a boost.

The great thing about this product is that it’s flexible. Once you spray it on, you can play with your hair and style it just how you want (no helmet head here!).

Have you guys tried dry texturizing spray? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Love Lauren Michelle

In Beauty on
September 5, 2017

How to Wash Your Hair Less Often

How to Combat Greasy Hair - Love, Lauren Michelle

I’ve always been someone who washes my hair pretty much every day. I have fine hair, so it gets oily fast. My hair is also long so when it gets oily, it gets weighed down and flat…not a cute look!

However, I’ve had multiple hair stylists tell me that I need to not be washing my hair every day, and I’ve also read tons and tons of articles that warn you against doing so. So, I finally decided to try and cut back!

I have to say that at first, it wasn’t easy. Since my hair is used to being washed every day, it was rough in the beginning (haha). However, I’ve stuck it out for a few months now and have definitely noticed a difference in the health of my hair!

The Benefits of Skipping Washes

There’s a reason hair stylists and beauty magazines will tell you to not wash your hair every day–the benefits are amazing! Here are just a few:

  • Your hair will grow faster, have less breakage, and be shinier.
  • You’ll avoid the harsh chemicals that are in many hair products.
  • You’ll save time, money you spend on hair product, and the energy you spend styling and blow drying.
  • You’ll preserve your hair color (if your hair is color-treated).

By cutting back the amount of times I wash my hair per week, I can honestly say I’ve noticed all of these benefits. My hair feels healthier overall and has definitely stopped producing as much oil, which is what kept me back from skipping washes before.

Now, I have to say the change I made was subtle–I’m still washing my hair every other day! Many people say to only wash your hair 3x a week but I’m not at that level yet, haha. I like to work out during the week and I always wash my hair afterwards. I just feel better when I do! I think it’s all about knowing your hair type and finding what works best for you. Right now I’m happy with washing it every other day because I notice it has made a huge difference from what I was doing before!

How to Wash Your Hair Less - Love, Lauren Michelle

How to Wash Your Hair Less Often

Here are some tips I’ve learned to help combat oiliness and prolong the time between washes!

Cut Back on The Product

Out of all of these tips, I would say this is one of the most important! I wouldn’t say I used that much product in my hair before, but I would always use a volumizing mousse or spray in my roots. However, I think this is what would make my hair so oily the next day! As soon as I cut back on applying product to my roots specifically, I noticed a huge difference in my hair on day 2.

Now, if you have a special occasion and want to use a volumizing mousse or something like that, go for it. Just keep in mind that if your hair feels weighed down and like you have build up the next day, it could be why! Everyone’s hair type is different, and I just noticed that my fine hair does a lot better when I avoid applying any kind of product at the top of my hair or my roots. I also have to be careful of hair oil or any kind of heavy product in general. I apply these types of products to the ends of my hair only!

Use the Right Product for Your Hair Type

Going off of the previous point, it’s important that the products you do use are actually right for your hair type. For me personally, I always stick to lightweight products that are moisturizing without adding too much buildup.

For my shampoo and conditioner, I love Redken’s Beach Envy Volume Texturizing Shampoo & Conditioner. I feel like it gives my hair the moisture it needs while also being volumizing! About once a week or so I also use Joico’s Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm as a deep conditioner. It’s amazing!

Some leave-in hair products I really like are TIGI Bed Head Ego Boost Split End Mender Leave-in Conditioner, VERB Ghost Oil, and one of my all-time favorites: Marc Anthony’s 3-Day Smooth Blow Dry Cream. I don’t use all of these products together–I’ll maybe use Bed Head’s Split End Mender to detangle my hair and then a tiny drop of hair oil to add an extra boost of moisture, for example.

Depending on your hair type, you might find you need to be using products that are more or less moisturizing. Just remember that it’s all about finding products that are best for you!

Find A Good Dry Shampoo

If you’re trying to cut back on washing your hair, dry shampoo can be your best friend! It will absorb any excess oil, boost volume, and refresh your hairstyle.

There are a ton of dry shampoos out there, and you can find really great ones that are also affordable! One of my favorite brands for dry shampoo is Batiste. Their formula is great and they have a ton of fun scents, too.

Another dry shampoo that was recently introduced to me is Bumble and Bumble Pret-A-Powder (I received it in an Influenster box). I love this one! It’s a bit on the pricier side, but I really do like it. You only need to use a tiny bit, so I think it’s going to last me awhile! The scent is great and I like spraying at my roots and even throughout my hair for extra volume (it smells amazing, too). I highly recommend!

Use Dry Shampoo at Night

This tip was another game-changer for me. Dry shampoo works the best when you let it sit for awhile (it absorbs more oil this way). So, I use it at night right before bed! I find doing this keeps my hair from getting greasy overnight, and it feels so much more fresh when I wake up in the morning!

Sleep with Your Hair Up

I read this tip on a beauty blog recently and decided to try it out! Sleeping with your hair up and away from your face prevents your hair from getting messed up during the night. It can also keep your hair from getting tangled and frizzy because your hair won’t be rubbing against your pillowcase as much! Plus, I’ve found that it cuts back on greasiness because I’m less likely to touch my hair (which causes oil).

If you don’t want to put your hair in a ponytail or bun because you don’t want it to crease, try french braiding it! This will add some texture and waves to your hair, too. 🙂

Find Your Favorite Up-dos

Last but not least, experiment with different hairstyles you can try on unwashed hair! I usually wear my hair down every day but I’m going to try out some new styles for wearing my hair up. Maybe I’ll do a post soon on second-day hairstyles!

How often do you guys wash your hair? Do you have any other tips for keeping your hair fresh between washes? Let me know in the comments!

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Love Lauren Michelle

In Beauty on
June 18, 2017

Everyday Loose Waves

Everyday Loose Waves

When it comes to hair, I like to keep it simple. If you know what products and styling methods work best for your hair, it makes getting ready in the mornings a whole lot easier! While I do like to experiment every now and then, for the most part, I stick to the same hairstyle from day to day.

I’m all about the loose, lightly tousled wave look. So today, I’ll be showing you how I achieve this look on my own!

The best part? This style only takes me around 10 minutes to achieve in the morning…10 minutes!! I’ve done this routine so many times, I feel like I have it down to a science. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need

Everyday Loose Waves

Step 1

To achieve this look, I start by prepping the night before. I’m someone who always showers at night, but if you shower in the morning, no worries. You’ll just start this routine and skip the overnight part. 😉

After I get out of the shower, I add a few products to my hair. Remember that less is more here, though, as adding too much product can weigh your hair down and ruin the effect we’re going for–loose, bouncy waves!

The main 2 products I stick to are a leave-in conditioner (I LOVE It’s a 10) and some kind of hair oil (Moroccan Oil is my favorite). I spritz some leave-in conditioner and run it through the bottom half of my hair, and then I’ll repeat this with a teeny tiny bit of hair oil, just enough to smooth down the ends!

Step 2

Once I’ve added product to my hair, I brush it out with my Wet brush. I highly recommend these brushes because they won’t snag your hair, which is very fragile when wet! Once I’ve done this, I try to let my hair air dry for as long as possible. When it’s mostly dry, I’ll blow dry it for just a few minutes to add volume and shine. Sometimes, I’ll use my brush to run through my hair as I blow dry to smooth it out.

Step 3

After I’ve blow dried and made sure my hair is parted where I want (I like to part pretty close to the middle, but this look works with any part), I go to bed for the night! One of my favorite tips is to sleep on a silk pillowcase, as this keeps your hair nice and smooth and helps to avoid frizz!

Step 4

When I wake up the next morning, my hair is all ready to be curled! I brush through it one more time and start curling with my 1.5 inch curling wand from Hot Tools. This is my all-time favorite hair tool, and I find that the barrel size works perfectly for this look. If you want tighter curls, use a smaller barrel, and if you want bigger, looser curls, use a larger barrel.

I start by grabbing about 1-inch sections of hair (the bigger the section, the looser the curl) and curling them away from my face. I find that this is the most flattering! You can definitely alternate the way you curl for a different look, but I usually stick to curling my hair away from my face.

Now, the number one tip I have here is to leave out the ends!! This is what’s going to give you a more casual, beachy wave vs. beauty pageant curls. I like to leave an inch or two of my ends out and away from the curling iron.

Everyday Loose Waves

Step 5

Once you’ve curled all of your hair, let it cool. Once my hair has cooled, I like to add a light spritz of hairspray (my favorite is this one from CHI) all over to keep the curls from falling too much throughout the day. I then use my fingers to comb through my hair and break up the curls. Again, this is what’s going to give you that beachy, laid-back look. Once I’ve done this, it’s time for my favorite part…dry texture spray!

Everyday Loose Waves

My hair is pretty fine, so I find dry texture spray to be a life-saver. This product will add body and volume to your hair and some extra texture to break up your curls even more! I spray a generous amount of this all over my hair once my hair spray has dried. If I need a pick-me-up later in the day, I’ll repeat this step to freshen up my hair and add more volume!

And just like that, you’re done! You’ll be left with beachy waves that are perfect for summertime. Have fun rockin’ this simple, easy to achieve look!

Everyday Loose Waves

What’s your go-to hairstyle? Let me know in the comments!

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