Haircare Favorites: Products & Styling Tools for the Perfect ‘Do

I’m pretty low maintenance with my hair. Having fine, straight hair, this can be a little bit problematic if I want to be low maintenance but not look like a my hair is greased down to the sides of my face. I’ve figured out that my haircut makes a major difference in my ability to do less with my mop — I like to keep it shorter and add volume and texture with layering. To be honest, many days it’s just wash-and-go, but for when I’m feeling extra motivated, I have a roster of tried and true products and tools for achieving an easy ‘do. 

Kristin Ess Air Dry Beachy Waves Spray

This is a game changer for fine, non-textured hair. It adds the perfect amount of movement to your hair for a more lived-in look, but it’s SO easy to use. You just spray it into damp hair and scrunch your hair for a wavy look. I’ve experimented a little with using this spray on hair that’s more wet than damp and have found that the more moisture in your hair, the less defined wave your hair will hold. You can play with this strategically if you want a softer look or a more wavy look, but it will always turn out perfectly undone. Oh, and it’s never crunchy.

Air dried waves using the Kristen Ess Beachy Waves Spray
A softer look using the Kristen Ess Beachy Waves Spray less liberally

Kristen Ess The One Shampoo & Conditioner

Your shampoo and conditioner are the base for everything. Knowing that, it’s important to make sure you’re using a product that does what your hair needs it to. For fine, flat hair, you want something clarifying but also conditioning. I really like this pair from Kristen Ess because it’s really gentle but also effective. Too many clarifying shampoos will dry your hair out and ultimately damage it. This softens my hair without weighing it down, making the perfect canvas for a voluminous and textured look. It also doesn’t hurt that the Kristen Ess line is available at Target and is pretty affordable, considering KE is the goddess responsible for Lauren Conrad’s hair.

L’Oreal Air Dry It Ruffled Body Mousse

For a little less hold, I like using this air dry mousse. It adds a little bounce to my hair without giving it that matte-texturized look that the Kristen Ess spray does. While the product description says it’s specifically for air-drying, I also like to use this in my hair before I blow dry it. It gives a nice hold without getting crunchy, and it makes my hair a little bit shiny.

L’Oreal Air Dry It Ruffled Body Mousse applied to damp hair before using a blowdryer with a diffuser

Verb Sea Spray

I like to use this when my hair is already dry and I want to add some texture to it. The product itself is very light and airy, so it doesn’t build up strangely. Just a light mist of this and a little ruffle will leave your hair beautifully tousled. This also works beautifully in damp hair, but I personally think the Kristen Ess spray works better to add oomph to my flat hair. I don’t use this often, but it’s nice to have.

ghd Platinum Styler

A while back, I received this for free through an Influenster campaign. Prior to using this, I was one of those die-hard CHI fans. After testing out the ghd styler I realized how damaging the CHI flat iron was; the ghd styler didn’t burn my hair, but it was still effective enough to hold a really nice wave or curl in my hair. I also found the ghd styler to be more smoothing. For those with thicker hair, the CHI flat iron probably works wonders. If you’re like me, however, it may be too damaging. I like to use the ghd styler to create easy waves in my hair and to smooth out the ends of my hair that flip out in strange directions. I don’t think I’ve used a curling iron in YEARS.

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Easy waves using the ghd Platinum Styler
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Sleek & smooth with the ghd Platinum Styler

As for blowdryers, I have no recommendations because I find that all of my cheap drugstore dryers have worked just fine. I’m always tempted to buy a nice one to see what the hype is all about, but I rarely use a blowdryer for styling so it just doesn’t seem prudent.

Have you tried any of these products? Or do you have any suggestions for products or tools that work better? Let me know — I’m always trying out new products. If you’re looking for some hair inspiration, read my blog post on what’s inspired me for this year.

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