When I think back to how I packed my hospital bag for Crosby’s birth 7 months ago, I laugh. I actually planned to shoot a post on what I packed the day she was born (she was a week and a half early). I did so much research, seriously I think I read every Pinterest post on the best things to pack. So when it came time I thought I was set. I had slippers, my own pillows, flip flops for the shower, etc.
I’ve been so lucky and have had a pretty easy pregnancy so far. No first trimester morning sickness or anything other than crazy fatigue and hunger, but it’s still been an adjustment. I was prepared for all the diet modifications and lists of foods and drinks that were off-limits, what I wasn’t prepared for was all the beauty products you can’t use. Obviously anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream, and you don’t want those things to harm baby. Luckily I’ve found (and already had a few) great pregnancy approved products I wanted to share.
In the summer I like to cut back on my beauty routine. Less makeup, less shampoo and heat styling my hair. Which means I look for low maintenance products that still do some heavy lifting. Most days I apply tinted moisturizer, mascara, lipgloss and put a little dry shampoo in my air-dried hair and I’m out the door. Here are my current favorite products helping me get through the summer heat.
Happy Wednesday – thanks for reading!
I wanted to call this post “How To Wash Your Hair As Little As Possible.”
I try to only wash my hair a few times a week. I have a lot of stick straight hair that’s thick in the back and fine in the front and over the years I’ve learned less is more when it comes to shampoo. However, I’m no stranger to dry shampoo. I’ve used so many through the years and have mastered a few tips and tricks along the way. For instance, if you spray some on your scalp where you’re prone to oil when it’s freshly washed, it will actually help keep the grease away.
Recently I had the opportunity to try two new (to me) dry shampoos I wanted to share with you in case you’re int he market for a new one.
I’d never tried a clear dry shampoo and was surprised by how much I liked it. I have light hair and can get away with blending in a more powdery dry shampoo, but I didn’t need to with this one. This one was a little sticky at first but dried and kept my hair oil free.
Loved! This one might be my new favorite. It brought my hair back to life during a really busy week when I was trying to maximize some curling iron waves. This one was a little more powdery but was easy to blend.
The perfect companion to dry shampoo is a good hair brush. My hair gets super tangly when it’s wet and at the nape of my neck towards the end of the day. I love the Wet Brush because I’m able to work through the tangles without any breakage.
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Managing my hair has been a learning process over several years. I have a lot of fine stick-straight hair that gets extremely tangled when it’s wet. It’s a true test of patience and I always feel bad for my hairstylist after a shampoo. This brush has been my savor since my bestie Shelby introduced me to it. Once it dries it’s more manageable but can still be a little tangled and fall flat if I just let it go.
I feel like I enlist a small army to get it just the way I like. Let’s start from the top…
- I was recently introduced to this shampoo after receiving it in a gift bag and it’s a miracle worker. It’s more than I normally spend for shampoo but I plan on buying the full size bottle.
- A good conditioner is key for someone who has such tangled hair, this one has been on heavy rotation for years and I love how nourished and silky it makes my hair feel.
- Once I’m out of the shower a detangler is essential in order to even get the wet brush through my locks. Once again It’s a 10 products come to my rescue. I’m currently using the blonde miracle leave-in, but I’ve tried them all. I love this one that has Keratin for extra hair health.
- Because my hair is straight, I like to let it air dry if I have the time. I try to do as little heat styling as possible in order to keep it healthy.
- Once it’s dry I like to add waves, but first I use this to prep and protect. This curling iron is everything. I don’t know what I did before I had it. I wrap my hair around the rod without using the clamp and don’t section it off for a more tousled beachy waves look. I finish with this and sometimes I spray in a little hair spray.
- I try to only wash my hair a few times a week so in between I am dependent on dry shampoo. This one is my favorite at the moment.
- Once I week I like to deep condition my hair… before I was it I apply this to the ends. I leave it on for a few hours and then shower and wash my hair normally.
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Every once in a while I find myself discovering new beauty products that become must haves in my medicine cabinet. In the last few months I’ve had a few new finds that are too good not to share.
KMS California Hair Play Makeover Spray – It’s no secret I hate washing my hair and I try to only do it a few times a week. So when one of my bff’s gave me this for Christmas this year I was immediately obsessed. I’ve been using different dry shampoos for years but this one is a little different. It comes out a bit chalkier but blends much better. I spray it on my hair before it starts to get oily as a precaution to absorb the oils.
Dior Capture Totale One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum – A makeup artist gave this to me to try a few weeks back and it may have changed my life. I’ve never really used serums… which is really a crime since I’m approaching 30. I apply this one after I wash and moisturize my face and neck. Like I said, I’ve only used it a few weeks but I can already tell a difference in my skin. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth it.
Thicker Fuller Hair – Not only do I hate washing my hair, I also hate styling it. I tell myself it’s because I care about my hair health and don’t want to over expose it to heat, which I do, but I also hate how much time it takes to dry and style. So here’s my solution, after I wash my hair I use my fav “It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In” to comb through my crazy tangled mane, then finish with a couple of drops of this hair serum. My hair is stick straight but this gives it a little boost so it doesn’t feel flat.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner – After I wash my face, I dab this on it with a cotton ball. It’s crazy what cleansers and even my trusty Clarisonic can leave behind. This leaves y skin feeling it’s cleanest and prepped for moisturizer.
What are you current favs? Let me know, I always love trying new products!
I'm Ashley, a professional stylist, wife, and new mom, sharing my love of fashion, beauty, home decor, travel, and life in sunny Southern California!