In my early 20′s and into my late 20′s, I worked for Clarins USA. Clarins is a french cosmetics and skin care company sold through Department Stores and Sephora. It was probably my favorite place to work ever. The group we had was a lot of fun. The woman who I reported into was a blast. She would constantly be telling me to stop working and to come into her office and chat. I still have fond thoughts of her and the women I met there.
Being in the Creative Department we would do things like brainstorm for projects that Marketing or Education would submit to us. And inevitably, if you put us all in a room to ‘brainstorm’, we’d go severely off-track. The “Clarins Movie” was cast and re-cast several times in the name of brainstorming.
And we also had Senior Celebs. You know when you graduate high school and you vote on Best Dressed, Prettiest and Most Popular? We did that. I won Best Hair. It wasn’t the first time I heard that I had great hair. I’ve been complimented on my hair consistently through my life. Personally, I’d rather have straight hair than my wavy mix.
What’s a wavy mix? My hair is very wavy, almost curly underneath and less so on top. If I don’t tame it, it’s wild. And by wild I mean, medusa-like. And I’m so not exaggerating.
Part of the problem, is that I highlight my hair and I love those very natural looking lighter pieces up front. But that means BLEACH which dries the hair out and creates havoc among my strands. So I’ve come up with a formula of products to quench their thirst and tame them into submission.
I use two products when my hair is wet:
Nick Chavez Angel Drops Now if you’re thinking that I picked this up because it says Angel in the name, you’d be correct. I do have quite the obsession with winged things (butterflies, fairies, angels… whatever). When I picked it up at Ulta, I wasn’t aware of Nick Chavez. Nick Chavez is a hair guru to the stars and a former model himself. And with Angel drops, he’s created a pre-styling hair primer. Now that’s what the site says but what it really is, is a serum. Angel drops combines a few different oils with some silicone’s to protect your hair from heat styling and humidity. It doesn’t weight my hair down, it’s light and it makes my hair super soft and manageable. You can buy Angel drops for about $10 at Amazon.com.
Organix Argan Oil Curl Defining Cream I can go on and on about my love of Organix Shampoos, Conditioners and styling stuff. I really have a fixation on the brand and use nothing but their shampoos and conditioners. When they finally came out with this curl defining cream, I was super excited because I was using a way more expensive brand that had a similar product. Basically, it’s a creamy, leave-in conditioner like product that helps your curls and waves stay in tact rather than frizz. Does it mean I won’t have ANY frizz? Nope. But it helps me manage my hair better. For sure. Plus it is super moisturizing and with my highlight obsession, I need as much moisture as possible.
You can buy this product for $7.99 at Walgreens and CVS or for $5.99 at Ulta.
After my hair is adequately subdued with products, I will braid it or put it in a messy bun (mostly because I suck at buns) and sleep on it. Then I wake in the morning and flip my head upside down and use a curl cream for dry hair.
Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue Curl Cream
I found this stuff in Target. I hate hard hair. What’s hard hair? You know… so much gel that your hair crunches when you touch it. I want soft, touchable hair but soft and touchable plus curly and wavy are not good friends. This stuff is amazing. It really works. It smells like Lemon Meringue (YUM!) and keeps my curls and waves together and makes my hair more pliable so I can work with it to put the waves where they belong (around my face not standing straight up). If you go to the site, there are a few different versions with different scents and even different sizes. I got the middle size and it’s lasting me 6 months and still counting. And while the directions say you may use this on wet hair, I haven’t tried that. Only dry.
Do you have a hidden hair gem? A go to product to tame a wild mane or something that makes limp locks voluminous? Share in the comments section and maybe you’ll see it on the blog!