Monday, June 25, 2018

Adrien: My Hair Care Routine.

By request! I haven't blathered on about my hair for a while so maybe now is the time.

My hair is both easy and a huge pain in the ass. It's very straight and nearly impossible to grow out so I keep things short, which suits me fine. However, short hair is not really easy. I can't just throw it up in a ponytail and it absolutely does NOT look better if I don't wash it for a few days. I can never, ever just get up and go because my bedhead is... astounding. So, here are the products and techniques I use to keep my bob looking sharp:

First, I should mention that I get regular cuts/trims and I also get my hair professionally colored. I love my hair stylist and this is really my main beauty luxury - I rarely get facials or other spa treatments and never get manicures, so this is kind of my one big thing on which I spend many dollars. I really like having a nice hair cut!


I am on a Davines binge right now because they make SUCH nice products. They smell good, the packaging is cute and, most importantly, they work.

I love the Minu Shampoo and conditioner for colored hair - a little goes a long way and it doesn't strip my color. I've also tried the OI shampoo and conditioner and they're lovely as well.

Before styling I spritz OI All In One Milk all over. It softens, detangles, and protects from frizz but mostly I love how it smells and it also gives my hair a bit of heft and shine. Apparently the OI Oil is also magical but I cannot put oil on my hair, no way, so I will never know.

I also use a small dollop of the Davines Volume Boosting Mousse for some hold. It's very nice but not super special like the OI Milk.

One other thing I use to cleanse is the dpHue ACV Rinse which I think I mentioned a while back. It's meant to be used as a shampoo alternative for colored hair so I use it instead of shampoo a few times a week to keep my color fresh. It's quite good! Apple cider vinegar must be the new argan oil because R+Co has a rinse as well. Has anyone tried it?


I am a strong believer in good tools. Good tools in your tool box, in your kitchen, for your craft projects and definitely for your hair. Here's what I swear by:

How did I ever live without a Wet Brush? (And how did I not know it came in a leopard print version?) This brush is a tiny miracle and has really cut down on breakage for my fine hair. The Wet Brush is cheap and eventually all the bristles start to retreat into the pad but still worth it's weight in gold. Get one! Hair-life-changing.

After I brush through with my wet brush I use my Daily Concepts hair wrap thingy.  Even though I don't have long hair I still wrap it up in this microfiber turban every single time after washing. It sucks most of the water out without the damage from towel drying and cuts my dry time way down. Listen, I don't have a ton of hair so I have to do everything I can to keep breakage and damage at a minimum. They come in fancy versions but mine is pretty basic and I adore it. Get one! Hair-life-changing, part two.

My Hair Dryer. I've talked about my beloved Super Solano a few times on the blog (my review is here) and I am still very deeply in love with my fancy hair dryer four years later. It's not, like, Dyson dryer fancy but it was an investment and a very good one. So, after I get my hair damp-dry I finish with my hair dryer and just a regular vented brush. It takes all of two minutes.

My flat iron is a BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Ionic and its been a solid purchase! I bought it three years ago and it's still going strong. It was the flat iron that my stylist was using on me (same with my hair dryer) so I pretty much trust her judgement. You might be wondering what the hell a straight-haired person like me even needs with a flat iron but I have a few weird cowlicks and curves and I like to use this after drying to get everything lying flat and correctly and also to get my edges sharp.

Now! I can't believe this but I also have a great travel set that I've never reviewed! I bought this Amika Mighty Mini set a few years back and it's really, really good. The dryer is teeny tiny but still way more powerful than your average shitty hotel dryer. The flat iron is also ridiculously small but gets very hot and is good for tweaks and bangs. If you have thick/long hair and need to flat iron your whole head, it won't be what you need, but for my purposes it's a great travel option.

That's it! I'm hoping I can convince Marianne to post about her hair to give the curly-hair people something about which to commiserate because we never get so many comments as when we talk about curly hair. Y'all are a little scary tbh. (In a good way.) And since we're talking about comments, please feel free to tell me what product or tool you swear by!


  1. Dry. Sham. Poo. Srsly I will never love anything more than I love Batiste Dry Shampoo Bare (closest thing they have to fragrance-free but it's not really).
    Oily headed girls unite!

  2. Did you say awhile back that you used the Bumble & Bumble don't blow it? I got a sample at Sephora yesterday and thought it sounded familiar...

    1. Nope, I've used the B&B Repair Blow Dry and the All Style Blow Dry and liked both of them, but I've never tried the Don't Blow It.

    2. LOL, I must have been confused by the similar names! Thanks for letting me know!

    3. Report back! I’m curious.

  3. I have fine, thin, slightly wavy hair and this is my favorite product. It helps with frizz and it plumps my hair.

    I've loved all of the products I've tried from this brand.

  4. Listen, I haven't worn my hair curly in...a while, and I don't want them to yell at me.

    1. I think we need a State of The Hair update from you.

  5. My fancy hair stylist got me off the micofiber hair towels- she said they actually make your hair more frizzy. She sold me on using old soft t-shirts to dry my hair and it really does seem to make a difference. (That plus Oribe products!)

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