I wish I had a dollar, or a vodka soda, or a damn french fry for every time someone sat down and told me they wanted something "low-maintenance." While that is important information, I can assure you that low-maintenance is assumed until you tell me otherwise. I always tell my clients that no one comes in asking for a high-maintenance routine, and that it's something I can relate to because I prefer to keep things simple myself. My follow up question is usually "What is your current routine and how do you prefer to go about it?" Fifty percent of the time people tell me they just wash it and don't do anything at all. That is absolutely perfect if that is what you like to do, but don't expect your hair to look like anything else ever in that case. Not to sound like a grouch, but I hear it all too often: "I want this style but I don't want to do it." Unfortunately zero effort does not give us effortless hair (as much as I would love that too). There are so many ways to keep a low-maintenance yet styled hair routine. This one is my favorite this summer:
Wash you hair with good shampoo and conditioner. Find something made for your hair texture and issues that is salon quality. Two out of the three times a week I wash my hair I use R+Co.'s ANALOG Cleansing Conditioner (co-wash, as some call it). It's hydrating and weightless on the hair.
Towel dry, but don't be rough. Squeeze the water out of your hair with a soft towel or even a cotton t-shirt to prevent roughing the cuticle and causing frizz.
Comb through your foundation products. Use a moisturizing cream to smooth your cuticle. I use R+Co. HIGH DIVE every single time. It smells incredible, nourishes your hair, and has a heat protectant formulated into it, so you don't need to apply one separately.
Softly blow your hair dry about 30% and scrunch while you go to create a wave. Once you've gotten some of the water out, spray R+Co. SAIL throughout your entire head of hair and continue to scrunch. At this point I usually blow dry my hair to about 50-60% and continue to use SAIL as I scrunch and twist texture into my hair. If you prefer and if you have the time, just let it air dry.
Once your hair is dry you can define the texture by using a styling paste to create a piecey look. I like to add a few defined curls in with my 1" curling iron. You can do as much or as little as you prefer at this point. (For soft, creamy paste try UNITE's Second Day, but for something with a little more grit and for some root lift, head for R+Co. BADLANDS Dry Shampoo Paste.)
That's all there is to it. Not including your shower products it only takes 3 things to keep your hair healthy and styled. DM me on instagram if you have questions and if you try it and love it send me or tag me in a selfie or something. This works with everyone a little differently, but always looks effortless and cool so I'd love to see what you're doing.
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