Hair // My Styling Faves

March 13, 2013
Outfits: Bangs // Fish print // Goldenrod // Polka dots // Sunnies
Seriously spilling the beans about my hair care regimen today, and when I tell you my biggest secret, you’re either going be really grossed out OR it will rock your world.  I’m hoping it’s the latter. ;)
I definitely do not claim to be an expert by any means, but I have tried plenty of products and methods over the past few dozen years (see below for my faves!), and am happy to share the best of the best with those of you who may have the same issues or are going for a similar look.
Keep reading for a run-down of my hair must-haves, a quick description of how I achieve a few of my go-to styles, and some helpful tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way.

First, I should start by telling you that I only wash my hair about every 10 days or so.  Honestly, I had worked my way up to every two weeks for a while recently, but found that going that long was actually making it really dry by the very end.  I know it may sound completely impossible (and probably a little gross), but it’s just what works for me and my mane.

If you’re thinking, “My hair is way too oily for that!” – I’ll tell you that I used to feel the same way, but ended up finding that the more I washed mine, the faster it became greasy again.  Even though my suds-ing frequency dictates much of the rest of my routine, I’m hoping that at least a few of the following hints will be helpful, regardless of your own shampoo schedule.

In the shower… I use Kiehl’s amino acid shampoo, followed by Kiehl’s olive fruit oil nourishing conditioner.  I obviously shower way more often than I wash my hair, but most of the time, put it on top of my head to avoid getting it wet.  About once a week (and especially after a hard workout), I scrub the roots with water, massage my scalp with my fingers, and condition just the ends before rinsing with cool water.  When I had more blonde, I’d also use Joico Color Endure violet toning shampoo about once a month to keep it from getting brassy, but this product actually works by depositing purple pigment (pretty subtle, obviously), and I haven’t needed it since cutting off most of my lighter hair.

While it’s wet… After putting it up in a towel wrap and letting it dry just a bit, I apply a nickel-sized amount (would need way less for less hair!) of aveda damage remedy from the middle of the strands down to the ends.  I’ve only been using this little guy for about 6 months, but it has made a big difference in reducing frizz and helping to retrain moisture.  Brushing out the knots is always a HUGE ordeal (and big pain in the backside), and I typically reach for a nylon de-tangling brush and my VO5 De-tangle and Shine spray for help.  Next, I blow dry my bangs with a round boar-bristle brush, and then I use a Mason-Pearson lookalike or my fingers for the rest.  Most of the time it has gotten so frizzy by this point, that I have to follow up with a dollop of Moroccan Oil on the ends and front fringe, and then I twist and clip it into a low bun to let the heat and the added oil set and give me the loose waves I like.

When it’s dry… Drying and styling takes so much effort after a shampoo that I like to keep it pretty easy the rest of the time.  I brush it every morning with my wooden Spornette, spritz generously with my VO5 De-tangle and Shine, and twist around my fingers (away from my face on either side) to re-set my loose waves.  If I want more body, I use a sea salt spray for the beach-y look, and am always amazed by how much it brings out and highlight my natural texture, and hold the curls all day without weighing it down. 

For maintenance… This is the part I get asked about most: How do I make it last so long between washes?  I’m (perhaps surprisingly) not a huge fan of dry shampoo because of the artificial scents and and massive amount of weight it adds by using it as often as I’d need to.  Instead, I opt for baby powder or corn starch, and sprinkling just the smallest bit on my roots in the morning makes a blow-out last so much longer!  I find that giving it a good once-over with a natural-bristle brush every morning and night really helps as well, and I think that by distributing the natural oils down the hair shaft, it allows the drier parts of the strands to absorb it on their own.   About a week in, I have to start getting creative, and typically opt for top-knots with my beloved spin pins, fun braids, or another attempt at a style from my pinterest hair board.  Occasionally, I’ll use a heat tool for touch-ups (the GHD styler for bangs and a Hot Tools 1.5″ barrel for curls), and although I’m not a huge fan of hairspray, I do use VO5 Non-aerosol “Perfect Hold” when necessary.  Another favorite trick of mine is putting it in braids or a bun on top of my head before bed, and not only does it keep away the crazy knots that crop up while I sleep, but it also gives you amazing automatic texture to wake-up to.  

Here’s a full list of my favorite products, but I’m always trying new things, so please let me know if you have a great one that you can’t live without! 

Kiehl’s amino acid shampoo // Kiehl’s olive fruit oil nourishing conditioner
Joico Color Endure violet toning shampoo // Aveda damage remedy leave-in hair repair
Oval flatbrush // Blowdryer // Spornette boar bristle brush // Moroccan oil
Tortoise Hair Clip // VO5 detangle and shine // Lush Sea Spray // Baby powder // Spin Pins
GHD 1″ styler // Hot Tools 1.5″ barrel iron // VO5 Non-aerosol Perfect Hold Hairspray

I know this was a lot of detailed info, but please let me know if you have any specific challenges or issues that you’d like to know more about… You know I’m an open book, and always love hearing your questions and thoughts. :)

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  • Reply Grace - Stripes and Sequins March 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    such a comprehensive post… I love it! I’m still blown away that you can go that long… I go 6 or 7 days between blow-outs and I thought that was really good!

  • Reply Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) March 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm


    come help me.

  • Reply Brookelyn March 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Great post! My big question/issue is…what do you do when you work out? Do you blow-dry the sweat away? (I realize that’s kind of a weird question, sorry, but that’s the reason I wash my hair, not so much it being super oily?)

    • Reply Chelsea March 18, 2013 at 5:19 am

      Great question, and I am so curious too! I hope we find out.

    • Reply Jessie Artigue March 21, 2013 at 2:46 am

      Hi Gals! Ok, so the short story is that I really don’t sweat on my head all that much when I work out. (TMI? No, I think we’re way past that…)

      If I it does happen to get really damp after a hard workout, I usually try and let it air dry up in a topknot so that I get the big loose waves that I usually like. Blow drying the sweat out of it only works for me if it’s towards the beginning of the wash, and otherwise the heat seems to make it really oily. After it drys, a quick hit of baby powder works great, and then style as normal!

      Does that make sense?

    • Reply Chelsea March 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks, Jessie!

  • Reply Brenna Campbell March 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    So….do you only shampoo your hair about every 10 days, with water rinses in between? I wash my hair every 2-4 days now, and would love to extend that except my hair is thin enough that I really lose a lot of body by the end of day 3 or 4, so I need a wash just for styling purposes (so vain, I know). You obviously have quite the luxurious mane, so I’d love to know if this is your styling routine because you just simply have a lot of hair, or because you’ve “trained” your hair and found the right products.

    • Reply Jessie Artigue March 21, 2013 at 2:55 am

      Hi Brenna! I don’t usually do a water rinse in between unless I’ve sweat a lot through a hard workout, and am totally desperate. I do have very thick hair, so don’t usually have much trouble in the volume department, but I DEFinitely had to work up to this amount of time. I started by going about 3 or 4 days, and then push to 5-7 and have been on my current routine for several years. Baby powder tends to add a lot of styling help, I’ve noticed, so that might actually help you out quite a bit on day four! :)

  • Reply Liz March 13, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    i feel like it’s my goal in life to go that long between hair washes. as my hair has gotten longer (and now with extensions) i feel like i can make it about half that time – but would love to go all the way!! thanks for the tips, tricks and inspiration!!

    • Reply Jessie Artigue March 21, 2013 at 2:56 am

      Happy to help, Liz! I’m so curious about your extensions… Do you love them? Is it worth all the trouble? I always think they would be great if I ended up going back to shorter hair, but wanted to have it long for extended periods of time without having to grow it out.

  • Reply kate March 14, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Yes, I second Brookelyn’s question about how to deal with post-workout sweat. That’s usually the biggest reason I have to wash my hair. Thanks!

  • Reply Yolennie March 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Such gorgeous hair! Love the ombre one. And you look adorable with the straight bang.


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