The Best Product Combo for Fine, Wavy Hair

I’m thinking we need a Hair Thursday “Best of” Series. What say you?

Here’s the dealio. I receive an enormous amount of products for review, and the truth is, most of them don’t get me very excited. However, occasionally I will buy (or receive) something that knocks my ever-loving socks off and I feel the need to tell you all IMMEDIATELY. (Let’s just pretend you are waiting with bated breath to hear my product synopsis, mmmkay?)

Moving along! Best Product Combination for Fine, Wavy Hair goes to:

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Bumble and bumble Tonic Lotion and Curl Conscious Defining Creme

These products are good alone, but together they are fantastic. Think Lucy and Ricky. Peanut butter and jelly. Hall and Oates. (What? Priaaavate eyes, they’re watching you. They see your evvvery mooooove. Damn good song.)

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photo credit Bumble and bumble

All of the above looks were created with these two products, and there’s no rocket science involved. See for yourself.

  • Prepare hair with Tonic.
  • Work a small amount of Defining Creme through hair, beginning at the nape, moving forward.
  • Spread through more sparingly as you reach ends and tease out ringlets.
  • Air-dry for natural separation.

That’s it. Try it for yourself. (If your curls are of the tighter or coarser variety, try B&b’s Curl Conscious Calming Creme instead of the Defining Creme.)

(Oh. And promise me you won’t try to bathe yourself in the Tonic Lotion. That’s some addictive stuff right there.)

The Best Dry Shampoo

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Ladies and gents, my favorite dry shampoo. I’ve pretty much tried them all, and Klorane is by far my favorite. It smells good, blends well, doesn’t get funky towards the end of day, doesn’t make my dark brunette hair look powdery AND the nozzle doesn’t clog. It has been a savior for my blunt bangs these past couple of weeks. I love love love it.

Now, Klorane Dry Shampoo is available in travel size! This portable beauty tool fits into any bag to make cleansing between regular shampoos even more convenient. Ideal for frequent use, the travel friendly dry shampoo with oat milk leaves hair clean, refreshed and full of volume.

Directions for use: Shake well before use and evenly spray a small quantity of powder 12 inches from the hair. Leave for 2 minutes, then brush thoroughly.

NEW Travel Size Klorane Dry Shampoo SRP $7.50 / 1.06 oz.

Hair Share — Best Pixie Product

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Susan’s chic pixie is the envy of many, MANY ladies. Check our her coveted product!

My absolute favorite product for short hair is American Crew Fiber; it’s a waxy paste that defines piecey hair without being greasy or heavy. It’s got a matte finish, so it’s really designed for roughing up your pixie cut — I rub a very small pea-sized amount into my palms to warm it up and then pull it through the ends of my hair for definition, or — when my hair is really super short — I rub my hands willy-nilly over my head and then see what happens.

Fiber is a men’s hair product, so it’s designed to leave you looking a little messy, not all smooth and girly, which is why I love it. And it has a light lemony scent that fades quickly and won’t compete with your perfume — also good.

A 3 oz tub of Fiber will run you about $15, but it will truly last forever.

Best Hair Color in Hollywood

I have a thing for redheads. Trust me, the day I start coloring my hair will be the day I officially become an auburn-hued lady. With that being said, if I had to pick the best color in Hollywood, I would declare Isla Fisher’s color the most swoon-worthy. Hello, GORGEOUS.

InStyle recently published their picks for Best Color in Hollywood. Take a look and tell me if you agree…if not, who’s your celebrity favorite?

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THE COLOR: “Jen’s hair color is a light brown base with golden-blond highlights, and some baby-blond highlights focused on the ends,” says Negin, of L.A.’s Sally Hershberger salon, who visits Aniston at home to give her this enviable color.

WHO CAN WEAR IT: “Jen’s color can work on a lot of people because it has more depth and variation—so darker skin tones all the way to lighter ones, and any eye color works,” says Negin.

HOW TO GET IT: “Ask your colorist for a light brown base, golden-blond highlights throughout, and baby-blond highlights on the ends,” suggests Negin. “I wouldn’t try to get this color at home, as the highlights can get really messy if you’re not a professional.”

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THE COLOR: Gina Gilbert, of the Serge Normant at John Frieda salon in L.A., who colors Jennifer Connelly’s hair, calls it a dark, warm, rich brown.

WHO CAN WEAR IT: “This works best on natural brunettes,” says Gilbert. And while anyone can wear a rich brown shade, Gilbert says that this shade “makes light eyes really stand out.”

HOW TO GET IT: “Ask for a semi-permanent or vegetable color in a warm, rich, dark brown,” says Gilbert.

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THE COLOR: “Kate’s hair is a single-process blond with highlights,” says New York-based colorist Sharon Dorram, who works with the Oscar winner. “The base is lifted two to three shades lighter than her natural color, creating a honey-blond color. The highlights around the face are baby blond.”

WHO CAN WEAR IT: “This color works best on anyone with a peaches-and-cream complexion and light eyes,” says Dorram. “The best results will also come from someone who has a light to medium-light ash-brown base color.”

HOW TO GET IT: Ask for a honey-blond base and layers of highlights that are woven into the hair. “This is not a color that can be achieved in one visit,” adds Dorram.

See more of the best hair color in Hollywood only on InStyle.com!

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8 ways to summerize your hair like the stars

Top 10 hair products under $10

How to get perfect ponytails every time

The Best Bridal Hair

Meet future bride, Caroline.

This October, Caroline will marry her childhood sweetheart in a candlelight ceremony at a Victorian home built in 1822.

She has shared the details of her romantic wedding with me, namely her dress and the bridesmaids dresses.

Caroline tends to lean towards more classic and timeless styles, so she is going for a refined elegance that looks fresh. Wait! Classic? Fresh? Refined? These words sound mighty familiar. You’ve come to the right place, Caroline.

Caroline’s hair:

Thick and wavy, but straightens easily
Lots of layering throughout, including around the face
Has embraced her natural waves

My idea of a perfect wedding style for Caroline involves a romantic half updo. First off, a lot of her layering is quite short, which is great for her day-to-day style, but might be difficult to wear in a complete updo without using tons of hair spray and product to keep it back. Plus, the half updo really fits into the whole ambiance she is creating for her big day. Soft, romantic, refined elegance…remember?

A half updo looks really beautiful with strapless dresses as well. It showcases the neck and shoulders, but the overall look remains fresh and youthful. I would suggest having her stylist work with her natural wave by using a 1.5-inch curling iron to add curls throughout.

Although Caroline’s hair won’t be quite this long by October, the overall look would fit perfectly with the entire day.

I love the side part, the long layers swept across the forehead and the soft curls. Caroline can opt for a small adornment in the back or just a couple of well-hidden bobby pins to complete the look. Her cathedral-length veil will be just perfect with this style.

Be sure and keep us posted on your final decision, Caroline. Best wishes to you!

UPDATE!! Here is Caroline’s wedding day look.

From Caroline’s email:

Hi Sarah,
Here are a few photos from my wedding. I followed your advice and people loved my hair. I am sorry that it has taken me MONTHS to get these to you. The best excuse I can come up with is I’m now nine months pregnant (12 days from my due date) and things have been a wee bit busy around here. My next suggestion for a post? The best styles for post-partum. Or am I kidding myself and need to succumb to the daily pony tail? Seriously though, I’d love to hear how you handled your hair in the early days with your son and any coping strategies you can offer.
Congratulations on your pregnancy and keep up the great work on Hair Thursday,
Caroline

Thanks, Caroline! I honestly don’t think that you could have looked any more lovely. Congratulations on your pregnancy and I’ll be addressing the whole “postpartum mom hair” issue here on Hair Thursday very soon.

Best Valentine’s Day Ever and WINBT Update

This whole not shopping thing is killing me dead. January was a breeze – who cares about the fall and winter has-beens? I don’t! However, February has been a different story. Spring fashion issues of my favorite magazines are in the mailbox, fresh and breezy looks from my favorite stores are popping up everywhere I turn, and new color palettes (silver grays! muted coral pinks!) are tempting me something fierce.

ARGGGGGGGGGH.

I am not ashamed to admit that I almost shed a tear over J. Crew’s spring catalog. Thumbing through the entire thing was just too hard for me – I had to break it up into tiny, manageable 10-minute increments over the course of a week. Of course, Southern California’s year-round beachy weather makes these catalogs nearly impossible to deny. See this darling bikini and cover-up?

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Hello, I would like to wear this to the beach next week. (Love the detail on the top.) No need to wait for Old Man Winter to take a hike around these parts, thus fanning my Want Want Want flame.

I will remain steadfast.

To be completely honest, the reason I WILL remain steadfast is mainly due to my husband’s complete AWESOMENESS. For Valentine’s Day, he bought me the Wayfarers, the Martin+Osa pink top AND this fun navy cardigan:

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Martin + Osa

(FYI – He scored a great deal on all three of these items at Martin+Osa. The sweater was originally 30% off PLUS he got an extra 30% on all three items.)

((I feel strongly compelled to tell you that I wore the navy cardigan with a white wife beater, trouser jeans, orange flats and a gold necklace yesterday.))

(((The one thing I learned this week about the not shopping thing is when you DO receive something, you appreciate it MUCH more.)))

((((I serenaded my sunglasses yesterday. Everlong by Foo Fighters.))))

However, not the best part of the day by any stretch of the imagination! I received these beauties:

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Wito helped select the flowers, which trust me, he would tell you if you were here. “I LOVE picking some flowers!” came out of his mouth 1,236 times yesterday.

Though, still not the best part!

D offered to make me dinner, take me out to dinner, whatever I wanted. My choice was an In-N-Out Double-Double (animal style, holla), french fries and a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. All consumed while watching the NBA Slam Dunk contest last night on my couch. (12-foot dunk, Dwight? HOLY SHIT. Did you see how easy he made it look?)

Valentine’s Day, please visit again soon.