I review a lot of products and the ones that I like I love to pass on to my readers. But it’s rare that a product sample replaces a staple in my beauty arsenal. Here’s the exception to rule.
Enter Elujuda. I was sent this over a year ago when I was going through a naturally curly hair phase. And while I thought it was ok—I didn’t unlock the true genius of this product until recently when I used it to blow out my hair.
Oh hey! Hi shiny hair Hair blown out using just Elujuda.
There’s a formula for fine hair and one for coarse hair–I tried the latter. A few pumps is all that is needed and it makes my blow out that much smoother and shiner. My hair feels great after and remains frizz free.
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Keep It Simple when it comes to your hair products
Less is definitely more when it comes to applying hair products. For bouncy shiny hair with lots of movement,I live by only these three products:
Pureology Super Smooth Shampoo and Condition- I was recommended Pureology when I got my first Keratin treatment because it was sulfate free and helped extend the life of the Keratin. I’ve always gone back to it since then. I highly recommend using any sulfate free shampoo, as sulfates dry out and strip the hair of moisture. Some prefer “Poo” (i.e. lather), while some opt for no poo (a conditioning cleanse like Wen). Pureology lathers up clean, but leaves the hair soft and managable. Retails for appx. $27
Kerastase Serum Oleo-Relax- A powerful oil that helps tame frizz, add glossy shine, but is so lightweight, you can’t even tell you have anything in your hair. And it’s super concentrated so only 2 pumps are necessary each use. Retails for appx. $36
Mastering a blowout can be downright tricky, intimidating, and frustrating. But it’s a skill every woman should have on their bucket list.
So here are 3 simple steps anyone, but especially girls with very thick or curly hair, can use to get an awesome blow out at home:
***Just a word to the wise. It’s crucial to start with a great hair cut. When you have a great cut, your hair should be less maintenance, not more. Philly area girls need to check out Salon Vanity in Center City. Ask for Susan! Her hair cuts and blow outs are the best in the city***
Please excuse the lack of makeup here ;)
1. Divide the hair into small sections. It’s so much easier to work with smaller amounts of hair at a time and it helps prevent frizz. I usually section my hair in 5–two in the back, one on each side, and one on top.
2. Reverse the brush. Hold the brush as if you are going to flip your hair up, not under. Why? You get the best tension, therefore straightest hair possible. This part is key in my blow drys since my hair is so curly and thick.
3. Curl the hair under. Once you have dried the section of the hair 3/4 quarters of the way using the reverse hold, finish drying the rest under.
And that’s it. Repeat until all sections are done! It will take a little bit to really get good styling your hair with a round brush and blow dryer, but its worth it. The finished result has so much more volume and movement then with a flat iron.
Stay tuned for the tools to use and products needed for a great blow out post this week!
Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a classic style for the design powerhouse Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2013 NYFW Show. For the decadent display “From Russia WIth Love” full of fur and velvet, Guido created sleek (but not totally perfect!) ponytails that worked with and without the hats in the collection.
Redken Products Used:
- satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion
- Guido applied Redken satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion to damp hair and created a smooth blow dry.
- He then raked fingers through to “rough up” slightly to give the look more of an “ease” before attaching in a low ponytail and wrapping a small section of hair around the elastic.
“This style is luxurious but it has a little ease and softness to it. The ponytail is only part of the look for the models, as 90% of the girls are in hats. It’s very true the Ralph Lauren idea of a woman, the American idea of a classic beauty.”
-Guido, Redken Creative Consultant