After years of dealing with my hair, I finally know how to do it myself. I actually prefer doing my own hair now versus going to get it done somewhere else. (Although, I do love it when I have my hair washed!)
Here’s a little backstory on my hair:
– I was born bald. And remained bald for, like, two years.
– Then the curls came in, and it was cute as far as toddler’s hair goes.
– Around kindergarten, my mom decided to cut bangs. With curly hair. WHY!!!
– Eventually, I cut my hair into a bob (all the rage at my elementary school) and it was strangely straight.
– Then it was back to frizz-city in middle school when I grew my hair out.
– I got a Chi flatiron in eighth grade, and that changed my life. It was stick straight hair from then on– until it rained of course. The Chi stage of my life was a solid decade (13-23).
– When I lived in NYC, I splurged on the Drybar Curling Iron (it was a birthday gift to myself!), and I finally started to experiment with hair curling. I loved it!
– Last year, I got my hair blown out at Drybar, and the lady doing it gave me some great tips on how to do it at home. And I was gifted Ali Webb’s book Good Hair for All. With the tips from the blowout and the book, I was committed to learning how to dry my hair on my own. It took some practice, but I finally got the hang of it.
I know it sounds dramatic, but I spend a good bit of my life dealing with and worrying about my hair. I schedule my life around my “hair wash” days. (I wish this wasn’t the case and I know it sounds pretty lame even to admit.) Knowing that I can dry my hair on my own in under 15 minutes gives me back a lot more control over my hair situation and ultimately my morning. I can be 100% ready (shower, hair, makeup, and dressed) in exactly an hour*.
* This is on a hair wash day where I have to be “photo ready” for the blog, which is only about three times a week. Most days just involve a shower and makeup, and I can be ready in 20 and less on no makeup days.
This has been a long overdue post. I kept putting it off for some reason, but it’s here!!! It’s a question I get a lot. Let me be the first to tell you, if I can do this, you can do it. I used to be so intimidated by a round brush! Now I tackle my hair every morning with ease.
First, I’m still going to recommend reading the Drybar book. I can’t begin to tell you how helpful I found it. It’s a great first step before watching Youtube videos because the steps are so clearly photographed and described, and you can pick different types of blowouts too.
While I don’t think you have to spend hundreds of dollars on a blow dryer, I do believe you get what you pay for regarding power and durability. I bought this one last year when my old dryer died. It’s served me quite well since I bought it. I would buy again and recommend it!
I bought this wand on Amazon and it’s been amazing for getting good curls and waves. I love my Drybar curling iron still, but a wand gives you more control. I think I’m getting myself this wand for the holidays though because I want to try a bigger barrel.
(Wearing my fave Lake Pajamas c/o)
Instead of attempting to write out the steps of the blowout, I filmed a video last week to walk you through the steps of how I do it. I also included how I curl my hair in there as well since that’s what I do more often than not.
Do you guys style your hair at home?! Any tips or tricks you swear by?