Does anyone else kind of hate styling their hair all the time? For special occasions, I love it. But having to repeat the same steps day in and day out becomes such a chore. Whenever I’m traveling, the last thing I want to do is spend thirty minutes in my hotel room fixing my hair instead of being out exploring. And especially with winter fast approaching, there’s nothing worse to me than shivering with wet hair while trying to get ready in the morning.
That’s why I’ve been working at getting my hair to be as low maintenance as possible. And to prove to you just how well it’s been working for me, I took some pictures to show you exactly what my hair looks like on day three.
Not bad, right?!
The staples in my low-maintenance routine have all been from Living Proof. They sent me a box of goodies to try out from their new StyleLab line and I’m just hooked.
Once I get out of the shower, I let my hair air dry until damp and put in some Prime Style Extender. If I could only use one product, this would truly be it. Since I’ve been using it, it noticeably keeps my hair from getting greasy for an extra day and a half.
Once I’ve scrunched the style extender into my roots and combed it through, I’ll spritz a bit of their Blowout around my crown and run my comb through a few more times. If I’m going to go through the trouble of blow drying my hair, after all, I’m going to do it right. The Blowout adds the slightest bit of texture to my hair without weighing it down.
To lock the my blowout in place, I spray the littlest amount of Flex Shaping Spray, concentrating on the lower half. I also sprits a bit onto a hairstyle-only toothbrush and use it around my face and part to keep all of my baby hairs at bay.
For the longest time I steered clear of hairsprays all together because they always made my hair feel stiff. But the Shaping Spray simply keeps my hair in place. I can still flip my hair about and run my fingers through it like I usually do – it just seems to hold it all together a bit more.
And that’s it!
Around the third (or sometimes fourth!) day I’ll add some Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo to my roots. I’ve tossed out more cans of dry shampoo than I can count, and tend to hate the chalky residue and weighty feel they leave behind. I love this dry shampoo, though, because it adds grip and texture rather than weight. I usually take advantage of that by throwing it up in a pretty braid.
And, of course, all is lost without a great foundation to begin with.
I’ve been seeing Ryan & Eric at Village Parlor for two years now (can you believe it’s been that long since the first pop up?!) and they’ve helped me develop a style that’s as low maintenance as possible.
Rather than fight against my natural texture, Ryan cuts my hair in a way that doesn’t need any heat styling for it to look good out the door. I also only get my hair coloured once every three or four months, because Eric paints roots into my hair so that the growth isn’t obvious.
All in all, my hair has never been healthier, and my morning routine has never been so easy. It’s given me the freedom to spend more time doing more interesting things – namely reading more and dive into morning meditations, and can’t imagine life any other way now.