Hi friends! I’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments regarding my hair and how I get my mermaid waves look, so I wanted to write up a little tutorial! Here’s a run-down of all the products I use, along with a step-by-step process, as well as a little video.
Start in the shower
I’m a firm believer in switching up my shampoos and conditioners (which is why I have like 6 different brands on rotation in my shower right now). Here are a few of my favorites, which I use intermittently throughout the week. Note: I usually wash my hair every other day.
- AG Sterling Silver: This purple shampoo is the best I have ever used. If you have blonde hair and don’t already use a purple shampoo, I highly recommend trying one. This product (which yes, is actually purple) combats brassiness aka your blonde hair turning orange or yellow over time and keeps it bright and ashy – just how I like it. I like this one in particular because I can notice it working immediately after each wash AND it actually cleanses and refreshes my hair. You can find it at Ulta for under $20 and it should last you about 3 months if you use it 2 or 3 times a week. A little goes a long way!
- Neutrogena T-3: As gross as it is, I will admit that I suffer from dandruff, especially during the winter months. My hair is a dazzling combination of both easily oily and dry, which creates quite the conundrum. I need the moisture, but also don’t want to weigh my hair down. Thus, I rely on an anti-dandruff shampoo to eliminate the flakes because it is also moisturizing, but medicated to target the specific problem. I’ve tried Head and Shoulders, but recommend this one over H&S; within one day, a particularly bad onslaught of dandruff disappeared after I used the Neutrogena brand. I use this once a week for maintenance, or more often, if needed.
- Kevin Murphy Angel Wash: Kevin Murphy can do no wrong, in my opinion. I loooove this stuff for an everyday wash and condition. Not only does it smell amazing, it fully cleanses and softens the hair, while making it feel strong and thick. I can feel the difference after one wash.
After washing and conditioning, I towel dry my hair and let it air dry for a little bit. I use microfiber towels specifically for the hair, as they are more gentle (and lighter) than terry cloth. They also absorb more water. Once I’m ready to blow dry, I spray Pravana’s The Perfect Blonde Leave In Treatment all over the shafts of my hair (not on the root), and sometimes add OGX Orchid Oil to the ends for a little extra TLC and color protection. Not only is the Pravana spray formulated for blonde hair (hence, the purple color), it also acts as a leave-in conditioner and protects the hair against heat and frizz. Then I blow dry, using my Dyson Supersonic. I go section by section, with the nozzle. While pricy, the Dyson definitely gets the job done in a flash. I have lot of hair, so this is a huge time-saver for me. Fun fact: I get really bored blow drying my hair, so I always put in headphones and listen to music.
While this process is my general every day go-to, I also like to switch it up with some other products. Here are some of my favorites:
- Big Sexy Hair Full Bloom: Use when you want to volumize and make the hair look and feel thicker.
- DryBar Prep Rally: This detangles the hair and makes it super soft/easy to brush through when damp.
- It’s A 10: Silky hair is only a spray away with this protein packed product. It is made with *10* different ingredients that are meant to make the hair soft, smooth and touchable.
- R + Co Blow Out Balm: If you want to look like you cam straight from a blow out at the salon, use this on damp hair.
Post- Dry styling
Once my hair is dry, I spray AG Fire Wall on the shafts, and again, avoid the roots to avoid making the hair greasy. This product protects the hair against heat from the harsh styling tools.
When it comes to wand vs. curling iron, I’m team wand all the way. Mostly because I could never quite nail the curling iron technique, I confess. I think the wand is much easier, and I actually prefer the loose, wavy looks it creates. I use a Conair 1.5” wand that Ive honestly have had forever (it’s not fancy). Here are the steps:
- Section hair in layers with a clip.
- Wrap a medium-sized section of hair around the base of the wand and hold for no longer than 5 seconds.
- Repeat until layer is done and move on to the next layer.
- Repeat until finished with top layer of hair.
- Note: I always position the wand, so it is moving the pieces of hair away from my face.
Last Step – The Flat Iron
Because I have naturally wavy, and often times frizzy hair, I created my own final touch for waves. Once I get to the top layer of hair and am done with the waver, I take my flat iron and run it through the roots and downwards about 3 inches. This creates a relaxed, natural overall look and eliminates the unwanted wave on top of my head. It also smooths everything out and makes it nice and glossy.
if you want to be extra
If I really want to amp up the volume, I will use AG Dry Shampoo all over the roots to give it some oomph, but this isn’t necessarily required on clean hair. I will especially use it if it’s the net day to revive the volume and cleanliness.
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