My Current Haircare, Cut, & Color
Welcome to the hub of all things pertaining to my current haircare routine! If you’re wondering what I’m using as of late in any of my reels, YouTube videos, etc. then you’ve come to the right place. I regularly keep this page updated with what products I’m currently using, how I use them, and why. I’ll make sure to include my daily concoction of products I use, tools I style with, and the brushes I use as well. All those items come together to create the perfect hairstyle!
Now when I say daily concoction, I don’t mean it literally – just on the days when I wash and blow dry before styling. I’ve been able to train my hair to go longer in between washes so I typically wash my hair every three days and on wash day is when I’ll use my concoction. I love using these four hair care products each time as they each have something to offer when styling short hair or any hair for that matter. Most of the products included are from L’ange and can be found on their website under the Hair Care tab where you can also view other L’ange hair products for different hair types. My daily concoction consists of the following four products:
Swell thickening cream & Sorbet leave-in balm together offer frizz control, help holding a curl, hydration, and added shine/softness. The Salt & Sea spray provides texture for hair and the Create 6-in-1 Styling Cream by Virtue is the cherry on top for texture and heat protection.**
One analogy I like to use when talking about hair and using the right products for it is it’s like seasoning your meat. You wouldn’t throw the meat directly on the grill without the proper marinades or seasonings – the same goes for hair! Using the right products before blow drying is going to help your hair hold a curl and helps style to last longer.
How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?
I typically wash my hair every three days; thanks to this concoction, my styles last me until the next wash, with a few products in between on day 2 and 3 hair to help control static, oil, etc. When I do wash, I don’t always use conditioner or a deep conditioning treatment – if my hair is feeling hydrated, healthy, and soft, I usually will forego the conditioner and just use the Swell & Sorbet afterwards. These help with frizz, volume, holding a curl, battling humidity, and they provide hydration. HOWEVER if my hair is feeling a little more dry or there’s breakage that I can feel, I will make sure to follow up with conditioner after shampooing my hair in the shower.
Link to shop Swell thickening cream: https://rstyle.me/+_bYMhLIjpq6Iwv5hJ8Rlhw
Link to shop L’ange: http://t.langehair.com/SHDG3
**Unfortunately I cannot give a direct link to each individual product by L’ange but I’ve included their names throughout this article for you to find the products on their site
Tools to Style Short Hair
I say tools to style “short hair” because these are what I’ve tested and loved for my own short hair. I can’t say too much for those with longer hair but I will encourage you to experiment and test out products to find what your hair likes as well as needs. Remember that what works for some may not work for others!
There are a few different curling tools I enjoy using and regularly rotate through them depending on the curl I want for the day. Above are all tools by L’ange that I have tried & love for styling short hair whether it’s curling, at-home blowout, or a sleek straight look for the day. I also love the flat iron recommended by my stylist called Platinum Plus by GHD (click on words for link) if you’re in need of a basic flat iron.
Link to shop L’ange: http://t.langehair.com/SHDG3
How Do You Keep Your Hair Healthy?
I get asked about how I keep my short hair healthy and truly the answer is I feed my hair! If you keep up with me elsewhere besides just my blog, you’ve probably heard or read my posts stating “feed your hair.” What I mean by this is dig deep and find what your hair needs for styling purposes and always make sure to keep it hydrated. One of the easiest ways to do this is by drinking lots of water and keeping your body hydrated in that sense but your hair will also tell you what it needs if you pay close attention. Your ends may be a little dry or there might be breakage – does it need some oils for hydration or a deep conditioning treatment? Does it simply need a trim to keep things in order? If you listen close enough, you’ll hear what your hair is hungry for!
Aren’t sure which haircare products are right for you? Check out this Healthy Hair Guide I created to help give a bit more direction into finding what products are right for styling hair, maintaining it, and giving your hair what it needs. I also have a L’ange Hair Care Guide I created as L’ange hair products have been my jam for a while and I’ve been able to test their products pretty well over the years!
Here are some extra hair/haircare products I like to use in between things, depending on how my hair is feeling. These extras can be anything from pomade to create more separated curls to dry shampoos for battling any oil in between washes. I’ve also made sure to include some products for hold after styling too and the links to shop if you’re wanting to try them out at all. I don’t use these every time I style, it just depends on the day and the look I’m going for.
Recovery by Virtue – This shampoo is a bit thicker and a little bit goes a long way. I love it but as someone with fine/oily hair I don’t always want this one on my roots so I would say only use it if you tend to have hair that is less oily and more dry.
Tonique by L’ange – This shampoo is tried and true for years by me – great if you have an oily scalp or buildup quickly between washes. It isn’t as thick as Recovery but I like using it on my roots and then Cascade or Recovery from midshaft to ends.
Cascade by L’ange – I love how volumizing this shampoo is and is another great option for normal hair/scalp. I’d probably pick Recovery over Cascade if you have pretty dry hair, Cascade if you have more of normal hair, and then Tonique for oily roots.
Perfect Conditioner by Frae & Co. – Perfect has a thicker consistency but it isn’t as thick as a hair masque. Often times I find conditioners are too thin and a waste of money that don’t do much in hydrating the hair but this stuff is perfection in my opinion! Again though, if you have pretty oily hair you will definitely want to skip this one and if you have normal-dry hair, you’ll love this.
Semi-Matte Putty by Atlas – This paste is perfect for men’s hair but can double for women’s hair. It’s quite tacky and can definitely give short hair a piecey look.
Badlands by R+Co. – Badlands is the most unique out of the four pastes above. It’s meant to be a dry shampoo pomade but must be used in a specific way for best results, especially when using it on the roots. I love the gritty texture it adds for the ends of my hair when styling.
Salt & Sea Pomade by L’ange – If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll recognize this one as I’ve loved this for some time now. This is probably my favorite of them all for having medium-fine hair and lots of it. I love the tack it has but also the ability to use it closer to my root without making it feel greasy.
6-in-1 Styling Paste by Virtue – This one has a creamier consistency and would definitely keep it at the tips of the hair only. It does a great job of giving the hair a piece-y look without the grit so if you want more soft/less texture in your hair, this is the way to go.
For Volume & Hold
B5 by IBIZA – This is an 80mm round brush that I’d probably recommend for those with medium-long length in hair. With my length of hair, if it was any shorter than where it’s at now, I wouldn’t be able to use this size of brush. I love using it for the longer layers/surface level of my hair as underneath is too short for it to be used.
B4 by IBIZA – I don’t currently have this one but my stylist Chris has used this size brush on my hair when at the salon. It’s a size down from the B5 brush but it’s perfect for my length of hair and gets the job done!
Luxe by Frae & Co. – I recommend spraying this into your hand first instead of your hair especially for those with fine/thinner hair. Luxe is great for day 2 hair and helps add a little more shine. Also, static tip: this is also an anti-static hair care product so you can spray it directly onto your hair brush before combing your hair!
No. 26 by Kenra – I’m picky with what hairsprays I use and have tested many, this one included. I think it works great and it does have a super strong hold so keep that in mind if you’re looking to try it out.
No. 14 by Kenra – If you don’t love the super strong hold No.26 has to offer, you might enjoy No.14 more. This hair product has a light hold and won’t weigh your hair down.
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R+Co TROPHY Shine+Texture spray – helps add texture, dry shine, and some hold for styling.
Haute to Trot hairspray by L’ange – Haute to Trot is one I like to use only for traveling purposes because of the travel-sized bottle and it does a great job still of holding my hair style in place.
Stardust dry shampoo powder by L’ange – lightweight powder dry shampoo to help styles and hair last between washes.
Frizz Blocking Spray by VIRTUE – great for frizz-prone hair or those who live in humid conditions.
Link to shop L’ange: http://t.langehair.com/SHDG3
Tips by Chris: The Cut, Color, & Maintenance
In this video you’ll see my stylist, the incredible Chris Jones, giving the rundown on how he cut my hair this time around and why he did it the way he did. This is a great explanation for both you and your stylist! If you’re looking to get this cut make sure to show these couple videos to your stylist and ask for very long, subtle & soft square layers – no blunt layers in this cut this time around & only texturizing on the ends.
Below are details on the new color done by the amazing Emily Cooper (@emilycooper_hair on Instagram) – check it out so you know exactly what was done!