For years I had longish hair. Roughly the same length for 15 years – about 6 inches past my shoulders. Sometimes it was a little longer (when it was healthy and I treated it well), but never shorter. I couldn’t pull off a shorter cut – not me – at least that’s what I thought. But one day last November, while in Paris and sipping on a cappuccino in a cafe, I decided I had to give it a go.
Perhaps it was because I had spent days people watching in Paris, and had seen endless numbers of chic women wearing their hair in a shoulder grazing style. Perhaps I was giddy with the idea that I could potentially look that chic, but the decision was made in that moment. I waited until I returned to Los Angeles to take the plunge, and as soon as I was able to went to my salon and asked for them to do what I’d never asked for. “Cut it short, please.”
As soon as I saw my hair snipped off and falling to the floor, I knew I had made the right call. My ends were lifeless. Dull. They needed to be cut away to allow for a head of healthy hair. And even more so, I wasn’t great at styling long hair. You’d think after years of having that length I would have figured it out, but more often than not, my hair was in an untidy bun, or a sad ponytail. This new length would allow for neither of those styles unless at the gym, and would hopefully force me to style my hair more.
With my new length I decided to focus on not only learning how to style a lob, but also focusing on the health of my hair. I’ve been all over the place with what products I use, but in the last year or so have honed in on what my hair needs and what products I really like. So without further delay, here are some of my favorites.
Another one of the questions I’m asked often on IG is what I use to curl my hair. I’ve been using the t3 Micro wand for about 2 years now, and have no plans to ever use anything else. It comes with multiple attachments, but I use the same one every time. Plus, it’s rose gold, so what’s not to love about that? I used it when I had longer hair, and learning how to curl my shorter hair took a bit of trial and error. If I hold the hair wrapped around it too long I can end up looking like Shirley Temple, so I usually hold each section wrapped around the barrel for about 5-7 seconds. It’s quick, and I can lightly curl my whole head in about 5-10 minutes tops. For heat protection, I use Oribe’s Heat Styling Spray before blow drying or curling.
But by far, my biggest hair secret (which isn’t a secret because I will tell literally anyoneeee about it) is dry shampoo and texturizing spray. I only wash my hair twice a week, and only really curl it right after it’s clean, so the rest of the time I rely on keeping oil at bay. I live for my Oribe Texturizing Spray, and I can’t even tell you how much it transforms my hair. It makes it not look so clean and perfect, roughs it up the right amount and just gives it a more lived in look. For mornings when my roots are oily, I hit the crown of my hair with Oribe Dry Shampoo and work it in. It’s easy and allows me to be lazy – which is basically my eternal goal.