Beauty Files is a monthly series on YBC that discusses all things beauty. Today, we're talkin' beachy hair.
It wasn't until about a year ago that I really started to try to figure out how to style my hair. Every time I'd go to the salon, I'd pick my stylist's brain for tips and tricks and favorite products. She taught me some hair basics. First, that I shouldn't wash my hair every day.
That made me cringe because I couldn't not wash my hair every day, could I? My hair would get greasy if I skipped even one day, I told her. She laughed and said you needed to kind of "train" your scalp not to produce excess oil, and that I should just give it a try and see how I like it. "Besides," she said, "it'll make your color last longer." Well that was all I really needed to hear.
I started by washing every other day, and then after about two weeks, every two days. After a week of that, I tried every day days. After a few weeks of that, I now go every four to every five days. (The fifth day looks pretty rough.) But overall, I love it. I use far less shampoo and conditioner than every before (my wallet rejoices), and because it's dirty, it's easy to style. The curls hold better, and it takes way less time than it used to (because I'd wash and blow dry daily).
Anyway, after our last Beauty Files post, we had some requests for a hair tutorial. This made me laugh because, like I said, I've really only recently figured out how to style my hair, so I am by no means a hair-styling genius.
I'd recently picked up the GHD curve curling iron, so I figured I'd share how I do it with you. You'll notice that I'm using conventional hair products here. (Exact products below.) Once they run out, I'm going to start looking for cleaner alternatives, but until then I sort of feel like it's wasteful to throw them out and start over. I am concerned about toxic microexposures, a point that's really driven home in Eat Dirt, but I figure I never really drink, hardly ever eat processed foods, and don't use conventional soap, toothpaste, or body lotions, so while I know this little toxic microexposure isn't great, I'm really doing a lot right now to decrease the normal load. I did some research, though, so if you're interested in non-toxic hair products, here is: hair spray, dry shampoo, and texturizing spray - all of which I would use for this beachy look.
Let me know your thoughts down below in the comments section!