It’s a whole process…

Have you ever started your week off so organized and with the best intentions of STAYING so organized and to get things done like a boss, only to have your plans already crushed by 4:45am on Wednesday morning? CONGRATULATIONS, we can now be friends. Welcome to my world. And if you managed to stay on track this week with all of your organization and schedules and well intentions for the week…well done, and also, what is your secret? Share with the group.

This has been my life this week. I started off on such a high note, I cleaned the house on Sunday when I got back into town, I had my clothes picked out for work, I had my materials rip roaring and ready to go for this blog post, I had my week planned out, down to the day. Now it’s Wednesday morning and I haven’t accomplished much any of what I intended to this week at all, the little dirt elves had a party in my house while I was at work {somehow}, and I’m exhausted and my body feels worn down. I’m going to give myself some slack, though, because I think I set my intentions for this week a little too high, especially with starting a new work schedule {6am to 3pm!} Hopefully next week, I can get back into the groove.

They say that summer is when your hair grows the most {I’m not really sure why, but my own personal theory is that it’stoo dang H.O.T outside for me to sit inside spending an hour doing my hair when it’s just going to get ruined outside in the heat. Unfortunately, in the summer, my hair also tends to feel at its worst! Maybe it’s because I’m dehydrated, I’m not really sure {I’m no expert, people}. The fact of the matter is, there’s a lot that goes on in the summer! Sometimes, I just need my hair to look on point. This weekend will be filled with events and it’s just going to be one of those weekends I need my hair to cooperate. I thought it might be fun to show you what I’ve been using at the moment. Disclaimer: These are not necessarily my favorite hair care products of all time…that will be a separate post eventually down the line, but these are what I’m currently using.


v  First up, I use the Living Proof Timeless Pre-Shampoo treatment {check it out here! – or at Ulta} I put about two quarter size amounts into my hand, rub them together, and distribute the product from about halfway up my hair to the ends. Talk about your hair feeling silky smooth, my gosh, this product is honestly one of those products where I can actually tell a difference if I don’t use it before I shampoo my hair. If I can recall correctly, it says you only really need to leave it in for about 5 minutes, but I like to keep mine in a bit longer – I’ll usually slap on a face mask {like these new Yes To facemasks – my favorites are shown below!} and tidy up the kitchen or something like that while I wait. I feel like it adds a kick of much needed moisture to my hair. This is something I have actually repurchased because I love it so much. A little goes a long way, which is good, because it’s on the pricier side – a small bottle is $10, and I believe the larger is upwards of $24 or so if I’m not mistaken.


v  Next, I grab my Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde purple shampoo {check it out here}– have you heard of purple shampoos? They help tone the brassiness down in your hair. I used to use Shimmer Lights, and I’ll probably go back to it, because it’s about $7 whereas the Paul Mitchell is about $15, and I feel as if they both function about the same, although the Paul Mitchell does have a better if a good smelling shampoo is worth an extra seven dollars to you, more power to ya. I do something a bit out of the ordinary with this shampoo though, while I have the pre-shampoo treatment on my ends, I mix together the Paul Mitchell shampoo with a bit of baking soda, which turns it into a more clarifying shampoo. I massage this now-thick mixture into my scalp and let it sit while the pre-shampoo treatment is working on my ends. This way, the purple shampoo has time to sit and work.


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After this all sits – shampoo and condition as usual! I throw my hair up in a towel to let my hair rest – I heard from a stylist once that you need to let your hair cool down for as long as possible before you put products into your hair, so hey, I thought I’d follow the advice.


v  Once I left my hair rest, I put a quarter sized amount of Toni & Guy Leave in Conditioner {you can get it at Target!} Let me start by saying that I had run out of my Paul Mitchell super skinny serum {all time favorite leave in} and I needed something to take to the lake with me. I grabbed this, and it actually does a great job. My hair isn’t left stick of heavy or greasy as a lot of leave in conditioners do, and the smell – can we just talk about the smell of this product? It smells like cologne. AND IT’S ONLY $7! I’ll take it. This makes brushing and styling my hair a heck of a lot easier.


v  I typically put an additional small amount of Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde Dramatic Repair leave in conditioner {sold here}, but I think I’m about to stop this little part of my ritual. I haven’t really noticed this helping me, it’s a bit heavy on my hair and it goes on very streaky. When you push the nozzle, the product concentrates in one area and doesn’t distribute well, so I usually end up having to squirt the product into my hands, rub it in, and then put it into my hair. A pro about this product? It smells so clean and nice. So there’s something.


v  I’ll now either let my hair air dry to about 90%, or if I’m running late, I’ll blow dry {Don’t tell Curtis!} Once I’ve reached this mostly dry point, I’ll add in the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day fresh cut split end mender – say that three times fast – and get the deets here. This product makes your ends look like you just got a fresh cut and works to mend together your split ends. Shockingly enough, it actually appears to work {and I should know, I have the most split ends I’ve seen in a long time}. AND THE SMELL? I’m horrible at describing smells, but I’ll give it a shot. It smells clean, it smells like..spring? It’s mainly a fresh scent with a hint of floral-ish undertones. It’s just light and clean smelling, and I love it. So that’s that. Again..a bit on the pricier side, but I bet this lasts me about 6-8 months.


v  Following this product, I run a pump full of Living Proof Nourishing Style Cream  {check, check check, check it out} and kind of finger fork this through my hair. This adds a bit of shine and reduces the frizziness in my hair, as well as adds protection against the heat. And again, the smell is just fan-freaking-tastic. I also feel like my hairstyles stay in place better if I use this vs when I don’t. Just don’t go overboard, a little goes a long way.


v  Once my hair is dry and styled {whether it’s straightened or curled or whatever I decide to do with it that day}, I go in with the Kenra Dry Thickening Spray – got mine here for $17, but you get a rather large can. This product is new for me, my friend told me about this {shoutout to YOU, Katie K} so I can’t say I am a longtime lover of this product, but so far, so good. I lift my hair and it almost more adds volume to the center of your hair rather than to the roots {that’s what dry shampoo is for!} Whenever I curl or wave my hair, I always feel like it’s so flat and not..well, beachy looking enough. This spray instantly adds volume to the bottom half of my hair, which dry shampoo just can’t match. One problem with this is the smell..I’m not a fan. It smells like candy. It’s not a bad smell, but it smells like extremely sweet candy. Not for me. Overall though, I’m pleased with the product.


v  Now for the final event – brought to my attention by another friend, {aaand a shoutout to you, Kaci!} Welcome Toni & Guy Matt Texture dry shampoo – it was around $12 at my local Target, and they are always running BOGO half off sales of Toni & Guy products. Y’all don’t even KNOW how amazing this smells. It’s like a musky cologne smell, and it never fails, wherever I go, people always ask me what perfume I’m wearing. It takes me awhile to figure it out, but it’s always my dry shampoo that they love the smell of. This dry shampoo is matte so it doesn’t make your hair greasy, and it comes out of the aersol can easily, so you don’t have to worry about distribution problems that lead to greasy roots. This dry shampoo is my favorite, and I have tried Dove, Batiste, Paul Mitchell, BedHead, Not Your Mothers, etc. In fact, even when I have “clean hair” and don’t necessarily need the dry shampoo, I still put some in my hair for the voluminosity {not a word..I’m sure this is not a word, but I’m using it anyway} factor.



FORGIVE ME – Nobody was home to help me take blog pictures, so I had to do it myself. I apologize. I’ll get my act together soon {just probably not this week, we’ve been over this already..} Okay, now I’m tired, I’m hungry, and I need a cocktail. COMMENT BELOW if you love any of these products, OR if you found one you think you’ll give a try. {I personally guarantee the Living Proof hair products will give you Jennifer Aniston hair….} Until next time!


2 thoughts on “It’s a whole process…

  1. I love Living Proof Products, particularly the Perfect Hair Line. I’ll have to look into the pre-shampoo treatment thought. I have never even heard of it.

    Also, I love your about me picture on the sidebar 🙂


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