Hair Products I am Obsessed With.

Do you guys remember this post I made a while back about hair care? Well, since then my hair routine has changed just enough that I felt I needed to make a new post. And in the summer, Texas gets super humid, so my focus goes from moisturizing to frizz control.

I wash my hair maybe every two or three days, depending on how greasy it’s gotten. Since it’s curly, the oils hang out near my scalp. I use Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner. I forgot to take a picture of it, oops. It’s really helped get my hair from dry and brittle to really soft and silky.

Now, here’s what I use afterwards:

hair lineup

This isn’t an every day thing, since I don’t wash my hair every day. But I’m really enjoying how the Redken shampoo has eliminated the need for a lot of the serums and products I’ve been using.

Coconut Oil:

coconut oil

Every two weeks, I use coconut oil as an overnight hair mask. I get this Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil from the Indian grocery store, but it’s cheaper on Amazon. It’s really moisturizing, and once I wash it out, my hair is noticeably more hydrated.

Redken One United:

redken one united

This stuff is seriously magic. I use it when my hair is damp but not nearly dry, just to detangle it and brush it out. It’s Redken’s One United All-In-One Multi-Benefit Treatment,  and it’s a leave-in conditioner and detangler and hair treatment all in one. It’s so wonderful. And it smells amazing.

The Redken is a little pricey, but Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Long and Strong leave in conditioner  is really nice too.

CHI Iron Guard:

chi spray

I’ve been avoiding using heat on my hair unless absolutely necessary, but after a bad haircut I’ve been straightening the ends so they lay flat instead of poufing out. I’ve been using the CHI Iron Guard for years and years, and it does a great job. I really saturate my hair with it before using my flat iron or curling wand, and so far I’ve been fine.

Not Your Mother’s Volumizing Hairspray:

nym hairspray

I’m not a huge fan of hairspray. I feel like it’s heavy and sticky and makes my hair crunchy. But this one, Not Your Mother’s She’s a Tease Volumizing Hairspray. Also it smells pretty nice too. It holds my hair down without making it too stiff or crunchy, and if I sleep on it it’s not horrendously misshapen and plastered to the side of my head like with other sprays.

I wish this post was more detailed about exactly what I do to my hair, but really, I’ve been trying to make my life more simple and less overwhelming.

Also, all of these links lead to Amazon, where I have an Affiliate account. Buying something from one of my links would let me collect a few cents for every dollar, but really, all the opinions are my own, from products that I’ve already gone and bought myself.

And as always, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram, and by email at thisisnotaquickstory@gmail.com.

 

 

I Am Obsessed With Candles

I even have a Pinterest board devoted to candles I want. My mother thinks I’m ridiculous. Whenever we go to World Market or Pier 1 or really anywhere that sells candles, I have to smell them all and maybe buy a bunch. I’ve recently forbidden myself from buying more candles unless I burn up a good portion of the ones I’ve already got. As I’m doing so, I’m making a list that I really enjoyed, and am planning on buying again.

This one is from the World Market Destination Candles line, and the scent is Saigon Passion Fruit. I think it smells like candy. It’s sweet, but in a fruity (obviously) way. I’m not so much a fan of baked-good-scented candles, so I can’t stand things like vanilla or almonds or whatever my mom’s got hanging out in the kitchen. I do have to note that it’s very strong, so I keep it in its box when I haven’t got it lit. The only thing I’m not 100% on is the violent pinkness of the packaging and the jar. I’m not a fan of pink, but let’s be real, this candle smells great.

Saigon candle

The next candle is also from World Market, from the Apothecary Candle line. I got it about two years ago, and I don’t think they carry it anymore. Well, maybe. I saw one while I was at World Market a few weeks ago but they aren’t online so I’m not able to give you guys a link. It’s definitely fruity, and burns slowly, and even when it isn’t lit, I can leave the lid off and the scent still permeates the room.

passion candle

My newest candle is the Peach Prosecco scent that I got from Target, part of the Signature Soy collection. I think it’s another discontinued one, because I can’t find it online, but here is the rest of the Signature Soy collection. I did find the Peach Prosecco in the Target nearest me, so there’s that. It’s lightly fruity, but not overly sweet. It reminds me of summertime, hence the sea shells in the photo, which I got on a cruise.

peach candle

I also like a lot of the Bath and Body Works candles, because they’re super scented and there’s a million scents, but I haven’t gotten anything on hand to show you. I managed to burn through my stash sometime last month.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I spent way too long taking pictures of candles in a makeshift photo studio which is really a white sheet draped over my brother’s desk. Remember, you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Email me with collab ideas or just say hi at thisisnotaquickstory@gmail.com. Hope you liked it!