How to Become #HairGoals AF

Considering my handle is The Laughing Blonde, it really comes as no surprise that I’m a fan of my hair, right? I’ve written about my struggs with my hair in a previous post. In case you’re lazy and don’t wanna read it, here’s a quick recap: I have pretty long hair that I’ve been color-treating for at about a decade, and up until recently I was freaking out because I thought it was falling out at an alarming rate and I was f*cking terrified I’d wake up one day with a giant patch missing. I asked both my doctor and my hair stylist if she was concerned and after giving me the shadiest eye roll ever (stylist, not doctor), she said that I was being dramatic and that my hair was actually just breaking, not falling out (p.s., uhm yeah that didn’t comfort me that much more, because now I’ll just have random spikes all over my head??

So I’ve been on this hair care regimen the last few months to do whatever I can to keep my hair as healthy as possible. Within reason, of course, because there’s now way in hell I’m giving up these blonde locks any time soon, that’s for sure. I can be all, “help me, I’m poor!” but still manage to find $225 to shell out for the ride color mix and toner, ya feel me ladies? #Priorities.

I would be remiss to not point out that although I’m forreal confident that the products I’m talking about in this post actually do positively impact my hair, the best thing I did for it was get it cut. I was shedding like a dog in August at one point. Once I remembered that it had been like 11 months since my last trim and that my split ends were practically crying to be hacked up, I made an appointment, got a cut, and my hair immediately looked + felt healthier. That said, here are my current favorite hair products that I use on a daily (or weekly) basis:

  1. Serum

The winner is: Kerastase Initialiste: Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrates — I can’t lie to you guys, this is not cheap. Nothing Kerastase produces ever is. I know that they say, “the best things in life are free.” Well that might be true, but the best hair products typically freaking expensive. HOWEVER. You need to know that it actually works. When I was in tears with my stylist telling her that about my balding fears, she told me that this would fix it right up. She was SO right! After I take a shower and comb out my hair, I put 4-6 drops of this on my scalp and massage it in.Just remember that it only really works if you use it every time you wash your hair. You’ll start seeing results in about two months!

Kerastase Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrates: Amazon, $44

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2. Dry Shampoo

Who remember LC from Laguna and The Hills? I mean, who could forget the intro set to Hilary Duff’s “Come Clean” when LC licked whipped cream off on Stephen’s nose?! Iconic. Anyways, LC grew up and is now Lauren Conrad: Insanely Talented/ World Renowned Lady Boss. WELL. Her personal hair guru came out with a product line at Target with all these fantastic hair products that everybody in my office was dying over, so naturally I had to order because lol what’s a savings account?? TFG for my lack of self control, because I finally found my favorite dry shampoo EVER! This one just actually makes my hair look clean instead of looking like I sprayed some random sh*t in it. How many days is too many days to substitute actual shampoo for dry shampoo? The limit does not exist, amirite?

Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo: Target, $14

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3. Shampoo/ Conditioner

This right here is a dead tie. Blondies, you’ll understand the struggle. Initially, my favorite shampoo/conditioner combo is Function of Beauty. I wrote an entire post about it last month – this company let’s you customize your own products based on your #HairGoals. You can even choose the color and scent you’d like! It’s amazing, and I still firmly believe that it has changed my hair for the better. If you have any color hair besides blonde, I will recommend this stuff until the day I die (or until some research scientist comes out and tells me that it’s ruining my hair, then I’m suing for $10MM, minimum. Girl’s gotta pay bills, ya feel?). BTW, they use a referral program. I highly recommend that you read my whole post on this stuff and if you like it and order it through my link, you’ll get $5 off your order. You’re welcome!

Ok so now onto the struggle for me. I recently started using BLNDN, which is a company that caters exclusively to blondes. You know me, send me a product that highlights my highlights (see what I did there 😉 ) and I’m all for it! Anybody who has color treated blonde hair knows that Purple Shampoo is what you should be using. I’m not a chemist, but it has something to do with the way the purple reacts with your hair to make sure it doesn’t get brassy and gross. The first thing you should know is that I noticed immediate results after the first time I used the shampoo. My blonde was a little brighter than it had been before, noticeably so. After weeks of using this now, I’m still insanely happy with the product. So what I’ve been doing is using the Function of Beauty conditioner each wash, and alternating between the BLNDN and Function of Beauty shampoos. My hair has never looked so good! PS- For $15 off your order, use the code “laughingblonde” at checkout!

Function of Beauty, $25          BLNDN Brightening Shampoo, $28

 

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4. Smoothing Cream

Once again, we have a tie.My typical hair style is using a curling wand on my hair, brushing it out so it’s more natural looking, and then using a smoothing cream on it to tame the frizz and make it look like #IWokeUpLikeThis ya know? For years, I’ve been using Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk. It. Is. Incredible. I use a drop the size of a quarter on my dry hair after I’ve brushed it out, and it always looks good! And I love the smell, too! This is one of those products that if someone said, “you’re trapped on a dessert island and you can only bring one hair product, what do you choose?” I would say this stuff. It’s a drugstore product and it works, so there’s really very little downside there.

I’ve just started switching in the BLNDN Balancing Leave-In Cream into my hair care routine. I just feel like ok, if I’m willing to pay $200+ every few months to get the right shade of blonde, then I should probably forgo a few of those late-night burritos that I DON’T NEED to spend the money on something I do need, which are products designed for blonde hair. The BLNDN cream is just as good as the Garnier one, and it’s meant to protect + preserve the color that I want, which is why I’ve recently made the switch. If your’re trying to squeeze an extra few weeks between appointments, this is def the way to go. Use code “laughingblonde” for $15 off your order!

Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk: Target, $3.42            BLNDN Balancing Leave-In Cream, $19

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5. Brush.

Trick question, because I use a comb! I have done a disturbing amount of damage to my hair with brushes. I was so pumped when the Wet Brush came out a couple of years ago, because it seemed like it cut right through all the knots + tangles that seemed to magically appear. TBH, sometimes my hair feels like earphones. You know how when you put your earphones in your bag and there’s no knots but when you take them out, you’re like WTF did you do in there for 3 minutes?? That’s how i feel about my hair. If I have it down while I’m working all day, I’ll still go home at the end of the day and have a giant clump of knots near the base of my neck. Using a big wide-toothed comb the last few months has drastically minimized the amount of breakage I get from brushing out my hair because it forces me to brush from tip to root, instead of the other way around (which is what causes more knots + eventually more breakage.) Added bonus: You can get one at your CVS for $2.

There’s always an exception to every rule. Like I said, I’ve done away with the brushes… except for when my hair is dry and I’m on the go. Then I use my Milk + Sass Macaron brush, which is this cute little compact brush that fits in any purse (or desk drawer, which is wear I keep mine at work). I still feel like it’s gentle on my hair and the design of it actually prevents me from ripping through the knots and ultimately destroying my head. Bonus points that it comes in a ton of really cute colors!

Milk + Sass Macaron for Hair: $15

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6. Hair Ties

Until last summer, I lived in ignorant bliss of the damage that my hair ties were doing. It wasn’t until my little sister said that she stopped putting her hair in pony tails because the hair ties were causing her breakage and giving her lil ugly baby hairs that I even thought about it. As soon as she said it, I put my hair in the position in a pony tail position and ran my hand against my hair in the opposite direction so I could separate the pony from the hairs that had broken off around the hair tie. OMFG IT WAS TRAGIC AF. there was SO MANY, I wanted to cry! Damn you, elastic bands, for doing this to me! For basically all of fall + winter, I suffered through workouts with my hair down because I didn’t want to put the bands in my hair and ruin it any more than I already had. The sweating this caused was gnarly and disgusting and I can’t even talk about it. Ew. That’s all I have to say.

The only hair ties I use now are the Milk + Sass Sugar Twists. They look kinda like the bracelet things you put your keys on which was weird at first, but I’ve moved on from the appearance because I’ve fallen in love with the performance. They never pull my hair out, they fit securely around my pony tail, AND they don’t leave an indent mark in my hair.#Winning.

Milk + Sass Sugar Twists in Caramel Toffee: Milk + Sass, $7.99

Well, that’s all I have for today, friends. Now you know why my hair is so big. You know all the secrets its filled with..

xo, AJ


Where To Buy:

Kerastase: Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrates: Amazon, $44

Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo: Target, $14

Function of Beauty Shampoo + Conditoner: $25 or $50

BLNDN Brightening Purple Shampoo: BLNDN, $28

BLNDN Balancing Leave-In Cream: BLNDN, $19

Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk: Target, $3.42

Milk + Sass Macaron for Hair: Milk + Sass, $15

Milk + Sass Sugar Twists in Caramel Toffee: Milk + Sass, $7.99

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