I’ve talked before about my blowout routine and hair washing routine in previous posts. I’m pretty much still doing the same routine as I always have but I wanted to share some of my favorite hair tools with y’all since the right tools (and products) can make all the difference!
First off are my hot tools— I really only use a hair dryer and curling iron these days. I kind of abandoned flat irons a few years ago because even when my hair is straight, I like a style with a little shape and bounce and I find that is best achieved with velcro rollers versus flattening my hair out.
My hair dryer is by Elchim and I love it. It’s made in Italy and I’ve had it for several years. I actually used to use my CHI Touch hairdryer pretty much exclusively, but one day I decided to go back to my Elchim and I do have to say it emits air at a higher speed and more powerful level which I feel cuts down significantly on drying time. The CHI was also excellent, but this one is faster because it’s more powerful. As you can see, I do have a piece of clear tape because the back filter came off when I dropped it, but it still works perfectly.
My curling iron is by Hot Tools. It’s the 1 1/4 inch and I’ve used it for years. I prefer to use irons with a clamp and this one has 10 heat settings (I usually keep it at about a 7). It also has a swivel cord that prevents the cord from twisting and tangling as you’re using it. I love it because it creates perfect curls/loose waves and they really last. The key is to use a heat setting that will hold your curl— sometimes that means you need a little extra and if you have fine hair a lower heat setting will usually do the trick. I have already repurchased this curling iron after my first one stopped working after a few years and I don’t regret it!hair dryer (this model also gets great reviews) | curling iron
The round brush I use is by Nexxus and it’s their volume brush. It contains ceramic and tourmaline for even heat distribution and frizz reduction. It also has a combination of bristles, which I personally prefer as I find it gives the best results and really smooths the hair as you style it in sections.
The rollers I use come in various sizes. I use the larger ones for the back and underneath parts of my hair and the smaller/medium ones around my face framing layers. The rule of thumb here is that the larger the roller, the more it’s for volume and the smaller rollers can give more of a bend/shape/wave to the hair. Keep in mind that velcro rollers are not like hot rollers and will not create curls. I just find that using them as I blow out my hair helps my style last longer, which is essential given that I only wash my hair twice per week.
The colorful roller clips I use to hold the velcro rollers in place are life savers. I use them sometimes to hold a topknot in place and when I wash my face at night, I use them to pull my hair out of my face. Every woman should have these around!nexxus volume round brush | the wet brush | velcro rollers (assorted sizes) | roller clips
I’m long overdue to update my hair routine/blowout technique post with some better photos, so it’s my goal to do that in the next few months…maybe on maternity leave! I will also try to shoot a video showing how I put the rollers in. Like I said, this extra step really makes hair feel bouncy and helps the volume you created last on your first day hair and beyond.
Hope your week is going great!