I promise this wasn’t procrastination, normally I would blame my lazy blogging skills but it takes me awhile to really get a feel for the quality of the cut. Sometimes you go to a hair salon where the stylist curls your hair and you aren’t really able to see how even they cut the layers (or sometimes how uneven!) so I usually wait a couple weeks until I’ve put my hair in all my usual styles to see how the cut stacks up.
What should I tell my stylist?
As a military wife, I travel a lot, and I take my pampering opportunities when they come. Sometimes this means going when we’re home in Arizona for the holidays (we visit a lot!) and grandma can watch the baby. This also means I have to find a new salon, which is a nightmare. Yelp helps, but often times I still walk into a salon with a certain amount of anxiety so I try to communicate what I want as clearly as I can. I always make sure to tell my stylist that I part my hair down the middle and to the side (it matters!), and that I want to keep my long layers. I always give the 90’s Jennifer Anniston cut as an example of a no-no, think more Kate Upton and less Rachel off Friends! I also communicate that I want a little bit of volume so it doesn’t look flat when curling my hair.
Right now my hair actually isn’t dyed or highlighted except on the ends. This is the product of an ombre done about 2 years ago! I know I should get it dyed again but I don’t hate my hair color enough to justify spending the money yet 😉
Right now I’m using Kenra’s moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s good, but it’s definitely not fantastic. I think my absolute favorite is ‘It’s a 10’ Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s a little pricey, but my hair has never been smoother! I also like L’oreal’s Everpure shampoo and THIS conditioner combo. I would say I use the L’oreal shampoo and conditioner most often because it’s affordable but also because using the conditioner is like going to the spa. It’s mint and rosemary scented and it’s absolutely to die for.
The whole experience was super relaxing and gave me exactly the kind of ‘me’ time I was looking for. I’m so grateful that I’m in a point in my life where I have my partner by my side to take care of the baby when I want to take a break and get some pampering done. It wasn’t always like that! Remembering back circa 2014 when Andrew broke his leg and I was finishing up my business degree. Isla was still super colicy and I was taking care of TWO babies who were in a lot of pain! Time for self improvement or pampering was few and far to come by back then. Counting my blessings! Thanks for coming on this journey with me, leave me a comment and let me know any salon advice you would give to people trying out a new stylist!