September 29, 2015

Must-haves for shoulder-length hair

A few months ago I made a drastic change and cut off about a foot of hair!
Eeek! Last pic with long hair!

Donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths

On the way home from the salon, in LOVE with my new cut!

I absolutely absolutely love it! I feel so much more polished and ...lighter somehow. And I'm thrilled to report that my ponytails now stay poofy withOUT having to use this tip or this tip. Yay!

It did did take awhile to get the hang of styling it though. After having long hair for like 4 years, it was a whole new ballpark. My amazing stylist suggested four products for my hair type and cut, and I politely thanked her for the advice, but didn't buy any of them, thinking that I already had stuff that would work.


After about 2 weeks of floofy weird hair that wouldn't curl right, I swallowed my pride and ordered the four products:
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1. Simply Smooth Magic Potion conditioner
2. Alterna Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil Mist
3. Redken Clear Moisture Shampoo
4. BaByliss 1 inch curling iron

Total game changers. I have a LOT of very fine hair (thick but fine) with some poodle-y waves in the back. That conditioner is MIRACULOUS. I ditched the no-poo a couple years ago, because it wasn't working on my color treated hair. But I still only wash my hair once or twice a week. That conditioner is theeeee best conditioner I have ever used. And I've used a LOT of conditioners. It detangles but leaves zero ZERO residue. It smells amazing, and leaves my hair shiny and not even a smidge weighed down.  I highly recommend it.  If you haven't noticed... ha.

Those four things finally helped me achieve the glossy piecey bouncy hair I wanted! And combined with the Small Things Blog's videos on curling shoulder length hair, I was finally able to get the wavy look I was going for. (Note, she uses a 1 1/14 Babyliss iron, but I like the 1 inch) The trick, I've found is to curl the hair into ringlets, by keeping the curling iron vertical. Then when you're done curling and you basically feel like Shirley Temple, spray with the dry oil and run your fingers through it to break up the curls. Voila!


  1. I'm in awe of your super gorgeous hair!!

  2. How cute! I just love your new style.It's a very flattering length, and you styled it so well. I have shoulder length hair and have yet to conquer those kinds of waves.

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  4. Keep posting the good work. Some really helpful information in there. Bookmarked. Nice to see your follicles