In the same way that a capsule wardrobe takes much of the guesswork out of getting dressed in the morning, I’ve been honing in on a beauty routine that is consistent and not too time consuming. I love mixing it up from time to time (like with these little 5 minute hair tutorials), but my go to move twice a week is taking the time to properly blowout my hair and add casual waves that can get me through the next day or two. (After careful study at my favorite salon, of course. This was not something that came super natural to me!) I have loved Living Proof products since I was first introduced to them when we did this post and I seriously can’t recommend them enough. At this point I have used almost every one of their products, so I couldn’t wait to try their Restore line– especially their newest addition: the Restore Perfecting Spray. The Restore line is perfect for someone like me who highlights my hair and uses heat tools like a blow dryer and curling iron on the regular. Keep reading for my thoughts on the product (spoiler alert: I love it!) and my simple at home blowout that has become part of my routine…
Step 1: As soon as I get out of the shower with wet hair, I spray the Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray generously from roots to ends. It’s light, doesn’t weigh down your hair, and makes detangling easy. (Brushing through tangly, wet hair is one of the main causes of damage to your luscious locks, by the way!) It smoothes, strengthens and softens – giving you improved strength, smoothness and shine. Plus, it has UV protection making it perfect for those summers when you’re beachside or lounging by the pool. It’s so good for the day to day, though, because it protects your hair from damage caused by heat tools (like those used during a blowout), up to 400 degrees. After the Restore Perfecting Spray, I also add Living Proof Root Lifting Spray as well.
Step 2: Brush through your hair with a paddle brush. This step is dual purpose. You’ll want to get the tangles out, but it also ensures that the product gets evenly distributed in your hair.
Step 3: To begin your blowout, flip your head upside down and blow dry until your hair is about 80% dry.
Step 4: Using a round brush and some salon clips, section of your hair and blow dry using a metal round brush. When the brush is closest to the root, pull up on the brush and blow dry from underneath for added volume. Finish with the crown of your head and pieces framing your face. Play with the round brush and how you pull it out of your hair. You can turn it more vertically for a straight or wavy look and keep horizontal for a look that’s slightly curled under or flipped out.
Step 5: Finish with a small amount of the Living Proof Instant Repair. This stuff is so great! It tames fly aways and frizz without weighing your hair down. (Just be sure to use a modest amount.)
If you want a straight hair look, then you’re done! I usually like to go in and add some relaxed waves for added texture and finish with the Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray. I love how the Living Proof Restore products leave my hair feeling soft and bouncy, as opposed to broken and, for lack of a better word, crispy?! The Restore Perfecting Spray has become such a big part of my beauty routine now. I noticed a difference with the first use, but after having used it for a little over a week now my hair feels so much healthier! I seriously can’t recommend this product enough!
(Oh, and if you want to make your look last an extra day or two? Be sure to try the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo!)
Do you color your hair or use heat tools? Any tricks for keeping it looking healthy? Shampooing less frequently and the Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray seem to be doing the trick for me!
Photography by Katie Jameson
(This post was sponsored by Living Proof. A brand I love and know you will, too!)