Kristyn's Hair Tutorial

Alright y'all... the post you've been asking (and very patiently waiting) for is finally here!! I'm really excited to bring you a post all about MY hair, ha! Many of you have asked about how I maintain + style my hair. SO for today's post, I'm going to answer ALL of your questions (hopefully).

As a precursor -- I will say that I have extremely thick and long hair. So my tips + tricks may/will not work for everyone. BUT, hopefully you can use some of what I talk about in this post. Also, I'll link to the exact products I use throughout the post so hopefully you can snag the same products for yourself!

For as long as I can remember, I've been highlighting my hair. YES, my natural hair color isn't blonde. I ADMIT IT!!! Many days of my youth were spent in the pool. All of the chlorine damaged my hair and left it dry and faded the brown that I was born with. The color just wasn't doing anything for me, so I decided to start getting highlights. My biggest piece of advice:**If you want to change the color of your hair... PAY to have it done professionally. Whether you want one color all over or highlights, I cannot stress enough how much it's worth the money to have someone do it right. The biggest goal is you want your hair to look natural. I'm sorry, but most box dye jobs can't do that.

Now I realize that coloring your hair can be expensive. For me, it's the one thing I splurge on. I cut back in other areas and save for my "every three month" visit to Kenny. Kenny is my hairstylist here in DC and he's BEYOND amazing. I've gone to him ever since I moved here and HIGHLY recommend him.

Thanks to the work that Kenny does and the products he uses, I don't have to do any additional maintenance or upkeep to my hair. I don't use any fancy products and will say that your typical drugstore shampoos and conditioners will do the trick. I use Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Shampoo and Conditioner (for color-treated hair). I've used this for about 10 years now. I love their products + they smell amazing too.

Since I have EXTREMELY thick hair, I use Johnson's No More Tangles Detangling Spray. Don't laugh, yes it's for children, but it's the best detangler for those of you who have thick hair.

I simply comb out my hair using a paddle brush and blow dry. The BEST hairdryer is Conair Infiniti Pro Hair Dryer. It's SUPER powerful and helps cut down on the dry time (which I desperately need!).

If I'm running short on time in the mornings, then I'll forgo washing my hair and use dry shampoo. Tips for getting the best dry shampoo look?
  • Once again, I use Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Dry Shampoo for color-treated hair. 
  • In the morning after I rinse off, I'll comb out my hair and then spray a heavy coat of dry shampoo all throughout my hair. Not just the roots. 
  • Then I'll take my hair dryer and for less than a minute, dry my hair. It sounds funny, but it helps get rid of the "white powder" residue and dry any hair that got wet when I rinsed off.
  • Then I'll comb out my hair once again, and it's ready to curl.
  • I've found that the curls hold better when your hair has product in it, so spraying the dry shampoo all over helps the ends curl really well. 

Next, how I curl my hair.

So again, don't laugh. I will say that I'm pretty "old fashioned" when it comes to how I take care of and style my hair. Don't fix what ain't broken I say!

I use hot rollers. Yep. That's the trick. At least for me anyway. No, not the sponges and no I don't sleep in rollers overnight. They're plastic rollers that heat within, and then you use metal pins to hold them in place.

The best set of rollers is Revlon RV261 20-Roller Ionic Professional Hairsetter. As far as I know, you can't buy the set in stores. I found it on Amazon though. It'll be the best investment for several reasons. 1. they've lasted me for 10+ years, and 2. they save you TONS of time!!

Instead of standing in front of the mirror for an hour using a handheld curling iron, it takes me less than 10 minutes to put the curlers in my hair. I then can use the time while they're setting to do my makeup. Hey, I'm all about the time saving steps in the mornings. I love my sleep. 

Once my makeup is done, about 10-15 minutes after you finish putting the curlers in, you take them out! Time saving at its finest.

To curl, I start at the roots and use the larger curlers. Next, I do the sides or hair that will be around my face, using the smallest curler. Then I do the back, or crown of my head, with the large curlers again. Then I just fill in the rest of my hair with the medium size and any remaining small curlers. For my hair it takes about the entire set of curlers.

After your curlers have set, remove the pins. At first your hair will probably look like Shirley Temple, but do not fret. Another tip? DON'T SHAKE OUT YOUR HAIR!!!!! That's the quickest way to looking like your mom in the 80's. Your curls will fall out some after a minute or two, and the curls won't be as full.

Finally, style how you see fit. I usually pin my bangs back so they aren't bothering me throughout the day. Then, spray. The BEST hair spray, hands down, is Aussie Instant Freeze.

Trust me. I've tried 10-15 different sprays and nothing has ever worked as good. Bonus? It's cheap. This amazing product has held up countless curls, even through the extreme summer heat and harsh, winter winds. Purchase it. Love it. Use it. It'll be your hair's best friend!!

Any questions?? Email me or leave in the comments below. Happy to answer anything that I may have left out. 


Monica {Cake and Lilies} said...

Yes! So glad you posted this! I'm trying to dabble into curl territory (I used to have curly hair when I was younger but it's turned more straight/wavy now) and hate to admit this, but I'm kind of scared of curling irons! The whole burn thing... and taking notes on hairspray :)

Alicia said...

Yesss, loved being able to see this IRL and I'm glad you got this post up! The minute I get long hair again, I'm totally switching to hot rollers! Since I still cannot master the curling iron, haha!

xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

Dana said...

OMG. I had no idea you don't use a curling iron! Love love love your tips, definitely going to have to try some of those products!

Pink Champagne Problems

Primp & Proper said...

I'm not a huge fan of curling irons either Monica! They take too long and I burn myself pretty easily LOL

Primp & Proper said...

Me too Alicia! It was LONG overdue, ha! YAY! Can't wait to see what you think of hot rollers!

Primp & Proper said...

Yes mam!! Enjoy the products! Xo

katie // a touch of teal said...

YES! SOOOOO excited to get some hot rollers and give this a whirl. Might need to have you over the first time I do it...

xo katie // a touch of teal

Primp & Proper said...

Happy to help!! #rollingparty haha

Unknown said...

Loved this hair tutorial!! Great tips, and totally need to spray my hair all over with dry shampoo (I've only been getting the roots.) THANKS! xo!


Primp & Proper said...

Thanks Julien!! Glad you enjoyed the post. Have a great weekend! Xo


Unknown said...

Love this tutorial!! So good to hear your tip about the dry shampoo all over! Your hair is always amazing, so love seeing an insight into the process!

xo Bree

Primp & Proper said...

Thanks Bree! Glad it could help :) Hope you had a great weekend!! Xo

Unknown said...

Aw I love this tutorial! I can't believe you use rollers- maybe I'll try those too!

XO Corbin Tate
Classy South Blog

Primp & Proper said...

You definitely should Corbin!! They're life and time saving!!