All About MY HAIR: A Sarah Howard Hair-istory
If you are an avid reader of this blog, then you are well aware of my deep-rooted obsession with my hair. When people ask me what I think is my best feature, I answer without pause, “my hair.” Needless to say, I’m very proud of my mane.
But these locks take work to maintain. And many of you have asked what I do for hair maintenance, so I’ve decided to devote this entire post to MY hair. Self indulgent, I know.
Feel free to stop reading at any time… but, for those interested in a few tips, read on:
While I don’t wash my hair every day, when I do wash, I always use a sulfate, paraben and petrochemical-free Shampoo and Condition. Most importantly, is sulfate-free. Click here to learn why sulfates are the worst thing for your strands.
I am also working on my own line of sulfate, paraben, and petrochemical-free products which will include an all-natural Shampoo and Conditioner and will launch in the coming months… more to come on that soon!
On a daily basis, I allow my hair to dry naturally. In the summer, I like to spritz Bumble and Bumble’s Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist (see image above) to add some emphasis to my already wavy hair. I can reapply throughout the day, and even next day.
I also like a good oil. I feel that it controls frizzies and adds some bounce and separation to wavy hair. I use a variety of hair oils (whatever I have in my beauty cabinet) but favor Kerastase Nutritive Oleo-Relax Serum.
If I am hitting the town, I may throw in a few curls with a 1 1/2 inch curling iron (I rarely ever curl my entire head – I like the messy curl look – see images below) and then I’ll finish the look with a few spritz’s of hair spray. I am obsessed with L’Oreal’s Elnet, but again, I use whatever is around.
Second and sometimes even third day hair looks better than just washed hair because it has natural oils. However, I loathe an oily front section, so I will pull the back area of my hair into a bun and keep my bangs out and JUST WASH MY BANGS WITH SHAMPOO. I then dry my bangs with the Vidal Sassoon Professional Styling Hair Dryer, Model VS540. It has 3 brush attachments. I use the thinnest comb attachment. It straightens the bang area a bit so that it doesn’t go all puffy on me. This is a very cheap blow dryer but I LOVE it and have turned every single one of my friends on to it. It also straightens your entire head in minutes, it’s like brushing your hair.
However, I hate straightening my own hair and prefer to go to a salon and have a professional do it for me. I do this about once a week. Sometimes, I feel a bit too prissy with straight hair (see below image). I like the look better for winter when you’re meant to be all done up.
COLOR/ CUT/ TREATMENTS
On the east coast, I get my hair cut and colored at The Pierre Michel Salon (my father owns it, so I’m slightly biased). I switch up people often. For my cut, I like Mitch, Gilda and Terry. For my color, I like Reynald, Ludavic and, most recently, Ida. And I’m really into having natural roots and just coloring from about 3 inches from the roots down with extra light tips – it’s called the “ombre” effect and is more of a natural, sunkissed look.
I do, however, love Marie Robinson for color as well. She’s a genius.
On the west coast, I always go to Jen Atkin for cut and George Papinikolas for color at the Andy Lecompte Salon.
I ONLY DO BALIAGE FOR COLOR – NEVER FOILS! Foils frighten me – they are used for cooking, not for hair color.
A deep conditioning treatment is vital. I like to use a hair masque every few days. You can also get a salon treatment – like keratin – if your hair is considerably damaged. But make sure that it is color-safe.