Are You OK With Second-Day Hair?

Dirty hair can be a touchy subject, I know. While most think that it isn't for everyone, I will always recommend that my clients do not wash their hair every day. If you have super fine hair that gets greasy within mere hours of blowdrying and styling, I've got some tips for you too! Fear not, I'm here to help.

I have a pretty standard mop in the hair realm. I hate using the word "normal" to describe anything (because what the hell is normal anyway?), but I've lucked out with no-fuss, strong, happy hair. My strands are fine, but I have a whole lot of them, making my hair super dense and as most would say, thick. I can usually go a week (here's the part where we all gasp in horror) before washing my hair, but I do a few important things in order to maintain it each day!

Follow along for some easy tips and tricks to make your blowout last for days, and still feel comfortable leaving your house!

Cyber Monday Love

Cyber Monday (Tuesday? Week?) has always cracked me up. I've never been a big shopper, especially a full price shopper, BUT regardless of how I feel about that, Cyber Monday deals are seriously insane. Here are some that might just make me break the credit card out.

All of the NuMe deals are killing me! $79.99 for any set with code STUNNING is so insane. How many curling wands is too many...?

I've had my eye on these booties for a while now.

Will someone please get me this already?! And the cookbook that goes along with it - I've only heard amazing things.

Um, under $50 for this?! Yes, please.

I've somehow gotten roped into more than a few Secret Santa swaps this year. This and this would be perfect.

Birchbox always kills it with cute gifts. Um, hello? An Advent calendar made of NAILPOLISH? AND! Get an additional 25% off with code PARTYON. Win win.

Where are you shopping this holiday season?

Fall 2015 Hair Color - Trend Report

Hi, my name is Katie and I am a hairstylist. I'm a hairstylist that never colors her hair. I know, I know. You're all thinking I'm crazy to be yapping away about hair color trends, but never taking the plunge myself. Well, let me say this - I happen to love my natural strawberry blonde shade, and I also happen to be very low maintenance when it comes to my hair. I love keeping up with all of your double process blondes every 3 weeks, but me, I'll stick with what I have.

Even though I'm not changing up my locks, read on to find out what I wish I was doing in my Fall 2015 Hair Color Trend Report!

Icy Blonde
cool blonde hair

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Works best on fine, naturally light-ish hair. Take a look at this post discussing the 2016 TIGI Bed Head Collection where TIGI Worldwide Creative Director Anthony Mascolo explains this amazing formulation.

Rose Gold
rose gold hair

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According to this Paul Mitchell post, I'm late to the rose gold party. BUT! I will argue that this trend is here to stay for a bit longer. I'm still getting requests left and right for this fun, but-not-too-crazy shade.

Pumpkin Spice!
pumpkin spice hair

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Last but not least, Fall 2015's biggest trend in hair color is pumpkin spice hair, because well, duh. A few years back, I worked at ARROJO Studio in SoHo, and one of my coworkers was featured in this Bustle article for her PSL hair color. Call it what you will - red, copper, etc. - I am actually obsessed with this trend. Probably because I natually have (some sort of iteration of) #pumpkinspicehair. I'm rolling with this one, don't try and shoot me down!

Fall Faves

The weather in New Jersey had been kind of crazy - I mean, 38 degrees one day and 75 the next? I'll never complain about a 75 degree day, but come on mother nature, get your shit together. No more mind games. I also need to put some of my summer clothes in storage so I have more room in my closet to go shopping.

Here are some items I've been lusting over lately, what do you think?

My plaid collection keeps growing... Can't stop, won't stop.

These are probably the fifth paid or d'orsay flats I've been obsessed with this season.

Even though I kind of feel like I'm traveling back in middle school, I love this skirt from Gap.

Give me all the layered sweaters!

This parka will hopefully help me through frigid NYC winters

Elbow patches for life!

Jeweled neckline? Yes, please.

I'd wear this sweater vest with every dress I own.

Monday Morning Confessions

Giving my Monday Hair-spiration posts a break because I seriously loved reading Kallie's 10 Monday Morning Confessions post a few weeks back. Like, I loved it so much I read it twice. Maybe three times. Oops. Anyway! I've been wanting to do one of my own, so let's celebrate my office being closed for Columbus Day (wooo!) and get into it. First, here's a photo of some delicious fall treats we got at work last week. YUM. OK! Moving on.

1. I gave myself a haircut last night. In my bathroom. In my pajamas. Not a little bang trim, not some split end help, I gave myself a serious two-inch hair cut. It was badly needed. Don't judge me.

2. I'm nearing the end of my twenties, and I still am not too sure what I want to be when I "grow up". I'm the type of person who is always searching for the next thing. Where do I want to live, what do I want to be doing, let me quickly redo my entire living room, can I have another cat, if so when and how many? You get it. And it's really no different with my career path. Since graduating from college, I have been: a teacher, art historian, interior designer, graphic & web designer, hair stylist, and now I'm working in the beauty industry doing product development! Shit guys, writing that out made me just a little more self conscious about all of that... Anyway, right now I'm working my day-to-day making awesome products for awesome brands, and still doing hair freelance, teaching some styling classes and doing lots of at-home haircuts/color, along with some bridal, and I'm super happy where I'm at. (I felt like that was originally intended to vent and complain, but I basically just solidified the fact that I'm happy and content with what I'm doing. Life is a HUGE rollercoaster, and I need to be OK with where it takes me! Sheesh #biggirlproblems) 

3. I really want to dive into The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, but I am TERRIFIED. Am I the only one? I really can't be, huh? Sometimes I am totally down with letting it all go, but other times I feel like I'm throwing things away that I've worked so hard for! Maybe I'll get around to it one day. Until then, clutter is eating me alive!

4. I recently caved and did the most basic thing any human can do - I got the rose gold iPhone 6S. And I'm not even sorry about it. UPDATE! I also grabbed my first PSL today. I regret nothing.

5. I am having such a stressful time planning my wedding! I never thought I'd feel this way, and honestly, I usually have all this planning stuff together like a boss. I swear. For some reason (maybe because it's literally one of the craziest, most important days of my life?) wedding planning is driving me bonkers. At least Mike is keeping me grounded. MUST. STAY. POSITIVE.

There you have it folks. Five things you'd never guess you'd want to know about me. Now excuse me while I go plan my next big career move and declutter my bookshelf.

Hair Kates HELP!

I get SO many hair questions on a daily basis, I thought it might be a good idea to not only address them in person when asked, but bring them here as well! If YOU have a question you're itching to get answered, tweet me with #hairkatesHELP and I'll be sure to make a post about it. Hooray, let's jump right in!

Probably the most common question that I get asked is "How do I properly use dry shampoo? Where the hell do I spray it?!"

I think a common misconception about using dry shampoo is that you spray it all over your hair. Not true. Your root area, closest to your scalp, is the part of your noggin that will get the oiliest, the fastest. Let's get to it!

1. When using dry shampoo, I always recommend taking a slightly diagonal back section from the temple back to the crown. This is generally where you'll need it the most.

2. Direct the hair up, and dry shampoo the heck out of you hair at the part!

3. See below for a super silly shot of me getting dry shampoo-clean!

Guys, it really is that simple. Here's to (faux) clean hair!

Stay tuned for a post talking about my favorite dry shampoo products. It'll be a good one, I promise. Remember, don't forget to tweet #hairkatesHELP to get your burning hair questions answered!

Monday Hair-Spiration - Wedding Hair!

Planning a wedding is TOUGH. I was absolutely sure I would love going through the planning process, having a total pinterest-worthy wedding, making all of the decisions on my own. Well, I was wrong. We have very large families, lots of important friends, high expectations, a picky bride -ahem- and a tight budget. Mike and I are very practical when it comes to spending, and although we want the badass dream day, spending $30,000+ is just not us. It's been very tough finding a non-traditional wedding venue in New Jersey that fits our style, and food for less than $125 per person. It seems like as soon as you say "wedding" the price skyrockets.

Maybe venue and menu planning isn't my thing, so I've stopped focusing on that and started honing in on hairstyles. Obviously. Time to take a deep breath, stop stressing about this being the perfect day (because, no matter what, it will be), and enjoy some beautiful hair.


Let's Talk Texture

Everyone loves that just-woke-up, bedhead look. Well, at least, I love that just-woke-up, bedhead look. The best part about it, is that if I take the time to do my hair on Monday, with the right arsenal of product, I can go the rest of the week (don't judge me!) effortlessly waking up 30 minutes later than usual, shaking my head upside down, and running out the door to catch my train.

Another great thing about these products is that I really believe that they are universal, and can be used on fine hair, limp hair, frizzy hair, or thick hair to help perk up and refresh any style.

Here are my top three texturizing products

PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray If you want to save your strands from heat damage, this sea salt spray is a great product to let your hair air dry with. The best part? It won't give you that crunchy look you can get from other sea salt sprays! Fun fact: this is my number one favorite hair scent to date.

Oribe Apr├Ęs Beach Wave & Shine Spray I love this spray thanks to its 2-in-1 benefit: texture and shine. While I would love to run away to the Caribbean simply for the beachy hair, alas, I am stuck in New Jersey and Oribe will have to do. And honestly, I'm okay with that!

Amika Un.Done Texture Spray Amika has this amazing, uplifting, fresh scent across their entire line that I cannot get enough of. Now let's get to the nitty gritty - although there is no gritty feel left behind with this powerful little baby. I love spraying this all around, not just at the root, for an effortless style that stays all day. Also, having this packing on my bathroom shelf just makes the whole room prettier.

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