Smooth, De-Frizz, Add Shine.
Some days our hair is not so well-behaved. During these last weeks of summer, the humidity really takes a toll on my hair. Before meeting these products, I resolved to slick back wet hair into a bun every morning, but it was causing headaches and hair breakage. Time to try a little tenderness before the “wear your hair down” days of Fall begin.
I’ve taken the guess work out of these three options— no matter your budget. They all are weightless, non-sticky, non-greasy formulas to keep your hair looking frizz-free, shiny, and bouncy. 
Dove Frizz Free Shine cream serum — This serum works well on the ends of hair to minimize flyaways and gloss the strands (and it smells so good!). ($4.89)
mark. by Avon Give it to me straight lotion — This serum has consistently given me super-straight, super sleek hair that’s very Manhattan. It’s currently holding a front-row spot in my beauty cabinet. ($16) If you have curly hair, try the Curl to Curl reactivating mist to defrizz and define curls . 
Phyto Phytodefrisant — My hairdresser used this before blow-drying my hair, and I was stunned at the smoothness of the strands, the volume at the roots, and the overall shine! This is topping my beauty To-Buy list. ($26)

Smooth, De-Frizz, Add Shine.

Some days our hair is not so well-behaved. During these last weeks of summer, the humidity really takes a toll on my hair. Before meeting these products, I resolved to slick back wet hair into a bun every morning, but it was causing headaches and hair breakage. Time to try a little tenderness before the “wear your hair down” days of Fall begin.

I’ve taken the guess work out of these three options— no matter your budget. They all are weightless, non-sticky, non-greasy formulas to keep your hair looking frizz-free, shiny, and bouncy.

Dove Frizz Free Shine cream serum — This serum works well on the ends of hair to minimize flyaways and gloss the strands (and it smells so good!). ($4.89)

mark. by Avon Give it to me straight lotion — This serum has consistently given me super-straight, super sleek hair that’s very Manhattan. It’s currently holding a front-row spot in my beauty cabinet. ($16) If you have curly hair, try the Curl to Curl reactivating mist to defrizz and define curls .

Phyto Phytodefrisant — My hairdresser used this before blow-drying my hair, and I was stunned at the smoothness of the strands, the volume at the roots, and the overall shine! This is topping my beauty To-Buy list. ($26)

Hair Goodies.
These are my go-to hair tools for romantic (read: effortless), easy hair ‘dos.
Comb. Frederic Fekkai products are worth the splurge, and the comb I received in the Travel Kit is my favorite! I use it right after washing my hair to gently untangle and smooth.
Hair ties. Mane Message hair ties were introduced to me by Lara Ramos and Meg Biram (two lovely bloggers). These gentle, pretty elastics look as lovely on your wrist as they do on your ponytail. If you need to run an errand on the subway with your hair tied back, and want your strands kink-free when you’re back in the office with your hair down, these are the ties for you.
Hair pins. These pins are perfect for creating a voluminous top knot, low chignon, or french twist with precision. I keep mine in a candy tin on my bathroom shelf to keep them easily accessible.
Hair elastics. A stretchy, no-damage hair tie in a color that matches your hair (we’re not in middle school any more), is the perfect addition to your hair wardrobe. I like these when I want my hair up and out of the way, all day.
Teasing brush. This brush is more than a teasing brush. I use the pointed end to part my hair (especially for a dry-shampoo root spray), and the wiry bristles can pump up the volume or slick back a halo of flyaways, depending on how you use it.

Hair Goodies.

These are my go-to hair tools for romantic (read: effortless), easy hair ‘dos.

Comb. Frederic Fekkai products are worth the splurge, and the comb I received in the Travel Kit is my favorite! I use it right after washing my hair to gently untangle and smooth.

Hair ties. Mane Message hair ties were introduced to me by Lara Ramos and Meg Biram (two lovely bloggers). These gentle, pretty elastics look as lovely on your wrist as they do on your ponytail. If you need to run an errand on the subway with your hair tied back, and want your strands kink-free when you’re back in the office with your hair down, these are the ties for you.

Hair pins. These pins are perfect for creating a voluminous top knot, low chignon, or french twist with precision. I keep mine in a candy tin on my bathroom shelf to keep them easily accessible.

Hair elastics. A stretchy, no-damage hair tie in a color that matches your hair (we’re not in middle school any more), is the perfect addition to your hair wardrobe. I like these when I want my hair up and out of the way, all day.

Teasing brush. This brush is more than a teasing brush. I use the pointed end to part my hair (especially for a dry-shampoo root spray), and the wiry bristles can pump up the volume or slick back a halo of flyaways, depending on how you use it.

Beachy Waves.

I do not proclaim myself a hair expert— I usually let it air dry and rarely brush it. That said, I am totally convinced that these 3 products make my hair a little more messy, a little more beachy, and actually give my super straight hair some natural waves. 

First, work with your hair right after washing when damp*. Add some weightless texture and hydration into the ends like Fekkai Glossing Cream or try a hydrating serum like Dove Frizz-Free Shine Cream serum.

Next, spray the Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray all over damp hair to create some waves and scrunch fistfuls of hair while you go. A great drugstore alternative is Aussie Sprunch Spray.

Then, just spray some flexible hold hairspray onto the scrunched sections and twist the hair into a loose bun. Let your hair air-dry. The more up-into-a-bun and down your hair goes throughout the day, the more kinky and wavy it gets (at least for me).

*Damp, meaning still wet but almost dry. Wet hair will not hold onto the product.

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How to have amazing second-day hair:

1. Start with your products. I use Big Sexy Hair Volumizing dry shampoo, a teasing brush, Oscar Blandi Protein Mist for restyling hair, and Fekkai Glossing Cream to moisturize the ends. (Picture 1).

2. Squeeze a dime size amount of glossing cream into your palms and work that into the ends of your hair.

3. Spray the restyling spray onto hair, keeping it away from the roots. Work your fingers through the hair to ensure it is evenly coated.

4. Part your hair with the pointed end of the brush, and start spraying your volumizing dry shampoo onto the roots from about 6 inches away. Work in 2 inch sections until you cover all parts where hair collects the most oil.

5. Let the hair sit for about 2 minutes with the product in it so that the clay and minerals in the dry shampoo can absorb the excess oil. (Picture 2)

6. Go back with your brush and re-visit each section you sprayed while brushing the product from root and down a few inches until the white powder look disappears. (Picture 3).

Now you have voluminous (Picture 4), refreshed hair. Feel free to wear it down, or create another look that complements your outfit.

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Alexa Chung with Bardot volume. An updo always adds polish and a demure stab at sexy. Feminine and pretty, Alexa!

Alexa Chung with Bardot volume. An updo always adds polish and a demure stab at sexy. Feminine and pretty, Alexa!