Fridays at Home: Good Hair Day

5th October 2012

So I have no house and home-ish projects to share because, well, I haven’t done anything to house and home other than to try to catch up with my cleaning. This place has been a wreck, yo.

But I totally had a good hair day last night, and I bemoaned the fact on Twitter because there ain’t anywhere to go with good hair in this one-horse town on a Thursday night at 10 p.m. Well, at least not any place where I might meet an eligible picky boy. Then I realized – ahoy! – I have not shared my good hair arsenal. So today, you get good hair.

More often than not, my hair is piled on top of my head in some manner. It’s long – longer than it’s ever been my whole life. But I’m 31, and I figure I have few long-hair days left before I’m one of those women with straw-like gray hair running like acid rain down my back, so I’m enjoying it while I can. My hair is naturally wavy, not curly, but if I don’t fix it, it will be a big ole mess.

Why has it taken me 31 years to figure out how to fix my hair? I blame it on the lack of Pinterest. Pinterest has redefined my hair. Hell, I didn’t even know how to use bobby pins until Pinterest. [Seriously, go read how to use them. It will change your life, er, hair.]

My go-to methods these days?

#1 My Remington D1001 Spin Curl

This is not me. I do not smile while drying my hair.

Several years ago, I came across this bad boy in the last pages of a magazine – you know, the crappy pages with all the ads. It advertised a “wind tunnel” for your hair. I looked it up online, saw it had good reviews, and begged for it for Christmas. Santa (in the form of my sister) hunted it down, and lo and behold, it worked.

The wind tunnel is an attachment. After I blow dry my roots to give me some volume up top, I put this attachment on, separate my hair into four big sections, and suction each section into the tunnel. It whips it around and curls it. Once I’ve done that, I pick out some pieces on to of my head and give it the same treatment. Each section will stay tightly curled until you separate it, but I wait a bit before i do that. Once it’s dry, I spray it with hairspray. Awesomeness. Here’s a pic of me after using the Remington (and after I’ve slept on it):

Not the best pic ever, but you get the idea.

Basically, I love this thing.

#2 Amazing Pinterest find: No-heat headband curls

This is my other go-to. Why do I switch back and forth? I honestly don’t know, except that using heat on my hair too often freaks me out. I’m a no-fuss hair girl. I only own $1.86 thing of Suave kid’s detangler (smells like apples!) and Tresemme hairspray. I should probably fix this at some point, but I’m lazy. I also don’t dye my hair. I did when I was first in college, but that’s been…ages ago.

Tools: one bra-strap headband. [I have no clue what they’re actually called. That’s what they look like.]

This is the tutorial I used. Toward the end, she spends a lot of time styling her hair, but the tutorial itself is great. Skip forward if she talks too much.

These curls will seriously last for days. I have to be careful, though. I leave the band in overnight, and if I do it too early in the evening, I’ll have insane curls. I try to do it right before bed. I’ve done it on the weekends after getting out of the shower, and a couple hours later, it looks amazing. This is a blurry pic, but you get the idea:

Me – being narcissistic – and enjoying some good hair. Before Pinterest, it was rare.

So. Have you found any low-maintenance but fantastic hair styling tips on Pinterest? Or have you had any hair disasters?

  • Charlie

    Great results, you look awesome! I’ve tried growing my hair that long but my hair gets really frizzy (the bad heat kind) and it ends up looking like a bush. I like the Remington spin curl, wondering if I can get one or something similar because my attempts at nice wavy hair are no good.

    • I hate frizz. That’s why I love that detangler. It helps control all that. Try the spin curl. You can even get just the attachment for your regular hair dryer. Let me know if you try it.

  • Remington Spin Curl!! I’ve never heard of such a thing! I have natural big giant curls and my hair is kinda in a HOT MESS phase right now. I don’t know what to do with it. I like it long enough so that I can put it up. Right now it is almost too long to leave down because it’s just SO BIG. Bah. I need help.

    • Whoops, meant to tell you that your hair looks adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haha! I totally get it. I think mine is actually way too long as is evidenced in that first picture. I need a massive trim.

      And yes, the spin curl is awesomeness. I love it.And I like mine long enough to put up too because I do all sorts of stuff with it that way.

  • Congrats — you just got me to watch a hairstyling video for the first time … and I want to do it! Where do you get those hairbands? I’m getting a trim and color tomorrow so I usually wear it down more for a while after that. My hair never looks as good as yours but maybe this will help! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haha! Your first sentence made me laugh. I’m not much of one for tutorial videos either, but I watched this one. I bought my headbands at CVS, I believe, but you can also get them at Target. Curious how it works out for you.

  • Wow. I see I’ve been going about Pinterest all wrong. Your hair looks gorgeous, and I’ve now added that wind tunnel spin curl gadget to my want list and definitely want to give the headband thing a try. My hair is straight so it should be interesting to see what I can accomplish. I get so tired of my curling iron sometimes!

    • I love Pinterest for very specific reasons. I think it can be a great resource, and I use it a lot for fashion and home stuff, too. I can look back at my boards and see what I’m naturally drawn to. And yea for the spin curl!

  • heidenkind

    I’m all about low-maintenance hair–it’s a bob and I let it air-dry–but I used to have long hair a few years ago and I was very into Edwardian-style updos. I used butterfly clips to pin locks of my hair up in a criss-cross pattern at the back of my head. Really easy and it looked like it took hours. You can also make a loose ponytail, tuck it in, and then use butterfly clips to secure it along the edges.

    • Low maintenance is key. And yeah, I love updos that looks way more complicated than they actually are.

  • Sigh. The only things I dry are my bangs. The rest goes into a (wet) messy bun. When I take my hair down at night to go to bed, it’s still wet. I really don’t like fussing with hair. If I were a boy, I’d be shaved bald.

    • Your hair looks great in both pictures, though! I love it!

    • Haha! I used to always go to bed with wet hair, but with this wavy business I have going on, it looks a hot mess if I do that. Is your hair naturally straight?

      • It’s naturally curly, but I take my shower in the morning, so it doesn’t matter how crazy it looks when I get up. Haha! It’s pretty long, too, so it usually doesn’t look TOO bad. Now my bangs? They are CRAZY when I wake up.

        • Ah, bangs. My mother once cut my bangs so incredibly short, I never allowed her near me with scissors ever again. I’m still traumatized. Plus, the hair around my hairline curls even more than the rest of it, so bangs are not a good look on me. Yours always look so straight but with a good curve to them. Lucky. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Hahaha @ your mother! I’m laughing with you. Oh my.

            My bangs always look great right after I dry them, but if there is even a hint of humidity in the air, they don’t stay that way for long. My hairline gets really frizzy, too.

  • These are great tips – I never knew that about bobby pins! My hair and I don’t have a very friendly relationship, so I’m curious to try out new ways of making it actually look nice for once.

    • Oh my gosh, yes, the bobby pins. That tip alone is worth its weight in gold. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • claire (kiss a cloud)

    Jenn, your hair looks great in both pictures! My natural hair is somewhat like those in your pictures on some days, and somewhat curlier than that on other days so my thing is looking for ways to make my hair straight. What I usually do is, when I feel like having bangs, right after showering I put on a toque to flatten my hair on top so my bangs don’t go all wavy on me like a cowlick. Hair tip! The best hair tip I got from Pinterest is the sock bun. It was my friend who pinned it for me and tried it on me, too. What would we ever do without Pinterest!

    • Thanks, Claire! No matter what I do, my hair is never straight straight. So I finally stopped fighting it and gave in to the waviness. Ever since, I’ve been relatively happy with it.

      And yes, the sock bun! I like it for the bun itself, but the curls it makes are a bit too wide for my hair. And I don’t know. Pinterest is great for things like this.

      • claire

        Yes, same here! I used to have all of my hair straightened but don’t do it anymore. (Now I just like the bangs straight, but keeping the rest of it wavy/curly, just so I don’t look like Iรƒยฑigo Montoya in The Princess Bride ha ha.) As they say, if you can’t beat them, join them!