Favorite Things

First things first..Every day we should remember those who gave their life to serve our country, but especially today we remember and are so thankful.  Happy Memorial Day!

The last Monday of every month, Andrea and I host a Favorite Things Party.  We have a theme every month and today we’re talking HAIR PRODUCTS!!  We’d love for you to join us.  Blog your favorite hair products, link to us, and add your blog to the link-up!

I promised you guys a LONG time ago, I’d do a hair post.  I’m totally delivering today, but the pictures are pretty much horrible.  haha!  Have you guys heard of the Keratin Treatment or a Brazilian Blowout?  I think they’re super similar.  These treatments are supposed to make your hair smoother and more manageable.  I have super thick dry and damaged hair.  My hair stylist has encouraged me for years to try the Keratin.  She always jokes that it arm is sore for days after blow drying my hair.  I finally bit the bullet and got the treatment about two months ago.  It was amazing!  It was kind of pricey so I’m anxious to see how long it really lasts.  Before this treatment, I couldn’t have blow dried my hair only.  It needed to be curled or straightened.  The treatment made my hair so much more manageable that a couple times I only blow dried and was done!  I’ll let you know how long it lasts.  I’m hoping for four to five months!  But because of that, I changed my shampoo and conditioner upon the recommendation of my hair stylist.

She encouraged me to use these products to make my treatment last longer.

#3 It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In-one of my girlfriends told me about this years ago.  I spray this on after getting out of the shower.  Then comb through and it makes my hair way more manageable.  

The other two products I’m constantly grabbing are these…

#1 Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Styling Creme-When I curl my hair and use this afterward.  It gives my curls a little shine.
#2 Moroccan Oil-I use this all the time.  I apply it on wet hair before blow drying.  I apply it after blow drying to get a little of the frizz out.  Or…I apply it after styling my hair to give it a smooth appearance.

 Girls…I’m doing this all for you!  haha!  These pictures crack me up.  So-I first used the It’s a 10 Leave-In Conditioner and combed.  Then I blow dried AND blow dried but it took WAY less time because of my Keratin.

 I either wear my hair curled or straight.  This day I curled and I section my hair into three groups.  I curl the bottom section first.  You can see in the second picture I hold it with the curling iron turned away from my face.  I did this all over my head and then repeated with the other sections.  

I applied some of the Glossing Creme and pinned a little back.  I’m not sure if you agree, but I feel like my hair is moody.  Some days it all works out for me and other days it just won’t cooperate.  I was reading a magazine the other day and it said, “32 years of age is the best year for your hair”.  You guys!!  No pressure to my locks, but in August I’ll turn 32, so this is my big shot, right?  🙂

I tried to do a little close-up of the hair only.  Please pay no attention to the chipped nail polish.  It’s been a busy week.  

If you have any questions, please ask away!  Like I said, I know those pictures were weak!  Here’s to a GREAT Hair Day!  XOXO

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  1. 5.25.15
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    I am dying over your tutorial! I love, love, love this so much!!! Great idea!!

    • 5.25.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      If I was super techy, a blog would have been super cool-but I'm not so pics will die for now. 🙂

    • 5.25.15
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  2. 5.25.15
    Kimm said:

    Did you do the express treatment or the full one? I had it done before and loved it. Great post!

    • 5.25.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I don't know?? Mine took about two hours? Which one was that?

  3. 5.25.15
    thebusybrunette said:

    Thank you, thank you for doing a hair post! I love your hair and mine is very similar – thick and damaged – and it takes FOREVER to blowdry. I have been considering getting a keratin treatment but am a little scared that it will ruin the texture of my hair. Is it something you would do again? I was also wondering how often you wash your hair and if you wash at night or in the morning. Thanks for the recommendation of the "It's a 10" products, too. I've heard these are awesome and I've been meaning to try them for a while now!
    "The Busy Brunette"

    • 5.25.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I forgot to mention that. I wash my hair every 2-3 days. On days that I haven't washed it, I use a dry shampoo. I'm sure everyone's hair reacts differently but the Keratin made my hair more like how it is after I straighten it but all the time. Does that make sense? I always wash my hair in the morning. Nothing good comes from me going to bed with wet hair. Haha!

  4. 5.25.15
    Goodbyebreadandcheese said:

    Those pics crack me up! You totally went the extra mile! I have similar hair, probably a little curlier than yours. If it makes you feel better, I think my hair has been at it's best since I turned 35!

    • 5.25.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      So good to hear! 🙂

  5. 5.25.15
    Kathy Olson said:

    Love your tutorial:) My hair is so thick (and coarse) that my arm gets tired from blow drying and i have to go sit down for a few minutes ha!

    I thank God everyday for flat irons. How I wish they had been around in junior high and high school.

    The keratin treatment interests me. I'll have to check it out. Thanks again!

    • 5.25.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I commented on Andrea's blog about that blow dryer. I upgraded to that Babyliss blow dryer last year and it made a huge difference!! I'd recommend a good blow drier for sure. 🙂

  6. 5.25.15
    Unknown said:

    What type of curling iron do you use?! Size and brand??

    • 5.25.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I use the one inch Hot Tools curling iron. It works great. 🙂

  7. 5.25.15
    Anonymous said:

    I think you had the express. With the other one, you can't was your hair for 3 days and you can't pull it back- not even to wash your face. I'm surprised your stylist recommended those products. I was told you needed to use the keratin shampoo or sulfate free products, only. Your hair looks great!

    • 5.25.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I must have had the big one then because I couldn't wash my hair or pull my hair back. Thank you!! I didn't know there were two options. Definitely didn't have the express b

  8. 5.25.15
    Shelly @ The Queen in Between said:

    I love that you are so real girl…you are adorable! If 32 is the best hair…I missed the boat. I'm 45 and I really think this year has been the best my hair has ever looked consistently! I finally bought a good hair dryer and it has made a huge difference.

    • 5.25.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Hahaha!! So glad to hear that 45 was a great hair year!!

  9. 5.25.15
    live compassionately said:

    You are so funny! I will be 32 this year too and my hair is a hot mess, so here's to hoping! 🙂

    • 5.29.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Haha! It's our year! Nothing but good days for us this year!

  10. 5.25.15
    Whitney @ Work it Mommy said:

    With your hair wet and no make up you and Ebby Lee are twins!!! And total tpermental hair, glad Im not the only one!

    • 5.29.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Haha!! We do look alike in these pics! Yes! Very temperamental hair!!

  11. 5.26.15
    Katie {The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life} said:

    Totally love this post!! I've always thought you had the best hair…

    • 5.29.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thanks so much, Katie!

  12. 5.29.15
    Natalie said:

    I just came over from shay's blog. We have the exact same hair! As you said, nothing good comes from sleeping in wet hair at night for me! I have thought about one of those treatments but they are so expensive. I am anxious to see how long yours will hold. Thanks for the post!

    • 5.29.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I will be sure to let you guys know. I'm anxious too. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. 5.29.15
    {Morgan}Rooted & Established said:

    Did you mention what brand of dry shampoo you use? I have a collection of them and haven't found one I love yet.

    • 5.29.15
      Erika Slaughter said:

      My favorite is Batiste (have you tried that one?) but Im just like you with a wide assortment. 🙂

  14. 5.30.15
    Suzanne @ Life is a Mix said:

    I totally love this tutorial. You laughing at yourself made ME laugh! You obviously are not a selfie queen or you would have just turned the camera to selfie mode and shot it that way. No mirror required, lol!

  15. 5.30.15
    Bethanne said:

    Where did you get your denim jacket in this picture?