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6 Surprising Secrets of a Hair Stylist

Regan Baker

Our friend Reagan Baker — of hair tutorial and beauty uniform fame — is basically a hair genius. After 15 years as a top stylist, she’s always able to answer our toughest questions. “Over the years, I’ve learned little just-left-of-common-sense things that can help people have the best hair of their lives,” she says. Here, she shares six tips for all hair types…

Found! An All-in-One Product
If you’re going to use only one product, Reagan swears by Oribe Crème for Style, which adds volume, tames frizz, defines waves and protects from heat. “It’s the only product that somehow manages to tame unruly hair and give body to flat hair, which are opposite problems for opposite people,” she says. “Wow.” It works while air- or blow-drying — just take a chickpea-size dollop and rub it between your hands, apply from the middle of your hair downward, and pat whatever’s leftover on your roots. Bonus: Even the scent has a cult following — with incredible notes of bergamot, jasmine and sandalwood.

Avoid Winter Hat Hair
Hats are a cold weather essential (Reagan loves the pompom look). But wearing a hat can smash hair down and can leave it looking flat. Here’s an easy solution: “Before pulling your hat on, switch up your part,” says Reagan. If you part it on the left, do it on the right; if you part it in the middle, a deep part on either side will do. When you take your beanie off, switch it back, and your hair will have volume and life.

How to Know When You Need a Haircut
Many hair experts suggest getting a cut every six weeks, but Reagan says it varies for different people and typically recommends eight to ten weeks. How can you tell? Try the feel test. Rub the ends of your hair between your fingertips, and if it’s crispy (you might even be able to hear it), then book an appointment, stat.

One Tool Worth the Splurge
When it comes to hair tools, Reagan says a great blow dryer is the number-one thing to invest in. (She recommends this one.) Higher-end models will last longer, ensure healthier hair and work faster. She also recommends always using the nozzle. “If you blow-dry without it, your hair will go all over the place,” she explains. “But the nozzle concentrates the air flow, which makes hair, no matter what type, much smoother.”

Getting A Sexy Curl
When using a curling iron, it’s easy to veer into Shirley Temple ringlet territory. But if you’re looking for a more laid-back look, one simple move makes all the difference. Wrap your hair around the curling iron (always leave out at least an inch at the bottom), and when you release it, pull the curl completely straight from the end for a few seconds while it cools. Let it go and voila, relaxed waves that are anything but girly.

Dry Shampoo is Everything
“I have 200 reasons why dry shampoo is the love of my life,” says Reagan. Living Proof is her go-to because of the clean scent and how it doesn’t leave icky residue. Washing too often can strip hair of its natural oils and dry it out, so she recommends cleansing your hair every other day – or less. “It’s worth the effort to train your hair,” she says. “It’s a time saver, makes your hair healthier, and gives you that cool bedhead look.” But she couldn’t do it without the oil-sucking powers of her favorite product. Dry shampoo doesn’t only keep hair from getting greasy, it also adds texture and volume. The trick is to massage it in with your fingertips to get that root lift that comes with a wash.

Have you tried any of these? What kind of hair do you have? What are your styling secrets?

P.S. 15 hair tutorials, Reagan’s beauty uniform, and a French bra trick.

(Photo of Reagan by Ana Gambuto. She’s wearing this sweater, these jeans and this lipstick. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, a retailer we love for its amazing customer service. Plus, they always offer free shipping and returns. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that support Cup of Jo.)

  1. I would really, really love to see a series with Reagan on how to grow out bangs gracefully! I keep wanting to grow mine out, but end up cutting them again, due to those infuriating, awkward stages! :)

  2. Oooh, I had wondered about giving Living Proof a go. That’s it, you’ve persuaded me. Pen x

  3. Bess says...

    Based on this post, I bought the Oribe creme and have been using if for the past three days, and I LOVE it! I live in a humid climate and have straight, thin, baby-fine hair cut in a chin-length bob that looks limp with about 99% of the products on the market, but the Oribe is magic. Just as Reagan said, it adds fullness without weighing it down.

    Hey, fellow women with thin fine hair, this creme is worth checking out.

    Thank you for passing along this find. Happy Holidays to Reagan and all of you at CoJ!
    xxoo

  4. Thank you for these tips! To echo some others, I would love to see some more hair tutorials! I think I have all the past ones pinned on Pinterest because they were so cute!

  5. I really want to use all the hair products (like this one favorite!) in hair posts, but I just don’t personally see them as an option because of the ingredients! I’m the craziest person about what I will put on my body, and I need to recognize all ingredients. I’ve tried every homemade hair routine under the sun, and finally found a super organic shampoo. But I would love more styling products. I wash my hair every four days and use arrowroot/cocoa with a big make up brush for dry shampoo when needed. But it would be great to have a styling cream or some magical formula! Especially one that’s as enchanted as the one recommended in this post and good for smoothing AND root volume. Anyway…..it’s self imposed of course but I hate not having natural options!

    • Jeannie says...

      I’m in the same boat! I was excited to try the hair product recommended but it has a bunch of different kinds of plastic in it, so I will pass for the sake of my body and the environment.

      I highly, highly recommend both these shops: Credo and Detox Market, for alternative hair care products but I don’t have enough money to try it all and find the holy grail product haha.

      And for dry shampoo I also just use a blend of arrowroot starch and cocoa powder. Lasts forever, very effective!

  6. Niche hair question: Does anyone who live in NYC struggle with the water here? (Maybe it’s a Brooklyn specific thing?) Ever since moving here, my hair feels like it gets dirtier more quickly (though I’m using the same shampoo/conditioner as before), and someone suggested maybe it was because of hard water. Anyway around this? Maybe special products to help with it? Thank you!!

    • Rachel says...

      I read somewhere (might have been CoJ but I can’t find it!) that you can rinse your hair after you wash it with bottled or filtered water to counteract any NYC water issues. It suggested using leftover filtered water from the gym or your office, or a half empty bottle you got at a meeting, instead of buying a new plastic bottle to dump on your head. Happy rinsing!

    • Emma says...

      Try a clarifying shampoo – designed for hard water and does the trick! The brand Joico makes a good one!

  7. Nicole says...

    The GHD air is on sale at Overstock…I just ordered mine.

  8. Meena says...

    I really enjoyed all the hair tutorials and tried a few but my hair is so thick that Bobby pins don’t hold my hair up. Could you please do a piece on what hairstyles to do for thick hair?

    • I have had the same issue – my hair is very thick and curly and the tutorials are so cute but they never work for me :/

    • Mary W says...

      I have this problem too.

  9. Emily says...

    I’m in the market for a new hair dryer, so I am really glad to get Reagan’s rec. The only shampoo I use is New Wash. It and their other products have literally made a huge difference in taming my unruly hair ( sorry Reagan, I’ve tried the Oribe product and was not happy with results) New Wash takes some getting use to. Give it a month before deciding if you like it. Purchase at Hairstory.com

  10. aga says...

    Dry shampoo is bad for my hair and scalp, but it’s bad for the environment! Those aerosol cans! I find it so upsetting that we don’t consider the bigger effects that our purchases and habits have, especially ones for pure convenience.
    I’d much rather have less than perfect hair or put it in a pony-tail than use dry shampoo and know that that aerosol can is going to sit in a landfill until the end of time leaking god-knows-what into the soil, air, or water.

    • Amy says...

      Really good point. It’s worth noting, tho, that some dry shampoos come in a shaker (like baby powder does). I have a bumble and bumble one that works well, no aerosol needed.

    • Joni says...

      I agree. I’ve been using one by Aveda, comes in non aerosol container and smells really nice.

    • Jodi says...

      Thanks for mentioning this, Aga. I’m always disappointed to see people promoting things that are so obviously bad for the environment, especially when there are sooo many other options out there. Our choices as consumers are huge.

      Also, here’s the ingredient list: Isobutane, Propane, Alcohol Denat., Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Cellulose, Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA), Caprylyl Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Citronellyl Methylcrotonate, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Hydrated Silica, Cetrimonium Chloride, Zeolite, Ethylcellulose, Octoxynol-10, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Water/Eau/Aqua, Fragrance/Parfum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Coumarin.

      Isobutane… propane? Yikes. Please Jo, and contributors, let’s join together in making better recommendations and choices.

    • Karen says...

      Agree – and I won’t use aerosol brands either – but there’s lots of non-aerosol choices!

      I love Blow Pro Faux Dry, it’s amazing. I have SUPER OILY fine hair that’s dirty after 12-18 hours. I poof this on at bedtime, shake my fingers through it, and go to bed. In the morning my hair is NOT OILY.

      Honestly, it’s changed my life.

    • I was expecting Living Proof to be the sponsor of the post just for that little mention! I have found that a little powder (even just baby powder) works just as well for me. Hopefully there will be some better options in the future because I don’t think the dry shampoo craze is going away any time soon.

    • Jeannie says...

      Arrowroot starch + cocoa powder are both an affordable and VERY effective dry shampoo :-) for my deep brunette hair. Good luck!

    • SarahE says...

      I posted this somewhere else, but another plug for Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo! Works so well for me especially if I put it on before bed at night. It has gentle ingredients and of course no aerosol!

  11. Jo says...

    I have a question for Reagan and other readers: my part is starting to extend down the back of my head. Any tips on how to train it away from this, or at least just style it back into shape? Thanks!

  12. Emmie says...

    This reminds me that we never got a follow-up from Claire Mazur of Of a Kind about her curly hair. Which is serious #hairgoals. Can she tell us her ways? This also reminds me that none of the hair tutorials are for curly hair. (Please, we seriously need more help than all of you with straight hair). Specifically, I would love to know if there are ways to loosen tighter curls (besides blow drying straight then re-curling). Like a chemical or leave-in etc? Help!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’re on it, emmie!!! :) :) :)

    • Jennifer says...

      if you have curly hair (anything from an afro to waves) DevaCurl is the best…. I use most of their products and get my hair trimmed and styled by a DevaCut certified stylist every time. The best of the best is Shai, the “Curl Doctor”. He’s based in LA and I had a cut with him last year and it changed my hair COMPLETELY. I fully embrace my curls now :)

    • Jess says...

      I second all of this.

    • Alexis says...

      Claire has a podcast with her business partner called “A Few Things.” You can find a past episode where she talks about her hair routine. There’s another episode where they talk to her stylist so you can hear even more! :)

    • I agree! I want a curly/wavy hair tip post.

      Xoxo
      Lendy

    • Alex Yates says...

      Yes! I have this love hate relationship with my curly hair, and a lot of the time I feel like nothing works haha, and yea all these tutorials are for non-curly hair. I’d definitely like to see curly hair tips and tricks. I do however like the beanie trick!

    • Erin says...

      Yes! I have fine curly, and most online tutorials assume all curls are thick and coarse—newsflash, heavy oils and serums just weigh down fine curls making your hair so flat. If anyone has a product suggestion I would love to hear!

  13. t says...

    I am confused by not washing your hair everyday. Can readers please help. does that mean you don’t shower every day or do you shower and wet your hair but you just dont wash it? If I shower without washing my hair my hair gets frizzy from the steam.

    • Katie says...

      I just do a quick rinse each morning but don’t wash my hair each day. Maybe put your hair in a clean towel or shower cap? I am in and out in a couple minutes at most so I feel like the shower doesn’t get too steamy :)

    • Heather says...

      Personally… I don’t shower that much, either. I think it shocks people/grosses them out when I share this, but I am not dirty and I don’t smell even though I work out several times a week and break a sweat. I’ve been kind of moving in this direction over the last decade, first after reading an article by a gynecologist that we should never use soap on our lady bits, and then later on when I had kids reading about how the oils on our skin is a critical part of our body’s immune system and we shouldn’t wash those off with soap, either. So I don’t use soap on my body or my kids’ bodies at all (other than washing my hands). I use a dry brush before I shower to help shed dead skin, run water over my body, and use everyday oil after the shower, but that’s it. I probably shower 1-2x a week. I use soapwalla deodorant and do wipe that off with water after I work out and reapply.

    • Tara says...

      I use a shower cap, and I only wet it when I wash it (every other week or so). My hair doesn’t get frizzy, though, so maybe it’s somethig to do with my hair texture!

    • Emmie says...

      I plop my hair in a bun on the top of my head and rinse body quickly with Dr. Bronners.

    • I shower every day! I just put my hair up into a bun and i shower quickly enough that the steam doesn’t affect my hair.

      Xx
      Reagan

    • t says...

      Thank you for all sharing. So it means different things to different people. I am assuming if I am trying to train my hair then rinsing it (even without washing it) still isn’t great. But I wear my hair naturally wavy and when I sleep after a day of air-dried hair it is a disaster. If I spritz it it becomes a frizzy mess.

      On days I blow it straight I will now put a shower cap or towel on and shower (great suggestions!) and I think that will work great. I am still at a loss for days after the day I wash and AIR dry though because one night of rest and that bed-head is NOT sexy.

      Also, @heather I don’t think it is gross you don’t shower daily. I am just one that gets super stinky (pits and lady bits). I am pretty sure my pH is all out of whack.

    • Alexis says...

      T- So I air dry my curly hair and on day 2 after it’s been slept on I will typically use a big curling iron on various spots to clean it up. It gives a nice smooth wave. Sometimes I might spritz lightly with water and apply styling creme to smooth frizz and separate the curls/waves.

  14. Tara says...

    I spent about 6 months training my hair. After having kids (and my hair became thicker and less manageable), I just didn’t have the time to wash, dry, and style it every day. I started out by using just a baking soda rinse and apple cider vinegar as conditioner, but after a few months my hair was totally dried out. I’ve since moved to a paraben-free low-poo, and it’s made such a difference! I only have to wash my hair 2-3 times a month (I was washing it every other day pre-kids), and it maintains its look/feel between washes (I don’t have to throw it up in a pony tail halfway through). Once in awhile I’ll use baking soda as a dry shampoo (typically during the summer when the air isn’t so dry).

    Training my hair was a process, but in the end, it was so worth it!! If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, try it! Just know that it gets worse before it gets better :).

    • Heather says...

      This is _fascinating_. I “trained” my hair by accident after I had my daughters – mostly because during my 5.5 months of maternity leave barely ever washing my hair (b/c taking care of twins all the time), my hair is now used to only being washed once or twice a week. So, I’m not quite playing at your level but I’m intrigued that I could wash my hair even less! Thanks for sharing.

    • Dayna says...

      Wow this sounds amazing.
      Joanna should consider writing a post about ‘training hair’
      I’m curios to learn more about this and would love to try it out.
      Not washing my hair sounds like a dream that needs to become reality.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great idea, dayna xo

    • Morgan says...

      Hahaha Heather – fellow mom of twins here on the same training schedule. I have ultra curly hair and got a cut – with bangs – that looks best when it’s truly bed head.

  15. dccat says...

    Any tips or hairstyle recs for someone with thick, coarse hair? I have enough volume and I’m usually looking for ways to reduce my volume! I guess we all have our own hair problems!

    • Emmie says...

      Do a Keratin treatment at the salon, a few hundred bucks, lasts 3 months, takes away any frizz, so hair appears flatter!

    • Actually, the product i recommend in this post is great for taming overly voluminous hair as well. It’s meant to give you control and manipulate your hair the way you want, whether that’s getting more volume or reducing it. Always blow dry your hair in a downwards position to prevent it from poofing out :)

      Xx
      Reagan

  16. Kim says...

    Hello! Can Reagan recommend a curling iron? And what size barrel?

    Thank you!

    • Diana says...

      Thanks for the product info! I am inspired to try the sexy relaxed curl look. I’ve never done this before, how long do we wrap our hair around the iron? And by her description, right after we unwrap, we pull the strand of hair flat before it cools, correct? I’ll order the curling iron tonight!

  17. I am so guilty of washing my hair every night. The only time my hair gets a break is on weekends, so I will have to finally give in to dry shampoo, I guess. I haven’t bought any since I first used some years ago when it first became popular. It was a cheap, store-brand so it was no wonder that I hated it. But y’all have written about Living Proof enough that I’m willing to give them a shot. :) Also, I should probably invest in the hair dryer. Mine cools down and heats up at intervals on its own. It hasn’t always done that, so I’m worried it might explode in my face soon.

  18. Stephanie says...

    That hat trick is GENIUS! More Reagan please! We haven’t seen her in a while!

  19. Danielle says...

    I have curly, course hair and I found a lot of these tips helpful. The blow dryer one is something you wouldn’t think is true but it is.

    • So happy to hear it!

      Xx
      Reagan

  20. Valerie says...

    What does Reagan recommend for winter static on fine hair? (hello hat head) I’ve tried everything it seems!

    • Natalie says...

      I lived in Colorado for a couple years so I feel your pain – the static was awful! One trick that helped me was to get one of those small mist/spray bottles and spray water on your hairbrush right before each stroke. It’s not enough to wet the hair, just tames the static. Tresemme also makes a climate control line that helped. I’ve heard of rubbing dryer sheets on your hair but have not tried it. And, even though the chemicals aren’t great, Static Guard spray is pretty much always effective.

    • This seems silly but you can actually carry around a dryer sheet in your coat pocket and do one quick swipe over your hair. A wool coat/scarf makes your hair so staticky!

  21. Masa says...

    I can’t use dry shampoo anymore. The dryness makes me so dandruffy, it’s horrible. Any suggestions for scalp like that?

    • Sarah says...

      Same here! I’m somehow greasy and dry/dandruffy at the same time. Dry shampoo makes my hair static and my scalp dry. I haven’t tried the Living Proof one though.

    • Natalie says...

      That happened to me too, but I could not make it through the week without dry shampoo! But I started using Head and Shoulders for dry scalps and that pretty much fixed things.

    • It’s just product buildup so make sure you are really scrubbing your scalp very thoroughly on shampoo day!

      Xx
      Reagan

  22. Taylor says...

    I have thick, wavy, big Texas hair and I only wash it 2-3 times a week. I live and die by my dry shampoo (currently using Not Your Mothers dry shampoo) and my go to product to create volume after I shower is using Don’t Blow it by Bumble & Bumble on my wet hair. Together, they help my hair look clean and voluminous.

  23. Caucus says...

    This is such a white person post. How about featuring a hairdressers with tips for non Caucasian hair?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your feedback, caucus. we always strive to be inclusive, and welcome feedback on how to do this better. reagan has worked with all types of hair over the years, and we have more posts coming up with different hair types and models. we are excited to share tutorials for women of color, as well as tutorials for short hair, very curly hair, etc. thank you so much!

    • Heather says...

      I hope it’s Ok to ask this… but as a white woman curious about black women’s hair but too shy to ask, which of the above recommendations won’t work for a black person’s hair, and why not? Do black women not use dry shampoo? Or curling irons? Or blow dryers? I’m honestly asking here. Feel like this is a safe place to ask.

    • Kelly says...

      Most black women wouldn’t use a dry shampoo bc oil and lack of texture aren’t typically a problem with black hair! Depending on how a black women was styling her hair, she might use a blow dryer or curling iron, but some might try to avoid heat bc it’s really hard on black hair. For most coily haired gals the idea that a hair product could work on coils and straight hair is laughable…curls need soooo much more moisture among other differences…but Reagan says it’s true so I’d give it a try on my daughters’ hair!

    • maeve says...

      Hi Heather – glad you asked. I think it’s great to ask questions rather than remaining in the dark about something. Typically black women with natural hair (i.e. not chemically straightened) wouldn’t use dry shampoo – because of the coarseness, our hair is naturally dry so we actually add oils to it to keep it moist. Some use blow dryers and curling irons to achieve a straighter look but I tend to shy away from adding too much heat since that can dry out my hair even further (though a lot of people use creams/oils to protect it before straightening).

      Our hair is super unique and can achieve so many diverse styles but it often can require a very different approach from other hair types.

      Hope that helps!

  24. Kelly says...

    Not to be a downer here, but I knew almost immediately when I read “for all hair types” that you did not mean for black women.

    It’s fine to feature stylists who only work with certain kinds of hair- I don’t think I have ever met a white woman who knew how to care for Black hair- but please be mindful of your language.

    • Kelly says...

      Another Kelly here – I’m a white girl with black daughters and I care for their hair! And I’ve gotten good advice from hairstylists of all colors. I get that many people don’t get black hair – and the language could better address which hair types are covered – but many ladies (and men) of all colors are experienced at caring for the fabulousness of black hair!

    • Kelly says...

      Brava to you for taking the time to learn!
      It is exceedingly rare, in my experience, to find a white woman who knows how to care for Black hair. Walk into any white salon with a head full of Black hair and you can see the fear in their eyes- they are not taught and most don’t endeavor to learn.

      Anyway- Not trying to negate your experience, but I don’t think this is common.

    • Emmie says...

      I agree the “for all hair types” was an frightening way to word it but perhaps that product does legit work well on Black women too?

    • Kelly says...

      It’s true, curly/coily hair pros are not common. I live in a big city and as a newbie I’ve spend a ton of time researching to find expert resources to help me learn. They are out there in all stripes but not always easy to find. There were a couple of gals in ny who were developing an app for natural hairistas to find salons…I hope they are making it a reality because the struggle is real!

    • Erin says...

      Kelly, this is a problem for white women as well. I have curly hair and have bever found a stylist who has curly hair (at least that wears it naturally). I can never schedule a hair appointment when I have to be at work ect. After because I routinely have to re wet/style my hair. I have had numerous stylists hand my the comb and say “do you want to style your hair” or most commonly “can I blow it straight?” This is a problem shared by women of all color if you deviate from mainstream straight locks

  25. LJ says...

    I haven’t tried any of these styling tricks. I have straight, medium-thick hair that is rapidly going grey. I don’t mind the grey part; all I want is a healthy head of hair.

    That being said, I have been oiling my hair for many, many years now. It is a common Indian thing. I warm oil (plain coconut/herbal/sesame, etc.) and massage it into the scalp. Leave it overnight, shampoo+conditioner in the morning. My scalp tends to dryness, so I cannot shampoo without pre-oiling.

    I follow this routine every 3 days or so. I have been experimenting with using a mix of shikakai+aritha+amla to wash my hair. It is a bit of an experiment right now, as I am playing with proportions. It is nice to not have to use any chemicals on the hair but the results aren’t always predictable.

  26. Megan says...

    Invest the time to find a stylist who gets your lifestyle and hair, and who will give you a style that works for you!!

  27. Jen says...

    Going to try dry shampoo even though my head itches just thinking of it. Also, thanks for the tip about knowing when to cut your hair – no wonder!!! As always COJ, a fabulous post! Thank you.

  28. Lauren says...

    Anyone have tips for winter dry scalp? I feel like I’ve tried every kind of moisturizing, oil-based shampoo available but nothing works.

    • K says...

      Try a shampoo bar, I suggest chagrin valley soap and salve. I never use traditional shampoo or conditioner after switching, and have been using the same bar since October

    • becky says...

      I have a super dry scalp in the winter and somewhat dry scalp the rest of the year- I have a minor case of psoriasis. I hate the medicated shampoo options. Instead I use The Seaweed Co non scented argan oil shampoo and conditioner. I directly apply argan oil to very itching spots then shampoo out after 15 mins. I only wash twice a week. I braid my hair at night to keep volume. So far it’s been working!!!

  29. KL says...

    I love using cornstarch at night versus dry-shampoo. It’s environmental and wallet friendly, and works every time! I bought an inexpensive bronzer brush, put a tiny bit of cornstarch on a plate and dust it into my part and scalp at night. It leaves a white dusting which is why I do it at night, but in the morning, all body and no white! It’s incredible!!

    • Jodi says...

      I make my own dry shampoo out of green clay powder, arrowroot powder, shavegrass powder, essential oils, cornstarch and baking soda. You can also add a bit of cocoa powder for darker hair! The first 4 ingredients can all be ordered online through Mountain Rose Herbs. It works great!

  30. Can she please do a post on hair training? Please please please? I legit need a personal hair coach! Ugh, I’m hair challenged!

  31. Tonia says...

    Is there any truth to the theory that dry shampoo clogs your hair follicles and can lead to hair loss? I’ve heard so many reports about this and it kind of scares me off from using it regularly…I have thick hair normally but postpartum hair-loss has been wreaking havoc as it is so I don’t really want to compound things.

    • Julie Keegan says...

      I’ve heard this too. I think it was a post on Domino Mag recently that talked about hair loss from using dry shampoos for too long/too often.

    • Christine says...

      I just anxiety-Googled and found this article: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/07/the-unfortunate-reality-of-dry-shampoo/489989/
      which informed me that we should not use it longer than three days in a row and avoid talc (Living Proof, which I love, does not contain talc, but does have some not-great sounding ingredients).
      It also has this bummer news:
      Oh, and the idea that you can somehow “train” your hair to “adjust” to less-frequent shampoos—a dream of mine since I read this Hairpin article five years ago—is a myth, according to my killjoy respondents.

      “Cutting back on how frequently you shampoo won’t necessarily cure an oily scalp or cause your scalp to produce less oil. You either have an oily scalp or you don’t—just like your complexion,” said Rebecca Kazin, an assistant professor of dermatology at Johns Hopkins.

      On a positive note, that article gave me a sweet new term – “anxiety-Google” – that I’ve obviously already started using.

  32. Gina says...

    I second/third/fourth the desire for more advice on curly hair gone straight/wavy and for post-partum hair loss/regrowth.

  33. Jennie says...

    Thank you so much for bringing Reagan back. This is the most useful post I have read in a long time!

  34. Hanna says...

    Love these tips. I would love to see a tutorial from Reagen on how to air dry your hair…I always feel the benefits of doing so in the summer, but end up blow drying to ensure I get a decent style!

    • Anneka says...

      AGREED!! I have wavy, thick hair and would love to be satisfied with it air dried in the warmer months. I’ve spent so much on products already, trying and not loving any of the results.

  35. Katie says...

    Rogue and Co. ‘Badlands’ dry shampoo paste has changed my life. My hair gets limp as it gets dirty, but this paste bulks it up and dries it out in such a cool, sexy way. I only wash my hair maybe twice a week now. (Sometimes I feel like the paste can be too drying on my scalp, but I’m not giving it up!)

  36. Nicole says...

    I’ll have to try that Oribe product! I’ve gotten samples of their stuff before and loved them.

    A tip if you scrunch your hair and let it air dry: use a paper towel instead of your hands. It cuts down and frizz and keeps more of the product in your hair. The girl who cuts my hair suggested this a few years ago and I’ve never gone back!

  37. Reni says...

    Just want to note that here, as usual, “the best hair of your life” means “the best straight white person hair of your life.” You say that these tips are for all hair types, but most don’t apply to my curly hair (or assume I’ll be blowing it out).

    • Kelly says...

      Chile…..say it again for the cheap seats in the back.

    • M says...

      Amen.

  38. Heather D says...

    Can I please put in a request for some cool hair tips/tutorials for curly girls of varying lengths? I have shoulder length curly hair and need some new ideas for quick, chic up-dos and easy work styles.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, coming up! excited to share. thank you, heather!

    • Heather D says...

      THANK YOU!!! <3 Naturally curly hair is a blessing because it's usually so easy! I just need some fresh perspectives.

    • Courtney says...

      Seconded! Happy to hear that this is coming up. Looking forward to curly style tips that aren’t in the nature of wedding updos!

    • C says...

      Hi Heather! It sounds like we have similar hair! One of my favorite up-dos is for 2nd-day curly hair. I just pull it up at the nape of my neck with a loose hairtie and some bobby pins (the Spin Pin is a game changer!) and leave some curly tendrils around my face, and boom! 5 minute hairstyle. It doesn’t really work on 1st-day curly hair, because I’ve found my hair has to be dry for it to hold its shape. If I need to, I’ll spritz a little argan-oil/water mix around the face tendrils to get them bounced back into nice curls!

  39. Jen says...

    Can Reagan recommend how to let grays grow in nicely? I’m late thirties and seeing sporadic gray/white hairs and I don’t want to dye my fine, straight light brown hair. But the grays are coming in a different texture–kind of kinky, so they really stick out. I wonder if there’s anything I can do about the texture?

    • S says...

      Ditto! Just turned 30 and going gray FAST.

    • Becca says...

      I’ve got the same hair as you and I totally agree – the more gray I get the more I care about the quality of my hair and my hair cut. I feel like I can maintain hair health and a good cut better than I could maintain a coloring regimen. Healthy sparkly hair for the win!

  40. Rosie says...

    I couldn’t agree more about splurging on a quality hair dryer. For years, I would just buy whatever was on sale at Target only to have it break down a year or two later. Last year, my husband of 15yrs surprised me at Christmas with a Dyson hair dryer. He knows I would never buy one for myself and was truly the best gift ever. Living in CA, I work east coast hours and my alarm goes off when some people are just coming home from the bars. This dryer works so quickly that he has saved me an extra 20 minutes of sleep. LOVE!

  41. Meg says...

    i would love to not wash my hair everyday, but after sweating through a run, there’s no way i can NOT wash my hair!! i put argan oil on the ends and hope for the best.

  42. KL says...

    I second this! I used to use it all the time, but my scalp eventually got extremely dry and the product build up got to be too much so I stopped. I miss its convenience and the volume it gave my thick, but fine and limp hair.

  43. Shan says...

    I just yelled out loud over that hat tip. How have I never thought of that!?? Pure genius! Thank you Reagan and Jo!

  44. Love these tips especially the one for hat hair. I also will try the wavy hair tip. Thanks!

  45. Lisa says...

    Can anyone advise on toddler hair? I have completely dead straight hair (which stays straight no matter what you try), but my toddler has fine curly hair and I have a nightmare of a time with it forming dreadlocks at the back (it gets really matted when he sleeps on his back). Is there anything you can use on the curls to keep them defined and not get all tangled? I’ve been trying the stuff I use on my hair (an argon oil by kerastase) which works ok but I think his hair needs something stronger

    • Kelly says...

      Try a leave in conditioner for curly hair. You might need to experiment with different ones to find the right weight for your child’s hair. I like Kinky Curly Knot Today but my toddler’s hair sounds thicker than yours. If you can let his hair air dry before he goes down for sleep you might have better luck too. Maybe try washing less ? or a conditioner following shampoo, or just use conditioner, no shampoo. Sounds like his hair needs more moisture!

      But, toddlers spent a lot of time sleeping and their hair gets matted no matter what! You might want to just get a spray bottle of water to give it a mist after a nap then apply your leave-in to refresh the curls. In my experience curly hair requires some experimentation to find the right products and techniques – ask other mamas whose kids have similar hair if you encounter any!

    • Cat says...

      My daughter has very fine hair and the Honest Company detangler has been wonderful. I’m not sure about defining curls, but it has made brushing out knots much easier!

    • Lisa says...

      Thanks for all the tips! I think it is partially that his hair is quite dry (never a problem I’ve had with mine – such a learning curve dealing with curly hair!) and, as he’s a toddler, when I undo the knots there’s inevitably some fluff and food in there as well

  46. Alyssa says...

    The winter hat tip is great!

    Any tips for a dry shampoo for someone with very fine, oily hair? I have to wash my hair everyday or I look completely greasy and gross. (How to know if I haven’t washed my hair – I’m wearing a hat or a WIDE headband).

    I haven’t had good luck with Dry Shampoo as it doesn’t actual absorb any oil.

    • Lisa says...

      I have fine hair and found that the klorane non-aerosol dry shampoo worked well, as does the Oribe dry texturising spray, but the biggest difference was the application. Put it in at night so it can absorb the oil and be rubbed in (by your head moving around) during the night. You then wake up with less oil and more volume! I’ve found that it worked better that way. Also, I used the dry shampoo to help me wean off daily hair washing (though it took a couple of months)

    • Karen says...

      I have very fine, thin, oily hair (dirty within 12-18 hours). I started using Blow Pro Faux Dry last spring and it has changed my life.

      Seconding the tip for applying it at night – poof it into your hair at bedtime, shake your fingers back and forth through the roots, and then go to bed (I’ll often put it in a bun on top of my head when I sleep).

      When you wake up in the morning it should be clean; on occasion I might need to touch up a spot or two, such as at my temples – that takes about 10 seconds. A tiny poof and then shaking fingers at the roots and done.

      It’s around $20 everywhere except Jet.com where it’s around $10.

  47. Oribe’s Airbrush Root Touchup for those of us who color religiously. It has saved me tons of money in fewer trips to the salon. And I’m such a fan of the Oribe scent that I have the perfume. I also love Rodin’s hair oil. It’s the absolute best I’ve found for taming that frizzy, dried look that happens as we age ever-so-gracefully. I put it on wet hair and sleep on it, and my hair just doesn’t poof up the next day. Love hair advice. :)

  48. Loved this, it is full of so many amazing tips, I always struggle with hat hair & will definitely be trying the parting trick when I go out later – also pulling curls for looser waves! Thanks for the tips!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

  49. Rysn Michael says...

    I am a hairstylist and I usually prefer to do dry cutting, I recommend my new and past clients to come in why their hair styled the way they “everyday” style it, then I can cut first or if a lot of product is in the hair, I will make note of what I need to do and cut after a chemical service: 1) Get a idea of their sense of style 2) See where I need to take bulk out and texturize 3) Recommendation for new style. 4) Answer questions about what their concerns are with styling and ptoduct recommendations (ex: I can’t get volume in the crown, what can you do?). I like to cut hair in its dry and in a more natural state than wet, because combing the hair even a few degrees elevation or direction can alter a bob, one length, etc. 5) As the balayage trend is still going strong and I still do them on almost all clients, whether minimal or more contrast, stylists should be cutting first so you know where your placement and not cutting of the ends – which gives a blunt or leopardy look….not pretty folks. Hope someone got a tipbout of this! ☺

  50. Kristie says...

    One great thing I recently learned has changed my frizzy, dry hair – which has always been a knotty nightmare! Divide hair into small sections, then use a detangling brush to brush out knots from the ends first, then slowly move upwards to the roots. Rub in some argan oil as you go (depending on how dry your hair is). No more brush becoming entangled completely in my hair! I’m probably the last person to ever figure this out, but wow.

  51. Grace says...

    Sigh. I’ve tried dry shampoo thrice (meaning three different brands) and have had zero success. I’ve followed the directions like spraying from a distance and letting it sit, etc but it makes my hair look and feel so grody. What am I doing wrong? 😥

    • Emily says...

      Try a powder instead of a spray! I tried a couple different expensive sprays and thought I hated dry shampoo until I tried a powder. Now I can’t live without it! My fave is by VERB (and it’s the cheapest of all the ones I’ve tried), but Bumble & Bumble and Aveda also have nice ones. Hopefully one of those will make you a believer — it’s such a time saver, and my hair is much happier when I’m not washing it every other day.

    • Karen says...

      Try Blow Pro Faux Dry – it’s a powder that you squeeze to poof into your hair.

      Best tip: apply it at BEDTIME – divide into sections with your fingers, poofing it on, then shake your fingertips all over at the roots Throw your hair in a loose bun on the top of your head and go to bed.

      ($10 via Jet, half price of anywhere else)

  52. Laura C. says...

    Nice tips, Reagan! I have a love/hate relationship with my hair. Very thick, very fluffy, and too much volume, but flat on the top of my head, and it’s impossible to go out without using a flat iron before. Plus, I only wash it every 3/4 days, just when it starts getting dirty. I wonder why in the States you use to wash your hair daily! I guess because most of you have thin hair?
    Still searching for my perfect haircut. I remember a couple of years ago when you featured Gaby Cetrulo, I absolutely LOVE her haircut! Would you ask her for a beauty uniform??

  53. Karen says...

    Would love tutorials on easy buns and updos for wavy hair. It also sounds like a lot of us are not using dry shampoo effectively.

  54. Heather says...

    A huge THANK YOU to you and Reagan for the hat trick. I live in a very cold and snowy city in northern British Columbia, where wearing a touque in the winter is not optional. I’m really looking forward to trying this out and avoiding flat hair once I’m indoors! Sending the COJ team and Reagan lots good vibes!

  55. Justine says...

    I am a dry shampoo evangelist! I wash my hair twice a week at most and love dry shampoo the other 5 days. It gives such wonderful texture and volume!

  56. Elliesee says...

    How did I not know the winter hat tip? I live in Canada!! I cheat with the Baptist colored dry shampoo and buy the dark one for my daughters. I guess everyone can tell, but I don’t see my roots anymore and feel much better. It is dusty/must not be that great to inhale.

    • I use Batiste too, and it’s a lifesaver for my busy working-mom-of-three-little-kids life, but I sometimes do freak out about inhaling all that powder!

    • Melanie says...

      I know right? i’m in Minnesota (it’ll be -15 here on Christmas!) and have to wear hats all the time. What a genius trick to flip your hair beforehand!

  57. Ashlie says...

    Love these tips! Is there a curling iron that Reagan recommends?

  58. Jane says...

    How is Reagan’s daughter doing? Not hair related, but Reagan related.

    • Aleah says...

      I was just thinking this! I was deeply touched by their story in Reagan’s beauty uniform.

    • Melanie says...

      Yes! I used to follow her blog back in the day and find myself wondering about little Piper! :)

    • Samantha says...

      Yes! How is Piper??

    • pickle says...

      Agreed. Would love to know about Piper. Hoping for wonderful news about her.

    • Sarah says...

      Yes! Her story was so moving. Would love an update and hope everyone is doing well!

  59. Julie says...

    Thanks for this post. I have always had finely textured hair (though lots of it) that was relatively straight until I had my two sons. Now it’s a sad mess of half ugly-curly (curls that are narrow and flat) and half straight and much thinner overall. I will be trying that styling crème for sure!

    One thing that has always bugged me about hair tutorials (involving bobby pins) is the pinning process itself. It seems like often each step is explained clearly until “just pin into place” at the end. It’s entirely possible that I am just the dumbest person to ever attempt to use bobby pins but they always fall out/don’t hold my hair into place and/or are terribly obvious. Help would be much appreciated!

    • Rachel says...

      I am not a hair genius like Reagan, but as a fellow person with lots of fine, straight, slippery, long hair who often wears it up, I can offer two suggestions. First, if I am pinning up a big, thick section (like a twisted bun), I use the weird-looking spiral pins or “spin pins.” Second — and this is key for falling out issues — I put in one bobby pin that is holding the section of hair where I want it, and then I criss-cross it with another pin. The crossing pin just locks in place the bobby pin that’s holding the hair. It was a game changer for me. Good luck!

    • jade says...

      You may already know but It blew my mind to learn last year that with bobby pins the waved side is to be placed downwards towards the scalp so that the straight edge faces upwards – It of course makes total sense and helps to grip the hair but somehow I had missed that memo for 27 years…

    • Nora B says...

      Hi! Try turning the Bobby pin so that the bumpy side is against your head and the flat side is facing out to the world. That made all the difference for me.

    • Lidia says...

      If Bobby pins slide out of your hair, you can try one of two things: 1) spray the Bobby pins with hairspray before using them. This will make them sticky and they will grip on to hair much better 2) apply a texturizing spray at your roots and lightly throughout your hair before starting to style. Hope this helps!

    • Bee Hogan says...

      Not a stylist by any means but I learnt that you need to place the wavy side of the Bobby pin / Kirby grip AGAINST your scalp. It holds so much better and looks much sleeker.

    • Laura says...

      Yes on the “pin into place” comment. They never explain how to do that!

    • this is a great idea for a post! there are definitely different tips for different hair types and even different pins. i always love japanese bobby pins, they grip hair really well and never slip out.

      xx
      reagan

    • Meg says...

      One trick I learned with bobby pins when I got married is that most people use them upside-down by accident. The crimped side should be down, against your scalp, and the flat side should be up. Maybe that will help?

  60. Becca says...

    Though I used to use dry shampoo, both Living Proof and Oribe, every now and again, the impact over time does make me a bit nervous. I became concerned about the build-up of the product on my skin, so I no longer use it. I curious as to whether Reagan could share what she knows about the long-term use of dry shampoo. Perhaps I’m being too cautious!

    • Melanie says...

      I’ve read the same thing, which, as a die-hard dry shampoo-er (and Mom with no time in the morning) this saddened me. I read that it can cause a build-up which causes your hair to fall out at a faster pace. BUT (there’s hope) I read that if you use a clarifying shampoo every now and then it should help take out the build up. I also combat it by having at least one ‘dirty hair day’ that I don’t use it and just throw my hair into a bun or something else instead.

    • this is a great point! for curly hair, if you don’t need dry shampoo, I’d actually rewet your hair with leave-in conditioner, which is a product I love for curly hair even on day one. I love SachaJuan leave-in, because it’s very light weight, but if that’s too heavy to completely rewet your hair, you could spritz with a water bottle first, and then a little leave in to give it some moisture.

  61. Kat says...

    Please, Reagan, teach us how to skip daily shampoos with naturally curly hair! The problem is not that our hair gets oily (far from it, curly hair tends to be pretty dry), but that it gets fluffy and frizz. Personally, I only know how to tame it again from wet. If you could help us curly folk navigate this dilemma, we sure would be grateful.

    • Christine Hart says...

      I usually only wash my curly hair once every 3 days or so. The second day I just wet it in the shower and use a little Moroccan oil and mousse and let it air dry if I want it curly or blow it out for a straight(er) look. On the third day I wash but use only conditioner instead of shampoo. I then use the oil and mousse again and let air dry or blow dry. This really works for me. My hair is really at its best on day three.

    • Rainbow says...

      YES YES YES, exactly!!

    • Just a couple months ago, I discovered that I have curly hair (my husband is still shaking his head over my ridiculous cluelessness) and have made the switch to less washings. On no-wash days, I spritz with water and reapply a wee bit of styling cream. Some days, if my hair is frizzy, I massage in a little Morrocan oil. I write all about it here, if you’d like more info (and pixs): http://bit.ly/2oSqYPK Good luck!

    • Kat says...

      Thanks everyone. I’m going to try all of these suggestions. Go team!

    • Katherine says...

      I sometimes only wash once a week…! I’m the sane that wet hair is the only way to restyle but I just wet it with a spray bottle or in the shower and don’t wash. When it’s warm enough I wet it at night, add a little curl gel and leave it to dry overnight. Very springy, frizz free curls in the morning. Then I either wear it down or pin up with lots of texture/curls showing through. I generally use sulfate free shampoos but keep a regular one for the occasional wash when my hair gets lank. It does dry it out but within a week I can get the moisture back in as well as the life and shine. It takes trial and error to find the best routine and methods for curly hair but if you can find what’s right for you, it makes it much easier to enjoy the curls.

    • gk says...

      What the others have said! Less frequent washings, using more moisture/conditioners. Also, look into (i.e. google) the curly girl method – you want to avoid sulfates and silicones. Like Jennifer Jo, I only started understanding my wavy/curly hair a few years ago. I thought I just had frizz and waves – who knew I had ringlets?

    • Sara says...

      I only “wash” my curly hair 2-3x/week. The first day post-wash, I wear it pinned up, so the second day I can wear it down and it isn’t frizzy.
      Also, I don’t ever actually wash it – only use conditioner.
      And I swear by the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, which works even better if you have time to air dry! (Plus, it smells amazing.)

  62. Kate says...

    Am I the only one who doesn’t love dry shampoo? It always leaves my roots looking and feeling icky (including the Living Proof one mentioned!). Plus I have a sneaking suspicion that we will find out in a few years that it is bad for our bodies. I don’t know how, but I have a feeling!

    • Masha says...

      I used to have it too. I started actually thinking I must be the only person that it didn’t work for. And then a friend used it on me and showed me how far away you’re actually supposed to hold the can, and how little of the product you’re supposed to use, and I was a convert. Turns out I had been holding it too close and therefore getting waaaaay too much of it in my roots, leaving my hair feeling gross. Now, it really saves my life and helps me go another 2-3 days without having to wash it.

    • Rue says...

      My favorites are the powder ones that don’t have a spray applicator. It doesn’t leave that sticky feeling, although you do have to make sure you rub in the powder well. I swear by the Bumble and Bumble powder in the pink bottle.

    • Abesha1 says...

      I actually just use baby powder. I know there’s discussion about whether it’s bad for you, but I can’t see how it’s worse than inhaling butane and propylene, which are generally the first ingredients in dry shampoo, not even mentioning the rest of the list.
      I sprinkle a little into the roots and brush through (just the roots, then fluff the rest with fingers. ) I’m fair, with thick dark hair, and only wash every 2 weeks. I don’t use the powder regularly, though; only occasionally.

    • Lisa says...

      I’m with you, Kate! To me, dry shampoo has always had the opposite effect of Reagan’s description – icky and dry and oh-my-now-I-have-to-wash-my-hair-right-now. And I have really disliked the smell of all products I have tested so far.
      However, I will heed Masha’s advice and try again – I’d love to be able to rely on this little helper once in a while.

    • Emily R says...

      I hate it. Just doesn’t work for my straight fine hair. Plus, I hate how my hair/scalp feels unwashed. You win some, you lose some.

    • Tata says...

      I agree Kate – I seem to always get a headache when I use dry shampoo, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we learn about the negative effects of spraying chemicals onto our scalps and inhaling aerosol! A little baby powder absorbs better for me with less smell.

    • Heidi says...

      I’ve found that the key to dry shampoo is putting it on when your hair is clean. I wash mine at night and let it air dry over night, and then I put my dry shampoo on in the morning, just a little at the roots and hairline. let is sit for a minute and then rub it in with your fingers, style as usual. I think it must absorb the oil throughout the day. Spray a little more on at night and in the morning. On day two you have awesome messy hair and the third day I have a giant messy bun. And I have the thinnest hair, ever. No one believes me!

    • Jennie says...

      You might want to try using the dry shampoo BEFORE you go to bed on a non-wash morning…and yes hold the can far away!

    • Carrie says...

      Same here. I have very fine, straight hair and it doesn’t help refresh my hair at all. I shampoo everyday….doesn’t dry my hair out. It works for me so it’s all good :)

  63. Molly says...

    A Reagan post – what a lovely way to wrap up my day ❤️❤️❤️

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      she really is the best :)

  64. Irina says...

    Love to see Reagan back!! In the case of shampoo and conditioner…is it better to splurge or okay to save? What about sulfate-free v.s. sulfate?

    • Sulfate free is always better, especially if you color treat your hair. Sulfate free is much more gentle on your hair. I do think shampoo and conditioner are worth a splurge, knowing how badly cheaper shampoos can strip your hair. But then again some of my clients with the healthiest hair use drugstore brands, it all depends on your hair type and routine!

      xx
      Reagan

  65. LBintheBK says...

    Wonder what Reagan thinks of New Wash hair cleanser? Seems to be getting a ton of press lately…

    • Dana Wilson says...

      I want to know too! 😊

    • Andrea says...

      Me too!

    • Yes, me too!!

    • I was all about New Wash/Cleansing Creams for about two years, and still think they’re great. However, I found it didn’t clean my hair as well as regular shampoo so I was having to wash it much more often. I love that super clean feel on day one, and then holding out as long as possible! I know many people who love those types of cleansers and I think they’re worth a shot if you haven’t tried them!

      xx
      Reagan

    • LBintheBK says...

      Reagan, Thank you for the personal response! I’m sort of experimenting in reverse order of you..

      Used to go several days between washing with traditional shampoo & conditioner, using dry shampoo (either Klorane or Oscar Blandi) in between washes.

      Then tried “no poo” for 4 months (washing with only water and using zero styling products). This seemed to keep my hair clean but not at all conditioned. I tried apple cider vinegar as a conditioner, which helped a lot, but then..

      I started using New Wash exclusively only a few weeks ago, and I’m very pleased so far! I am not too surprised about the frequency you needed to wash your hair though, as so far I am wanting to wash every other day. I hoping I can end up with a combination of New Wash and extend the cycle with dry shampoo in between!

      Thanks again! Curious any others’ stories on New Wash or other alternative hair washing methods…

    • Lucy says...

      I tried New Wash for months and it left my hair lackluster and greasy. Plus I hated using it because of the no-poo thing. Since I stopped and went back to regular shampoo, I now have dandruff, but never had it before (I’ve got dark hair, so feel like I would have noticed it previously if it existed)! Wondering if the switch did something to the natural oils in my scalp. I wouldn’t recommend, but am curious to hear about others’ experience.

  66. Erin LaDue says...

    Vivisal is the BEST. I recommended it to my hairdresser and she swears by it too.

  67. Gen says...

    I do not get the dry shampoo thing. I’ve tried two different kinds, and it does not help. I have thin, wavy hair that gets flat and stringy if I go more than 48 hours between washings, especially right at the back end of my part. Perhaps I’m using it wrong, but I also have a mental block – just how does ADDING something to your hair make it LESS greasy/dirty? Can someone explain the science here?

    • Jen says...

      It’s soaking up the excess oil, and then giving the hair some structure for volume

    • Lynn says...

      It’s still dirty — the dry shampoo just masks it! I also have very fine wavy hair that quickly goes limp, and the Sachajuan dry shampoo is best for me. It really brings new life to my hair — not only absorbing some of the grease, but it gives my hair lots of volume and shape that’s usually gone by day 2.

    • Meg says...

      It’s powder, so it soaks up grease. It’s like how some people put baby powder on their skin to cut down on sweat – you’re not actually sweating less, the powder is just absorbing it. Dry shampoo is just a fine powder you spray onto your scalp.

    • Melissa says...

      I couldn’t agree more! Ives used living proof and so many others and my hair feels so much worse! Maybe there’s something someone isn’t telling us.

    • Melissa says...

      Thank you, Lev, for that link! I recently got a haircut I love, but it looks so much better when my hair is straight. So now, to maximize laziness and minimize hair-straightening repeats (haha), I’m trying to master dry shampoo. That tutorial helped a lot.

    • Annie says...

      I have fine hair, too, and have tried different brands of dry shampoo. My favorite brand is Batiste. I use the brunette-tinted one.

    • Yes, your hair is still dirty, but the powder is soaking up the oil, making it look clean and the fragrance makes it smell nice :)

      If you are using it properly, and working it in with your fingertips, you should get lots of lift and volume at the roots. I’ve never seen it not work before so I’m not sure what is happening here! I’d suggest to keep playing around with different types until you find the right one for you!

      xx
      Reagan

  68. Becca Lynn says...

    my hair has changed drastically over the past few years (i’m 25) and I’m stuck not knowing how to style no-longer-curly but not-quite-straight hair. Any tips on easy, wavy, “put-together” styles without using heat would be amazing <3 <3 <3

    • CB says...

      Same!!! I used to have super curly hair that is in this weird in-between state now where it’s not straight and has strange wave patterns everywhere. No idea what to do with it other than blow dry and straighten. I’m only 24 but I think thyroid problems might have affected it!

  69. Stephanie says...

    I’d love some new ideas for cutting long hair. I feel as though I’m always going between a layers/no layers look. I’d like to find a fresh take on a long hair style that doesn’t mean cutting all my hair off.

    • Oh, yes! I’m having the same issue.

    • Lydia says...

      Yes! I’ve tried enough shorter haircuts to know that I definitely like my hair better long. It has a lot of volume and gets too puffy if it doesn’t have enough weight from the length. I usually like some layering so I tend to rotate between more layers or less layers and U or V shaped layers or more straight across layers. Not exactly exciting stuff. I’d love some ideas so that when I feel like doing something different with my hair I don’t end up getting it cut shorter than I like and immediately regretting it.

  70. Natalie S says...

    I love Reagan! She’s so bright and has a great positive energy. I also loved your hair tutorials – I remember those with Caroline! Do you guys still do anything with her?!

  71. I used to follow Reagan’s Blob way back when and I’ll never forget when she shared that hat hair trick — it works like a charm! xo

  72. Mara says...

    I have fine, thin hair and feel like I’ve search my whole life for that ONE great volumizing shampoo (or really any product)…one that doesn’t make my hair fall flat 15 minutes later and look greasy. :-( Would love any tips/recs! I’ve spent thousands at this point ugh…

    • Bumble and Bumble mousse is the best! It really does help volumize. And Dove dry shampoo is the drugstore one I totally recommend.

    • Kristin says...

      I have the same fine thin (very straight, very healthy) hair; the only solution I have found is after blow drying immediately use dry shampoo (I use blow pro faux dry powder) and then brush/ blow out a bit more. It’s the only thing that keeps my hair from being totally flat. This also prevents the grease rather than trying to correct it.

    • Kim says...

      I use Aveda Pure Abundance Thickening prep and then the volumizing spray, and sometimes the Living Proof Full smoothing lotion or something. I also really love the new Texture Tonic. I’ve never liked salt sprays, but this spray is salt and sugar and smells good and makes me have some killer volume. I’m not an Aveda salesperson.

    • Rachel says...

      Andalou volumizing shampoo! Or if you want something fancier, the Kevin Murphy one really does work.

    • Annie says...

      Batiste dry shampoo is my favorite! I’ve tried a few different brands but none work as well. I have very fine hair and used to wash it every day. I started using Batiste about eight months ago and now I only wash my hair twice a week. And I work out/sweat everyday, too! I use a bit at night before going to bed and then a bit more in the morning before I leave for work.

    • Although shampoo helps a little, you get the most volume from styling and styling products. Try using a volume styling product on damp hair, I love Oribe Maximista, or any mouse (make sure you’re using enough), and then blow dry everything in an upward motion to get the most volume!

      xx
      reagan

  73. Laura says...

    I would love to know the best way to cut/care for combination hair! Not sure if that’s an official thing but it feels like some parts of my hair are wavy and some parts are straight. It’s very thick and coarse and difficult so I’d love to hear from someone who has experience with that kind of hair. I usually end up wearing it back because it takes too long to style it with a one-year-old :)

    • Katherine says...

      I hear you on combination hair. Mine is seriously curly at the front, quite curly on all my top layers, rather straight underneath. I’ve been told this is the reverse of normal combination: straight on top, curly underneath. For me it’s been finding a hair length I like and a good hairdresser to work out which lengths to cut where so it sits right. Everyone’s hair is so different finding a good hair dresser who gets to know your hair and cuts it thoughtfully is key. I’ve also loved a few hair tutorials (including here on cup of jo) that give me quick ways to put my hair up that look better than a basic ponytail and make me feel less of a daggy mum. A simple black headband and my hair pinned up to keep some volume is my current go-to. Kind of messy made stylish (hopefully!) Good luck finding some styles that make you feel good :)

    • Bless your hair! I think this is the most difficult kind of hair to have. I’ve had several clients over the years who struggle with PIN straight hair in some spots, and wavy (or even curly) hair in others. If you can’t take the time to style it, wearing it up is a great option. But if you have even a few minutes, I suggest letting the curlier hair win and using an iron on the straight parts. That takes less time than straightening everything. As for the haircut, this is a challenge for many hairdressers, so make sure you are seeing someone very skilled who knows how to address it.

      xx
      Reagan

  74. LBintheBK says...

    I’d love more simple/basic blow drying tips! I can never seem to coordinate the round brush AND the blow dryer on my own hair!

  75. Bobbi says...

    I’d love to see a tutorial for pulling long hair back into a chic low bun for work. Not really a bun per se, but more like a “tuck,” if that makes any sense.

  76. Jen says...

    Agreed on the hair training front! I have (a lot!) of fine hair that I only wash once a week. Weekly washing has saved me soooo much time & money (because I love me some Oribe S&C), and left my hair so much more healthy. I always tell people they have to train their hair and most people have “oily” hair because it’s over-producing oil- it’s actually dry and striped of it’s natural balance. I always say each week or every other week, go one more day without a wash to build up to a week or so.

    Another tip I have (that I think I discovered on accident), is when you’re washing your face, go ahead and go a little crazy and get all of your roots drenched. Next, blow them out using a flat brush up and out. For me, this trick has saved me from even buying dry shampoo, so my hair can go even longer without residue.

    • WOW, I’ve never heard of that face washing technique. I love it!

      xx
      Reagan

    • C says...

      I do this too! Total game-changer! I wash my hair only 2x a week, but I use the blow-dryer daily after my shower or facewash and that extra bit of wet + heat completely restyles my whole head of hair!

  77. Mary says...

    Tutorials for Asian hair please! I see all these great tutorials, but none of them work for me because my hair is so slippery and straight and basically will not hold a curl no matter how much hair spray I put onto it.

    • May says...

      I used to have the same issue! Solution: get a really good quality flat iron (I1″ or 1.5″ width) with temperature control. Watch lots of youtube videos on how to curl with a straightener. I was envious of wavy/curly hair on others for years until a hairstylist friend showed me how. Curling with a flat iron is the only way I can get curls and waves to last for days.

    • I have lots of tricks for getting pin straight hair to hold a curl, but the simplest is to use an iron slightly smaller than the curl you want to end up with. I would suggest a 3/4 inch iron if you are going for loose waves.

      xx
      reagan

  78. Lisa says...

    I went to hair school with Reagan so it’s always fun to see her featured here!

    • Oh My Goodness Lisa, so awesome! That was the most fun year of my life!

  79. Julia says...

    I just went and re-read Reagan’s whole beauty uniform and it was so great again! She is wonderful! If you’re taking special requests, I’d love to see any tips on postpartum hair loss…styling and anything to hide it! It’s not in any way preventable…right? I am currently experiencing the best hair of my life thanks to being 6 months pregnant and I’m already dreading ~six months from now when it all falls out :)

    • Sandhya says...

      If this makes you feel better, it may well not fall out! I kept waiting and it didn’t happen.

    • Emma Bee says...

      Yeah, mine never fell out either. Really, I didnt notice any changes at all to my hair for either of my 2 pregnancies.

    • Masha says...

      If you’re lucky and it doesn’t fall out, then you can disregard this advice, but: my postpartum hair loss was out of control. I actually had two near-bald patches above my temples. The only thing that helped was styling a deep side part to cover the worse of the two spots. And I actually didn’t mind the loss so much as the crazy regrowth that followed. I had a fuzzy halo for a long time. My best advice there (and this applies to the loss period too, a bit) is bangs. Best decision I’ve made in a while. They help hide all the new wisps (by incorporating them) and also just make styling less of a hassle. I can go a week and a half without a full hair wash, and every couple of days I just wash my bangs, and slap on some shampoo.

    • Abesha1 says...

      It can be very upsetting! My very thick hair practically just falls off my head following pregnancies. It does grow back, though!

    • Catherine says...

      Castor oil rubbed in nightly to the bald spots!

    • Julia says...

      Thank you all so much! My hair has always been quite thick and kind of part of my identity (vain, but true, haha). It’s gotten downright luxurious during pregnancy….I have to remind myself to wash it, and it always looks amazing these days…so the contrast seemed like it might be hard to deal with on top of everything else postpartum. But your responses were comforting! I’ll keep the bangs and castor oil in mind and cross my fingers I don’t need either :)

  80. Eva says...

    OMG got way too excited by the hat hair trick. Will try this first thing tomorrow! Think it would work with bike helmets too?

    Tutorials I’d love: bike-helmet-friendly hairstyles, and tips for styling while growing bangs out (such. a. long. process.)

    • Annie says...

      Bike helmet-friendly hairstyles –
      When I want to look cute while wearing a helmet: either the classic french braid, braided so that it hangs in front of my shoulder; or my favorite, low pig tails :)
      When I want to look cute AFTER a ride (like when I bike to work): I do a half-up pony and then pull it all into a full low pony. It helps to prevent that one big ponytail wave/bump/thing when I take out the elastics and also prevents the part from being too flat.

  81. Carrie says...

    What are her thoughts on body waves? I really want to get one (I have fine, straight hair and lots of it) Would thick hair be an issue? Anything I should ask my stylist for specifically so I can be sure to get the look I want, which is just a loose, easy wave.

  82. Jill says...

    Has Reagan ever tried the Dyson hair dryer? I have a T3 after reading good reviews, but it’s pretty ‘meh’ to me. I’ve been looking for a new one.

    • Jen says...

      My hairdresser uses one, she said it took some time to get used to (controls in the different place and the heavier weight) but now she loves it.

  83. Jill says...

    Thanks for reminding me why I have and love super short hair. Grateful that none of the advice or product “needs” applies!

  84. Em says...

    I used to wash my hair every single day, but have recently been fighting the urge and waiting a day or two, and just letting it be greasy. And it’s actually starting to grow on me! What used to seem oily now seems textured, shiny, and healthy. My plan is to work up to two days with my hair down, and one with it up in a bun… so three days between washes? Maybe the dry shampoo tip will help :)

    • Agnes says...

      This is exactly what I do!! I can’t do the dry shampoo though, for me it just highlights the ‘unwashed’ feeling, which I hate. Might as well just wash the damned hair if it’s that dirty. But yes = 2 days down, 1 day in a bun, then wash :) Since I started going out with my boyfriend, I skip bun day as I wanna look good and the bun look isn’t my hottest. However, my boyfriend is away so I don’t care if my hair is a little greasy and I’m on 4th day, hat on head lol! :) Good luck!!

    • Julia says...

      I think gradually increasing the time between washes but only 1/2 day at a time really helps! Like, going a day and a half (alternating morning and night washing) is a lot easier to get used to than jumping straight to 2 full days, if you can swing it with your schedule. Also if it starts to feel gross, before a shower clip up all your hair but about a 1″ section around your face (clip that up separately), then at the very end of your shower wash the small face-framing section only. The rest of your hair might get a little dripped on so you may have to re-style a bit, but it’s a lot quicker and that’ll get you through at least an extra day before a real wash!

  85. Becca says...

    Everyday styles for curly hair! My hair looks great when I wash it but after I sleep on it, it’s never the same. And I don’t want to resort to washing it everyday. Well – who am I kidding?! – there’s no time for that! How can I make my hair look great on day 2 or day 3 after washing?

    BTW: If you need a 40 year old with gorgeous red hair for the story then I’m your girl!

    • Haylie says...

      Same question! I almost never shampoo my very curly hair (just once every two weeks or so), but I have to wash it everyday because it flattens out in weird spots when I sleep, and spraying stuff on it when it’s dry just makes it sticky and frizzy.

    • Sophia F. says...

      I third this one – I’ve recently transitioned to my naturally curly hair after 16 or so years of constant blow drying and straightening, mostly because I have two very curly little girls and I want them to love their hair, but my gosh, it’s so much work! With straight hair I could style it, do absolutely anything, and have it look perfect for three entire days before I’d even consider washing. I joke that curly hair makes me feel so vulnerable because you can see EXACTLY what type of day or night I’ve had by how my hair looks.

    • I’m a recent convert to the Curly Girl hair – my hair is wavy/curly. I wash it every third day. On the two off days, I just spray it with water and reapply my styling creme, scrunching it up into my hair. Voila! Looks fresh and curly/wavy all over again! I’m working on a blog post about this – it’s not up yet, but truly, I am impressed with the Curly Girl method.

    • Sara says...

      I keep mine pinned up while I sleep to help eliminate weird flat spots. I’ve read that satin pillowcases help but I haven’t resorted to one of those quite yet!

  86. Taylor says...

    Request for a tutorial on styling wavy, frizzy Hermione Granger-esque hair! I never know what to do with it!

    • Martha says...

      ME TOO! what a perfect description. I have wavy, frizzy, Hermione Granger-esque hair as well!

  87. Melody Jones says...

    switching the hair part under the stocking cap trick!! super genius! thank you

  88. Natalie says...

    Maybe have your thyroid checked!

  89. Emma says...

    I’m looking for help with scalp buildup! My hair is naturally pretty dry, so I don’t have to wash it very often, but in my late 20s I’ve started having an issue with buildup (dandruff? oily residue? somewhere in between?). Washing my hair obviously makes it go away, but I don’t want to wash my hair so often! Bonus: my hair is dyed (blue) so I don’t want to do anything that will affect the color. Help!!

    • Jenna says...

      The residue could also be from dandruff. My hair and scalp tend to be dry, but I also have trouble with dandruff. If OTC shampoos/conditioners aren’t working, you could get a prescription. Right now I’m using Clobetasol propionate, which is a foam you apply to the scalp. It takes longer because it’s another step, but it’s super effective for me and hasn’t dried my hair out like the prescription Ketoconazole shampoo did. I’ve found that prescriptions work better with less effort than OTC or ‘natural’ products, so it’s easier to go longer between shampoos.

    • Katie Larissa says...

      I do a quick solution of baking soda and water in a squirt bottle in the shower and voila! build up is gone! Once every 2 weeks or so does the trick. But I don’t know how that would work for colored hair.

    • Cazmina says...

      I have fine hair that gets limp from product build up and also an itchy, dry scalp. I find doing a rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar (between shampoo and conditioner) every two weeks or so helps.

  90. Jodi says...

    I’ve always loved posts where you’re featuring Reagan!!

    Any best hair brushes or gold standards on how often to brush? Are hair masks really worth the hype? How can I keep my hair moisturized and healthy on a really busy schedule?

    • Alice says...

      I have a Kent brush, with a mix of boar bristles and normal bristles and it CHANGED MY LIFE. I brush my hair when wet, then again after blow drying, and that’s it now. Occasionally when I’m at work I’ll run the brush through it to neaten up, or if I’m going out for the evening! It doesn’t pull, doesn’t leave me with static-y hair…. love it. I have this one! https://kentbrushes.com/ladies/pf01

  91. Katie Weltner says...

    I’m a big fan of a dry-shampoo like product because showering every day is just impossible… but I’ve found a cheap alternative in corn starch! It adds volume, makes me look less greasy, and is dirt cheap. Just got to rub it in well (like a lot of dry shampoos) to avoid looking prematurely grey :)

    • Michelle says...

      Ha, yes! Glad to see I’m not the only one!
      I started using it when I was pregnant and paranoid about all the chemicals in hair products, and I just never went back to dry shampoo. I apply it to the roots with a big fluffy makeup brush- just tap off the excess first. I do find that I definitely have to wash my hair the next day after using it, but it gives me that extra “emergency” day.

    • Brooke Anderson says...

      You can add cocoa powder to the cornstarch for those of us with darker hair!

    • dd says...

      For brunettes you can mix corn starch with cocoa powder for a naturally brown color. Works great and hides a little better than white. It also smells amazing the next time you do get it wet.

  92. Beth says...

    I would love advice on managing humanity on hair. My hair is relatively straight, but always has that puffy look, because of humidity and frizz.

  93. Lily says...

    I love Reagan!!!!!

    • Katie says...

      Me too! Me too!

  94. Angela says...

    I would love it if you guys could do a tutorial for styling pixie cuts!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      great idea, angela!

    • Kari says...

      Yes, agreed! I’m in the midst of growing out my pixie cut but I still find most hair tips and advice aren’t really applicable to short cuts.

    • Jill says...

      If you have styling “needs” with a pixie, you need someone new to cut your hair. The whole idea is a great cut with zero maintenance.

    • Yes please!! That would be amazing!

    • Kaitlin says...

      Seconded. I have a curly pixie so few of these tips speak to me.

    • Sandhya says...

      So jealous of people who can carry off a pixie cut! With my round face, can’t do it.

    • Jenna says...

      Me too! My hair has changed a lot other the last few years and I got frustrated and chopped it off. I’ve been super frustrated with it ever since. I don’t know what to do with it and different cuts/products/styling methods haven’t worked. My hat is my best friend.

    • Jenna says...

      Me too! My hair has changed a lot over the last few years and I got frustrated and chopped it off. I’ve been super frustrated with it ever since. I don’t know what to do with it and different cuts/products/styling methods haven’t worked. My hat is my best friend.

    • Andrea says...

      Agree! My pixie is so easy but would love tips on different styling options for when I just want my hair to look different. The only pixie trick I have is my “pool braid” – do a tiny sideways french braid with my bangs.

  95. Sophia F. says...

    So glad to see Reagan back! It’s been a while since there have been hair tutorials on here. I’d love

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we have two tutorials with her coming up! and do you have anything you’re looking for in particular? we can shoot more!

    • Sophia F. says...

      Not sure where the other half of my comment went! I’d love to know Reagan’s ideas for hats and curly hair; there is nothing I’ve tried that hasn’t made me look crazy when the hat comes off!

    • E says...

      Yes — post-partum hair and how to deal with it. Ugh, I had bangs and now I just have piecey, greasy pieces.

    • Kate says...

      Yes to tricks for naturally curly hair in general, but also for hats!!

    • Marni says...

      If someone could teach us how to do a regular blow out, that’d be amazing! Oh and braids for dummies!

    • Louisa says...

      I’d love to hear about coloring hair! I know that’s a huge topic, but I don’t even know where to begin. It feels like such a commitment.

    • Emily says...

      Yes, hooray! I was just thinking about those old hair tutorials the other day, and wishing for more. SO glad that they are already in the works! The beauty of the previous tutorials was that they were great looks but simple and fast to do. I have very little time to spend on my hair, so easy, quick ideas are always appreciated! Can’t wait to see them.

  96. Nic says...

    What about issues with hair loss? I’m in my 20s and I feel like I’m shedding like crazy and definitely losing volume! :( Any tips?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask her!

    • Fatima says...

      Go see a doctor. She s a hairstylist not a doctor.
      X

    • Sark says...

      Me too me too!

    • dana says...

      I’d be interested in this too! I already see a doctor for it, but I need styling tips to help make what I’ve got look better.

    • Nicole says...

      I encountered this problem at age 31 last year. I knew in my heart that something was wrong, I had never lost hair at such a pace before. Turns out, I had thyroid disease and was anemic. I am still working on getting healthy, but if it feels wrong, it might be a health issue. Best of luck!

    • Meaghan says...

      Yes! This! I had massive postpartum hair loss and now it’s growing in and I don’t know what to do with all these baby hairs!