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Products I’m Loving Lately: Hair Styling edition

When I don’t use anything in my hair (before I blowdry and flat iron), it ends up limp and frizzy. Here’s what has been working for me lately in the styling product department.

My hair has a bit more volume on top when I use Pure Abundance hair potion and Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage thickening spray.


I remember seeing this thickening spray in a magazine about a year ago and got it pretty cheap at Ulta.

It smells good and thickens my roots.

Lemon Sage thickening spray

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage thickening spray

My friend Laurie purchased this bottle of Aveda Pure Abundance hair potion for me as a Christmas gift ages ago and it has lasted a long time. Granted, I don’t use it every day, but you don’t use too much at any given time.

It is a powder that you apply to your roots for some extra volume.

Aveda pure abundance hair potion

I used this Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother when we were on our honeymoon in Europe and I was without a flat iron for two and a half weeks. It smells good, works fabulously, and controls the frizzies I get around my face.

Aveda Smooth Infusion

Aveda Smooth Infusion

I purchased this product that was recommended to me by one of my hairstylists, again because it controls the wavy frizziness that creeps up around my face throughout the day.

Redken Outshine

It’s a little greasy, but if you go easy on the amount of product, it does the trick and doesn’t weight down my hair too much.

I bought this L’oreal Elnett hairspray when we were in Europe, hence the German writing on it. It’s a “cult classic” and magazines always advertise it as being the product stars use. I like it enough to say that I would buy it again. The scent is a little old ladyish, but I have had worse.

Loreal hairspray
German on Loreal hairspray

Lately, I’ve been using this Kenra Volume Hairspray and loving it. The scent is quite pleasant as well (it reminds me of the smell of Anthropologie for some reason).

Kenra volume spray

Note: I bought all of these products with my own money and none of the hair companies sponsored me.

What styling products do you love? Are you loyal to one brand or do you like to try different ones? I have always loved Aveda products because I like the smell and quality, but they are kind of pricey.


New ‘do

I used a Milwaukee based groupon type coupon this morning to get my haircut at a new salon. I had a great experience. The salon owner cut my hair and she did a wonderful job. We had a lot in common, so the conversation kept going and I felt comfortable with her as a stylist.

After my cut was over, she touched up my lip gloss and cheeks and then took head shots of me. That is part of the salon experience there. I thought that was pretty unique and nice. Next week, I’ll be able to download the photo to my computer. If it turns out good, I’m hoping I can use it for my new gravatar picture.

So, how did it turn out?


before haircut


I got side bangs, but didn’t go totally short. I think she cut off about two inches. I figured the new bangs were enough of a change for now. I don’t love my hair too short anyway. If I had an oval face, I think I’d go short all of the time. But with a round one, I feel like my face shape is just emphasized.

When I was out running errands after the cut, I did notice that I kept touching my bangs to keep them out of my face. I think if I hairspray them good enough, they won’t annoy me like that.


new haircut-side swept bangs

I think it will look better when I flat iron it. The stylist noticed that I have wavy hair naturally and that does tend to make my hair look frizzy on the ends. She didn’t flat iron it and just used a round brush while she blowdryed.


After my haircut, I went to A Gluten Free Frenzy, which was nearby. I don’t need to eat gluten free, but I think doing so helps colitis when I have a flare up. So, I checked out the shop to see what they had to offer. Like most gluten free products, the prices were high overall, but they had a really good selection and I am sure it is paradise for someone with Celiac Disease or a gluten intolerance. There were many familiar healthy food brands available like Bobs Red Mill, Amy’s, Pure Fit, Kind bars and Think Thin.

A Gluten Free Frenzy Brookfield

There is only one Ulta location in my area, so I went there to use my $5 off $10 or more coupon. I got this Kenra hairspray after seeing it recommended on another blog. I’m going to need it to control my new bangs!

kenra hairspray breast cancer

Next, I stopped by Penzey’s to use a coupon for a free “teach” box (my second one, it’ll be great to use as a Christmas gift for someone) and I purchased some Italian salad dressing base to get the teach box for free. Craig and I loved the Italian dressing we had at Ann’s Italian restaurant last weekend and I want to try to recreate that.

Penzey's Italian Dressing Base

Finally, I hit the mall, even though the weather was too nice outside to stay there for long. I just wanted to look at a couple of stores that I knew were having good sales.

I was craving a pumpkin based drink from Starbucks, so I got a Pumpkin Spice Frappucino. Trying on clothes had worn me out.

pumpkin spice frappucino

I hadn’t had whip cream on top of a drink for a while and it tasted yummy!

whip cream on top of starbucks frappucino

The only thing I tried on today that fit perfectly were some gray pants from the Gap. They had 50% off certain pants and with a $10 gift card, I got the pants for about $21. Fantastic!

It’s still gorgeous outside so we’re going to hike around a local pond. Last time we went there, we had bad luck with bugs, geese and deer on the trail. I am hoping we have a better experience this time!