If you’ve ever seen my hair in real life, you know it’s … a lot. Not only is my hair long, but crazy thick (like, it’s not odd for random people in public to ask if they can touch it). While I love and appreciate my hair, washing, drying, styling, or basically doing anything to it is a long and frustrating process. And since I’ve become a mom, I have even less time or inclination to do much with it, even if I dream of having big, bouncy curls like Kate.
My friend Sabrina recently bought a L’ange Ondule curling wand and after I saw her results and tried it out for myself, I was all about getting one for myself. My hair does not curl well, and I’ve tried a ceramic wand before and it did nothing for my hair. But the titanium in this wand is a game changer and for the first time I could actually curl my own hair and it WORKED. Only took 30-some years but better late than never. You can use the wand for looser beach waves or tighter curls depending on what you want, and I’ve been having fun playing around with it.
Even better was I got the new version of the wand (the Lustre) for more than $100 off! You can still grab the sale price of $65 during their Valentine’s sale.
So now that problem is ticked off the list, but it created another one. Well, maybe not created, because the top of my head is always frizzy, but I’ve noticed that when I use the wand, it makes the frizz on top worse. (See above pic). I always use It’s a 10 spray, but if i use too much, my hair looks greasy. And because my hair is so thick, I only wash it once a week. Anything that makes my hair in need of a wash sooner is my mortal enemy so I have to go very light on the styling products.
Enter Kate’s hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker. She posted a shot of packing for the royal tour of Sweden and Norway on her now deleted Instagram account, including all of the brushes, tools, and hair products she uses on Kate. My biggest surprise was that she packed 13 (?!) different brushes and six combs. Guys, I barely use the one brush I have. Other than when I blow dry, I generally don’t brush my hair at all. Ever. Perhaps this is why my hair doesn’t look like a royal.
Anyway, one of the products in Amanda’s packing pic was this Creme With Silk Groom from Kiehl’s. Now $16 for a 3.4 ounce tube of hair product isn’t necessarily what I would call a bargain buy, but it’s not $50 like a certain hair oil I recently saw on a blog … so yeah, it could be worse. I’m always game to try a new product in hopes it will tame my not-really-curly-but-not-really-straight hair, so I ordered a bottle from Nordstrom to take advantage of the free shipping (Kiehl’s charges for delivery unless you spend $50).
It arrived on Friday, just in time for a weekend trip I took to Washington, D.C. I knew I’d be using my wand, so I tossed the tube of hair creme in my new London Underground toiletry bag I got for Christmas. (Sidenote: I highly recommend this bag because it’s not only cute, but also fits tons of makeup, plus it has pockets inside. You can buy one here.)
All you need is a tiny – and I mean TINY – amount of the Kiehl’s creme and it smooths your hair out, makes it very manageable and not greasy at all! I rubbed a bit of the product on each section of hair as I went through and curled, and added a little more to the ends. Was the top totally frizz free? No, but I think that’s kind of impossible for my hair type. I did find that it helped at least 50 percent with the frizziness, though.
Have I just cracked the code to Kate’s hair?
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