- Healthy Hair Tips -

healthy hair tips

Hair- it can be your best friend be or your worst enemy. We’ve all had those days where we wake up and you immediately know it’s going to be a good hair day. Just like those unfortunate times where not even the best of the best can tame your unruly locks.

I’ve received quite a few comments and emails about my hair regarding color, curling irons, tutorials (which I promise will come soon) and overall hair care. If you’re a reader, you know I love any opportunity to talk beauty products… so I am excited to share some tips and suggestions that have worked for me!

However, before we get started you must know I haven’t always had the best luck with hair. I was born bald and didn’t really have hair until much later than most babies. Not to mention, I did not discover a CHI Flat Iron until way too late in high school (yes, high school) and I had a bad experience with Sun In. Boy, do I have some fun stories.

With all that being said, I have gathered some tips and tricks along the way that seem to keep my hair feeling and looking healthy. For starters, I tossed the Sun In and the CHI and did a little research on better ways to take care of my hair. I also spent 5 years searching for my favorite hair colorist (you know how hard it can be to find a good one! If you live in the Dallas area email me and I will send you her info).

I’m not by any means an expert, these are just what work for me. What are some of your favorite products…I’d love to hear!

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Batiste Dry Shampoo for Lighter Hair Tones (all hair types here) | MoroccanOil Dry Shampoo for Lighter Tones (darker hair here) | Redken Pillow Proof (a dry shampoo for all hair types)

1. Ditch The (daily) Shampoo

While it is important to have proper hygiene, studies have proved that washing your hair daily can not only be very drying to your hair, but can also strip hair from it’s natural oils (you know- the ones that are actually good for you!). I had the chance to meet Ken Paves last year (he was so nice!) and this was the first thing I asked him about. He told me that it’s best to shampoo just a few times a week (3 at most) and use dry shampoo on your in between days. I can already tell a huge difference in my hair since cutting back on the shampooing. The ends don’t seem as dry and the color stays longer!

I often get asked about my favorite dry shampoos and these are the one’s I’ve tried and loved.  I am currently using this one but also have this one to use special occasions. Don’t laugh, but it’s a little pricey and for as often as I use this stuff, I save the best for when it really counts.

2. Know Your Tools

Curling Iron Reviews

GHD 1″ Curling Iron | T3 1.25″ Curling Iron | Gold Zebra Tray | NARS ‘Turkish Delight’ Lipgloss

So, a while back I was a big fan of the gold curling iron. I mean I used that bad boy (almost) every day. That is until I went to see Rachel (hair stylist) and she showed me where it was burning off my hair. I. was. shocked. I mean, how can this be? I always use a thermal protectant and applied a good hair spray before curling….what’s the deal? She told me that for someone who uses a curling iron as much as I do, I had to get something that was more gentle. Meaning, a safer metal. She recommended GHD and T3 as the best products for irons and wands. I decided to try the GHD Curve Classic 1 Inch Curling Iron (see how I styled my hair here) for more defined curls and the T3 1.25 Inch Curling Iron (also can be found here) for my everyday loose curls (like in the top picture).

Both irons are made extremely well and give me curls that last!

1.25 inch curling iron

The Wet Brush is also something new that I have started using. I am crazy about this brush and would be lost without it. So dramatic but it’s just that good. My hair gets very tangled when it’s wet and this brush has been a life saver. Not only does it detangle my hair after showering, but it doesn’t hurt my scalp or cause breakage.

I use this in the shower when I apply conditioner. This helps the conditioner really cover each strand. I also use this when I get out of the shower. I thought before just using wide tooth comb was enough but this actually detangles my hair completely. This little guy is awesome and a must have for anyone with longer hair.

THE WET BRUSH REVIEW

Wet Brush

3. Avoid the Heat

The best tip I ever received regarding hair care, was to cut out one heat product I was already using. Whether it’s the hair dryer, flat iron, or curling wand, one of those should go. As much as I didn’t like the idea, I decided to ditch the blow dryer and try letting my hair air dry while I slept. I knew I couldn’t pass up my beloved curling iron, but letting my hair air dry did have potential.

A year later and I am convinced this is what keeps my hair from having a ton of breakage and feeling like straw. While, it may not be practical for everyone, I challenge you to try it for a week.

I apply Gold Lust Nourishing Oil while it’s wet, then throw my hair up in a loose bun or pony tail.Now, my hair does not get 100% dry overnight. The next morning I have to spend maybe 2 minutes using my blow dryer on low heat to get it completely dry.

This not only saves my hair from heat damage, but I also think it helps hold my curls. Since I’m letting it air dry, it’s almost like my hair isn’t as “silky” so it gives it a little more grit which helps my curls stay. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

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Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil | Oribe Royal Blowout

This brings me to my next suggestion, hydration for your hair. If you color and use heat on your hair, hydrating is a must. Drinking plenty of water play a huge role in healthy hair. It not only helps with hair hydration but it also keeps your skin nourished and helps prevent early signs of aging.

I also recommend using products specifically designed to moisturize hair and protect from UV Rays and thermal damage. Oribe is one of my favorite lines for haircare. Their products are a little pricey, so I don’t use them as often as I would like, but when I do, I love the way it makes my hair look, feel, and smell.

The Royal Blowout is amazing. I finally pulled the trigger on this after having Rachel use it every time she did my hair. I would always compliment the smell and I loved the way it made my hair feel. The coolest part about this product is you can use it on wet or dry hair and it is very light (won’t weigh down your hair). I actually use a few mists before using the wetbrush and I like to use a few mists on day two (or three) old hair. It keeps my hair soft and fresh!

The Gold Lust Nourishing Oil is also another product that I use all the time. I find myself using this one on wet or dry hair as well. It is GREAT for your ends. I use a tiny pump on my ends before using the curling iron and it helps prevent breakage.

5. Know Your Products (and how to use them)

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Redken Quick Tease 15 | XO Print

One of the biggest trends that I noticed when I worked in the salon was people coming in with products frustrated because they had no idea how to make them work. I’ve totally been there! I have texted Rachel many times asking her questions about products. Sometimes it takes more than just reading the bottle, but actually talking with someone who uses or has tried the product many times.

One of my friends introduced me to Quick Tease by Redken. I never really teased my hair before, but like most girls, wanted a little extra volume. This product gives you that “lift” without having to damage your hair with a teasing comb. Use a quick shot of the blowdryer to really oomph up the volume.

The Oribe Dry Texture Spray is a number one seller and I can see why. This spray can be used on fine or thick hair and it a great next day refresher. Meaning, you can spray on roots and it will give an instant lift and texture. It almost acts like a dry shampoo because it has a slight matte finish and absorbs oils at the roots. It’s great for people with fine hair who want a little grit or something to make their layers pop. The smell is also amazing!

My favorite hairspray is the Spray De Mode by Bumble and Bumble. This is a great firm hold spray, without making your hair hard or sticky. It’s super easy to brush out too. I love that it has a thermal protectant making it the perfect partner for my curling iron. The smell isn’t the best, but it’s not bad. I keep coming back to it because it works really well on my hair. Luckily, the smell fades pretty quick.

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Oribe Dry Texture Spray | Bumble & Bumble Spray De Mode 

What do you like to use on your hair?

Thanks for reading!

OUTFIT DETAILS: Free People  V Neck Shirt (color ‘rose bud’, runs big- wearing an xs) | White Denim (tts) | Sunglasses (color Pink Flash, size Large) | Lipstick MAC ‘Be Fabulous’ | YSL Small Sac De Jour (similar budget friendly option)

- Green Shift Dress -

Green Shift Dress

Now that August is here, my mind is slowly starting to think fall. I find myself planning fall outfits, dreaming about pumpkin spice lattes and organizing a trip back to my alma mater for homecoming. However, right now, it is still extremely hot in Dallas. This past weekend was 106 degrees (!!!) which makes me think we will never get that cooler weather.

This Green Embroidered Shift Dress have been a great piece to have in my wardrobe. I love that it has off the shoulder sleeves and a unique embroidered pattern to compliment the simplicity of this dress. Joy Han always makes fun clothing, especially dresses. We are going to Mexico at the end of the month to celebrate our 3 year anniversary, and this dress will definitely be coming with me. Nothing says “¡Olé!” quite like bold colors and embroidered sleeves.

Hope you guys have a great Monday and thanks for stopping by!off the shoulder dresssam edelman gigi flat

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Outfit Details: Joy Han Green Shift Dress (FIT GUIDE: wearing a small, fits a little big, but then again it is a shift dress) | Goyard c/o Keeks | Sam Edelman Gigi Flats (FIT GUIDE: tts) | Krewe Sunglasses (almost identical style here) | Brandy Pham Mini Cage Bracelet c/o | Necklace | Lipstick: “Snob” Panama Hat | Monica Vinader Fiji Friendship Bracelet in Rose Gold (love this bracelet, I wear it everyday)

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- Sale Alert | Baublebar -

Desk Styling

As you may have noticed, I wear a lot of Baublebar. It is my favorite online retailer for fun and affordable jewelry for any age or style. If you’re in the market to update your jewelry box, you may not want to pass up this sale.

Today, they are having their “Christmas in July” sale and offering 30% off sitewide with code XMASINJULY.I love this site because I can always find something trendy or classic. These Tassel Earrings are a huge trend right now. I wore them here and loved how lightweight they were.

I am also a fan of the classic and simple pieces. I am more of a minimalist when it comes to everyday pieces, and this necklace is one that I wear often (you can see how I styled it here). These Pearl Back Earrings are also on my ears every single day. Currently, I have these earrings and this ring in my cart. What are you loving from the Baublebar sale?

Monogrammed Necklace

pearl back earrings monogrammed acrylic necklace (color blonde marble, size mini)

beaded tassel earrings

 tassel earrings (white no longer available) | pink tassel earrings | pencil cup

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desk accessories

fringed tassel earringsgold zebra dish lipgloss “turkish delight” 

pearl cuff bracelet

pearl back earrings | one sided pearl cuff

gold rings

cigar gold band signet gold ring fairy solo ring | layered open pave ring

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- Instagram Lately -

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Today I wanted to share a few recent snaps from our trip to Florida last week. Many of you asked about sizing and quality, so I made sure to include that at the bottom of each picture. Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by!

Also, I have to do a shout out to my SIL, Megan, who decided to bring back her blog. She started it last year and after taking a break, she’s ready to get back into the swing of things! She is an amazing writer and loves to work out. So if you are into healthy living and looking cute while working out, she’s your gal! Check her out at That Running Girl Blog.

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This top is so soft! I went up to a size Medium because I wanted a loose fit. These shorts run a little big, I sized down.

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These earrings are surprisingly so light. They are very easy to wear and not heavy at all. 

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This coverup stretches over time, I am in a small. It’s very soft!

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This dress is true to size, I am in a small. It’s fully lined. 

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- Nordstrom Sale Reviews -

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As many of you know, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on, but not for long! Many of you have asked about my sale picks for Fall (specifically layers), work clothes, and shoes. I know right now it’s hard to think “Fall” when we are having 100 degree days, but these are staples that I will wear all the time in the next few months. We have a few trips coming up in September and October, and all I can think about is this waterfall cardigan (on sale, under $50)these jeans, with these flatsComfort is key when traveling!

What all have you purchased? One thing that hasn’t come in the mail yet is this cape….can’t wait to wear it this fall with these boots.

Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for reading! xx

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Striped Knit Sweater (color tan) | Denim (not on the sale, but still under $100 // more sizes here)   leopard pillow

Pink Pumps (go a 1/2 size down) | Fringe Suede Heels (true to size

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Waterfall Cardigan (true to size, very soft!) | Denim (true to size) | Nude Pumps (runs a little big, I went a 1/2 size down // available in more colors) |  White V Neck Top (wearing a small)

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Floral Scarf Neck Blouse (love this top! Not sheer and it doesn’t wrinkle! TTS- wearing a small) | Denim (not on the sale, but under $100, tts) | Gold Thumb Ring (comes in a pack of 3)

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Striped Relaxed Tee ( color- micro grey // wearing a small // great for layering, not sheer ) | Waterfall Cardigan Black Michael Kors Watch

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Fringed Suede Heels (under $100 // true to size)

- Beach Braids & Tassel Earrings -

Off The Shoulder Dress

Any time I visit the beach, I instantly feel the need to wear tassels, beads and bold prints. It’s no surprise that I packed this off the shoulder dress (worn as a cover up) and these blue tassel earrings for our trip to Seaside, FL last week. The blue and white seemed to be a great fit for the beach and the tassel bracelets are always a must.

One of my favorite places in the Seaside Square is the little outside market. There are so many pretty shops, full of flowy dresses and linen tops. Austin and I spend one morning down here to grab some iced coffee before heading down to the beach. The weather was beautiful and it made for a great way to start the day!

BRAIDED MESSY BUN

When I posted this instagram, many of you asked about the products I used in my hair and requested a tutorial. I plan to work on one, but in the meantime, I used this shampoo conditioner (the best cheap stuff ever!) this smoothing serum (also has thermal protection and UV protection…a major plus for us with colored hair or who use curling irons) and this hairspray (a little goes a long way). As far as the braids go, they are actually pretty basic! And to be frank, the messier the better. You don’t want this to look “too perfect”.

 I took about 1-2 inches of hair and did a standard braid first, then took a smaller section and did another basic braid. It’s important to section off the hair first, because you want to make sure they lay right next to each other. I used clear hair band to tie each one, then took off the rubber band once my hair was pulled back. Next, I gently teased the crown and pulled my hair into a low pony tail. After your hair is in the low pony tail, gently pull hair at the top to give it a little more volume. Last, I wrapped the hair around to make a messy bun. Finish with this hairspray. Also, I pulled at the braids to make them look “fuller” but after looking at these pictures, it seems like they didn’t really get the effect I was hoping for! Oh well, it’s a fun and carefree look for any occasion. Tag me in your pictures if you do this style, I would love to see it on you!

Thanks for reading and please let me know if you have any questions! xx Side Braid Hairstyletassel braceletstassel braceletsmirrored sunglassesshellsoff the shoulder dressbraided updo

Outfit Details: Shein Off The Shoulder Dress (worn as a cover up // Fit Guide: runs small, wearing a medium) c/o | Swimsuit top bottoms (tts) | Baublebar Tassel Earrings c/o | Monogrammed Necklace (size medium) | Brown Leather Sandals (go a 1/2 size up) | Wildfox Sunglasses | Gold & Grey Tassel Bracelets c/o | Lips NARS “Claudia” with YSL GLOSS #202 

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- Black Crochet Dress -

VaVa by Joy Han Dress

Happy Sunday everyone! Today we are leaving beautiful Seaside, and heading back to Dallas. This family vacation has been a blast and I always get a little bummed when it’s time to head back home.

I wanted to share a look we shot last week in Rosemary Beach. I absolutely love this black crochet hem dress by Joy Han. It’s such an easy travel dress and very comfortable. It’s a little embarrassing how many times I’ve worn it on this trip, but it just goes to show how versatile this dress it.

Don’t you love finding those pieces that you know you will wear over and over again? I would definitely consider this a staple.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by! xx

VAVA by Joy Han Dress

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Black Shirt Dress

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Outfit Details: VAVA by Joy Han Nikita Dress (Fit Guide: wearing a small, tts // fully lined) | Sam Edelman Studded Sandals (also heresimilar pair here and here) | Goyard c/o Keeks | Karen Walker Harvest Sunglasses Monogrammed Necklace (size Medium) | Lipstick NARS “Claudia” | Baublebar Layered Rings 

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- Blue & White Floral Dress -

blue floral dress

Hi again from Seaside! I can’t believe our trip is almost over. We have had such a great time in Seaside and we are loving our last few days here! Today we are going to grab a quick breakfast and head to the pool. We have family photos tonight so we aren’t staying out too late today.

This Blue and White Floral Dress (see below for fit guide) was perfect to wear out to dinner Monday night. It’s a fun summery option for vacation, night out, or brunching with the girls. I love the print, because you can wear it with neutrals or with a pop of color. I wear this Magenta Crossbody Tote all the time and I loved the way it looked with this dress.

Have a great day and thanks for reading! xx

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Outfit Details: Chicwish Blue and White Floral Dress c/o (fully lined, great quality // fit runs small. I am wearing a Medium and it fits like a 2/4) | Rebecca Minkoff Magenta Mini Mab Tote Brown Leather Slides (I went up a 1/2 size) | Monogrammed Necklace (size medium) | Brown Belt (similar) | David Yurman Cable Link Bracelet | RayBan Large Aviators (color pink flash) | Lipstick (color Lilac Pink) | Baublebar Ring

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- White Tunic & Boyfriend Shorts -

Mirrored Sunglasses

Hello from Florida! You may have seen my snapchats or instgrams this week and noticed that Austin and I were on a trip with my family this week. We are staying in Watercolor, FL but have enjoyed time at Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach and of course Seaside. We will be here until Sunday, so be sure check out my snapchat (“theteacherdiva”) or instagrams to see more from our trip!

This White Tunic (only a few left in stock- similar here, here, hereand here) has been one of my favorite blouses this summer. I have already worn it twice while on this trip and have had multiple people stop me asking about it. You know it’s good when a total stranger will stop you and compliment your look…am I right? I’ve worn it with these boyfriend jeans and these skinny jeans and love the oversized look.

Many of you have been asking about my sunglasses, they can be found here and the color is Amber Tortoise. I wasn’t sure about them at first, but now I can’t take them off. A great purchase!

Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by! xx

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Outfit Details: Chicwish White Tunic c/o (A little sheer, but not bad. I’m not wearing a tank under it and I thought it was ok! Fit is oversized) Wildfox Steff Mirrored Sunglasses (color Amber Tortoise) | Rag & Bone Boyfriend Shorts (size down) Budget friendly version here | Soludos Leather Espadrilles (true to size, more sizes here) | YSL Bag (size small) Similar here | Lipstick: NARS- Claudia | Monogram Necklace (size medium) | Initial Necklace | Baublebar Rings c/o | David Yurman Cable Link Bracelet 

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- The Best Nordstrom Deals -

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GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED SEE WHO WON HERE!

It’s Friday and what better way to start the weekend than with the biggest sale of the year? You guys have heard me go on and on about it all week and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to everyone, not just cardholders (yeah!). Based on emails and comments from you all, I put together a few things that I think you will like the best.

Don’t forget to check out my posts from earlier this week reviewing my Nordstrom Sale purchases, my favorites from the sale hereand all of the best beauty deals here. 

Also, there is still time to enter the Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway! I am giving 3 lucky readers $100 gift cards just in time to shop the sale. Get all the details here. Good luck! xx

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