To the girl with the finest hair that doesn’t hold up in this Texas humidity... this one's for you!
Do you like your hair to be pretty & voluminous everyday? Me, too. It’s important that we aren’t using too much heat and/or products that weigh our hair down this time of year. In this little snippet I’m going to give y’all a few tips on how to keep your hair voluminous in the humidity.
The first tip would be blow drying your hair. You’ll start off by using a good root boost! Wait, what is root boost? Well it’s this foamy mousse type product that you put on your scalp to help lift the hair from the roots! Everyone’s budget looks different so Aunt Erika recommends getting some different ones in travel sizes to see what you like and really what works with your hair. You want to avoid the ones that feel gummy on your scalp. After applying your root boost start blow drying your hair in the opposite direction to how it naturally lays on your head. For instance, if you part your hair to the right, then you’ll blow dry it to the left and the same thing as if your parted it to the left, you’ll blow dry it to the right!
Second tip is how to keep your hair looking spiffy in the humidity! I hear girls with curly hair love the humidity. I wish! Although it IS why we Texans look so young for so long (i.e. the free moisturizer that is humidity). However good it is for our skin, humidity just makes my hair look like I just got out of the shower! You are probably wondering how the poop you will make your hair look decent in crazy Texas weather. I normally don’t add heat or products to my hair when it’s humid because it weighs it down even more. I normally will throw my hair into a cute elegant or messy updo. Also, If I’m in a rush I will just put it into a low pony with a side braid! It makes me look like I got up 3 hours before I had to leave instead of 10 minutes! Haha. It also makes your hair still look pretty after stepping outside in the sticky air. So basically, don’t fight it. Surrender to the humidity, but never surrender your cuteness. An adorable updo is just 10 minutes away.
If you need some lessons on how to throw it up in a cute updo or just wondering how you could blow dry it to make it not fall flat on your head. Get on your facebook, look up Erika Hughes Brunson, and follow her. She does live videos on how to fix and style your hair. Also her videos are so funny and full of life. Love you lots sis and hope your hair survives this humidity. Have fun today and use sunscreen on your scalp!
XO, Jenna b.
Hey girl heeeey. How’s your morning going? I hope it’s been very relaxing with your cup of coffee and Jesus. I pray that today as you read this you’ll see a girl who has been super rushed before and who didn’t really know what to do with her greasy hair. When you are in a rush to get out the door, go to your third drawer and grab some dry shampoo and style your hair the way you want it.
Wait dry shampoo?
What is dry shampoo you ask? Well let me look at dictionary.com real quick to give you the real definition heehee. Okay so what I read was dry shampoo is a type of shampoo that reduces hair greasiness without the need of water. Wait what you don’t have to wet your hair? How awesome is that when you are about to be late for something (everything). It absorbs the oils in your hair and makes your hair look fresh and clean. From my experience using dry shampoo might feel a little gross on your scalp, but girl your hair will look like you’ve paid some bucks to make it look that good. Okay I might be exaggerating, but it will still look great.
If you are like me and sometimes rather not wash your hair cause you’ve already washed it the night before, add some dry shampoo and sleep on it. Dry shampoo adds volume to my hair since my hair is super fine and flat to my head. It’s also a life saver especially in this Texas humidity or after a quick workout. Quick workout I mean a 2 hour long dance practice outside in the moist Texas air. (Ew, I don’t know why I used the word moist, but I did and I’m going to leave it haha).
Where can you get some? If you are like me and HAVE to have your hair looking clean everyday I recommend going to Aunt Erika or Ulta for something professional or Target/Walmart for something over the counter. Aunt Erika recommends Moroccan Oil or Amika, and those are the products on the shelf of her salon. Gal pals my age (who are typically underfunded wink wink, mom) don’t really have the cash for that, but we do all want something that works. I don’t recommend just ANY dry shampoo though, because some of the dry shampoos feel a little chalky. Batiste is the absolute best over the counter dry shampoo in my opinion. A lot of teen gals my age use it! They have all different types of scents too. If you are a flowery smelling girl then go grab a fresh scent, and if you are the type of girl who loves warm smells like vanilla then go grab a sweet scent! They also have colored dry shampoos for dark and light colored hair. Super thankful for dry shampoo when I don’t feel like rewashing my hair to make it have volume.
Warning: I don’t recommend using dry shampoo over 3 days though! Like...sister girl...wash your hair! Like Aunt Erika says, “Dry shampoo is a great illusion to get you through the day, but nothing takes the place of hot soapy water!” Amen!
Using dry shampoo is pretty simple, too. If you have time to go watch Aunt Erika’s video on FACEBOOK then go for it. Here’s a quick how to from me: Just spray it on your roots and brush it into your scalp. When you get finished brushing it into your scalp it might look a little powdery...that’s your cue to just keep rubbing it in. See? Pretty simple, huh? Now that you know...you should go try some dry shampoo out yourself. You are doing great gal pal! Love you and I’ll talk to you soon. :))
XO, Jenna b.
You know those days when you have the cutest outfit on, but you don’t really know how to wear your hair? I feel ya, sis! I’m terrible at making a decision on my hair. I end up just wearing it down or put it up in a messy bun. Oh...what to do...what to do.
Well first, read this and it will help you decide how to wear your hair with that cute outfit of yours or going out with your gal pals. Then ask yourself: “what is the weather like outside?” If you can’t decide if you should wear your hair up or down step outside your door and feel the air. If it’s perfect weather and feels breezy, I say add some curls to your hair and wear it down. If you prefer to wear your hair straight down, then you do you, girlfriend. When it's rainy outside or flat out HOT as a ghost pepper then throw your hair in a pretty braid or up in some cute space buns. If you are like me and you love a high cheerleader ponytail, then do that. You can never go wrong with a simple high ponytail. Just remember what Aunt Erika says, “hide that hair tie!”
Secondly, what are you wearing? If you are wearing a cute off the shoulder top or a “v” neck then wear your hair down in a style that makes you feel the best you. Whether that’s adding some curls or wearing it in a mary jane with a few hairs hanging down in your face. If you are wearing a halter top or a shirt with a high collar, then I say wear your hair in a pretty, elegant updo or a cute messy bun with a braid to the side. Messy buns with braids are my go to hairstyle.
Lastly, what activities or events are you going to? If you are just running errands or going to the baseball fields to watch your little brother play ball, then wear your hair up in a hat ‘cause girl it’s hot outside. If you are going to a cocktail party, base your hair decision off your outfit. I recently just attended a cocktail dress party, and most of the ladies I spoke with had their hair down with some big curls and lots of volume. I also saw a few ladies with their hair in pretty twisted updos. I wore my hair twisted up because of what I was wearing. Also if you are a highschool girl wondering what you should do with your hair for prom. I would definitely wear it up, because you will be out on that dance floor cutting a rug and you’ll start to sweat really bad. Also please don’t forget deodorant, but that’s everyday. :)
You do you, friend. Feel the weather, choose the outfit, and remember what activities you are doing throughout the day. Decide the appropriate hairstyle that works for you that day, the hair can either make or break the outfit, “I’m not saying…...I’m just saying.” Wise words from my bald headed english teacher. HAHA!! Thanks for reading this and I hope it helped you on your decision for today. Have a great day, and remember that whatever you decide (even if you don’t brush your hair) it doesn’t define who you are.
Love you lots, sister gal! So glad to be going through this life with you and your cute styled hair.
XO, Jenna b.
Hey y’all! I am currently sitting at my kitchen table eating cereal as I write.
I'm Jenna Hughes. My close friends and family call me Jenna Belle, and I am 17 years old. I live in the small town of Huntington, Texas where everybody knows everybody. I love sweet tea and reading Bob Goff books. I love to welcome people with a tender heart and lean into God’s truth. I am always up for an adventure or a fun road trip. I am obsessed with wildflowers and chickens....and cute cows. I am a true believer in power naps and writing thoughts down in a journal. Like most small town southern girls we either like to cheer for our home team or be the halftime entertainment. In drill team we dance a lot, and we have to have our makeup and hair fixed a certain way for every football game, basketball game, and competition. With all of this comes the responsibilities of learning how to keep our skin healthy from wearing tons of makeup and red lipstick. It also comes with trying not to go bald since we curl it, straighten it, or put it in a super tight ponytail that makes us feel like we are boys every day. HAHA
Sooooo you are probably wondering how I know Erika B. Well it’s a long story, but somehow we are related. HAHA just kidding she’s my Aunt Erika, but really she isn’t just any aunt she is a role model/close friend. She is kind, loving, and quite frankly a comedian. She is the one who has taught me how to wash my hair, take good care of my skin and sit down in the stillness of the mornings to watercolor and be artsy. If you’re reading this you know all this about her.
I’ve always heard that you should never go cheap on hair care and skin care and boy am I a believer in that. Ever since I was little I’ve always loved going to get my hair trimmed, washed and styled cause it always made me feel put together, I still do. I absolutely hate when my hair is greasy ‘cause I feel like I need to keep washing it and washing it, and washing it. Aunt Erika always told me to wash my hair twice, she told me that when she taught me how to properly wash my hair HAHA. It was always super oily when I was younger and I kept asking what I could do to not make it so oily. I wonder why it was super oily….maybe it was because I kept dumping the whole bottle of conditioner on top of my head (teehee). She sat me and my two other gal cousins down at the table and said, “you put shampoo on your scalp and conditioner in the ends of your hair.” Whata life altering moment. HAHA :D
Ever since I was little I loved skin care. I always wanted momma to buy me the face wash that was in the cute bottles, but mom always said it will make my face dry out or cause it to break out. I didn’t care I wanted the cute bottles. Now that I am older and am experiencing the act of lovely breakouts and dry skin, I go to a dermatologist to get prescribed medicine that helps control all the hormones that comes with being a teenage girl. I always wash my face twice a day, use a good moisturizer, and if I have big mountain on my cheek I use the clean and clear spot treatment. Another recommendation is to get a facial every month or however so often you need them. Like Aunt Erika says, “Consult your professional not your friends.” I think it's super important to keep up with your skin and helping it feel healthy and youthful.
Sidenote: Drink lots of water and steam your face!!!!!
You are a masterpiece, so treat yourself like one. Spend money on your hair and skin. We are all working toward youthful skin when we are 80 years old, and if you keep putting effort into your beautiful face I'm hopeful it'll look pretty and fresh.
Like I said, you are a masterpiece, and you are capable of creating masterpieces.. Art is not just words, dance, paintings, etc., but it's a gift that God gives us. I think as women in 2019 we ought to be productive by putting effort into each day. Go get your hair done, get some good skincare routines, and do something creative. If you don't have an artsy side, it's okay ‘cause not everyone does. YOU are the work of art!!!
I remember when I was in 8th grade my Aunt Erika and I sat out on the back porch on a beautiful crisp morning with our coffee and watercolors and painted. I learned that morning it requires a lotttttt of patience, creativity, and some time. Creating also helps to adjust your focus in the morning, well it did with me, maybe it'll do the same if you started your day off with a little art.
I love your beautiful soul, and thanks Aunt Erika for letting me join the blog for the next couple months. Here's to getting things done: your hair the way YOU want it, your face feeling and looking amazing, and making or being a piece of art.
XO, Jenna b.
Dish Society in LaCenterra
is one of my favorite places to meet girlfriends for
breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
There is a parking garage not, too, far if it rains,
and tons of other shopping (i.e. Sephora). Hello!
When you come to see me at Blue Lion Studio suite 405
make sure you got a few exits down Hwy 99 to have lunch with a friend.
You're, too, old for that.
Is there such a thing as age-appropriate haircuts?
Yes, but it may not be what you think.
There used to be strict rules about when to wear white, and how short your hair should be at fill-in-the-blank age. Thankfully, those days are over. We are more generous in our trends with women in 2018. Adventurous, fun, independent and confident are simply part of how we are expressing ourselves as women now. #itsabouttime
If it's true that we are freer in our self-expression, then can we even make a fashion faux pas? If "no long hair after 40" is just one of many outdated ideas then how do we know where the line is? What's too much?
When it comes to hairstyles there are some tips I'll give you below to help guide you through your own graceful maturing process. We are so proud of the years we have been given, but we also want to be careful to keep an eye on the gap between how we feel inside and what we see in the mirror. The bigger that gap widens...the older you will look. And with that I give you a check list for age-appropriate hair:
Let's face it ladies we are either growing our hair out or about to chop it off.
We are never just...where we are.
I'm great with that because #jobsecurity and a high need for change being one of the basic realities of my life...
you complete me.
It's a pain though...amiright?
Here are some trusty bullet points to help you along the way!
Nathan Russell here.
It's the answer to those of us who miss Dairy Queen.
This summer we took the girls to have
a sundae and play a board game more than once!
If you are coming to see me and want a little caloric splurge
while your hair process...you can drive through.
There are several things that effect your hair and skin when you travel. Environment, hormones, weather, and pollution all are pieces of the puzzle. Water is one that rarely gets talked about.
So guess what?
We’re talking about it today.
This weekend Robb and I are in the hill country visiting our favorite bed and breakfast, Wellspring Retreat in Round Top, TX. Our favorite room is the Midnight Express in the Depot.
Wellspring Retreat’s owners have refurbished an old train depot from 1854 into a gorgeous getaway.
When we stay here (which is quite often) we bring different hair and skin care products because the water is very different. What’s the difference? Well water and city water have a few really important differences. Whether one is better than the other isn’t the point of this blog. What to do with your hair and skin when your water sources change IS the point, and it’s what you have control over.
Well water, like the kind we are experiencing this weekend, comes from the ground. This water is naturally filtered through the ground and is up to the property owner to make sure it is tested and safe. I have it on good authority that the Wellspring Retreat well water is regularly tested, delicious and safe to drink, and easy on your hair. Who’s authority? Mine. I’ve been coming here for over a decade and drink straight from the tap. I do have to change my products slightly though. I’ll let you know down below what basic product shifts I make and why.
City water is typically from a river. It is tested and has a few chemicals added to make it safe for the masses. Which, in turn, is very drying to your hair and skin, but yay for disease free water!
Since well water is tested, and not necessarily treated, you don't have to be so very diligent with your hydrating products. City water chemicals dry your hair out so the need for hydrating products (enter my main reason for Moroccan Oil products) is heightened.
Well water products:
City Water products:
If you have any questions before you book your next travel arrangements chat with your trusted hairstylist or call me!
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I'm Erika b. I make a living doing hair, pampering skin, and creating art. Therefore, I am content. Oh, and I have two chihuahuas named Cupcake and ZaZa who are my delight. I married a man who looks like Hagrid from Harry Potter, but I'm happy with him because he is as kind as Hagrid, too. You'll probably see pics of them on here frequently. Also, there's Jesus, who is responsible for every good gift I have in life. However, I've got no pics of him so you'll have to take my word for it.