HAIR STYLE My Must-Haves

I’m often asked about my hair, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: the main reason I have long hair is because I look terrible with short hair (round face)! The second reason is that I’m very lucky that my 1/2 Japanese side gave me good hair, which I feel I should take advantage of, right? The third reason is that I have A LOT of hair, so I’ve found that keeping it long helps to weigh it down and keep it straight. So, after many many years of hair raising experience, I will say that my current routine has been the easiest, using three fave products and a no-fail routine for seemingly effortless wavy or straight hair…

I’m a HUGE fan of UNITE hair products, thanks to my hair stylist. While I use the 7SECONDS Detangler, LAZER Straight Relaxing Fluid, and ARGAN Oil every day, I’ve used these as well and they are equally amazing:

BEACH Day for beachy waves (that smell good too!)

SHINA Liquid for that extra glossy shine

EXPANDA Dust for crazy lift at the roots

(I must point out that this is NOT a sponsored post — I really do love these products and use them religiously!)


For my routine, since I’m at home working during the day, after I apply the above three daily products (and have brushed it straight), I’ll twist and tie it into a bun and let it dry naturally for wavy hair. When I want to go straight, I’ll blow dry and use a flat iron (although with the LAZER Straight I often don’t even need to flat iron), but keep the top layer tied in a bun to provide some volume and a few waves around my face. Either way, release the bun when you’re ready to roll. Voilà!

What have you found that works for you? Please share!

** And don’t forget to enter to win the last “birthday month giveaway” for $175 in beauty products! Winner announced Friday 9/6! **

Photo by Sabra Lattos; styling by Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. Being a “curly girl”, I have to put in a plug for a line I have discovered — Deva Curl. There are stylists out there who have been certified as Deva Curl stylists. I have been going to a deva stylist and using their products for about a year and am very happy!

  2. Your hair looks amazing and thanks for sharing! I’m currently using argan oil products by pro naturals and they have a great styling serum too.