3 Hair Products I'm Loving

Hair is a huge part of our identities. The cut, colour, and style express who we are to the world. So why wouldn’t we want our hair to look its best?

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Favourites Friday No.93

This week has been one of the best weeks in forever. Actually, it might have been one of the best of 2017. It renewed my faith in good things and made me a little less cynical. My therapist would be very proud.

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While the last few weeks have been me stressing over finding a new apartment, I am very happy to announce I found a new apartment this week. I’ve been scrambling to find a roommate/affordable apartment, and by the hand of God I found a place on Tuesday that was pretty near perfect.

With faith, anything is possible.

Other fantastic things happened as well (went on a great date, it rained, my skin cleared up) but finding an apartment was truly a godsend as I feel all of that stress fade away. My parents used to have a saying in their bathroom that said, “When you worry, God laughs.” And God has been laughing like a loon at me.

I am so grateful for all the good that I’ve experienced this week, and look forward spending my weekend giving some of it back.Read More

My Secret to Healthy, Thick, Shiny Hair

This post is in partnership with Franck Provost Paris. All opinions are bloggers own #ad

Ever since moving to Portland, my hair has become more of a nuisance than I could imagine. Think dry, coarse, frizzy strands that have made getting ready much harder.

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With this problem, when Franck Provost Paris reached out to me about solving my problem with their new line, I was excited to try it out to see if it could fix my unhappy locks.Read More

Healthy Hair Care Routine

About a year ago I started to not wash my hair every day. While I’ve had a lot of slip-ups due to moving and a big change in my daily schedule, I’ve switched back to washing every other day and my strands have never felt healthier.

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About a month ago I noticed my ‘do was more frizzy than ever. I did some research and saw that it was likely due to my ends getting dried out, especially from the hotter weather and constant washing. Which was no bueno.Read More

5 Updos for Hot Days

To say that Portland is hot would be an understatement. We’re all struggling to keep cool and any place with AC is considered a luxury. The heat has officially landed in the PNW.

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Now that it’s warm, it is a constant struggle for me to stay cool. With my thick, straight hair, the heat makes my hair hang heavy and stick to my skin. That’s why updos are essential to my summer survival. From braids, buns, and ponytails, they are my saviours.

Today I’ve shared the five styles I use for days that are too hot to handle.Read More

Favourites Friday #72: Hair-y Styles

It has been quite the week for me. First there was turning 22 (yes, I have officially become the butt of a Taylor Swift song) and then there was preparing for a big meeting that I would give a 8/10. Out of all of this excitement, I’m ready for a nice big nap and some gluten-free cupcakes.

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But with all of these big things going on, I’ve got to be ready for photos and seeing lots of people in person. So my hair needs to be in tip top shape! That’s why I am sharing my favourite hair products for keeping my hair beautiful no matter what I’ve got going on.Read More

3 Hairstyles to Hide Your Bad Haircut

Have you ever gotten a bad haircut? The better question is, when was the last time you got a good haircut?

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Unless you trust your hairdresser with your life, you normally go into a haircut very nervous. This person has the potential to ruin – or make – your hair. And often when the stylist isn’t familiar with your head, it ends bad.

Last weekend I got a bad haircut. It’s not like she shaved off all of my hair, but I’m 90% sure the bangs she gave me and the bangs I asked for are very different. But instead of continuing to whine to my mom on FaceTime, I am going to grin and bear it with some tricky little hairstyles.

Below I have compiled three hairstyles that will fix most major bad haircuts. And trust me, they are saving me in this short-bang phase.Read More

Why I Stopped Washing My Hair Every Day

Junior year of high school a girl in my class told me she washed her hair once a week and instantly I was so disgusted I no longer wanted to sit next to her. Yes, I am a wash-my-hair-every-day kind of girl.

I have the kind of hair that even when I break all the hair rules (washing every day, blow drying every day, not using heat protectant, bleaching, etc.) whenever I go into the salon I am told that I have healthy, beautiful hair. Even when I had two years of grown out ombre my stylist still was surprised by how healthy and full of life my hair was. Wow, brag much?

Because of this, I continue to break hair rules on a regular basis – although I am improving – and decided that in a bold move to take better care of my hair I would try washing it every other day for a week. And considering how greasy my hair gets, it was definitely an experiment. Here’s my experience:Read More

My Daily Beauty Routine

As I’ve ventured more into my love of products and beauty in the blog, I often get asked about my routine and what I use on a daily basis. These questions come up enough (and I will read any post that has the words “daily” or “routine” in it) and I’ve finally got a set daily routine so I figured it was time I shared exactly what makes the magic here on The Enthusiast.

From what I use in the shower, to those final finishing touches, here’s exactly how I go from drab to fab on a regular day!

The Shower

I probably take the shortest showers of anyone I know. 1) Because I am very environmentally conscience and 2) I would rather lay in my bed for 20 minutes post-shower than to stand under water for 20 minutes.Read More

The 16 Beauty Products I Buy Over and Over Again

While I love trying out new products and using about every sample the store gives away, there are some tried and true products that will always be in my routine.

Today I’ve compiled a list of the products that have been staples in my beauty routine for years now. Some of them are more recent than others, but every single one is something that I think is necessary for me to look (and feel) my best. These products have gotten me through the rough times (Hello, finals week with my period) and have made sure I’m primped in the good moments. Everything in this list is perfection, so why not share?

Hopefully you will try some of these and they will make it into your routine just like they did mine!Read More