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sleek and straight hair with ghd

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When ghd (aka ‘good hair day’) asked me to give one of their straighteners I was excited to try out a hot tool from a brand that is so well respected in the hair industry. I chose their ghd 1″ professional styler in the oh so cute jade color and wanted to give a run down of how to achieve a sleek, smooth style that will last.

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A plethora of products is nearly as essential as the hot tool itself. I use Living Proof Perfect Hair Day, Living Proof Satin Hair Serum and Oribe Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray which helps to protect your hair and give a lacquer finish.

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First, I cocktail the cream and serum in my hand, blend and then distribute evenly through my hair and comb through with a wide tooth comb before blow drying.

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The before: I have naturally wavy hair so this is already having been brushed through and “straightened” as much as possible when blow drying.

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Sectioning off your hair is one of the best pieces of advices I can give when straightening your hair. I use a clip to clamp half up and then spray the heat lacquer spray and further section off to straighten section by section.

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Straighten s-l-o-w-l-y. One of the most common mistakes is running your straightener over your hair too fast causing you to have to do it more and more vs. just going slowly and effectively. ghd straighteners use advanced ceramic heater technology to provide smoother, shinier results.

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One of my favorite features of this straightener? Sleep Mode that switches the tool off when it is not used for 30 minutes. Who else has left the house and then panicked they left their straightner on? (THIS GIRL. All too often I’m afraid…)

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The straightener also has a round barrel meaning it can create curls and waves in addition to straightening meaning its perfect for travel (leave that curling iron behind!). As your last step, take a stitch more straightening serum and run it over your ends and any fly aways.

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Et voila – follow the above steps and you’ll have sleek hair that also stays straight (what every girl really wants am I right?) Hope you find this helpful, love seeing me in my pink robe (a bridesmaid gift from the wedding the other weekend!) and enjoy the sneak peek into my bathroom :). Happy Tuesday, all!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ghd but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make this blog possible. 

[All photos by Alyson Buck; Last photo by Bekka Palmer Photography]

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a hair update

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The other weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Warren Tricomi’s Flatiron salon for a much needed haircut (it had been since last April since I had it cut- yikes!)

My full highlight was done by the lovely Francesca and Nick cut in all the beautiful layers while keeping the length (a requirement I had asked of him). The Flatiron salon is so conveniently located, tucked above lower Fifth Avenue and the experience was low key and intimate. The aesthetic is so sleek and simple and on the particular day I went (over Labor Day weekend) the salon was quiet and made the cut + color have a zen like quality.

And here’s my hair in an updo I threw together when it was 90+ degrees and with loads of humidity. I love how the highlights look piled high as well.

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If you’re looking for a new stylist, I highly recommend Francesca & Nick – they couldn’t have been more friendly and I have gotten several compliments on my hair since seeing them so really…win/win. Thank you to Warren Tricomi for the great experience!

Disclosure: Services were provided for editorial consideration. As always I only write about brands and services I love – thank you for supporting the companies that make WIT & Whimsy possible!

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7 Ways to Look Fresh After a Night of Too Much Fun

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We’ve all been there. You stay out later than expected and next thing you know your alarm is going off for work, a brunch or some other pre-planned obligation and you wake up not feeing 100% on point. But you’re in luck, as today I’m sharing 7 ways to look fresh after a night of too much fun. File under: Necessary Information.

1. Shower but don’t wash your hair. Take a quick body shower and, once out, wet the front pieces of your hair and re-blow-dry them. Add some dry shampoo and some texturizing spray.

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2. Deep clean your face. Clear up those pores to leave you feeling fresh and more awake. I recommend using a foaming face wash paired with a Clarisonic for a deep clean that will remove last night’s makeup and prep your skin for a new day.

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3. Eye cream. I swear by this trick to instantly de-puff eyes that haven’t gotten enough beauty rest the night before. The Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash is my miracle worker. Dab it on after washing your face and it’ll wake up those peepers almost immediately.

4. Use a highlighter. Add some contouring to your face with an illuminizing highlighter. I swear by this one and brush it on over my blush.

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5. Lash love. Mascara, mascara, mascara… is necessary after a night of too much fun. I recommend using one that both lengthens and volumizes to achieve the most awake-looking eyes as possible. Pass on the eyeliner as that can make you look more tired.

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6. Pink pout. Pink is the perfect neutral lip to don after a long night of fun. It’ll create an illusion of a face that looks awake.

7. Hydrate. As soon as you wake up drink two full glasses of water. You’ll instantly feel better and your skin will thank you by looking healthier and less like you may have stayed up way past your bedtime!

This post is brought to you as a part of my collaboration with Seven Daughters wine as part of their Savvy Seven. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that help WIT & Whimsy’s doors stay open!

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