How to Celebrate Your Natural Hair Texture: 3 Essential Products for Your Best Hair Day

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for fall weather.

This week, we’re welcoming Andrea from blonde bedhead to share her tried and true process for skipping all those heat styling tools and wearing her curly hair down with its natural texture. She’s tested a lot of products and shares her favorites for manageable, smooth hair.

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I spent years fighting my natural hair texture, which resulted in a long phase of awkward hair. I’ve come a long way since then, finding the best products that hydrate, smooth and enhance the curly hair. I’m so happy to share my finally accomplished no-fail, quick process to rocking your natural hair texture!

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Must-Have Hair Products:

Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

OGX Renewing Argan Oil Of Morocco Penetrating Oil

Biolage Gelee All-Purpose Gel

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Since my hair is still recovering from bleach damage and because it has a dry, curly texture, I’m thrilled Suave’s Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner provides moisture without weighing my hair down. This is a newer product and I wanted to try another affordable line, since I go through so much shampoo and conditioner. I keep the conditioner in my hair for at least 5 minutes while I wash my face and shave my legs—the extra time pays off, leaving my hair feeling extra smooth.

Once I’m out of the shower, I dry off my hair by patting the towel on my hair, not rubbing. Rubbing it with the towel or putting your fingers in your hair too much creates more frizz, so I quickly pat the towel on my hair from root to tip.

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Next, I immediately apply an oil or serum. I love any of the serums by Frizz Ease, but I recently tried OGX Renewing Argan Oil Of Morocco Penetrating Oil for dry or coarse hair. There honestly isn’t a better description for my hair: dry AND coarse. I love this line, but had not yet tried this oil until recently and it’s quickly become a new favorite. It adds some serious sheen and restores my dry ends. Be sure to use this product more towards the ends of your hair where it’s the driest (AKA the frizziest)!

The last step is gel! When I say gel, it might conjure up images of crunchy hair that looks stiff and lifeless. But, gel can be a curly hair girl’s best friend if you find the right product and use the right amount. I’ve tried different gels throughout the years, but my number one, tried-and-true product is Biolage Gelee All-Purpose Gel. It has a firm hold, but it doesn’t dry out the hair or leave it crunchy and stiff. It makes my curls soft and bouncy! The product really helps eliminate frizz and enhance the natural curl. I take penny sized amounts and apply to sections of my hair to ensure I’ve coated almost every strand, concentrating most of the product at the ends of the hair to make sure I don’t weigh down the top. I’ve been using this product for 15 years and once I realized it’s available at Meijer, it’s saved me a trip to the beauty store. So. Convenient.

And I always let my hair air dry to keep it healthy and allow the natural curl to shine!

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Andrea Kerbuski is the fashionista behind blonde bedhead, a fashion and lifestyle blog featuring chic outfits, life’s inspirations and big hair. For more beauty and skincare tips, follow Andrea on InstagramPinterest and Twitter.

Fall Essentials: Four Ways to Style the Massini Military Jacket

As fall transitions us to cooler months, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear this season’s hottest trends. From style tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up for fall weather.

Military jackets, also referred to as utility jackets or field jackets, are a popular jacket style for fall and thanks to the neutral colors and light fabric, they’ll be a key piece to wear all season long. This week, we’re welcoming Kacie and Jaime from Regally Soled to share outfit ideas to pair with our new favorite fall jacket.

It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over but as fashion bloggers, we’ve already been investing in new fall styles for weeks in anticipation of the seasonal transition. One piece we absolutely can’t live without is a utility jacket. Light enough to wear during the day and just thick enough to keep away the evening chill, we literally live in this staple piece in the fall and fell in love with this versatile jacket from Meijer by Massini. Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at how we styled the must-have jacket of the season with some of our other new favorite pieces from Meijer.

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Look 1: Laced Up Details

The lace up trend crept in this past spring, but totally took over summer style in a big way. From tops, dresses and even footwear, this free spirited style totally plays off the 70’s vibe with a new added twist. This undeniably chic look can be styled to fit a variety of settings from casual to workday. With so many ways to wear this trend, it’s easily incorporated into your fall looks. As the weather starts to cool down, you can rock the lace up trend this fall by simply adding a military-inspired jacket over your favorite lace up top or dress. Skip statement necklaces since the neckline of your top is so detailed and instead opt for fun earrings and booties to play up the vintage vibe.

DETAILS:

Utility Jacket: Massini

Lace Up Dress: Olivia Sky

Open Toe Booties: Massini

Bracelets: Meijer brand

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Look 2: Fall Florals

Think florals are just for spring? Think again! Bold floral prints are perfect for fall, especially in darker shades and muted tones, much like this fit and flare dress. The print adds dimension and interest underneath the jacket and nicely pairs with sneakers (or booties!) for a fun, flirty look that is perfect for early autumn when the days are hot and the evenings are chilly. When wearing such a bold print, it’s also a good idea to keep the accessories to a minimum so opt for small studs instead of statement earrings and a dainty necklace.

DETAILS:

Utility Jacket: Massini

Floral Dress: Derek Heart

White Stud Earrings: Meijer brand

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Look 3: Layered Tassels

Remember that whole 70’s vibe? Well tassels and flare jeans are making a comeback and fall is the perfect time to layer up and add some ‘flare’ to your style. Tassels continue to be a popular accessory addition and tasseled necklaces pair perfectly with modest tops and jackets. Throw on some tassel bracelets to compliment the stacked necklaces and this fitted, tucked-in top and olive utility jacket really allow the tasseled accessories to pop.

DETAILS:

Utility Jacket: Massini

Mock Neck Tank: Ultra Flirt

Tassel Bracelets: Meijer brand

Layered Necklaces: Nicole Miller

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Look 4: Gingham Glam

Plaid and gingham are two other great prints that you’ll likely see a lot of this fall. This black and white oversized gingham top can easily be dressed up for work or dressed down with ripped black denim and booties like I’ve worn it here. The buckles on these booties add edge to the look while the fun layered necklace gives sparkle and shine to really glam up this outfit. Of course, the real show stopper here are these feathered dream catcher earrings, which add an earthy, natural touch that ties the whole look together.

DETAILS:

Utility Jacket: Massini

Gingham Top: Massini

Black Booties: Sugar

Dream Catcher Earrings: Meijer brand

Rhinestone Horn Necklace: Meijer brand

When styling your utility jacket this fall, just remember that it’s okay to take risks and try a new style that you might not have otherwise considered. Whether you opt for an edgy lace-up detail, bold prints or fun tassels, fashion is all about fun! Now bring on the jackets, booties, and pumpkin spice everything – fall, we’re ready for you!

Kacie and Jaime are the style gurus behind Regally Soled, a lifestyle blog sharing beauty and fashion tips from head to toe. For more fashion tips, follow them on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.