Wedding Hair Routine

Well, I won't lie: one of my favorite things about myself is my hair. Definitely not every day, there are plenty of days where it's up in a top bun because it just can't seem to handle itself, but I truly do love it. 

And I basically have two sets of hair: the hair that I straighten and give big curls/waves, and my natural curly hair. And there's a lot that goes into both styles and also keeping it healthy, growing strong, and style-able (is that a word? I'm not sure, but hopefully you understand what I mean). My natural hair is very thick, curly mess. So  when I want it straight, it takes time to tame it by blow drying, curling, etc. Needless to say, my hair goes through a lot. And if I didn't take care of it, it would be super dead, harsh and hay-ish, but thanks to these amazing products, it stays healthy, soft, and keeps its ability to be styled, which is especially important when you're getting ready to get married! 

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curly

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Here's my routine

I take one hair, skin & nail vitamin every day.

I wash my hair ever 5-7 days. I realize this may not be normal for everyone, but it's what works best for my hair. Only you know what's best for your hair type and how different products effect your hair. 

When I shower, I have a routine. I shampoo my hair first thing, not leaving my shampoo in too long and focusing on the roots.  Then I put in the first conditioner (Sake Bomb) and focus on the ends and let it sit while I wash my face. I wash a majority of the sake bomb conditioner out, but leave a little in, and I then use the Oi Conditioner (again focusing on the ends). I throw my hair in a bun and leave it in while I shave, use body wash, and do anything else I need to do so that the conditioner can really sit in my hair for the appropriate amount of time. And that's it! 

I usually leave my hair down on Days 1 and 2. Day 3 it's usually styled up for a styling break.

After Day 3, I use dry shampoo and that is what really helps make my wash last so long. 

Day 4 and 5, I can usually leave my hair down again, and style it. Days 6 and 7, it usually goes back up in a bun or another style. 


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It Works! Hair Skin & Nails

I know, I know. It's one of those direct sales companies. I get it. But I swear by this stuff. My nails grow longer without breaking, my skin glows, and my hair won't stop growing. These vitamins are amazing and if you have trouble keeping nice nails or growing your hair, I highly recommend this product. 


FOR STRAIGHT HAIR

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Sake Bomb Nourishing Shampoo

I love this shampoo and the below conditioner because they keep my hair soft and prep it to be styled. I notice a huge difference when I use this before I blow dry my hair versus when I don't. It's great for nourishing your hair, making it less frizzy and overall control for styling. 


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SAKE BOMB NOURISHING CONDITIONER

Pretty much the same as the shampoo above, just the conditioner. I definitely recommend using these products together for the best results. 


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OI CONDITIONER

This stuff smells SO FREAKIN' GOOD. It's my favorite. Whenever I use it and blow dry my hair, I feel like I just got out of the salon. It's also super nourishing and helps strengthen and soften your hair. And yes, I do condition my hair twice every time I wash it! I notice a huge difference and my hair stays so much soften 


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SUN BUM LIGHTENING SPRAY 

I know, I know. This stuff reminds me of the 90s when we used to put lemon in our hair. Well, this stuff is awesome. My hair naturally lightens in the sun, and I spend a lot of time outside in the summer, so this is just a way to control the lightening a little more and give it that beautiful gold color. I use this after every wash, regardless of if I'm going to be outside or not. It's not like it's going to give you crazy blond streaks, it literally just lightens and brings out your natural blonde in the perfect way. 


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Tresemme Volumizing Dry Shampoo

I don't know what I would do without this stuff. It's amazing. I've tried a lot of dry shampoos and this is by far my favorite (not to mention the price is perfect). It works both as a dry shampoo and a volumizer for the top of your head. I almost feel like my hair looks better on days 4 and 5 than on days 1 and 2, because the roots get such a good volume going. 


for wavy or curly hair


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Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner

When it's summertime, I LOVE all beachy smells. Especially coconut. This stuff smells amazing and makes my hair feel silky smooth! 


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Beach Babe Butter Masque

And to really enhance the shampoo and conditioner and give my hair a deep moisturizer, this butter masque is amazing. 


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Beach Babe Sea Salt TEXTURE sPRAY

As soon as I get out of the water at the beach or lake or even just the shower, I towel dry my hair and then spray a mix of this beach babe sea salt texture spray and the Bumble & Bumble spray below. 


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Bumble &Bumble Surf Spray

My hair does the best when it's at the beach. There's just something about that salt water. So I do my best to recreate it when I'm at home by using a mix of these two sea salt sprays. 


coloring my hair

Surprise! My hair isn't naturally blonde. Ha! I get balayage highlights on my hair about every 6 months or so, pending the time of year. Why do I love balayage? Because my roots can grow out and you can't even tell, therefore my coloring is lasting so much longer than regular highlights. Plus, using the lightening helps lighten it even more in the summer.

For the wedding, I actually got my hair done in April and most likely will only get a cut about a month prior to the wedding, but I won't get it colored again. If you do get it colored before your big day, do it at least a month before. You want to give it time to tone itself down a bit so it looks natural, and (heaven forbid!) something goes wrong, you have plenty of time to fix it!

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Davines Alchemic Silver Conditioner

This stuff is awesome! I use it about every other week. as my second conditioner to keep my color fresh looking. It's the best! 

Bridal Shower

Where do I even begin with this blog. My incredible friends and family sure know how to make a girl feel special. That said, be prepared for a bit of a sappy blog post today.

I've worked in the wedding industry for almost 6 years now. I've seen a lot of different things and heard a lot of different stories along the way. I always hear the phrase 'Nothing like a wedding to bring the family together,' and I know a lot of people joke when they say that or roll their eyes, but I can't help but believe it. I not only feel so lucky to be marrying my best friend, but I get to do it surrounded by so many wonderful people who have come together and supported us over the past 4 years. 

Joe and I haven't had the most traditional relationship with his amputation and professional snowboarding career and all, but it's built who we are as a couple, as individuals, and how far we've come. And we wouldn't have been able to do that without all of the love and support of all of our friends and family along the way. 

One of the coolest things I noticed was how many friends there were from different phases of my life. I had family and friends of my moms who knew me since before I was even born, I had friends from middle school, high school, college, friends I've made through different aspects of my adult life. It's just so cool to see them all in one place and to see the people I love most in this world chat and get to know one another. 

I was pretty insistent that we didn't play any games at my shower because that's just not me. I'm not really a fan. But when I got there and saw everyone that was there for Joe and I from all those different times of my life, I did ask one thing: as I opened the gifts, people had to share how they knew and a good memory of us. I am such a sucker for things like that. And it was awesome to hear about all the different things people remembered. 

Honestly, it's taking me so long to post this blog because every time I go to write something, it's hard for me to express just how thankful I am. Thankful for seriously the best mom and sister anyone could ever ask for, the best future in-laws who have made me feel like one of the family from the beginning, the best bridesmaids who went the extra mile to help and be there, the best family, some of whom drove down just to be there, for always being there and so supportive, and for the best friends who have been with me through so much and continue to show just how amazing they are. 

Thank you to each and every one of them and to every one who has been a part of our crazy journey these past four years. It makes me that much more excited for our big day in just a few months!


Event Planning & Styling | Jeri & Donna Hetrick

Cake | Sorby Sweets

My Dress | Camilyn Beth from Monkee's of Fredericksburg

My Shoes | Tory Burch from Monkee's of Fredericksburg

Chair Rental | Bella Giornata Events

Florals | Wegmans

Floral Styling | Jeri Hetrick

easily one of my favorite decorations at the shower

easily one of my favorite decorations at the shower

mimosa bar...duh! my new favorite mimosa is champagne and fresh pineapple juice

mimosa bar...duh! my new favorite mimosa is champagne and fresh pineapple juice

check out that gorgeous cake from  sorby sweet  - gluten free deliciousness! 

check out that gorgeous cake from sorby sweet - gluten free deliciousness! 

my mom, my sister, me, my future sister-in-law and future mother-in-law

my mom, my sister, me, my future sister-in-law and future mother-in-law

my best friend, maid of honor and best sister ever

my best friend, maid of honor and best sister ever

me and the best mama there ever was! 

me and the best mama there ever was! 

one of my bridesmaids, whitney, jeri/maide of honor, and me! check out that chair and greenery- isn'y it to die for?!

one of my bridesmaids, whitney, jeri/maide of honor, and me! check out that chair and greenery- isn'y it to die for?!

melanie, myself, whitney and bradley

melanie, myself, whitney and bradley

being goofs and opening gifts

being goofs and opening gifts

i hope i look half as good as my mama when i'm her age! isn't she gorgeous?!

i hope i look half as good as my mama when i'm her age! isn't she gorgeous?!

my family <3 tammy, me, rose and tessa

my family <3 tammy, me, rose and tessa

the shower &lt;3

the shower <3

my beautiful friend (and behind the scenes assistant here at twila) jael

my beautiful friend (and behind the scenes assistant here at twila) jael

sissy, who's known my mom since before i was born, and our lilly girl

sissy, who's known my mom since before i was born, and our lilly girl

my 'work wife' aka caitlin

my 'work wife' aka caitlin

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some of the best friends a girl could ask for: meredith, jeri, me, courtney, whitney

some of the best friends a girl could ask for: meredith, jeri, me, courtney, whitney

emily, whom i've known since 6th grade, and is also my incredible wedding planner from  scarlett grey events

emily, whom i've known since 6th grade, and is also my incredible wedding planner from scarlett grey events

rugby friends- grace, ellie, me and kaylan (also one of my twila brides this year!)

rugby friends- grace, ellie, me and kaylan (also one of my twila brides this year!)

food tags by yours truly of course :D

food tags by yours truly of course :D

such a fun board of photo memories!

such a fun board of photo memories!

the jarrell gals! jewelz and my aunt b

the jarrell gals! jewelz and my aunt b

celebrating holidays and summers jarrell-hetrick style since 1999 (or maybe before? its been so long!)

celebrating holidays and summers jarrell-hetrick style since 1999 (or maybe before? its been so long!)