My Daily Hair Products

One of the things I most enjoy about being a hairstylist is always getting to try the new products! I’m a sucker for any volumizer, hairspray, or texture powder. Oh and shine spray too.

Throughout all my testing and trials of other products, however, I tend to return to the “old faithfuls” that have worked for me from the beginning.

Here they are:

I’ve been using this since 2003. In fact, I started using this hairspray when the company had just began marketing it like crazy. You used to be able to go online, as a professional, and order a “sample”. That sample was a full size can! All my beauty school friends were ordering their own cans and we all fell in love with Kenra. 
It’s a strong hold, but is flexible and quick-dry. It never flakes or weighs your hair down. I could keep going on and on about it but I’ll just wrap up with this: whatever you are looking for in a hairspray can be found in Kenra Volume 25.

I discovered Aquage at a beauty show. They were using their products to demonstrate shine and manageability. When I saw a stylist spray the Uplifting foam on a client’s roots and the product just foamed and grew, I knew it was a winner. I tried it for myself and have been using it for years. It is the best. 
I’ve tried wet spray root lifters, mousse that you spray in your hand and then try to cram into your hair, and basically any other kind of volumizer our there. None is as effective as Aquage Uplifting Foam.
It does leave a slight texture at your roots that is completely invisible. And that is what shows that it’s an effective root lifter. You need to have the texture to get the lift and hold.
If you don’t like to feel any product in your hair, but you want volume,  plan on having flat hair. You need to have a strong product to lift your roots from your scalp and hold them their all day.

3. Redken Body Full Shampoo
**see update below

When Tigi discontinued the best shampoo and conditioner ever, I was devastated. It was super inexpensive and absolutely wonderful. They relaunched a new version and it was horrible.
So that is when I retreated back to Redken Body Full. It’s a clean feeling, very sudsy shampoo that is great for lift. And yes, I shampoo everyday. Based on the amount of product in my hair I would never be able to wet it, condition it, and style it again. I have to shampoo. If you are able to go a few days between-good job. But if you can’t, don’t worry about it. Shampoo isn’t the worst.

4. Redken Exteme Condtioner
**see update below

I love this conditioner because it strengthens but doesn’t weigh down. Redken just relaunched their Extreme line packed with even better proteins for extra strength! I use this because my hair is heavily colored and I style with heat every day. I need to use it. And it’s wonderful. 
**be careful not to overdo protein. There is a point at which it can end up making your hair brittle if you use too much. Alternate Extreme conditioner with a different conditioner every few days, or only use extreme conditioner 2 times a week if you begin to feel like your hair is getting brittle.

A great alternative conditioner that I have been enjoying is Pureology’s Hydrate Light. This feels great on the hair and smells incredible!

4 1/2. Redken Extreme Cat
**see update below

This is a concentrated protein spray that will help strengthen and smooth your hair from the inside out. I spray this on my wet hair that has just been shampooed and then slick on conditioner right over it. The conditioning part of my hair, when I was it, is an intense process. I like to load up on protein when my hair is wet since it is more susceptible to products actually sinking in to the interior part of the hair. 
If you use this, you will notice a different. Your hair will feel stronger and smoother. And you’ll feel good about doing something great for your hair.
*I don’t use this daily. I would say, on average, probably 3 times a month. 

So those are my dailies. Those are what I travel with, what I always have backstock of, and what I absolutely need to make my hair do what I want it to do. 

**A little update on daily products!

Since I have so much exposure to new and different hair products I like to change it up every once in awhile. Lately (the past few months), I’ve been using Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s made my hair feel phenomenal, and negated my need for a protein/strength spray. It also gives me plenty of volume even though it isn’t a “volumizing” line.
This is not to say I no longer like body full, extreme, or extreme cat–I’ve simply been using some new products lately.

I recommend Pureology, and I do feel that they are a higher quality that justifies their price. However, Redken is still a great provider of hair products at great prices. 


  1. says


    I contemplated buying the big can of Kenra 25 or the small one…I went for the small one since I had never used it before. HUGE mistake. I love it and use it every day now, you’re right it IS the best. Sigh…need to go to Ulta and stockpile.

    Love the hair tips!

    • says

      Congratulation you have found the best product for your beauty treatment. I prefer doing with natural oil treatment like olive oil, castor oil and many oil that very useful for skin and hair. Thank you for awesome tips. I will try your product too.

  2. says

    just found your blog and love it! great tips, my hair is thick and i have a lot of it so it is always weighed down, i might have try some of these tips bc my current regimen falls flat by midday.

    • says

      I love Moroccan Oil Curl Creme or Argan Oil Curl Creme (Moroccan is $20-$30 but Argan is $9.99 at Sally Beauty). Gives me soft, wavy curls no crunch. You can over apply though and end up with undesirable greasiness.

  3. says

    Lauren: I have yet to find the *perfect* product for curly hair, but I’ve heard from my clients that Redken Rewind is a great product for defining curls without weighing down or making crunchy!

    • says

      I have the caucasian super curly hair and have yet to find the “perfect” product either. But I’d be interested in your thoughts of Joico’s JoyWhip and Hair Rules. Hair Rules is pretty obscure, but a pretty effective and unique product. Although if you do any Hair Rules you MUST get the hydrating finishing cream…

    • says

      I have very curly hair! although I have never tried the rewind line I have been using the All Soft shampoo and conditioner from Redken and they work great they keep my locks touchably soft and shiny ( I find my strands tend to get dry but it seem to have something to do with curly hair in general and i like to add 2 pumps of the Extreme leave-in conditioning cream after i get out of the shower. My hair has never been nicer It look great curly or straight!

  4. says

    Bruce and Brittany: You can probably find all of it at Ulta except the Aquage product. Aquage is a more exclusive line and is only sold in certain salons. Google it, or call salons in your area to see if they sell Aquage. Good luck!

  5. Anonymous says

    I am going to check out the aquage and the straightening one you posted today (8/25) I had a question about the Redken protein spray though. Do you use this daily? I have heard that too much protein can have adverse affects on your hair too… let me know what you think! Thanks! Love the blog! -C

  6. says

    Anonymous: I have never heard that Protein can have a negative affect on your hair. And it totally depends on the condition your hair is in. Mine needs daily protein since it’s so heavily highlighted. Others may only need to use it a few times a week, or once a week.
    Ask your stylist what she thinks. She’ll be able to assess based on the condition on your hair! :)

  7. says

    So glad I stumbled upon your blog! I just discovered Nexxus products, and I’m really loving the smell and how soft my hair is:) I’m also a huge fan of Moroccan Oil and all things Pantene. Lately I’m shampoo-ing every day because I’m hitting the gym every day for my wedding in 6 weeks ah! Any recommendations for leave-in treatments to make sure my hair is at its shiniest and bounciest on my wedding day?

  8. says

    Hi Kate,

    Just wondering, how do you feel about heat-protecting sprays (ie: is there nothing to fear from heat-based styling and are these sprays/serums a big gimmick?). I noticed there aren’t any on your list (unless the protein spray does this), but it sounds like you blow dry and either flat iron or curl daily. Thanks!

  9. says

    Michelle: heat-protective sprays are very good for your hair. The protein spray doesn’t offer a ton of heat protection though. The reason I don’t use one is because I haven’t found one that feels right on my hair. I don’t want it to weigh it down, or look heavy. But I’ll be on the search!

  10. says

    Hi Kate, Thank you for this great list! What do you think of Big Sexy Hair’s Root Pump Plus compared with the Aquage product you described?

  11. says

    Cara: I don’t really like it. I find that it leaves a heavy residue. The good thing about Aquage is that its a light foam so it doesn’t leave a heavy feeling behind. :)

  12. says

    Hi Kate, I can’t wait to try the Aquage. I have fine hair that is starting to thin on top (at 29 yrs old!). Is there a shampoo/conditioner that works best for thinning hair?

  13. says

    Hi Kate, Can you recommend a great online source for these favorite hair products? I’m in a fairly rural area where salons are very limited. . .thank you!

  14. says

    Cara: as of right now, I don’t have a website I would refer simply because I haven’t bought any of these online! I’ll do some research and leave a post about it!

  15. Anonymous says

    For the protein, you said you put it on before the conditioner. Do you then rinse both products out?

  16. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate!

    Love your blog… I’m a product junkie! I Went darkbrown with My color and I feel like my hair sprays and root lifters take the color out so quickly. The products you suggest are they safe for color treated hair?

  17. says

    Sorry for all my random questions! This should be the last one ( hopefully) I just noticed that my scalp has become really dry this summer. Which seems odd because of the high humidity in Virginia. Any tips to solve this problem?

  18. says

    LaurenL: Hmm…definitely strange since it’s hot in virginia. Could be a number of things. New shampoo? New products? New sheets on your bed? New medication?
    Everything we put into our bodies comes out onto our hair too. . .and the scalp of course! Go through that checklist first.
    Try Redken Scalp Relief Shampoo too. Even though it is not dandruff that you have, that tends to be a very gentle and nourishing shampoo on the scalp.
    see here:

    Hope this helps!

  19. says

    I have baby fine hair. My hair was over-processed and now I have a large amount of breakage. The condition of my hair is good, but I’m concerned with ongoing breakage. I just started using the Nioxin products, hoping it will strengthen my hair again. Would you suggest adding the Extreme Cat or do you have any other suggestions?

  20. says

    I am curious what type of hair dryer you use. My hair is thick but fine and has zero shape/body to it. It won’t hold a curl to save it’s life and it doesn’t seem to respond well to drying – but I have to wash/dry every day. I just found your blog through Hi Sugarplum and I am hoping my hair can look nice and healthy like your’s and not fried and limp like it is now! Love the tips!

  21. Dana says

    A friend directed me to your blog and I’m hooked – so fun! My hair is past my shoulders and slightly layers and always looks dry with flyaways no matter if it’s curled or flat-ironed. Will any of the products you mentioned above help with those dilemmas?

  22. Shawnda says

    @ Lauren – I have curly hair and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ouidad products ( I’ve been using them since 2002 and while I’ve tried to find a locally-obtainable product, I always go back to Ouidad because it just plain WORKS for curly hair.

  23. Leslie says

    Thank you for all of your tutorials and info! I have baby fine hair and I have a horrendous time with trying to get volume. I was SO excited when you posted about Auquage until I looked up the price. I am lucky when I am able to even afford a hair cut and a bottle of Pantene. Any ideas on something a little more affordable for volume?

  24. Amy says

    hi kate, love your blog! Can you recommend a great blow dryer? I’m in the market for a new one, and would like a more professional quality one.

  25. says

    Kmer: totally depends on the quality of your hair. If you have healthy hair, don’t bother conditioning above the mid-shaft of your hair. If its dry, or damaged, condition all of it!

  26. Anonymous says

    Quick question, I just bought the aquage last week. I have been using it in my hair wet, but was wondering if you have ever tried it with dry hair…
    Thanks! Mia

  27. says

    I just found your blog and love it. I tend to let my hair dry overnight and then straighten it the next morning b/c it’s very thick and takes forever to dry. Do you know if the uplifting foam would be effective if I put it on my towel dried hair and then let it air dry?

  28. Jennifer Skibins says

    Hi Kate, picked up the Body Full shampoo, Extreme CAT and Extreme conditioner this weekend. Was lucky too bec my salon carries Aquage, so I snagged that too. Is there a way to use “too much” of the Aquage? I do love how the combination of these products make my hair look so healthy and make styling a lot easier. Also, last question: I have these little baby hairs along my hairline/bangs (regrowth after birth of my daughter) that are now about two inches long and they are super, super curly while the rest of my hair is wavy. They really stick out and I can’t seem to get them to “cooperate.” I’ve tried the hairspray trick you showed (hairspray on finger) but it didn’t work for me. They still ended up curling and sticking out…doesn’t help that my scalp sweats so the roots get damp easily. Help!?!

  29. says

    Jennifer: It would be difficult to overdo the Aquage. So use generously!

    And Try a little pomade, or paste, I’m talking a tiny tiny amount to smooth those hairs into the rest of your hair. That may be heavier than just hairspray!


  30. Kristin says

    Hi Kate, I just stumbled on your blog and am totally in LOVE!! I’ve always wanted to know how to do different things with my hair and your tutorials are awesome! My hair is probably about 5 inches longer than yours and I’m thinking of cutting it a little shorter…I love your bangs and want to try a cut that would be the right length for your bangs. Do you have a suggestion of a picture I could show my stylist so she’d know how to cut my hair similar to yours?
    Thanks – I’m getting excited about my hair again thanks to you :)

  31. says

    Hi Kate. Do you have any recommendations for a good clarifying shampoo? I’ve recently started using a foam generously and notice a HUGE difference in the volume in my hair. I am wondering if it will cause buildup, however. Thanks!!

  32. Lauren says

    Hey Kate, I just discovered your website and I love it!! Keep the hair tutorials coming. I have thick, but fine hair if that makes since. I am needing some new products and I was wondering if you think all those that you use would work well on my hair? I heavy highlight my hair the same blonde you do, and so I know my hair needs alot of protein. Right now i’ve been using “It’s a 10” products, and I love the “leave-in-conditioner plus keratin..” but I need a new shampoo and the other Redken products sound wonderful. I’m not a real big Redken fan, b/c to me all the shampoo’s don’t work very well with my hair. I prefer Bed Head/Tigi, but I don’t believe i’ve used body full yet. Any thoughts? Thanks!

  33. Lauren says

    Kate–yes, I’ve used the color extend.. not a real big fan :( I think i’m going to try your products you suggest! What Tigi shampoo and conditioner would you suggest though? I’ve used all… Fashionista (which was my fav) but I think it’s discontinued, Superstar, etc..

  34. Jeni V says

    I found your blog via pinterest this morning. I have already watched almost all of your tutorials and I am SO THANKFUL for you and your wonderful advice!! I have fine hair and have always struggled to find a stylist who understands my hair type AND can successfully teach me how to style my hair because I suck at it. I have never been successful at adding any curl to my hair, but after watching your curling tutorial I was able to wear my bob in a loose wavy style today and I LOVED it. And thanks for the info about your product choices – I texted my stylist friend and she picked up some aquage at the supply store for me – I’m excited to use it. I am currently using Sebastion root lifting spray and am not too impressed by it, but just assumed it was my hair being too fine, but maybe I was wrong and aquage will be the key :) Can’t wait to see more posts!!

  35. Mari says

    Kate, I love your blog and your hair. I’ve posted pictures on pinterest :-).

    I have two questions…first is have you used the Joico root lifter product? I’m wondering how it compares to the aquage. And second is with the Cat could I use that in my hair after my shower on a lazy day to give my hair extra help? Or how about at night while I’m sleeping? My hair is thin, fine, and very easily damaged. Plus it grows VERY slowly (maybe 2 inches a year) so damage is very hard to keep a handle on.

    Thanks again for your great blog.

  36. Jessica says

    Hi Kate,

    I have a question for you… Would you recommend the Redken Extreme line for someone who doesn’t have colour in their hair? My hair is very thin and fine; it has a natural wave to it and most products make it look really greasy. What would you recommend for shampoo/conditioner if you don’t think the Extreme line would be suitable for women without colour?


  37. Jackie says

    Hi Kate! Love the video tutorials! I’m interested in some of these products you recommended, however I have a a few questions about the Aquage. How much should I use? How do I apply it to my hair? Do you have a video demonstrating this?

  38. says

    Hi Kate! I found your blog on Pinterest and I love it! Will the protein spray help prevent split ends? If not, can you suggest products that will? I have thickish curly hair that I straighten most days. I never had a problem with split ends until about a year ago when I got pregnant and now I get them like crazy.


  39. says

    Your hair is gorgeous! It looks to be amazingly thick. My hair is strange – it used to be very curly about 10 years ago, then it started to be very straight and brittle and started falling out. I discovered gluten was the culprit. Now that I’ve eliminated gluten, it is now starting to grow in some – and the new hairs in the very front at my forehead are curly if I don’t blow them out. Although, at it’s healthiest, I would only describe my hair as medium fine at best – never thick and never coarse. What do you suggest as far as keeping it healthy and “faking” the look of thickness/fullness? I want to try the aquage lifting foam (any suggestions on where to purchase?) … but what about how often to dry it, dry shampoo, anything like that? Thanks so much! PS – I am a Raleigh girl myself! :)

  40. says

    Hey! I just found your blog and I love it! I have a ew questions. I have natural super curly hair. And here lately I just wear ut curly. When I do, I get the hard/stiff/wet look and I hate it. Its so hard and I cant do anything with it. What id your opinion on what mousee and stuff I could use or what techniques I could try to help with that? The problem with my hair is…if I dont make it hard/stiff it frizzes up BAD. I mean it POOFS up. I am ready for a change. Please tell me you can point me in the right direction? Maybe post some tuts on styling curly hair? lol Thank you so much!

  41. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate I found your blog about a week ago and loving the different hair styles you have share, I do have one question though do you have an recommendations that on products that are inexpensive? I always want to change my look but can’t afford the pricy products. Normally I use Frutis or Suave shampoo and conditioner with that still work with the aquaage?

  42. Anonymous says

    Is it not necessary to use a shampoo that is just for ‘color treated hair’? I high light mine and always thought that’s what I needed to keep the color in tact and keep my hair healthy. Btw, I LOVE Kenra- have tried a couple others and always go back to ol faithful! :) Thanks for all the great tips!

  43. says

    Looks like TIGI is available. I am not up with this sort of stuff seeing I have not been to a salon in over 12 years! Which TIGI product should I be searching for Kate?

    I will contact the Aquage people to see if it is sold in salons in Australia.

    Appreciate your help!

  44. says

    I love your blog!! I usually don’t use a straightener because it doesn’t respond very well (breakage)…could it be the straightener or my products? I’ve used Aveda products with a Chi straightener? I no longer have the Chi and do not use Aveda products. What straightener do you use? Also, I use a round brush to dry my massive amount of hair–will that mess up my chances of a good outcome with “Bouncy Curled Under”…using a round brush for me smooths out my hair much more than just simply blow-drying it.

    Thanks Kate…you’re great!!

  45. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate! Thank you for doing this and helping us normals gals/moms in trying to look cute!
    Question: I shower and wash my hair at night, clip it up wet/damp and hit the sack, then blow dry and style in the mornings.
    How would you advise applying and using the Aquage foam?? Should I apply it at night or rewet my hair in the A.M. and apply it then??

    Thank you,
    ~Mom of 2

  46. Megan says

    Hi Kate.

    I absolutely LOVE your blog! I found it through Pinterest (: Anyway, anytime I blow dry my hair, it’s insane. It’s poofy/frizzy even when I put product in it. I use heat on my hair probably 5 out of 7 days a week (the other 2 I’ll just throw it up) but my hair is pretty think and long, and I just wanted to know if you knew of any products that would help. Let me know! Thanks!

  47. says

    Kate, I have naturally curly hair. I’ve always been a stickler about it being calm and tamed, but lately I’ve been loving my big hair. I put in ‘big sexy hair’ curling creme, diffuse it and then relish in it’s hugeness haha. What products would you recommend for me? For curly hair in general..

  48. Alicia says

    Do you apply the Aquage with a zig-zag and then at the crown like they show on their webiste? Or do you apply just at the roots?

  49. says

    I am 36. My hair is about the same length as yours. I have always had thick hair, but over the last year or so I have had huge hair loss, or breakage. I do not know if it is my medication for thyroid (slightly possible side effect-mild hair loss) or breakage from processing. I color (high and low lights), but do not use any heat except for a round brush and dryer. I just started taking Biotin. I have lots of little UNTAMEABLE hair growth (about 2 inches)…HELP! Anyway, my friend just introduced me to using WENS cleansing conditioner. I have Lavender, for volume (really like it) and the Tea Tree (it’s ok). I really like that it makes my hair soft-shiny-healthy looking. My hairstylist hadn’t heard good or bad…Have you??? It is very expensive, especially for how quickly it goes. I actually do not use hair products other than hairspray, but just started using the Big Sexy Root spray to start fixing my hair all cutesy again. I really do not overly care for it, it’s grimey feeling, so I think I will try the Aquage you recommend (thank you!!)
    BTW- Found your blog on Pinterest! Great Job! I now know how to fix some of the style I have been frustrated with!

  50. says

    Hi Kate!!

    I have VERY frizzy/curly hair. I have gotten pretty good at straightening it with little to no frizz. However, when I wear it curly it puffs up right away. I’ve tried using just about every curling product; Redkin, Matrix, KMS California, Kenra, Bed Head, etc.

    I can’t find anything that controls frizz without weighing my hair down which makes it less curly.

    Any suggestions? : )

  51. Alex Glidden says

    Kate, I used to have beautiful, curly hair with just some mousse/gel and hairspray. Now, my hair seems thin and fine and I am lucky to get my hair wavy/slightly curly with the same method. Am I doomed to blow-drying and curling my hair with a curling iron or is there a way I can still use the “scrunching” method to obtain the beautiful curls I want?

  52. Anonymous says

    Hey Kate. I am looking to purchase some of the products you recommended, but my hair has never had color so I doubt I need the CAT or even the Extreme Conditioner. For the most part I have pretty normal hair. It is very straight, pretty thick, but also very fine. I struggle the most with volume. Would you recommend purchasing the Body Full shampoo AND conditioner or an alternate? This was my initial assumption, but then I read not to use a volumizing shampoo with a volumizing conditioner…something about it creating static. Would love a suggestion! Thanks!

  53. Cassie says

    Hey Kate!

    Im having a problem with my hair thinning on the crown of my head and im only 23!!! Is there a certain shampoo or product you recommend for hair regrowth or for help growing hair? If there is any! Thanks, I LOVE your blog!!!!!

  54. Cassie says


    Ive heard about it but ive been so worried about trying something new because ive heard things can be a little “too harsh” on you hair! The shampoo isn’t very expensive at Sally’s so I may go tomorrow and give it a try! Thanks!!!


  55. says

    Hi Kate! I just wanted to know what types of products you use to create texture in your hair? I’d love to be able to just spray some product, scrunch it up, and let it dry wavy. Do you have a product that you’d recommend for this? Or a particular method to achieving this look? Thanks so much!

  56. Shaylee says

    Hi Kate, I have VERY curly hair, like big hair 80’s band curly, with super thick and long hair. Funny thing, when I curl it with a curling iron, it won’t hold a curl or the curls will meld as one. Any tips that you can think of?

  57. says

    Hi Kate! Thank you for introducing me to Aquage uplifting foam. After reading your blog for a few months I decided to hunt it down. There was 1 beauty supply store in San Diego that had it. I’m so glad they did. This stuff is amazing. I have fine hair and never have volume and then I tried Aquage. It’s pretty much amazing. Thank you so much for the recommendation! Ali from

  58. Jessica says

    Someone may have already told you this — But I went online to Amazon to buy some of the Aquage Uplifting Foam and below, under the section of “Customers who bought Aquage Uplifting foam also bought” it lists: Kenra Volume Spray and Redkin CAT spray as two of the products. Coincidence? probably not :)

  59. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate. New to the blog through Pinterest and LOVE it!! Will definitely be a fan! ; ) Question is actually for my husband. He has been having difficulties with dry scalp and has tried all of the shampoos on the market but will still have dry scalp and is totally embarassed with wearing dark shirts, etc. Is there a product or special shampoo/conditioner or both that he could look in to that will help with this problem!???
    Thanks so much for the help!!

  60. Anonymous says

    I have terribly stubborn fine thin hair and have tried and spent so much on volumizing, thickening, root lifting creams, mouseses,sprays,lotions and potions. And oh do I have the packed bathroom cabinet to prove it!! From $5.00 ranging to $35.00 for a meager 2.5 fl oz bottle Ive tried em all. Its always tough for me to find something that will give me volume, root lift, general managability and hold esp against the humidity in the summer. A great deal of products worked just as claimed until I would leave the house and my results expired before my eyes.What I have found most annoying about products in this catagory esp the mousses and spray gels is that they make your hair feel coated and gross, then about 3 hrs later your hair looks even thinner and worse that ever because its being weighed down by the product. For at least myself I have noticed most hairstyling products do not help fine thin hair’s apperance at all except for good old fashioned hairspray at the root.

    If you think of it hairspray is logically the lightest of hairstyling products with the most hold and flexability. Shielo’s Volume Hairspray realy fits the bill for me. You can use this on wet hair as a styling aid, you just have to combe it out first, spray it on damp roots before you blow dry.Fantastic volume that lasts more than 15min.

    I roller set, curling iron, and touch up with a flat iron on occasion with the Shielo Volume Hairspray – and love the results,next day hair feels great too which is rare for me. The smell is a little vanilla cotton candyish, but not enough to be an issue and dissapates quickly. Ive since thrown out and given away the rest of my hairstyling stuff as Shielo’s Volume hairspray has turned into my go to product.

  61. says

    I’ve been using the new Kenra Blow Dry Spray to help with straightening my thick curly hair. I like the way it works, but feel like it makes my hair flat after about 1/2 a day. Should I get the Aquage Uplifting Foam to help with that?

  62. says

    Hi Kate! I just stumbled upon you through pinterest and I’m so excited! I LOVE your hair! I have major hair envy! lol I am definitely going to watch your tutorial videos and try some of your adorable hair styles! :-) I did want to ask you about some products I’ve just seen on pinterest that caught my eye. It’s Oribe’s volumizing line. Have you ever tried any of them? Their volumista mist looks amazing. If you go to their website, watch the demo video. It looks like it would be incredible. I have very fine, limp hair. It won’t even hold a curl without major hairspray. I thought I might try it but now I’m wondering if the aquage product you use would be just as good.

  63. AggieGirl says

    I love your blog! I’m getting my hair cut/colored soon, and will definitely be taking pictures in!

    Just wanted you to know that when looking for acquage on, the products that come up as “frequently bought together” are the Kenra hair spray and the Redken Extreme Cat. Could be a coincidence, but I think you are definitely helping a lot of people!! Keep up the good work:)

  64. says

    I so love your sight! Thanks for all the great hair style tips. I have short hair for over 5 years and have been growing it out since the beginning of the year. I am doing locks of love. After seeing your beautiful photos and your cute bob, I want to chop my hair off! I have about 2 more inches to go, so I will resist, but once I am ready to have it cut and donated, I will definitely use your bob as my desired look. For now, I will use all of your cute bobby pin ideas to pull this long hair back! Blessings and I will be on your site often!

  65. Anonymous says

    im not asking for any tips because ive watched your videos and im hunting all the product down to start styling my super thin, super frizzy super curly hair. if i try and fail then i will have questions.:) Just wanted to say thank you for having such beautiful hair tips and thank you for being so kind and sharing them.

  66. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate!

    I love your blog! I have a bob and thin hair that naturally has loose curls, but I like to straighten it. I have a horrible time getting any volume. I have used aveda shampure shampoo and damage remedy conditioner for years. I have tried the aveda volumizing products and they do not really help at all. I am really interested in getting the aquage and cat that you recommend. One of my friends recommended I use both short sexy hair blow it up and big sexy hair root pump. Have you tried these products? Do you still recommend the aquage over these? Thanks for the help!


  67. Anonymous says

    Ok so I just found your blog yesterday :( I am not very good with doing hair…So i got hooked on this infomercial and ended up bying Wen. Um any thoughts on if i should cancel my order as it will come every month. They kept talking about not using shampoo with suds because it strips the hair…What are your thoughts on this product good or bad?

  68. Laura B says

    Hey Kate! I found you on pinterest and just love your blog! I too am a hair dresser and have been for 16 yrs (gosh, that sounds like I am old, I am only 34). haha Anyway, I have long hair with shorter layers and I too an in LOVE with aquage uplifting foam! Aquage has come out with a line of shampoos, Biomega. I have fallen in love with the volume shampoo and spray in conditioner. The conditioner is so light and I love the fact that when i am drying and heat styling my hair I still have the conditioner in there protecting it! You should give it a try! Plus when you use the shapmoo and conditioner then the uplifting foam (and I love their hairspray too) they all have the same scent, so I am not layering on different scents, which I am apparently sensitive too! They also have the new boosters you can add to their products, which I haven’t tried yet (I am 37 wks pregnant with my 3rd and have been put on bed rest because she is trying to come) but I am just as soon as I can get up to Armstrong McCall!!!! :O) Keep up the good work, you are adorable! :O)

  69. says

    my bestie just introduced me to your blog and i am OBSESSED! you’re awesome and i cant wait to get to the store and pick up everything i need to make my hair amazing!!!

    I use WEN hair cleansing conditioner and it makes my hair very very soft. I LOVE it cause my hair feels healthier than ever, BUT, do you think that will make it really difficult to style? It usually is flat :/


  70. says

    First, thank you for sharing all of these tips. I can’t wait to get started! Second, I have fine hair and during the dry cold winter months, my hair becomes static. In the past, I’ve used a moisturizing conditioner which helped, but then that can weight my hair down. Any ideas on how to control static? Thank you!

  71. says

    I love your blog. I have a question… I have never used volumizer before, because I have kind of poofy hair to begin with. It tends to friz, and it is not straight, not curly in between. But I love your hair styles, so how would you recomend getting volume in the good way, and not just friz out?

  72. Shirley says

    Hi Kate, I just discovered your blog and I love it! Thanks so much, I’ll be reading like crazy… Anyhow, two questions:
    1. I have psoriasis, which means dandruff – the Garnier Fructis anti dandruff shampoo has worked fairly well, but do you have anything you recommend?

    2. When you spray the Redken Extreme CAT spray on, then use conditioner, is it a leave in conditioner? Or are you then rinsing it all out?

    Thanks so much for sharing your professional knowledge with those of us that are challenged! BTW, you’re gorgeous!


  73. says

    I too just stumbled upon your site – WONDERFUL!
    I went to the beauty supply store and bought the shampoo, hairspray and Onesta volumizing foam. They knew of the Aquage; however, they referred me to a salon. So far, the Onesta is working fine. Thank you for all the helpful advice.

    ~Becky in California

  74. Reagan Yard says

    Just wanted to say thank you for all the great tips. I think all my questions were answered with your responses to other people. I’m definitely getting the Aquage uplifting spray foam and am also going to try the nioxin line!! Thanks again!

  75. Kathryn says

    I have purchased the shampoo, conditioner, and protein spray for my hair and have seen a HUGE difference already!!! However, I live over 2 hours away from a salon that sells Aquage (as Ulta doesn’t carry it — which is still an hour from where I live). Is it safe to order Aquage from Amazon? I see a lot of people order products through Amazon.. but I am worried that I will get a “fake” product and not the actual stuff. Any advice? Thanks!

  76. says

    Thanks so much for all your tips! They are so wonderful! I now know how to curl my hair and it stayed ALL day, which has never happened before! I too am having trouble finding Aquage, I’ve asked my hair stylist to look into getting it for me, but haven’t heard back from her. I’ve searched a few other places, with no luck. Ordering online, would be easiest, but I’m unsure of what sites are reputable to buy Aquage from? In the mean time, I found and have been using Kenra Platinum Boosting Spray Foam 17, Have you ever used that? Does it even compare to Aquage uplifting foam?
    Thanks for all the tutorials! They are awesome!

  77. says

    I came across your blog through Pinterest, you’re all over it! I bought the Aquage two weeks ago right after I watched my first tutorial on your site and I LOVE it! I am not a big fan of the “product-y” feel that things like that and Dust It give to my hair, but like you said, if you don’t use them, your hair will be flat. I also happened to buy Redken Extreme shampoo and conditioner since I flat iron everyday and color every 6-8 weeks. I bought those before I even noticed that they were favorites of yours. I have only been using them for a few days and I feel like I’ve already noticed a difference! I’ll have to check out the Kenra hairspray. I’ve used Kenra products in the past and have loved them, so I have no doubt I’ll love that too! Thanks for all the tutorials, they are awesome!

  78. says

    I found your page recently while looking on pinterest. I love your tutorials because my hair is the same length as yours with layers also. But my hair is very thick and I’m wondering if your shampoo would work on my hair. See the problem is, is that i have to change my shampoo it seems like every month. I start to use one and a couple weeks later my hair is sooo oily even after i blow dry it. I’m basically trying to find a shampoo that I can stick with and not have to find a new one every month because my options are very limited. Help!!

  79. Anonymous says

    What kind of straigtening iron do you recommend? What brand do you use? My hair is very similiar to yours and I am in need of a new straightener…my old one didn’t make my hair very smooth or shiny.

    BTW….LOVE all your tutorials! :-)

    Thank You!


  80. says

    The kenra boosting spray is pretty good. I like it much better than the big sexy hair root booster, but I still feel like my hair goes flat by the middle of the day. Hoping to try aquage soon! If I can ever find it! Haha thanks again for all the tips!

  81. says

    Just found your blog through Pinterest and wow, I thought I was obsessed with it…now I am going to be in whirlwind of trouble on the amount of time I will spend going through tutorials and such on your blog! Love it! You are too cute, btw! I have similar hair (the length, coloring, etc) to yours and never know the right products, techniques, etc to deal with it. So so glad I found you!

  82. Anonymous says

    I have some natural wave/curls in my hair, but I’ve the years they have become less and less. Is there something I can do or get done to my hair for the days that I just want to wear my hair wavy? I hate to say perm, but is that the best way to go, but on the loose side? And what products do you suggest when scrunching hair so it lasts all day?
    So glad I found this blog on pinterest!!

  83. says

    I’m now addicted to your blog and your hairstyle tutorials, but I have a question. I have extremely flat, thin, can’t-do-anything-with-it kind of hair. It won’t even hold bobby pins when I try an updo or half updo. I’ve tried all kinds of root boosters, volumizing shampoos and freeze hold hairsprays. Will these products work so I’m able to try out some of your amazing tutorials?? I’m desperate for new hairstyles and need products and tips to make it possible!

  84. says

    Hi Kate!

    My hair is kind of like yours: medium-fine, but I get a weave to be totally blonde, and the front hairs break off and stick straight up!! Ugh! It looks super silly. Any recommendations for strengthening those front (and probably over-styled) hairs?

  85. Anonymous says

    Kate, LOVE your tutorials! Kenra Volume Spray 25 is the best EVER! You should try their Blow-Dry Spray. Cuts dry time in half, thermal protectants, and leaves hair super soft…it’ll change your life!! :)

  86. Amber says

    Hey Kate, I absolutely love your site. Do you have a video on how you blow dry your hair? Do you round brush to get the volume and then curl?

  87. says

    I’ve had this post open on my computer for a couple weeks now just waiting for me to reference it in order to buy some product! I love that I went to and upon searching for the uplifting foam, it recommended the other products you recommend! ha! Purchasing now….

  88. says

    Love, love, love your tutorials! I am using BigSexyHair’s Root Pump Plus at the moment; it was a recommendation from my stylist. Have you ever used it or seen it used, and how do the results stand up to Aquage? That is, if they compare at all! Your hair has phenomenal volume. LOL.

  89. says

    I love the shirt you are wearing in that picture! It’s really cute!

    And I was going to buy the redken extreme but my hair stylist said it shouldn’t be used every day, that it could damage your hair. That’s the treatment I get once every couple of months. I wonder if it’s actually okay to use?

  90. says

    Forgive me if you’ve already answered this question…but about how long does one can of the uplifting foam last? And by the way…I came across your blog via Pinterest and am SO glad I did. Hope you’re having a great day!

  91. says

    Hi Kate~I absolutely love your blog! It has given me all kinds of hints and ideas for my hair I do have a few questions for you. My hair is very thick. I am growing it out and it is also a graduated bob right now. I have been close to cutting it several times because I just cannot get it to look right. How would you recommend that I style it and what works best for you? Also it is very dry and damaged right now. I do get it highlighted. What products would you recommend i.e. shampoo, conditioner, leave in products, etc?

  92. says

    I don’t know if it’s been posted but I can’t find it. I noticed you said you used a hot tools curling iron…what size and which one is it? I was looking around online and there are a ton of different hot tools, lol.
    Also, I have short hair, maybe a little shorter than yours but bought a 1 inch curling iron. Can I achieve the same look in your “how to curl your hair with a curling iron (full head) tutorial” with a 1inch?

  93. Melanie says

    Hi Kate! I just discovered your blog and I am in love! I have tried a lot of your tutorials and they all worked fantastically! But, in particular, I am so glad that I tried the Aquage foam, because I am absolutely astounded by how well it works on my hair. I have long, thick, VERY coarse hair and I have never found a root lift/mousse/volumizer that does exactly what I want it to until I tried Aquage. I doubt I will ever use another product of this type by anyone else except Aquage. So, thank you so much for introducing me to it! Keep up the good work with your lovely blog!

  94. says

    Love your blog!! I have been a licensed hairstylist for coming up on 3 years. I have only worked in the Salon for a year, my husband and I had a little girl and I chose to stay home with her. I do my sister and friends hair to keep up my speed and not totally get my hands out of hair. I would very much like to get back in the salon, though. I want to become certified as a Redken Colorist, what is your advice in going about this? <3 <3 <3 your blog.

  95. says

    Hi Katy!
    I just discovered your blog about a week ago! Which was perfect for me. My sister’s use to do hair (now they’re nurses) but still have their license to buy product. I had them buy everything you recommended for me. I used everything but the spay in conditioner. I needed to re-read you blog when to use it. I’m in love with everything! I’ve been a fan of the Kendra 25 for many years! Thank you so much for sharing your hair “doo’s” and tips! I’m so in style now! Now, if only I could do the messy bun…


  96. Anonymous says

    I just found your site through Pinterest and now I have gone out to buy all the same products you use and today I am on my way to the shower and try out the products. I spend good money on my face because I use Gratiae so why do I buy cheap products for my hair? I am worth it so I bought all of them.
    Thank you so much for your blog of information.

  97. Wendy says

    Hey Kate! I found your blog through pinterest and I am now hooked. Recently I started using Joico KPak shampoo and conditioner because my hair is dry. A friend had suggested it to me. I just wondered if you had heard of it and your thoughts. Also, I recently started using CHI fusion before I flat ironed and seem to really like that.
    I am in the process of letting my hair grow back out so I can’t do any of the styles on me just yet but I have done them on my daughter. I did the half updo on her several times and each time she has received tons of compliments…so thanks for all your post!!!

  98. says

    Hi Kate,
    Thanks for all your recommendations. I’ve got medium length, thick, coarse, heavily-highlighted hair. Like some others, I haven’t found a styling product that will give me the lift & volume I want without the heavy feeling. My hair is heavy enough as it is! I do love Redken products, but would you recommend your shampoo for thick hair? And will an average foam work well for my hair, too? I feel like if I use the products for fine/thin hair it won’t do anything for me. Thanks for all your advice!

    (btw, how do you feel about Bumble & Bumble products?)

  99. Amber says

    Hi Kate!

    Thank you so much for posting the tutorials and for the information about the products you use! I have always had a problem “bumping” my hair beause it’s very fine, and I can’t wait to try out some of the products that you mentioned! You’re making me excited about my hair again, keep up the great work :)

  100. Anonymous says

    I found ur website on pinterest and i am always getting bored with my hair inever get the same thing done so with that i have yet to find a product that works for thin hair…. nothing last it all ends up making my hair look greasy in a few hours and it all falls flat in no time love the website tho great ideas! Thank u sooo much

  101. Becky says

    Hey Kate!

    Thanks for all the great hair tips! I’m a fellow Chicagoan and LOVE Portillo’s! I purchased the Redken Cat and wanted to clarify when and how to use it. Do I shampoo and condition my hair then use Redken Cat or use the spray instead of conditioner?

  102. says

    Hey Kate! I found you on pinterest and I have been on your blog probably every day since :) Anyway, I have dark hair and 2 summers ago attempted to go blonde. Over 4 months my stylist did heavy highlights and eventually got very light, but then the breakage! So, I went back and have since been in recovery over my tresses. I cut off 6 inches and have about 3-4 left to go. I have been using Redken’s heat glide and their Anti-Snap. These seem to help a bit, but I was curious as to whether or not I should use the Cat you were talking about over the Anti-Snap? Both? Or am I fine using what I have? Also, I LOVE volume, but have been avoiding too much teasing as I am worried for more breakage. Do you tease your hair at all with Aquage? Thanks so much for sharing all of your tips!!!

  103. Asha says

    Hi Kate I went to the redkin website and was reading the reviews for the full body shampoo and every sinlge review was about how it made their hair limp and that they want the “old” formula back. Do you still reccommend the “new” full body shampoo?

  104. Anonymous says

    LOOOVE this hair cut and style! Looks great on you. I am tempted to try this but not sure if it will look good on me. my face is more long than rounded and I have dark hair…what to do???

  105. says

    I’ve tried to find the answer to my question(s) in the above, but I got exhausted from reading, and am thinking you must be exhausted from answering…you are so sweet!
    So, I have REALLY thick, course, combo hair (straight as board on the top near my face and pretty curly underneath). I never learned to go with the curl, so I straighten it when I have time to fix it. It was once super soft and shiny, but is now a frizzy mess. I have recently found a stylist that I like, who is awesome with color, but she is about 18 years old. Thankfully, she encouraged me to buy the Redken All Soft shampoo and conditioner and that has helped some with the overall condition of my hair. I would love to try the products that you recommend, but I wonder if you would advise that I make any modifications due to my specific type of hair? Bless you! :)

  106. says

    Okay so I am now using every single product you have listed here and am LOVING it – my hair has been so much easier to style!

    This could be a coincidence but I was all of a sudden losing chunks of my hair and added in the Extreme CAT…no more hair loss! I don’t know if it was the product or what but I’m definitely continuing to use it regardless :-)

  107. says

    First of all…I love your blog. I am looking for your advice for a product to add texture to my very straight hair. I have a lot of hair but overall it is fine and smooth, which doesn’t work well for the beachy wavy look that I love. With that in mind I was wondering if you have ever used bumble and bumble surf spray? I was thinking that it might add the texture I need?

  108. Anonymous says

    I recently had extensions put in my hair and was wondering if you had any tips for their care. I was using WEN cleansing conditioner but not sure it is all it is cracked up to be. Can I use the Redken products you use on them?

  109. Stephanie says

    I just found your blog through pinterest, I’m loving everything about it so far, thank you for all the wonderful advice! I’ll save my questions until I get through everything I just had to give you props forthe way you treat your followers! I’ve read blogs were the blogger posts and then never comments with the readers when they ask questions. On this post alone you continue to comment with your readers since last August! You’ve gained a follower based on that alone! Keep up the great work :-)

  110. Marina says

    I just found you through pinterest too! LOVED IT! I wish we had here in Brazil all these brands. Redken at least we sure have – and I would love to know more about the products, I think they’re amazing. Great blog :)

  111. says

    Just wanted to say thanks for posting the products you use! My hair is a grown out bob as well, and I have been on the hunt for an awesome volume-enhancing product because it constantly falls flat. Every product I’ve tried has made my hair feel greasy and weighed it down more. I decided to give Aquage a try based on your recommendation and I LOVE IT! It really doesn’t feel like I have product in, but it works wonders at keeping my roots lifted and appears as though my hair is finally full of life! Thanks so much!

  112. Anonymous says

    I just wanted to send you a little shout out! I mimick your hair regimen and have had fabulous results. My hair is very dark brown, almost black so a lot of the updos you do aren’t really visible. Any suggestions for dark hair in addition to your usual routine? Thanks,

  113. Anonymous says

    I have a few questions.. You may have already answered these. So, I’m sorry if you are repeating yourself. I wanted to ask about that Wen shampoo. On their commercials they state that anything that has a lather strips your hair. What are your thoughts on this? Also I wanted to ask about a heat protectant. Which one works best? Lastly, I have long, thick hair, and will likely be cutting it off, that I cannot get to hold curl AT ALL! The last person that cut my hair did it for me, but I myself, and my friends, CANNOT get them to stay. HELP!!!

  114. says

    Just found your blog thanks to pinterest! You give so much great info…perfect, since I have 4 girls and 2 of them are teens and are always asking the best way to style their hair and with what…your a life saver!!!

  115. Heidi says

    Hi Kate, I just found your site recently and I’ve been trying your ideas. I went to buy the Aquage Uplifting Foam and my stylist told me to get the Biomega Up All Night Volume Foam instead. I have very fine hair. Just wondering if she told me the right product. She said it is new. I haven’t used it yet, just got it today. So should I go ahead and use this or exchange for the Aquage Uplifting Foam? Thanks for the help.

  116. Anonymous says

    i just stumbled upon your blog on Pinterest also..I will have to say I LOVE it! I am a hairstylist also, and agree with all your tips! I also love the same products that you use as your personal products! Kenra is my true love in hairsprays. It is very nice to find another stylists willing to share tips with others!
    God has truly blessed you with an amazing head of hair and true talent!
    I am a native to North Carolina. I live in a small town between Hickory and Gastonia. Your story sounds alot like mine, pertaining to hairstyling school, christianity, and being blessed with an awesome husband and family. I will stay tuned! Thanks again!

  117. says

    I just started looking for a new blow drier and when I googled the one you use amazon popped up. The funny thing is that amazon has listed Kenra hairspray, Aquage, and Rusk Speed Freak as frequently purchased together items. You are all over the internet.

  118. says

    Kate! I found your blog through pinterest. I decided to try Aquage and went to order it from Amazon..funny thing is it says on the page “people who buy this product also buy this Kenra hairspray and this redken cat product.” Coincidence? Maybe..but it’s a strange three products to match unless someone was specifically shopping for THOSE three.
    Also..I’m 31 years old and I NEVER learned how to french braid. I’ve seen it done, watched videos…but something you said when you were doing one of your tutorials clicked and I Was like OHH that’s what I kept doing wrong! So thanks :) Keep up the good work girlie!

  119. says

    Thank you! Thank you! For this website and all your wonderful information. My question to you is what am I doing wrong, I purchased the Aquage,when I use with Velcro rollers it makes my hair look greasy am I using to much? Or to little? I have been using Matrix Wonder Boost and do not get that effect. I want to the full thickening effect that you seem to have so what do I need to change?

  120. Anonymous says

    Kate! thanks for all the wonderful advice, love it! love it! My question to you is I purchased the Aquage and I can see everyone seems to be having great luck with it. When I tried it though my hair looked greasy. Here is what I did, I blowed dried my hair to about 85% so that I could put in velcro rollers then finished drying it. After taking out the rollers my hair looked greasy, what did I do wrong? Also I tried the Kenra hairspray love it. I live in Georgia and its seems to hold with through all the weather changes it has.

  121. says

    Kate, I have the Biomega Up All Night foam. The hair stylist recommended it or my thicker hair. Is the Aquage Uplifting Foam the same thing or do you think I should try it out instead of the Biomega?

  122. Leslie says

    Ever since I found your blog through pinterest, I have to get on the computer every morning before styling my hair to try another one of your styles! I am working on growing my hair out and was in the awkward stage again…I was to the point of giving up and cutting it (only to try again in a few months) when I found your blog. Thanks for keeping me going! :) I really love your styles!
    Ok, to the products you’ve mentioned…I have really fine hair, is the aquage uplifting foam my best bet for some body? I have been using Catwalk big and bigger for years. It worked really well when my hair was short, but it’s not really working anymore so I was thinking of switching to your product. Also, you mentioned powder texture but didn’t say what brand. Will that replace the bedhead manipulator I have been using? And I am assuming some kind of spray texture will work better when I do the wavy look I learned from you. Any other tips would be appreciated! Thanks for all the hair help!
    Wish you lived here, I would love to have you as my stylist!

  123. Anonymous says

    Kate, I have very damaged hair, mostly my bangs and if I don’t flat iron them, they curl out and look ridiculous. Currently I have short, straight across bangs, but would love to grow out so I can sweep them…any ideas for products that will help repair damage?

  124. Megan says

    Hi Kate!
    I went to ulta today and got all the redken products and just used them! they are AMAZING! i was wondering what your thoughts on the redken foam volumizer is! Thanks!

  125. Michele says

    I am seriously so excited to get my Aquage and Kenra hairspray in the mail! I just ordered them from Amazon. I’ve been looking for a really good uplifter as my hair is very fine and flat. Thanks so much for all of your tutorials! I LOVE your blog and am recommending it to my friends 😉 You are awesome!

  126. Kelly says

    Hey I love your tutorials! Do you recommend any product for naturally curly hair. I really have a problem with frizzy hair. I usually let my hair air dry. I would like to air dry it then curl it with the curling iron. Any suggestions for products to use?

  127. Anonymous says


    First of all, I’ve been checking out your blog (and your sister Lauren’s) for about a week now, and it’s a new favorite! Thanks for all the insider tips and tricks!

    Yesterday, after a lot of deliberation (and waiting for some coupons to arrive from Ulta) I finally made the trek to pick up some of your favorite products. It sounds to me like you and I have the same texture of hair, and lots of it, although mine’s a bit longer than yours and I get spiral perms. However, I too use a blow dryer (with a diffuser) daily. I figure since I’m a big hair girl and volume at my roots always seems to be an issue, particularly as my perm grows out, I needed to give your volumizing products a try. I purchased the Redkin shampoo, conditioner and the Kenra hairspray. This morning was my first run with all three products. I’m already in love! Usually, my hair just doesn’t turn out as well on workdays…I think it’s simply because on the weekends I can take more time…but I had the best hair day of the week. So far, I’m most impressed with the hairspray as it sends a fine mist and doesn’t coat the hair with a web of tackiness like most aerosoles I’ve used do. It sort of disappears into the hair and yet provides the hold to support the volumized style. I’d love to splurge on the Aquage mousse, but these products are already making a big difference.

    Thanks so much for sharing your styles and suggestions with all of us. I can’t wait to try out some of the up-dos this weekend…once I get some of those clear, little pony ties!

    -All the best!

  128. says

    Love your blog. I’m just curious if you would share what base color you use for your hair-color? It looks like a RedKen Shades EQ but I’m not certain. Thanks & keep up the good work :) Robyn

  129. says

    Kate, I love aquage uplifting foam, I just started using it because of you! I was wondering if you had any suggestions on what else to use in my hair. I have baby fine hair that does not like to hold a curl well at all. Any suggestions on what product I should use in addition to aquage or if I should just put even more aquage on. I love the lift that the uplifting foam gives me, finally I am able to have a little bit of volume! Thanks!

  130. says

    Picked up some of the Kenra hairspray at Ulta. Love, love, love it! I know some people don’t like hair spray, but I NEED it to keep the volume that I work so hard for on my fine/limp hair. Kenra does the job and does it well. Truly an all day hold!

  131. says

    Kate! I just found your blog on pinterest, and I love everything! I am going to cosmotology school in just 6 months and I am so excited! but as of now I am quiite tight on money and I am in desperate need of your aquage uplifting foam, do you know of any other brand that is cheaper or something similar, cause I just have the thinest hair and need the volume! if you know of anything like it let me know! thank you! and Im just gonna keep reading your wonderful blog! thanks for all the tips! :)

  132. says

    Hi Kate, just found your blog and LOVE learning how to style my hair. I had seen all these beautiful styles but never knew how to do them. I do have one problem though. My hair is very thick and heavy and I have yet to find bobby pins that don’t work themselves out and down comes the do. HELP. I live just down the Interstate from you in Wilmington. Could you do some styles for summer when the humidity is high by the ocean. My hair is also wavy and straight styles in this climate in the summer are just useless to try. Thanks and once again, love the tutorials.

  133. Diane says

    Hi Kate – I am wondering what shampoo you would recommend for fine, oily hairs? I have a cut pretty close to yours an angles bob with side swept bangs – I love it but by the end of the day my hairs looks like a disaster – help!!

  134. Anonymous says

    Thank you for ‘real’ tips, from a ‘real’ person! I could educate myself for hours on your blog and I truly enjoy all your updates! I will continue to share your blog with others as so many have been looking for something just like this! You are a bright spot to my day with your joyful spirit and your wonderful tutorials! Thanks so much for sharing your time and tips.

  135. says

    Do you know if the slim supreme is only sold in the us? I can’t seem to find it in Canada and I have asked my stylist along with other professionals in the hair industry and no one has heard of it. Thoughts?

  136. says

    This is awesome! I never could do hair very well before, but now I can! The only thing is that I don’t know what I need before I start so I can’t just try to do it the first time I watch it! And you go faster than I can, so sometimes I play it twice! I still looooooooooooooove it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  137. says

    Love your blog, i have been a reader for about a month now. your beautiful hairstyles inspire me to get up and get ready every day, even though i am just at home with the kids. When i saw that Aquage uplifting foam, I got sooooo excited… that product is the answer to my lifelong quest for huge hair! But after scouring the web, I cannot find a salon or retailer that sells it in Canada. I came across Joico Bodyluxe Root Lift foam. It seems to work just like your Aquage does in the videos. I know you’re a Redken girl, but I just wanted to share! :)

  138. Anonymous says

    I love your blog!!!! I just picked up some Aquage today and I’m excited to try it and some of the styles from your tutorials!!! I have very, very thick and long hair that ways my roots down!! Also I just had to say I think its awesome to see you give credit to God first!!! I wish we seen this in others more!!!!

  139. says

    Hi Kate, I just recently tried the shampoo and conditioner that you recommended and I have to say, I owe you a HUGE thank you!! My hair has never felt healthier!! It was pretty dried out. And I’m always watching what we spend, so it was hard to fork over the money, but I realize now, it’s totally worth it. Thank you for this blog! You are my beauty inspiration! :) -Dana

  140. Anonymous says

    I love your blog and really appreciate your product suggestions. I have a lot of fine hair but I don’t color it. Some of products you recommend seem to be for colored hair, would you recommend anything different for my uncolored hair?

  141. Amanda says

    Kate, I found your page on Pinterest, so I decided to check it out. I love your tutorials. I have been looking for cool ideas of what I could do with my hair, and I know I want to try your tips. I have a couple of questions for you. I have medium thick hair that is usually super soft and healthy-looking, but the ends get course and don’t look as nice as the rest of my hair a few weeks after a trim. My hair breaks easily, but there is so much of it, you can’t tell until I pull it back and all the little pieces become visible. I don’t usually use products, because I have never really known how to do many styles. Do you have any products that might help improve my ends and keep my hair from breaking?

    Also, I LOVE my Matrix Biolage leave-in tonic. I could totally tell the difference when I accidentally left it at home when I left to go back to college for the spring semester. My hair just wasn’t as soft. Have you ever used it? Would you recommend the rest of the Biolage line (I am a starving college student as they say, and I haven’t made the transition to other Biolage products)? [Also which Biolage line, since there are so many!?] Do they work as well as some of the other products you mentioned, like the Redkin shampoos/etc?

  142. says

    Thank you for sharing this! I fine hair and a lot of it, which has always created issues for me to do it. It is always flat and doesn’t hold any style… until now! Only have Aquage at the moment, can’t wait til Kenra gets here to try out some styles for a black tie wedding I have in a few months. Bring it on Michigan summer humidity!

  143. The Teacher says

    This is absolutely positively no offense to you as I know you mentioned that you are a Redken certified stylist…BUT (lol), I can’t seem to find a Redken shampoo and conditioner that I am pleased with, but I’m very interested as you obviously have such great hair. I have thin, slightly wavy, naturally homely blonde hair with lots of highlights (to not look so homely :)), that I blow dry and flat iron/curl daily. I am not afraid of product in the least! I have been using Bedhead shampoo and conditioners and have been adding Wella, Enrich leave in conditioner to my biweekly regime. With these details, are there any shampoos/conditioners you would suggest? Thanks so much for taking your time to share your ideas with us and answer questions as I know you are a busy girl, doing life!

  144. says

    Just discovered your blog through pintrest and thought we’d give our two-cents. We definitely recommend the Redken Body Full range – the products have an incredible effect on thin hair. The shampoo and conditioner give huge volume and its long lasting.
    xx The Yots Team

  145. says

    I noticed you have recently discovered the Pureology line of products, which are a fave of mine as well, but tough on the budget! So I am happy to announce I found a PERFECT alternative with the same ingredients for about $6 a bottle at your local CVS, Target or Walmart store. Loreal EverPure Shampoo, Conditioners & Styling Products. ALL SULFATE FREE & in a variety of formulas to best match your hair type or need. I also recently discovered the new Suave Keratin Infusion Line, which are comparable to the Kerastase line of products AND OH MY GOODNESS, I am in love! I recently colored my hair lighter for summer & the Ever Pure, being lower in sulfates, refused to lather when I shampooed, which I know doesn’t matter but I like a rich, thick, lather, so I gave this a try & it is AWESOME & at Walmart, less than $3 per bottle in 2 different formulas! While it is NOT completely Sulfate free, it is a lower sulfate line of products, so not so harsh. My hair was slightly damaged, dry & coarse after all of the flat ironing my new cut requires, & after 1 use of the Suave Keratin Infusion, it was super soft, shiny & manageable, TOTALLY WORTH the $3! Check them out when you get a chance & let me know what you think! TOTALLY LOVE YOUR BLOG, TIPS, ADVICE & TUTORIALS, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

  146. Sue says

    Hi Kate, please set us straight on this “rumor” that is everywhere on the net, etc…. do Pantene products cause hair to fall out???
    What is your call on this?
    Thanks for sharing all your lovely hair tips!

  147. says

    Hi Kate. I’m only 14 and I don’t have the money and my parents don’t want to spend a lot on shampoo and conditioner and styling ptoductd for a 14 yr old…. Do you have any suggestions for good quality shampoos and conditionersnand styling products under 10 dollars???? Any responce would help.


  148. Anonymous says

    I recently found your blog and have started curling my hair how you show in your tutorial ! I love it, one problem I have is that my hair seems to get kind of frizzy after I run my fingers through it to loosen up the curls a bit. Any reccomendations for me ? thanks !

  149. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate! I am new to your blog and just LOVE it! I had so many ah ha! moments while watching your tutorials and reading your styling tips. Thanks for giving me new hope for gorgeous hair :) karla

  150. Meredith says

    Hi Kate,
    Any suggestions for anti humidity type products? I live in the Houston area, so TONS of humidity. I have long, thick, wavy hair (of course if it dries naturally it’s gets somewhat frizzy) that I usually straighten with my flat iron. I can get it nice and smooth, but if I so much as look out the window, the frizz appears. Love your blog!

  151. says

    What shampoo would you recommend with thick curly frizzy long hair? I use Aussie shampoo and conditioner now and its a 10 deep conditioner…

    Michele :)

  152. says

    Kate! Wonderful blog! I follow all your style tutorials. I myself am a cosmetologist but my daughter can’t seem to be able to style her hair. Even if I show her how. Your tutorials have helped her alot. I am looking for a great product to reduce the oil in her hair. She tends to get oily by 3 in the afternoon if she washes her hair in the morning. She is using Redken Nature’s Rescue Detox Shampoo and no conditioner. I haven’t noticed a difference for her. She is actually more oily than before. She has tried not shampooing and using dry shampoo to no avail. Any suggestions. I have looked all over for answers. She is not color treated and is growing her hair out for her wedding in 2 years. I am debating coloring her to give her some texture also as her hair is flat and lifeless. It is very fine and she wants volume but also hates the feel of product in her hair. The only way I have been able to stop her problem is to us a root lift on her and she hates the feel. I can keep her from getting oily this way…too bad she hates the feel and won’t replicate it herself. If you have any suggestions please let me know.

  153. Anonymous says

    What type of shampoo or conditioner would you suggest for damaged hair? Or what would you do to your hair to gain healthy hair again?
    Oh and what would you suggest to help hair growth?

  154. Michelle says

    Hi Kate, Would you still recommend the pureology hydrate
    shampoo/conditioner for someone who is not coloring there hair? I have fine
    hair, but a lot of it. Thanks, Michelle

  155. Anonymous says

    The water where I live is VERY dry and now my hair is as well….. What would you reccomend to hydrate?

  156. says

    have u tried GG Gatsby Shampoo and Conditioner? YOU MUST!!! NEVER has my hair had so much volume! You can feel it (literally) the second you start shampooing! I would love to hear your opinion!

  157. Kelsie says

    Hi Kate! I absolutely love your blog. Thank you for all of your tips. I’m sure you’ve answered this question before, but I can’t find it. What kind of deep conditioning treatment would you recommend?

  158. says

    I love aquage and kenra. Thanks for recommendation. I was wondering if you have tried the rest of the aquage line. I have been thinking of trying it because I can’t live without aquage now. Thoughts?

  159. says

    Hi Kate,

    Love your blog, I have wavy frizzy hair that I straighten on a daily basis (straight for 3-4 days then I re-do it. I have a wedding this weekend and I’m going to do one of your up-dos is there a product you would recommend to use besides the hair spray? I typically use an extra hold moose and then blow dry it straight, then begin curling it. Any advise would be great! thanks!

  160. Anonymous says

    Please support your hairstylist and buy your hair care products from your hairstylist. Often, they will get you the best deal and take back products that you don’t love. Your hairstylist knows your hair better than Ulta. In this tough ecomony, the hairstylist that does great work for you needs your support!

  161. says

    Hi there – just found your blog and love it (and I have an Etsy shop too!)! I was wondering if you have tried Aveda Phomollient styling foam. I have very fine hair (I have lots of it, but it’s so fine that I’m always looking for volume!). I have been using this foam for years but was wondering if you recommend Aquage Uplifting Foam in its place. Thanks!

  162. says

    Hi Kate,

    What do you think about royal jelly conditioners? I have been studying some royal jelly benefits and I’ve found out that this product is also good for hair care. I’m really interested on natural products and I’m thinking that royal jelly is great. Do you agree with that?

  163. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate, I’m in love with your blog! I bought some Aquage for my fine, straight, super healthy hair and it seems to really weigh my hair down and not give volume at all. Am I using too much or is it just not the right product for me? Thanks!

  164. says

    Do you have a problem with static? I seem to have a huge problem with it? I use conditioner but cannot use too much because it makes my hair oily. I have ordered aquage and cannot wait to try it. Once i get the static problem out of the way i should be good to go :)

  165. says

    Hey Friends,

    Greetings all of you. I am new member here. I am appreciate after reading your article.This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work.

    Thanks a lot again,
    Jamuwel Pouls

    Esd Testing

  166. Eco Babe says

    Your blog is wonderful! Seeing all your ideas for hair, makeup and nails really makes me want to take the time to enjoy being a girl again! I love that you list the products you use! I am wondering if you could recommend ‘green’ versions of your favorite hair, skin and makeup products? The idea of putting all kinds of chemicals and parabens and sulfates in my hair and on my skin is kind of scary, so I was hoping you could recommend some more natural-based products? Thanks!

    -Eco Babe

  167. says

    I remember swearing by Redken’s Extreme CAT but I now have a new HG for repairing damage by Bumble & Bumble called Mending Shampoo & Conditioner. AND they have a masque! Murrieta Salons

  168. katie says

    Hi, can you use regular Redken Bodyfull shampoo and conditioner on color treated (blonde highlights) or do you need the color extend? I have fine hair and need the volumizing effect. Would color extend volumize as well?


  169. Anonymous says

    I am enjoying your blog…love all of the tips, advice and instructions. I would like to suggest you try Davines products also! They cost more, but while in WA my stylist recommended I use this hair care line. As a result, I will never use anything else again, not coloring, shampoo, conditioner, just nothing. You will love this stuff! You are absolutely adorable, keep this blog going 😉

  170. says

    Hi Kate,
    I love your blog and all your tutorials. Actually wearing “the messy bun” as I type this? I have fine, straight hair and my hair won’t really hold on to the teeasing. After a short while it goes flat again. So I assume that the aquage uplifting foam might just do wonders! BUT…yes, that’s one big fat but….it’s not sold in Europe! I searched the internet up and down…but no such luck.

    Do you have any recommendation for a somewhat similar product? I’ve used the volumizing tonic from Aveda and it’s helping a little but not enough.

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season. Can’t wait till my inbox shows the next tutorial! I am sure there are some holiday ones in the pipeline!

    Love from Germany,

  171. says

    Hello Kate – I just stumbled across your blog because my hair is finally getting long enough to do a loose bun and I’m now addicted. You’re such a lovely lady and I really appreciate all your tips. You’d think I’d know it all by now, but guess not!

    A couple of questions. My hair is thinning in front due to my age and so on and wondered if you have any tutorials on how to add an extension or a way to camouflage the thinning so I can pull my hair up and/or back. My hair is super thick in the back; not so much in front.

    Also, what sort of hairbrush do you use for teasing? If it’s already on the website, I apologize.

    Last question, also apologize if it’s on your blog already, but I’m sick of my hot rollers. What is the brand you used? Starts with a ‘J’.

    Thank you again and God bless to you and your family. Mary

  172. says

    Can’t even tell you what a lifechanger (seriously! not exaggerating!) Aquage uplifting foam is! I’m sure you already know. But it’s changed my hair routine and managability on so many different levels. Can’t thank you enough!

  173. says

    Kate, I was so excited to discover your blog and styling tips for hair just like mine! BUT I live in Scotland and am really struggling to find stockists of Kenra hairspray or the Aquage foam in the UK! Do you have any other products that might have made their way over here?

  174. says

    Oh Ya… I truly enjoyed your post. The products mentioned here are no doubt the best for everyone. Specially, for hair specialist who are more prone to experience new styles that goes with their personality. Thanks for this information. Also, Hair Treatment goes side by side for maintaining the healthy looks.

  175. says

    I have really thick, wavy hair and lately it has become very dry and damaged looking (I color it). I usually let my hair dry naturally after I wash it because it’s such a pain to blow-dry. It always poofs and frizzes when it dries. I’ve tried all kinds of deep conditioners and masks, and nothing seemed to work. I used the Shielo Smoothing Shampoo and the Shielo Conditioner and noticed immediately when I was combing it that the ends didn’t feel brittle and my hair looked shiny. It actually dried curly instead of frizzy and is really bouncy! I love Shielo – and te smell is amazing!!!

  176. says

    Hi Kate! I just started using the aquage and the Kenra and i’m starting to show some dandruff on my front scalp… what do you use/recommend for that? I’m nervous that dandruff shampoo will strip my color!

  177. says

    I experienced an unusual amount of hair loss directly after trying a Pureology sample that I signed up for via an add online and it was the Pure Volume for Fine Colour Treated Hair. Has anyone else had this same reaction? Am I allergic to something in the product? This doesn’t seem right or okay! It worries me, being that I am a healthy 26 year old and shouldn’t be losing this much hair. If this new line of theirs is causing hair loss they should be informed and recall it. Any thoughts?

  178. says

    Kate…just discovered your blog via Pinterest – just in the nick of time! I have a hair appt. in two days and was fed up, ready for the chopping block until now. Your blog INSPIRES me! My hair is thick, naturally (ugly, unevenly) curly but because it’s your length in the videos, it’s more wavy than curly; however, I straighten it daily. Now that I’ve found your tutorials, I’m willing to learn how to “control” my waves and might actually use them to my advantage. (Some family members will be thrilled to see my waves again!) So my hair appt. went from a “cut” appointment to a “trim/clean-up” appt. Only thing I need to do at this point is grow my bangs out more. Bangs are a MUST in my world…but in the morning I’m going to start incorporating your tricks – and my stylist will be glad to know I need some products! :)

  179. says

    Hello, I really did enjoy your blog….I too have a beauty blog where I wrote about unusual beauty tips you can do at home and one in particular is spraying hairspray on your hair and then using the spray can to roll over your strands to steamroll your flyaways….I also have many other unusual beauty tips that you can check out at
    Also if you will, please leave a comment because I do love to get other people’s feedback/opinions

    Thank you

  180. says

    I REALLY enjoy your videos and post, thank you for sharing and for making it “simple”. I recently moved overseas from the US and I am getting ready to start my first corporate job in years and will need to have my hair “done” more than just curling it, etc. so your videos have been a huge help. I have long (bra strap length) hair so some of them I will have to work on, but I really do appreciate how easy you seem to make them. They are simple, elegant, yet still professional and doable.

    Thanks Again! Keep them all coming!

  181. says

    Hi Kate, need some advise. I have been trying to grow out my layers, I get a partial foil with different blondes heavily foiled in my hair I don’t know if the hair breaks off or what but they don’t seem to keep up with the rest of hair. Any suggestions?

  182. says

    Hi Kate, need some advise. I have been trying to grow out my layers, I get a partial foil with different blondes heavily foiled in my hair I don’t know if the hair breaks off or what but they don’t seem to keep up with the rest of hair. Any suggestions?

  183. says

    I know this is a really old post, but I just wanted to tell you that there’s no need to despair about finding those Redken Products! Our website specializes in discontinued items and I believe we have all of the Redken products you posted, as well as your new Pureology recommendation:

  184. says

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  185. says

    Aquage has changed my life… I have a lot of very fine hair and have been unable to keep it straight for fear it would be horribly flat. Using just a bit of this changes the game entirely – and for HOURS. I absolutely love your blog!!!

  186. says

    Hi Kate!
    Amazing blog!I’ve found it recently and I love it!
    So I have a question.My hair has become coarse and bristle lately and refuses to take its natural curls(I haven’t dyed my hair.)Do you have any recommendations?


  187. says

    is it safe for me to use those hair care products above? I’ve been suffering from severe hair loss and I was thinking that maybe it can help me improve not worsen my current hair shedding problem. thanks for your future response :)

  188. says

    Great tips. I do have a similar blog with a motto to give quality suggestions and advises to my readers. I would like to re post it in my blog. Would you mind granting me permission?

  189. Daniela says

    Hello everyone! :) I’m all over natural products for hair and after using coconut oil, amla oil, olive oil and pretty much every popular kind of oil I started using ARGAN OIL and what a difference!!! Not greasy, smells really nice and subtle. I use if after my shower and my hair is completely soft and smooth for the rest of the day or until I wash my hair. I especially like Pro Naturals moroccan argan oil because it’s also a heat protectant so I can use it before my regular blow dry :)

  190. Dilip Singh says


    I want to ask everyone, do they read about the contents of the product they use and also the working of the content?
    It’s for every person like me who was bald at a time and used Minoxidil 15 which just simply creates and increases new cells on your scalp for the Growth of your Hair and you just get your natural Hair in just 2-3 weeks or before.
    I would suggest just don’t waste your money on your Hair Oils and other products which are useless.
    You can get this from so easily and you should try this with trust.

  191. Gvictoria says

    I just cut my hair into a bob after living 14 years with long hair. I’m clueless on how to style my hair. My sister recommended you and you have saved my hair! Thank you so much!

  192. Michelle says

    I’m sure you have heard of the “Wen” products. I have been thinking of starting that line but I first want to hear your thought ps and if you have been a user?

    Thanks for your response

    Omaha Ne.

  193. Jules says

    Hi Kate, I’m in love with your blog! I just found it on Pinterest. Thank you! Question: what do you think of the Aveda products? I’m using Invati right now. I have very fine, thin hair that also very curly. It’s thin on top PLUS I have that ultra annoying back part. I’ve been on the hunt for a shampoo and conditioner that will help with softness and volume and thickness too! I’ve been toying with going blonde just to alleviate the look of thinness. Thoughts??

  194. chris says

    Am using Nioxin products as hair thinning on top with age. Wondering if dusting powder Aveda Pure Abundance would help? My hair is coloured too.

  195. Aren says

    I am very blessed with the hair I was born with. My hair is super fine, but I have a lot of it. It is, also, naturally curly (ringlets), but straightens easily because its so fine. I used to hate my hair in years past because their hasn’t always been product available to girls with curls. Needless to say, I have literally tried any curl product available, from my hair stylist to drugstore brands. The BEST products I have used for curly days is Deva Curl. They ONLY make product for curly hair and it’s amazing!! I love the No-Pop Shampoo and the One Condition (I use as regular conditioner, rinse out, towel dry my hair and use another dime-sized drop as a leave-in.) It makes my curls perfect, shiny, soft, and frizz-free! This is a link to locate salons that carry the product.

  196. Brittney says

    Hello Kate! I know you are extremely busy with you new little one!(Congrats by the way!!) I also know that you posted this a long time ago, but I have been wanting to pick your brain for quite some time now. My mother has her own salon and she used to stock Aquage products. After the retailer where she bought her products, got into a tiff with Aquage, they quit stocking it. I have been wanting to try the uplifting foam, ever since I saw the results you were getting. My hair texture is very much like you describe yours to be. I was just wondering if knew of any other easier or cheaper way to acquire the Aquage uplifting foam? I would LOVE to try it. I have been using BigSexyHair’s Root Pump Plus for a while now, and I like it, but not for an every day style because I feel like it’s almost too much to use unless for special occasions. I have been using HealthySexyHair’s activating scalp care mousse, just because its a lighter mousse and gives me a little volume that is more suitable for everyday use, but its still just not enough! It’s like I need an in-between the two products, product! I was hoping the uplifting foam is the key. Any information you can offer would help greatly!
    (Also i wanted to tell you that I have learned a great deal from your blog and have reading it for a few years now! Im not sure why I haven’t commented on anything before now!)
    Take care!

  197. says

    simply discovered your online journal and affection it! incredible tips, my hair is thick and i have a great deal of it so it is constantly weighed down, i may have attempt some of these tips bc my present regimen falls level by noontime.

  198. Melissa says

    I have thick long curly/wavy hair. I get my roots bleached all the time and always use the Redken extreme shampoo and conditioner. And once in a while use the extreme strength builder mask. Just recently my hair got so weak and thin. There is lots of breakage, it snaps so easily!! :-( I am wondering if it is too much protein for my hair. And if you could think of something to help my hair out and make it healthy again!

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