A Gorgeous and Low-Maintenance Hairstyle

My sister Esther is a sous-chef in Des Moines, IA where she works at an up-and-coming catering company and lives in the most darling downtown loft. Of the many ways I’m jealous of my little sister, though, her hair ranks at the top of the list. It’s long and shiny with the most perfect waves that always have just a smidge of bedhead.

Finally, I couldn’t resist any longer and asked about her hair. Interestingly, what I found out was that, like most things that appear simple, her method has involved a great deal of thought and time. She was kind enough to let me share some of her secrets ::

Tell us about your hair. How do you normally wear it?

As a chef, I am confined to wearing a stiff uniform and understandably forced to have my hair covered under a skull cap. In an industry which should be encouraging creativity and innovation I have found that it’s very difficult to express both my individuality and femininity. I am not at all bitter or confused as to the reasoning behind it, but I’m passionate about never allowing it to extinguish my love for developing a healthy sense of personal style and fashion.

What’s the inspiration behind your cut and style?

I have spent many hours admiring and studying the life habits of French women. Their ability to master the art of minimalism and their immaculate standards are an inspiration to me. I read articles about how the French emphasize the importance of carefully cultivating healthy hair by allowing your own hair to act and feel and curl and fall as it so desires. This involves discipline, self-awareness, research, and perseverance through the transition periods.

What’s your beauty routine like when it comes to your hair?

I wash every other day to third day, less in the winter when I am not sweating profusely in a 95 degree kitchen all day.

Every month I do a natural hair mask of coconut milk, coating my hair overnight, then washing out the next day with a paste of baking soda and water.

I always towel dry, crimping my hair with the towel to help encourage natural curls. Absolutely no heat (curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers). I allow my hair to air dry, ideally lightly reapplying shine serum and salt spray 2-3 times during the drying process.

Also, I try to do my hair (including washing and applying product) before sleep. This produces the best results, but I rarely do it as I come home from work either directly before I have to be somewhere in the evening or else I am so exhausted from a 15-hour-day that I head directly to my beloved bed.

What products do you use?

Giovanni Deep Moisture Shampoo

Giovanni Deeper Moisture Conditioner

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray

Umberto Roman Oil Serum

Tell us about these photos…your hair looks amazing!

I had done my hair before bed and decided to do the photos right when I woke up, without changing my hair or doing my makeup. #iwokeuplikethis

I thought this would be the right avenue for showing how my goal is to be able to get my hair to be given the health it needs to naturally be what it wants to be.

Thank you so much, Esther! I’m so interested in this method now! (French women know everything…)

Posted by Aanna on Friday, July 24th, 2015

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