If you're a hard-core Byrdie stalker, you might know already that our site's assistant editor Erin Jahns and I live together, and it's really, really cute. Our little beauty editor–filled apartment in Los Angeles is like a mini satellite office of Byrdie HQ, spilling over with products and coffee cups filled with the caffeine required to stay up late testing products and meeting deadlines. What's fun about living with another beauty editor and product aficionado is that whenever a skin, makeup, or hair disaster arises, we can always trust each other to come through with the necessary supplies. For example, after a recent highlight touch-up, my hair was feeling ridiculously dry, crunchy, and color-damaged. Luckily, my roomie and fellow bleach blonde was there to hook me up with a tub of Davines Nourishing Hair Building Pak, which revived my strands overnight.
This experience made me want to know what other hair tricks Erin has up her sleeve. Her strands always look impossibly shiny and sleek, and I know she's also curious about my styling routine. I have short hair that I almost always wear in relaxed flat-iron waves, often with a whimsical hairpin as a garnish. So since we live together and all, we decided to swap our signature everyday hair routines—from shampoo and conditioner to hot tools to styling products—and give our honest reviews. Keep scrolling to learn what we discovered.
Erin's Review of My Routine
"Normally, I use lightweight oils on my wet hair before styling, but I really liked using Lenor Greyl's heavier oil treatment before shampooing. It made my hair feel so soft, and I noticed that instantly when I got in the shower. I really liked the smell. Usually, Leonor Greyl products have such a strong flowery scent, but I didn't mind this one. I also hadn't used Oribe in a long time, so I was skeptical about the Gold Lust shampoo and conditioner, especially because there was no detangler in this routine. But I was impressed. When I got out of the shower, my hair was still soft, smooth, manageable, and not a blonde rat's nest, no detangler needed."
"I blow-dried as normal using Amanda's Tangle Teezer paddle brush, which I loved. I had more success with it than the original Tangle Teezer actually. Then I tried my hand at Amanda's everyday flat-iron wave technique. Other than using a flat iron to straighten my hair, I never use hot styling tools in my daily life, so I feel like I suck at them. But waving my hair with the iron was actually pretty easy, and the result ended up looking quite like my natural air-dried texture, just more polished.
"I'm also normally really cautious around finishing texture sprays because I don't like the feeling of product in my hair. But Kristin Ess's was really nice—not sticky or greasy. Just added some lightweight volume. I definitely want a bottle of my own now.
"Oh, and this little 'bonjour' barrette from InStyler: I love it. I posted a selfie in Instagram Stories and have already gotten two DMs from boys. So, all in all, you're going to want to shop Amanda's routine below."
My Review of Erin's Routine
My hair is fairly short, fine, and naturally pretty straight, so when styling, I typically go for something wavy, messy, and more full-bodied so that my hair doesn't look so underwhelmingly flat and nonexistent. Erin instructed me to use her products to create a sleek, straightened look and, not to tell the end of the story before it even starts, but every time I've ever worn my hair straight, it has never looked this voluminous.
Erin's routine started with Joico's color damage repair shampoo and conditioner, which are definitely the right fit for my bleached strands. I felt as though the shampoo cleansed my hair and brightened my color without drying it out, and the conditioner (which contains Keratin to strengthen damaged hair) had the most luxurious creamy texture that instantly made my strands virgin-hair-level soft.
I don't tend to put a lot of product in my hair while it's wet because I'm afraid it will make the texture crunchy or greasy, but I trusted Erin's recommendation to apply Verb Ghost Oil to the ends, Unite's detangler (combed throughout), and Tigi's volume spray (combed throughout). The oil was clear, lightweight, and didn't really have a scent (nothing like my heavy-duty, highly fragranced, yellow-tinted Leonor Greyl, which I would never use on clean hair), so it didn't make my hair greasy in the least—just shiny and healthy. The detangler made Erin's ceramic Moroccanoil paddle brush glide straight through my strands. But I was most impressed with Tigi's volumizing spray. Normally, volumizers like that make my hair stiff and untouchable, but all this one did was give it body without changing the softness of my texture. (It also smells lovely, like a high-end salon.)
I used that same lightweight, user-friendly Moroccanoil paddle brush to blow-dry my hair, which only took about two minutes with Erin's fancy-shmancy T3 dryer. A few passes over my hair with T3's sleek Singlepass flat iron, and it straight-up looked like I'd gotten a blowout, which I swear is not normally what my hair looks like when I wear it straight.
I'm delighted but not surprised by the savvy of Erin's hair routine, which you can shop below.
Next: See what happened when Erin and I swapped makeup routines.