On-the-go summer hair essentials

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Have you guys ever heard the John Mayer song “Wildfire”? It’s one of my favorite songs, and it includes one of the biggest truths of the summer: A little bit of summer’s what the whole year’s all about. Nailed it, John.

I love summer. and sun. and sandals. and iced mochas. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we have super weird weather. The morning chill can burn off in the blink of an eye and suddenly you’re wishing you hadn’t worn a cardigan or that you had  a tank top on under your t-shirt. The struggle.

As someone who wears my hair down, that also means that my hair gets two things: hot and frizzy. Sounds really cute, right? I’ve started to realize that the time I spend doing my hair in the morning could be in vain if the weather turns and my hair is thrown into a messy bun (literally a messy bun, we’re not talking the cute Pinterest messy bun thing) OR if it gets frizzy.

So I have created an on-the-go summer hair essentials kit to help me keep my hair looking super fly (yes I just did) during the hot days of summer.

on-the-go summer hair essentials // stephanieorefice.net

on-the-go summer hair essentials // stephanieorefice.net

How cute is this little pink polka dotted bag? Yes. Please. Now. For what’s inside!

on-the-go summer hair essentials // stephanieorefice.net

Elastic headbands (one fancy, one practical), barrettes, bobby pins, a comb AND a travel brush, hair ties (I found these awesome big, sturdy elastic ones at Walmart!) and of course a smoothing oil to help keep the frizz to a minimum.

Garnier Whole Blends Hair Care has a line of products with ingredients meant to nourish, hydrate and repair your hair. The Whole Blends Smoothing Hair Care line is made with coconut oil and cocoa butter, so it smells delicious. I threw the smoothing oil into my essentials kit for on the go help with frizz, but it also comes with a coconut oil and cocoa butter smoothing shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner, so the battle against frizz starts at home.

on-the-go summer hair essentials // stephanieorefice.net

on-the-go summer hair essentials // stephanieorefice.net

That big smile on my face? That’s because I am IN LOVE with the smell of the smoothing oil. The coconut scent (for the entire line) is so full and warm and summer-y. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy or heavy, either.. which is a HUGE plus for hot summer days.

and I find that when the days heat up in the middle, my hair starts down, goes up, and ends down once the sun sets. Putting in the Whole Blends smoothing oil before I put my hair up mid-day helps ensure that when I take it down, it’s not all crazy and wackadoodle.

on the go summer hair essentials // stephanieorefice.net

My FAVORITE easy up do is to take a headband and place it on your head (over your hair) and then pull up and tuck the rest of your hair in, throughout the back of the headband. It’s like doing “no-heat curls,” but not so tight! That way your hair still has a wavy (frizz-free thanks to the Whole Blends Smoothing Oil) look to it when you take it down.

on the go summer hair essentials // stephanieorefice.net

Walmart has the ENTIRE line of Garnier Whole Blends Hair Care – each of the options comes with shampoo and conditioner plus extra ways to keep your hair hydrated, smooth, refreshed, and nourished!


YOUR TURN! What are your summer hair must-haves? How do you battle the frizz of warm weather? Do you have any tips for easy to convert hair styles? Check out the Garnier Whole Blends line here and let me know which one you’d love to try!



  1. April 18, 2016 / 6:39 am

    My hair looks sooooo frizzy all the time in the summer, I have to check this brand out and see if it helps.

    liz @ j for joiner

    • April 22, 2016 / 2:58 pm

      let me know what you think! i absolutely LOVE it. and the smell. seriously, i cannot get over the smell!

  2. April 18, 2016 / 8:19 am

    You’re SO GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Emily Grace
    April 18, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Now I want to try them! mostly because of the scent!

    • April 22, 2016 / 2:59 pm

      bringing it with me so you can smell it! it’s SO GOOOOOOD

  4. April 18, 2016 / 8:57 am

    Ummm I bet that smells amazing. Anything coconut is my fave. ALSO is that why your hair looked amazing/model status in that picture that Justen posted of you??? (Weird that I’m calling him by name when we haven’t met? Oh well! Ha!)

    • April 22, 2016 / 3:00 pm

      haha he wouldn’t mind. and yes that’s part of it! the other is the kiss instawave that helped me curl my hair super fast. it’s my fave! we should play with it. and i’ll let you try the stuff the next time i see you! plus i have a book to give you! ah we should see each other soon!!

  5. April 18, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    I’ve never heard of this line and would have never guessed it was garnier if I didn’t notice their regular small logo on the bottle. Also, your hair is SO pretty!

    • April 22, 2016 / 3:00 pm

      right?! the logo and packaging looks so different from what it usually is! i actually like it a lot. very simple. and thank you!!! 😀

  6. April 18, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    You are beautiful. Also I just got a whole bunch of coupons for their new line and wasn’t sure if it was worth trying out…ALSO also, my hair is pretty delicate now (thanks to post-partum hormones?) and so I really need something that will keep it strong/smooth!

    • April 22, 2016 / 3:00 pm

      oh. i’ll hook you up, girl. i have your address. look for a package from me soon. 🙂 and thank you!

      • April 22, 2016 / 5:10 pm

        Make sure to include the return address so I can send something in return 😉

  7. April 19, 2016 / 7:12 am

    This is great! And you look so pretty with your hair like that!!!

    • April 22, 2016 / 3:01 pm

      THANK YOU!!!! i love wearing my hair like that… it makes me feel like a disney princess haha

  8. April 22, 2016 / 6:39 am

    Where did you get that pink polka dot bag? I must have it!

    I miss you!!

  9. January 28, 2021 / 3:37 am

    I have a hair fall problem and this has caused a lot of harm. I want that this summer should not be so harsh for my hair and I came across your blog. I really liked the information you have shared. The issue is I am going bald and it troubles me a lot. Can using these essentials help in growth or should I take a SMP treatment? What do you think will be better ?

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