Summer Haircare Tips + Brand-New Dove Facebook Tab

Dove just launched a new tab on their Facebook page dedicated to hair care, with lots of summery tips and video tutorials from yours truly (including my top summer hair-care challenges and some of my favorite go-to summer styles).

Share Your Style / Daily Candy + Dove Pinterest Contest

This is me (and Kendrick) in the Hamptons, the one time that I managed to make it there in my 31 years (and simultaneously managed to break the beautiful house that we were staying in, which is what’s happening above). It’s extremely fun and glamorous and all those things that you’ve heard it is.

And! I’m going back. I am so excited; extra excited because there’s a chance that I might get to see a few of you while I’m there.

Dove and DailyCandy are partnering up to give you the chance to inspire women with your own hairstyle and to win fabulous prizes, including a spot in a DailyCandy flipbook and trip for you and a friend to Super Saturday in the Hamptons.

To Enter: Send a pic (high quality, horizontal, and at least 380 x 285 pixels) of your hairstyle at its best (simple yet beautifully styled) to greatstyleeffect@dailycandy.com. Your photo should be a solo shot and taken head on.

And: just for entering, you’ll receive a coupon to save on Dove Style+Care products.

Contest ends June 25. Finalists will be revealed on June 28 and showcased on DailyCandy’s Dove® Great Style Effect Pinterest board.

Dove & DailyCandy DryBar Event

I’ve never been to DryBar before. It is so nice.

Despite said niceness, for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to dress like Britney Spears c. 2008. I have no excuse for that one, other than the fact that you really can’t put denim shorts and sparkle stars together in a single item of clothing and not expect me to hand over a credit card.

Anyway, DryBar is lovely. You get a little “menu” of options for blow-out styles (I went for “The Straight Up”: a straightforward blowout with a little volume at the roots and slight bend at the ends, but I saw lots of other girls go for “The Mai-Tai”, which is beachy, loose waves), and you’re out the door in about half an hour, including washing time.

Here’s me getting my blow-out…

…And here’s the finished product.

The Dove products that my stylist used: Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo + Conditioner, Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum when my hair was still damp, and a bit of Style+Care Nourishing Ends Serum to finish off the look.

And this was my view upon leaving DryBar. I mean…really?! Did the weather not get the memo that I had just gotten one of the better blow-outs of my life?

(The style did survive the trip home, though, thanks to the aforementioned anti-frizz products and the fact that a small miracle occurred and I discovered a mini umbrella hidden in the depths of my handbag.)

And this was the scene that I arrived home to. Monsters.

P.S. On June 15 at 2PM, I’ll be hosting a Twitter party with Dove during which I’ll be answering questions and offering up some styling tips and tricks. Stay tuned for more info (and click here to follow RG on Twitter).

 All non-Instagram photos: Amanda Caplin Photography.

Exciting Announcement: Dove Hair Brand Ambassadorship

So I have some news that I’ve been waiting to share with you for awhile now, but no longer! I am over-the-moon excited to tell you that for the next year, I’m going to be joining the Dove Hair team as their Brand Ambassador.

I mean…Dove. Dove! Beyond the fact that their products have been a staple for me and my family for as long as I can remember, I’ve been struck for years (decades?) now by the company’s approach to real beauty and their commitment to building self-esteem in women of all ages. I remember seeing those ads featuring a lineup of real women years ago (I think it was right around the time I graduated from college) and thinking to myself how beautiful they were, and how cool it would be to appear in one. So to have the opportunity to work this closely with a company that I have such admiration for - it’s a dream come true.

So what does this brand ambassadorship mean? All sorts of awesome stuff: I’ll be testing out products and styles for you, providing my very best hair tricks and tips in posts and videos, working as a “real world” counterpoint to celebrity stylist Mark Townsend, and attending Dove events to provide on-the-go coverage (I’ve got one coming up in the Hamptons that I’m pretty psyched about), among other things.

Another exciting thing about being the Dove Hair Brand Ambassador is that I now have access to all sorts of fantastic Dove products…which means that you now have access to all sorts of fantastic Dove products. So to kick off the program, I’d like to give fifty readers (yes, fifty) the opportunity to try out two products that I’m completely obsessed with at the moment: the Nourishing Oil Care Detangler (I use this every single time I brush out my wet hair, and think it’s an absolute beach bag essential) and the Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum, which is a lightweight frizz-fighter that you smooth onto your ends to break them up a bit and give them some lovely, healthy shine.

To win your very own full-sized version of both products, just comment below - anything goes, really, but I’d love to hear your very first Dove memory (everyone has one, right?). I’ll pick 50 winners at random one week from today. (Contest open to U.S. readers only.)

Thank you so much to DailyGlow.com for this morning’s awesome interview and coverage of the partnership!

Dove is a sponsor of Ramshackle Glam.