Embracing Your Bed Head | Natural Beauty Post

For a long while, I refused to accept my unruly waves. I insisted on straightening and then re-curling my hair so I had no frizz. As you can imagine, this was not only ridiculously time consuming, but also damaging to my hair. On mornings when I didn’t have time to complete this very lengthy process, I threw my hair in a not-so-cute braid. BUT, after switching to a more natural beauty routine, I’ve been using less heat on my hair and learning to love my natural waves!

Recently, a rad new company called Casper asked me to share some tips for their “Own Your Bed Head” project. I’m so excited to share how I’ve been dealing with frizz and embracing my bed head:

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I like to manage my frizz BEFORE I go to bed, that way I can hit the snooze button and snuggle with my pup a little while longer.  My favorite trick is a once-a-week coconut oil treatment. Before I shower, I rub about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil through my hair. I usually focus on the ends, but I also love massaging it into my scalp. You can let it sit and work its magic, or if you’re impatient like me, just hop in the shower and shampoo it out. It’s amazing at moisturizing, detangling, and reducing frizz — it can even undo some of that damage caused by straightening, curling, and blow-drying!


Instead of letting my hair towel or air-dry, I use a soft cotton t-shirt! It’s much less rough than a towel and helps keep everything smooth.

I’ve also found that shampooing less often is a huge help! On days when my hair is a little oily or needs some extra volume up top, I use dry shampoo. It’s super easy to make your own, but right now I’ve been loving this aerosol-free kind from Acure Organics! It absorbs excess oil at my roots and gives my hair that extra lift.

Learning how to deal with my natural hair has been a fun and frustrating process, but I’m definitely learning to embrace it. If you have any tips or tricks for owning your bed head or dealing with frizz, feel free to share in the comments below!


Danielle - Your bed head looks like old school Julia Roberts’ hair. LOVE IT! and that picture of you and Casserole is to die for!! Love this post! :)

Rose - I LOVE your curls! Rock on girl!

Aditi | Portland Senior Photos

Aditi was such a dream to photograph! Everything from her lovely natural makeup (by Kim), to her gorgeous Anthropologie wardrobe was just perfection. So excited to share this lovely session with you!

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Aditi could probably give lessons on how to pull off such a piercing gaze – gorgeous! 
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If you bring your mom along to your photoshoot, there’s really no escaping a mother-daughter photo. These two are just so sweet! They actually requested an image like this to emulate a photo they had from when Aditi was a little girl. How precious is that?? 

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I just about died when she brought out this dress from Anthropologie! She looks like she’s right out of a magazine.
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Thanks for the wonderful shoot, Aditi! You were so lovely to work with – incredibly sweet and so graceful in front of the camera!

Anne Gullikson Villella - Allegra Villella you are so talented and Aditi is stunning. Love this photoshoot . . . and the mother daughter photo! :)

What’s your perfect morning?

I love lazy fall mornings. Lounging in my favorite sweater, cozying up with a cup of tea and a good book…I think that’s why I love these beauty/lifestyle sessions so much. They capture the perfect cozy morning — complete with dewy skin and perfectly tousled hair, thanks to our amazing stylists! You’ll feel like you’re right out of a rom com.

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What’s your perfect morning? Let’s capture it together! Email me your ideas at allegra@avphotolove.com and we’ll put together your dream photoshoot.

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