There have been endless hair trends in our lives. Using gel to scrunch your hair until it was rock hard, side bangs and then proceeding to straighten those side bangs [I remember this too clearly, yuck], and do you remember the crimper? Well, that one may be back in fashion … I even seem to remember taking a straight up clothes iron to my sister’s head pre-flatiron days – it was a rough life.
One thing that never has gone out of style is choosing products to care for that hair we have damaged over the years. So, I picked a few popular products and am telling you what I honestly think below:
Clean it up
Ouai Medium Shampoo – this is my current flavor of the week. I have been using this for a few months now and this is definitely the cleanest my hair has ever felt. It really deeply cleanses all of the product out of your hair. Only negative for me is that some of that shine goes with it – maybe years of leftover oil – but I do feel my hair is a bit less smooth after this shampoo and conditioner combo.
Briogeo Curl Charisma Shampoo – I have naturally curly hair, so I had to try a curly girl approved shampoo to see what the hype was about. I already had my sights set on the Curl Charisma line, but when I got to their website and saw they had a quiz I had to try it out. Luckily, they also recommended the line and this conditioner has some major frizz control. My curls were bouncy and smooth and lasted longer than the normal couple days. I still mix in this conditioner from time to time! [another option for frizzy/curly hair is the Bumble & Bumble invisible oil line, it has been magic]
R+Co Television Shampoo – This all natural brand came to me at the recommendation of my hairdresser, and I had trouble selecting the right formula for my hair. So, I went for this “perfect hair” shampoo which seemed to be a catch all. It was a great shampoo, but didn’t leave my hair feeling clean and I couldn’t last as long between washes. If Vegan, Cruelty + Gluten Free, Paraben + Sulfate Free (SLS or SLES), Petrolatum + Mineral Oil Free is your thing – this is you shampoo. [GREAT brand, also great post-wash products]
Frizz be gone
Ouai Leave In Conditioner – this is one of my all time favorite products right now. This leave-in conditioner smells INCREDIBLE [agreed.] which is always helpful when you are a couple days removed from a wash. Not only that, but unlike most leave-in conditioners, this one comes in spray form which makes it so easy to quickly condition your hair on the go and ensure that it’s nice and smooth without getting too messy or saturated in product. Highly recommend it. [no wonder Jen Atkin made the candle… the smell is amazing]
Redken Glow Dry Oil – this is a sad review for me because this product has been discontinued… However, Redkens hair oils are some of the best I have used. They are lightweight and work in both wet or dry hair. This glow dry oil also cut my dry time – so I would recommend using the suggested replacement “Oil For All”. [read above, get the invisible oil from Bumble & Bumble]
Day 3, no worries
R+Co Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist – having black hair, dry shampoo residue has always been an issue. What’s worse than missing a spot and having a white patch on the back of your head, unbeknownst to you? This Dry Shampoo mist is wet and really works to cleanse the hair instead of just masking the oil. This really leaves my hair refreshed and even lasts a couple more days without reapplication. The trick is to just let it dry after application before you play around with it. [buy me some…]
Dove Dry Shampoo – this classic aerosol dry shampoo smells amazing, doesn’t leave residue on my dark hair (mostly) and also comes cheap at the drugstore. Why spend a ton when there are very valuable products at your fingertips for $5.99? This is one of them. So if you’re in a pinch, and don’t have time for a wash, try this dry shampoo out.
[Anomaly dry shampoo is also great, you can get it at Target. It doesn’t leave residue and smells wonderful, try it!]
What are some products that you all have tried? I am always looking for more recommendations. What else should I review?