Hey guys! I’ve been thinking about doing a “re-do” of my makeup post this time last year, but go with my hair care products instead! I’m meticulous and over-attached when it comes to my locks, especially right now since I’m getting ready for my wedding in May! Here, I share with you the products that I currently use. I’m all about trying new products, but I definitely DON’T waste time or money with things that I don’t LOVE. Enjoy, and let me know if you have any tips or different products you swear by…
Let me start out by saying I long, fine hair. It takes a good product to give it some volume or curl, and it can get bogged down with oil-infused products VERY easily. So when it comes to hair care, I really am kind of picky about what I buy, because I definitely don’t like wasting money on things that make my hair look bad! Who would? I like to wash my hair every other day if I can, unless I’m having a really bad hair day, or I have something important to do. When I do, here’s what I use every time I wash my hair:
1) Shampoo: For shampoos, I like to be picky. I’ve highlighted my hair since I was a teenager, and although it’s not always with bleach additives, it can still do some major damage to your hair. I’ve heard it’s healthier and easier on hair to dye it or get high/lowlights with dark color than to go lighter, but I’m not completely sure! It’s always good to find a shampoo that emphasizes care for color-treated hair and also for moisturizing. For me, my two favorite brands are It’s a 10! or L’Oreal Sulfate-free. I’m in love with all It’s a 10! products, but the L’Oreal is most budget-friendly and is really healthy for your hair. Right now, I’m using the It’s a 10! Miracle Volumizing Shampoo, that you can get online or at a hair care store. Actually, they even have it at drugstores now, so it’s really easy to find.
2) Conditioner: When it comes to conditioners, I’m less picky. It’s more about how it feels than whether it’s good for color, length, volume, etc… Everyone is different, but I actually like a thicker conditioner (to rinse out) because I just feel like it does a better job on my hair, especially because of how fine & tangly it gets. I buy various brands at a typical drug store, and my favorite is Garnier, although I switch between that, Pantene, and L’Oreal Sulfate-free. When it comes to all of the different types, I find myself always getting one focused on length, strength, growth, anti-breakage, etc. I’m currently using the Garnier length & strength.
3) Leave-in conditioner: I’m all for leave-in conditioning treatments you find at Sephora, Sally Beauty, Ulta, etc… But I had never came across one that I wanted to use permanently (more than just a sample size) on my hair. Since the wedding is coming up so soon, I wanted to make sure my hair was at optimal health for both growth, strength, and shine. When you shop online at Sephora, you can to choose from various samples of their products, and Ouidad leave-in conditioner was one that I chose to try. It’s awesome!!!! It’s the best conditioning treatment I’ve ever tried. It smells great, it’s super light weight, and does not leave my hair looking greasy (which most leave-in conditioners will do to me). Unlike the moisturizing spray I use (discussed next), this is a deeper conditioning for your hair, and you can still use it daily if you want. It’s actually made for those with curly hair to reduce frizz, but even with my STICK STRAIGHT hair, it leaves it shiny but fresh, both straight and after curling it. You can buy it online through Ouidad or, like me, pick it up at a local Sephora.
4) Moisturizing Spray: I started using a leave-in spray about two years ago, and I can’t go without it! It gives my hair that extra moisture for when I just hop out of the shower & need to combo through my hair. Actually, I use a brush (which is harder on your hair than a comb), so it really helps me to get the tangles out easily without losing all of my hair! I’ve tried three different brands, and now I switch back & forth between only two. Aveeno & L’Oreal Sulfate-free are my favorites, and I like switching back & forth simply for the different smells. I also tried Pantene and I didn’t care for it. I don’t feel like it provided as much moisture as the other two do, so I don’t waste my money on it anymore. I’m currently using L’Oreal Sulfate-free, and it smells AMAZING!
5) Anti-breakage Serum: This product is a really great way to manage/prevent split ends, and since I have longer hair, this is great to use for in-between months, or when I’m in need of a trim. This is one of the two products on the list I don’t use daily, because it can really make my hair heavy if I use too much. I only use it on the bottom few inches of my hair, after the above products. I use the Coconut Milk kind, and it smells SoooOooOoo yummy! Sometimes, if I know I’m not going anywhere all day, or right before bedtime, I’ll wet my hair and then put this all over my hair and let it air dry. The only thing bad about that is if your hair rubs on your face at night you are risking breaking out because of the excess oils. I typically let mine air dry at least halfway before bedtime, and then put my hair in a loose pony so it’s away from my face. If you have split ends, this is a great way to help tame them until you can get a trim.
6) Volumizer: Although this isn’t a true hair spray, that’s what I use it for. I absolutely CANNOT stand hair sprays that make your hair so stiff you go into the wind and it doesn’t move. It really grosses me out to see people’s hair like that. I go for more flexible hair sprays, and when I came across this product, it did the job I was looking for. It’s actually to help give you volume and heat-protection for when you are curling your hair, so when I’m curling my hair I spray it before and after. Even if I’m wearing my hair straight, it works great to just spray my roots, run my fingers through my hair to create a little volume, and I’m out the door. Super simple, smells good, and NO STIFFNESS! Just another It’s a 10! product I’m in love with.
7) Finishing Spray: Last, but not least, is the true It’s a 10! hair spray. I hardly ever use this because I always use the volumizer, but when I need my hair to stay in place all day, if I’m going out and it’s really windy, or if I just want my hair to stay perfect (yea right! never happens!), I use this instead. Obviously, it’s an actual finishing spray so it’s meant to hold more than the volumizer, but it’s still flexible enough to not make your hair look like you have a ton of spray in.