The secret to amazing hair is having an arsenal of products to keep your mane well-kept. I personally have fine curly hair and I live in a dry climate, which means my hair can be fun to deal with. In order to keep frizz and breakage away I have to take some special precautions, and I feel like I’ve come pretty far in the last year towards perfecting my routine. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite products and my top hair care tip.
My biggest piece of hair advice: Wash your hair less often. Once or twice a week.
This is a really hard piece of advice to follow if you’ve always washed your hair every day/every other day, but trust me when I say this has made a HUGE difference in the quality of my hair. It’s so much smoother and healthier now that I let it be more often. When you wash your hair less often you let your hair’s natural oils work their magic, so stop thinking of oily roots as “greasy”! Another huge bonus of washing your hair less often is spending less time in the shower.
Additionally, your hair is usually easier to style once it’s a little dirty – ever heard of the term “second-day hair”? Your hair has a lot more grip to it and tends to hold styles better. If you’re going for a slicked-back style, having slightly oily hair means less frizz and less styling products needed to smooth and hold down flyaways.
You also save SO MUCH TIME washing your hair less often. Seriously guys, this has been a huge difference for me. Especially if you blow-dry your hair every time it gets wet.
This leads me to my first product – dry shampoo. When those “greasy” roots start to bother you, dry shampoo is your best friend. It’s also one of the best ways to add volume to your hair!
Batiste Dry Shampoo is my all-time favorite dry shampoo, primarily because of the price point. You can get it for under $10, which makes such a difference when you go through tons of it like I do. Other brands are usually $20+, and none that I’ve tried before work any better than Batiste.
You probably already know how to use it, but I’ll give a tip just incase. Spray it on from a distance (6-8″), otherwise you’ll end up with white roots as the product will be too concentrated. This is especially important to be careful of when you have dark hair like I do.
You can buy Batiste Dry Shampoo here.
This next product is one of my daily styling products – evo hair’s happy campers wearable treatment. It has so many purposes/benefits that I’ll probably forget to list one here. It’s “a lightweight daily styling treatment that moisturizes, strengthens and protects, while adding style support” according to evo’s website. So basically it does everything. I use it primarily as a leave-in conditioner, but I also love how it adds some texture to freshly washed hair. It also has heat/uv protection which is always a plus, and also smells AMAZING. Basically, this is a product that definitely lives up to its name and makes you one happy camper.
I apply it like a cream, spraying 2-3 pumps into my hands before working it into half of my hair, then repeat on the other side. I should note here that I have rather dry, damaged hair, so I need to use a lot. If your hair is healthy, this amount might be overkill for you.
This product isn’t at too many salons that I’ve seen, so I’ll put a link to purchase here.
Next up in my daily product regime is Living proof’s Restore Perfecting Spray. I use this mainly as a detangler. All my curly, fine-haired friends know the struggle of how matted your hair can get if you leave it completely natural. This product combined with the evo leave-in conditioner makes my hair unbelievably soft and smooth. Not to mention that it smells amazing!
It also contains Living proof’s patented Healthy Hair Molecule. It “repels dirt, resists humidity, polishes and protects hair strands, smooths without weighing hair down and therefore creates visibly healthier hair over time” according to their website. Talk about a multitasking molecule.
I add it to my hair just like I add happy campers, spraying to my hands before applying to my hair. I apply this product generously, as my hair is fairly damaged and I need all the conditioning/repair/protection help that I can get.
You can purchase Living Proof’s Restore Perfecting Spray here.
Up next is my every day holy grail tool – my Wet Brush. If you listen to any of my product recommendations, please, please get this brush!
Remember how I said that I have a good amount of damage? Well it’s not from heat styling like most people’s damage. I only just started consistently blow drying my hair about 2 months ago. My damage is from improperly brushing my hair.
I used to hurriedly run a normal brush through my hair, not caring at all about the ripping noise it would make as I started from the top of my hair. I knew you were supposed to brush from the bottom up, but I lacked the patience to correctly take care of my hair. On top of it, I started ripping out knots with my fingers – which is a recipe for extreme breakage.
I was starting to notice the damage on my own, and then I went to a salon for a routine trim. The stylist pointed out my breakage to me and asked if I knew why I had it. Didn’t take me long to realize that the only thing I had started to do differently was pick at my hair more with my fingers.
I got this brush the next day after hearing so many good things about it, and let me tell you it glides through your hair like no other brush. I use it for everything – wet or dry hair, and I use it when blow-drying my hair as well.
The bristles are extremely fine and have some give to them, so that they don’t break your hair as you brush. Wet Brush is well worth the hype, and is honestly my favorite brush I have ever used. You can purchase it here.
If you haven’t heard of Olaplex yet, you’re about to get a mini-education on why this is such a game changer.This is the only product that I’ve heard of that actually repairs your hair. Olaplex has a patented chemical that works on a molecular level to repair and strengthen your hair. Learn more here.
I’m sure you’ve seen Olaplex on your local salon’s menu and wondered if it actually works. Well I’m here to tell you that it does. Every time I use Olaplex I can’t help but say “wow” after I shower it off, as my hair feels so much stronger and healthier.
You use this treatment before you shampoo your hair. I wet my hair in the sink and then apply it generously from root to tip, really focusing on the bottom third of my hair where most of the damage is. I then put my hair in a bun and try to leave it a little longer than the recommended 10 minutes to let it really work, usually around 30 minutes. I then hop in the shower and wash my hair as normal.
Here’s a link to purchase.
The final product in this review is Living Proof’s Flex Hairspray. I’ve used a lot of different hairsprays in my life, and this is one of my all-time favorites.
It smells divine – think a citrusy-vanilla sweet fragrance. Every time I go around my fiancé wearing this he tells me how good I smell. He never does that for my perfumes but he always does for this hairspray.
It also works really well to keep your hair in place. Not quite as much grip as a pomade but a few steps below that. Bonus part is that you can use it while your hair is wet to set your hair before you style. I don’t think I’ve heard of another hairspray with this ability. It also has heat protection and is color-safe.
You can purchase this hairspray here.
I hope you enjoyed this discussion. Let me know in the comments your experience with these products, or if you try them!
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