Monday, June 23, 2014

Haircare Products I'm Loving Right Now

I have some tried, tested haircare stuff that I always have in my shower, but recently I did get to try out a couple of newer products which I quite like. Warmer weather means frequent hair washes for me, so my hair also needs some extra nourishment from all the stripping that happens with every shampoo. I don't wash my hair everyday, more like once in two days and I'm not the most comfortable with dry shampoos either. This is not by any means my hair care routine, just some of my current favorites that I've really been enjoying using.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Self Heating Treatment ($36; - With a lot of mixed reviews from Sephora, I wasn't quite sure about an oil as a deep conditioner/mask. Its an oil-treatment that warms up upon contact with water that you apply post-shampoo to wet hair and wash off. I din't need one whole tube per application for my very short hair and thankfully the remaining can just be stored away by placing the cap upside down for next time. I really do like this when my hair looks lackluster. It adds a lot of shine and bounce without weighing hair down. I also don't need to use a serum/leave on afterwards since this by itself is quite moisturizing. Its nothing miraculous, but definitely a nice way  to add some shine back to hair when it looks lifeless.

L'Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Hair Mask ($35; - One of my absolute favorite hair masks! Its fabulous, smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling super soft and just plain healthy. Definitely something I'd repurchase again and again. Read here for a more detailed review. Pricey, but its a very luxurious and an ultimate pampering once a week treat. The Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Hair Masque ($33; is more of a richer mask that deeply, deeply conditions hair. The scent is great and just lingers around until the next wash! Its quite concentrated though, so a little goes a very long way. I can be sure that my hair ends up feeling soft and well nourished when I use one of these two fabulous masks.

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist ($25; - I like both the Alterna Bamboo Kendi Oil and the Kendi Dry Oil Mist and with the weather warming up, its the dry oil mist that I've been reaching out to. It has a lighter texture than the oil itself. It detangles, softens and controls frizz to an extent. If you have fine hair that gets flat and quite oily the next day with most leave in products, this is a good one to try that won't weigh hair down. 

Philip B Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo ($35; - I wasn't quite sure of this one as the scent was a bit too strong and a tad masculine - very woody & musky, but it does a fab job of cleansing and leaving my scalp feeling fresh. It also gives my roots a bit of a lift and cleanses without stripping. I haven't used it on my body though, just on my hair when my roots look really flat. The Bumble on Bumble Sunday Shampoo ($25; on the other hand is something that is recommended to be used once a week. It can be a bit stripping, but if you use a lot of styling products, this one gets rid of build up and gunk like no other. On days when I feel like my hair feels a tad too squeaky clean, I follow up with a deep conditioner to put some moisture back. The Sunday Shampoo is a must for me once a week as my hair starts to look limp otherwise, especially with the kind of warmer weather we're having right now. Read more on Sunday Shampoo here.

As much as I like my hair dryers and hot irons for styling, I've recently been loving this low key Salon Shape Hot Air Brush by John Frieda Styling Tools ($39.99; Its to be used on semi-dry hair, so I let my hair air dry for a bit and then use. Its not great for thicker hair types, but good for fine hair or when you just want a natural looking, wavy style that doesn lean too straight or too curly. I do use a heat protectant while using this, but the blast of hot air isn't that much when compared to a dryer. It also comes with a cool shot button to set your style.

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