Haircare Favorites: Currently Loving in 2016
Hi lovess!! So today we are talking about some haircare favorites that I’m currently loving. Now keep in mind that I have probably the least enviable hair. If you were to see a picture of my hair on Instagram, you would scroll right past without giving it a second look. But that’s exactly why this post could be helpful for you – a person like me who has straight, thin and not too voluminous hair – is always looking to achieve those Pinterest-worthy locks and so, I’ll show you some haircare favorites that are helping me be one step closer to that goal 😀
Haircare Favorites: In-Shower
My pre-shampoo treatment is always plain ol’ coconut oil. Every time I go to India, I stock up on my favorite coconut oil (blue bottle pictured above on the left). But you can use any organic coconut oil that you like, no problem. Coconut oil probably has a million and one uses, one of them being that it is extremely nourishing for the hair. If you suffer from chronically dry hair, always try to apply coconut oil prior to washing your hair. Over time, you’ll see that your hair is less frizzy and dry. If a plant has to grow, it needs healthy soil. Similarly, coconut oil helps to build a healthy scalp which will subsequently help to build the overall health of your hair. With me particularly, genetics plays a big role though. Neither of my parents has a particularly thick head of hair and that seems like it is running in the bloodline sighhh. So, I have to work extra hard and be diligent about pre-treating my hair as much as my schedule allows. Which reminds me, try to leave the oil in your hair overnight. If that just isn’t possible, 1+ hours will also suffice.
Miscellaneous: Your local drugstore/grocery store is guaranteed to have coconut oil, so just pick one up there. It is super inexpensive too.
Again, if you’re like me and genetics just haven’t blessed you with thick healthy hair, try to keep the shampoos to a minimum to maintain the health of your hair. However, personally, I can only go without shampooing for two or three days tops. After this, I absolutely have to shampoo or I won’t be able to function. The shampoo I’m currently loving is the Pacifica Super Kale Shampoo. The entire Pacifica brand leans towards natural beauty and natural organic ingredients. This particular shampoo claims to be “deeply purifying, volume support, stress and pollution protection, sulfate-free, 100% vegan, cruelty-free and especially suited to fine, oily or color treated hair.” I think almost all of the claims of this shampoo are true. I’ve bee using this in conjunction with others for a good three months now. This really helps to clean any and all build up in my hair and gives a seriously lovely clean feel. After I get out of the shower, and finish air drying my hair, I can really tell that my hair feels lighter and bouncier with volume. And I love that this is sulfate-free because it means that it is that much healthier for my hair.
Miscellaneous: This shampoo can be found at Ulta and retails for $10.00. Another one of my all-time favorite shampoos is the OGX Biotin and Collagen Shampoo. It is the PERFECT answer for all my fine-haired ladies and gents out there.
Let’s say that I washed my hair like just a day or two ago but I maybe have to be at an event, or go out to the movies or whatever. In that case, I would still like to shampoo my hair and have a clean slate for further styling, but again, I’m afraid of over-shampooing and ruining my hair. In comes a cleansing conditioner. If you’re not familiar with the concept, a cleansing conditioner is basically what the name says – a conditioning treatment that actually cleans your hair just like a shampoo would. But it is much gentler than any regular shampoo. There are many folks who have completely converted to the no-poo side – that means they’ve completely cut out regular shampoos from their regimen. Unfortunately, I’m not at that stage just yet. So in a typical week, I’ll use a shampoo once and a cleansing conditioner once. The cleansing conditioner I’m absolutely LOVINGG is the Renpure Rosemary Mint Cleansing Conditioner. This smells incredible, leaves your hair all minty and refreshed like you just used toothpaste on the hair and my hair feels sooo soft and so clean afterwards. I was initially skeptical whether this would actually clean my hair, but now, I am a complete convert.
Miscellaneous: It retails for $6.99 at Target.
If I’m using a regular shampoo, I will always make sure to go ahead and condition my hair. Even if my hair is fine, it still needs conditioning and I mostly focus the conditioner towards my ends. A few of my haircare favorites in terms of conditioner are the Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Moist and the Lush Roots Hair Treatment. The Roots treatment is technically supposed to be a pre-treatment as well, but I just find that it works better for me if I use it as a conditioner. If you want a traditional, affordable conditioner, the Aussie 3-minute miracle is perfection.
Miscellaneous: The Aussie 3 minute miracle retails for $2.84 at Target. The Lush Roots Treatment retails for $22.95.
Haircare Favorites: Styling
The next section of the haircare favorites will be centered around post-shower/styling products.
Now this one may be a little biased because I’ve only ever tried one proper detangler – The Mane and Tail detangler. When I get out of the shower, my hair is so knotty , it can give Medusa a run for her money. So I have to have a detangler on hand. The Mane and Tail detangler works really well on my hair. I love the smell of it and I absolutely love the mist nozzle on it. It is very rare to find such a good quality nozzle pump in drugstore products. The only catch is that it takes a little time for it to start working. So after I spray it on my hair, I go about doing my skincare and makeup so that product gets time to start working. But once 15 or minutes have passed, I start to detangle my hair with a wide-tooth comb and it is smooth sailing from there on out.
Miscellaneous: The Mane and Tail detangler is extremely affordable at a price point of $3.99. This ginormous bottle lasted me all the way from March to now. It’s now almost completely empty with maybe one use left.
So the next and probably one of my absolute holy grail haircare favorites would be the Tresemme Thermal Creations Volume Boosting Mousse. If I plan to air dry my hair, then my routine stops with the detangler. However, if I’m going to blow dry my hair, I only ever use this holy grail product. I have several styling/volumizing mousses and yet, I always reach for this one. If I have an especially important place or event to be at, there’s nothing else I would use except this. Because it works exactly how I like every damn time. This mousse serves two purposes. It is a heat protectant and a volumizer in one. This will help to protect your hair when you blow dry it, straighten it, curl it whatever. But the main reason I like it is because of the amount of gorgeous volume it gives my hair. And this is coming from a person whose hair severely lacks in the volume department. And this doesn’t feel greasy, or crunchy or any other weird texture on the hair. Cherry on the cake is that this is soo so inexpensive and yet works like a charm. I’m on my second bottle at the moment.
Miscellaneous: The Tresemme Volume Boosting Mousse retails for $4.00 at Walmart.
My absolute favorite finishing oil at the moment is the Garnier Marvelous Oil. First of all, this smells phenomenal. I’ve actually always loved how Garnier products smell. This oil is really good for toning down that frizziness of the hair that comes with or without heat styling. So even if I’m not blow drying my hair or styling it, I always use this oil after my shower to give my hair some of its shine and nourishment back. And for only a few bucks, you get a marvelous amount of product which will last you quite a while.
Miscellaneous: Retails for $4.99 at Walmart.
After day 1, my hair immediately starts to get greasy plus I have fine hair. This combination does not look good on day 2, so I have to have a dry shampoo on hand. My all time favorite dry shampoo is the Batiste Dry Shampoo (especially the dark tinted version). I mean if I could pick just one thing from my haircare favorites, it would hands down be this one. I have tried several different dry shampoos, a couple even high end ones, and none of them compare to the Batiste shampoos. And to make the deal even sweeter, I have sometimes found that my local TJ Maxx has Batiste Dry Shampoo on sale for an even lesser price than its original affordable retail price. If you’d like to see a full review of why I liked this and some other dry shampoos I’ve tried, I’ve done a full blog post comparing about 5 dry shampoos which you can check out here.
We’ve all seen those beautiful tousled and messy waves and dos on Instagram and I for one have always been in search of that perfect product to achieve those locks. While I haven’t found perfection yet, I do however like product which gives me an everyday messy look. The Kardashian Beauty dry shampoo is excellent for two things – it is actually a really good dry shampoo (I love it, but I love it a little less than the Batiste. Again, full details will be in this post here). But, it also kind of serves as a texturizing spray. The mist on this is so fine that it helps distribute the product perfectly. And the product itself is so lightweight and has no white cast – so when you spray it in your hair it gives the hair a lot of shape, definition and a messy look without weighing it down in any way. I’m sure there are better texturizing sprays out there, but I just haven’t tried any of them yet so this is the one I’ve been currently loving.
Miscellaneous: The Kardashian Beauty Dry Shampoo can be found at Ulta for $14.99. Again, I have found my local TJ Maxx to be selling these for like half the price, so be sure to pick one up when you see it at your local stores.
Alrightyy guys! Those were some of my haircare favorites for the better part of this year. I usually don’t splurge on high end haircare just because I don’t feel the need to. But I have been contemplating getting some OUAI products just because they’ve been so hyped up on social media. We’ll see how that goes. Please let me know if you’ve used any of the products mentioned above and what your experiences have been. Or if you have any suggestions for hair products that you think I need to have in my life, pleasee let me know. I would be forever grateful. I hope you guys have a lovely and enjoyable weekend.
Keep those tresses beautiful,