I have a love / (mostly) hate relationship with my hair. On the positive side, it’s thick and wavy. People would kill for that (or so I am told.) If I blow it out straight, I can get a full week out of it without washing it. And, the negatives. Thick means it takes forever to dry (blow outs take a solid hour,) and wavy means it has a major proclivity towards frizz. It gets ratty, and massively tangled. The ends are a nightmare. And oh could I show you horror stories from when I was a kid… it wasn’t pretty. Took years for me to learn how to tame it.
Today, at thirty, I’ve gotten it under control – mostly. I keep it long, to weigh it down. My stylist cuts in long loose layers to add a bit of interest without adding bulk… I only wash it every couple days, and I do a lot of low braids and sock buns when it gets humid out. I’ve got it down to a science.
And these are the products I rely on. Rely being an understatement. The second that any one of them are even close to being empty, I experience anxiety. I buy multiples to avoid this from happening.
Byron Williams Anti-Fade Shampoo and Anti-Fade Conditioner Byron Williams was a new discovery. Full disclosure – a good friend of mine does his PR, and she gave me some samples to try. I was intrigued because his whole line was free of parabens and sulfates – and organic. I immediately fell in love with the line because it is incredibly hydrating, leaves my hair silky smooth and tangle free, and smells amazing (it has this yummy tropical / pineapple / sort of smell… I love.) I have no fewer than four shampoos in my shower right now (one of them costing over $50,) and this is my absolute, hands down favorite.
Moroccan Oil I know I’m not telling you anything new, but this stuff is good. A quarter size amount after my shower, and no frizz for the rest of the day. Also, it makes my hair dry faster.
Finesse Mousse This mousse is the best – hands down. I have been using it since high school and buy it in bulk. I secretly fear that Finesse is going to go out of business because it keeps getting harder and harder to find… but it never does… probably because it is so amazing and weirdos like me keep buying three bottles at a time.
Blow Hair Spray What can I say? I’m a total girl – I love the pink can, and I love how this smells. It also happens to be non-sticky, and won’t weigh your hair down. So if you want to get the most mileage out of your hair style, use this… no grease, no build up, just really great hold!
Those are my powerhouse 5. Tell me about your hair. What do you love about it… and what do you hate? And what products do you rely upon!?