Avid readers may remember that my beauty resolutions for 2017 included learning how to take better care of my hair – overall this was definitely my most successful resolution. There were a number of factors that went into this making this resolution successful including finding hair inspiration, talking to my stylist, experimenting with different products and brands, and actually spending time on my hair daily. Seeing as this is a new year I wanted to share some of the key products and tools that dramatically changed my hair.
Maple Holistics Argan Shampoo
I was fortunate enough to have Maple Holistics reach out to me wondering if I wanted to test out one of their many shampoos. Excited to see an argan shampoo and thinking of the cold Chicago winters ahead I jumped on the opportunity. I’ve been using the Argan shampoo for a few months now and I’m wayyyyy more into this product than I expected. As a chemist, I tend to not purchase brands that boast being all natural and organic but this shampoo helped remind me that there’s nothing wrong with using different ingredients. This shampoo is primarily built up of water, coconut derived surfactants and oils. While the product doesn’t foam up as much as normal shampoos my hair feels just as clean and even shinier after using it. Fun fact: Maple Holistics has a sample program where anyone can request a free sample of their products! I’d highly recommend anyone who’s curious about trying out new products to check it out here.
L’Oreal Total Repair Mask
My fav hair mask ever, I wrote a whole post about this product and do not feel like repeating myself. So read the post here!
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo
Dry Shampoo – sigh – where would I be without you. Since everyone knows how amazing dry shampoo I just want to throw in Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo for the product of the year. It’s lightweight, absorbs oil like no one’s business, doesn’t leave a white powder and is a great price for the size of the bottle. I’m sold.
Garnier Fructis Moisture Lock Spray
This leave-in spray brags about its 10-in-1 benefits which may I add are no joke. The lightweight spray moisturizes the hair, smoothes, add shine, softens the texture, helps detangle, minimizes frizz, acts as a heat protectant, strengthens the hair, add a lovely scent to help freshen, and “boosts manageability”. While I don’t have evidence for all of these benefits, the spray is $5 and it’s been a lovely addition to my hair making it crazy soft and very hydrated. Highly recommend.
Garnier Fructis Air Dry Styling Cream
I strongly believe this cream is my first HG (holy grail) hair product. I am way too lazy to spend the time blow drying my hair and this product has dramatically reduced my frizzy-ness and gives it a lovely post-shower texture. The ingredient list is chalked full of greatest so I’m not even sure what to credit this product’s powers with but I’m definitely recommending this to anyone who loves to air dry their hair. Using a quarter size amount of product for medium hair works well for me – this isn’t a heavy product so I wouldn’t worry about weighing down hair at all.
Pure Brazilian Nourishing Oil
I’ve just started using this oil like 2 weeks ago but it’s the perfect mixture of oils for wintertime. It is extremely lightweight and doesn’t have a sticky feel. While more expensive I’d recommend for those with frizzy-prone hair trying to survive the winter.
Old Cotton Tee Shirt
The best Pinterest tip I’ve ever seen for hair dying – use an old cotton tee shirt to gently press the water out of your hair post-shower. The cotton helps reduce frizz and isn’t as harsh as a giant bath towel.
Honestly, such a great purchase. I have the mini travel size which works well for my medium weight hair. The Wet Brush is designed to be used when the hair is damp-soaking wet.The bristles move easily to help reduce breakage after washing the hair. Also, fun tip: brush your hair from the tips and working your way up to the roots – this will also help reduce breakage and frizziness.
So there we have it. You now know all of my fav hair products that I credit to my beautiful 2017 hair. Goals for 2018 include introducing some more high-end products, possibly a hair serum and learning how to finally blow out my hair.
What are your favorite hair products? I’d love to see in the comments below!
Thank you to Maple Holistics for providing me with the shampoo. All opinions are my own and were not altered by the gifted product.