Despite my seemingly high maintenance approach to makeup, I’m actually pretty lazy when it comes to my hair. I don’t spend a lot of time trying new things, and as long as it doesn’t look greasy or dry (I know it sounds contradictory but it’s totally a thing), I’m usually happy with it. I do try to take care of my hair as much as possible but I can’t be relied on to even get regular haircuts.
That being said, I’ve found a few products that work really well for me that I rarely stray from.
Shampoo/conditioner: I’m one of those people who keeps multiple washing and conditioning products in the shower. Don’t judge me.
- Sebastian Drench – I’ve been using this for the last few years and it’s pretty great. It smells so good that my kooky aunt routinely grabs me and sniffs my hair when we’re at family gatherings. What? Your relatives don’t do this? It also tames my weirdly wavy/frizzy hair without me having to bother with heat styling or using multiple products after the shower.
- Rusk Deep Shine Smooth Keratin Care – I don’t like this as much as I like my Sebastian, but it’s not terrible. It’s the first product I’ve ever tried from Rusk that I even remotely liked. It smells pretty good and doesn’t make my hair look limp or more flat than usual. The thing I don’t like it is that the conditioner is kind of thin and I feel like it isn’t adequately moisturizing my hair.
- L’Oreal Paris EverPure Cleansing Balm – This is one of these new(ish) cleansing conditioners. I like the concept of these because it’s one step, and not like those old school 2-in-1 shampoos that make your hair dry and lifeless. This is more conditioner than cleanser; you add a few pumps to your hair, work it through and leave it for 5 or so minutes. I don’t know how it works exactly but it makes my hair so soft and smooth but it still feels clean. It also smells pretty good, like the typical L’Oreal EverPure shampoo; sort of minty and cool and fresh. I won’t use it every day, but on those lazy days when I don’t want to be in the shower for more than 10 minutes it’s a viable option.
Treatments/misc products: What? I like products ok.
- Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt – I hate that I love this stuff. I’ve received two or three “deluxe samples” in subscription boxes and that was it. I had to have it. The texture is a little odd; it’s a dry-ish scrub with big chunks of salt. I know that some brands recommend washing your hair before using this type of product, but this one works fine on dirty hair, and it lathers really well, almost like a normal shampoo. It smells divine, like sea air, sunshine and heaven. I only use it about once a week and it keeps my scalp healthy and prevents too much product buildup in my hair.
- Living Proof In-Shower Styler – I don’t use this very often, but it’s supposed to help tame some of the frizz and general wildness in my hair when I let it air dry. I haven’t noticed much of a difference when using it, but I think I might be rinsing too much of it out in the shower. They say you should rinse lightly and still be able to feel the product in your hair, but I generally don’t. I’m reserving my judgment about this until I’ve been able to get consistent results from it.
- Hask Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner – I typically use this at the same time that I use the purifying scrub. It smells nice and it makes my hair feel soft and healthy. I’m also a fan of the price point: I picked this up for $5.99 at my local Ulta.
Styling products: I only have a few.
- Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier – I use this whether I’m heat styling or not. It’s a nice leave-in conditioner and detangler, and my hair feels soft and smooth even if I let it air dry. It’s not cheap, but it’s lasted a long time and I think it’s worth it.
- Hask Argan Oil Repairing Shine Oil – I bought a small vial of this and use it at night as a treatment and I really like it. It smells nice and when I wake up my hair feels nourished. It’s helped keep my split ends down since I haven’t had a haircut in probably six months.