Some Great Haircare Products Worth Trying! 👩🏼🦰👱🏻♀️👩🏻🦳
I am shit at doing my hair, so the products I use for both treating and styling my hair become really important. Here are a few goodies I have been loving recently 😊 Maybe they will work for you too!
Kerastase Specifique Balancing Shampoo
How exciting can a shampoo really be… that’s what I would have said and maybe still would in some situations lol! But this one really is something… Specifique Balancing Shampoo is supposed to be a great shampoo for those of us with oily roots and dry ends. I’m pretty sure that would be most of the female population… just saying’. The idea is that you can clean hair of built up oil/dirt without stripping the lengths of your hair but also reduce the amount of oil that your scalp produces. A LOT of haircare brands claim to do this (especially drugstore brands oddly enough – that fail dismally) but I have never found a shampoo that actually delivers on this promise. Until now!
Ideal for oily scalps, rebalance and clarify your scalp without damaging your hair.Give your scalp a solid spring cleaning with Kérastase Specifique Balancing Shampoo. Gentle on hair but serious on the scalp, this clarifying cleanser skips the stripping, harsh cleansing agents used in conventional clarifying shampoos in favor of balancing botanicals that help to regulate the production of sebum in the scalp. Hair is left cleansed, healthy, and free of excess oil for manageable, soft locks in an instant. Keep your hair silky, smooth, and excess oil free with Kérastase Specifique Balancing Shampoo.What are the key benefits of Kérastase Specifique Balancing Shampoo?✅ Regulates excess oil production in the scalp to minimise overproduction of oil✅ Clears away oil and dirt to promote healthy oil production and hair growth✅ Improves scalp health, in turn improving hair health✅ Cleanses gently, minimising drying or negative effects on the hair to avoid potential damage✅ Helps hair fibre regain softness and shine lost due to excess oil weighing hair down✅ 250mlKey Ingredients:
Glycerin acts as a gentle cleansing agent, sweeping away oil while maintaining healthy, shiny hair.
Vitamin B6 works to rebalance the oil production in the scalp, minimising irritation, dullness, loss of vitality, loss of hair health, and buildup that can occur as a result of an overactive production of sebum.How to Use:Massage into wet hair, focusing on the roots. Work into a rich lather. Rinse. Follow with a lightweight conditioner from mid-lengths to ends.Ingredients: Aqua / Water ● Sodium Laureth Sulfate ● Tea-Lauryl Sulfate ● Cocamide Mipa ● Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate ● Glycol Distearate ● Hexylene Glycol ● Sodium Chloride ● Sodium Benzoate ● Capryloyl Glycine ● Sodium Methylparaben ● Polyquaternium-11 ● Salicylic Acid ● Carbomer ● Ethylparaben ● Pyridoxine Hcl ● Menthoxypropanediol ● Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride ● Hexyl Cinnamal ● Butylphenyl Methylpropional ● Linalool ● Methylparaben ● Citronellol ● Benzyl Alcohol ● Fumaric Acid ● Sodium Hydroxide ● Citric Acid ● Parfum / Fragrance
I tend to get quite oily roots. I have very fine, colour treated hair that gets easily damaged (and hence I have dry ends). Because of my oily roots I have to wash my hair every second evening. On day two of my ‘wash cycle’ my roots are quite oily, to the point where I probably wouldn’t go to work without using some dry shampoo. Naturally my hair just becomes super flat over time because of the oil. This is the first shampoo that I’ve used that somehow minimises the amount of oil my scalp produces, because on day two after washing my roots are a little oily but nothing like they usually are. It’s quite remarkable! If I was going to the shops or to run errands, I wouldn’t even bother using dry shampoo! That’s pretty darn good… How do I know that it’s the shampoo doing such a great job and not some other product? Because I still use my old and trusted conditioners together with this shampoo (there’s no matching Specifique balancing conditioner, so I often use Kevin Murphy’s Plumping Rinse with it). I should also mention that it doesn’t leave my hair feeling stripped, which is really important. But it does leave it feeling clean also.
It has a really fresh, creamy scent. It has that expensive salon scent you can expect from salon haircare products 😉 It foams up nicely and does contain SLS which won’t be to the liking of some people. I don’t find it stripping (which is the biggest complaint about SLS – that it is drying) but maybe this is thanks to a high level of B6 in the formula – it protects and soothes the scalp. The other main ingredient in the shampoo is Glycine which is an amino acid and building block for protein. Weak hair needs more protein for strength!
I do find that I use quite a lot of the shampoo with every wash. It’s almost like the shampoo doesn’t spread super easily (it foams up a little) and so I add more shampoo (I only focus on my scalp when it comes to shampoo). It’s probably the first shampoo I am going to finish relatively quickly… I am trying to use less shampoo with every wash, just to make it slightly more economical.
A 250ml bottle of Specifique Balancing Shampoo costs $46.00 from Adore Beauty. It’s expensive don’t get me wrong, but worth it to me because it delivers! I never thought I would like a shampoo quite as much as I like this one 😄
Kevin Murphy Re.Store
This is a super interesting new-age protein treatment for hair! Gone are the days of crunchy hair after the use of a protein treatment… I need products that repair and actually do what they say they will. What’s intriguing about this protein treatment is that it is also a cleanser. So it cleanses and conditions your hair in the same go! Lazy girls rejoice 😜 To me this also signals that the product is gentle… big tick for that! So how does it cleanse and condition at the same time? I apply the white cream to my roots and scalp (on wet/damp hair), massaging the product in. It’s super creamy! It’s almost like it emulsifies a tiny bit thanks to the water on your damp hair. I then distribute some more product on my lengths and leave it on my hair for 3 minutes as instructed.
Reconstruct. Replenish. Renew.KEVIN.MURPHY Re-Store is a cleansing, conditioning hair treatment that is enriched with powerful proteins from Bamboo and Silk Amino Acids. Amino Acids like Arginine and Lysine, the building blocks of repair, will help to rebuild and restore hair with elasticity, strength and moisture.KEVIN.MURPHY Re-Store is a Sulfate Free, Paraben Free cleansing hair treatment that nourishes while it restores the hair. This treatment product replaces shampoo and conditioner on the day that you wash, leaving the hair more manageable, hydrated and is beautifully smoothed. KEVIN.MURPHY Re-Store has the following key ingredients: Papain: This powerful enzyme from Papaya unlocks and increases the potency of other ingredients to bind moisture and improve the hair’s elasticity.Pineapple Fruit Extract: Protein enzyme in Pineapple penetrates the hair to provide targeted nutrition without weighing the hair down. Green Pea Protein: A superfood rich in Amino Acids that intensely nourishes and replenishes the hair.200ml
The one issue I have with this product is that because it is so hydrating, my hair is weighed down by some of this moisture. Or – it’s possible that it’s weighed down because it doesn’t do the best job at cleansing the scalp. So, I’ve found a way around this 😊 I wash my hair with Kerastase’s Specifique Balancing Shampoo because it’s gentle and then I apply the Re.Store treatment from roots to tips. Shampooing my hair beforehand helps a LOT. Yes, hair is maybe slightly more heavy because it’s been moisturised from root to tip – but it’s nothing unmanageable. Hair is super soft after this treatment and I think it helps to prevent breakage in the long term.
I try to use it once a week but honestly, I probably use it once a fortnight. The cream spreads very easily over the hair, so I think a little goes a long way making it economical (although if you have thick hair, you will use more product of course).
Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion
I hated this product the first time I used it lol.. It’s a sea salt spray, but with a difference. It’s a bi-phase formula, a little bit like the oil based makeup removers you see – where the oil and water split into two parts, so you need to shake the product before using it so both parts mix through each other. I liked the idea of this sea salt spray because regular sea salt sprays leave your hair super crunchy and dry feeling… to the point where I swear my poor fine hair would break (read: SNAP) in two more easily. An oil based product gets rid of this problem! So why do I like it all of a sudden? I think when I first started using it, I used way to much product. So it naturally weighed down my hair. The bottle size of the Surf Infusion is tiny for a styling product, so I think that gives you a clue – don’t use too much 🤪 It’s also possible that my hair lengths have gotten a bit drier over time and hence like the formula more and more. OR (last theory) as you use the product up, there’s less oil and thus works for fine hair too. Who knows. But what I do know is that this bottle is almost empty and I need a new one!
WHAT IT ISThis oil-infused salt spray enhances texture for sea-tossed waves with sheen.
WHO IT’S FOR
• Density: medium to thick • Texture: straight to wavy • Type: healthy and/or dry
HOW TO USE
Shake well. Mist onto damp or dry hair. Air-dry or diffuse.
Tropical Oil Blend: Coconut, mango seed, passion fruit and palm oils soften and condition
Sea Salt and Mineral Blend: Adds body and texture
Beach Protective Blend: Coconut fruit and algae extracts moisturize and nourish; UV inhibitors guard against the drying effects of the sun.
Bb.Products are free from parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, and formaldehyde.
My textured hair after using Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Infusion
The Surf Infusion gives hair texture and waves. They may not be quite as big as some other salt hair sprays deliver, but hair doesn’t go crunchy and dry looking – so it still wins because of this! Hair still has a nice healthy shine to it after using the Surf Infusion. Four or so sprays all around my head works for me and I make sure I’m not spraying my hair from too close up. After spraying and distributing it evenly through my hair, I ‘scrunch up’ my hair using my hands, which brings out that awesome ‘holiday hair – ” Hello, I don’t care, is that ice-cream? I’m going to take a nap” 🐚☀️🌊🌴🌺🍦🍉
You can pick up the Surf Infusion from Mecca Cosmetica for $44 buckaroos! You get 100ml of product.
Jeval Infusions Argan Oil Infused Smooth It!
This is a haircare brand I discovered at my hairdressers. I ran out of my usual Kerastase Ciment Thermique (a heat protecting styling & smoothing cream) so I decided to give it a go. My hairdresser had also used it on my hair, which is always a nice way to test a product 😉 I have to admit that the biggest reason for me wanting to buy this smoothing cream (besides running out of beloved Ciment Thermique) was because of it’s scent. It is to DIE for! I think I have this strong reaction to the scent (can you tell I like it?!? 🙄😍😍) because it’s SUPER nostalgic. It smells exactly like Splice ice-creams but amplified! Splices, for those of you who aren’t from Australia, are a pineapple and lime flavoured ice block with vanilla/soft serve ice cream on the inside. It’s delicious! 😋🍦 And the colour of Jeval Infusions Argan Oil Infused Smooth It! packaging for this smoothing cream is perfect – it’s like it embodies the ‘Splice’ character and being 🤪 Well played Jeval, well played…
From what I can tell, Jeval is an Australian salon brand that primarily produces hair colourants for professionals. But they also do some haircare styling and treatment products. They are focused on using environmentally friendly and gentle ingredients. This is very much embodied in the short and sweet ingredient list of the smoothing cream.
The smoothing cream is a heat protectant, which is very important to me. I apply about two pea sized ‘blobs’ into damp hair that’s about 70% dry. I blast it with a hairdryer and voila! Done 😊 It smooths hair nicely thanks to the addition of Argan Oil. I don’t think my hair is quite as silky as say after the Ciment Thermique, but it leaves hair feeling lighter – weightless even. Hence you can apply more product and you won’t be left with sticky or weighed down strands.
I’m not sure it adds shine per se (as on the description on the tube) but because it smooths the hair cuticle, it encourages shine. The other best thing about this smoothing cream is that it is SO affordable compared to a Kerastase smoothing/styling cream. It costs $20 Aus dollars for 200ml of product. That’s pretty darn good. I’ve also found an online stockist for you Beauties, so you can try the brand out too! I don’t think they are super well known, so I’m happy to give them the cred that is due 😉 You can pick up the smoothing cream and other Jeval Infusion products rom Beautopia.
That’s it Beauties! Have you discovered any new products you would like to try from my ‘list’? How gorgeous is Mandy Moore btw… I haven’t watched her new show ‘This is Us’ but I will get to it eventually! In the meantime, enjoy this tune 😊
Catch ya next time,
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