I guess there's nothing like growing your hair back after shaving it all off to make a girl want to experiment with hair products. It was great to take a break, sure, but now that I have hair again (high-maintenance bleached-blonde hair, no less), I've been having fun trying out lots of new products.
To break it down so it's not overwhelming, I wrote about four of my favorites in Part 1, and now I'll be covering the rest.
It's worth noting that while these products are all amazing for my dry, damaged hair, any hair type is sure to get a lot of benefits out of them. So don't wander off just because you haven't been bleaching your hair every few weeks. This is mandatory reading for the entire class.
Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy ($42)
I've been trying out a few Rita Hazan hair products recently. I liked the Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Breaking Brass (a purple foam meant to reduce brassiness and boost shine) but not enough to use it in place of my purple conditioner. The Root Concealer Spray, unfortunately, turned out to be useless for me because there isn't a blonde option that's pale and cool enough to match my hair. (But if you have darker hair, I definitely recommend giving it a shot.)
Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy, however, has given me noticeable results.
You can use this two-step treatment in place of conditioner to reduce frizz, repair damage, and boost shine. Step 1 opens the cuticle for "optimal penetration," which is a phrase that I will never not giggle at, and then Step 2 is meant to lock in hydration and color. You rinse them both out immediately, so this is great for those of us who don't have time to wait around in the shower for a deep conditioner to do its thing. And more importantly, it makes my hair softer, shinier, and much less frizzy.
You might remember when I wrote about using this hair oil to make my hair grow back faster; I also mentioned how much I like the Hask shampoo. What can I say? I'm very into this brand.
Turns out this Hask hair oil is equally useful for pampering my damaged, bleached hair. If I didn't use three pumps of this daily, my hair would look like straw. It helps so much with hydration, softness, and shine, thanks to the combination of Tahitian gardenias and coconut oil. It doesn't even make my hair look greasy despite my heavy reliance on it.
Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black and Nirvana White Dry Shampoo ($28 each)
I don't care what kind of hair you have: as long as you have a couple of inches, you need one of these dry shampoos. They're on the pricey side for dry shampoo, but I think it's worth it for the intoxicating scent alone. Each version—Black and White, to complement their matching fragrances—smells sooooo good. White smells a little stronger to me, and has notes of peony, lily of the valley, and musk. Black has notes of violet, sandalwood, and vanilla.
As for their efficacy as dry shampoo, they do a great job of soaking up oil and imparting volume without any gross residue. I put together a little before-and-after slideshow for you so you can see the dry shampoo in action.
Using Elizabeth & James Nirvana Dry Shampoo
Both the fragrance and the volume last for hours, even into the following day. Basically, I don't think I'll ever have to wash my hair again. (Fine, I'm kidding. Mostly.)
- What's your favorite dry shampoo? Did you buy it just for the scent?
- Does anyone else use hair oil every day?
- Should I write about my favorite styling products for giving my pixie cut some texture, or is everyone sick of reading about my hair?