I know I’ve written before about my daily beauty products but I can’t ever recall about writing about hair products I use. Having had short hair for years, I found that discovering products I could use for my long hair wasn’t something that came to me easily. It had been years since I had long hair, and both my styling abilities and the products available for styling changed significantly. After quite a bit of trial and error, I was able to come up with a great list of products that help keep my hair healthy without totally sacrificing style, and each one of them helps give me some great styling options… even though I’m still not a hair styling whiz. Here’s my list.
Seaextend Ultimate Colorcare Silkening Oil Treatment by Aquage
I actually got this product as part of a giveaway I won, but it came as I was running out of another, similar product that I was having trouble finding in stores again. And it fit the bill perfectly. I use it on my ends only, so as not to weigh down my roots or make my hair overly greasy, but also because the ends are the most susceptible to damage from styling and heat. It adds a subtle amount of shine and protects my hair from heat, and also helps keep my color from fading, which is important when it comes to the brighter colors I’ve been experimenting with lately.
Locals, you can pick up Aquage products, including the Seaextend Ultimate Colorcare Silkening Oil Treatment at Niki Moon Salon, a Naperville salon.
Surface Push Styling Powder
If not for Jacqueline, my stylist, I never, ever would have found this product. And I certainly would not have become obsessed with how easy it is to pump up the volume with a little shake along my roots. Oh, and if I want more volume? I can tease my hair easily without totally damaging it thanks to Surface Push Styling Powder. I love how easy this powder is to use and find myself wondering why I didn’t buy it the first time Jacqueline used it on me… and I also find myself wondering where this stuff has been all my life. I was plagued with straight, flat hair my whole life, and would have killed for this stuff in high school!
Locals, head on over to Bii Hair Salon in West Dundee, IL for the whole line of Surface products, including Push Styling Powder.
Tigi Catwalk Curlsque Rock Curl Amplifier
This was actually a product recommended by fellow blogger Katy Rose of Modly Chic, and I trusted her judgement and went with it. I’m glad I did, because it really makes scrunching my hair easy, and it leave it soft to the touch. I was using a curl amplifying mousse for quite a long time and while I liked the look of the results, my hair was crunchy and that just… ew! The Tigi Catwalk Curlsque Rock Curl Amplifier really does a great job on getting my stick-straight hair to wave and keeps it touchably soft.
I picked this up at my local Ulta, though I do love supporting local salons whenever possible.
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo
Katy Rose also recommended this product, but at the time I was using a different dry shampoo, so I didn’t buy it. I was just about running out when my Violet VoxBox came in and guess what was inside? A little bottle of Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo! Perfect timing! I tried this out and was an instant convert. I didn’t have any issues with it showing white in my hair, which was a huge plus. It’s also pleasantly scented, but not overly so that it’s incredibly noticeable when you use it. It adds a little volume too, when I want just a little extra boost without using the Push Styling Powder. I’ll be switching to this one when I’m done with my trial size (though it does seem to be going a long way–gotta love bang-for-your-buck products!). If you’re looking for a dry shampoo that isn’t too purfumey and doesn’t leave you looking like you’ve got a bad case of dandruff, this would be a good one to try.
Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo is another one you can pick up at Ulta.
So there you have it… a few of the hair products I’m obsessed with.
I don’t use all of them every day, spare maybe the Seaextend Ultimate Colorcare Silkening Oil Treatment, but they have all proven to be excellent additions to my beauty routine. So whether you’re looking to strengthen, pump up the volume, add some curl, or try out a dry shampoo, give some of the above products a shot. And when you can, support your local salons, because they’re full of great stylists (and great hair products)!