This post is in honor of my hair. It is thin, oily if I skip one washing and recently colored. I excitedly went for the celebrity ombre look and I could not be happier. I am going to show you what products I use in the shower and before and after blow drying. It is very important to protect your hair to prevent drying, damage and fading of color. Now is the time to put on a hair treatment so you can read this blog post while protecting your hair.
In the shower I swap back and forth between Salma Hayek's shampoo and Conditioner for color treated hair (Nuance) and Sojourn Shampoo. The Salma Hayek Shampoo and Conditioner is awesome. She has a great hair care line and this pair in particular helps protect color treated hair with: Wheat protein, Cornflower extract and Acai moisture complex (Shampoo). The Conditioner has Wheat Protein, Shea Butter and Active Biometric Nutrient complex. They are supposed to add nutrients and moisture to your hair and have you seen Salma Hayek's hair?! You can find her hair products at drug stores such as CVS, and they are very affordable. The second product I use every other day is called Sojourn- Shampoo Color Preserve. It has zero chemicals and is biodegradable. This shampoo protects my hair from color fading and against UV damage. It is also a leave in shampoo living my hair feel silky smooth and soft when finished.
Once a week I use a conditioning treatment. The one I have been loving lately is Marc Anthony's True Professional Repairing Macadamia Oil. It is Sulfate free and consists of Macadamia Nut Oil, and Bamboo. This treatment strengthens, rejuvenates, and reconstructs dry, damaged and stressed hair. It also protects color and split ends. I leave it on my hair after I shampoo for 3 to 7 minuets while I shave and wash my body. I recommend conditioning treatments if you apply heat to your hair and/or use products in your hair because it cleans your hair of those products and gives you a fresh clean slate.
To the left are the products that I use before or after blow drying. Starting from the left is another Salma Hayek hair product called Wheat Protein Volumizing Foam with Color-Lock Technology. It is said to thicken and shine fine to medium hair. I like to spray and pat some of this onto my roots then comb my hair (when wet/damp). It has a soft and fresh smell and I like the volume it gives my hair. The next product over is my Loreal Paris Boost It High Lift Creation Spray. This hair spray gives extremely huge volume but unfortunately has a typical hairspray smell and sticky finnish. I use this on blow-dried hair and I am impressed with the full volume. The next one over is my Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. First of all, I love the name! Second of all, I can pretend I live on the beaches of LA all year long. I use this on dried hair for a messy texturizing look. I like the smell and it does not have a sticky crunchy finnish which is a plus. I always think of the beach and instantly get into a better mood with this in my hair. Last but not least of my finishing sprays is my Not Your Mother's She's A tease Volumizing HairSpray. This spray smells as good as the Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray and does not leave any sticky "hairspray" residue. It is known to be a dupe to the Oribe sprays for is volumizing finish. The Oribe spray is quite expensive, so I'll take it!
These are my beloved heat protector Sprays! Using a Blow Dryer and any heat tools such as a straightener or curling iron can easily damage your hair giving you split ends, damage and lack luster. I use these products alternating between them before I blow-dry. Starting from the right this time is my It's a 10 miracle leave in plus Keratin spray. This spray does what the name states, ten benefits. I will list five: 1. Replaces lost protein 2. Strengthens hair structure 3. Seals cuticles for extra silky hair 4. Detangles, defrizzes and adds shine 5. Protects against heat. In all, this spray is very moisturizing with a lotion-like consistency. I recommend this product. The next product over is my 12 Benefits Spray. It says to use this before blow-drying or swimming. This spray is great for color protection, UV damage, heat, and chlorine. It is a great spray to use even if you do not apply heat to your hair. I love this product. This is a Birchbox find and I like the effects it gives my hair. Last but not least, on the left is my go-to Tresemme Platinum Strength Heat Protect Spray. I used this everyday for months before I found the other two sprays. This is a professional, saloon quality heat protectant spray. I like it because it does the job!
These are my holy grails. These oils are my smoothing, beautifying baindaids to split ends, frizz and dry looking hair. After the heat/color protected spray, volumizing sprays and blow drying, I apply one of the items on the left to add shine and a silky smooth consistency to my hair. They all do a miraculous job! Starting from the left, my Fekkai Color Glaze not only seals in moisture and smooths split ends, it has a watery consistency and locks in color. My Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil is indeed Marvelous. It smells orgasmic and fruity, has a nice oily feel, and can be added to my conditioner, can be used as a leave-in treatment for my hair and can be used pre-shampoo. I use it for my ends but will soon try the other uses. Next one over is the first oil that I used and fell in love with. It is a sample size of the Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum with Radiance. When you pour a pea sized amount in your palms and rub them together, the sparkle from the oil excites your senses and it is very gently and nourishing for the ends of your hair. Lastly on the right is my Beauty Protect and Oil. I fell in love with this brand of shampoo and conditioner and was so excited to find that they have an oil too. I found this once again, from BirchBox and I love the strength and protection this oil provides my locks. There ya have it! My hair goddesses, my Band-Aids and tricks of the trades. I will love to hear what you recommend and use on your hair on a daily basis. Until then, protect your beautiful hair. xoxox
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