I have held a blend of fascination and obsession with my crowning glory since my elementary school days and, thus, consider myself to be an expert on discovering exceptional hair products. (refer to my Pinterest board for evidence). In this realm, I have experimented with every possible concoction, mist, spray, rinse, supplement, technique and alternative method known to man. I have butchered my hair, and I have brought it back to life more times than I have fingers and toes.
It has been said that if a person has studied and experimented with a subject for at least ten years, they can be considered an expert. Therefore, I consider myself a master – a guru – of hair resuscitation.
There is an immense amount of well-researched and well-experimented information contained within this article. If hair woes are troubling you, I likely have hair-saving recommendations for you.
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If your wish is to achieve your longest, shiniest, thickest head of hair ever, I am eager to be your personal hair wizard. Better hair days await you! Continue reading…
Get Beachy: Hair that Beckons For a Sexy Day at the Beach
For effortless-looking, beach-beckoning soft waves, complete the following steps:
- Step #1 Apply a moderate amount of Surf Spray to clean, damp (not wet, nor dry!) and untangled hair.
- Step #2 Next, distribute a small amount (depending upon your hair’s length and density) of Grooming Creme from mid-shaft to ends.
- Step #3 Roll your hair into a tightly twisted top bun (you can also part the hair in the middle and create two top buns if you want a slightly tighter waved effect), and allow the hair to dry for several hours (preferably overnight).
- Step #4 Remove the bun. Gently “fluff” and tousle hair with a blow drier for only a few minutes, removing any remaining moisture. DO NOT BRUSH!
Plump, Baby, Plump: Say Goodbye to Flat Head
Pureology Root Lift
This is my favorite product for remedying “flat head.” I’ve experimented with a wide variety of root-lifting products, but always return to this one. Also, it works exceptionally well with dry shampoo when attempting to extend the length between hair washings.
Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion
This is a quite a unique product because it controls and softens while also promoting incredible volume. It boosts my hair’s fullness while also providing moderate styling control. This is the product you should reach for when you desire for your hair to be straightened or in “tamed” waves, yet maintain a full appearance.
It is not drying whatsoever, but do not be deceived by the word “lotion,” for this is not a hydrating product.
Chill, Baby, Chill: Remedy Your Frizzy, Tangled Mess of Hair
Agadir Argan Oil
This product is my magic potion, for it tames my unruly and often butchered hair (for more on my entertaining hair adventures, refer to this article), taking it from a tangled, frizzy mess to a crowning glory. No other argan oil variation compares to it!
It smooths, comforts and nurtures while providing my hair with a soft luster and subtle glistening effect. Also, its scent is addictive and sexy – reminding me of exotic incense. My husband will forever bury his face in my hair, thanks to this gem.
DIY Apple Cider Vinegar & Essential Oil Hair Rinse
Do you desire soft, shiny, fluffy, tangle-free hair? This will blow your mind! I am faithfully guaranteed to have a good hair day when incorporating this rinse into my cleansing routine.
This lovely concoction restores the proper ph of the hair, while also gently clarifying it as well. Follow the instructions carefully, for I have experimented with multiple variations of this and feel I have perfected it. It begin’s with Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
Spray on wet hair from roots to ends. Allow to “rest” on the hair for two full minutes. Rinse well with the coldest water you can tolerate.
Follow with a conditioner of your choice (keep scrolling for my recommendation).
Shine, Baby, Shine: Get Hair that Glistens
Kenra Platinum Silkening Mist
This product is a hair fairy in a bottle – waiting to sprinkle its magic and remedy even the dullest, most drab strands of hair. Less is more with this. A simple mist provides a veil of glistening action that does not weigh the hair down, nor causes a greasy appearance. It seems to enhance the color of the hair, particularly hair color dimension. Also, it smells scrumptious – somewhat like strawberry birthday cake with candy sprinkles.
Shine Concoction Extraordinaire (My Three-step Process For Ridiculous Vinyl-like Shine)
If you read disregard everything else contained within this article, I hope you will at least take the following recommendation(s) to heart. The steps below will provide you with magazine-worthy shine. I assure you.
Step #1 Clarify
My favorite clarifying shampoo is Purify by Pureology. A simple cleansing with this shampoo (allowing the product to “rest” on the hair for a minute or two) will suffice for the majority of individuals.
However, if you have a great deal of build-up from styling products and/or hard water, and are not concerned with fading your hair color somewhat, I also recommend clarifying with Ion Crystal Clarifying Treatment.
It is fairly intensive, however, and may eject some of the color from your strands. When my hair has had excessive build-up, I have used it (with the incorporation of heat) and experienced incredible results. Oftentimes, hair with extreme product build-up appears more damaged than it actually is.
Step #2 Gloss
My most beloved product for this step is Sebastian Cellophanes Ammonia-Free Treatment.
There are several ways to use this product, and it’s entirely customizable. If you wish to freshen your hair color somewhat (or alter tone), you can use a blend of the clear (shown above) and a color of your choice (there are many options offered within this product line to brighten, freshen or reduce blonde, red and brunette shades).
Instructions: Apply a liberal amount to towel-dried hair. Comb through and put hair in a plastic cap. Use heat for five or more minutes, and allow to cool for five minutes. Rinse well, but do not shampoo again.
Step #3 Condition
For dry, course and/or damaged hair, I highly recommend Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm or Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment.
Step #4 Cold Water Rinse
Rinse the hair thoroughly with the coldest water you are able to tolerate (I am not an advocate for you torturing yourself, however). It seals the cuticle and maximizes the shine factor that the aforementioned products will have already helped you achieve.
Prepared to be amazed.
Pretty From Within: MSM For Fuller, Longer, Stronger Hair
Even the most well-crafted list of amazing hair products would be incomplete without this supplement, which is a staple in my daily routine.
MSM is sulphur, which is a nutrient your body needs. It is safe to ingest, for it flushes from your body within 24 hours. This product is a powerful anti-inflammatory and collagen booster, therefore most people use this supplement for fitness and skin support.
I, like many other women, discovered this jewel on internet forums. I stumbled upon it at a time when I had abused my body by switching to and from multiple different types of birth control pills within a short time span. A certain birth control pill I had been taking had begun causing my hair to shed more than normal, and I was growing increasingly panicked because of it. Within a month of taking MSM daily, the hair shedding slowed dramatically. Within a period of six months, my hair’s fullness was entirely restored.
I have continued to use it for, each time I abandon it, my hair shedding increases within days.
The more consistent I am with taking MSM, the softer my skin feels, the more plump it appears, and the more strands of hair are present on my head. After years of experimenting with this, I am certain this is no placebo effect. I have found my body requires a dosage of at least 3,000-4,000 mg per day for an optimal result. Although I only notice a slight increase in terms of growth rate, it is exceptional at maintaining my hair’s maximum fullness and integrity.
Coming Soon: Grow, Baby, Grow: Grow Your Hair in Record Time
Stay tuned for an upcoming article chronicling a month-long experiment with hair growth methods – widely-known and unconventional. It is always a delight being your beauty product detective and guinea pig.
If your hair has been badly tortured and is breaking off, take a moment to forgive yourself and then refer to this article.