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Haircare Product Empties

I bring you, Part Deux (don’t forget to read Part 1) of my seriously huge empties saga…Hair Products!

So, I’m not all that high maintenance with my hair. I reverse shampoo every 2 to 3 days, then let it air dry. My hair isn’t particularly oily, but it isn’t dry either. It is fine, but I have a lot of it. I’d also classify it as naturally wavy.

What the BLEEP is “reverse shampooing”? It is when you condition your hair BEFORE you shampoo. I’m sure that this will be a controversial topic, but hear me out. I was on Accutane (or the generic form of the drug anyway) about a year and a half ago, and because everything was so dry, I was able to go almost a week at a time without washing my hair. It was glorious! Since then, I have found that I don’t need to shampoo as often as everyday, but I certainly can’t go almost a week. I read about conditioning your hair and THEN shampooing about 6 months ago, and thought I’d try it. It works for me, and I find that it allows me to go longer between washes.

I’ve tried tons of shampoo/conditioner combos, and none have ever really wowed me. I generally go for whatever is either on sale or whatever I have a coupon for. Because I condition my hair BEFORE I shampoo, I need my conditioner to be thick and nourishing. I always leave it on for about 5 minutes before shampooing so that it has time to really penetrate. I find that the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle – Moist is alright in the warmer months and is super cheap, but during the dryer months I do like something thicker like the Davines Ol Conditioner with Roucou Oil. The only problem with the Davines Ol range is that the smell is just WAY too much! It has a VERY strong perfume smell to it that I just can’t get past. If that doesn’t bother you, this would be great for dry or course hair. I did try the L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Rush Mask because it has Hyaluronic Acid in, but it left a weird filmy feeling in my hair and didn’t really seem to give much moisture. I did love the smell of it though! The last conditioner I used up was a sample of the Amika Nourishing Mask (I would repurchase this.). This stuff was amazing! It was thick and left my hair feeling nourished but not weighed down. The scent of these products, Sea Buckthorn Berry, is absolutely lovely! I’d love to have body products in this scent ๐Ÿ™‚

After I rinse out my conditioner, I go in with the shampoo. You can see I have 2 bottles of the OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo – the whole family likes this stuff. Caroline Hirons, skincare goddess extraordinaire, goes on about this brand and I have to agree with her. This shampoo is creamy and leaves my hair feeling clean, but never stripped. It does have a subtle coconut scent, but if you don’t like that sort of thing, it isn’t overpowering. I have loved everything I’ve tried from this brand! I did try the Davines Ol Shampoo with Roucou Oil, and although it was a nice shampoo, it was a bit heavy for my hair and…that smell…just can’t do it.

Because I condition my hair and then shampoo, I do sometimes find my hair to be difficult to get a comb or pick through after my shower. I have found that if I use a leave in conditioner – it isn’t a problem. I tried this sample of the Davines Natural Tech Replumping and Compacting Fluid and really liked it. I actually really liked the shampoo from this range too. It was light enough not to weigh my hair down, and unlike the Ol range, this one had a natural herbal scent to it that I didn’t mind. If you don’t like overly scented products, this may not be the brand for you – everything I have tried does have a strong scent.

On the days that I don’t wash my hair, I use dry shampoo to keep things fresh – and I love the volume they can give. I may not be too bothered with my hair, but I do like volume and texture. I haven’t found my Holy Grail dry shampoo yet, but I have tried a fair few. So far, the top runner is the Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo. It does leave a white residue, but it goes away once you work it in with fingers or a brush. This one seems to do the best at making day old hair feel fresh, smell good, and it adds a bit of volume and texture too. It is also the most readily available to me. I hated the Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray. It was too wet and felt more like hair spray than a dry shampoo. I didn’t find it to soak up oil or give any volume. It just made my hair feel more gross than it already did. Sorry Oscar Blandi ๐Ÿ™ The last 3 I tried were OK, not great. The Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo and Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo (can we just agree that the Amika packaging is adorable) both smelled great, and the Klorane Extra-Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk did make my hair feel fresh – but just didn’t do too much in the way of volume and texture.

That’s all for Part 2! Thanks so much for hanging in there with me! Stay tuned for Part 3 which will be Bath & Body Products!

What is your Holy Grail Dry Shampoo? Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts on them?

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