Current Hair Care Favorites
Ironically enough, I am long overdue for a visit at the hair dresser, yet I am typing away on a post about hair care. My cut is 5-months outgrown and I could seriously use a trim, and still, I have received more questions about my current hair care favorites than combined in the last year. But I guess that’s the whole point of good hair care, right? To step up to the plate when the going gets rough and to justify the fact that I spend ridiculous amounts of money on fancy shampoos, masks and oils to keep the locks healthy and shiny despite needing a trim.
My current hair care routine
- wash: Due to the fact that I work out 3-4x per week, I usually wash my hair every other day. When I don’t work out, I can go 3-4 days between each wash. I know a lot of people swear by double shampooing, but I personally only shampoo and rinse my hair once. Currently I use the Playa Beauty “Every Day Clarifying Shampoo” and aside from the very aesthetically pleasing packaging, I love how shiny it makes my hair.
- condition: I never skip conditioner. My hair is thick and fairly dry, hence it gets super frizzy without the right care. Right now I am loving the Aveda Invati “Thickening Conditioner”, which is pretty ridiculous considering I have super thick hair and no issues with hair growth at all. However, I am a huge Aveda fan and love how fluffy and full it makes my hair feel/look – especially when I wear it in waves.
- deep care: Every once in a while (read: every 2-3 weeks) I use a deep conditioning mask, like the Moroccanoil Smoothing Hair Mask. Love the scent and how silky it leaves my hair.
- oil: For a smoother finish, a bit of oil in the ends really helps. Again, I love the classic Moroccanoil. Most days I use it on towel-dried hair, sometimes after blow drying to smooth out the ends and fly-aways.
- styling: In February, I published a video on how my 10-minute salon blowout at home – not much has changed since then. I still used the same technique for a straight look (Dyson Supersonic + Drybar round brush), for waves, the ghd Creative Curl Wand is the best tool out there in my opinion!
Hair care brands I love & why
- Aveda: Many years ago, I was first introduced to Aveda through a stylist who used their products on my hair. Fast-forward a few years and I was lucky enough to work as an Aveda ambassador for their Damage Repair series last year. It is not only a brand that is used in many high-end hair salons, but also a brand that embodies beautiful core values. To this day, I still use various Aveda products (currently the Invati conditioner) and love them!
- Kérastase: This is the first high-end hair care brand I ever started using. At age 18. And trust me, 23€ for a conditioner is a whole lot of money when you are still in school! However, it was always worth it and I can only recommend Kérastase (even though they discontinued one of my favorite lines, the Cristalliste)
- Playa: The most recent discovery with NICHE-Beauty to thank. I was sent a box by them at the beginning of the year with various new brands they had in stock and the Playa shampoo was amongst them. The packaging was love at first sight and I am totally loving their products for a shiny, healthy finish. So much, that in the meantime I have also bought the Playa Conditioner and Hair Oil.
- The OUAI: I’ll be the first to admit that I am a sucker for hypes around hair products. So obviously I got sucked into the trend around Jen Atkin’s (aka the trusted hair guru of the Kardashians) products. I like them, some more than others. I feel like the repair series is a bit too heavy for me and made my scalp slightly itchy, but I love the texturizing hair spray and memory mist. As well as the dry shampoo (even though I only use it about 3x per year…).
- Moroccanoil: The classic when it comes to hair oils! I have been using this for 10+ years and still love it. Just ran out of my most recent bottle last week! Works amazing, smells amazing. Nothing to add except for the fact I will continue to buy this product until the day they stop making it.
- Gisou: In my opinion Gisou hair oil, launched by blogger Negin Mirsalehi, is just as good as the Moroccanoil. If not even a tiny bit better. In other words: I love it! But the price is steep. It will set you back 74€ – and that’s without shipping! Even for my standards this is a lot (and I will happily spend a lot of money on my hair)! However, I will note that my first bottle lasted me almost a year.