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Happy Wednesday, y’all! There’s something about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that kicks the blogosphere into fall mode. I was ready for fall until I tried on my NSale goodies and photographed them outside for my try-on post. Y’all, I was sweating after two minutes.
So I’m staying in summer mode. The high is 92 today, and the weather where I live typically stays warm until right before Halloween. My favorite part about summer? Summer hair. I get a little blonder, and I let my hair just do its thing. Embracing summer hair requires the right products, so for the past two months, I’ve been trying products so that you don’t have to.
I’m going to share my experiences with six hair products – good and bad! (Only four are photographed because I tried a couple more, both were on extreme sides of the spectrum, so I didn’t want to leave them out!) For reference, I have medium length hair that’s oily at the roots and color treated. My texture is all over the place. (I was on chemo pills nine years ago and lost a lot of my hair. When my previously stick straight hair grew back, it had a bit of a natural wave to it.)
Drybar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam ($26) I had really high hopes for this product. I purchased it after another blogger was raving about it, and I couldn’t try it fast enough, as I was training my hair to only be washed every three days at the time. Y’all, it was bad. It made my hair a grease pit. I tried it in so many different scenarios, and realized that the only time I didn’t hate it, was when I used it a day after washing my hair. (I don’t typically touch dry shampoo until day four of no hair washing, so it seemed like a waste of product.) I think if you have a dry scalp or dry hair, you will probably have a better experience than I did. But if your hair is oily, run don’t walk.
Verdict – MISS
Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo ($4) This stuff is awesome. Last week, I had a bad experience with a leave in conditioner. I also felt really bad (#transparency), and just didn’t have the energy to wash/dry/deal with my hair. It was not a good combination. I sprayed some of this on my day two hair, and then a little more each day to freshen it up and zap the mix of oil and leave in conditioner. It also added some really lovely volume to my hair. The smell is great, and when applied properly, I’ve not had any issues with reside.
Verdict – HIT
IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel ($15) When I used this on damp hair, I wasn’t really impressed at first. My hair had a little texture, but I felt like I looked a little messy. Day two is when this product really shines. You wake up, and your hair looks like you hit the beach before you went to the office. Day three is the same story – beautiful messy hair. If your hair has a good bit of natural texture or if you go to bed with damp hair, I would give this product a try.
(PS – The $15 price is for a bottle three times the size of the bottle shown above. A little bit of this product goes a long way.)
Verdict – SPLIT
John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air Dry Waves Styling Foam ($8) I really wanted this to work. It’s affordable, and it was recommended to me by so many people. I got the same results from this product that I got when I put a random Kenra styling oil in my hair and hoping it would create some kind of waves.
Verdict – MISS
Brigogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($9) I was really excited to try this as my hair is getting longer and requires a little more de-tangling in the morning. The oil slick leave in conditioner that I referenced when talking about the Dove dry shampoo above? It was this. I only put it on my ends, but somehow my roots even got oily. (And the bottom of my hair is pretty dry, and it managed to become an oil slick. How?!)
Verdict – MISS
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt ($19) This stuff is amazing. When I was training my hair to be washed every three days, this stuff helped me get there. It’s basically a salt scrub that you use as a shampoo. It gets all of the oil and product build up out of your hair and makes it shine like no other. (I used this before going to a gala one evening, and I felt like I had red carpet hair because it naturally made it so shiny!) I use this product once every three weeks. I know that $19 can be a bit of a splurge for a hair product, but this one is well worth it in my opinion.
Verdict – HIT
What is your favorite summer hair product?