Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Favorites: Hair Products!

It's that time of year when the sun has barely risen by the time I leave the house in the morning, and it has set long before I leave work at the end of the day. If the sun doesn't come out on weekends, I really just don't see much of it this time of year. Even if the sun comes out, if I have more important things going on in my life, it's really hard to find time to get good photos for my blog that are taken in natural sunlight.

With that in mind, I decided to start a new type of post called "Friday Favorites." In each of my upcoming Friday Favorites posts, I will cover different types of products that are my favorite in the category I've chosen for that week. This way I can still write about beauty products I love, but I am not limited to only posting when I can take photos.

The first Friday Favorites is Favorite Hair Products. I have very fine, long, curly hair that's prone to frizz. It's taken me years to find a hair routine that keeps my hair healthy, soft, and curly with minimal frizz. These are the products I currently use and love.


This stuff has saved my hair! I spent years using nothing but salon-brand hair products, and was astounded when I discovered this inexpensive drugstore hair cleanser. Since I discovered this product, I have almost entirely stopped using shampoo. I can't recall the last time I shampooed my hair. The Herbal Essences Cleansing Conditioner is sulfate-free, so it doesn't dry out my hair and the detergent-free formula helps keep my color from fading. A 16.9 oz bottle is currently $5.60 at I use 2-3 pumps almost every day to cleanse and condition my hair, and I go through one bottle approximately every 2 months. Since I've started using this cleansing conditioner, I swear my hair is flying out of my head faster than I can keep up with it. My hair is growing so long and healthy that even my hair stylist asked me what I'm doing because she can't get over how healthy and shiny it is and how fast it has grown. If you've ever been interested in a cleansing conditioner, I can't recommend this one enough. If your hair is its natural color, try the Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner instead.


I don't use shampoo often, but when I get a sample in my Birchbox or nab a personal size at a hotel, I like to follow it with a really good conditioner, and the best conditioner I've ever encountered is Cocoa Pink's Argan Therapy Crème. It leaves my hair incredibly soft, silky, shiny, and ultra-moisturized and healthy. It can also be used as a leave-in conditioner. And the best part? You can order it in any of Cocoa Pink's numerous scents. Just this morning I finished up a bottle of this in the Sanibel Island scent. I have a bottle of this product in Sunkissed Skin that's about half finished. Earlier this week, I received a package from Cocoa Pink, and my order included bottle of the Argan Therapy Crème in White Veil and Cozy Blanket, so I always have options with my hair scent. Cocoa Pink is an indie company, and I love supporting mom-and-pop businesses that are run well and have great products. Cocoa Pink's Argan Therapy Crème is $8.50 for a 6 oz. bottle or $15 for a 10 oz. bottle (I did the math--the 6 oz. bottle is the better bargain!) Ounce for ounce, it's pricier than most drugstore conditioners; on the other hand, it's a much better value than most salon conditioners. In my experience, you simply can't get a better daily conditioner anywhere, especially not one that you can customize with your favorite type of fragrance!


As far as I'm concerned, this stuff is magic in a bottle. When I use Davine's OI / All In One Milk, my hair will not frizz. There is nothing I can do to get my hair to frizz. It boosts my curl and completely eliminates any hint of frizz. Davine's OI / All In One Milk leaves my curls looking soft and healthy... and... CURLY! You wouldn't believe how many frizz-fighting products leave my hair frizzier than it naturally is. This product also contains ingredients that encourage hair growth, protects hair from UV radiation, and fights free radicals and cell damage. Since I discovered this product, I haven't gone one single day without using it. I only have one complaint: Davine's OI / All In One Milk comes in a spray bottle, but is too thick to spray. I received my first mini-bottle in my Birchbox last April, and immediately fell in love, but the sprayer didn't work. I have since ordered three more full size bottles, and none of the sprayers have worked; the product is simply too thick for the packaging. It really should be in a pump or squeeze bottle. Because of this, every morning, I have to unscrew the bottle lid and pour the cream directly into my hands. I pour an amount about the size of a quarter, which really isn't much, considering how long my hair is. If my hair were shoulder-length, I could get away with a dime-sized amount or less. The bottle is only 4 oz., but lasts me a little over 2 months. It's $28 for a 4 oz. bottle, which seems like a lot, but what I do is save up my Birchbox points to use toward it and only purchase when there's free shipping, so I have never paid more than $8 for a bottle. I imagine I'll be using this product for a long time to come.


This product was developed in collaboration between FutureDerm and my buddy, Phyrra. If anyone knows about what deep conditioning hair masks can do for colored, dry, or damaged hair, it's Phyrra, with all of her multiple hair color changes. Phyrra's Pretty Little Elixir seems pricey at $39.99 for an 8 oz. bottle, but every time I've checked out the FutureDerm site for this product, it's been on sale for $15.99, which puts it within my personal price range. I don't use this product weekly; I tend to use it when I notice my hair is getting dry at the ends and needs a little moisture. This isn't often, but I do still like to do a deep conditioning mask at least once every 4-6 weeks to help maintain the good condition of my hair. What's I've found really amps up the effects of this product is to add a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil to it before applying. I then leave it on my hair for a couple of hours and even overnight if I can. When I rinse it out, my hair is as soft as angora, styles beautifully, and looks and feels gorgeous. I have recommended this product to a number of my friends who color their hair heavily and need something to help repair the damage and drying incurred by all of the chemical processing. I've been using my bottle since last spring, and at the rate I use it combined with the small amount needed, I still have at least 3/4 of my bottle left. It's going to last me a long time.


Black Phoenix Trading Post ("BPTP") is a sister-company to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab ("BPAL"), which is quite possibly the most amazing indie perfume oil creator in the universe. No, that's not exaggeration, that's just my personal opinion--BPAL perfume oils absolutely RULE. I adore BPAL's perfume oils and have been wearing and collecting them for somewhere around 8-9 years. They have a special place in my love of vanity products since BPAL was my very first foray into the world of indie beauty products and what eventually lead to my general love of indie companies of all types. When BPTP began offering hair glosses, I tried several via a decant group, and fell hard in love with them. BPTP's hair glosses do exactly what they claim: make hair silkier, shinier, glossier, more vibrant, and frizz-free. Not only that, but they smell really, really good. One 4 oz. bottle is typically $30, although the Snake Oil scented gloss is $45. It's a bit of a luxury product for me since it's not needed, but I still own quite a few bottles of BPTP Hair Gloss, including a number of partial bottles that I acquired in decant groups (which helps keep the cost down). I typically use 2 spritzes of hair gloss, and I never spray directly onto my hair. I shake the bottle to ensure all of the oils are fully blended, spritz a couple of pumps into my hands, rub them together, then lightly work through my hair, starting at the ends. My hair smells amazing all day long, and into the next day if I don't wash it. This product is also amazing at helping me tame my hair on the rare occasion that I straighten it or blow it out. My favorite scent is "Hair Loosened & Soiled In Mid-Orgies," whose notes are white honey, warm musk, and ambrette seed. The scent is beyond heavenly and makes me swoon each time I use it. I started with a 1/4 bottle decant of Hair Loosened & Soiled, which I used up in no time at all and immediately had to purchase a full size bottle. Then, just in case it were to ever be discontinued, I purchased a back-up bottle. Every time I use Hair Loosened & Soiled, I get compliments on how good my hair smells. My hair stylist particularly loves it. Of the BPTP Hair Gloss scents I've tried, my other favorites are Snake Oil, Pumpkin Spice Everything (limited edition, but currently available as of the time of this post), and Frankincense & Clove. In the summer, I also like the White Tea & Sage scent. I have both Dorian and Morocco on my list BPTP Hair Gloss scents to procure eventually, as I positively adore both the Dorian and Morocco perfume oil from BPAL.

Thanks for reading this long post about my favorite hair products! Do you find any interesting enough to try out or are there any you also love and have on your list of favorite hair products?  

Do you have any suggestions for "Friday Favorites" posts you'd like to see from me in the future? 

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