2019 Hair Favorites

These products have kept my fine, frizzy hair healthy and shiny.

Ouai volume shampoo and conditioner – volume without the frizz. I love using this before going for a beachy wave

Frank Body hair scalp – gave balance to my erratic scalp

Ouai treatment masque – this is just right. It softens and smooths my hair without making it oily or limp

Ouai rose hair and body oil – I apply this at the ends of my hair to tame them when i’m wearing it down

Verb ghost oil – my og travel buddy. Get my affiliate code here.

Uberliss rituoil – when my hair is looking really dry

Function of Beauty hair serum – i like using this before styling my hair

Naturelab Tokyo – my forever texture spray. Get my affiliate code here.

Haircare Review: Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum

My hair has been extra dry recently so when Function of Beauty offered to help with their new hair mask and hair serum, I immediately said yes.

As with personalized hair products I’ve tried, Function of Beauty asked questions about my hair types, concerns, and goals. For reference, I have thin, fine, straight hair and scalp that easily gets irritated or oily depending on its mood. I wanted to hydrate, replenish, and strengthen my hair while soothing and nourishing my roots and scalp.

As per usual, the Shampoo and Conditioner smell amazing (I chose the flower to the people scent.) It made my hair smooth and less tangled after rinsing. I am one of those people who shampoo their hair every day while conditioning its ends daily as well. So far, these two helped moisturized my hair without making my scalp too oily. They just provided a balance.

The Hair Mask promises to deeply condition, hydrate, and nourish my hair using argan oil, japanese sake, and jojoba ester oil. The creamy mask is easily massaged on the scalp. Whenever I mask, I pay extra attention to the ends of my hair as it’s where my strands get the driest. While using this, my hair is the softest and smoothest it has gotten. It stayed like that for about three days before I felt the need to apply again.

Something that can be used once a day or for touch-ups, the Hair Serum aims to manage the hair, smooth frizz, and enhance its shine. It contains argan oil, annatto oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. Despite these ingredients, the hair serum doesn’t feel that oil. This serum actually has a gel texture that makes it easier to use. A testament to how good this is: I wore my hair down, after always putting it into a bun, and used this at the ends. I also used a texturing spray to create and some loose waves and everyone complimented me on how good my hair looks. I felt like the serum helped hold the waves I created and it made my hair look more weighted instead of fine and frizzy. It doesn’t leave it looking limp and oily. This is instant love.

These products are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without mineral oil, phthalates, gluten, parabens, and sulfates.

The Function of Beauty Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, and Hair Serum were provided by @functionofbeauty. Available at functionofbeauty.com

Haircare Review: Ouai Volume Shampoo and Conditioner and Treatment Masque

It’s no secret that my hair is in need of a volume so when Ouai sent over their Volume Shampoo and Conditioner, I immediately tried them.

The Volume Shampoo ($28) promises to boost volume and replenish moisture to the hair while the Volume Conditioner ($26) hydrates, moisturizes, and lifts the strands. Both volumize the hair – not in a messy all over the place way, but in a bouncy, lively kind of way.

They also both smell amazing and I like that their scent doesn’t only last during my showers. They also don’t and make my hair too dry or too oily. Most volume-centric products can leave my hair looking frizzy or can make my scalp feel oily but these products don’t do that.

I like using the shampoo if I’m styling my hair afterward because it helps hold the volume and the conditioner if I’m letting my hair down for a smooth but healthy-looking hair. I like to follow the Volume Conditioner with the Rose Hair Oil for extra shine and control.

After a week of putting styling products on my hair, I’ve been using the Treatment Masque ($32) to every weekend for a reset. This hair mask aims to restore and repair the hair using artichoke leaf extract. I put this on first before going through my laborious face and body exfoliation routine during Sunday afternoons. This mask leaves my hair so soft, so smooth, and so fragrant. It’s also easy to rinse off unlike other hair masks as it feels light on the hair. I like that this doesn’t make my scalp oily and instead leaves it hydrated and healthy.

The Ouai Volume Shampoo and Conditioner and Treatment Masque were provided by @ouai. Available at ouai.com


New In: Verb Reset

It was only recently where I started really taking care of my hair because it was also recently that I realized that I have dry hair and oily scalp. Add the fact that I style my hair so, I always look for products that will help keep my hair look and feel healthy.

Verb recently released their new Reset line, a 3-step system that aims to help clarify the scalp, repair damaged or overworked hair, and restore it to its most natural state with using parabens, gluten, and harmful sulfates.

The Reset Clarifying Shampoo ($16) promises to purify, remove product build-up, and clarify the scalp using sea water. I have used this twice last week and have noticed that my scalp get less oily. I like alternating this with the Ghost Shampoo and using both helps make my hair look silky smooth.

Meanwhile, the Reset Repairing Mask ($16), claims to deliver intense hydration while nourishing hair using quinoa protein. I have used this once and it really feels nourishing to the skin. It also leaves it feeling smooth and silky. Especially after spending a day on the beach, this helped keep my hair from looking tangled and feeling crunchy.

The Reset Sealing Mist ($16) promises to lock in protein, smooth the hair shaft, and leave the strands detangled, shiny, protected and easy to style using castor oil. I have used this a few times since I got it and it softens and preps my hair before I blow dry it.

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The Verb Reset Clarifying Shampoo, Repairing Mask, and Sealing Mist were provided by @verb.

Haircare Review: Love Hair

I have repeatedly written here that my hair is more sensitive than my skin. It can go from stringy to greasy with one wrong move or one strong wind so, I’m always on the lookout for hair products that can help manage my tresses.

Love Hair products are organic, vegan, and cruelty-free and promise to give you a good hair day using pure, nourishing ingredients.

The Revitalizing Shampoo ($28) aims to clarify, add shine, and tame the hair using organic apple cider vinegar, quinoa protein, jojoba protein, organic aloe vera juice, organic virgin coconut oil, and organic pracaxi oil. On the other hand, the Nourishing Conditioner ($30) helps fight frizz and breakage while infusing moisture with orange and tangerine peel oil complex, organic shea butter, organic aloe vera juice, organic virgin coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, and organic pracaxi oil. Both products also do not contain parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances.

Best used together, these leaping bunny certified products have a sweet but subtle scent and provides the hair with clarifying benefits. I used the conditioner every day because it doesn’t leave my hair limp or greasy while I use the shampoo after days when I have used products on my hair or days when they undergo styling. These might be great for those who are looking to restart their strands and those who have oily scalp as I find that this prevents my scalp and my hair from getting greasy. It also performs well in removing buildup on my hair. However, when my hair decides to act crunch and stringy, I reach for a more moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. I also go for this hair mask.

A favorite, the Nourishing Treatment Mask ($40), which contains organic oils like lavender, pracaxi, and jojoba to hydrate and fortify the strands. It also contains quinoa protein, organic shea butter, organic aloe vera juice, and organic virgin coconut oil to moisturize, condition, soften, smooth, and strengthen the hair.

This hair mask is part of my weekend selfcare routine. It just provides immediate softening and smoothing. My scalp also feels nourished and hydrated, which is what I need after putting my hair on too much sun and pollution exposure during the week. What I like about this hair mask, specifically, is that it doesn’t feel heavy on the hair. It just provides enough moisture and conditioning and the effects last for days. It gives my hair enough volume with making them look frizzy, shine without leaving it greasy, and smooth without looking limp.

Love Hair Revitalizing Shampoo, Nourishing Conditioner, and Nourishing Treatment Mask were provided by @lovehair. Available at lovehair.com