Hey guys and gals! Today’s post is going to be all about my current haircare products. I am going to go over the shampoos, conditioners, and dry shampoos that I’ve been using and also I’ll add in the tools that I use! Now, I am no haircare expert, but these are the products that have been working for me. I do want to mention that the products that I use in my hair (except for one dry shampoo) are pretty expensive. I have noticed that when I put some money into my hair products I get better results. I totally understand that not everyone can afford a $30 shampoo, but there are times throughout the year when Ulta does discounts on certain haircare brands, so definitely take advantage of that if you are interested in any of the products that I mention!
Shampoo & Conditioner:
I have a couple different shampoos and conditioners that I use on my hair depending on what I am wanting my hair to look like. I use WELLA, Alterna and recently have been using Monat.
The WELLA shampoo and conditioner I use are great for color-treated and fine hair, which I definitely have. I like to use this combo when my hair’s color is looking a little dull. The products smell amazing and they do a great job of adding shine and brightness to my hair!
I will say though that I’ve noticed the conditioner that pairs with the shampoo can leave my hair feeling a little greasy, so I make sure to use a REALLY small amount, otherwise my hair will look greasy by day #2.
Next up is this Alterna duo that I’ve been using for a few weeks now and LOVING. Because my hair is thin, it tends to lack volume, so I obviously got the volume duo. The only downside of this product is that it is VERY drying. If you are someone who uses conditioner from root to tip, you might be fine, but I just put it on the ends of my hair and my roots feel really dry when I get out of the shower. When I purchased this duo the woman at Sephora said that she uses the conditioner all over her head, but I’ve tried that and it leaves my hair looking greasy and unclean. The conditioner makes up for the dryness in the shampoo (a little), but my roots still end up feeling really dry when I’m trying to brush my hair after I get out of the shower. I have noticed that I can go about 3 days in between washes when I use the Alterna shampoo and conditioner, so that is a MAJOR plus!
One more thing to mention about Alterna is how much I love their packaging. The top of the shampoo and conditioner twist to open and then you just squeeze the bottle to get product out. I just love the ease of it and it is different than any other shampoo/conditioner I’ve used before.
Lastly, I have recently incorporated a Monat shampoo into my regimen. Similar to the Alterna shampoo, this shampoo is very drying. I do notice how clean my hair looks after using this shampoo though. I also wasn’t aware that I had to wash my hair twice in order to really “clean” it, even though I know the bottle always say ‘repeat’ but who listens to that?! After learning a bit about Monat from a sales rep. I learned about the proper way to wash your hair and I really did notice a difference once I washed my hair a second time.
So, if you know me then you know that I am a dry shampoo feen! I really only like to wash my hair about 2 times a week, so dry shampoo is really my life saver. There are two different products that I’ve been rotating between and they are the Monat “The Champ” dry shampoo & Batiste dry shampoo.
So I don’t have a ton to say about either of these dry shampoos other than they both work really well. I do notice a slight tint to my hair more so from the Batiste dry shampoo than the Monat, but I honestly don’t mind the discoloration that much. I will say the Monat dry shampoo is WAYYYY pricier than the Batiste, so if you are on a tight budget definitely go for the Batiste.
Again, if you know me you know that I wear my hair straight like 98% of the time, so having a straightener that is semi-decent is important to me.
For the longest time, I was using a very ugly purple zebra printed straightener that I got at a mall kiosk. I’ll be honest when I’m walking through the mall and get near one of those kiosks I’ll either pull out my phone, not make eye contact, or if I’m with someone I’ll move to the other side of them so they are closer to the workers. Many moons ago, I stopped at one though and actually was impressed by the straightener.
Fast forward to today and after many years of constant use I had to put that baby to bed and get myself a new (zebra print free) straightener and I got mine from Ulta. I used some points to get the one I use currently.
So I have a couple negatives about this straightener. 1. Sometimes it pulls out my hair. I’m sure this has happened to all of you before, but it is annoying and hurts. 2. You really have to force the plates together. I think the one I purchased has something called ‘floating plates’ I don’t even know, but it is a little annoying and also my fault for not doing my research. But I have to really squeeze the plates together for it to straighten my hair.
Other than those two things, the straightener is pretty good. It gets the job done and it wasn’t ridiculously expensive, so I’ll take it.
I only have two more hair tools to talk about so hold tight.
Next up is my blow dryer. I can’t seem to find the exact one that I have, but this is close enough. When I got my blow dryer, I wasn’t interested in spending a crap ton of money because I just don’t see the point. The things I was really looking for were that it folded up and the cord could go up into the body, and that the ‘high’ setting was actually high.
This blow dryer has done a great job so far. I usually like to let my hair air dry for a little bit before I blow dry it so I’m not spending all my time drying my hair (because ya girl has fine hair but A LOT OF IT.) I also use the piece on the front like in the picture, because I heard somewhere that is supposed to be better for your hair, who even knows but I do it haha.
Last up is my curling wand. So now we are talking about the ways I style my hair in that remaining 2%, which is to curl it.
I like to curl my hair for special occasions or if I’m just bored of constantly having my hair straight. I chose to get a wand because honestly the clip ones intimidate me. Yes, I burn myself on the wand when I’m curling my hair, but I don’t find it difficult to use and I always get curls that I am happy with. I was gifted a curling iron for Christmas and I was so excited about it, but I can’t seem to get the hang of it and it just leaves my hair full of dents, so sadly I’m returning it.
Those are all the products and tools that I use on my hair currently. If I come across products that I swap in to replace any of the above mentioned items I can do another of these posts, but for now these are the goods.
I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!
lots of love