When it comes to hair products, I’m pretty picky, and when I find products that I think work well, I’m also pretty loyal to them. I wanted to share some of the best products that I use on a daily basis. Keep in mind that I have coloured, damaged hair, so for some of these treatments, you may want to select similar products if you have a different hair type. I’ve also tried to include a more budget-friendly version for some of the pricier (but well worth it!) products. Let’s get started!
Though you can use this product every day, I prefer to use it once or twice a week, alternating with my regular shampoo. This product is great at removing all the guck and residue left from hairsprays, dry shampoos, and other styling products, without removing your precious (and expensive!) hair dye. It leaves your hair squeaky clean and is especially great when using a deep conditioning treatment (like the one below). Another great alternative if you don’t have colour treated hair is the Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo (note: this product can strip your hair colour).
2. Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask $28.00
The first time I used this mask, I didn’t see what all the hype was about. After a few uses however, I was definitely in love. Apply this in the shower and leave on for 5 minutes or so before rinsing, and you’ll be left with soft, manageable hair. You can even put this on at bedtime and wear it as an overnight mask, washing out in the morning. If this product isn’t in your beauty budget, try Aussie 3 Minute Miracle or TRESemme Platinum Strength Renewing Deep Conditioning Treatment.
3. Moroccanoil Treatment Oil $39.00
This is one of the items that I usually ask for at Christmas or birthdays, because I slightly cringe at the thought of a hair product that costs close to $50.00. But honestly, this product is worth every penny. Not only does it smell delicious (like a tropical vacation), it also works extremely well, and one large bottle lasts a really long time (about 6-7 months). You can apply this product to wet or dry hair, and can also use it as a heat protectant before drying, straightening, or curling your hair. Even better? This oil can also be used as a body or massage oil! A budget friendly product that is similar to this product is the Got2b Oil-licous Calm and Shine Styling Oil.
4. OSIS+ Magic Finish $19.99
I use this product once my hair is dry, typically after straightening to tame those annoying flyaways. A little bit goes a long way, so one bottle lasts a really long time (over a year for me!). I love that this product gives beautiful shine and provides manageability without making your hair look greasy. A less expensive but similar product is the Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Finishing Crème.
This is my can’t-live-without product for creating sleek ponytails or taming second day hair. The easy to use wand makes it a cinch to apply, and the product is not greasy or clumpy. I use it mostly where my hair parts to flatten flyaways, or for those annoying baby hairs that frame the face. I love this product so much that I bought out the stock at Shoppers Drug Mart when it was on clearance one day (now that’s love!).
This hairspray is the perfect combination of strong hold and manageability. It gives me soft, bouncy curls that last all night but don’t feel crunchy or hard. Some people complain that the smell is very old-fashioned, but I actually don’t mind it at all. In fact, this product is a favourite of many celebrities and hair stylists, (you can find pictures of Kourtney Kardashian raiding the shelves for it!).
7. Batiste Dry Shampoo $8.00
I’ve already expressed my love for this product in a recent post, but in a nutshell, this product provides volume, a great scent, and the illusion of squeaky clean hair…enough said!
“If your hair is done properly and you have on good shoes, you can get away with anything.” ~Iris Apfel