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How to choose the best shampoo method for your hair type

How to choose the best shampoo method for your hair type: what you need to know about dry shampoo, cleansing conditioner, and more!

There are so many options for cleansing your hair these days—shampoo! Dry shampoo! Cleansing conditioner!—that it’s kind of hard to know what product to buy. Then there are the constant updates on sites like Pinterest about famous celebrities’ favorite hair-care routines or bloggers ditching shampoo entirely. Put it all together and the process of figuring out the best shampoo method for your hair can seem pretty daunting!

The truth is, there’s no one best way to wash your hair. There are so many factors to consider, from hair length to scalp type to whether you color and even how often you work out. If you read popular magazines or blogs about hair care you’ll find lots of great tips on how to mix and match products for your specific hair type, and you’ll probably want to do some experimenting to find what works best for you. This post isn’t going to be a comprehensive rundown of twenty different situations simply because, to be honest, I can’t speak from experience for a lot of different hair types. For example, I have never used peroxide bleach and I don’t have ethnic hair, so I can’t give the most detailed advice for those ladies!

What I do want to cover in this post is some general guidance on choosing the best shampoo method for your hair, and talk about the routine I’ve settled on for my own hair after years and years of experimenting. Believe it or not, you can use the wrong shampoo and conditioner or use the right ones in the wrong way, and it will make a huge difference in the look and feel of your hair. I’m going to break down four different types of shampoos and conditioners, how to use them for best results, and what you should consider for your hair type and daily routine. Then I’ll talk about my current routine and the best shampoo method for my hair! (more…)

Product review: Keranique Volumizing shampoo and conditioner

(Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for review from iFabbo and Keranique; however I was not compensated for writing a review and as always my opinions are my own.)

Keranique--did it give me fuller hair or leave me feeling flat?

You guys know how much I dislike writing “meh” reviews but sometimes it has to be done! This is a product I was recently sent for review and was so completely underwhelmed by that I put off writing a review because I struggled to come up with positive things to say about it. Ouch. It’s not terrible, it’s just…so meh. Read on for the details:

The product: Keranique Volumizing shampoo and conditioner; typically retails for $49.95 for a set of one 8-oz. shampoo and one 8-oz. conditioner. Available here through the company website. Check them out on social media @KeraniqueHair and by searching #KeraniqueHair.

The claim: Cleans and nourishes the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles and provide thicker, healthier-looking hair. Adds body and volume to thin hair, strengthens breakage-prone hair, and provides shine and smoothness without weighing hair down.

I tried it: I’ve always been a little jealous of girls who seem to have naturally thick, glorious hair. Mine is pretty thin and flat and no matter how I style it I always feel like it needs a little help. So I gave this shampoo and conditioner a shot in the hope that it might boost my hair a little, even though, to be honest, I’ve always been a little skeptical of products that claim to transform your hair. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

The first thing I noticed about this shampoo is that it has a very strong peppermint scent and a tingling feeling on the scalp. Some people might like that but I think lots of others might find the scent too strong. The shampoo definitely leaves your scalp feeling squeaky clean yet not stripped, if that makes sense, and I like that it’s safe for color-treated hair. However, I felt like my scalp felt oilier on the second day (when I skip a wash) than it does when I use my regular Giovanni Tea Tree shampoo, so that was a downer.

I was less impressed with the conditioner. It’s okay, but as a long-haired gal, I’ve tried tons of conditioners and have very high expectations, which this product did not meet. It did an okay job, didn’t weigh down my hair, and detangled nicely; but by the second day my ends felt much drier than they do when using my regular Giovanni or Organix conditioners. I used this product continuously for a month and in conjunction with a variety of other styling products and the result was the same every time.

Did my hair look fuller? Slightly, and it was definitely shiny and pretty, but I was incredibly bummed to go into my second day with oily roots and dry ends. It’s even more of a bummer when you consider the price tag on these shampoos versus my typical drugstore buys. The volumizing effect was nice but way too temporary, in my opinion.

My final thoughts: From such an expensive shampoo with such lofty claims, I expected really amazing results, but I was left disappointed. I think in a blind test you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this shampoo and conditioner and many other cheaper brands. Overall, it’s definitely not the worst product I’ve ever tried, it was just so middling that I would not recommend it.

Have you ever tried Keranique? What’s your favorite hair-boosting product? Do you have any tips for making thin hair look fuller?

Product review/giveaway: Teeze w/ Eez Aqua Brush

(Disclaimer: I received a sample product in exchange for an honest review; however I was not compensated for writing a review and as always all opinions are my own.)

Win an Aqua Brush from Teeze w/ Eez!

If you follow me on Instagram then you might remember me posting this photo on Wednesday. Teeze w/ Eez was kind enough to send two of their new Aqua Brushes (retail $8.95) for review and I have to say that I just love them! Having long hair, knots are a constant problem–after washing, after swimming, or during windy days–and picking them out is not only time-consuming, it can be damaging, too. More often than not I end up pulling clumps of hair out while detangling, but this brush gently glides through tangles without tugging or breaking the hair.

Win an Aqua Brush from Teeze w/ Eez!

I really like how this brush looks, too. It’s bright and cheerful and has a pretty, textured grip that fits nicely in my hand. (Hey, I have small hands–I appreciate a small, contoured grip!) You’ll notice in the picture below that the bristles are extra-long–they’re super-flexible, so they won’t snag the hair, and as an added bonus, they give your scalp a nice massage, too!

Win an Aqua Brush from Teeze w/ Eez!

Thank you to Teeze w/ Eez for the brush–I’m been using it all week to detangle my hair and have really loved it! It definitely beats picking away at my snarls with a comb.

And now for the giveaway! Since the company was kind enough to send me two of these brushes, I’m giving the second one away! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. (U.S. residents only through May 2nd; see terms and conditions for full details.) Good luck!

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The good, the middling and the just plain bad of the 2015 Golden Globes

I started flipping through images for a “best-of” Golden Globes fashion post and realized…I liked almost NOTHING that hit the red carpet Sunday night. NOTHING! Emma Stone killed it, as usual, and there were a few other honorable mentions, but for the most part I just disliked everything I saw. Maybe it was me…maybe it was the designers…who knows!

Anyway, in the end, I had a handful of best-dressed ladies to point out, a bunch of “almost” looks, and a few “heck, no”s. This is going to get long, so I’ll cut if off and let you click to continue reading!

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A cute (and easy) hairdo for the braid-challenged

I’m braid-challenged. I admit it. But I love the look of braids, and they’re so perfect for hot days when you just can’t be bothered to style your hair, which is why I love the look of this ponytail/braid combo on Blake Lively.

It starts with a slicked-back pony–perfect for hiding flat roots, grown-out layers, and a host of other hair issues. After the ponytail it turns into a rough, messy braid. It looks like her stylist teased her hair (and possibly added some dry shampoo for grip and body), then wove differently-sized sections of hair into a loose braid. You could tug on sections and/or rough up the tail a little more with a brush to make the braid even bigger and messier.

 

 

Here’s another view of it from the back:

Cute, right? And simple enough for even the clumsy-thumbsys among us to do. Just add some statement earrings and you’re ready to go. (Blake wore this look at Cannes, so you know it’s good to go for evening events, too!)

Product review: Teeze W/ Eez

(Disclosure: I was provided with free samples in exchange for an honest review. However I was not compensated in any other way for writing the review and as always all opinions are my own.)

 

I have another review to share with you, this time of a neat little product called Teeze W/ Eez. These combs look ordinary, but they work to back-comb and volumize the hair with less effort and less damage than traditional backcombing with a regular comb. As someone who struggles with flat hair, I was intrigued when Jaime contacted me to see if I’d like to try the combs for a review. Of course! How could I not?!

I’m not going to lie: I hate backcombing my hair, possibly even more than I hate blow-drying it. It takes a lot to get volume in my hair and I’m inevitably left with quite a knotty mess at the end of the day. The Teeze W/ Eez combs are anti-static and feature a unique pin design that allows you to backcomb your hair using only a quarter of the strokes typically needed (which obviously translates to less tugging and damage!). I also feel like these combs are less prone to tangling and snagging in the hair.

Here’s a before-and-after comparison of my regular air-dried hair and my hair after backcombing it with the Teeze W/ Eez comb. I used a little dry shampoo on my roots to add grip and finished off my ends with a curling iron for polish. So much better, obviously, than letting my hair just lie flat against my head!

I also really love the palm-sized grip of the mini comb. It’s perfect for traveling, or for throwing in your purse for work or school, so you can refresh your roots midday.

The original Teeze W/ Eez retails for $19.95 and the Teeze W/ Eez 2 Go retails for $14.95; both can be purchased through the Teeze W/ Eez website.

(Disclosure: I was provided with free samples in exchange for an honest review. However I was not compensated in any other way for writing the review and as always all opinions are my own.) 

Product review: Oliva Garden Nanothermic Contour Brush

(Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review. However I was not compensated for writing a review and as always all opinions are my own.)

 

I really don’t like blow-drying my hair. Loathe. Detest. Do not want. Don’t get me wrong, I love the results, but the process gets more irritating as my hair grows ever longer. It tangles easily, takes extra time to dry, and requires extra care to prevent breakage or dry, fuzzy ends.

One thing I’ve learned in my battles with the blow-dryer is that, at least for me, a good brush makes a huge difference between a great blowout and a rat’s nest. So when Olivia Garden offered to send me one of their NanoThermic Contour brushes for review, I was curious to see how it would perform.

As you can see this brush has a pretty large barrel–2 3/8 inches, to be exact. It’s not just the large barrel that makes this brush so nice for blow-drying my long hair–the curved shape helps add bend and movement to my hair, very helpful since my hair tends to be very straight after even the most basic of blow-drys. The shape also hugs your scalp, helping to really lift hair at the roots for more body and volume.

As you can see, the bristles have a gently wavy shape; these bristles are designed to be gentler on the hair. But there’s something else–notice how the barrel is vented? I adore my vented brush for quick blow-drys so having a vented round brush is just the best of both worlds.

This short pick is hidden in the handle, so you can section hair without using your fingers or a comb.

I really like the tourmaline ion tech; it helps my hair emerge from a blow-dry session super-shiny and silky. Finally, I have to mention that I really appreciate the light weight of this brush. It seems like such a small thing, but as I mentioned earlier, I have long hair that takes extra time to dry, so the lighter the brush the better!

I actually received this brush a little over a month ago, so I’ve had plenty of time to test it out for this review. I really liked this brush the first time I used it, and it’s just grown on me even more over time. I feel like it cuts my blow-drying time down and leaves my hair much bouncier and healthier-looking at the end. Thank you Olivia Garden for sending me such an awesome brush, and just in time for spring styling!

You can find Olivia Garden brushes at stores like Ulta or over at Folica.com; these new NanoThermic Contour brushes retail for $28 to $35 and come in three sizes. You can check them out here, or visit the company website here.

Glowy winter makeup (selfie)

Well, I suppose I kind of failed at BEDN–I skipped out yesterday because I was way too tired from work to even check my e-mail, let alone sit down and compose a post. Today’s prompt is supposed to be writing about something outside of your comfort zone, but sadly today I am again drawing a blank on a proper post!

However, I do have something that kind of counts–a selfie from our movie date night last week. I feel weird posting selfies either on the blog or social media, probably just because I am not used to it. So here you go! (Sorry for the grainy quality, I didn’t have time to dig out the real camera for a snapshot.)

It was a chilly, snowy day, so I went with a knit hat and fluffy scarf to keep me warm. To get a low-makeup look that was rosy and bright, I used a tinted moisturizer all over to subtly warm up my skin tone, then used a blend of peach and wine blushes to warm up my cheeks. A generous amount of highlighter on cheek and brow bones and in the inner corner of the eyes adds more glow. I used  waterproof mascara (to avoid smudging in the damp) and a trace of creamy pencil on the waterline to brighten my eyes. A slick of lip balm and light pink gloss finished it all off.