I have a lot of hair that I have never been good at taking care of… here are three hair products that have changed. my. life!
Call me crazy (or lazy), but taking care of my hair has always been at the very, very bottom of my to-do list.
I’ll be the first to admit it… I barely wash my hair and I had never – until very recently – used any products that weren’t involved in some kind of lawsuit.
It wasn’t until about two years ago that I actually cared or even tried to make my hair look nice.
And with hair like mine – incredibly thick, course, Prisoner of Azkaban style – I always felt like it could never look nice.
(Not to mention that I spend most of middle school **frying** my hair off with a 10-year-old flat iron.)
All and all, I’ve spent the greater majority of the last 20-years using every product and doing everything that I knew was bad for my hair.
Last November, I decided to dye my hair that I had spent most of high school, and all of college bleaching to achieve the perfect sun-kissed blonde.
My amazing hairstylist, Katie, told me all about how my hair would most likely never be as blonde as it was currently and how it could possibly do a lot of damage to my hair.
She made me promise that if I made the choice to go brown, I’d have to start using salon-quality products.
And…I did! With lots of trial and error, I found these three hair products that changed my life and I am SO excited to share them all with you!
1. Amika Reset
Amika Reset is a pink charcoal scalp cleanser that I use 2-4 times a month on dry hair before a regular shower.
I am not kidding when I tell you that this product has completely changed the way my hair looks and feels!
I have had always had a flaky scalp that would never go away no matter what products I tried.
Amika Reset goes on as an oil and turns to foam as it detoxes your scalp! It is especially helpful for dry shampoo lovers like me!
It smells amazing and has a slight cooling sensation as you leave it in (I recommend about 5 minutes).
2. Verb Hydrating Hair Mask
One of the amazing parents of my students gave me a Verb gift set for Christmas this year, and I fell in love with all of the products, but the Verb Hydrating Hair Mask was TO DIE FOR!
I used the sample size bottle within two or so uses and I did not hesitate to order more!
The awesome thing about this mask is that it’s so versatile! It can be used as a mask on dry hair, a deep conditioner on wet hair, a regular conditioner, and a leave-in conditioner!
I’ve personally found the best results when used as a deep conditioner after a full wash. I left it in while I was sleeping and, when I woke up, my hair was so soft and shiny!
3. Olaplex No. 4 and No. 5
After using Olaplex, I will never not be a fan!
Their shampoo (No. 4) and conditioner (No.5) leave you feeling as if you’ve had a salon-quality wash right in the comfort of your own home!
Not only do they smell amazing, but they leave your hair feeling silky and smooth.
I’ve gone through two bottles of this liquid gold and I’ve loved every minute of it!
The shampoo has worked best for me when I lather about a quarter-sized amount in my hands before I place it on my hair.
I also recommend that you do a double wash (especially if you only wash your hair once or twice a week like me!) to ensure no leave-in products are left behind!
Overall, what works for me may not work for you but I am SO thankful I found these hair products in one way or another and I CAN NOT recommend them more!
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Kayden Hamlin is a full-time preschool teacher and graduate student. She is passionate about saving money, self-care and mindfulness, and child development! When not in a classroom, you’d most likely find her reading with a cup of tea in hand or knitting projects for her family and friends.