Let’s start this by saying, I’m way overdue for a haircut. I haven’t had as much as a trim in seven months, and I have all the split ends and snags in the world to attest to that. But even so, people have been complimenting my hair, asking me if I cut my hair because something looks different. The only thing I could think of is the product I have been testing (rather skeptically at first), and that’s hair primer.
I need a trim so bad.
More specifically, the Aquis Water Defense Pre Wash. I was intrigued when I read what it does (this is not sponsored at all by the way, but was sent to me by the brand to test). Face primers to help your makeup last I can understand, but a hair primer? Essentially a primer for your hair is to protect it, repelling water that can potentially dull it. This one from Aquis says it helps protect hair against damage from washing, drying, and styling to leave it less frizzy and stronger. With ingredients like coconut oil and keratin amino acids, I already knew it had the makings of a good repairing product (also note, it’s not made with any sulfates or parabens).
Aquis Water Defense Pre Wash
I’m usually not a fan of adding another step to my routine, but this was an easy one to integrate. I just had to spray it on dry hair prior to showering (leaving it on for 2 minutes minimum). I always leave it in a little bit longer — somehow I always find errands to do before I actually jump in the shower. But the fact that it wasn’t much of a time commitment to begin with made me more keen to use it. Plus, it has a nice, coconut-y scent. Then, just shampoo out.
Take note: the first few times I used it, I couldn’t REALLY tell if it made a difference. I felt like my hair looked better, but I couldn’t pinpoint what it was actually doing. I think only because it was so easy to use, I continued doing so. Then a few weeks in, I started noticing my hair was much shinier, and almost like it was adding weight to my hair by way of repairing it. I noticed less hair falling out in the shower (as the bottle states “wet hair is weak hair”). And as I mentioned, others started noticing too.
Which is all great, but when it comes down to it, do you NEED this product? It’s $29 for a generous 12 fl oz. What I would say is IF you do heat style or color your hair, or if you feel like your hair is dull, I think you’ll find this will help your hair look and feel healthier. While I noticed less hair falling, I don’t think it’s exactly recommended for hair loss or hair thinning, so don’t expect anything crazy if you’re looking for volume. And if you DO end up getting it, give it a couple weeks to see if you notice a difference like I did. If you have severe damage, I’d even leave it on overnight. It’s not oily but your hair will be wet so make sure you wrap your hair or protect your pillowcases before sleeping.
What other products do you want to hear about for hair? Let me know if any of you try it and what you think!
I get this question a LOT, so I figured I’ll put it all in one place. Here’s the riveting story about how I style my messy lob, and what products I like to use.
As a preface, I did this quick IG video tutorial about it:
I start with wet hair and if I’m feeling more volume, I’ll use this Liss & Plump gel-cream styler from L’Oreal Professionel. Even if you’re not particularly doing this style but crave volume, THIS is it. It helps give you hair more body without being crunchy like you might using mousse. I use a dime-size for my hair and just finger brush it through.
Then I spritz my favorite Wave Spray from Ouai. I’ve tried other “waving” sprays but haven’t found one I like quite like Ouai’s yet.
Then I do a rough blow dry. No brush, no tools. My hair naturally, by the way, is wavy…ish. After I did a Cezanne keratin treatment years ago, I think it changed the structure of my hair and it veers more on the straight side lately (I never did a keratin treatment before or after this instance!), but I guess it’s naturally somewhere in between.
After my hair is dry, I use a 1″ FLAT iron. You can use a curling wand too, and when my hair was freakishly long that was my tool of choice. But I find using the flat iron makes it look a little more messy and undone which is more what I’m going for. I first part my hair and clip it up to do the bottom layer first. Starting from the roots, I twist my hair in the flat iron to make bends, leaving the ends straight (about 2 inches from the bottom). Then, I unclip the top layer and curl it the same way (you can see in the video how I do this). Then I’ll just go around and straighten the ends with the flat iron to make it look messy.
And the grand finale (and also how I came to appreciate this product): Texturizing Spray. It helps give your hair grit and look more worn in. Again, my favorite is from Ouai, but I also LOVE Amika Un.Done Texture Spray (and it smells like perfume!). Just spray it all over and shake your fingers through your hair.
I’ve been team long-hair for so long, that when I finally chopped my hair a few months ago, it took me a while to figure out how to style it. A few of you have asked how I do the messy waves in my pictures, so I did a quick video on Instagram on it. Check it out:
So this haircut is REALLY new. I can’t remember the last time I had short hair but I’m loving the change for a little bit. As a result of me being on Team Long Hair for so long though, I feel like I’m learning how to style hair all over again. Luckily, I was in good hands with the team at Ouidad, who specialize in hair products for curly and wavy-haired peeps (ME!).
Ouidad’s Texture Taffy and PlayCurl Curl Amplifying Styling Spray
Styled by Chadwick Pendley
The Texture Paste has little pliable fibers that you can use on wet hair to give your curls (or in my case, waves) shape before you dry it. He used a curling iron to define my waves a more, before using Ouidad’s PlayCurl styling spray, which gave my hair a little more grit and beach waves. Finally, he showed me their Texture Smoothing Frizz & Flyaway Fighter Spray which helps get rid of any excess frizz.
Yesterday I told you about Madison Reed’s Root Touch Up, and how I was going to test it at the gym. The verdict is in: It lasted three miles and high intensity training. The new root color powder comes in seven colors so it’ll suit pretty much all hair colors, actually is oil-absorbing too so I used a little afterwards to absorb any excess oil before I met some friends after the gym too.
Root Touch Up
I also had to try another test, which is even more important: the white hair test. I volunteered a friend to try to cover a couple strands of white hairs on her to check how good the coverage is:
It covered the hairs, but it definitely took more than a few strokes to get there (I realized it’s easier to apply on the roots because you can spread the color a little more easily than on the tops of individual strands). Another perk of the small compact is it’s made for people on-the-go. It’s easy to pack to take for travel and fits in my purse too. Have any of you tried a root-cover up? Are you going to try this one?
Madison Reed’s Root Touch Up is available for purchase at madison-reed.com, Sephora stores, and sephora.com for $36. It’s brand new and just rolled out so I’ve found some trouble finding them at the stores and it’s been sold out online, but rest assured it’ll be re-stocked soon!
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If you’ve been following my Insta, you probably saw a new product I’ve been trying out: Madison Reed Root Touch Up. It’s a brand new compact you can find in the checkout aisles at Sephora, so I already know if it’s in the cult store it has merit to it but I had to see myself.
Madison Reed Root Touch Up
They asked me to try it out and see what I thought. Besides the gorgeous eggplant compact it comes in, the first stand out to me was it’s thick brush. I’ve tried other root-touch ups but this brush is so much easier to use and dense enough to pack a lot of product to use. I figured a few ways you can use it depending on your needs:
1) Go longer between coloring your hair. As a classic root touch up, if you’re used to touching up grays at your roots, you can go even longer by using this. The wide brush as I mentioned makes it easy to go in quickly and cover up grays, but for me I found an even better use for it personally and that’s…
2) Covering up a bad dye job (temporarily). A couple months ago, I had a bad experience getting my hair highlighted — some strands were way too blonde and left me with what essentially looked like bad tiger stripes. I used this to soften the color on the top layers of my hair so the blonde wasn’t so bright (it takes a little longer than just covering up the roots, but it did the job).
3) Fake thicker hair. One time I interviewed celebrity hairstylist, Jen Atkin (you might know her best as the Kardashian’s mane girl), and she said she loves to use a dark shadow or a cover up like this to fill in sparse areas in the hairline to make your hair actually look thicker. It’s a easy trick of the trade and since this is long-lasting, you’ll be set for the night.
I’m going to write another post tomorrow of my test drive with it at the gym — since I’m usually drenched with sweat, I though the true test of its resilience will be using it while I work out. Stay tuned!