Hair products that actually work
One of the many things I struggle with – my hair. It’s wavy in the most unruly way, thin, damaged, and frizzy. What happened to the Asian hair stereotype? Given my hair situation, it’s been difficult to find hair products that actually work for me. But after 26 years, I think I finally found them.
Trust me when I say I’ve searched high and low, because I have. Most were average at best, and even the expensive, much-hyped-about ones were disappointing. Surprisingly, most of the products in my current HG collection are drugstore brands, so yes, good AND cheap can coexist.
I’ve tried the Hair One cleansing conditioners before, since people claimed it was a dupe for the WEN ones, and boy I hated it. I didn’t notice my hair getting any better, but I definitely noticed the buildup on my scalp! The Herbal Essence Cleansing Conditioner uses a lot less products, and it actually makes my hair softer!! For once I actually noticed an improvement in my hair, which is incredible because that rarely happens. For that alone, it deserves a spot in the Products I list.
If you use a lot of products in your hair or if you just tend to get buildup in your scalp like me, it’s good to use a clarifying shampoo every once in a while. The ones I’ve used in the past have been way too harsh and made by hair really dry, but this manages to make my scalp feel squeeky clean and my hair still manageable. I like to use this once a week followed by a deep conditioning mask. It’s like my weekly facial cleanse, except for hair!
Ok, I’ve never tried the Moroccan Oil mask, but this works so well that I’ve just stuck to it. I used to use the mask with every wash, but now I’m able to cut down to once a week. I’m also a fan of their Healing Oil Treatment, which moisturizes without making my hair look super greasy. Both smell divine and when used together makes my hair softer and more manageable.
I think I meant to get the regular oil, but I bought this one by accident. Maybe it was fate, but I ended up really liking this. It reminds me a lot of the Kerastase Elixir, but at a fraction of the price. I mainly use this after I’ve finished blowdrying and styling my hair, as it tames any frizzes while adding shine. The spray nozzle is terrible though, so I just spray some into my hands and apply it that way.
For the longest time I couldn’t understand why my hair was in much better condition in Taiwan than in the US. After a bit of research, I found out it was because of the difference in water. The chlorine in the water in DC was stripping my hair of its color, shine, and moisture, all while making it more difficult for my shampoo to lather. In short, it was just pure awfulness for my hair. After using this I immediately noticed a difference: shampoo was easier to wash out, hair felt less tangled, and my skin felt a lot less dry. Even my fiancé noticed a difference, and you know when a guy notices a difference, that’s a big deal.
Do I think the above products are fabulous? Absolutely. Will I still to them for the rest of my life? Who knows It’s possible that I could find something else that works even better, and reading reviews about all these different products makes me want to try them out – It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product, Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner, J Beverly Hills Blue Line (carried by Niki Moon Salon), and Pantene Damage Detox CC Creme, just to name a few.
What are some of your favorite hair products? Do share!