I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as a guaranteed good hair day. Unless you get a professional blowout (you lucky thing!), if your hair wants to rebel on any given day, it can and it will--typically when you need it to look its best. But before you spend half an hour attempting to get your hair into form, only to give up and throw it into a bun, consider the styling products you've used in the shower.
While I'm picky about the shampoo and conditioner I use, I almost never study the effects of combining the two. It's always a question of whether the product is good on its own, and not how it functions with various counterparts.
But a few weeks ago, totally by accident, I stumbled upon the ultimate combination: Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo and the new got2be Oil-licious (ugh, what a name) Golden Shimmer Conditioner. Each is perfectly fine on its own, but the two combined are a match made in good hair heaven.
The shampoo actually does perform some volumizing and thickening action at my roots (which is surprising, considering it's a claim that seldom delivers), and the hydrating conditioner smoothes out the waves in my hair and de-frizzes it considerably. Obviously, this is not ideal if I want to wear my hair wavy, but the lift at the crown combined with the smoothed out locks results in something of a blowout-look--without even touching a hair dryer. The conditioner is thick enough to smooth out the kinks in my hair, but it doesn't feel heavy, and it's certainly not too dense for the shampoo to do its job. Best of all, it even leaves my ends hydrated and smoothed over, almost as though I've taken a round brush to them. Seemingly trivial, but scruffy and rough ends are what instantly make your hair look unkempt--it's the difference between a ponytail with the elastic showing, and a ponytail with a piece of hair wrapped around the band. A polished look is always in the (annoying) details!
I've always been an air-dry kind of girl, but using these two products means I can retain my sense of overwhelming laziness without looking sloppy (like my naturally dried waves can sometimes appear). Lately, I've been so pleased with the result that I skip every other hair product. We're talking no creams, sprays, or even oils.
This literally effortless look is certainly not equivalent to a professional blowout, but nothing gives my step an extra bounce like a good hair day--especially if it was as easy as washing my hair.
I know some people swear by certain shampoo and conditioner combinations, so leave a comment if you've got a holy grail duo!
I'd be especially interested to hear if anyone uses a coordinating shampoo and conditioner, since I never do.