Normally, when I haven't blogged for two weeks, I have a pretty good reason for it. This time, unfortunately, my only excuse is that I've been stressed about so many different things (namely, the fact that I'm graduating in three months and have no prospective job opportunities--can I get an Amen, fellow English majors?) that I completely shut down and lost all motivation to do anything. You know, because nothing tackles your problems better than squirreling under the covers and pretending they don't exist. I'm slowly starting to force myself to return to reality, though, and hopefully a more regular blogging schedule. I know you've missed my hilariously bad photography skills!
I've been really into haircare products recently, which has been a nice return to my roots (<--I'm sorry), as it was the hair department of beauty that I first fell in love with. My hair is currently the longest it's ever been at almost past boob-length, so I've had extra fun in playing with it and experimenting with new product to take care of it. I've come across some real keepers, two of which you'll be meeting in Thursday's February Favorites, but have also encountered the following products that aren't worth repurchasing.
1. Toni & Guy Dry Shampoo: Toni & Guy and Charles Worthington are two haircare brands that I constantly hear British YouTube girls and bloggers talk about, which makes me positively itch to try them. I still can't get my hands on Charles Worthington, but just started seeing Toni & Guy at my Duane Reade, and snapped up their dry shampoo. This isn't a bad dry shampoo, but I won't be repurchasing it, which is why it's here. It's a good, sturdy can with a strong nozzle, and my hair looks nice and clean, but as you know from this massive post, I'm a real stickler about the texture of dry shampoo. This one isn't as stiff or uncomfortable as it could be, but it's still a bit more textured than I would like. It's just one of those powders that you can feel in your hair, that creates enough stiffness to feel unnatural, similar to the Drybar Detox dry shampoo. I can suck it up and use it if I've got nothing else on hand, but I'll never reach for it if I've got a can of Batiste lying around. I'm still very interested in the Toni & Guy line, though, which you'll see in next week's haul post!
2. Pantene Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo: Blergh. Another one of those weird, kind of stiff and wet "dry" shampoos that gunk up my roots and are uncomfortable to feel sitting in my hair. It's not the absolute worst dry shampoo I've tried, but I still have to force myself to use it, and only if nothing else is available. Apparently, Pantene is doing a whole line of dry shampoos, so I might try one or two of the others, but I don't have high hopes for them.
3. Amika Straight Up Smoothing Balm: This line has been on sale at Ricky's for ages, so I took the opportunity to pick up this pre-blowdry straightening cream. I was hoping it would perform as well as my Bumble and Bumble Straight Cream, but with the added benefit of heat protection. I like that this product is more of a workhorse, but I honestly don't see any difference when I use it compared to when I don't. I like straightening balms for blowing out my hair so I have less work to do with my InStyler afterwards, and this just doesn't help smooth my hair. I always have a hard time using products like these up because they don't do anything, and it's hard to force myself to grab for it over something (like the B&B) that actually performs.
4. Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle: Ingrid (MissGlamorazzi on YouTube) had been showing this in her videos a while back, so I practically snatched up this de-tangler when I saw it on sale. The Macadamia Oil and Hair Mask are absolute cornerstones in my haircare rotation, so I was hoping this would at least have the same silky-soft effect that I love. I normally use my Aqua Tangle Teezer in the shower so my hair is never that tangly when I towel-dry, but when I skipped that step and tried to just use this and a wide-toothed comb to get my knots out, it was almost unbearable. I don't typically use detanglers, but compared to the one I last tried (a Johnson's and Johnson's kid's one), this had next to no detangling ability. Worst of all, it doesn't even have the incredibly softening properties and delicious Macadamia Oil smell that I love. I say stick to the brand's mask and oil and leave it at that--no, I'm not a fan of the Flawless mousse, either.
5. Kerastase Lait Vital 1 Conditioner: I was out of conditioner and went rummaging through my beauty stash (I'm rarely actually out of anything) and pulled out this old Kerastase one. I bought it maybe a year a half ago and didn't remember what I thought of it, so it entered the rotation, and despite my love for Kerastase, I was thoroughly disappointed. This conditioner is for normal to slightly dry hair, which my hair happened to be at that point (I had used an incredibly deep hair mask the previous wash, so my locks were nice and hydrated), but it just seemed so un-moisturizing. It doesn't have any of the softening, smoothing, detangling properties of any half-decent $5 conditioner, and just didn't feel like it was replenishing any moisture post-shampoo. I had an incredibly difficult time brushing through my hair with my Aqua Tangle Teezer and there were still some painful knots lingering when I got out of the shower. Top that all off with the stuffy, grandma smell of this conditioner, and I'm passing it off to a friend. I'm still infatuated with the Kerastase line, so let's just chalk this experience up to a rare miss, and potentially using a product not suited to my hair type.
My Most Valuable Products: February post will be up on Thursday!
Hope you're well!