During the winter months I just strive to keep my hair alive and not breaking off. Now that summer's here and everything's blooming, I don't mind spending more time on it... finding the right products, styling it, maintaining it. I like for my hair to feel healthy when you run your fingers through it, be soft, and smell delicious, so that's been the goal. I've loved focusing on my hair rather than my makeup, which, I keep as natural as possible in the summertime. These are seven of my summer hair product must-haves:
'Eden' Sugar Melon & Honeysuckle, Batiste Dry Shampoo. I have been wanting to switch up my dry shampoo and spread my wings as I find that the Batiste dry shampoos make my hair a little too gritty, as great as they are, but I couldn't help myself when I came across a scent I hadn't tried that sounded this dreamy. And guys, it is freaking dreamy. I like a scent that isn't overpowering or in your face, the 'Cherry' scent is my nightmare, to give you an idea of what I don't like. 'Eden' smells like a beautiful summer afternoon. It's a slightly warmer scent with a hint of sweetness, really think sugar melon - lightly sweet, it's so suitable and wonderful for the summertime (and limited edition.)
Curl Definition + Soft Feel Serum, Aussie. This is rapidly making its way to my holy grails. It's a dual personality serum which defines curls as well as deeply conditioning your hair. I started using this to give life to my second- or third-day curls (I believe the product is primarily meant for naturally curly hair but I use it whenever I've curled my straight hair, and it's awesome) and instantly witnessed how it returned that springiness to strands. I wasn't too interested in the soft-feel side of the product as I already used hair oils, but man, my hair is the softest it's ever been with this. I kid you not. I haven't touched hair oils since noticing this. If I've used this on my hair for a few days it's the silkiest thing ever. And it smells incredible, a scent that I can't put my finger on, but it's addictive (would've been perfect as a shower gel or candle.)
New York & Rio, COLAB Dry Shampoo. These are a great alternative for a lighter dry shampoo if you don't struggle with heavy oils and just want a nice product to "touch up" your second-day hair and freshen it a bit - perfect for summer. I don't feel the powder in my hair and the scents are pleasant. I got these in travel sizes to bring with me this summer as I rarely reach for a heavier dry shampoo on vacation. 'New York' is a fruity fragrance with apple and melon (probably my fave of the two,) and 'Rio' is a tropical fragrance with papaya and pineapple.
I've never used a shampoo or conditioner that I've loved, or that I've genuinely noticed did anything extensive to my hair. Just nada. I usually grab whatever at the store and that's it, so imagine my utter surprise when trying these out and feeling the difference on my hair as soon as it started air-drying, after the very first wash. First thing's first, all of these smell great, super yummy-smelling as you would expect and as the name suggests. I was happiest about the 'coconut milk' one since the scent is so pleasantly authentic to coconut. What I've never experienced with any other shampoo or conditioner is how much fuller my hair felt right away, not necessarily in a volumizing way, but stronger and so much healthier, as well as amazingly clean and fresh. I've already stocked up and can't see myself using anything else for a while. (And, you can't tell, but the bottles are pretty huge in real life which is a big plus.)
What's your must-have hair product for summer?