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Top 5 Hair Products of 2017

Top 5 Hair Products of 2017

What started as yet another form of procrastination from grad school papers, combined with my constant need to overshare my thoughts and experiences on all things beauty, this little blog was born. It’s been a fun, tiring, and expensive(!) hobby, but I have loved the journey. And while I’ve reviewed a lot of products over the past year, I thought it’d be helpful for you (and me!) to compile a list of my top products of 2017 in various beauty categories. So, over the next week, I’ll be sharing my top products based on my own research and experiences. And, as always, I hope you find it helpful.

Orbie's Gold Lust Collection and Magnificent Volume Collection
Ok, before you start freaking out about the cost (appx $50 per product), take in a deep breath and calm yourself. I’ve never been a slave to a certain haircare line for a few reasons: there’s always a new product launch that promises magical results that rarely deliver; shampoos are so ubiquitous that – depending on my mood - cost justification is a challenge; and, I - rather, my hair - gets bored with certain products. While it is quite costly to maintain the color of my hair, I found the cost of luxury shampoo and conditioners outrageoud. But when the brilliant marketing team at Beautylish sent me a free sample of the Orbie Gold Lust Shampoo and Conditioner, I was a goner. Only one other time in my life has my hair been so soft, shiny, and manageable which was when I get the Keratin Complex Treatment ($300-500 per treatment) every 5 months or so. That right there helps me justify the cost of Oribie products. J

IGK's Expensive Amla Hi-Shine Topcoat
To try to prolong my bottle of Oribe conditioner, I mix in a bit of "Expensive" - yes, that’s its name - to add even more shine to my hair. It retails for $6.90 per ounce which isn’t much cheaper that Orbie’s conditioners ($6.17 per ounce), but it’s a bit more accessible and adds an extra dose of magic to my hair. (Bonus: it’s a UV protectant, too!)

IGK's Down & Out Dirty Spray
What they say it does: "This nutrient-rich texturizing spray gives your hair just the right amount of grit, creating a third-day "lived-in" look without actually skipping the wash. Use it to give hair piecey separation or for extra grip while styling. Coconut oil nourishes and strengthens hair, while sunflower extract conditions and seals in moisture."
My response to their claims: YES!!!! 
Now, I know that not everybody is into adding texture and grit in their freshly washed hair, but I sure am. One of my most feared hairstyles EVER is what I call "News Anchor Hair". Soft, rounded, bubbly, hair-sprayed-into-helmet hairdos isn’t a good look on me. And, quite frankly, I'm not really that skilled at hair style maneuvers anyways (curling irons befuddle me). So, the grunge-rocker-beachy-effortless-I-just-woke-up-like-this hair works for me, and the Dirty Spray has become a necessity in accomplishing that look.

Living Proof's Prime Style Extender
This product is like ginkgo biloba for your hair. Beach waves will stay in my hair for days after using this product which means I use less heat on my hair. YAY! I’ve never found anything quite like it, and other products I have tried (like Ouai Memory Mist) pale in comparison.  

 

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