Haircare Favorites & A Few Duds
Some of the best hair care products I have ever used and I have used a lot. Including hair masks and rich and creamy conditioners.
I keep a running list of haircare winners and losers on a post called Haircare Graveyard. I’ve spent a lot of money over the years searching for the best products for my hair in every haircare category imaginable. The Haircare Graveyard helps me remember which products worked, and which were complete duds and a total waste of money.
Below are some newly discovered favorites as well as some of my most tried and true, and repurchased haircare products of all time. Plus, a few duds.
Head & Shoulders Shampoo – One doesn’t need to be a dandruff sufferer to relish the benefits of Head & Shoulders. I love it because it is inexpensive, nourishes my scalp, makes my hair shiny, and is color-safe.
Elnett Hairspray – You’ll see many variations of Elnett amongst my favorites. I don’t necessarily favor a particular formulation. I mix it up and buy different ones to try out. Elnett holds my style whether it be straight or curls all day without giving me helmet head.
Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder – I don’t always use dry shampoo because most days, I reach for this dark brown hair powder. It covers any roots that need covering and gives them a bit of lift as a dry shampoo would. I’ve repurchased this spray powder more times than I can count. It comes in other shades as well.
Some great styling products
Kerastase Fibre Architecte – This stuff is impressive. I have to get my split ends trimmed a couple of times a year. However, at my last haircut appointment, I didn’t have any split ends after using this product for four months. It acts as a repair cream and binding serum for split ends and damaged hair. I have since run out and I am beginning to see some split ends again. It’s been reformulated and sold here.
Smooth N Shine Instant Repair Hair Polish – An unknown drugstore gem is this shine serum. A little goes a long way. I use a tiny drop, rub it between my hands and into the middle to ends of my hair.
Andalou Styling Cream – I love Andalou organic skincare found at Whole Foods. I reached for this styling cream one day on a lark and have repurchased it several times. Whether I’m using a curling iron or hot rollers, this cream gives me smooth, bouncy curls.
Revlon Root Erase – This is a relatively new discovery and I’m sold. For quick root touch-ups between salon appointments, this root erase is quick, easy, and lasts for 2-3 weeks. I have gotten 3-4 touch-ups per box making it cost-effective as well.
It’s a 10 Leave-In Conditioner – I’m a big fan of leave-in conditioners. Of the many that I have tried, I always come back to It’s a 10. They have a few variations, all are great.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil – I’m always ready to test out a new hair oil, many are good and worthwhile. This one is superb and most impressive. I use it on wet or dry hair.
Four power players
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – I use a texturizing spray and/or root powder in place of dry shampoo. I can’t use all three together. It’s too much. This spray gives amazing volume and texture, and the smell is divine.
Caviar Anti-Aging Overnight Hair Rescue – A fantastic overnight treatment is this cream by Alterna. My hair looks and feels great when I have this in my routine.
Bed Head After Party – The one haircare product on this list that I have repurchased more than any other is this smoothing cream. I run a little through my hair to tame fly-aways after styling but where it really shines for me is on second-day hair. It brings my flat, slept-on hair back to life for day two or three before the next wash.
Novex Hair Care Brazilian Keratin Deep Conditioning Mask – This is my kind of conditioner. A giant tub of rich and creamy, deeply moisturizing hair conditioner for $15. I love this stuff.
More faves here.
Anything by Living Proof – A lot of people rave about various Living Proof hair products but they have never worked for me and I’ve tried many products in the line. I just don’t get the hype. For me, they have been average at best and I’ve never used anything that I would repurchase.
Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Treatment – This treatment offers zero noticeable results. While I’m sure it can’t hurt, it doesn’t make hair grow. Pre-wash treatments, in general, are also time-consuming and unless I can see, feel or touch the benefit of using one, it’s not worth the extra time.
Garnier Damage Repairing Hair Mask – This is my most recent dud and might be the worst hair conditioner/mask I’ve ever used. First, it smells like dirty socks. I didn’t read the label carefully and presumed it was orange-scented but it is actually papaya. I couldn’t stomach the smell and couldn’t wait to use it up. As a hair mask, it was neither moisturizing nor conditioning.
More haircare duds here.