Saying my hair is high maintenance is kind of an understatement. I have thin, blond hair that always very easily shows off any split ends (#blondeproblems) and since I’m a honey-blonde can easily look brassy, which as a blonde is a huge no. I’ve spent years looking for some of the best hair care products to ensure that my hair isn’t frizzy, brassy looking, and has a healthy look to it. Today on the blog, I’m sharing my favorite products with you! I also took the time and linked all of the products for your convenience if you want to look at them/shop them. I used the Ulta website because that’s where I typically pick up my hair products, but I’m not working with Ulta on this post nor are the links affiliate links. As I said, it’s all for your convenience!
In the shower
Hempz Blushing Grapefruit & Raspberry Crème Color Preserving Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner| I use both the Hempz shampoo and conditioner daily unless I’m using my purple shampoo or moisture masque (more on how I use those a little later in the post!). While it is a color preserving shampoo and conditioner that is a great fit for my color-treated hair, I would hands down pick this up simply because of the scent. Oh. My. Goodness. You know how typically you get used to a scent and no longer really smell it? That has yet to happen with this product and I’ve been using it for over a year now.
Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo| As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I naturally have honey blonde hair and typically my stylist works to keep the natural honey in my hair as much as possible. I normally get my hair done to tame the dark part on the bottom of my head that happens because I always tend to wear my hair down, not giving the bottom layer much sun. With the honey blonde in my hair and strawberry blonde peeking through (yes, at the age of 22 this is natural. My stylist even comments on how crazy it is to her) it’s very easy for my hair to look brassy. So on a normal week I typically use this shampoo 2-3 times, unless I’m looking particularly brassy, then I go it with it 4-5 times to clean things up.
Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque| Like many people, I heard about this product when it was the thing to have on YouTube. Of all of the YouTube product trends that I’ve seen, this hands down was one of the few that deserved so much recognition. It’s called a cult-favorite for a reason. I use this product 2-3 times a week, typically alternating days, from my earlobes down. I wash my hair at the beginning of my shower, so if I’ve used this I keep it in for the time that I wash my face, shave, use body wash, etc. and then wash it out at the end. The perfect ‘recipe’ for silky, smooth hair after your shower!
Living Proof Perfect hair Day (PhD) In-Shower Styler| This is one of the newest additions to my hair care routine, but probably one of the best products I’ve picked up in a while. This product and the Macadamia product mentioned above are what I swear keeps my hair staying so silky smooth. I use this pretty much every day when I shower and it’s the last product I reach for. I always use it on my hair from my earlobe to the ends of my hair and then lightly rinse it out with cold water. The days I use both my masque and in-shower styler my hair feels incredible! Just note that if you decide to use both, you have to play around a bit to figure out how much of the in-shower styler you want to wash out at the end or else your hair feels a bit too soft. I promise it’s worth the time figuring out what works for your hair.
On wet hair
Chi Silk Infusion Reconstructing Complex | This product is on my list two times and I have no problem admitting that I hoard at least one extra bottle of this stuff in my cabinet at all times to ensure that I am never without it. Silk Infusion is probably what I have to thank for not getting horrible split ends, which as a blonde can be a major issue. I use this on my wet hair just at the ends to keep them at bay.
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product | If you haven’t noticed a pattern here, I have a thing for anything that will keep my hair feeling and looking silky smooth. The top, back part of my hair gets tangled when wet very easily. It always has and probably always will. I spray this stuff where my hair gets tangled and I haven’t dealt with brushing out knots in years. It’s worked wonders on my hair!
Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse | If I’m giving myself a blow out or I plan on curling my hair in the morning I always lather this through my hair from root to tip. With how thin and fine my hair is, after applying this stuff I have no option but to blow dry my hair after use or my hair gets crunchy, as with all mousses.
Wet brush | This is hands down the best investment I’ve made on my hair. In fact, if you consider/buy one thing from this post, buy this. I mentioned previously that when my hair is wet it tangles very easily and this brush has made brushing my wet hair so much easier/tear free. I used to use a wide-tooth comb on my hair when it was wet and start at the tips of my hair and work my way up and I’d still have hair rip out. With this brMush, ripping out hair hasn’t happened in a while.
Drybar Round Ceremic Brush, half-pint | If I’m giving myself a blow-out or want some more volume in my hair for when I curl or straighten it, I use this brush. The Drybar brand definitely isn’t necessary, but I love their products and am definitely pretty brand loyal to them (#marketingmajor).
On dry hair
Chi Silk Infusion Reconstructing Complex | I said that I use this product twice and I definitely wasn’t lying. Before heat styling my hair with my straightener or curling iron I always run this product through the ends of my hair and then brush it out. It’s one of the ways I keep the ends of my hair from getting that fried feeling after styling it with heat, which is definitely more of a thin hair problem than anything.
Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo | I think I’m in the minority when I say that I don’t like the Batiste dry shampoo. I know, I know. It’s horrible that I don’t like it. But personally, it never had a good effect on my hair and left it feeling worse than it did greasy. I got to the point where I thought my hair just wasn’t made for dry shampoo, then I tried this stuff. No weird feeling in my hair, no white powder getting everywhere, and an incredible scent. I definitely recommend trying the Batiste first, as it’s a great product that many people swear by and works well for, but if your hair doesn’t like it like mine didn’t, dry this stuff next!
Tigi Bed Head After-Party | I swear by this stuff for taming my baby hairs and fly aways. After styling my hair I put the tiniest amount into my hands and then smooth through the top of my head, my bangs, and the hair that frames my face.
Matrix Biolage Styling Complete Control Fast Drying Hair Spray | Finally a hair spray that gives my thin hair a great hold without that gross crunchy feeling that brings me back to my competition dance days. I’m not a big hair spray girl if I wear my hair natural or straight, but if I have a blow-out or I’ve curled my hair I have to top it with some spray so my style stays.
Do you have blonde or color treated hair? What are your hair care essentials? Have any recommendations for something I need to try out? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Note: This post does NOT contain affiliate links and I am NOT working with Ulta on this post. All products are linked to the Ulta website for the convenience of my readers if they want to look at/shop a product/products.