Verbs the word, for hair masking anyway...
I received my December Birchbox (FiNaLlY) on Saturday! Despite the delay, I do remain grateful for the United States Postal Service for I know they are doing their very best with the uptake in holiday deliveries. Anyway, inside my Birchbox was the Verb Ghost Hair Mask and I decided to apply it while I was in the shower today and let it do it's job while I shaved. The smell was delightful, not unlike thier other hair products, if you've ever used them. The scentl was not overpowering; it was light and nice. When it came time to rinse the mask off, it rinsed away easily, like I was rinsing out conditioner. My hair felt nice and smooth. I got out of the shower and blow dried my hair and it looked pretty good but I had plans on pumping up the volume with my heatless curlers (see pics)! I could really tell my hair had been treated because it wanted to slide out of the curlers when usually it sticks in them with no problem. When I was done with the curlers I used my Not Your Mother's She's A Tease Volumizing Hair Spray to set the curlers and proceeded to do my makeup. When I was done with my make up I took my curlers out and combed out my hair to check out the final results of the Verb Ghost Mask and how it affected my hair do... I was happy with the end results (see pic). I wanted a healthier, smoother, head of hair and I'd say the product delivered. For $18 for the full size, it may be worth buying from my hair dresser the next time I go!! VERB - Ghost Hair Mask
Dec. 21, 2020
As a redhead, I’ve always taken great pride in my hair. However, it wasn’t till quarantine that I actually started taking care of it. I have 2B hair that is prone to frizz, I used to use drug store brands and would wash my hair daily due to my vigorous workout routine. I started washing it every other day, and while that helped, it wasn’t until I found new products and a new routine that I can actually say I’m happy with my hair. Here is my entire routine! ￼Wash day: Shampoo and condition: Redken All Soft - it is hard to go wrong with this shampoo and conditioner, good for all hair types Post shower: I start by combing through a pump of jojoba oil thru the bottoms 3/4 of my hair with my fingers then I use IGK - Good Behavior 4-in-1 Prep Spray (my miracle product, ideal for blow outs, but still helpful when air drying) next IGK - Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-in Conditioner (a must leave in conditioner for my curly friends) and then I finish with VERB - Ghost Oil on my ends ￼Once a week instead I use: IGK - First Class Detoxifying Charcoal Shampoo to help with product build up and VERB - Ghost Hair Mask to help with softness. These products work great! Thanks to the charcoal shampoo, an oily saturated scalp is a thing of the past. And the ghost mask smells of lovely sandalwood and my hair is so smooth after, it’s mesmerizing. ￼Non-shampoo days: If I have a light workout I normally just use IGK - First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo before and after my workout. Best dry shampoo I have ever used. The charcoal really helps with the sweat. Now if I did my typical 5 mile run and weights, I need something a little more powerful to help me out. I start by using IGK - First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo prior to working out, this helps to absorb the oil as you workout. After my workout, I rinse in the shower with IGK - Smoke & Mirrors this is the next best thing to shampooing! My hair feels clean afterwards, however, it doesn’t strip your hair and dry it out. I follow with my normal post shower routine, however I skip the jojoba oil. ￼I also started adding a scoop of collagen powder to my first cup of coffee. I mainly started using it because at 23, I’ve already been running nearly every day for 9 years 😅 so my joints need all the help they can get; however, I think it’s helped in making my hair stronger. My hairdresser noticed an extreme difference in my hair, which was all the confirmation I needed to continue on this pursuit.
A lightweight hair mask for dry hair
VERB - Ghost Hair Mask What it is: a lightweight deep conditioning treatment What it costs: $18 What I think: this is such a nourishing mask that doesn’t weigh my hair down. I leave it in for about five minutes while I do my other shower tasks, and my hair is softer and more manageable once I rinse it out. I love that it provides the moisture to my curls without being heavy, and this was a treat for my dry hair
How I deal with my thick, wavy, and frizzy hair
When I was little my hair used to be straight up curly. Over the years as I grew up (and as my emo phase raged on) I heat styled it to death so depending on how long I go without heat styling I have anywhere from curls to waves. Right now with my hair being so short it’s just simple waves. With it being so short in the back as well it makes it a lot easier for me to straighten it then deal with the waves. The first video is my natural waves I woke up with. I washed my hair the night prior and used the Amika Flash Instant Mask in the shower as well as the Chi Silk Infusion after I got out. The Chi Silk Infusion is something I use on my hair when I wash it regardless of length or curl phase it’s going through (it’s usually a lot curlier when it’s longer). It’s a gel/oil consistency that smooths the hair and makes it feel silky soft. Whenever I heat style my hair I always use the IGK - Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Anti-Frizz Smoothing Spray . I usually part my hair into sections, spray all over, and comb through (which you’ve seen me do in past videos). This smells amazing, acts as a heat protectant, and smooths down any excess frizz (which I get a lot of). Then I take my Paul Mitchell flat iron and iron my hair. I do this in three different sections so everything is straightened properly and I don’t have any waves or bumps. Then I take the OLAPLEX - No. 7 Bonding Oil which I just started using recently. I was surprised with how lightweight this oil was and how it didn’t make my strands feel greasy or weighed down no matter how much I used. It feels silky smooth and I’ve noticed a lot less frizz when I use this product in the ends. This is how I deal with my hair on a normal basis. When it was longer I would usually throw it up in a bun with a head band but with it being so short I can no longer do that. Being shorter with all the smoothing products and heat styling it makes it a lot easier for me to manage throughout the day.
IGK-Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Anti-Frizz Smoothing Spray
Glossy, Frizz-Free Hair for a Night Out
I have thick, wavy hair that is often a heavy puff of frizz, between my love of baseball caps and my lack of skill in styling. But my husband loves to take me out on dates and my go-to look for date nights is surprisingly easy: silky, glossy hair parted to the side. 1. Prep: I start by including amika: - 3D Volume and Thickening Shampoo and amika: - 3D Volume and Thickening Conditioner in my shower routine! This is my go-to shampoo and conditioner combo- it helps my hair retain movement but doesn’t make it unnecessarily frizzy. 2. Protection: After air-drying, I coat my hair in a thin layer of 2-3 pumps of amika: - Blockade Heat Protectant Serum to protect my hair from heat damage. 3. Separate: I take a moment to separate my thick af hair into three layers with a wide-tooth comb: crown, middle, nape. Crown is pulled into a small ponytail, then middle joins it- I use a clip to hold them up! 4. Straighten: I’m lazy and also clumsy, so I prefer the amika: - Polished Perfection Thermal Straightening Brush 2.0 to traditional stylers. It allows for an even heat distribution and easy experience that makes styling much less daunting for someone who burns themself with flat irons often. After slowly brushing through the lowest layer once, I let down the middle section. Slowly brush through it all again. Then the crown comes down and I brush through it all twice, making sure to begin towards my roots to help heat-tame the usual frizz. I add a twist to the brush whenever I near the ends, to give my hair more shape/movement. 5. Extra Gloss: Because I love hi-shine when I straighten, I rub a quarter-size amount of amika: - Glass Action Hydrating Hair Oil Universal Elixir between my palms and distribute it evenly over my hair, focusing mainly on my ends and the middle shaft of the hair. Done! Weightless shine!
amika:-3D Volume and Thickening Conditioner
Dealing with humidity hair 😱
If you’re like me and have hair that loves to expand in humidity and also live in a place with very humid summers, you know the struggle of finding products that take the fluff without making your hair look weighed down! I recently started using the gisou - Honey Infused Hair Oil and have found this to be the perfect tool for keeping my hair in check! The oil is a little thick at first but when you rub it between your hands, it thins out. I use one drop to cover all of my medium length hair and there’s no notice of an oily residue left behind. All it does is smooth down that top layer of fluff, and give my hair a really nice shine overall. It has a faintly sweet smell that doesn’t last very long. I will definitely repurchase because somehow this oil feels nothing like an oil on but does all the magic that an oil should! The gisou - Propolis Infused Polishing Primer has been nice but I haven’t had a solid chance to try it while heat styling my hair (which I haven’t done because quarantine life!!) when I apply this to my hair while it’s wet, it does seem to stop some of the frizz from happening as my hair air dries but I feel like it would best be used when blowing my hair out.
gisou-Honey Infused Hair Oil
HOLY GRAIL DEFINING CURL CREAM‼️
cake - The Curl Friend Defining Curl Cream For reference, I have type 3A curls and thin hair strands. So, I was going to wait for a couple of more uses with this product, but I just HAD to make this post after using it for the first time because WOW I’M SUPER IMPRESSED! I headed out to buy my usual aussie - Miracle Curls with Coconut Oil Paraben Free Detangling Milk Treatment , but they ran out of stock, and that’s when I stumbled upon this cake - The Curl Friend Defining Curl Cream . After long due diligence, I decided to buy it because it’s vegan (no harsh chemicals, parabens and/or sulfates) and it also won an allure’s best of beauty award in 2019. The packaging is beautiful, and, when I opened it after washing my hair, I couldn’t help but notice the lovely and amazing smell that was coming out of this. It’s definitely sweet, but not overwhelming at all. Once I tried it, I noticed that the cream felt so smooth, silky, & lightweight (great for thin hair strands). It has avocado oil, soybean oil, and shea butter in it! It seems like this is definitely the perfect combination (for now) for my hair. I’ve shied away from butter mostly because it can be too heavy for my thin strands, but I guess that having it in smaller quantities works great. My hair is so SHINY, DEFINED, and VOLUMINOUS, and smells like CAKE. I mean, look at it! I can definitely say that this is my NUMBER 1 defining cream. HIGHLY RECOMMEND, please let me know how it feels if you try it. I am definitely going to try more cake products in the near future after finding this holy grail.
aussie-Miracle Curls with Coconut Oil Paraben Free Detangling Milk Treatment
You know, not all balayages need to be low, I freehand painted this one up to her scalp! It gives her such a beautifully blended look. I kept lots of dark pieces in so when it grows out, it’d look natural! This client only comes in twice a year and she always tells me “all my friends this I get my hair done monthly because it grows out so beautifully and blended”. That’s a HUGE thing. Nowadays people don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars every month to take care of their hair, so this is a more affordable way to add some dimension and not break the bank! (Even though I would love to see you more than twice a year, please get regular haircuts so we can grow your hair out) I used a nice violet tone in her hair to give it extra light/icy pieces throughout! Toner doesn’t last forever, but this one is my go to!! Products used: OLAPLEX - No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo OLAPLEX - No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner OLAPLEX - No. 6 Bond Smoother Reparative Styling Creme (a true life saver I might add) KEVIN.MURPHY - Body Mass KEVIN.MURPHY - Anti.Gravity Spray KEVIN.MURPHY - Bedroom.Hair KEVIN.MURPHY - Shimmer.Shine KEVIN.MURPHY - Smooth.Again ...yes I use tons of products but your hair feels and smells so amazing afterwards, you won’t want to wash your hair😂
I’m Gonna Say it: Holy Grail Hair Care! ✨
So about a month ago I made a post with a bunch of minis I brought home, and two of them were these two products, and I feel confident to give reviews on these now! A quick background in my hair: My hair is naturally extremely thin and I have 2c/3a curls (a blend of wavy and ringlets) as well as being high porosity (they dry sooo fast like literally one pat with a towel). I’ve been dying my hair for a long time, and because of that, for the last several years I’ve suffered breakage, split and brittle ends, and a lack of bounce in my natural curl. I’ve been growing my hair out for years and stalled on length because the ends just kept breaking off, and there were a lot of times where I would break down in tears because I just wanted long pretty hair. I spent tons of money going through masks and leave ins and oils and nothing helped longer than 24 hours. Enter OUAI - OUAI Leave-In Conditioner I bought the travel size of this and pictured above is the full size (I only used the travel size like 3 times before I was completely sold on it). After just one use, I finally felt like my hair was shiny and soft, something I hadn’t experienced in years of rotating through products. My friend actually noticed it over facetime the next day with zero prompting! I was so excited I washed my hair a day early the next time so I could use it again. Now, my hair is shinier than ever and it actually feels like my hair is stronger! No more little pieces break off when I brush it and I feel like it’s safe to finally use heat on it again (even though I don’t want to bc my curls look so good!!). I couldn’t be happier with this product, I want to buy like 4 more bottles now so I never run out even though a little goes a long way. My actual holy grail. I would give it 10 stars if I could. The OUAI - OUAI Wave Spray I got with it is also a fantastic product I bought a full size of quickly too. My biggest beef with “sea salt” sprays has always been the nasty play-doh smell and the residue that feels impossible to wash out of my hair. First and foremost I love the way this spray smells sooooo much, it’s delicious and sexy, very feminine and lovely. The other thing I love is that it uses rice starch instead of salt than can be drying and leave a sticky residue. Although this spray leaves a little texture, it’s definitely tolerable for day 3 or 4 (or 5 or 6 😬) hair and the perfect thing to bring life back to my curls.
OUAI-OUAI Leave-In Conditioner
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