Welcome to part two of my three-part series featuring my top beauty picks from 2019. If you missed my five favorite makeup products from last year, click here.
Today’s post is all things hair: my five favorite hair products from 2019.
Blonda Toning Shampoo by Unite
I’ve been using this purple toning shampoo religiously for probably about 4 years. I am absolutely obsessed with the smell of it because it smells like grapes. But obviously, I also picked this because it works. (Side note: Amazon is an authorized Unite seller, which I have confirmed with the brand.)
I’m clearly not a natural blonde, and my hair has some red undertones. So, I can go from blonde to brassy really quickly. I use this shampoo 2 times a week to keep things light and bright so that I can stretch out time between my hair color appointments. After my normal shampooing, I’ll shampoo just end ends (where most of my blonde is) and let is sit for a minute or so before rinsing.
It’s formulated without parabens or sodium chloride but still gives a good lather. (FYI: sodium chloride is basically table salt and used to thicken shampoo, but it also is a common contributor to an itchy scalp.)
7Seconds Detangler by Unite
I started using this detangler earlier this year and I don’t know how I lived without it. My mom always used detangling spray on my when I was little… why isn’t this more of a thing for adults? Or have I just been living under a rock?
Anyway, if you want to save time – and maybe even some pain – when brushing your hair after the shower, use this. A few spritzes and my hair is magically ten times easier to brush before drying it. (I’m not sure if this is technically a Unite-approved way to use this, but I’ll even put it in my hair even if I’m not drying it, then throw it into a wet bun.)
Scalp Scrub by Christophe Robin
As a fan of dry shampoo, I recognize it is super important to deep clean my scalp from its remnants on the regular. Enter this scalp scrub from Christophe Robin.
You only need a tiny amount for your hair because it lathers up crazy good. I like to dab a couple of swipes onto different parts of my head and then lather up for a squeaky-clean feel.
Note that there is sea salt in this to help purify your scalp (see sodium chloride note above). Therefore, I only use this about 1 – 2 times a month when my hair is feeling weighed down and overall blah. It’s a nice monthly treat to get my scalp feeling clean and fresh, and my hair follicles can breathe again.
Oi Oil by Davines
I’ve tried my fair share of hair oils but Oi Oil from Davines has quickly become a recent favorite. (Again, I’ve confirmed with the brand that Amazon is an authorized retailer. Third party sellers may sell product on Amazon that can’t be guaranteed authentic if not an authorized seller. I learned this from my days at Dermalogica.)
This isn’t a dry oil, but it almost feels that way because it’s not sticky at all and SO lightweight. Somehow even after almost immediately absorbing into the ends of my hair, it always still seems hydrated.
I’m a big fan of hair oil, especially with all of the bleaching at my ends.
Dry Texturizing Spray by Oribe
I feel like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray doesn’t need any explanation. But, if you haven’t heard of it or tried it – get on it, STAT. Yes, an 8.5 oz bottle will set you back $46, but this is the best texture spray I have used. Ever. Ever.
I’ve tried other sprays and always had to spray a lot into my head, only to then have my hair get weighed down by the product. Oribe products are meant to be layered in with other styling products, so they’re naturally lightweight formulas.
As someone with a textured bob, it’s critical to my cut to use some kind of texturizing spray. I’ll lift up a top section of hair, spray directly into the root, then put the top piece back down. After that, I’ll sort of get into that whole area with my fingers and shake ‘em back and forth in a scratching motion. (This helps to pump up the volume and get the textured look.)