I abuse my hair like crazy. I blow-dry daily, and before I became a regularly-henna’ed redhead, I colored it light blonde at home myself about once a month. So I’m probably not the best spokesperson for healthy color – but I am likely the best person to talk to if you’re buying home haircolor. I tried Clairol’s new gem Perfect Ten, and I’m proud to say I adored it!
I got Lightest Blonde #10 and followed the directions to a T. I never wore ash blonde well, so I loved the warm, rich color this gave me. If you’re looking for ash blonde or find that warmer/brassier tones wash you out, keep looking.
This product dealt with every problem I’ve ever had with drugstore haircolor. It even came with a brush tip for the colorant bottle so you could evenly comb the product through your hair. I loved that since I’ve always done the same thing myself at home by simply using a plastic wide-toothed comb while coloring!
I’ll tell you a secret: I color my hair at home. It’s a beauty no-no, I know – but to pay 6x less and come out with color that’s more like what I wanted to begin with, I’ll take it.
As such, I’m always searching for a great at-home color. In my pre-redhead days, Feria in Diamond Blonde was the best blonde I found – it’s not too bright but not remotely ashy, a natural-looking warm color. (In case you’re curious, when I don’t use henna, my new red-hair standard is Feria Mango. If you want an intense, bright, orange-red, this is for you.) The new standard in at-home color is to include a moisturizing conditioner to use after coloring, and Feria’s is thick, luscious and leaves my hair amazingly soft.
I’m always a little wary of drugstore hair care. It probably comes with my hearing about wax in Pantene (a post to come), or maybe my very American association of spending more money with better quality, but whatever the reason, I cringe when I buy shampoo or conditioner that isn’t $15+.
Still, I received some samples of Sunsilk in the mail (here’s a tip, beauty companies: GIRLS LOVE SAMPLES) and was intrigued by the various formulas, if still a bit annoyed by the commercials with voiceovers of Charlotte’s gay friend Anthony from Sex & the City telling me to “get Hairapy!”. Plus, when I saw the price tag I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I tried Hydra TLC, because in my experience, shine-enhancing, volumizing and other such hair problems can be fixed by simply improving your hair’s health and moisture.
There are few greater joys in life for this beauty addict than the marriage of two of my greatest loves: Shu Uemura and heat styling. What more could a girl ask for?
Shu Uemura debuted the Art of Hair line this year, and included in the collection is the Satin Design White Tea Polishing Milk, a versatile leave-in meant to finish blow dried hair. Since I just got a brand new hair dryer, I was excited to try the product with a fresh blow drying.
I’m a hair abuser. I color, flat iron, blow dry, go swimming capless, and generally mortify my hair by living under the desert sun. So for me, a product like Redken Anti-Snap is a dream. Just wash and condition as normal, and then apply some AntiSnap to the lengths and especially ends of your hair. (I use about two pumps of the bottle for my shoulder-length hair…three on an especially burny Phoenix afternoon!)