Wednesday Reviews: Mane Attraction

Happy Humpday and first day of March! I’m excited for a new month and for the continuation of my Wednesday Reviews.

Just to recap, Wednesday Reviews is a weekly series in which I will review products. Right now, these are products I buy and choose to share with you, my wonderful readers. While purchasing something from a link may mean a small commission for me, all opinions are my own.

So this week, I was trying to figure out what to review when someone complemented me on my hair. This is not the first time that someone has asked me what I do to my hair to keep it so full and soft looking (it feels soft too, but e the list of people who feel my hair is quite short). So I decided that I would review some of my hair products here.

turbo-dryer

First, I use this Matrix Style Link Turbo Dryer Blow Dry Spray on my damp hair. This spray truly has cut down my drying time. I don’t typically dry my hair on an everyday basis because it takes 10-15 minutes just to dry my hair. I have long thick hair that likes to stay wet. I use this spray even if I choose to air dry my hair. In my opinion, my hair dries faster either way with this spray.It also helps my hair be less frizzy after drying.

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So on the days I choose to dry my hair, I use Hot Tool’s The Gold Touch Turbo Ionic Dryer. I bought this dryer after I received my first bonus. It was taking me so long to dry my hair and I knew that getting a better quality dryer would cost me some money. I read reviews and shopped around and ended up with this one. The part I liked the most was the price, but once I started to use it, I fell in love with it. It cut down my drying time by 5-7 minutes. I like the sleek look and the back comes off easily so I can clean out the lint. I have had this dryer for three years now and it still works great. I am not going to claim that it is the best hair dryer, but at this price point it is pretty good.

Even with my hair being not as frizzy as before after a blow dry, I still feel the need to straighten it. I typically use Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Flat Iron Perfector beforehand. I don’t have much attachment to this spray, but it’s cheap and seems to keep my hair from frying when I use my Solia Professional Ceramic Ion Flat Iron. This one is 6-7 years old so it is no longer sold, but Folica sells a very similar one here. I like this flat iron because it heats up quickly. AS you can probably tell, I hate spending a bunch of time doing my hair in the morning. I used a different flat iron for about year before coming back to this one because the other just took longer to get the end result. I can pass this through strands one time and it will be straight. I also like that the edges are rounded so I can curl my hair with it too if I want to take the time.

living-proof-no-frizz

The last product I use is my very favorite.I got the Living Proof ‘No Frizz’ Humidity Shield in a sample from Sephora. I had never used Living Proof but heard good things that were soon confirmed. I used to spray hair spray on my brush and use it to tame my frizz, but it always left my hair feel sort of crinkly. Now, I spray some of this stuff on my brush and pass it through my hair after I straighten it and my hair looks and feels awesome. My hair feels softer and looks shinier after using this spray. Not only does it do good things for my hair cosmetically, but it also provides UV protection.

So I just realized that I started and ended with the two products I am most likely to buy again. The tools I hope to one day upgrade and the flat iron protector I choose because it’s cheap.

What are some of your favorite hair products? Are you ever surprised by complements you get?

 

 

 

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Trying Something New with TRESemme

**This is a sponsored post. I got samples for free through Influenster, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.**

Happy Friday! This post was supposed to be up a while ago, but life got in the way so here it my first sponsored post!

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I am always trying new products in my hair. I am constantly on the look-out for something to make my hair softer, less frizzy and just more manageable in general. So I was pretty excited when Influenster and TRESemme sent me samples of a new shampoo and conditioner system. I have a rotation of different shampoos and conditioners that I use and TRESemme is in the rotation.

I have to say I was pretty skeptical about using the Beauty-FULL Reverse Wash Shampoo & Conditioner at first. Using conditioner before shampoo seemed weird, but I am always open to trying something new in the hair department. I decided to use my samples on a day that I was blow drying and straightening my hair.

wet-hair

I have to say that using the conditioner first threw off my shower routine. I have a certain order to my shower and using conditioner first meant I had to really think about what I was doing. It’s not a huge deal since I’m sure I would just fall into a different routine the more I used it.

I have to say, my hair did not feel as soft right out of the shower. I realize that this softness may be contributed to the conditioner residue that this system is supposed to solve, but I like that softness.

blow-dry

My biggest issue didn’t come up until I started drying my hair. I went through my normal hair routine. I sprayed both Matrix Style Link Turbo Dryer Blow Dry Spray & Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Treatment through out my hair and then brushed it out before starting to blow dry. As I was using my dryer, I noticed my hair was starting to tangle. I have never had an issue with my hair tangling, so that was a little disappointing.

straighten

Ten minutes later, my hair was dry so I put the finishing touches on with the straightener. Nothing really stood out as I finished up my look.

I really enjoyed this opportunity to reverse my routine and try a new product, but I don’t think it is something that I will be picking up off the shelf. There wasn’t anything about that stood out as just great and there were just a couple tiny things that bothered me. I will probably just stick to my regular hair and shampoo routine for now.

Have you ever tried something that you felt pretty neutral about? What type of new products are you open to trying?