A rather large number of beauty products were trialled and tested by me during 2015 – some I loved, some I liked and some I didn’t enjoy so much. These annual ‘Best Of Beauty’ blog posts have become a tradition here on Pink Peonies, and I always enjoy going through my collection of beauty products to choose the ones that rocked my world each year.
Today we’re chatting about my top of the pops hair care products for 2015, these are the products that really stood out to me and breathed new life into my hair care routine. I skipped a lot of monthly favourites blog posts last year, so most of the products mentioned in these ‘Best Of Beauty’ blog posts might come as a surprise. I’m not exactly sure why I slacked on the monthly favourites front, but I can assure you I will try my best to do them each & every month this year.
One last note before we jump into the favourites, take a look at my ‘Best Of Beauty 2014 – Hair Care’ blog post from last year. Three of the products (numbers 2, 4 and 6) mentioned in that blog post are still my ride-or-die favourites but I didn’t mention them again in this blog post because I wanted to highlight other hair care heroes.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at my all-star lineup for hair care:
Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo & Conditioner ♥ R49,99 – R69,99 each
The race was neck-and-neck & I had to think long and hard before choosing my top shampoo and conditioner favourites for 2015. I adore the OGX Coconut Water range (featured here) but in the end the Dove Dry Oil duo won because both leave my hair feeling so incredibly soft. The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil formula uses pure drops of botanical oils including African macadamia oil, coconut- and sweet almond oil to soften hair and reduce frizz, without weighing it down. It creates a lightweight barrier around each strand of hair to condition and smooth the cuticle, helping hair to retain the necessary moisture. I can finger-comb my hair after getting out of the shower, which makes for a nice change as my hair is usually full of knots and tangles. I’m not the biggest fan of that ‘squeaky clean’ feel to my hair (unless I’ve used a clarifying shampoo), so I loved that the shampoo left my hair feeling soft and manageable, not at all brittle. Even in intense humidity, this duo leaves hair shiny, smooth and frizz-free while maintaining natural movement. *does hair flick*
The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil and Oxygen Moisture ranges are currently on sale in the Dis-Chem online store (50% OFF), take a look here.
Dove hair care products are available at Clicks, Dis-Chem and selected pharmacies.
Moroccanoil Voluminising Mousse ♥ R340,00
My hair has absolutely no volume. I look at people like Sara (Harper And Harley), Victoria (In The Frow) and Laura (Laura Lee) and I have total hair envy because they seem to have the natural volume thing going on. My hair is as limp as an overcooked Fattis & Monis spaghetti noodle. If you’ve got fine, flat hair, you know: The struggle is real. I’m sure some of you might be apprehensive to invest in a mousse like this – “Will it make my hair feel dry & crunchy?” “Will it leave my hair feeling weighed down and greasy because it contains argan oil?” Don’t worry, I asked myself these exact questions, but I decided to purchase it at the beginning of 2015 because I was in dire need of something to give my roots some lift. You can definitely use this voluminising mousse on the entire lengths of your hair (from root to tip) but I prefer to only massage it into my scalp / roots because let’s be real – R340,00 for a hair mousse is definitely a splurge in my book, so I like to use it sparingly. This mousse gives your roots the oomph! that it needs, whilst making it a lot easier to fake a perfectly coiffed hairdo. Not only does this give your hair volume, I have found it definitely tames those baby hairs (flyaways) and leaves my feeling soft and smooth. Moroccanoil’s Voluminising Mousse will help to hold the shape of natural curls or waves, and will also ensure your style lasts longer when applied to the lengths of your hair. This product is a definite winner in my book!
HASK Monoi Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner Treatment Sachet ♥ R49,95
Smells like a Piña Colada cocktail on a tropical island. I love the whole Monoi Oil range from HASK, but this treatment really stood out to me last year, and because of this I have purchased it time & time again. Speaking of cocktails, there’s a whole cocktail of reparative and nourishing ingredients at play here (coconut oil, gardenia flower extract and keratin) that transform frazzled ends. It manages to leave my hair silky but not the least bit greasy. Hair treatments such as this need only be applied from mid-length to the ends of your hair, your roots don’t need extra nourishment as that part of the hair is still young and undamaged. For extra hair care tips, take a look at this blog post. This treatment is suitable for all hair types, and is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colours. Trust me, frayed strands and split ends don’t stand a chance with this treatment in your hair care arsenal. For a full review on the Monoi Oil range, take a look at this blog post.
HASK hair care products are exclusive to Clicks stores.
Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique ♥ R385,00
I love double-duty products! This is a heat-activated leave-in treatment conditioner for dry hair that both nourishes hair and prevents heat damage. I am someone who needs to take every precaution to ensure my hair is protected, especially since I have fine hair that is prone to dryness and damage (chemical or heat). Nectar Thermique is a light treatment cream that leaves my hair feeling silky soft with the added benefit of protecting my hair against heat damage from hair styling tools. I’m not someone who heat styles my hair every single day (it’s one of the ways I’ve managed to get my hair back in a healthy state) but when I do use a heat tool, Nectar Thermique is an absolute must in my hair styling routine. I apply a pea-sized amount to damp hair, brush through and then start to blow-dry my hair. I find this product works best if you are going to use some type of blow-drying hair tool (my current favourite is the Babyliss Pro Styling Airbrush) after you have applied Nectar Thermique, since all the nourishing properties are activated by heat. In other words, this product won’t ‘WOW’ you if you let your hair air-dry (in fact, it might leave your hair feeling slightly sticky). A little goes a long way (I only use a pea-sized amount for my full head of medium-length hair) – I started using this at the beginning of 2015 and it’s still going strong.
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Strong Roots Spray ♥ R59,95
This was a bit of a latecomer, as I only started testing the new Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula range of products in November BUT I instantly fell in love with this product. It’s unique (especially for the drugstore i.e. Clicks) and not only is the scent intoxicating (in a very good way) but I have definitely already seen an improvement in my hair. This is basically a multi-purpose spray that strengthens hair from roots to tips (coconut oil), it alleviates tightness and itching (eucalyptus oil), stimulates the scalp to promote healthy hair growth and freshens hair between washes (peppermint oil). It’s suitable for all hair types and is also ideal for braids, twists, synthetic and natural hair. I’ve been using this for the past 2 months and my hair is left feeling nourished, smelling fresh & pepperminty, and looking incredibly shiny (but definitely not greasy). When using this product, I try to focus it more on my roots once I’ve stepped out of the shower. I then like to massage it into the roots and continue to brush the remaining product through the lengths of my hair. Soft & strong locks for days, ladies. Soft & strong locks for days.
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula product range is available at Clicks stores nationwide.
As I was going through my hair care stash to pick my top favourites, I realised that I haven’t really tried any new or interesting hair care products lately. I tend to stick to what works for my hair, because it is so temperamental sometimes. BUT here’s where I need your help – I’m looking to expand my hair care horizons so to speak, so let me know in the comments section below what your hair care must-haves are. I think it’s time to start testing out some new products!