5 Products That Will Make Every Day a Good Hair Day
Sure it’s silly, but one of the few universal truths of humanity that binds us together is this: when your hair looks good, you feel good. Even if the day turns into a crap sandwich with a pickle on top, you can at the very least look in the mirror and say consolingly to yourself, “Well, at least my hair looked great.”
Conversely, if you’ve ever had a morning where no amount of blow-drying, styling, or witchcraft will keep your tresses from looking like a hot mess, you know it can really burn your biscuit. That’s why we swear by these five products for not only producing results that both bounce and behave, but for their fuss-free, easy application that helps us get out the door. We have more important things to do than section our hair into hot rollers after all.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo
Buy It: $42; dermstore.com
Does your hair have about as much life and vivaciousness as a college student in an 8 a.m. economics lecture? Chances are it might just be smothered in build up that your usual shampoo can’t remove, especially if you’ve been known to hit the dry shampoo often. This shampoo, which is more like a scrub for your hair, will instantly lift your strands out of dullness and into the proverbial light. Since you only need to use it once a week, one tub goes a long ways, but L’Oreal also offers a drug store dupe for under $10.
Pro tip: If you have fine or long hair that needs the volume turned up, it’s definitely worth investing in Christophe Robin’s new volumizing paste.
Shu Uemera Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil
Buy It: $69; birchbox.com
If your locks have a Golden Corral-sized buffet of issues from frizziness and roughness to split ends and static, a hair oil can mitigate them all in one or two pumps. While this tried-and-true one is derived from camellias, which Southerners will appreciate, we also like Garnier’s Whole Blends Moroccan Argan & Camellia Illuminating Oil.
Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring
Buy It: $8; sephora.com
Do you go to the gym on your lunch break? Do you compulsively twist your hair into random buns throughout the day? Do you find that your hair has lost all its oomph by happy hour? This less than $10 pack of what looks like old-fashioned telephone cords are for you. Since they don’t leave any dents and can hold hair in place without the constriction of a typical hair tie, you can easily put your hair up and let it back down in better condition than you found it. We swear by spritzing some volumizing mist over a bun and letting it dry before undoing for a five-minute fix.
L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm
Buy It: $5.99; target.com
Another Southern truth: don’t underestimate the power of a mama possum or a hair mask. In fact, if there’s one beauty practice we stay diligent about, it’s masking because hydrated hair is happy hair. This $7 one makes for an affordable venture, but if you want to up your game, the Kerastase Resistance Therapiste Masque gives you the psychological equivalent of a professional blow-out for a fraction of the price and time.
Evo Spike Radial Brush
Buy It: $54; evohair.com
Like high-quality undergarments or Oprah’s Instagram account, a good hair brush can change your life. While some boar bristle brushes can command high pricetags, this solid-wood version is not only affordable considering its lifespan, it also comes with nylon pins in between the bristles to help brush and lift every strand. It also comes it different sizes for different lengths of hair.