More Summer Hair TLC — ‘Cause There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Lovin’ For Your Mane
Looking for a few more products that will help you restore your curly hair’s bounce, detangle thin and knotted hair, or replenish parched strands dehydrated by the sun’s harsh rays? Check out some additional picks to get you through th last days of summer!
Philip B pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist, $24 for 4.23 fl. oz. Available at PhilipB.com
If you have experimented with natural hair and scalp remedies, you might have tried soaking your tresses in apple cider vinegar. After all, this inexpensive condiment can act as an excellent cleanser, antiseptic, and antibacterial, removing both build-up and dandruff by destroying any bacteria clogging hair follicles. The Philip B pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist builds upon these benefits by mixing apple cider vinegar with sweet almond oil, known to boost hair’s shine and said to prevent hair loss by increasing the flow of blood inside the scalp; gardenia extract, a light moisturizer that smooths the hair cuticle; and lavender oil, which gently hydrates hair and stimulates hair growth. When you spritz it onto damp hair, you’ll notice knots and tangles will unfurl and, once your mane dries, hair will appear smoother and more lustrous. The only catch: the smell of the vinegar in the formula is far more pungent than the sexier aromas of the other ingredients, so you may have to withstand the slightly off-putting fragrance.
Nick Chavez Plump ‘N Thick Thickening Shampoo, $20, and Nick Chavez Plump ‘N Thick Leave-in Thickening Creme Conditioner, $22. Available at NickChavezBeverlyHills.com
This two-step hair regimen will pump the air back into your tires, making hair appear fuller, softer, and more voluminous. The Nick Chavez Plump ‘N Thick Thickening Shampoo relies on ingredients like: softening and hydrating avocado oil, which is rich in vitamins A, D, and E, as well as nourishing fatty acids that protect and strengthen hair; Chaenomeles japonica or Japanese quince seed extract, said to help hair retain its form; soybean oil, an excellent moisturizer (particularly for chronically dry hair) that nourishes hair, stimulates growth, and boosts shine; astringent witch hazel to remove dirt and impurities; and keratin amino acids and collagen to increase hair’s protein content, thereby nourishing and strengthening strands, preventing future breakage, and increasing the diameter of individual strands (literally making them plumper). The Plump ‘N Thick Leave-In Conditioner, meanwhile, incorporates all these volume-boosting, fortifying ingredients, as well as hydrating honey, soothing aloe, and panthenol to soften your mane, which looks like it was perfectly volumized by a well-positioned wind machine.
The first major selling point of this curl boosting cream is its sultry, tropical island-worthy smell, which can be attributed to the softening, hydrating coconut oil and hibiscus extract. Other vital ingredients include:vitamin E- and fatty acid-rich neem oil, an ancient remedy in India that is often incorporated into the holistic Sundari line’s products thanks to its shine-boosting, nourishing, dandruff-fighting, and moisturizing properties; silk proteins to strengthen hair, smooth hair strands, and protect them from future damage; and shea butter to soften and condition your mane. Free of parabens, mineral oils, gluten, propylene glycol, phtalates, paraffins, and other controversial ingredients, this all-natural curl cream has a similar consistency to that of a Carol’s Daughter Shea Soufflé, making it ideal for women with dry, color-treated, and curly manes.
Oribe Curl by Definition Creme, $48. Available at Oribe.com
You should expect nothing short of excellence from Jennifer Lopez’s long-time stylist. Packaged in a modern, ultra sleek jar with faceted sides, the Oribe Curl by Definition Creme is ideal for creating tousled, textured, slightly messy waves. As one would expect of a celebrity hair expert, Oribe relied on top-notch ingredients: sweet almond oil to boost hair’s luster; jojoba oil to moisturize and to protect hair from UV rays and other environmental aggressors; apigenin, a flavone found naturally in parsley and celery that increases blood flow to the scalp, promoting hair growth; and biotinoyl tripeptide–1, which penetrates the hair cuticle and strengthens hair.
Though I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this as a curl definition cream for women with tight or corkscrew curls, I’d advise using it when you desire straight-off-the-beach, free-spirited, not-too-structured waves.
Back in April, I raved about the Couture Colour Pequi Oil Treatment, which relies on pequi oil, a nutrient-packed substance extracted from the pequi fruit (otherwise known as the Caryocar Brasilense) native to the Amazon rainforest. Loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, the oil serves as a sun shield, protecting your mane from harmful UV rays and free radicals. Essential fatty acids, meanwhile, restore moisture to hair, while linoleic and oleic acids soften strands. Best of all, you can apply this oil whenever you please – whether it’s to prep damp hair before heat styling, after brushing and styling to set an smooth your ‘do, during the day to tame frizz, or before bed as an overnight treatment. The oil is easily absorbed, leaving behind no greasy residue and allowing you to keep your hair looking full of life. Plus, if you have color-treated hair, you’ll adore how the oil treatment captures all the undertones of your highlights or dye job.
Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil, $15. Available at USA.Weleda.com
The use of rosemary oil in hair treatments meant to stimulate hair growth can be traced back centuries in European countries like France, Italy and Spain. This fresh-smelling herbal oil is also believed to have tonic properties, helping to ease dryness and itchiness along the scalp. The fatty acid-rich burdock root extract in this treatment’s formula, meanwhile, soothes the scalp, treating such conditions as dandruff, while also fortifying hair, stimulating growth, and boosting shine. Lavender oil, meanwhile, softens and smooths strands, while peanut oil replenishes strands and helps to fend off hair loss.
Oliver Ifergan Atelier WOW Light Styler, $19.76. Available at OliverIfergan.com
This extremely sticky styling paste smells like grape (or, more specifically like grape Dimetapp), and it’s ideal for aerodynamic, gravity-defying styles. Unlike gel, which can flake and crust when used in large quantities, this paste yield almost rubber cement-like hold for ‘dos ranging from spiked pixie cuts to punk mohawks. You can also use the WOW Light Styler to create tight curls, scrunching sections of hair to give them the necessary shape and bounce. Just remember that a small amount goes a long way — when you rub a nickel-sized amount between your palms and pull hands apart, you’ll see thin, spiderweb-like, gummy threads extending from one hand to the next, which should be an indicator of just how much hold this paste yields.