September 14, 2012

my hair care

Taking care of my hair is very much important to me as taking care of my skin - so that means spending just as much money and time into it.  For years as a child I just used a regular hair regime that consisted of Garnier Fructis from the drugstore - which isn't terrible at all! But every person's hair is different and you need to take some time to really research and consider what is healthy and beneficial for your own head. I have very thick hair, which I like to keep long, so it ends up being dry with split ends. However my hair easily gets oily up top as well. So finally after doing research on how to minimize oiliness, I found out about sulfate-free haircare. There's an ingredient in every shampoo (that's not sulfate-free) called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS). They are basically super cheap cleaning agents that cause all the bubbles when you lather and strip your hair of all oils. So it's pretty much doing its job right? Well for people like me, because it takes away every last oil on my hair, it dries my hair out and at the same time causes my scalp to overproduce oil, which is why my hair can get oily quicker than usual. So I've been avoiding those sulfates at all cost for 6 years and I can definitely say my hair has never been better. It feels more moisturized and I can wash my hair every other day now, keeping it more healthy.

Onto some of my HG products as of late. I've tried plenty of sulfate-free haircare of the past 6 years and some are amazing, some are complete duds. The ones I've found that are just right are Bangstyle Hydrating Shampoo and Smoothing Conditioner. The hydrating shampoo noticeably leaves your hair more moisturized after a single wash and the conditioner keeps it sleek and smooth. It's the only haircare that's so far done very well softening my long hair. Plus it totally keeps the extra oils at bay. While my hair is still damp, I rub in a pump of Moroccanoil, which is so luxuriously fragrant like coconuts and gives your hair an extra layer of moisture and shine. It also acts as a heat protectant before the next step, which is to use a curling wand like this one from Sultra to give my hair loose, beachy waves. The 1" (or bigger) wand is exactly the tool you need, not a curler with a clamp! Trust. I then run my fingers through the curls and set them with another half pump of Moroccanoil to give it a relaxed look. Lastly I spray a bit of Bangstyle Sea Salt Spray to give it volume and natural hold. These 5 steps are sure fire ingredients to give you the best hair you can ask for.

Bangstyle is available at select salons as well as Moroccanoil.

1. Bangstyle Hydrating Shampoo
2. Bangstyle Smoothing Conditioner
3. Moroccanoil Hair Treatment
4. Sultra The Bombshell Curling Iron
5. Bangstyle Sea Salt Spray


  1. great tips! i just started using moroccan oil and i never knew the difference it could make! completely loving it.

  2. I did a post about the moroccan oil some time last year when I first used it and it's the best hair oil I've ever used! So glad you did this post! :-)

    Btw, I'm holding a free giveaway on my blog so feel free to check it out!

    Random Chic Musings

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    1. Hi Emily! The website has a salon locator, but you'd have to call the salons to see if they carry it. Unfortunately they don't have a complete retailer list out as of yet but I know they are working on it and the list should be out soon! I will update as soon as I find out more. Thanks Emily :)

  4. never heard of Bangstyle (for bangs or just a banging style) but gotta love the name (especially when it works)

    *MlleWanderlust *

  5. thanks for breaking down the idea of sulfates! i knew they weren't great for hair so i switched over to shampoo without sulfates, but my hair is similar to yours so i'm glad to know the reasoning behind it now