Everyone has those favorite products that they just can't - or won't - do without. We always manage to fit them into the budget, even if something else has to go. Today, I'm talking hair products...I have a few favorites that must be in my possession at all times.
My #1 favorite, can't-live-without hair product is Sebastian Shaper hairspray. I've been using this stuff for over 20 years now. I've tried the knock-offs, other salon hairsprays, other drugstore sprays, but nothing - NOTHING - beats this one. This one is the best, so why try to beat perfection? There are several versions, but I like the original Shaper the best. It goes on "dry" - there's none of that weighted down, wet, nastiness. You can brush it out & restyle. It's awesome. I love it so much, I'd marry it. If it was a man. And if I wasn't already married. You get the idea. I love it! Don't even get me started about how Costa Rican airport security confiscated my brand new can. Yes, it was 8 years ago. No, I have neither forgiven nor forgotten. Prices range from $8 (on sale at Ulta) to $12 (at my salon) to $17 (Ulta regular price) for a 10.6 oz. aerosol can.
My #2 favorite is Aveda's Firmata hairspray. Combined with Shaper, this stuff rocks. No, really - it's hard as a rock. I use this on my "bump" to keep it in place. I also use it when I have a messy updo. I have a lot of hair - and it's thick & heavy - so when I do an updo, the weight of my hair tends to pull it down after a couple of hours. Firmata keeps everything just where I want it. I can go out in the wind without my hair ending up all over the place. Heck, I've even ridden rides at King's Island and my hair didn't get messed up. This one is a non-aerosol, so it goes on wet - but it dries to a very firm hold. You can still easily brush it out - love that! $18 for 8.5 oz., but it lasts a long time for me.
My #3 favorite is a new favorite. This one is from Tresemme's Smooth line, and is called Smooth Iron Style & Hold Styling Spray. It's a heat protectant and styling spray in one. I picked this one up at Target a few weeks ago and I really like it. In general, I do like Tresemme's products (I use their clarifying shampoo), and I used to use their Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray. As I mentioned, my hair is thick & heavy, so any volume I can create gets weighed down easily. Especially the day I wash my hair - and even the day after. This stuff allows a little volume to stay in while also protecting my hair from the flat iron. It's a nice product, and it's only around $4 for 8 oz.
And the last one is another Aveda product. It's from the Brillant line, and is called Damage Control. It's basically a heat protectant, but it also offers UV protection and is supposed to reduce breakage from combing.. It's the one that I used before I found the Tresemme. Right now, I'm using it on the days that I don't use the Tresemme. It's $17 for 8.5 oz. compared to $4 for 8 oz. of the Tresemme.
If you're interested in trying any of these products, I recommend signing up for emails on the Tresemme & Aveda websites. You'll get coupons from Tresemme, and coupon codes & special deals from Aveda. I usually wait until they have free shipping and extra samples. Sometimes, you can find good deals on Amazon, too, so don't forget to check there. The best time to buy Shaper is when Ulta has it on sale for $7.99/can. They limit you to 4 cans, but I don't buy more than that anyway. And in case you wondered, I'm not being compensated in any way for recommending these products. My opinions are strictly my own, and I'm sharing them for free. Don't you feel special now?
So those are the products that keep my hair looking it's best. I get cranky when the bottles start getting low. And I don't like other people to use my hair products either. I need to know that I won't run out unexpectedly.What hair products do you need to keep you (and your hair) happy?