I’ve always been a user of drugstore hair products, but recently I’ve had the opportunity to sample a few salon brands. As I suspected, since my hair is pretty low maintenance, a lot of them didn’t perform that much better than drugstore products for me, but here are some that I think are worth the premium price:
Muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Conditioner ($26.95) – This is a lightweight silicone-free conditioner. I love argan oil, but I always have trouble applying enough to my hair to make a difference, but not so much that my hair looks and feels greasy – argan oil-containing conditioner is a good way of fixing that problem! This leaves my hair soft, but unfortunately my hair loves silicones, so I have to add a silicone-rich conditioner over this.
Goldwell dualsenses Rich Repair 60 Sec Treatment ($20.95) – I’ve never tested this deep conditioner’s 60 second claim (I leave it on for as long as possible in the shower), but whenever I use this my hair feels amazingly soft and smooth. The effect lasts for a few days, which is pretty impressive since I wash my hair daily. It also smells wonderful – fruity and creamy, which is always a bonus.
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum ($27.95) – This has rave reviews on Makeupalley – no doubt from my fellow silicone-loving girls, because this is pretty much pure silicones! It adds massive shine to my hair, detangles it, sticks down frizz and as a bonus it decreases drying time, which is a huge drawcard for my thick-haired self. It also smells like delicious fruity IKEA candles.
Matrix Biolage ScalpTherapie Normalizing Shampoo ($29) – This is one of the best clarifying shampoos I’ve tried on my oily scalp. It’s gentle enough that my scalp isn’t too irritated, but harsh enough that I don’t need to double shampoo. I haven’t tried using this daily yet in case it’s too irritating though.
O&M Original Detox Deep Cleansing Shampoo ($29.95) – This is my oily scalp’s other favourite, as documented earlier. Unfortunately this requires double shampooing to avoid a stringy fringe at the end of the day, but it’s so gentle on my scalp that it’s worth it.
Moroccanoil Treatment ($55) – Yep, I’ve fallen for this siliconey product, just 5 years behind the crowd! I often end up applying too much and end up looking greasy, but it’s my favourite all-rounder – nourishing treatment, detangler, shine-adder and flyaway-fixer. It’s expensive, but it does do the job of multiple products, so I tend to reach for this when I’m running late or lazy.
Do you have a hair care product you’re willing to pay extra for? Let me know in the comments below!
If you’re in Australia, these brands can be found at various online stores including Buy Haircare Direct and Adore Beauty, as well as in salons and hair supply stores (Price Attack etc.).
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