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3 Hair Masks That I Love

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With all the heat styling and color processing I do to my hair, masks are essential! I struggle with an oily scalp and dry ends so my biggest concerns are moisture, nourishing and strengthening my strands. Masking 2-3x/month is typical for me, though I have been trying to stick to 1x/week recently and have noticed a major difference in my hair. My favorite hair mask of all time was discontinued and I only have a tiny bit left, so I was on a mission to find ones that could continue its stellar work. I tested out quite a few but these 3 were the stand out favorites.
1. Oribe Signature Moisture Masque – I am a huge fan of Oribe products, and already went through an entire shampoo and conditioner in this Signature Moisture range. This is the mask that I reach for when my hair is at its driest and desperately needs moisture. It’s a tad too heavy for my roots, so I concentrate this on the ends and comb through from the base of my scalp down. Only a small amount is needed but I find that it works wonders to makes my ends look fresh and my curls smoother. I can imagine that this will be my best friend come summer when the humidity is in full force and the sun is wreaking havoc on my ends. This does for my hair what many of my favorite hydrating moisturizers do for my face – gives it an instant shot of water. 
2. R+Co. Pre-Shampoo Treatment Mask – I was not quite sure how to use this one when I first saw the name. A pre-shampoo treatment? On dry hair? Hmmmm….But then I saw that it can also be used as a traditional mask on wet hair after shampooing. I tried it both ways and to be honest, I like either one because the results are fantastic! The texture is a fluffy foam that I work into the ends of my hair and then comb through so it gets distributed everywhere. This mask gives me tons and tons of volume and makes my hair bouncy and healthy looking. When paired with this shampoo, the volume is even better. I love it! 
3. Ouai Treatment Masque – I saved the best for last in this post. I absolutely adore this treatment masque. It’s a creamy texture much like the Oribe and one packet is enough for my entire head. It instantly detangles,  and then I use a wide tooth comb to make sure it distributes evenly. I concentrate it more on the ends than at the roots, but I don’t find that this will weigh my roots down if I use it there. After just one use, my hair looked instantly refreshed. Shiny, healthy and smooth without looking flat. My only complaint is that I wish they had the option to buy it in a tub or tube. I love the packets for travel, but I know I will go through them way too quickly when using regularly.
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Hair Products I Have Been Loving Lately

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I’ve said before on my blog that I don’t get too excited about hair products so I rarely review them. I style my hair almost the same way every day, so I rarely seek out new things to test or try. However, over the past few months, that has begun to change and I was interested in testing out more and more shampoos, conditioners and styling products. I’ve rounded up the ones that I enjoyed the most for this post.
1. Ouai Clean Shampoo and Repair Conditioner – To say this new haircare brand is buzzing is an understatement. But I wanted to wait for some of the initial launch hype to die down before trying it, and see what products emerged as the must-haves. Surprisingly, the reviews were positive for the entire range so I went with a shampoo and conditioner for my first test. After only 3 days of using this together, I was already loving my hair. The Clean Shampoo does a fantastic job of really cleaning my hair and removing any buildup without stripping it. And the Repair Conditioner works wonders on my ends! I figured this would be a duo that I would use sporadically to treat my hair, but I find that my hair responds best with using regularly. And the biggest result when using this combo is my hair stays cleaner and holds its style for much longer.
2. Alterna Caviar Volume Shampoo and Conditioner – I have a lot of hair but it is very fine. And with an oily scalp, I need all the volume I can get. I decided to just dive right in with these when first trying them by bringing them on my recent 4 week road trip. I had just received them in the mail and packed them without ever trying and hoped for the best. By the end of my trip, I was in love with both! My hair didn’t double in volume (don’t I wish) but it was much bouncier and fuller than normal. I didn’t struggle with it falling flat on day 2 or 3, and my ends were incredibly soft. I’m now almost 3/4 of the way through each bottle because it consistently keeps my hair looking good.
3. Philip B Forever Shine Shampoo and Light-weight Deep Conditioning Rinse – While the Ouai and Alterna formulas are ones I use on a regular basis, I find that this Philip B Shampoo and Conditioner are the perfect once a week treatments. The Forever Shine Shampoo makes my hair glossy yet not greasy, and the Creme Rinse is amazing at helping me fight frizz. I notice after using both together that my hair looks smoother and doesn’t curl up or frizz (as much – I still deal with some UGH).
4. Kerastase Powder Bluff – My disdain for dry shampoos and how much dirtier my hair feels has been voiced on this blog many times over. Leave it to Kerastase to completely change the game for me. This dry shampoo is not only effective at helping my hair remain less oily as the week goes on, but it is the BEST smelling hair item I own in my entire collection of products. BEST. I like to use it in the evening before going to bed because I find my hair wakes up less oily, but because of the amazing scent I have begun using it during the day simply to have my hair smell good. I have had strangers stop and ask me what is on my hair because the scent is so intoxicating. If they made this scent for the body, I would never be without a bottle. (please do this Kerastase! LOL).
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