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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Handy Hair Products

Okay, I admit this post is probably geared towards women because what man is going to fiddle with his hair and have a cupboard full of hair products?  As women we’re always looking for excellent products in the hair and makeup department because you may as well look as good as you can for as long as you can.  At least that’s my philosophy.  I’m not too old yet not to care.

So, I’m always trying out new things too see if I can find something better than I’m already using.  If I find something amazing, I like to share it.  Today I’m talking about hair products that I think are worth the money.  I’ve tested the things you see below for almost two years.  Without a doubt, I think my hair is in the best condition it’s been in for a long time.

I can say these products do work, but like anything, you have to use them regularly.  It really doesn’t take very long to get showered and ready, so you don’t have to worry about spending that much extra time.  It’s also important to realize that you don’t need to wash your hair daily.  This is especially true, as you get older, because excessive washing will dry your hair out.  Don’t we all have a problem with dryness as we age, anyway?

My hair products 
Money is a consideration when it comes to purchasing anything these days.  I think eight dollars for a bottle of shampoo is at the top of my budget.  But for that price, this is the best one I’ve found.  The Age Defy products by Pantene are worth the price and leave you hair soft and shiny.  Even if you color your hair, it won’t be stiff and brittle feeling after you’ve used this for a while.  A bottle of shampoo and conditioner last me from two-three months.

I’ve always been impressed with Pantene and when I saw this new shampoo and conditioner, I had to try it.  I’m not getting any younger.

After shampooing my hair with the Age Defy shampoo, I use the Age Defy conditioner, leave on one minute, and rinse.  After that comes the Garnier Fructis conditioner.  This stuff is great!  After working into my hair, concentrating on the ends, I pile it on top of my head.  The product is thick enough to make it stay there.  This needs to stay on your hair for three minutes, so it’s a good time to soap up.  After you rinse this product out of your hair, if you like you can use the 7-Day Volume by John Frieda.  This is another eight-dollar product.  Sigh…

This product has to sit on your hair for five minutes, so I usually turn the shower off and meditate while I’m waiting.  No use in wasting water.  The good news is this product doesn’t have to be used every time you shampoo.  It’s good for up to three washes.  There is a residual effect, which is nice.

Rinse your hair thoroughly and towel dry.  Then after combing out, I use the Tresemme Split Remedy while my hair is still damp.  This product works best on wet hair.  Comb it through and then it’s time to blow-dry it, on low.  I want to note that the Split Remedy is a bit like honey, very sticky, but your hair won’t be sticky after it’s dry.

On the off times, I’m not using the 7-Day Volume, I’m trying the Fekkai Blowout, which is a hair thickener and root lifter in a gel form.  It’s new so I haven’t used it a lot yet, but it looks like it will work well.  It’s rather hard to apply this to the roots though, but it’s easy to comb out after it’s dry and doesn’t leave your hair stiff.  If you want to try it, apply to wet hair and then blow dry.

My husband always comes in the bathroom and tells me it looks like a salon.  I guess I do sound obsessed, don’t I?

Maybe this will help someone out there who’s searching for something that works.


  1. You and I share an H! Sort of...mine's about 80s hair spray. As I mentioned in my comments about two seconds ago, I just threw away a can of hair spray my hairstylist gave me a year ago. I'd never even opened it. I just run a brush through my hair and go.

    1. Stephanie,

      I seldom use hair spray either. Most of it is too stiff and breaks your hair trying to get it out. I usually wear my hair very casual anyway.

      Thanks for reading. I'll check out your post.


  2. The last hair product I used was about a year ago. It was the Grecian Formula foam. It works and my hair was black for a while. But then I got tired and stopped using it.

    Given the fact that I haven't had a haircut in a year, the ends of my gray hair are a dull blonde. Don't ask me how.

    1. Hi M.W.

      Thanks for visiting my blog. With anything, you have to keep it up for it to keep working, but I know you know that.

      I have no idea why the ends of your hair would be blonde instead of gray. Maybe the sun bleaches it if you're out in it much.

      The only time I ever cut my hair is when I do it myself. I don't trust anyone near my head with a pair of scissors.



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