Four years ago when I was about to move to Belgium, I predicted my hairdresser would be one of the people I miss the most. Just to make things clear, I think this goes past the typical tricky Asian hair problem. It is more about the fact that he has never disappointed me during the 6 years and a half years I’ve known him. I am a minimalist when it comes to hair. I want a good cut that I can easily blow dry to make it look presentable. I use next to no styling products (I do need a curling mousse now after the perm), and after I successfully reduced the frequency of shampooing in the beginning of the year, it seems like I’m on the right track.
Even though at this moment there’s nothing else I want to do besides going straight to my hairdresser’s from the airport next Wednesday (it’s not a joke. The appointment has been booked!), I am here to share some products that have helped me through the year!
When I tried the Macadamia Natural Oil Get Hooked pack in the beginning of the year, I said their Deep Repair Masque is something I would repurchase. Fast forward several months when I ran out of my mask, I did decide to go back to it and I don’t regret a thing!
This mask is by far the best treatment I’ve tried when it comes to detangling my hair in the shower. At the same time, it is not greasy and doesn’t weigh my hair down. I would recommend this to those who have thick hair that can’t be tamed unless you bring out the big guns. However, this does contain silicone. For those of you who can’t have silicone on their hair, you might have to look elsewhere.
When I reviewed the Caudalie Divine Oil I said my hair has never been a fan of oil, therefore I only use it on my body. I have to take that back! After rubbing it into my hair and scalp as an overnight treatment before shampooing my hair the past month, I can tell you this works miracles!
I used to use olive oil for that purpose, but Divine Oil definitely works better. It is a lot lighter in texture, and it is absorbed by the hair fast. Not smelling like the chicken waiting to be browned is definitely a plus too, but what is truly amazing is how soft and fine my hair becomes after I shampoo it off!
I have reserved the rest of my bottle exclusively for this purpose now! Compared with a lot of other oils that are specifically marketed for hair, this one does not contain silicone. I personally do not limit myself to hair products with no silicone, but for something that I rub into my scalp as an overnight treatment, I prefer to go silicone-free. If you own this oil, you have to try it on your hair! If yours isn’t very damaged, just a couple of hours will do!
I have recently been introduced to the Kiehl’s Strengthening and Hydrating Hair Oil-in-Cream, and I have been pleased with it! This is essentially a leave-in conditioner that you work into your hair (starting from the ends) when it is still damp. Afterwards you can style it as usual.
Because of the fact that it is silicone-free (and also paraben-free. I like that!), what it does is not majorly de-frizzing your hair. I am not saying silicone is not good. I you want a quick fix to frizzy hair, that’s a possibility. However, I do not associate it with truly nourished hair.
After I use this cream, I can my hair is softer yet stronger, and it stays that way for longer. Because it doesn’t contain silicone, I also get more volume. This is a product that I will go on testing and report back about the results. At the moment I can already tell those of you who are looking for a good silicone-free leave-in conditioner to take it into consideration!
What are your go-to hair products? Do you mind having silicone in your hair routine? Are you as minimalist as I am when it comes to hair or do you make major changes every several months?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
Disclosure: Some of the product mentioned in this review are provided by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.