Friday, August 19, 2016

Pixie Dust: Hair Products for Pixie Perfection

[Products marked * were provided by PR for review. All opinions are my own and there are no affiliate links.]

Sometimes I have dreams that my hair has grown out, and I wake up feeling distinctly disgruntled.

Yeah, I'm not growing my hair out again for a long, long time.

It's also the haircut that I've gotten the most compliments on, so I take that as an indication that this style actually suits me, ha. (The other thing I get compliments on? Diptyque Eau Duelle. Without fail.)

Anyway. I don't fuss a lot with my hair. I have a pretty simple shampoo/conditioner, and after showering I work in a volumizing serum - this StriVectin Max Volume Bodifying Radiance Serum ($35) is what I'm currently using, and I like it. This green line is all about volume, and the serum keeps hair soft and shiny so that it has healthy volume, without being weighed down or limp. It has a faint smell that isn't offensive (it's a faint citrus) and that I hardly notice (you have to sniff it to pick it up). However, I usually shower at night, and although my hair usually dries by the time I go to bed, by the time I wake up in the morning, I am rocking a full medusa. Or those trolls that MAC has brought back. It is not glamorous.
So, I need to depoof my hair again. But flat hair isn't cute. I also need to add volume back. And sometimes I get fancy and want a piece-ier look with my bangs. So this is what I have going on.

To flatten my hair in the morning (or depoof, as it were), I just wet my hair completely (we have one of those detachable handheld showerheads which makes this easy). Then, I look like a drowned rat. So I spray some of the StriVectin Max Volume Root Lifting Serum ($26), comb my hair, and air dry. Sometimes I'll also spritz Redken's Wax Blast 10 (~$15-22) to keep that piecey, wet look. I have noticed that the volume I get back with the StriVectin spray is noticeable; if I just wet my hair and air dry, it can be a little flat. On the flip side, the Root Lifting Serum can be a little crunchy if I don't finger comb my hair after applying it and before styling. It's not heavy or greasy, though, and I don't feel like my hair has any gross residue or weight to it after application.
StriVectin Hair products are available on their site, Nordstrom and on Sephora; they also have a starter trio of the shampoo, conditioner and radiance serum and travel sizes for some of the products. They're sulfate-free. One thing I wanted to mention is that the Bodifying Radiance Serum contains their patented Lumiphyto Complex, which they say "transforms" UV light into visible light, thus creating "weightless radiance." Molecules can do this - it's essentially how chemical sunscreen works, by absorbing UV light and emitting the energy in some other form - but I am not sure that it would really have an aggregate visible effect. Still, in theory, it's interesting, and I am always for creative science. All of their hair products also contain their patented NIA-114 (which I've discussed before, here), and I've never thought about anti-aging products for hair before, nor can I comment on the efficacy. 

What products do you use on your hair, and what are your hair concerns? How do you feel about anti-aging hair products?