Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Obsession of the month

Yes, yes, I know—I'm obsessed with many things: Bare Escentuals, Laguna Beach, the state of Nick and Jessica's marriage. I am a simple girl. But one category of products stands out above all others for me: intensive hair conditioners. I've been dying my hair since I was fourteen (blonde! red! brunette! weird dishwater-color! back to blonde!) and my poor locks are beyond fried. Because my hair is also exceedingly frizz-prone, I can't do that whole "wash 'n' wear" thing, which means I have made very, very good friends with my blow-dryer. So the only way I can keep my hair from calling it quits and falling out (which, yes, it actually did last summer, hence my current very short 'do—trying to grow the hair back, people!) is by conditioning it into oblivion. A few of my favorites:

Kerastase Olèo-Relax: Not only does this have an amazing floral scent, but it helps reduce frizz and keeps hair sleek.
Fresh Meadowfoam Cream Treatment Conditioner: Has a great, thick consistency that leaves hair shiny and extra soft.
Bio-Ionic Super-Hydrator: My favorite hairdryer is by Bio-Ionic (the ions are supposed to make your hair smoother and softer) and when I use this conditioner, then follow with my blowdryer, my hair looks as polished and flat as when I go to the salon.
Frederic Fekkai Protein Rx Reparative Treatment Mask: Contains protein to help strengthen damaged and colored hair, and has a really nice, vanilla-y smell.
Terax Crema: A classic—detangles in a snap, helps reduce static and fly-aways, and leaves hair beyond silky. It doesn't smell as amazing as some other conditioners, but I suppose you can't win 'em all.

16 Comments:

Blogger Vegas Chic said...

Jolie: Been reading up on your adventures in NYC and am impressed with the poise in which you handled yourself.

I must tell you however that Kerastase shampoo/conditioning products are probably the best. Period. I have used Oleo and the whole Soleil line is incredible for those jaunts to Antalya or the Seychelles.

Unfortunately, L'oreal doesn't have the US site up yet, but you can find more info here

8/16/2005 10:00 AM  
Blogger Mizzou379 said...

Try Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. It's made from the Ojon tree in South America. I sleep in it and wake up with Pantene commerical hair. No joke. I'm not crazy about the smell - it's reminiscent of coffee, but I put a shower cap over my head and that seems to help it absorb, as well as keep the smell to a minimum.The only place I could find it was qvc.com, but I have turned my other beauty snob friends on to it and they're still thanking me.

8/16/2005 11:55 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Terax Life Drops is also good. It definitely has a clinical aroma, but I think that's what I like about it (makes me think it is really working).

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8/16/2005 12:18 PM  
Blogger SuzyKelly said...

I have the same problem, Nadine! I was an at home hair dye junkie for a long time. This addiction started in the 6th grade when I sprayed some sun-in into my hair, and it turned my naturally brown hair into coppery brown. After that I've done all sorts of hair dyes--temporary & permanent. My hair is pretty fine and thin, so I need to treat it extra careful. I no longer dye it, Im thinking about highlights, but I want to let it grow a bit before doing anything else to it. I just picked up some Garnier Fructis Fortifying deep conditioner. Its a 3 minute masque, and I'm going to try it tonight. I'll let you know the results. But until then, does anybody have any ideas to help me with my fine hair, the ends are just soo dried out... I dont want to cut it...but maybe something to clean it up.

8/16/2005 1:39 PM  
Blogger Style Girl said...

I love Bumble & Bumble's Deeep Treatment. Wash your hair, put the conditioner on, leave for 20 minutes, rinse and go about your day. It is great with their Sunday Shampoo. The Sunday Shampoo is a clarifying shampoo and cleans the hair wonderfully and then do the conditioning treatment, then Voila!!

8/16/2005 2:04 PM  
Blogger cutiepiebunny said...

Ahhh, hair conditioner, it's my hobby. However, you listed the products I currently use!!! I was hoping for some new ideas, but this stuff is the top of the line.

SCHAUBEE: Ojon is sold at nordstroms and Sephora...just to let you know. I've been wanting to try the restorative treatment, I'm just waiting for the right time to spend $55 on a conditioner!!

Last but not least...I'm going to try Bumble & Bumbles conditioner treament this week. Dontella Versace swears by it, so we will see

8/16/2005 2:17 PM  
Blogger cutiepiebunny said...

Oh by the way, SUZYKELLY...you need a leave in conditioner you put in every time you get out of the shower! That will help the dry ends...but be careful there are a few leave-ins that actually make the hair more dry. One I use everyday is PHYTO 9 Daily Nourishing Cream. It can be used on towel dried or dry hair. It's $33 but it's really good. Try a small bit in your palms, rub them together and smooth over the ends only. Since your hair is fine just put it on the ENDS, otherwise it's going to make the hair look greasy and weighed down.

8/16/2005 2:22 PM  
Blogger nita said...

All of the Alterna conditioners are fantastic! Super smooth and creamy, rinse well, really smoothes the cuticle. Try some!

8/16/2005 3:02 PM  
Blogger redaries said...

Jolie--your list is my list. But let's not discuss our sad hair history. Just trust me when I say you're missing one crucial, affordable shampoo-conditioner combo: Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner.

These are from Worthington's "drugstore" line. Amazing. Transforming. And I'm a snob about hair products. I believe you get what you pay for.

That said.

These are, to me, the shampoo-condtioner equivalent of Oleo-Relax serum. The packaging and light fragrance are great, too.

Very difficult finding this line in NYC now, but maybe your 'hood is better stocked. As hard to find as that Jergens Body Glow for fair skin.

I found it all on Walgreens.com

I beg you to try it--I promise you'll thank me!

8/16/2005 11:00 PM  
Blogger Jenny V said...

Jolie ~ I am really interested in the bio-ionic hairdryer you listed. Any chance it's this model sold at Sephora (see attached site)?
http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P85231&categoryId=B70

If not, could you let me know where I could buy it? I've heard by many that a good hairdryer really makes a difference, especially if you dry and straighten a lot (which I do). Anymore info would be great, thanks!!

8/17/2005 9:30 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

I'm a product whore when it comes to hair... I actually use Nioxin shampoo and conditioner because it makes my baby fine hair really thick. However, I go back and forth between J. Lazartigue (sp?) and the Neutrogena extreme moisture hair masks. Both are fantastic, but the Neutrogena should be left on for 20 minutes at least.

8/17/2005 10:44 AM  
Blogger Smitty said...

Terax Crema is definitely the best value at $20 for a tube, and it really does work well.

8/17/2005 12:37 PM  
Blogger Claire Pains said...

And don't forget about Jojoba oil. I swear by this stuff. Yes, it is an a natural oil and you're probably skeptical, but it works. It gives your hair a great sheen and calms down the frizzies. I use it once a week as follows: 1) Douse dry hair with oil from roots to ends. You can massge it on your scalp. It is not oily, like olive or a greasy conditioner and somehow doesn't leave your hair with a gunky layer of product. 2) clip you hair on the top of your head and leave the conditioner in from 30 minutes to overnight. 3) To rinse out, put shampoo in your hair first before you get your head wet. Oil and water do not mix and you need the shampoo in your hair before the water. 4) add water and rinse out. Then use your regular conditioner. 5) Let your hair air dry and use your dryer. You hair will thank you. Trust me on this. I do have great hair and people are always asking me what I use to mek it so shiny. I also use it to calm down the frizz when it's dry, like a grooming cream. Use a teeny bit, rub it between your hands and voila!

8/17/2005 12:52 PM  
Blogger Jenny V said...

Ok, so I did a little research on the Bio Ionic Dryer and found it on the web for $149.99 w/no tax & free shipping. A) Can someone tell me if this is a good price? B) Can someone attest to Jolie's rave reviews of it?

http://store.yahoo.com/misikko/bio-ionic-hair-dryer-super-hydrator.html

I don't mind investing that much money if it's really going to do wonders. My Solano cost an arm & a leg, but I, without a doubt have gotten my $$ worth. But, before I go and purchase "just a blow dryer", I want to make sure it's going to WoW me!! Thoughts???

8/17/2005 3:09 PM  
Blogger Jolie said...

Sohochic, the first dryer you were talking about is the T3 Tourmaline, which has received rave reviews, but literally short-circuited my apartment when I tried it. Sooo, I personally wouldn't recommend that one! The Bio Ionic isn't cheap (the Super-Hydrator Pro Dryer is the best), but I do find that it's worth it. (According to this website, which was linked to on the main Bio Ionic website, it is indeed $149.99.)

Too many good products mentioned here - I must comment on some of them!
Schaubee, good choice - I was an Ojon freak for a while and their products are definitely top notch. (And I actually do like the smell!)
Suzy Kelly, I'm a big fan of Garnier Fructis products, too, but I'll admit that I mainly like them for the apple-y scent. Pantene makes a nice overnight leave-in conditioner that sinks into hair pretty quickly, too, but I wouldn't rely on either product for severely damaged hair.
Style Girl, am similarly obsessed with bumble; love the Deeep treatment (as well as their Treatment Damage Therapy line) and am a regular Sunday Shampoo user.
Redaries, I love, love, love Charles Worthington and all of his products! (He was actually my hairstylist for a short time, before he closed up shop in New York.)

8/18/2005 2:01 AM  
Blogger HCW said...

I can't live without my bumble and bumble curl conscious products!
My hairdresser swears by Kerastasse,which does a wonderful job, but I am nonetheless commited to b&b.

8/19/2005 11:26 AM  

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