My Two Holy Grail Haircare Products
I have to be honest, when I signed onto a haircare campaign with Sephora (these things get planned months in advance), I figured I would have been able to get to a salon for a cut and color by now. Alas, this is real life and we are still quarantined! That being said, you’re getting the real deal with this post. It has been MONTHS since I’ve been to the salon. I was due for a cut before COVID-19 and now… four months later, I’m really really overdue. I am extremely grateful for both of these products and have really relied on both during quarantine.
A little background: my top concerns for my hair are repairing damage (I highlight my hair and heat style it frequently!) and adding moisture. I used to get regular keratin treatments to keep it soft and silky but with quarantine being in place, I haven’t been able to! I haven’t been able to get a haircut, either. The combination of heat styling and coloring my hair, combined with natural texture issues can be a recipe for split ends, breakage, and frizz.
On top of that, my hair can also get brassy in between highlighting appointments! Luckily, there are two products I absolutely love that have made SUCH a big difference: Kérastase Blond Absolu Anti-Brass Purple Shampoo and Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3. Together, they restore my hair and help to combat damage, while keeping my highlights looking bright but never brassy.
This is my current favorite purple shampoo!
what it is: This is an ultra-violet, color-correcting shampoo made with hyaluronic acid. The violet pigment neutralizes lightened hair and counteracts brassiness… keeping those highlights nice and cool. And just like with your skin, HA is AMAZING for hydration!).
why i love it: It keeps my highlights looking fresh with no yellow brassiness, AND it helps to hydrate.
how i use it: I use this at least once a week. Apply to wet hair, leave on at least two minutes, and rinse thoroughly! You can use it up to 3x a week.
If you’ve been following me a long time, you know I absolutely RAVE about Olaplex No. 3.
what it is: This is a magical product. It’s a pre-shampoo hair treatment. It’s highly concentrated (don’t be intimidated by the small bottle, you only need a little bit!) and will strengthen hair from within… reducing breakage and improving its look and feel.
why I love it: IT WORKS. It is hands down, my favorite hair treatment. After using Olaplex No.3 my hair is noticeably softer to the touch.
how I use it:I use this twice a week. Apply it before shampooing to damp, towel-dried hair… from scalp to ends, saturating it. Leave on for a minimum of ten minutes (you can sleep in it if you’d like, sometimes I do!) Rinse it out and shampoo + condition as usual!
Photos by Allie Provost; created in partnership with Sephora!