My five must-have hair products! - The Dainty Squid

My five must-have hair products!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Whenever I post about my hair I always get more than a few questions about how it looks so healthy despite what I put it through. I tried to cover this in my hair tips and tricks post, which in reality could definitely updated due it's age. I've been dying my hair unnatural colors consecutively for nearly six years now so over the years I've found a handful of products I swear by.
1 // Hask Placenta. Yep, you read that right. With a main ingredient like placenta, sheep's placenta to be exact, I can understand any hesitations you have with this product. I've been using it for years though and couldn't be happier with the results. I spray it on everyday before I brush my hair out after showers. It works wonders when my hair is less than manageable after bleaching and keeps my hair shiny, always.

2, 3 + 4 // Coconut oil, EVA NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask and Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask are three products I like to use before bleaching my hair (not at the same time, of course.) They each smell wonderful and leave my hair so much more smooth, shiny and manageable than before applying. Before bleaching your hair you want it to be in as good of shape as possible, using a hair mask will definitely help. Of course, after dying your hair you could use one as well but since they all need rinsed out in the end there is the chance of your color fading so I recommend using them often in the days leading up to the day you plan on bleaching. 

5 // Boar hair brush. I picked up a boar hair brush at Target one day just because I needed a new brush. I got in the car, started brushing my hair and immediately realized this new brush was making my hair reeeeeal greasy. Come to find out, boar hair brushes are great for distributing your scalps natural oils to the rest of your hair. The thing is I have very fine hair so this brush makes my hair embarrassingly greasy. This was actually a really great discovery though. Now I always brush my hair thoroughly with this brush before bleaching my hair so the bleach does as little damage as possible. Your oils help protect your hair.

Other than those things I don't use much else. My regular shampoo and conditioner are Tresemme. They're not the absolute best but they're very affordable and don't fade my hair colors like other similarly priced ones do. 

 These products won't save super damaged hair and they're not miracle workers but they definitely help keep my hair super shiny and as healthy as possible. What are some of your must-have hair products? I love trying new hair masks!
xoxo

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  1. ok. I'm ready for a long shopping on line session.

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  2. Hello! Another great product to use while bleaching is a protein filler. When you bleach you obviously take a lot of good stuff out of your hair. Sally's sells protein filler in four differenr tones (I use platinum). Mix your bleach, put half the bottle of filler in it, mix, & slap it on. It puts protein back into hair while also making the bleaching process produce more even results! (If you already do this, or have tried, I feel silly, but it couldn't hurt to share the info!)

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  3. I bleach my roots every 3-4 weeks. I love It's a 10 Miracle leave in product, and Chi. They help protect hair from drying/tools.
    I use Dove Intensive repair conditioner and I swear it has improved my hair.

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  4. Ok, loved the Hask placenta one. Never heard about it and I'm gonna try it. I'm kinda on the phase I cut my hair now I want him to grow :)

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  5. I have a hair mask from The Body Shop, but it's more lightweight moisture. I also got one from Lush as a present last year and it was really good. I don't know if you have Lush in the US. I use coconut oil for baking and in my homemade deodorant, but I haven't tried it on my hair yet.

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  6. Thank you for sharing! I'll be bleaching my hair for the first time soon and love to hear what other people use for their hair. I'm using the Hask Henna-n-Placenta mask every so often leading up to it, and WOW. Y'all. Listen to her. Hask products are ah.ma.zing.

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

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  7. Do you have to order the Hask Placenta from somewhere special or can you find it at a place like Sally Beauty Supply?

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    1. You know, I'm not a 100% positive but I THINK I've seen it at Sally's. It'd never hurt to ask them when you're in there. :)

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  8. I found that sulfate & paraben free shampoos didn't strip the color quite as fast as normal stuff. I use Whole Foods 365 brand since it's cheap. (Here a normal sized bottle is $3-4 and the gigantic bottle is $6)

    Thanks for the post! My hair needs some serious help and I plan on getting some coconut oil! ♥

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    1. Oh, definitely! Sulfate is naaaasty for your hair, which is why it's so hilarious it's the first of second ingredient in most shampoos.

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  9. I really need to get a hair mask. Thanks for sharing.

    best,
    Chrissy of crashbeauty.com

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  10. Thank you a ton for posting this!
    I'm in great need of new hair care products. c:

    <3
    Harlynn
    www.mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  11. Thank you for posting this! I've gone platinum again and my hair is a fried mess.

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  12. It makes me sad seeing all these cool things on Amazon when they won't ship any of them to Australia (apparently Priceline used to have the Hask and Seche Vite products, but I can't find them there any more - I can't seem to find anyone that will ship here!)

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  13. I love the hair masks from TVAL.
    I don't hold them for the full 5 mins, but use them as conditioner twice a week (I dont user conditioner generally) and my hair is so soft. Didn't try their leave in shampoo or any of the solids though.

    http://tvalskincare.com/home.php?cat=46

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  14. Yes, they sell hask placenta at Sally's. I just picked some up there. They only had small vials, though. Not the bigger bottles.

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  15. I've heard that coconut oil is amazing in both your hair and body but I have only used it in my food. haha! Have you used Aussie's 3 minute miracle? If not I highly recommend it to you, it amazing!

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  16. hello, i'm a silver haired girl.. my hair saviours are John Masters Organics products <3

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  17. Thank you for posting this! I am looking into re-dying my hair soon to another funky color and this can help me better take care of it. Would you do a post on how to bleach your hair? I need more help in that department & I'm sure others do as well.

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    1. I already did. There's actually a link in this post to that entry.

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  18. Hi Kaylah have you ever tired putting coconut oil in your hair and then applying bleach over top. Its meant to protect the hair while its getting bleached but it doesnt affect the lightening of the hair...look it up :)

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    1. I've heard of that but never tried it because what I do works insanely well for me.

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  19. I must say, you certainly take care of your hair! I know lots of people who do terrible things to their hair! Coloring, heat, etc...and do nothing to protect it! Good job!

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  20. How about a good dry shampoo?

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    1. I've been using this recently, and loving it!
      http://amzn.to/2a3X9Rn

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