Yes, it’s time. Time for the inevitable “best of” lists, and a review of all the cool stuff we’ve talked about this year. Unfortunately, I can’t remember most of what I’ve tried, so I’m totally winging this whole thing.
In order to make these posts bearable, I’ve broken them down into categories: skin care, hair care, and body care, and makeup. On we go to the top five hair products of 2010:
- Sulfate and paraben free shampoos: it took much longer than it should have, but I am a convert to the no ‘poo/gentle ‘poo camp. On my hair, sulfates and parabens strip my natural oils and make it even drier than it already is. In between my hair’s natural texture (coarse, curly, and frizzy) and my run in with dye removers and bleach, I had to make major changes. One shampoo that I really love is Leonor Greyl Shampooing Moelle de Bambou Shampoo. L’Oreal also has a mass market line – with a Shampoo,Conditioner, Deep Control Masque, Leave-In Conditioner, and a Frizz-Free Serum.
- Dry shampoo finally made it into the mainstream, and it’s about time. Two stand out: Faux Dry – Dry Shampoo by blow nyc and the more accessible TRESemme FreshStart Dry Shampoo, For Oily/Straight to Normal Hair and TRESemme FreshStart Waterless Foam Shampoo, For Dry/Curly to Normal Hair. Not only will you reduce heat damage, you can prolong your effort-laden blowout another day or two.
- Hairdryers that don’t cost a fortune. It’s all about the wattage, and you can find a professional grade hairdryer for a non-professional price. My favorite is the Ionic Pink Hairdryer by Tigi. The Remington Pearl Ceramic Ultimate 1875 Watt Hairdryer is also a nice dryer at a very reasonable price.
- Anti-frizz balms were also big this year, and we finally saw a few that worked! Avon Advance Techniques Lotus Shield Frizz Control Anti-Frizz Treatment worked wonders, as did Leonor Greyl Serum de Soie Subliminateur and Phyto Phytodefrisant Relaxing Balm. However, top honors still go to Living Proof Straight Making No Frizz Styling Cream.
- I’m a hairspray girl, and there have been some great hairsprays out this year. My favorite is Blow Blow Out. This gives excellent hold without stiffness, and the scent isn’t offensive. A very close runner up is, surprisingly, Suave Professionals Weather Protection 365, Humidity Defying Hairspray. Living in a humid climate, a good weather-defying hairspray is a must when you’re trying to keep your updo working in serious weather. This $4 can does an amazing job and it will probably last me the better part of two years, there is so much product.
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