Katie’s Beauty Corner: Hair Care Products Edition

An essential step in escaping the post-MCAT doldrums is getting in a good dose of retail therapy, which I took in the form of restocking some of my favorite hair care products, and trying out a few new ones. I can’t say it was impulse buying, since it wasn’t exactly a one-stop Sephora binge-shop…but did I really need to buy everything all at once?! (Yes, duh.) I told my mom when I got home that it was a really good thing I don’t have many days off — a true statement, but I don’t regret it one bit!

I also felt an overwhelming need to indulge since I recently cut off about 14 inches of hair, and what was once wavy, damaged, thin, and slightly frizzy has transformed into effortless, lush ringlets I didn’t know I was still capable of achieving. Though my hair care routine hasn’t changed much over the years, my hair has changed drastically and been through quite a bit, including a life-altering health scare and the subsequent recovery. Read on to see which products I used through it all, and how I maintained faith that my hair would finally make it back to how it is today: healthy, strong, and shinier than I have ever seen it.


Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo

I have been using this shampoo for about six or seven years now, and every time I wash my hair with it feels just as luxurious as it did the first time I used it. I’m probably biased, but nothing is more soothing than a really hot shower and the rich coconut lather of this shampoo after a trying day. (Side note: for best hair care, you shouldn’t wash with hot hot water…but let’s be honest, some days it is very necessary.)




Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Conditioner

For the full experience, I recommend using the paired Creme de Coco conditioner. I give the shampoo a lot of credit, but really, it’s probably the conditioner that has been my hair’s saving grace. Apply from about mid-shaft to the tips of your hair, and leave in for several minutes before rinsing for best results. Seriously, I haven’t had a split end since I discovered this stuff!




Head and Shoulders Dry Scalp Care with Almond Oil Shampoo

Okay, team be real: Bumble and Bumble products are amazing, but they are rather pricey, and it’s good for your hair to switch it up anyways! I particularly love using this shampoo to clear up any flakes during the dry winter months, or whenever my scalp feels like being extra stubborn. Yes, it happens to all of us. Yes, it is manageable. Just breathe, and wash your hair with this two or three times. Works like a charm.



Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray

Alright, yes, you caught me, I’m a Bumble and Bumble snob. (I just know what I like, I swear!!) If we’re getting down to it though, this thickening spray is the real hair magic. It’s ideal for achieving the perfect bouncy blowout, while minimizing frizz and giving you ultimate control while you wield the round brush. Just spray on damp hair, and watch your best amateur blow out technique be upgraded to salon-quality! (Okay, maybe that’s exaggerating a little…the blowout quality is in the hands of the brush-bearer, but I’ve done enough blowouts to know this stuff actually makes a difference in the final product.)


R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

This is a brand new product for me, and though I’ve only used it a couple times, I can tell it will be a new staple in my hair arsenal. In fact, I was a dry shampoo virgin before I bought this bottle last week. My main objective was to find something to extend my blowout by one more day, since I hate using heat on my hair too often. Not only did this work to spritz some life back into my day-3 hair, but it smelled fantastic and provided the polished volume I was looking for. I suppose I don’t have much to compare it to since I’m a recent convert, but my stylist also gave it his stamp of approval, so I’m sold.

(Side note: I love how the description on the bottle says “Give your hair a shot of Death Valley whenever you want and it will liven right up.”)


OSiS+ Upload Volume Cream

I didn’t mention it before, but my hair has certain magical properties that allow it to be blown out straight, or dried curly. This upload cream is an old favorite that I use when I’m going for the curly variety. It is the master of soft, bouncy ringlets that stay defined throughout the day, but don’t dry with that wet look I despise (you know the one I’m talking about). It also has the perfect amount of hold, without being stiff. Apply to damp, freshly washed hair, and use the diffuser attachment on your blow dryer.



Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

Finally, for the huge disappointment of the lot…this surf spray was also a new product for me, and so far I am less than satisfied. I was envisioning the sea-spritzed ringlets like those that graced my head after I went for an ocean swim, so maybe my expectations were a tad off. However, I was not thrilled with the way it dried wavy/curly with that dreaded wet look, not to mention the crunchy, stiff feel. I must be missing something, because the good people of the internet seem to love it, so I’ll have to give it another chance to change my mind. Still, I’m tempted to drive down to Newport Beach and fill up a spray bottle with ocean water, since it’s free and gives me phenomenal results. More experimentation to come, stay tuned. 😉


*Note: This post is in no way sponsored! All opinions are my own, and based on my personal experiences and preferences (and many, many hair trials and tribulations).