Shower Shelfie featuring Redken

For the last year, I have been using whatever shampoo and conditioner that would make my hair manageable because I’ve done very little with it since I rarely left the house. There are so many different brands and kinds out there that I’ve talked about and truly loved. However recently, I really noticed that my hair needed some TLC after I was styling my hair every single day. Usually I can go a week in-between washes and give my hair a break from the heat. But now that my social calendar is getting full and I’ve been doing my hair everyday, I need a new shampoo and conditioner to keep up to keep my hair healthy and protect it from heat damage.

In my shower, I have Redken’s new All Soft Mega Shampoo and Conditioner to help detangle my long hair and keep it moisturized. The shampoo makes my hair soft and shiny and works really well if you have thick hair like me. The conditioner keeps my hair from getting tangled which has been a problem lately because my ends are dry. I love a conditioner that keeps my hair moisturized for days post-wash. A surprising ingredient in this duo is Aloe Vera which I think is the secret ingredient for soft, manageable hair!

Back in the day when I used to get my hair done at the salon, I loved walking out because my hair was always silky smooth. For years, I’ve been using Redken because that is what the salons use to get that silky smooth hair at home. Redken has a very large line of hair products that are specially formulated to treat your hair no matter what the issue is. I love when Ulta has a sale because that is when I stock up on the large bottles. I use the Redken Extreme shampoo and conditioner every few washes to really condition my hair.

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Redken All Soft Mega Shampoo // Redken All Soft Mega Conditioner // Redken Extreme Shampoo // Redken Extreme Conditioner

Redken All Soft Mega products were received complimentary, but all opinions are my own.

Easy Great Hair Days with a Leave In Conditioner

One thing I am loving right now is the excuse not to wash my hair that often. I’ve been trying to keep my hair washing to once a week to prevent any heat damage and keep it healthy. After a few days of dirty hair, I’ve been throwing my hair up in a bun to keep it out of the way. Not only has it saved me so much time but I can notice over time that my hair feels and looks healthier. I’ve been using a leave in conditioner when I wash my hair now because it leaves my hair smooth and shiny. It’s a great way to tame the frizz and make my hair look smooth – the same look that I get when I use a hair straightener. The leave in conditioner goes the extra step to protect your hair from breakage and prevent knots. If you do want to blow dry or use a hair straightener, the leave in conditioner does an amazing job at protecting your hair to keep it healthy too! There are leave in conditioners that you can in the shower and ones to use when you get out of the shower when your hair is still wet. I’m so forgetful that I have both so I can spray my hair if I forget to use one in the shower ha! Leave in conditioners are great for easy great hair days and keeping your hair healthy.

Here are some of my favorite leave in conditioners that I’ve been using the last few months to keep my hair healthy and polished without the heat tools!

It’s a 10 Leave In Product :

I purchased this after reading that so many people use it in their haircare routine and screamed from the mountain tops about how good it was. At the time I was struggling with dry, brittle hair so I wanted to see if it would work. It makes your hair easy to brush, protects from heat, fights frizz and gives you that shiny hair look without a lot of weight. If you are looking for no fuss hair products, I highly recommend this one!

OUAI Leave In Conditioner :

I started to use this product after my shower in the Spring and loved it after just one use! It makes my hair super soft and when my hair air dries it actually looks cute! Not only does it leave my hair looking and feeling really soft, it fights frizz and makes my hair really manageable. Perfect for lazy hair days or days when you don’t have time for hot tools. The spray bottle makes it easy to spray all over and brush it through your hair. I’d recommend using little product because it’s so conditioning and can make your hair feel weighed down with too much product.

AG Haircare Fast Food Leave In Conditioner :

This is a product I had never heard about when I got it in my Summer FabFitFun box. I put it in my shower and after a week of forgetting to use it before I got out of the shower, I finally used it. I squirted a bit into my hand and ran it through my hair right before I got out of the shower and went to bed with wet hair. Usually, that is never a good idea but I woke up with soft, wavy hair that I couldn’t even do with all of the hair tools I own. It’s a bit pricey but I don’t need that much product to get moisturized hair.

Sustainable Beauty with Love Beauty and Planet

FINALLY! I had to look up my edit history for this blog post to see how long I’ve been waiting to publish this post because back in February, I collaborated with Love Beauty and Planet to talk about a new product coming to stores. But then COVID hit and the world literally stopped. When I first wrote up the blog post below, I had bangs inspired by way too many episodes of New Girl and was so excited to share a new type of shampoo and conditioner with you all. By now I have used up all of it and have been waiting impatiently to buy more. One of the fun perks of being a “blogger” (I consider myself just a girl with an inexpensive laptop who writes on the internet about her favorite things in hope that it brings someone out there in the interweb joy) is receiving products before they launch to try and write reviews for the company. I am so happy to see this new formula shampoo and conditioner hit the shelves because it really is nothing you have ever tried before. No more rinsing and rinsing trying to get all of the product out. No more giant bottles that don’t fit in your shower caddy. So finally, here is my review of the Love Beauty and Planet Concentrated Shampoo and Conditioner.

I am so excited to talk about a new shampoo and conditioner I have been using recently! Love Beauty and Planet is a brand I am sure you have seen in the stores for a while. Today, I wanted to talk a new product from the brand. What caught my attention was the beautiful packaging and was surprised that the brand was eco-friendly. They also look really cute in my shower ha! I’ve been in the process of swapping our cleaning products and laundry detergent to more sustainable and eco-friendly brands, but this is my first environmentally-conscious shampoo/conditioner. They have several scents that smell sooo good! Now my hair smells like coconuts!

I’ve been washing my hair this week with the coconut water and mimosa flower concentrated conditioner and shampoo. It leaves my hair feeling strong and lots of volume. This line from Love Beauty and Planet is formulated so you can use half of the amount that you would usually use. The best way to try if it would work was to use it on very dirty hair! The bottle is created to squirt just the right amount of product that you need into your palm. For longer or thicker hair, you just squeeze the bottle twice. The sulfates in other shampoos help the shampoo lather and get super sudsy so I was curious to see if the non-sulfate shampoo would be sudsy enough to wash all of my hair making it feel clean enough. After the shower, my hair felt so smooth and very clean! I let it air dry a bit before doing a normal blow out and this was the real test because I have frizzy hair so I’m very picky about the hair products I use. I was left with great looking hair that smelled amazing with plenty of volume! The shampoo and conditioner left my hair smelling like coconuts and I couldn’t resist smelling it throughout the day!

Love Beauty and Planet have a commitment to the planet that I really like to see. Their goal is a carbon footprint so small, it’s like they aren’t even there.

“We’re continuing our journey with concentrated formulas designed to provide great beauty benefits with half your usual dose. These products give a little extra love to the planet because they require less water to make and enable us to to use smaller bottles with 30% less plastic. As always, our delicate scents are infused with natural and ethically sourced oils and extracts. “

These are great for giving you a good hair day with a good price point! They leave your hair with lots of volume and smelling nice while helping out the planet at the same time – they also look super cute sitting in your shower!

My Hair is Loving Quarantine

One thing I have noticed the last few weeks is how healthy my hair feels and looks. I haven’t had a haircut since January and the last time I colored my hair was in February. My hot tools quickly went away in the early days of the stay at home orders because it’s not like I was seeing anyone. I’ve been using my blow dry hair brush on dry hair to style it if needed but most days, I put oil on my hair and put it in a sloppy bun. Right now I am using this excuse not to get ready every day to grow my hair but also make sure it has what it needs to stay healthy, strong and use the right products.

For years I had been experiencing hair breakage and it was because of my pony tail hair ties. With my thick hair, it takes a few loops and really tight hair ties to keep my hair up. After switching to these hair ties I have noticed less strain on my hair which means less breakage. Since my hair is up in a bun most of the time, I only brush my hair once maybe twice a day with my wet brush. I’ll add serum to my hair and gently brush my hair after I get out of the shower. If needed I’ll brush it again in the morning but I’ve been letting it go natural most of the time.

Good hair starts with the right products! I switch back and forth from the expensive brands and really good drugstore ones. Just because you are paying a lot of money for shampoo it does not mean it is going to give you great hair. It takes some trial and error to find the right match and right now I am loving the Loreal Everpure Scalp Care + Detox shampoo and conditioner. My hair feels clean for days and it helps get rid of product buildup so your hair has more bounce and not as weighed down.

My secret to easy healthy hair? It’s simple… use a leave in conditioner! I’ve noticed that my hair dries without it being big and frizzy when I use it after the shower. It definitely makes my hair more manageable and I don’t need to grab a hair straightener because it looks presentable. When I do use my straightener, it takes a lot less effort to get my hair looking cute even in this hot southern humidity!

Finally, air drying my hair the last few months have allowed my hair to heal and grow long and healthy! I’m embracing my grown out roots and with all this time in the sun, my natural blonde highlights are coming back! Over time I hope to train my hair to look good on it’s own with little maintenance. Right now, my hair is loving me for the easy hair routine and I’m loving it back for the easy maintenance!