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August 9, 2011

5 Impressive Hair Products

After yesterday’s post I realized I had enough hair-related material to last us for days. So, welcome to Hair Week! I’ll be your host on this, um, hair-raising adventure. Today’s topic: the best products I’ve used this summer. Some are brand new and some are just new to me, but all have earned a coveted spot in my grooming rotation.

(l to r) Rare Elements Hydrating Color Preserving Shampoo ($34) – This may just be the best shampoo I’ve EVER used. It gives me fuller, shinier, and more manageable hair without weighing it down (even though I don’t have dry or color-treated hair). It also happens to be all-natural and sulfate-free.

Living Proof Straight ($29) – Whatever Living Proof makes, I buy. Because it all works—the frizz fighters, root-lifting spray, and full thickening cream. Now there’s this Straight Long-Lasting Sleek-Making Style-Extending Spray that you spritz on wet hair then blow dry for smooth, straight locks. It got me through some serious body wave fall-out this summer.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($39) – Part volumizer, part texturizer, and part dry shampoo, this is the stuff of dreams for anyone whose hair goes limp in the heat. Or, hair that just goes limp. Yes, I’m still talking about hair here . . . Use it to amp up your blow-out, refresh your roots, or make it easier to grip hair for an updo. Bonus: it doesn’t leave a white residue like others.

Moroccanoil Gold Glimmer Shine ($26) – Once I discovered the miracle of Moroccanoil, I worked my way through the rest of the collection. This shine spray impresses me the most because it leaves a hard-core sheen without weighing down my hair. After using the treatment oil on just my ends, I mist this ever so lightly on the surface of my hair. One or two sprays is all it takes. Any more turns me into a greazy mess.

Aveda Light Elements Texturizing Cream ($24) – At first I wasn’t sure what to do with this grooming cream—or any grooming cream for that matter. Then I figured out that it can smooth away fuzzies, dry ends and flyaways better than hair spray and with the added benefit of moisture. I rub a dab between my hands and then gently pat on styled hair. Also great for separating the ends of curls or waves for a more tousled look.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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