Shiny Hair!

Shiny Brunettes, Blonds and Redheads Unite!

As I sit here in Oklahoma, my father tells me there are only two types of bad hair. Thin and Curly. I ask him about my curls and he responds that mine is WAVY. Totally different, duh. He would also like to point out that he is referring to Three Stooges corkscrew curly and please refrain from the hate mail. Thank you for your time.

I am continuing with the lists due to your emails, but really because I’m hanging out with my parents and don’t want to focus on writing an entry. So let’s get to it.

Whoorl’s Greatest Hair Products:

1. Back to Basics Pomegranate Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner: This shampoo and conditioner rocks. Smells great, but not too much, makes my hair shiny and purdy. It’s the only shampoo that I buy in the jumbo bottles because it’s That. Good. Bye the way, ULTA has the big bottles on sale right now for $12.49 (about 1/2 off). Run, don’t walk.

2. Aveda Be Curly: I have wavy hair and let it air dry 80% of the time. This is very lightweight, keeps my hair from looking frizzy and smells nice.

3. Pureology Real Curl: Same as above. I just like to mix it up once in awhile. I wouldn’t want my hair to get bored and become a rebellious teenager.

4. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum: When I dry my hair straight, this is a lifesaver. I swear it cuts my drying time in half and makes my hair incredibly shiny. And you only have to use a tiny bit- I think my bottle could last 5 years. After you’re finished drying, just rub the tiniest amount between your palms and coat the shaft. Wait…that didn’t translate well on the page. Hair shaft people! HAIR shaft.

5. Biosilk Hair Therapy: One word. Shiny. But don’t let it tip over in your bathroom cabinet and spill all over your cotton balls, razors and tampons. Trust me.

Alright, you know the drill. Get to it.

  • Colleen

    February 28, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the Bio Silk! But good God, what a friggin mess it makes when it spills! Definitely gotta try the pomegranate shampoo and condition sounds like a nice change.

    Soooooooooo glad your site is back up!

  • Jenifer

    February 28, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    I am addicted to Be Curly! Also, Be Straight, when I decide to get the flat iron out and tame the beast that is on my head. Another product you might want to try is Hairgromine by Barex Italiana. The packaging says it’s a gel, but it’s so weightless that I don’t notice it all. No grease whatsoever either. It’s good compliment to both Aveda products and adds shine to the hair.

    If you ever use the Aveda shampoos and conditioners, the Sap Moss line is a good one for hair that is exposed to a lot of humidity. Though, I think that Aveda just came out with a new and improved Be Curly line that may include a shampoo/conditioner. I haven’t tried it yet, since I stalked up on product about a month before it’s release.

  • torrie

    February 28, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    I am all about Be Curly.

  • am'ti b

    February 28, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    whoorl, your hair is a treasure. i hope my curls do not bother da’bishop.
    shampoo-i know you have informed me of the horrible side effects of pantene curl shamp/cond, but i can’t stop using it. i try to use frederic fekkai, bumble and bumble really anything that says curl enhancing, not a single one works, they make my hair look dry. that ain’t no good. maybe i will get “back to basics,” moisture is good.
    products-i have used biosilk on and off since i started to grow curls in seventh grade-smells nice. if i must use products i have a selection to choose from-
    frizzy=fekkai glossing cream and/or his smooth hair
    limp locks=fekkai luscious curls(smells yum and a positive name), be curly and to plump up dry flat curls= fekkai wave spray or ouidad botanical boost
    daily shine=fekkai glossing sheer shine mist
    i do have a bit of an obsession with frederic, no reason really other than they sell it in oklahoma so i have my madre buy it for me. they do all smell yummy and are all moisturizing, which is important when there is a chance you may have to stand next to whoorl in a photo-her hair is always shiny and smells good!

  • Danielle

    February 28, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Awe. Some. I cannot WAIT to try these!

  • rebecca

    February 28, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    I am your hair opposite (blonde and straight and I only dream of being able to air dry my hair into glorious waves) but I too love the Paul Mitchell Super Skinny AND the Biosilk! Fabu.

    I’m kind of in a shampoo rut right now, so I’ll keep checking back for more recommendations! :)

  • sizzle

    February 28, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    i’m hooked on terax products thanks to my superduper hairdresser in CA. it’s awesome stuff. particularly the miele line. ooh la la!

    i swear by alterna sculpting putty (made with hemp-i’m such a hippy!) for my hair. holds without the yuck factor. and makes excellent second and third day hair look awesome!

  • Hilly

    February 28, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Ha – totally have 1970 Barbara Streisand on my mind now.

    Okay so I am a [bottle] redhead with wavy hair that I straighten because it is not the good kind of wavy ;).

    My top picks for color-treated hair that still shines.

    – PureOlogy anything really. I tend to use PureOlogy Volume shampoo, conditioner and blow dry amplifier. I also use their spray gel and glossing mist.

    – Bumble and Bumble Clean Shampoo and Super Moist Conditioner….great for at home days or days when you don’t feel like doing a bunch of crap to the hair!

    – Frederic Fekkai Seventh Day Apple Clarifying Shampoo.

    – I second the Fekkai glossing cream for ponytails and the like.

    – Sebastian Shaper Spray is a must have for me!

    – Last but not least, I love Philosophy shampoos and conditioners for days when I just want to smell like an ice cream cone ;).

  • Jamie

    February 28, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    curly, natural redhead over here!

    Aveda Brilliance Serum (for a light coat of shine after you’re done styling)

    Graham Webb “Brit Style” Whipped Wax (throw it in wet hair and let air dry – awesome, frizz-free style with very little product)

    Matrix Biolage leave-in conditioning spray (daily must use)

    Kiss My Face Green Tea & Lime shampoo/conditioner (smells heavenly, leaves hair bouncy and free of residue – plus it’s organic!)

  • Glamgranola

    February 28, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    I have blonde, stick straight hair and always struggle finding the “right stuff”. In the winter here, hello static. And in the summer I’d prefere my hair to not be tight to my head. I still love Aveda Shampure, but it does nothing fab for my hair. Right now I have Herbal Essences break’s over strenghthening. Smells great but, meh, I could leave it too. So I guess I got nothin’. I’ll just keep checking back for the “miracle shampoo/conditioner duo”.

  • whoorl

    February 28, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    I am telling you the miracle shampoo/conditioner is Back to Basics Pomegranate! LISTEN TO WHOORL. Have you seen my hair? IT’S A TREASURE (thanks amti’b).

  • Teej

    February 28, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    I love the aveda products. My hair is blonde and only has waves at the edges of my hairline – read pubic hair. The rest is straight. So to tame those and the keep the rest of my hair smooth I use Aveda’s hang straight and Light Elements Smoothing Lotion. I have used both together but usually only use hang straight when it’s very humid. The smoothing lotion I used everyday to keep down frizz and flyaways. It is light weight, lasts longer than any other product I’ve used and I use so little that I’ve had my bottle for about 18 months. Still looking for a good shampoo and conditioner for straight hair though.

  • Emilie

    February 28, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Old favorite shampoos: Aveda Sap Moss (soft, smoothing, and shiny), Aveda Rosemary Mint (light and clarifying, plus the Rosemary Mint is my favorite conditioner), Alterna Caviar (volume! shine! smells good!)

    New crush shampoos: Frederic Fekkai Baby Blonde (preserves my highlights and smells better than Bumble and Bumble Blonde), Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing (says it’s for dry/damaged hair but mine is just regular and I still like it).

    Public service announcement: I bought Philip B. White Truffle Moisturizing Shampoo because it sounded so fancy that I thought it must be good. No! I have good hair; it made it lank. Stay away.

  • Michelle

    February 28, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Ok here is my list:

    Shampoo: Philosophy products – either Shear Splendor, or any of their 3 in 1’s. Current favorite is Inner Grace and combo b/t Amazing Grace and Falling in Love in honor of Dana Reeve. Others: MOP Glisten, Sunsilk – volumizing.

    Conditioner – Philosophy again — same as above — I don’t typically need a conditioner especially when using the 3 in 1.

    CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT: Bed Head – Manipulator – put in on when wet – small amount needed. Smells like pina colada – but not so much that it stays with you – work like magic! LOVE it!

    FUN FUN!

  • molly

    February 28, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    I have the thick-and-wavy locks, which are currently at hideous in-between length and need much care and attention. I recently discovered the Fekkai Luscious Locks and might be in Product Love. I keep the BioSilk on hand for days when I need to blow dry and be smooth-ish, and have also started using the Aveda DAMAGE REMEDY INTENSIVE RESTRUCTURING TREATMENT as a leave in conditioner/smoother — I comb it through my hair (curly/wavy haired girls are not allowed to brush!) and leave it, twisting hair into little nubby pigtail twisty things, then sleep on it, and it usually ends up wavy, smooth and soft — the ‘smooth’ part is where I struggle with my hair.

    I’m not especially loyal to any one shampoo/conditioner line, but I love the smell of Shampure, so I use it, even though I think it’s sort of drying. I am investigating this Back to Basics Pomegranate business stat, though!

    Pre-Fekkai, I was mixing Aveda Confixor gel with their Elixer leave in conditioner, which was nice but left my curls a little crunchy — it works best for sculpting curls, letting them air dry, then breaking the curls up.

    Also, I could not live without Goody Ouchless rubber bands. I keep them everywhere, in all my pants’ pockets, in my handbags…I rely on their ponytailing ability.

  • BeachMama

    February 28, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    My hair is blonde and pin straight. Although I have a lot of hair, it is not super thick. If I let it air dry it looks pretty sad, but when I dry it, not so bad.

    I use Paul Mitchell. I have been using Shampoo One and The Detangler for years, but recently have switched to the More Body Shampoo and Conditioner and have found it to increase the volume in my hair.

    If I am going somewhere special, I use Aveda sculpting serum. Just a dab on your hands run through the hair gives it shape when you dry it.

    I may try your pomegranite though, just because :).

  • LVGurl

    February 28, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Hmmm, I need to try the pomegranate shampoo and the super shiny! Since I live in -15% humidity, I’m always on the lookout for hair products that keep my hair from turning into crispy twigs.

    So far redken all soft shampoo & conditioner and artek kiwi blow serum have saved my hair from utter doom.

    Good work, Whoorl.

  • am'ti b

    February 28, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    i am telling you listen to whoorl, her hair always looks good and she and d have one fine smelling bathroom thanks to her products. she could be a fine hair dresser, she is good at curly, wavy and does one hell of a blowout!

  • Candace

    March 1, 2007 at 4:16 am

    I heart Be Curly – it’s the only thing that has tamed my wavy hair. I would buy stock in that product.

  • Sadie

    March 1, 2007 at 6:37 am


    A month ago I found out that I am allergic to the perservatives in almost all shampoos and hair products…for over a year I had been getting itchy red hives on my face wherever my hair touched me, and it turns out it was my shampoo and Bumble and Bumble grooming creme!
    And I have really wavy thick hair so it NEEDS products or it looks a hot mess.

    Now I am reduced to using only Neutrogena Moisture shampoo and conditioner (the only product I could find without the offending preservatives in it; even Aveda’s stuff has preservatives in it), and a Paul Mitchell leave-in conditioner. I had to give away like a hundred dollars worth of salon shampoos and straightening balms and finishing serums…*crying again*

    I am off to go read the ingredients list of your Back to Basics, with my fingers crossed.

  • Sadie

    March 1, 2007 at 6:57 am

    WHOORL! I need you to do something for me. I can’t find an ingredients list for the Back to Basics Pomegranate products anywhere on the interwebnets. I need you to go get your bottle of shampoo and conditioner, and tell me if you see any of these words in the ingredients (they are typically towards the end):

    Quaternium-15 or Polyquaternium
    Diazodinyl Urea

    Both are preservatives (which shampoo needs due to being 90% water and full of natural shit like flowers and fruits and berries, so that it has a shelf life) that release formaldehyde. And my skin no likey.

  • natalie

    March 1, 2007 at 8:30 am

    Now this is one dangerous topic! Too many products, so little time…
    I also have the thick/wavy hair that I almost always air-dry; I love me some TIGI Curls Rock Shampoo and Conditioner, which seem to moisturize and help with the frizz factor. There are entirely too many other products that could be used to enhance the curl on damp hair, but my two current favorites are Jonathan Silky Dirt (ew on the name but yay! on the product itself) and Fresh Hair Cream. You just need a tiny bit of either, so I’ll probably be using the same tubes of each until 2010. Love them both, though!

  • Lyndsay

    March 1, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Oh – hair products. I could write a novel. Currently, I am using the Matrix color care line. Smells good. I will move on, as I always do. My favortie is Dove for darkened hair. I like the smell and even my hairdresser endorses it, which is rare because she’s always pushing Pureology on me.

    Products, on the other hand, I stick with the good ones. The Pureology straightening gel and the NanoGlaze is amazing. I mix the two together, dry the hair with a paddle brush and then coat the hair in Biosilk. I’ve used Biosilk for over 10 years. Ther is nothing better and nothing in the world smells better. I wish they made Biosilk detergent & dryer sheets – I love the smell that much. Then I straight iron it.

    HOWEVER – I do have wavy/semi-curly hair. When I let my natural side come out (i.e when I’m in a hurry), it’s Garnier Fructis Curly Spray Gel. Nothing makes my hair curl like this does and I don’t get goop all over my hands because it sprays on. It smells really good, too. Oh, and it’s cheap.

    Also – for deep conditioning, which I need often, I cannot say enough about Ojon. It smells like coffee, which I’m not crazy about, but it makes my hair feel like silk and like I don’t color it every 6 weeks. Amazing stuff. I also like the Kerastase Oleo deep conditioning mask.

    I will also say that the most over-hyped, over-priced hair products on the market are Jonathan products. I rushed out to buy them after being addicted to Blow Out on Bravo. They SUCKED. The “Create Curl” should be called “Create frizz”. Also, the shampoo does not sud – at all. I did not feel clean.

    Enough already!

  • don't call me ma'am

    March 1, 2007 at 11:47 am

    I have stick straight hair. A lot of it… but super fine. I need body during the warm months, and moisture during fall and winter.

    During summer: Kenra Volumizing Shampoo, alternated with Back to Basics Apple Ginseng Clarifying.

    During winter: Kiehls Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo. If I run out before the next delivery, Neutrogena Triple Moisture is a quick and easy (as well as inexpensive)substitute.

  • Sadie

    March 1, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Sadie – From drugstore.com:

    Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Methyl Gluceth 20, Lauryl Glucoside, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Chloride, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Formate, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Prunus Persica Fruit Extract (Peach), Punica Granatum Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben

  • 180/360

    March 1, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    I’m an Aveda whore. I should be their spokesmodel. I’ve been using Aveda products since I was 14 and I won’t use anything else. Their new Damage Remedy line is amazing- most notably the Intensive Restructuring Treatment. It does wonders for my thick and wavy hair.

  • guinness girl

    March 1, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Ooh boy, do I love me some hair products. Seriously, I am a total hair product whore. I’ve tried them all.

    Lately, I’ve been switching between the Bumble & Bumble curl care line (I can’t remember what it’s actually called) and the Redken curly hair line for shampoo & conditioner. Everyonce in a while, I go back to my old-school hair product days and use Infusium leave-in conditioner, too. I’m lovin’ the Aveda Be Curly, with a little bit of Redken “Align” these days for hair products – although Align is supposed to be a straightener, it goes well with the Be Curly. I have always loved Biosilk, too. Ooh, and Redken’s “Fabricate” is great for days when I feel like drying my hair.

    I just almost went into all my past favorites, but…yeah, I’ve rambled enough.

  • Amanda

    March 2, 2007 at 6:02 am

    I SWEAR by Kerastase Lait Nutri Sculpt and Kerastase Oleo-Relax (Smoothing Conditioning Care). I have chin length hair so I pump one squirt of each into my palm, mix it together and run through my hair starting on the underside in the back and working my way up (putting very little near the roots, bangs, etc.) It smells lovely and gives you crazy shine (even when your water is hard and leaves nasty chemicals on your hair that you have to wash out with Neutrogena Clean Shampoo once a week.)
    The only thing about these babies is that they’re not cheap but it usually takes me 4 months or so to go through both of the bottles.

    I have also used Alterna’s Caviar products. I especially love the Caviar Rapid Repair Spray. My hair was so shiny you could see your reflection…I need to go buy some…NOW :)

  • nila

    March 2, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Hair talk is fun. My hair is so bad right now. It used to be stick straight but age and hormones are making it wavy, not a pretty wavy. I’m seeing all these cute short hair cuts and am so tempted.

    I have so many products, Bed Head, Paul Mitchell, Biolage, Aveda. I like to buy them, but being the low maintenance gal that I am, I’m never quite sure what to do with it all. I love shopping for that stuff though. So, I’m running out to Ulta. I’ve been looking for a new shampoo. Thanks for the tip.

  • Lulu

    March 2, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Delurking to say: LUH HUV the back to basics! I boogied right on over to Ulta and got me some big bottles (went out on a limb there…but if Whoorl says…who am I to question it) Used it for the first time today (along w/ some biosilk theraphy, again…thanks!) and I must say…MIGHTY FINE! Next stop…Sephora!
    I’ve been enjoying your blog for quite a while and can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve loved the last few posts (not to say I don’t adore pretty much EVERYTHING you post, ’cause I do…you have a great writing style and are hilarious!

  • Glamgranola

    March 2, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Done. I bought it today. Gah, you are a bad influence. And I am a product whore.

  • 180/360

    March 2, 2007 at 3:50 pm


    Hi. I am studying preservatives and other chemicals in products and was wondering how you came to the conclusion that those 2 particular ones were causing the allergies? Would you be willing to email me about it? Thanks!


  • biglug

    March 3, 2007 at 10:26 am

    I have thick somewhat straight, somewhat unruly coarse dark hair and my favorite stuff is the Biolage Smootherapie line. The smoothing serum makes my hair look like I just got it blown out at the salon. I have been unsuccessful at coaxing my hair into any kind of wave that looks like it was on purpose.

  • Lyndsay

    March 3, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    Ok – I went to Ulta to check out the BTB shampoo you’ve been recommending. I bought some, but ended up with the Raspberry Almond for damaged hair. I liked the smell better.
    I hope I don’t regret going against your recommendation.

  • amy

    March 6, 2007 at 9:23 am

    i am behind on your blog posts. and i have not commented on a post that i know so very much about. i would like to call myself a hair expert. just kidding. but i love shampoos and products.

    use and love: pureology in purple bottle.

    backup/switch it up: new salon line called “enjoy”. and yes i am enjoying it. A in shine and B in smell

    products can’t live without:
    Bumble and Bumble-defrizz, blue bottle spray gel(before i blowdry), super hold hairspray (for those occasional nights out)
    Karastase-green pump hair volumizer

    can’t wait to read all these comments and get some new suggestions!