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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.

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  • 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.

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