I've had a longstanding on and off relationship with traditional shampoo and conditioner. I've tried countless brands - Carol's Daughter, John Frieda, OGX, Rock Your Hair, Avalon Organics, L'Oreal, Healthy Sexy Hair, etc.
So what's the common trait with all these brands beside me not really loving any of them? The feeling of shampoo and conditioner- the lather, the creaminess of the product, the packaging, the click of opening/closing the bottle, the scents. Essentially the addictiveness of shampoo and conditioner is it's comforting, relaxing nature. That has been my reason for never questioning its apathetic abilities. However, I said goodbye to the these addicting traits when I broke up with shampoo & conditioner. Hopefully for good.
Hairstory sent me four products to try
New Wash / Hair Balm / Undressed / Dressed Up
New Wash - $40 - 8 oz
What I find fascinating about New Wash is its truly revolutionary. This product has completely changed my mind about my natural hair. I have long, oily hair. For all my life I've felt I needed to mask my hairs natural texture by straightening my somewhat already straight hair. My hair always ended up turning into something I knew it wasn't. Over processed, over straight. When I started using New Wash + these products I started feeling like my hair out of the shower, my natural hair, was beautiful, untamed, and most importantly clean.
New Wash is a completely different hair experience. It's nothing like the addicting shampoo/conditioner I mentioned earlier. This product doesn't foam in your hair or feel quite as thin. Instead you lather your hair covering it with product and let it sit. I usually shave my legs while I let it sit. They suggest combing through your hair with the product in, but I never have. If you didn't know this already shampoo and conditioner are terrible for your hair. They have all sorts of nasty ingredients that actually cause damage to your hair, and New Wash is its conqueror. After you let the product sit rinse it out very well. No conditioner needed, and you're done! I brush my hair afterwards with my Gloss: Dual Boar Paddle Brush ($22) from Sephora.
I just want to say I really like washing my hair but I used to do it too much. While I'm at uni I have a tendency to over wash my hair as its therapeutic. However, since I intern 40 hours a week at Anthropologie I don't have time to wash my hair as often. I can go three, four days without needing to wash my hair with New Wash, but since I tend to have oily hair I don't like to go more than three days personally. I did use dry shampoo on occasion since my hair is oily and the 90+ degree weather only worsens that, but New Wash doesn't need dry shampoo especially if you like the texture alone. I also tried a deep conditioning mask (in my next big Sephora Play review) but I found New Wash on its own did 1000 times more than this mask ever could.
P.S. I've been using this product since mid May and I haven't run out.
Hair Balm - $36 - 8 oz
Hair Balm is my new favorite thing, and definitely one of my favorite hair products now. Hair Balm is nourishing and helps soothe your hair. Whether you have damaged hair or frizzy hair like me Hair Balm calms it down. I loved that this product left no excess residue in my hair or in my hands. I hate when hair products leave your hands greasy and friends I assure you this product doesn't. My hair is crazy frizzy, seriously I'm not sure what I did in one of my past lives that caused my frizz prone hair. Hair Balm soothes it. I like to imagine Hair Balm giving the frizz a pep-talk to chill. I used Hair Balm before we shot these photos in 94 degree Kansas heat how'd it do?
Undressed - $38 - 8 ozI've chronically straightened my hair for years (although I've gone on a long hiatus not straightening my hair nearly as much as I used too, and barely using hot tools). I've always loved sleek, straight hair but it always looked over done. I never knew how to make it look more natural, but New Wash helped me create a texture I loved. Undressed helped me create "cool girl" hair. It's helped create effortless hair for me. A product that I was reminded of when I first used Undressed was Bumble & Bumble's City Swept. Unlike B&B's City Swept Undressed lasts all day, looking better as the day goes on, and not just for 20 minutes.
Dressed Up - $36 - 8 oz
Dressed Up is all about beautifying your hair. It's a natural and elegant way to create a stylish blow-dry. Apply with hair your pan on blow-drying. Use a dime size to quarter size amount (depending on hair length) then blow dry!
Dressed up does exactly what I want, for a great price, and for a girl on the run. I've always wanted the Bridgitte Bardot kinda hair, and Dressed Up gives me that in an easy and functional way.
"Dressed Up is to work gradually in sections. It’s rare that a stylist will put through the entire head before blow-drying; you don’t want it drying before you’re ready to style. The type of hair dryer isn’t as important as not using super-high heat that will scorch hair and scalp (although Dressed Up does feature heat protection ingredients). The type of brush (round or flat) depends on whether you want to create curve, bend, and volume (round) or to smooth out or “deflate” volume (flat)."
Overall I loved using these products and would recommend them with all my heart.
My hair grew faster, made me fall in love with my natural hair, and how could I not love this sleek, cool packaging!
On another note my hair has a tendency to be itchy and oily. New Wash didn't really change that fact. I think if I washed my hair more often New Wash could help with this struggle. However, Hairbalm worked well when my hair was oily, frizzy, and in a teenage angst mood.
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Ultimately, New Wash is le nouveau quartier en vogue (the new big thing)!
In my suitcase: Gilmore Girls Entertainment Weekly, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Sailor Moon backpack (old), silk french scarf from Foulards Cravates, Hello Kitty figures from Target (old).
Photos by Alyssa Barletter Photography
I received these products complimentary from Hairstory for testing purposes. All opinions are always, always, always my own.