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OGX Bonding Plex Shampoo and Conditioner 

I use a lot of heat when it comes to styling my hair, and this has resulted in quite a bit of damage and frizziness. While I have decided to try letting my hair air dry completely and using a styling cream for texture instead of using any sort of heat for a while, that still won’t correct past damage. Truly, nothing besides cutting off damaged hair is the real solution, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still try the occasional quick fix. That’s why I decided to try the OGX Bonding Plex shampoo and conditioner in order to see if my split ends can look a bit better until I can sneak away to the salon. This product is available at Walgreens and similar retailers for about $7 a piece.

First, I really love the scent of this product. It really smells like a salon, and the scent lingers too. This may not appeal to everyone because it’s a bit chemical-scented, but I really love it for some reason.

The real goal of this product is to improve the cuticle of the hair and bond split ends back together while protecting from future damage. I will say, when I use this product, my hair does feel smoother and softer. However, if I do blow dry my hair, my hair looks a bit frizzy. But if I use these and then let my hair air dry completely, I think the overall texture of my hair is improved.

I do wish that the shampoo was easier to lather. It feels like it takes a lot of product to get the ideal lather going.

Overall, this product is just okay. It makes my hair a bit better but not dramatically so. I like the scent, but that doesn’t make up for other performance issues like a lack of lather. I’m glad I gave it a try, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this one.

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-XO Tiffy

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L’Oreal Root Rescue 

My hair grows really quickly, which means I have to touch up my roots every month. This would get way too expensive if I did this in a salon, but thankfully I have discovered the L’Oreal Root Rescue. This product is only $7.50 and helps me double the time I go between dye jobs.

I get the shade “Dark Brown,” and I find that it matches pretty much any shade of dark brown hair dye that I’ve used. I wait 15 minutes instead of 10 before rinsing because I may be 26 but I already have some stubborn greys. It is just so easy to do and there’s very little mess. The thin tube spreads the product pretty evenly throughout my root line.

This product works so well for me, but there are a few things for you to consider before picking this one up. First, it only comes in 7 shades and will only work for some blondes and some brunettes. If you’re a redhead or have a really unique hair color or a lot of dimension to your hair color, this may not be the best product for you. But I’m pleased that it works so well for me and my typical dark brown locks.

Have you tried any products designed just for touching up your roots? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme 

Disclaimer: Thanks to Influenster for providing this product for me to review.

My hair grows super fast, and even though I’m 26, I have a substantial amount of silvery hairs that come in my roots. Because of this, I typically dye my hair every 4 to 5 weeks. That’s a whole lot of chemicals yearly, and so I’m always on the look for hair dye that’s going to be nourishing instead of adding to the inevitable damage that comes with dye and heat. Recently, I was able to try the Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme. This product is available at Target and similar retailers for about $7.

For the price, this is a fantastic product. The creme texture is very thick, which actually makes it easier to spread evenly throughout the hair without too much mess. There was also no staining of my scalp (although, I did take some preventive measures by putting a little bit of coconut oil against my hairline – you could also use vaseline if you wanted). I will say that the color looks very even and it did cover all of my grey hairs.

The avocado, olive, and shea oil in this product really do make a difference. Often after dying my hair, it feels dry and brittle for a few days, but this didn’t happen with this product. Instead, my hair felt and looked sleaker and healthier.

The color itself is a little one-dimensional, but for $7, that’s kind of expected. It was still very nice, and I could definitely still see myself buying this in the future. It’s a fantastic product for the price. Overall, I highly recommend this one.

Do you dye your hair yourself or go to a salon? If you DIY, what is your favorite dye kit? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship 

About two months ago, my hair was really long, but now that I’ve cut off about 10 inches, it’s definitely more of a medium length. Caring for long hair can be a real challenge. The longer your hair, the greater the chance of dry, split ends which require a lot of nourishment. However, in my case, I needed to find a product that could both nourish my ends without making my scalp oily. Thankfully, I found Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Shampoo and Conditioner. These products retail for between $3-6 a piece depending on which retailer you go to.

The best part of these products is the fact that they do what I need them to do: nourish my ends and prevent breakage without making my scalp get oily. I love the way that they leave no residue but are very easy to lather in the shower. I’ve been using a lot of natural hair products and they don’t tend to lather very well, so using these felt ultra luxurious since they built up a really nice lather.

The scent is also amazing – kind of like pomegranate mixed with other fruits. The fruity smell was not overpowering though. It was nice and light and fresh.

I can’t recommend these enough for people with long hair. They’re so inexpensive compared to salon brands, but I swear they work just as well. If you’re on a budget and you have long hair, you’ve just got to try these.

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-XO Tiffy

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Kristin Ess The One Signature Shampoo and Conditioner 

I love to change up my shampoo and conditioner every time I run out. This is actually good for your hair since hair does get acclimated to shampoo and conditioner so it won’t work as well over time if you never change the formula you’re using. Knowing this, my bestie surprised me with a sampler of Kristin Ess’ The One Signature Shampoo and Conditioner. The full-size versions of these can be picked up from Target for $10 each.

I absolutely loved these! I started using them before I cut off 10 inches of hair because they are supposed to be great for split ends (they have something called “zip up technology” to help with this). Now, there’s no way to permanently fix  split ends besides cutting them off, but products can sort of bind them together, and that’s exactly what these did. After the shower, my hair was instantly softer and more manageable and my split ends were a lot less noticeable. My hair also felt exceptionally clean and healthy. I was super impressed by this brand!

Kristin Ess is a celebrity hairstylist whose goal was to create a range of hair products that are both affordable and luxurious, and I think she’s definitely hit the mark with these. I would love to try more of her products because these worked so well and I was actually sad when I’d used up the last of these samplers.

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-XO Tiffy

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Blogmas Day 5: Decorative Hair Tie 

Welcome to Day 5 of Blogmas! I’m not going to lie to you. Today’s advent calendar panel was quite the disappointment. It contained what I’m assuming to be a very flimsy decorative hair tie.

It’s very small and fits snugly on my wrist. To be honest, I would wear it as a bracelet if it didn’t have an enormous knot holding it together that would make it seem too bulky. This did not do a good job at holding my hair in a ponytail because it’s not quite firm enough. This was the first dud day, and hopefully tomorrow’s goodie will be better!

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-XO Tiffy

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Verb Sea Spray 

I’ll admit that I still feel like a fledgling when it comes to hair styling. I think mostly I’m just lazy when it comes to my hair. I don’t know why I’m so willing to spend lots of time and energy on makeup but then I don’t put a lot of effort in my hair. I think part of this is because some of my friends made fun of my hair when I was in junior high and high school. They said it always looked messy and unkempt. This hurt my feelings and spurned me into obsessively straightening it every single day throughout school (which, as expected, eventually left it fried and frizzy). Since high school, I’ve just given up on it. I don’t want it to be fried and frizzy but everything else I try seems to still make it look boring and messy. Anyway, that was a long introduction, but I just wanted to be honest about my insecurities when it comes to hair. Recently, I was given a sample of the Verb Sea Spray, which is a texturizing spray that can be purchased from Sephora for $16.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m no expert when it comes to hair, but I just couldn’t get this to work for me. It did not give me beachy waves at all. In fact, I couldn’t notice any difference in texture at all with this one. I tried applying it on both wet hair and dry hair. I’ve tried scrunching the hair with my fingers after application too, and nothing happened. To make matters worse, I thought this product smelled awful. It smells overly salty but also kind of like musky old lady perfume. The smell does fade after an hour or so, but I just hated it.

Overall, I would not recommend this product because it didn’t do anything for me besides leaving an unpleasant odor.

Have you tried a texturizing spray that really worked? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Frizz Ease Keraflex Hairspray 

Hairspray is essential on humid days. It really holds a hairstyle together, so I was excited to try the Frizz Ease Keraflex Hairspray this summer. This product can be purchased for $7.50 at Target or similar stores.

I will admit that I’m not terribly picky when it comes to hairspray. I think that it’s a product that’s hard to mess up and most of them feel the same. That being said, I really liked this one. It really does let hair remain flexible while still keeping the hairstyle intact. It’s a very fine mist and I love that it doesn’t leave my hair feeling weird and crunchy. For $7.50, I think this is a great quality hairspray! Frizz Ease is owned by the John Frieda brand, and that’s a brand that I really love. This is another winner!

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-XO Tiffy

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B&B Grooming Creme 

I have recently started trying to take better care of my hair. I’m also trying to style it a bit more effectively than before, and part of my new routing includes the Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme. This can be purchased from Sephora for $31.

I love how this product is light and easy to use. A teeny bit goes a long way. I usually rub a pea-sized amount in my palms and then I run it through the ends of my tresses. It instantly tames fly-aways, adds some shine, and removes all frizz. It works so well and it never makes my hair look greasy. My hair is also very thin, but it never weighs it down. Overall, I’ve found that this is the perfect hair product for me, and I highly recommend it!

Are there any great hair products you’ve tried recently? Feel free to share in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Klorane Dry Shampoo with Goat Milk

I think dry shampoo is an amazing invention, and I love trying them. My hair can get a little bit oily if I don’t wash it every day, so I’m always looking for a way to have great second day hair that doesn’t involve a headband or scrunchie. Recently, I tried the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Goat Milk which can be purchased for $20 from Sephora.

Unfortunately, this dry shampoo did not work for me, but it did have some positive features. First, it smelled amazing. Also, I have very dark brown hair, but it did not leave any white residue behind, which I really appreciated. (This is so rare for dry shampoos!) Still, I just didn’t see any oil being absorbed. My hair looked shinier after I used this and it smelled nice and fresh, but my roots still looked just as oily as before. It claims to add some volume, and I did notice this a bit, but my main concern when using a dry shampoo is that I want it to remove all oiliness, and this one just didn’t.

I would definitely recommend this one to people who have thin, dry hair and no oily roots. This would probably help you to have nice second day hair with some added volume and texture. But I definitely don’t recommend it for anyone trying to reduce oil on their scalp. For that, I would recommend Tresemme Fresh Start, which is still the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used (and it’s significantly cheaper than anything from Sephora or a salon).

Do you have a dry shampoo that you absolutely love? Let me know in the comments section so I can try it out!

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-XO Tiffy

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