besides mentioning the occasional salt spray, i don’t tend to talk about haircare on here. the reason for that is that i’m extremely boring and besides the aforementioned salt sprays, i don’t use any special hair products or tools. i have wavy thick-ish hair that kind of does its own thing and usually looks beachy and messy (emphasis on messy) which i personally love. thanks hair!
i usually use whatever shampoo/conditioner duo happens to be on sale at walgreen’s or head&shoulders, but i picked up the r+co cactus shampoo two weeks ago and i HAVE to tell you guys about it. was there really any question about me loving it though? i am the cactus queen after all!
basically, the cactus shampoo is intended to texturize the hair, bringing out the hair’s natural waves as well as the grit and grip we usually refer to as “second day hair.” and it does just that. but it also lathers nicely and actually cleans your hair, which products like this sometimes do not. like i said, my hair has wave on its own, but this gives me my summer texture and volume even during a dry chicago winter. did you hear me?? SUMMER HAIR IN THE WINTER! it’s all i’ve ever wanted in my life.
the cactus shampoo is meant to be used without conditioner, so i just make sure that i’ve brushed my hair before showering and either run a little conditioner throughout my hair before shampooing or some oil on the ends of my hair while it is damp. also! this is free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, mineral oil, and petrolatum. the scent is natural and woody, basically straight out of my hippie heart. this is the first high-end shampoo that i’ve ever tried and loved enough to repurchase, so i officially give it the cactus queen’s mark (cactus?) of approval.
the second hair product has been mentioned before at some point – probably in a monthly picks if i recall correctly. it’s the ouai wave spray. now you guys know i love a good salt spray – my alltime favorite being the herbivore botanicals messy hair. but i happened to run out of that and read about the ouai wave spray at the same time, so i picked this up in mini size to try it out. the cool thing about this spray is that it gives you the effects & benefits of salt without containing any. so no dryness or crunchiness later. i will say that you have to be careful to not apply too much, but that’s really with any hairspray of this nature. i spray this on the midlengths to ends of my hair, as well as a few sprays around my crown for volume (lift up the hair to get underneath). you don’t need much to get that perfectly beachy look, without the side effects.
so there you have it. cactus and ocean waves, is there anything more baby bohemian than that?!
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