A few weeks ago, I had a major hair disaster on my hands. I had dyed my hair ombre a few months ago, but decided I wanted some blonde highlights to break it up a little and look a little blonder. While I won't name names, the place I went to misunderstood my request and I wound up leaving with three different hair colors, streaky highlights, and roots that looked gray. It was a mess.
Now in full-blown panic mode, I went to Walgreens and purchased what I thought was a deep red color to go over the bad blonde/orange/gray dye job. It covered those colors, but I was left with a red that looked like I attacked my hair with Kool-Aid. I went into work the next day with a hood over my head and felt self-conscious all day, even when my co-workers assured me my hair looked fine.
By lunchtime, I could no longer take it. I walked into another salon, pointed at my hair, and simply said: Please fix it. The girl obliged, and mixed together a red and brown dye to tone down the fire-engine red the box dye had given me. I was extremely happy with the results and learned my lesson about box dye.
Considering all this occurred in less than 24 hours, I'm sure you can imagine how damaged my hair became. It was hard to get a comb through and completely dried out. The texture was horrible and my curls were pretty much non-existent. I asked the girl who fixed my hair what a good drugstore brand shampoo and conditioner was and she suggested I buy a set from the salon while assuring me that she wasn't pointing me in that direction just because she worked there. I decided to go with a special set that they had from Wella. It was only $13 for both the shampoo and conditioner because they were having a sale. Because it wasn't too expensive and it was the last one they had, I bought it and hoped for the best.
I've now been using it for a little over two weeks and I've been happy with the results. I use the shampoo every other day as I'm trying to preserve the red for as long as possible. The conditioner I use every day and let it sit for a minute or two before rinsing to ensure my hair is getting a strong dose of moisture. Most days I don't rinse it all out either for a little extra conditioning and to cut down on the amount of tangles I have to brush out when it's wet.
Another thing I like about these products is that a little goes a long way. Because they are more concentrated, I don't need to use nearly as much as I did with items from the drugstore. This works well for my hair as it isn't weighed down with product as well as not having to buy it again so quickly in 2012, both the shampoo and conditioner also won Allure's Best of Beauty Award for color-treated hair, which makes me feel a little better when spending more money on hair products than I'm used to. The smell is pleasant for both and the only negative thing I can say about the conditioner is the packaging. Instead of a bottle like the shampoo, the conditioner comes in a soft, squeezable container that leaks if you don't make sure it clicks shut after use. When salon products are more expensive than regular products, you don't want half of it oozing out of the container onto the shower floor.
Other than that, I've been extremely pleased with this product. My hair is still extremely dry, but that is to be expected from everything I've done to it in such a short amount of time. I'm sure it would be ten times worse if I were using a drugstore brand. However, I'm also open to trying new brands to write a different review. So tell me, what is your favorite shampoo and conditioner?
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