Beauty buffs like me are always on the lookout for the perfect products — especially when it comes to hair care. In my determination to banish the bad hair day blues forever, I’ve come across some special shampoos and conditioners that make lathering up a pleasure. So whether you want to wash that man right out of your hair, or simply let your locks down once and for all, be sure to check out this roundup of impressive cleaning and conditioning options.
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Find your formula
For an array of products to treat every hair woe imaginable, look no further than Profound Beauty. The Climate Control collection was their breakout line, and has become a favorite of film and TV stylists who deal with difficult location shoots. I’ve tried their Volume Spray & Powder and, as promised, had fab texture with a fantastic fragrance. If bouncy-beautiful isn’t your bag, you’ll be happy to know my sister loved her sleek strands after trying the Linear line of styling aids. In order to determine the products that will work best for you, check out the Web site’s “Find Your Routine” online consultation system. It’s like having a hairstylist inside your computer screen! ($20-$32; profoundbeauty.com)
If you’ve ever imagined yourself as a blonde, or debated about how well bangs would work with your face shape, Sunsilk is giving you a chance to test it out — without actually chopping or coloring! The Makeover Salon on the brand’s Web site, http://www.gethairapy.com/, lets you upload a picture and try out various looks. When you’ve found the virtual style that you like best, shop for products that will compliment your new ’do. I can play on this site for hours — who doesn’t love a makeover?
The sulfate-free anti-aging Colour Care products from Pureology are hard to resist, thanks to a money-back guarantee that leaves you with no risk whatsoever. Even more appealing, the products boast concentrated formulas that claim to offer up to 80 shampoos at just 33 cents an application. Personally, I am still obsessed with the results (and smell) of their Nano Works Luxury system. My hair instantly felt full, thick and soft as silk. It’s honestly been amazing to help revive my long, often colored, styled and heat-abused hair. ($15-$56; pureology.com)
As a drugstore line that understands damage control, Dove is determined to help hair heal. From their online Damage Control Quiz to videos that demonstrate how the products work, they’ll show you why their new Dove Therapy Conditioners are so essential. Thanks to the beauty brand’s Hair Repair Challenge, if you aren’t completely satisfied, Dove will buy you a bottle of your old brand — so it’s literally risk free! ($4-$8; dove.com)
New on the luxury scene, Coucoon’s Chrysalis shampoos and conditioners are full of exotic ingredients, all designed for daily use on color-treated hair. Count on clotted cream from England to tame frizz, fruits from Northern Italy to add volume and crushed flowers from Switzerland to restore shine. That sounds like delicious damage control to me! ($50; coucoon.com)
And finally, from his signature Rejuvenating Oil to the classic Four Step Hair & Scalp Treatment, Philip B. is the botanical guru of healthy hair (and long before the idea of organic was chic). His Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo is the newest formula fans are flipping for, and I doubt you’ve ever tried anything like it. A caramel-like texture goes on sticky but promises perfect, smooth locks. Plus, the entire Philip B. line is now environmentally friendly, with new paraben-, phthalate- and petrochemical-free formulations. ($27-$140; philipb.com)
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