You wear your hair 365 days a year, so it’s important to always invest in the best! From cleansers and conditioners to quick color fixes, TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas highlights a roundup of performance-driven products to keep your locks looking luxe.
Mixed Chicks hair care line celebrates diversity, and was created specifically for multicultural “hard to manage” hair types. After trying to tame their own manes by blending an assortment of products, Kim Etheredge and Wendi Levy wanted to fill the void with this collection of lightweight products that define, detangle, moisturize and protect curly hair ($11.99-$45; Mixedchicks.net). Since then, Mixed Chicks has collected many fans, including Halle Berry, Ciara and Macy Gray ($11.99-$45; Mixedchicks.net). A pioneer in color care, Pureology’s gentle, naturally-based products promise not only performance but a money-back guarantee. With the goal of preserving your hair color longer, the carcinogen-free formulas are also concentrated, offering up to 80 shampoos at just 33 cents an application ($22-$53; Pureology.com).
For those who are easily overwhelmed by the abundance of hair items out there, Profound Beauty is a one-stop shop for customized style solutions. Not only can you “Find Your Routine” online, but the Climate Control collection has become a favorite of film and TV stylists who deal with difficult location shoots. They also offer three-step all-in-one systems for a variety of needs, including Desert Volume, Tropical Curl and Arctic Straight ($27-$32; Profoundbeauty.com). And last but not least, Unite hair care has collected a loyal salon following with its famous Blow and Set lotion that allows you to lift, curl, sculpt and more. And its brand-new GO 365 3-in-1 spray is set to launch in January 2011, but already has beauty insiders buzzing because of its twist nozzle that allows for soft, medium or strong hold depending on your needs ($20.95-$23.95; ).
Imagine you could have that "just left the salon" feeling every day? Well, with today’s take-home treatments, it’s possible. Davines, an organic and sustainable hair care collection, has collected fans such as Drew Barrymore with its forward-thinking, eco-friendly approach and its use of all-natural ingredients without sacrificing performance. Cherry oil, olive butter, pumpkin, mint and cinnamon are just a few of the ingredients included in their reusable tubs ($25-$28; Davines.com). The NouNou repair mask will restore dry and brittle hair, while the DeDe leave-in mist will add volume to fine, stressed hair without making it feel heavy and limp. And Kerastase has collected a cultlike following over the years for those looking to nourish their tresses. Their latest indulgence, Chronologiste Essential Restorative Concentrate, is not only available as a salon treatment, but can also be purchased for home use ($60 at salons and $145 for 10 applications; Kerastase-usa.com).
And if you’re trying to stretch the time between hair color appointments, rest assured that drugstore options have come a long way. Clairol's Root Touch will cover grays in 10 minutes and promises a perfect blend of tones proven to match a wide range of shades ($6.99; Clairol.com). (I have personally tested this, and found the formula was able to match even my tricolored hair.) L’Oreal's new Touch-On Highlights offers you precise color control at the tip of your finger without any caps, foils or hassles ($12.99; Lorealparisusa.com). And last but not least ... we've all been there, ladies, excited to see your brand-new vibrant hue when (cue the record scratch) your almost Jessica Rabbit moment looks more like a Lady Gaga experiment. Thanks to Color Oops, you can safely remove unwanted hair color with ease without bleach or peroxide ($12.99; CVS.com).