Monday, August 11, 2008

Review: Suave Hair Care Products and A history of shampooing my hair

My hair: naturally blond, but since age brings it closer to brown, I lighten it

What I like about it: Just enough natural curl to give it bounce but not too much to make it crazy. And, if you push me, I adore that my hair gets little frizzies after being at the beach or at White Linen Night here in NOLA when the heat and humidity make you feel like you're in a pot of boiling water.

What I dislike about it: It's dry. The individual hairs are thin.

How I embrace my likes while helping out the bad parts: I allow it to air dry most of the time as blow drying my hair repeatedly makes the dryness worse.

What I do to combat the dry hair: Copious amounts of conditioner and the proper shampoo.

Finding that proper shampoo proved to be difficult through the years. As a young girl, I used whatever my mother got for me, which I'm pretty sure involved Breck at some point. Later, I got more finicky and asked for certain shampoos, like Jhirmack. When I got on my own, I paid for the cheapest shampoo I could find that didn't fry my hair, which ended up being Suave.

Later, with a job and more money I decided to try more expensive products that are too numerous to name. I once tried a shampoo that stripped every bit of goodness and natural oil. That ended my trial of more expensive shampoos.

Around February, a grocery store had Suave shampoos and conditioners on sale: 10 for $10. I stocked my cabinet with ten bottles, happy to have a shampoo and conditioner that left my hair feeling nice. Yep, I thought, back to the reliable products of graduate school.

When Mom Central offered a chance to review three Suave shampoo/conditioner combinations as well as mousse and hair spray, I said yes. I am happy to say that I have enjoyed all of the products with the exception of the hair spray. I rarely use hair spray, so I'll have to ask my mom or sister to test it for their thoughts.

All the shampoos cleaned my hair nicely. The conditioners leave my hair feeling wonderful. Nearly as important is that the conditioners made it easy to comb my daughters' hair. This is a key ingredient to reducing screeching in the mornings. I was most amazed at the mousse, as it stood up to the heat and humidty of New Orleans but didn't leave my hair feeling crunchy. With the price of Suave shampoos being so low ($1.92-$2.59), those who need/want to save certainly can in this area without sacrificing their hair.

Suave has some great tips on summer hair (summer in the South not ending until mid-October). You still have time to employ these great tips. Also, check out for their products and more information. Plus, on the site there is a product recommendations tool based on your answers.

Help Your Hair Survive the Summer in Style with Tips & Tricks from Suave® Celebrity Hairstylist Luke O'Connor

Shine Through Summer

Chlorine from the pool can quickly turn hair dry and dull. Look for hair products specially-designed to infuse shine. Also, blow dry hair from roots to ends, making sure you do not ruffle your hair. By doing this, you’ll keep the cuticle of your hair lying flat, thus reflect more light, and producing more shine.

How to get the Shine: Suave Vibrant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner is formulated with silk amino acids to restore shine and luster to dull hair for bright, shimmering strands.

Price/Availability: $1.92 – 2.49 at drugstores, mass merchandisers, and supermarkets nationwide

Don’t Let Your Hair Fall when Temps Rise!

Hot summer weather and humidity can cause your hair to lose its shape. Apply a little mousse to damp hair to add body and help control your style. For added fullness, flip your head over and blow dry the roots. When you flip your head upright, your hair will be at maximum volume.

How to get the Shape: Suave Professionals Extra Hold Mousse helps to lock in style for all-day hold and is great for hair that needs body and control.

Price/Availability: $1.92 – 2.49 at drugstores, mass merchandisers, and supermarkets nationwide

Hold That Look

Heat and humidity can be tough to battle, and here’s where the right hairspray comes to the rescue. To keep a soft, full, long lasting look, use an extra hold hairspray and keep the can 8-10 inches away from your head while spraying all over. This allows the fine mist of spray to penetrate the roots and hold the hair in place.

How to get the Hold: Suave Professionals Extra Hold Hairspray helps to lock in style for all-day hold and helps to control fly-aways.

Price/Availability: $1.92 – 2.49 at drugstores, mass merchandisers, and supermarkets nationwide

Make Summer Styling Smooth Sailing

Frizzies and fly-aways suddenly appear during the summer months with humidity at an all-time high. Achieving frizz-free hair starts in the shower with a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated to fight frizz. When blow drying hair, again be sure to blow dry from roots to ends to smooth the cuticle.

How to get rid of Frizz: Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner moisturizes and smoothes curly, frizzy or dry hair leaving it looking salon-smooth and healthy.

Price/Availability: $1.92 – 2.49 at drugstores, mass merchandisers, and supermarkets nationwide

Fight the Fade

Have color-treated hair? Lock in your color and keep hair healthy during the summer by protecting your hair with products designed to fight the elements, such as color-protecting shampoos, waterproof gels, and UV protectors.

How to fight the Fade: Suave Professionals Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner has a gentle formula that nourishes and defends hair against harsh environmental elements and helps protect color from fading.

Price/Availability: $1.92 – 2.49 at drugstores, mass merchandisers, and supermarkets nationwide

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