Getting healthy looking hair is a priority for me. Especially with our wedding coming up, I am trying to take care in the products I use on my hair, how often I use heat tools, and avoid any drastic hair changes.
I’ve mentioned this before, but a few years ago I put my hair through the ringer. I damaged to the point of nearly no return. I had gone to the salon to get a few highlights and ended up walking out with platinum blonde, broken, and gummy hair. My scalp was burned and painful from the bleach, I had to get approx. 3 inches cut off my hair, and every time I washed my hair I noticed large clumps would break off. It was devastating, but it made me realize a few things:
- Go to a hair dresser you trust
- Don’t ever drastically change your hair colour
- Invest in products that are truly GOOD for your hair
For the last few weeks, I’ve been using IGK Hair Care. I was sent three of their products to try out, which include their Smoke & Mirrors Conditioning Cleansing Oil, Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel, and Beach Club texture spray. These products are all vegan, cruelty-free, color-safe/UV-protectant, and free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and petroleum. For me, that is all really important and makes me really excited about this brand and their products.
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To use the Smoke & Mirrors Conditioning Cleansing Oil all you need to do is take a small amount and work it through wet / damp hair. Since it’s a cleansing oil, it replaces the typical two-step washing process as it’s both your “shampoo” and conditioner. To ensure it really cleans your hair, you need to really massage it into your scalp and hair.
Once it’s rinsed out you’re left with really soft and nourished hair. I personally love cleansing oils, and am happy to eliminate shampoos from my hair care routine. But, if you’re someone who has really oily hair, you may find this doesn’t clean your hair to the degree you’d like. I would say this is perfect for those of you who are like me and struggle with damaged or dry looking hair. I found it made my hair feel really soft and healthy. Also, the smell of this cleansing oil is so lovely!
Once you’ve washed your hair, it’s time to apply the Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel. You want to take a small amount and work it through clean damp hair.
This gel surprised me. It’s much thicker than other leave-in treatments I’ve used. I had thought it would be like other leave-in conditioners I had used and instantly provide softer silkier hair, but I actually didn’t find this. While it did make my hair dry smoother and less frizzy than other leave-ins, it didn’t make it less tangled or softer feeling.
I did like this product, ( I loved the smell of it mostly) but I wouldn’t say it conditions your hair. Instead, I think it smooths your hair and eliminates frizz.
I am all about beachy waves and care-free hair. In fact, 99% of the time I don’t style my hair. I just braid it and let it be, so I have beachy-waves naturally. The one issue I find is that my hair can get very frizzy, so products that encourage a beachy but smooth and hold my hair in place are ones I tend to like. I have found that many “texture” sprays can leave my hair feeling oily, sticky, and heavy, but this spray is extremely light, and doesn’t make my hair look or feel heavy at all. Instead my hair feels very smooth, soft, and holds that beachy texture I love so much. I don’t know if this product would necessarily “create” a beachy look if you have stick straight hair or very curly hair, but I would say it smooths and helps your hair from getting frizzy.