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Favorite New Hair Products + Gadgets

Mar 6, 2017

Happy Monday!

It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend for us–we had such a blast in NYC and got back last night. (Don’t worry, we’ll be sharing ALL about that later :-P)

It’s been a bit since I did a beauty post, so I thought we were a little overdue! I get quite a few hair-related questions so I thought I’d share some new products I’ve recently tested out and have been using lately!

T3 Featherweight Blow Dryer

I have to admit, up until I recently upgraded my blow dryer to this T3, I had been using the same one I had in college! I went through a period of pretty much never blow-drying my hair, and I really rarely do in the summer, but there were too many times in the past few months where I had to shower and get out the door and I didn’t want to go out with wet hair in negative temperatures! 

There are a few things I love about this hair dryer–first, it’s insanely lightweight. This is embarrassing to admit, but my arm used to get tired from drying my hair–between the weight of the blow-dryer and how long it took to dry my thick hair–my arm would be sore the next day!

Not the case with this one–not only does it weigh next to nothing, but it seems to dry my hair much faster than it’s old drugstore counterpart. I also notice less frizz and my hair looks healthier after using it than with my old version. (This has something to do with negative ions that it generates. Sounds fancy, and I don’t really know how that works, but, I believe it.)

T3 Single Pass Hair Straightener

Add a hair straightener to the list of things I haven’t owned since college. I used to straighten my hair daily and definitely paid for it with the damage. I started air-drying my hair and only curled it on occasion after that, but when I recently came home from getting my hair done (I go to Sine Qua Non Salon, by the way!) my stylist, Stasia, had styled my hair straight, and Neal just about died he loved it so much. Then I decided I would revisit the whole straightener thing on occasion, and tried out the T3 SinglePass.

After doing a lot of research, this is one of the least damaging straighteners that you can use on your hair. It gets really hot and it doesn’t take very long for my to cover my whole head. I also love that it doesn’t snag or pull out your hair (this used to happen to me all the time in college and drove me CRAZY). The best part? It shuts off automatically if you leave it on for too long, so no more of those “OH NO did I leave my straightener on!?” panic moments.

If you’re looking for a new straightener, I would definitely recommend checking this one out!

Tresseme Tres-Two Hairspray

I can be pretty picky about my hair spray. I hate when I can feel it in my hair and have a habit of spraying it all over my head, then combing it, then spraying it again, and combing it once more. I don’t like how a lot of them make that “crunchy” texture, you know?

That being said, I’ve always been a fan of Tresseme’s hair sprays. I bought their Tres-Two spray ultra-fine mist last time I was at CVS and really love it. I don’t need to brush it out and it doesn’t make my hair crunchy–you can barely tell it’s even in there. Plus, the fact that it’s only a few bucks never hurts, either. It also smells amazing.

Cake Dry Shampoo & Conditioner


I really hope you caught Neal’s “unboxing” of these on my instagram stories a few weeks back! If you didn’t, I basically made him blindly open the package and describe what the products were. It was pretty hilarious. He made up a new tagline–“Cake dry shampoo–so all you girls can go a fourth day without showering. #FourthDay.”

(He thinks its weird that I wash my hair every two to three days. Boys. They don’t understand that washing your hair is damaging.)

Anyway, I really like their concept of a dry shampoo + dry conditioner. The dry shampoo doesn’t leave any residue and the conditioner adds a really nice texture and de-frizzes at the same time! It’s also super affordable–yay!

Christophe Robin Clarifying Shampoo

I’ve NEVER in my life thought fancy shampoo was any different than the drugstore stuff, but this has convinced me otherwise. I noticed that my roots were significantly less greasy the next day after using this shampoo, made by Christophe Robin. It’s made for hair with greasy roots and dry ends, and literally re-balances your scalp. It’s been a total lifesaver during the winter and has made it a lot easier than normal to go a couple days in-between washes. (Pair that with the Cake products above and it’s even better!) 

Christophe Robin Lemon Hair Scrub

This stuff is like a scrub that you’d use on your face, except it’s for your scalp! It was named one of Allure’s best beauty products of the year–it’s really great for the whole “in between season” thing when your scalp and hair are basically screaming at you. It hydrates and exfoliates the scalp, and smells really great too! It’s expensive, but a tiny bit goes a long way–I use it a couple of times per month. Plus, the best thing about buying at Sephora is if you don’t like it, you can take it back. (Same with Nordstrom, which is why I always buy my expensive beauty products here!) 

Sine Qua Non Hair Oil

My salon, Sine Qua Non, makes their own line of hair products. I really like their hair oil, which is an all-purpose oil that moisturizes, protects, and locks in frizz! I like to use a little bit on my wet hair pre-blow dry to tame frizz and keep it silky–it also reduces drying time! You can use at as a body oil, too! (I rub any leftover product all over my hands and let it soak in!) 

The next day if my hair needs a little moisture, I’ll rub a drop between my palms and run it over my ends.It’s healthy too–all-natural, vegan, sulfate and paraben-free, and and made in small batches, so it’s a little easier on the conscience, too. 

By the way, a lot of you have asked recently–I go to Stacia at the West Town location for hair cuts–she’s wonderful! No, I don’t color my hair, but Stacia does color, too 😉 

Have you tried any new hair products recently? What are your favorites?

Photos by Cassandra Eldridge 

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