My hair is a difficult thing to work with. It is curly/wavy, frizzy/poofy/unruly, and the strands themselves are fine, but I have a lot of hair. My hair is also dry at the ends and oilier at the roots (I think that’s common). I cannot just shower and go – ever. One thing I’ve found is that doing DIY hot oil treatments is an effective way to nourish my type of hair. I notice a difference in my hair when I do the treatments vs. when I skip doing them for a while; the oils seem to help bring back the luster and infuse hydration back into my hair. Otherwise, I need a whole new hair styling and hair care routine. Seeing as I am now in my 3rd trimester, I figured it’s good to utilize the few short months of freedom I have left by revamping my hair care and hair styling products and pampering myself just a little before the baby arrives. Plus, I am a bit exhausted from searching for products that will actually do something for me. Which is where Kristin Ess and Pantene come in (and what inspired by post).
Since my previous posts on skincare went over well, and you guys/gals seemed to enjoy the content, I’ve decided to do a similar style of post with these products and a follow-up thoughts/impressions post afterwards. How does that sound?
**Disclaimer: I know you’ve heard this before but I just want to say that I am not affiliated with Well.ca, Amazon, or Kirstin Ess (though I definitely wish I were). Everything I bought was with my own money.**
Okay, let’s get into the post! For those who have no idea who Kirstin Ess is, she is a brilliant celebrity hairstylist that decided to create a line of hair products that is both budget-friendly and salon quality. Hallelujah! Finally, a stylist understands that not everyone can spend half of their month’s rent every time they run out of shampoo. Okay, I am exaggerating, but honestly…have you seen some of the prices out there?! Thank you, Kristin, for thinking of the people. I just want to quickly mention that the her product line is by no means “cheap” – the products range between $12.99-$18.47 CAD. If you buy yourself a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, and a few styling products, the price does add up. That said, they are cruelty free, safe for all hair, and are actually designed to work…because they are her salon products. Judging by the demos, reviews, the quality and amount of product you get, everything is well worth the money. Also, her products come in the most aesthetically pleasing packaging *swoon*.
I first heard about Kristin Ess on YouTube while searching hair styles I wanted to recreate. I then went to Instagram and spent a good 30 minutes discovering who she is, what other products she has, looking at videos on her Instagram, and ogling many gorgeous photos of her products. I simply love the idea behind Kirstin Ess’s line of products -haircare and styling products that are luxurious, salon quality and affordable, so anyone can enjoy beautiful hair. Also, all of her products contain something called “Zip-Up technology”, which is supposed to “zip-up” split ends and strengthen the hair – pretty cool! Luckily, she supplies her products to Canada through Well.ca, which is where I placed my order.
I was planning on trying the Kirstin Ess shampoo and conditioner along with her styling products, but recently I saw a new(ish) product line from Pantene called the Charcoal Collection and I’ve been really itching to get my hands on the shampoo and conditioner. The duo is meant to cleanse away impurities and deeply clean the scalp without stripping hair of moisture. Interestingly, I couldn’t find the Charcoal Collection anywhere I went (only the Micellar water one was available), so I ordered it off Amazon along with a new round brush.
Alright, without further ado, let me introduce the items I have purchased.
Weightless Shine Leave-In Conditioner:
She claims this spray is “her life” and that she doesn’t style hair without spraying it with leave-in conditioner.
It’s meant to be great for all types of hair, it’s lightweight, it detangle, and it brings hair back to life. You’re supposed to spray your hair 3-10 times when your hair is still fully wet and then go about styling as you normally would.
From what people say, this stuff delivers fantastic results.
Instant Lift Thickening Spray:
Thin hair and definitely do care! As I’ve said, my hair is thin but there is a lot of it, so I’ve been on the hunt for a hair product that actually does something to boost volume. I have tried a few products out there and they all either made my hair sticky, did nothing, or tangled my hair. So when I read that this stuff does the job and doesn’t mess up your hair, I was sold. It was game over – I had to have it.
Also, this product helps your style last longer and adds shine to hair, which is a lovely bonus. She has another product specifically for blow out styles, which is supposed to protect hair from heat, add some volume and shine, make it easier to style by cutting dry time, and make it look like you just stepped out of the salon. So if you already have thick hair and want something for specifically blow out styles or blow drying, give her Style Assist Blow Dry Mist a go.
Weightless Shine Air Dry Creme:
Kristin Ess says that if you just get one product, this should be it. This stuff apparently does everything for you – tames frizz, adds texture, defines natural waves/curls, and leaves hair soft – all of that happens as you simply sit back and let your hair dry naturally. Sounds too good to be true, but I trust the lady! This is an ideal solution for new moms who don’t have time for anything except a shower (when they’re lucky). I am saving this product for my postpartum recovery period.
Depth Defining Soft Matte Pomade:
Unlike all other pomade products, this one is water based. I know I am just as thrilled as you are. It creates texture, defines curls/waves, adds volume, and keeps style in place. All of that without being too heavy or greasy or sticky. It also doesn’t flake or cause weird residue. She suggests mixing it with some serum to make it even easier to work with.
Sign me up! I think my hair will be happy with this product.
Style Defining Shine Pomade + Edge Control:
For all frizzy/curly/wavy people out there, this stuff is for us. It’s supposed to give flake-free style definition and also help with edge control. You can even create wet-look hair styles as well as use it to define your natural waves/curls.
I figure this would be fantastic for those annoying baby hairs when I do pony tails or buns, as well as anytime I want a shiny pomade to hold my curly, wavy hair in place for a wash n’ go kind of style.
The One Signature Hair Water:
I had the same question as you: what is hair water? Well, apparently, it’s not just water in a can. It’s a special blend of water and nourishing elements that revives your hair, style, and hair products. I think that sounds pretty fantastic, so I figured I should give it a try. It would be awesome for second day style renewal.
It also is supposed to add some texture, re-infuse hair with moisture, and either help hair seem fuller after straightening or tame hair that has been curled a bit too much.
Anytime Anywhere Scalp + Hair Milk Oil:
Kristin Ess calls this her most versatile product yet.
It’s supposed to nourish the scalp and hair without weighing hair down, and it can be used on wet hair or dry hair alike. You can either shake the milk and oil up together for a lightweight feel, or you can leave the suspension as is.
I am quite intrigued and excited to try this product, it seems really interesting and unique. I have tried many specially made hair oils and they all just make my hair greasy or, if I use less, they don’t really do anything. That said, I have been using argan oil in small quantities and some jojoba oil as well. Those oils in particular are nice before blow-drying my hair, but I do want something different. And this little gem from Kirstin Ess seems like the right kind of “different” I need.
Pantene ProVBlends Charcoal Collection Purifying Root Wash and Renewing Cream Rinse:
I’d like to first address the packaging. It is very on point with a pump and aesthetically pleasing colors and design. Next, the idea behind this shampoo/conditioner sounds like just what my scalp and hair need.
It is free of parabens, dyes, and silicones making it a great shampoo for all hair types – even color treated hair. But what makes this shampoo really special is the added detoxifying benefits of charcoal. I have used charcoal for many years for both health and beauty, and having it in a shampoo sounds like a brilliant idea.
Revlon Pro Collection Salon Long Lasting Curls Rose Gold 1″ Curling Iron:
I don’t know about you guys, but I love using curling irons to style my hair. I love creating loose beachy styled waves, sleek up-do’s with curled ends, and more. I have a very old curling iron from about 10 years ago, but it was time for an upgrade.
In fact, there is a funny story about this curling iron. My husband actually surprised me with it. I had left it in our Amazon shopping cart to think about it – I knew I wanted it but thought I might hold off for now. The following morning, I wake up to a notification saying my order has been placed. I instantly realized what my sweet hubby did, and it was a magnificent surprise. It is set to arrive tomorrow! So excited.
Conair Mega Ceramic Boar Bristle Hair Brush, Small:
I really needed a smaller round brush for blow out styles, as I basically do a blow out every time I wash my hair, otherwise it is unruly. I have a very large round brush, but I find it difficult to get at my roots with the bigger brush for that “lift” and volume. So this small brush is going to be perfect for my needs.
Have any of you tried any of the brands/products I’ve mentioned? If so, what are your thoughts? If you haven’t tried any of the products or brands, what hair styling or hair care items are your favorite? I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to sound off in the comments!