I am very picky when it comes to how much poof my hair has. I want volume, but not ’80s-style insanity. The tough part is that I have pretty run-of-the-mill Asian hair, which has a tendency to get limp and stringy, especially during the summer.
I used to just wash with my regular shampoo (currently loving Malin + Goetz and Australian brand evo) and then follow up with a volumizing styler. The problem was, I started to feel like I had a lot of stuff in my hair. Which is why I’ve decided to go on a few dates with the new volumizing shampoo from Hair Rules.
We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
Photos: eBay, Definitely Beauty, Beauty High
Since Birchbox is always on the cutting edge of beauty, I thought it would be fun (and funny) to switch it up and go back, way back, to salute some of the beauty products that we’re all guilty of experimenting with during the Saved by the Bell era.
I may be dating myself here, but these products were absolutely essential to my tween and teen days in the ’90s. Here are my personal (yes, cringe-worthy) memories with each; drop me a line in the comments if you have a story, too!
Herbal Essences in Rose Hips: Ah…I can still smell the magical fragrance of this conditioner and shampoo. I remember when Herbal Essences were all the rage and that “Yes! Yes! Yes!” commercial would play before TGIF on ABC (talk about a throwback). I was so sad to learn that this scent was discontinued a few years later—and it looks like I’m not alone, because the product is going for a pretty penny on eBay right now.
Bonne Bell Lip Smackers: Okay, who doesn’t remember these? The watermelon, raspberry, and Dr. Pepper-flavored Lip Smackers were my absolute jam. I remember slathering this on when I was around my crush in school, convinced that the scent of my soda-flavored lips would surely reel him in. As if!
We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years — if it’s not broke, why fix it? — but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her feature Hairistocracy.
I have a secret hair growth confession.
When I went for my last trim 6 months ago—which to my dismay ended up being a major chop—I begged my SoHo hairdresser with teary eyes for a hush-hush growth product that only stylists know about.
We love writers with fun personalities, which is why we’re ecstatic to welcome Carlye Wisel into the guest blogging fold this week. The savvy blogger has a multitude of interests, but can regularly be found talking about music and more on Vevo, Big Ugly Yellow Couch, and her personal Tumblr, Awkward City Population 1. This week, she’s sharing beauty wit and wisdom. Today: must-have products for the shower.
From left to right: Japanese Beauty Cloth, $4.99, amazon.com; Johnson’s No More Tangles, $3.69, drugstore.com; Coochy Shave Creme, $17, amazon.com; Kerastase Ciment Anti-Usure Conditioner, $39, birchbox.com
As someone who loathes the sopping-wet discomfort of showering, I seek out products to make the experience as efficient and painless as possible. Between a Japanese washcloth that works loads better than a loofa and stripper shave cream (no, seriously) that’ll nix underarm bumps, the hot water heater might quit on you, but these goodies never will.
Our favorite showering buddy? Lavanila’s The Healthy Body Wash in Vanilla Grapefruit.
L’Oréal Professional White Violet shampoo, $19.55, and conditioner, $17.99.
Like most blondes, my color is not all natural—I get a little help. No shock there, but I’m really bad about upkeep and go for prolonged periods between hair appointments. Given that I sometimes wait five or six months before getting a touch up, it’s interesting that my biggest complaint is never my roots—it is how my color changes over time. When I first leave the salon after getting highlights, I feel like my hair looks bright and perfectly pale. A few weeks later though, it starts to become dull and brassy looking.
This past Saturday, I finally went to get some much-needed color and I told my stylist, Benjamin Fillingham at Arte Salon, that I have been having this issue. Apparently there is a solution! He says it’s all about integrating a purple shampoo and conditioner, like L’Oréal Professional’s White Violet (pictured above), into your haircare routine. Basically, violet and yellow are on opposite ends of the color wheel, so the purple products counteract any yellowing by depositing a touch of color directly onto porous, bleached hair. (Ah, chemistry is so cool.) One thing to note, don’t use your purple shampoo/conditioner every time you wash, just once a week or so for maintenance.
If you’re looking other shampoos and conditioners to try, we offer a well-curated selection in the Birchbox Shop.