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I like blowdrying my hair, but don’t love how it looks immediately after styling it. What can I use to give it a more lived-in look?
Sounds like you’re looking to achieve a style that falls right between squeaky-clean and second-day hair, which is surprisingly attainable when you reach for the right product. Try a dab of pomade, but don’t recoil in horror at that term! Pomade is traditionally a little heavier and gel-based, but it’s just a matter of finding a formula that delivers the effect you desire. Try a cream-based pomade, like Drybar The Chaser Shine Pomade ($28, sephora.ca), to give your hair a soft, tousled look after a fresh blowout. This sandalwood-scented formula adds shine and improves the condition of hair thanks to hibiscus extract. Be sure to concentrate your application through the lengths of hair for a piece-y, relaxed style.
I’ve started seeing a lot of cleansing conditioners at my drugstore. Is this like a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner?
Shampoo and conditioner work in conjunction because shampoo typically uses sulfate agents to remove oils from the hair and scalp while conditioner uses moisturizing ingredients to add hydration back in. A cleansing conditioner, such as Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner ($7, well.ca), is somewhat of a happy medium! It uses oil instead of sulfates to gently clean hair (following the “like attracts like” concept of oil cleansing) while conditioning hair at the same time. The creamy formula can be applied liberally from root to tip in thoroughly wet hair and then worked into low-lather foam before rinsing. You’ll end up with a reduction in frizz and flyaways, which everyone can always benefit from! Cleansing conditioners are best for normal, dry, textured or damaged hair, but oily-haired individuals should steer clear, as the extra moisture may be too much.
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