Remember the days when we wanted to save every last penny we had for more important things like party night at college? We didn’t dream of spending $20+ on a bottle of shampoo or other hair product, so we bought Suave. Well, times have changed and we’ve grown way past the dorm parties and there’s still Suave products for us.
I have a theory on companies like Suave. A few years ago when the economy was tanking and women no longer could afford to go to their salon and get expensive treatments and products, they realized that companies like Suave were stepping up to the plate and offering quality products at significantly reduced prices and women liked them…a lot!
Have you seen the commercials from Suave where the professional stylist can’t tell the difference on the hair from a Suave product or an expensive line? We’ll, I’ve tested a few of them myself and have to agree.
One of my favorites is from the Keratin Infusion line – Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner. said to be compared to Kerastase products. My hair has been getting curlier the older I get – it used to be paper straight and it no longer is (that’s a whole new post!) so I’ve been wearing it more air-dry natural a few times a week. Problem is, it does get frizzy. I gave the Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner a try one day and was amazed at the results!
The instructions say to apply a dime size amount (I used more like a pea size) to damp or dry hair from the mid-shaft to ends, comb and style as usual. Here’s where I messed up. I applied this to lower half of my hair mid-shaft to ends and not the ends of the top layers of my hair. I get nervous that some products are going to weigh down my hair at the top and leave no volume. Well, the lower half of my hair was defined curls that were smooth and silky. The top layers were like they belonged to a completely different head of hair – frizzy and fuzzy. I even asked a co-worker if she could tell the difference and she saw a significant difference! The next time I used it I made sure I applied it to the bottom half of the layers on the top of my hair as well to get the overall look of smooth, silky, soft curls.
After drying my newly curled hair with a diffuser, I then topped it with the Suave Professionals Touchable Finish hairspray. This is compared to Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity hairspray. I’ve not used that particular one from Sebastian, so I’m unable compare the two, but this leaves a lightweight finish to the hair allowing it to be touchable and movable. I’ve decided that when the humidity hits here with a vengeance that this particular hairspray won’t give me the hold I need, but it works great when the air is drier. They do have Extra Hold and Super Hold for those more humid days, though.
Stay tuned for more Beauty on a Budget for hair in the future.