First of all, today's mani is Julie G Butterflies and Rosebuds. Blackened, shimmery dark pink. I've talked about that one before so nothing more to say about it, really.
I was talking about hair-care the other day, and it occurred to me to pull a bunch of hair products out of my bathroom and take pictures. The funny thing is that I think of myself as a person who doesn't use a lot of hair products. But I certainly have a good bit, as you'll see below.
I think the reason I think of myself that way is because I don't use too much in the way of stuff like mousse and hairspray and such. As I mentioned before, my hair just does not take a curl well, although this has changed somewhat in recent years - I'll get to that below.
This first picture is the stuff that was in the area of the bathtub - shampoo and conditioner:
Then we have two that I mentioned in the other entry, the Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss (is John Frieda really a British company or are they just being pretentious? I'm not sure) and the Aussie 3-Minute Miracle. These are both things I bought recently and have only used once each, but so far so good.
The next two are shampoos, and they're not even all the shampoo I have. I do something sort of different with my shampoo - as I mentioned, I have always had super-oily hair, and I have typically always washed my hair twice (do most people do this, these days? "lather, rinse, repeat" is what the instructions used to famously say - I doubt that it's necessary for all hair types but it certainly helps with mine) and somewhere along the line I decided that it worked better to use two different brands of shampoo, one for each "lather" step. And I don't even consistently use the same two, it just varies with what I have on hand. Except for the tar shampoo, they're all shampoos made for color-treated hair; these two are Suave Keratin and then EverPure, one of L'Oreal's sulfate-free lines. I do really like EverPure - it's kind of expensive but you don't have to use very much, so one tube lasts quite a while. But I still alternate it with other things. I didn't drag my big bottles of shampoo out to take photographs - I usually try to buy the 1-liter bottles of fancier brands when they're on sale. I have a big bottle of Biolage and one of Fantastic Sam's shampoo brand (I think it's called Fantastic Cleanse). (I had not used that brand before but I got it when it was on sale, again, and I have to say it's worked really well.) Biolage is my favorite, though, I've been using it for years. Ulta usually has a big sale a couple of times a year and that's when I typically buy it. Despite the presence of the Suave brands, I'm a bit snobby about shampoos, or rather I am convinced that the more expensive ones do generally work better, partly because they usually contain fewer harsh chemicals and various gunk, like beeswax - I don't know whether any companies actually use beeswax in shampoos nowadays, but they used to. But anyway, the Suave Professional lines I will use, because I've always had good results with those.
Then this is what I had in the sink area in my bathroom:
Added: I forgot to say that I do own a can of hairspray - it's good old Aqua Net, just like my mama used to use. I've never been able to tell that the expensive ones worked any better.